Wal­ter Lowi meet takes spot­light

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY -

THE AN­NUAL Wal­ter Lowi swim meet takes place at the Na­tional Aquatic Cen­tre to­day.

The meet is named in hon­our of Wal­ter Lowi, a vet­eran swim coach in Ja­maica who made a great im­pact on age-group swim­ming.

Bud­ding Olympic prospects will com­pete in age-group com­pe­ti­tion in search of CARIFTA cuts for na­tional devel­op­ment. The in-form Emily MacDon­ald will move up to the 13-14 girls and is sure to en­ter­tain. Zaneta Al­varanga, now in her first year in 11-12 girls, will seek to stamp her dom­i­nance on her peers. Up­com­ing Chris­tanya Shirley is also sure to at­tempt a record or two in the 8 and un­der age group.

On the boys’ side, Is­rael Allen should make a good show for him­self in the 9-10 boys’ age group. Jor­dane Payne and Akeem Al­leyne will also seek glory in the dif­fer­ent events of their spe­cial­ity.

A NEW CAT­E­GORY

The Wal­ter Lowi (known in the clubs as the dis­tance meet) en­cour­ages swim­mers to swim longer dis­tances and al­lows swim­mers to swim in groups based on their ac­tual birthday on the morn­ing of the meet. This places some swim­mers in a new age group cat­e­gory than they have been swim­ming through­out the year.

A to­tal of 387 swim­mers from 11 swim clubs, in­clud­ing the new­est lo­cal club, AquaMarine Rip­ples Swim Club, will be com­pet­ing for the usual cov­eted hard­ware, which in­cludes medals and high-point tro­phies. Last year’s win­ning team was the Y Speedos Swim Club, who will be seek­ing to re­tain the ti­tle.

Zaneta Al­varanga

Chris­tanya Shirley

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