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Torpedoes swimmers invades Maracas classic

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Thursday, September 13, 2018
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Swimmers from Torpedoes Swim Team race into the water as they prepare for the ASATT Subway Maracas Open Water swim event, which takes place Sunday Photo by:Walter Alibey

Eight swimmers from the Torpedoes Swim Team (TST) will be competing in the Amateur Swimming Association of T&T Subway Maracas Open Water Classic on Sunday.

The 2018 edition of the event, one of the longest running open water competitions in the region, will feature races in distances of 1,000m, 3,000m and 5,000m.

Torpedoes swimmers Virsnelit Faure, Xavier Razac and Alex Ali will compete in the 3,000m category, while Serena Emanuelson, Madison Sadlow, Keon Sandy, Javier Thompson, and Graeme Waithe-Toussaint will get their feet wet in the 1000m category.

TST coach Sharntelle McLean said the swimmers spent several training hours, interspersed with adequate rest periods, preparing for the event. She said the training also helped the swimmers prepare for some of the obstacles they may face, such as bumping around corner marks and having their goggles knocked aside, and is confident that they are well prepared for Sunday’s event.

McLean, herself a two-time Olympian, said the event has grown since she competed, as it is more integrated into the Caribbean and regional competitions. She said some swimmers actually prefer swimming in open water than in a pool, so the competition gives them another event to target.

Razac, Ali, Sadlow and Sandy have previously competed in the Maracas Open Water Swim, but this would be the first time for the other members of the TST contingent.

Torpedoes Swim Team T&T (formerly Torpedoes Swim Club) was founded over 25 years ago by coach Ronald Corke and operates seven days per week out of the La Joya Complex, St Joseph. The club also runs two sessions of a learn- to- swim developmental programme on Saturdays at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, which provides a good foundation for pre-competitive swimmers and those who eventually wish to transition into competitive swimming.

TST’s learn to swim developmental and competitive programmes were established to provide opportunities for communities through the sport. The programmes focus on building technique, skills, strength and endurance, and are designed to help young people develop their individual potential in the sport. It also provides a good foundation for novice swimmers who wish to go on to compete at the highest international levels.

TST coaches build foundational skills of their swimmers by ensuring their programme focuses on techniques such as time management, stress management, effective methods of studying and communication, intrinsic motivation, self-responsibility and accountability, which will enable the swimmers to comfortably meet the demands of daily training.

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