Press Releases

January & February 2015

The Wadadli Aquatic Racers Swim Club’s - Go the Distance development challenge was held on January 11th at the Antigua Health & Fitness Club where the emphasis was on distance events of 200, 400, 800 & 1500 freestyle. Three clubs participated with a total of 46 swimmers.

28th Open Water Swimming ChampionshipsThe 28th LIME National Open Water Swimming Championship which was slated for November 2014 was held January 25th and 44 swimmers tackled a selection of 3 courses; 1.4k, 2.6k and 5k distances. Male champion of the 1.4k was 11yr old Alexander Bento (20.02.5) and female champion was India Abbott in a time of 20:04.09. The 2.6k male and female winners were 17 year old J’air Smith (38:11.00) and 12 year old Bianca Mitchell (45:36.3) respectively. The 5k overall champion was Daryl Appleton (1:16:00.4) and the female Champion was Rachel Wall (1:23.00.06).

This event was followed by the 5th Annual AAC-Storm Sprinter's Challenge on February 8th where the longest distance was 100m. Many of our swimmers were trying to make the qualifying times set by the Federation to attend Carifta, which takes place in Barbados over the Easter holiday.

New Certified Officials

Three persons, Peter Wall, Emma Martin and Denise Jarvis-Mason have returned from a FINA Swim School held February 7 – 8 in Puerto Rico as certified FINA officials. The clinic was conducted by Long Time Canadian Swimming pioneer and official, Bill Hogan, and Soren Kobo, Honorary Secretary of the FINA Technical Committee. All successfully completed the course and will be able to act locally and regionally as Referees, Starters and Stoke & Turn Judges. Congratulations to the trio!

Official's School Graduates: Peter Wall, Emma Martin and Denise Jarvis-Mason

Youth Award

The Department of Youth Affairs named the Federation’s top seed Noah Mascoll-Gomes for the top male Sport Award in the National Youth Awards for 2014 held last Saturday, 7th February. Among his achievements are 4 medals at Carifta Swimming 2014 (1 silver and 3 bronze) and 2 medals, a silver and a bronze at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championship (CISC) 2014. He was also top age group swimmer in 13-14 age category at the 2014 OECS Swimming Championships. He is also the recipient of an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship and is currently pursuing training in Miami with Azura Aquatics.

Noah Mascoll-Gomes


Decermber 2014

Antigua swimmers at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, QatarThe ABSF’s top 3 seeds Noah Mascoll Gomes, Samantha Roberts & J’air Smith attended the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar at the Hamad Aquatic Centre, held December 3 – 7.  This was the first time the Federation has been represented at the FINA Short Course World Championships.  While none of the swimmers achieved finals, all of them performed creditably improving their times over all by 61% and winning some of their heats.


November 2014

Swimmers Rachel Wall and Stefano Mitchell attended the CAC Games in Mexico over November`15 – 20.  This was the Federation's first appearance at these games which are very competitive.  They were the youngest athletes competing and while their times were not overly competitive, they registered a combined 50% improvement in their times.

Rachel Wall Stefano Mitchell


17th September, 2013
St. John's, Antigua

The summer months July – August have been active ones on the regional and international front for the Antigua Barbuda Swimming Federation (ABSF). With significant help from the Sports Tourism’s arm of the Ministry of Tourism, corporate donors and its international body FINA, the Federation sent teams to the and 4th FINA Junior Worlds in Dubai.

Antigua & Barbuda swim team sent to the 28th CCCAN Swimming Championships in Costa Rica

The CCCAN team comprised three swimmers who made the 2 AAA times standard set by the Federation and coach Edith Clashing. The swimmers were Noah Mascoll-Gomes (13-14), Samantha Roberts (11-12) and Daryl Appleton (11-12) and they performed over 5 days of competition.

The most outstanding performance came from Samantha Roberts who on the final day, won Antigua’s first regional swimming medal, bronze in 50 butterfly. Samantha also made finals in the 50 breaststroke, achieving 4th place. Daryl Appleton was second in outstanding performance as he placed 2nd in the 50 breaststroke prelims earning him a seeded spot in the finals, where he placed 6th. These two achievements were indeed exciting for all, as this was Antigua’s first CCCAN Championship which is rated the highest Caribbean and Central American Championship.

Antigua & Barbuda swim team sent to the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, SpainThe Federation selected a team of three swimmers: J’air Smith 16, Noah Mascoll-Gomes 14 and Rachael Wall 14, who participated in Barcelona 2013 through universality placement. Each of these swimmers, who traveled with Coach Edith Clashing, represented themselves and Antigua well and achieved personal best times in their events.

Antigua & Barbuda swim team sent to the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships held in DubaiOmar John 15, Nathan Marshall 15, Aliah Maginley 15 and Gabriella John 14 , attended the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships held in Dubai in August, and tested their skill on the world stage. They were accompanied by Coach Mark Mitchell. After six days of competition in the desert, the swimmers posted nearly 80% personal best times with three out of four of the swimmers winning at least one of their heats.

These events see the world’s best swimmers and the international experience alone augers well for the development of our swimmers. The swimmers come away from these championships with memories that will last a lifetime and an unparalleled learning experience as they take the next step in their swimming career. All the young swimmers are to be congratulated for the training they have put in to yield the results they have achieved.

The Federation expresses sincere thanks to the parents, the Ministry of Tourism and the corporate and individual donors and sponsors who helped to make participation in these events possible.


12th October, 2012
St. John's, Antigua

The Antigua Barbuda Swimming Federation is pleased to announce the selection of Team Antigua & Barbuda to the 22nd Sagicor OECS Swimming Championships. The National Swim trials held last week end at the Antigua Athletic Club had ninety nine (99) swimmers vying for the 34 spots available on the team. The conduct of the meet was hailed a success as the organizers ran the meet in the format expected for the soon upcoming championships to be held November 9-11. Over the weekend, 31 new National records were broken and set and time improvements were seen in the majority of swimmers, giving testimony to the hard work and preparation clubs have been engaged in to prepare for the trials.

Sixteen (16) girls and eighteen (18) boys and four (4) alternates have been named to the team. Of the confirmed swimmers, sixteen swimmers (16) hail from the Wadadli Aquatic Racers Swim Club, fifteen (15) from the Antigua Aquatic Club - Storm, and three (3) from Marlins Swim Club. The team will be led by Team Manager, Peter Wall and Head Coach Mark Mitchell and Assistant Coaches Wayne Mitchell and Carl Joseph.

The names of the swimmers are as follows:

8 & Under Girls
Olivia Fuller (Storm) 
Mia Nord-Hadeed (Storm) 
Neriah Sandin (Storm) 
Haley Derrick (Storm)

8 & Under Boys
Jonah Mascoll – Gomes (WAR)
Zachary Holochalk (Storm)
Kyle Christopher (Marlins)
Tanner Esty (Storm - alternate)

9-10 Girls
Bianca Mitchell (WAR)
Madison Coleman (WAR)
Gabriella Gittens (WAR)
India Abbott (Storm)
Zoe Dennis (WAR – alternate)

9-10 Boys
Lleyton Martin (WAR)
Ethan Bento (Storm)
Jason Bento (WAR)
Alex Bento (Storm)
Jadon Wuilliez (Storm - alternate)

11-12 Girls
Mekala Holochalk (Storm)
Gabriella John (Storm)
Samantha Roberts (WAR)
Devon Wuilliez (Storm)

11-12 Boys
Noah Mascoll Gomes (WAR)
Stefano Mitchell (WAR)
Daryl Appleton (Marlins)
Zachary Coleman (WAR)
Dylan Ross (Storm – alternate)

13-14 Girls
Rachael Wall (WAR)
Aliah Maginley (Storm)
Jasmine Deyal (WAR)

13-14 Boys
Nathan Marshall (Storm)
Omar John (Storm)
Justin Bento (WAR)

15-17 Boys
Donovan Simon (WAR)
J'air Smith (WAR)
Yanni Alexander (Storm)

18 & Over Girls
Karin Clashing (WAR)

18 & Over Boys
Orel Jeffery (Marlins)


1st October, 2012

St. John's, Antigua

The ANTIGUA BARBUDA SWIMMING FEDERATION (ABSF) is pleased to announce that for the first time in 19 years, Antigua & Barbuda will be the host to the OECS Swimming Championship. This auspicious event, the 22nd Annual OECS Swimming Championship will be held from 9th - 11th November 2012, and promises to be a very competitive, thrilling and high-profile regional meet, bringing together the region's most talented swimmers. Teams are expected from the OECS territories of St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent and the British Virgin Islands.

Hosting this event is a major achievement in the development of swimming in Antigua & Barbuda. A few years ago in 2007, 9 swimmers represented Antigua & Barbuda in Grenada, coming home with 2 medals, a significant accomplishment at the time. Since 2007, Antigua & Barbuda has witnessed an incredible, exponential growth in talent and performance in swimming. Four years later, in 2011, 29 swimmers represented Antigua & Barbuda in St. Lucia, this time coming home with a grand total of 113 medals, having broken 4 OECS records.

A full contingent of 34 swimmers will be selected to represent Antigua & Barbuda at the 22nd Annual Championship. Team selection will take place after the Harper's Office Depot National Time Trials which is scheduled to take place this weekend 5th - 7th October at the Antigua Athletic Club. As many as 100 age group swimmers are estimated to participate in the National Trials to vie for places on the national team.

The ABSF has the ambitious task of raising funds of EC$65,000 to ensure the success of this historic event. We eagerly look forward to the continued support of both the Government and private sector to meet this target and to make the 22nd Annual Sagicor OECS Swimming Championship a resounding success.