Green wins U8 High Points Swim Trophy

on Saturday, 25 January 2014. Posted in Swimming

Highlighted by Bradford Green’s performance in winning the U8’s High Points Trophy, the Makos Swim Team racked up an impressive number of wins and top-place finishes at the USVI Swimming Federation Short Course Championships held 18th and 19th January in St. Thomas.

The eight Makos swimmers in attendance won or placed in all of the 32 events entered with team member, Bradford Green, copping the High Points Trophy for his perfect score. Eight year-old Bradford picked up gold in the Boys 8 and Under 25M Freestyle, the 100 Individual Medley, 25M Butterfly, 25M Backstroke, 25M Breastroke, and 50M Freestyle.

A stellar performance also came from seven year-old Makos member, Grace O’Reilly, in her debut appearance at the Championships. Grace scored first place finishes in the Girls 8 and Under 25M and 50M Freestyle and the 25M Butterfly races and achieved an overall second-place win in her category.

Other gold medal wins at the weekend event came from Dominic Munro in the Boys 9 – 10 100M Freestyle and 200M Freestyle and Giselle Bowers in the Girls 9 – 10 50M Backstroke and the 50M Freestyle. Dominic came 2nd overall and Lawton Green 3rd overall in the Boys 9 -10 age group.


“It was a great event and we’re tremendously proud of how well each and every Makos member did,” said parent and Vice-President of the Swim Federation, Ross Munro. “The top placement finishes in all races entered indicates just how far competitive swimming has come in the Virgin Islands over the last few years.”

In total, the Makos team brought home eleven gold, sixteen silver and twelve bronze medals.

Seventy-five swimmers from the British and US Virgin Islands participated in the two-day event at the St. Thomas Swimming Association pool.


Elinah Phillip sets 5 records at 23rd OECS swim Championships

on Tuesday, 12 November 2013. Posted in Olympics, Swimming

Elinah Phillips claimed seven 1st place finishes and set five new age group records at the 23rd OECS Swimming Championships last weekend as the BVI Swim team finished in 5th place overall at the meet held at the Rodney Heights Swim Club in St Lucia.

Elinah, now based in the United Kingdom with her Sister Amarah, began her weekend of glory with a win in the 11-12 year old 200m freestyle. She then broke the existing OECS Record en route to a winning time of 1:10.86 in the 100m Butterfly.

Victory number 3 and a second new record came in the 50m Freestyle which she won in a time of 27.98 and she secured a fourth 1st place finish as well as a 3rd new OECS Record in the 200m Medley with her time of 2:36.73, lowering the old record from 2:41.06.

She claimed another 1st place in the 100m Breastroke with a time of 1:21.08 and broke another Record in the 100m Freestyle (1:00.90 secs), before smashing 10 year old OECS Record of 32.14 in the 50m Butterfly with a winning time of 30.56

For good measure she also claimed 2nd in the 100m Backstroke (1:17.67), 3rd in the 400m Freestyle and 3rd in the 50m Breastroke.

Meanwhile Sister, Amarah, competing in the 13-14 age bracket, finished 1st in the 100m Butterfly in a time of 1:11.65 secs, and claimed another 1st place finish in the 50m Butterfly with a time of 31.44 secs. She returned to the pool to claim a 3rd place finish in 100m Freestyle in a time of 1:04.82 which was just .03 behind the silver medalist, Rachel Wall from Antigua.

Amarah also 5th in the 100m Breastroke, 3rd in the 50m Backstroke (35.44), 3rd in the 200m Individual Medley, 2nd in the 50m Freestyle and 4th in the 200m Freestyle.

All in all Team BVI finished 5th behind St Vincent, Antigua, St Lucia and Grenada.

In the Boys events the 200m Freestyle Relay team finished 4th in a time of 2:50.72, whilst Bradford Green also turned in some useful performances individually.

He finished 6th in the U8 25m Freestyle (17.48) and also claimed 6th in the 25m Breastroke (24.61) and 5th in the 25m Backstroke

Nicole Munro, Giselle Archibald-Bowers, Dominic Munro, Lawton and Jaden Marshall also represented the Territory