2014 Youth Olympic Games
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The Virgin Islands National Swim Team traveled on March 28th to April 3rd to compete in the XXVIII CARIFTA Swimming Championships held at the National Stadium Pool in Kingston, Jamaica. The CARIFTA Swimming Championships (Caribbean Free Trade Association) is a high level regional swim meet offered to English Speaking Caribbean Countries. Representing the National Team were 9 swimmers, 2 Coaches, Team Manager, and a Meet Official. Over 300 swimmers from 22 different nations competed in this meet.
The nine swimmers representing the Virgin Islands Swimming Federation (VISF) were: Hannah Clements, Sasha Klein and Portia Norkaitis from St. Thomas and Matthew Mays, Kenny Wilson, Jonathan Thomas, Webster Bozzo, Victor Torres, and Nicholas Dascher from St. Croix. They were led by National Coach John Vasbinder and assisted by Coach Brian Brady, Team Manager Cinthia Sanes, and VISF President and Meet Official Brent Mays.
Overall, the meet was very successful for all VI Swimmers; Matthew Mays placed 2nd in the 200m Butterfly, 4th in the 400m IM, 5th in the 200m Back, 6th in the 200m IM, and 8th in the 100m Back for the 13-14 male category. He also earned his spot to represent the Virgin Islands in the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships (CCCAN) by qualifying in the 400m IM and 200m Butterfly. Victor Torres placed 4th in the 100m back, 5th in the 200m back, and 6th in the 50m back for the 15-17 male category. He broke a VISF Long Course record in the 50m back with a 28.30. He added to the list of events for CCCAN by achieving a qualifying time in the 200m Back. Nicholas Dascher placed 6th in the 1500m Free for the 13-14 male category. Sasha Klein placed 8th in the 50m Fly and Hannah Clements placed 7th in the 50m Breaststroke female 13-14 category. Portia Norkaitis placed 8th in the 50m Breaststroke female 15-17 category. The relay team overall consisted of Matthew, Kenny, Jonathan, Webster and Nicholas. Matthew, Kenny, Jonathan and Webster took 7th in the 400m Free and 400m Medley. Kenny, Jonathan, Nicholas and Matthew took 6th in then 800m Free and 8th in the 200m Free.
The next high level regional swim meet is the CCCAN Swimming Championships and it will occur in Costa Rica June 29th to July 5th. The VISF has eight swimmers who have qualified for this meet and expect to have a few more qualify in the next few months.
The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation announced today that thanks to a grant from the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee, the Virgin Islands will accept an invitation to compete in the XXXXII CARIFTA Junior Track and Field Championships to be held Easter weekend in Nashau, Bahamas. CARIFTA is considered to be one of the most competitive junior track and field championships in the world, particularly for the sprints, as it has produced many of the world champions and Olympic medalist up to the day.
The Virgin Islands has had several medalists at CARIFTA including: Iyeachia Petrus, Flora Hyacinth, Sanny Eugene, Adrian Durant, Aneicia Williams, Juan Robles, Allison Peter, James Fleming, Leslie Murray among others. CARIFTA started in 1972 in Barbados and the Virgin Islands first competed in 1973 and has competed in all but three years.
The 2013 team will be one of the youngest and the largest in memory with a total of 18 male and females selected from those eligible to compete in age groups under 20 and under 17. Most of these athletes will be competing in CARIFTA for the first time and some will have the opportunity to qualify for the IAAF World Youth Championships to be held in Russia later in the year.
Under 17 Girls:
Quashira McIntosh 100m, 200m, relays; Nia Jack 100m, relays; Britney Sage 200m, relays; Ranesia Mattew 400m, relays; Krystahl Gordon Triple Jump, relays; Layla Browne Shot Put, Discus, Javelin
Under 17 Boys:
Nyhne Daniel 100m, relays; Eugene Kohun 100m, 200m, relays; Emari Mills 200m, relays; Malique Smith; 400m, 800m, relays; Avery Joseph Shot Put, Discus, Javelin
Under 20 Girls:
Alile Browne 100m, 200m, relays; Kayla King 100m, 200m, relays; Keshema Fleming 400m, relays; Karen Dascent 400m, relays
Under 20 Boys:
Jared Hanley 100m, 200m; Malachi Bostic-Wattley 100m, 200m; Bradley Carbon Discus, Shot Put, Javelin
Keith Smith, Head Coach
Ileta Potter, National Coach
Mireille Smith, Team Leader
St. Croix CARIFTA Team members should contact Keith Smith National Coach for practice schedule at 340-277-1123 or 340-778-2036
St. Thomas CARIFTA Team members should contact Ileta Potter Coach for practice schedule at: 340 514 8509 or 340 777 9256
All athletes (including those off-island) and coaches should contact Mireille Smith, Team Leader for travel information and uniform issue at: 340-422-1123
Eddie Lovett, a junior at the University of Florida is in the ranks of all-time great Virgin Islands track and field athletes (pending). On Saturday he won the NCAA National Indoor Championship 60m Hurdles with a time of 7.50 ranking him at number two on the IAAF World Ranking. His performance adds to his career honors including: four-time NCAA All-America, two-time Southeastern Conference 60m hurdles champion, SEC Men’s Indoor Freshman Track and Field Runner of the year, 2011 First Team All-SEC (Indoors and outdoors), All-SEC (First Team Indoors, Second Team outdoors).
In his short career, Lovett gained fame as a high school track star in Florida and the winning the 2010 state championship in the 110m hurdles and became the state record holder in the event. His 2010 time in the event was the fastest in the USA, the fastest in Florida high school history. As a freshman he won the Pan Am Junior Championship in the event and set a record of 13.14, breaking the previous record by an astonishing .30 seconds! He was the youngest competition in the USA Olympic Trials in 2012 advancing to the semi-finals.
Lovett is now fourth all-time in collegiate history and brings home Florida’s first 60-meter hurdle title in program history. It’s the second hurdle crown in Florida school history, as Earl Diamond won the 55-meter hurdles at the 1989 NCAA Indoor Championships.
“Eddie is the kind of guy where he could have a perfect start and still say it wasn’t,” Florida Coach Mike Holloway commented. “ What I’ll tell you is watching his transformation…it’s always great when you can break that ice and watch him come around. He broke our school record, he’s one of the top five guys in the history of the event, the NCAA meet record holder and he’s been focused like this since August when he started. I’m extremely proud of him.”
“I felt pretty good,” Lovett said. “Yesterday, I just wanted to work on my start. I made it up in between the hurdles, and I did the same today. It wasn’t the best start like I wanted, but I made it up at the end. I’m just happy. If I got my steps and technique right, it would all fall into place.”
1] Eddie Lovitt is the son of St. Croix’s Edward Williams (deceased), former Minor League Baseball player.
2] Lovett has applied for a transfer of his eligibility from the USA to the Virgin Islands and plans to represent the Virgin Islands in international competition including: The IAAF World Championships, The CAC Games, The Pan American Games and the Olympic Games.
3] Lovett joins David Walters in the ranks of 2013 college championships (Walters won the NAIA 60m title last week.