SIT down with 12-year-old Leon Seaton, strike up a conversation about swimming, and you will learn that this is one young man who is very passionate, and very confident about being a swimmer.“I just love the competition,” said the North Georgetown Secondary School first form student, as he gazed attentively across the pool of the National Aquatic Centre.“I feel fit, and it helps me in my education in some ways, and it’s a good stress relieving outlet for me I would say.”Seaton’s love for the sport, backed by his hard work and capable skills, has now helped to craft him into one of Guyana’s current top junior swimmer.“It hasn’t been easy. Since primary school, I’ve been waking up in the morning, going to swim, then school, then coming back to swim, I would go home, do my homework, and then have to be in bed. Some mornings I don’t come to the pool because I didn’t finish my homework, so it’s been a bit of a rough path for me during my time as a swimmer,” Seaton revealed.But the hard work has not been without its fruits. With regard to the sport locally, Seaton has a notable track record for his age. In his seven years thus far as a competitive swimmer, Seaton is a Goodwill Swimming Championship multiple silver medallist and a National Schools Championship multiple gold medallist. He also secured medals at the invitational meets in Barbados, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.Although the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) has no up to date records, Seaton has held multiple national age group records for the Boys’ 11 to 12 category, while he had also set a few in the Under-8, and 9 to 10 age group categories.Seaton’s began swimmimg back in 2009, at age five, after his parents believed he needed some extra curricular activity to keep him busy.Seaton is very delighted with the accomplishments he has made in the pool, but he’s unabashed to recollect how hard it was for him when he first started out, he even laughs about it.“At first it was painful, well I was five. In my first competition I jumped overboard, and I started to cry, because I wasn’t that confident as yet. But as years went by, I’ve built that confidence, and here I am now today swimming for Guyana,” he said.Seaton is still brimming with pride for being the only Guyanese swimmer to date to qualify for this year’s CARIFTA Swimming Championships, set for the Bahamas in April.Seaton credits this accomplishment to all his coaches who have been a part of his development.This will be Seaton’s first year attending the regional age group meet, where hundreds of swimmers from 26 countries are set to participate.Seaton clocked a fated 27.97 seconds to make it in the Boys’ 11-12 50m freestyle, not far off the 26 seconds record for the event at CARIFTA.Last year this event was won at CARIFTA in a time of 27.07 seconds.
The game stayed close the rest of the way. Michael Gerrity converted a pair of free throws to give Pepperdine (5-11, 1-3) a 72-69 lead with 21 seconds left. But Jeter made a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime. In overtime, Gerrity, who led the Waves with 21 points and six assists, hit a jumper to tie the game at 79 with 1:41 to go. The teams went scoreless for more than a minute until Cooper was fouled with 19 seconds left and made both free throws, giving the Pilots an 81-79 lead. Sullivan, who finished with a season high 18 points, pushed the advantage to four with two foul shots. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Pepperdine’s Tashaan Forehan-Kelly made a running a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one with just a second remaining. The Waves were forced to foul and Cooper scored one of two free throws for the final margin. The Pilots converted 34-of-46 free-throw attempts, compared to 17 of 19 for the Waves. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PORTLAND, Ore. – Darren Cooper and Ben Sullivan combined for five three throws in the final 19 seconds of overtime to lift Portland to an 84-82 win over Pepperdine on Monday. Pooh Jeter led the Pilots (8-10, 2-2 West Coast Conference) with 25 points and Cooper added 23. The Pilots trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before cutting the lead to five at the half. The Pilots later used a 12-3 run to take a 52-50 lead with 11:17 left.