There is an unmistakable aura of excitement and expectancy among the members of the Barbados swim squad who will take to the pool during this weekend’s 35th Carifta Aquatics Championships which commence today at the Aquatic Centre.
Twenty-four of the island’s best junior swimmers will endeavour to satisfy the home crowd’s desire for efficiency, entertainment and of course, medals at the four-day meet which concludes on Tuesday.
Barbados concluded the last edition of the Games in 2019 with 26 medals and in fifth place overall. Bahamas have been the top team for seven of the past eight meets and dominated the past three Games in 2019, 2018 and 2017, winning the last edition after capturing 73 medals.
Three-time medallist at the 2019 Games with two silver and one gold Adara Stoddard and fellow three-time medallist Keilani Talma will spearhead the hunt for medals. There will also be an eagerness among home fans to witness the coming of age of the next generation of junior swimmers who will be competing at Carifta for the first time. (NM)
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