In another banner day for the National Swim Team representing at the Carifta Games in Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ellie Shaw swam her way to the podium and a bronze medal in the 50 meter breaststroke with a time of 35.71, dropping 0.04 seconds (Girls 13-14).
She joins Ethan Stubbs-Green, who topped the podium in the 200 Metre Butterfly Event (Boys 13-14) with a gold finish of 2:12.27, lowering his previously set time by a whopping 37.83 seconds. Ethan finished a full 3.42 seconds ahead of the competition in a disciplined, full-stretch touch finish.
These sterling competitors mark a host of impressive finals representation by the National Athletes representing at this year’s Games. In the 50 Metre Breaststroke, Selah Wiltshire held her own in fifth place with a time of 36.82, lowering her entry time by a full 1.10 seconds. (Girls 50 Metre Breaststroke). Davina Barton marked a personal best in sixth place of the 100 Meter Free final, lowering her preliminary time by 0.39 seconds to finish with 1:07.48 (Girls 11-12).
In the 100 Meter Freestyle, Ethan Stubbs-Green placed fourth with a time of 55.34, missing the podium by 0.01 seconds. He was closely followed by teammate Tivon Benjamin, who placed 5th in the finals with a time of 55.79, marking a significant difference in both athletes’ entry times.
Following in her teammates’ footsteps of the 100 metre freestyle, Arianna John marked a fantastic drop of 1.01.97, from her entry time of 1:03.27 at the beginning of the Games (Girls 15-17).
Heading into the final day of competition, these athletes have tested and proven their mettle on the international stage, with a host of personal and National Records and consistent challenges throughout their tenure in the pool.
Stubbs-Green and Shaw’s performances, at the helm of an overwhelming National Team showing, provide a severe rebuttal to those who claim swimming is not a premier sport in Antigua and Barbuda, and surely must justify an increase in support for our young athletes whose dedication and personal application have proven their weight on the podium.
The ABSF offers heartfelt congratulations to Ethan, Ellie, and all of the finalists of last night. President Derek Marshall, smiling broadly, could not contain himself. “We are very proud of Team Antigua on the whole and the continued personal achievements and stellar performances.
Our National Team is continuing to represent in an exemplary manner. We at the ABSF are overwhelmed with their hard work and personal success! Today was a great day for our Team and our Nation, as they continue to push themselves in the pool and to the openwater events.”
The ABSF would like to thank CIBC First Caribbean International Bank and the National Olympic Committee (NOC) for their generous contributions to making Antigua and Barbuda’s representation at this meet possible.