This past weekend Barbadian CARIFTA and CCCAN medallists Luis-Sebastian Weekes and Jack Kirby made their mark at the 2018 TISCA Tennessee State Championships.
Weekes was the first to swim his way to success in the 200yard IM event. He set a new personal best of 1:50.22 to touch out the competition and win the gold for the Baylor High School. Fresh off his gold medal victory, Weekes was joined by Jack Kirby, Zach Althoff and Piotr Kurleto for the 200M medley relay and the foursome swam their way to another gold medal victory in a time of 1:30.56 with Kirby’s backstroke split of 22.82 and Weekes keeping the pace with the Breastroke leg in a time of 25.41.
The excitement didn’t end there for coach Dan Flack and the Baylor High School team as Kirby then posted a new personal best of 44.45 in the 100yard freestyle event which was good enough to win him gold and place him as the second fastest ever swimmer in that event at the Baylor High School. Fellow Barbadian Christian Selby also won the 100 yard freestyle event at the 2014 TISCA TN State Championships in a time of 44.76.
The gold medal finishes for Kirby didn’t stop there. He went on to win the 100yard backstroke in a new personal best of 48.23 which was the fourth fastest time ever in State history. Kirby also made up the foursome for the 4 x 100Y freestyle team which won the gold medal and set a new Tennessee High School State record of 2:59.52. The old record was set in 2017 in a time of 3:01.21. Kirby was also part of that record-breaking team. The Baylor School were the overall State Champions in the boys division.
Fellow Barbadian and Pirates Swim Club teammate Hannah Gill now swimming for McGill University in Montreal also made a podium finish in her pet event the 800M freestyle at the RSEQ University Provincial Championships in Sherbrooke Quebec. Hannah won the bronze medal with a time of 9:04.24. Gill goes on to swim the Canadian University Championships in Toronto from February 22 to 24th. She will be among Canada’s best female swimmers with the likes of Olympians Kylie Masse, Katerine Savard and Sandrine Mainville.
Weekes and Kirby now go on to prepare for the swan song performance at the 2018 CARIFTA Swimming Championships set to take place in Kingston, Jamaica from March 31 to April 4.