Persaud, Seaton, Winter, and Scott maintain dominanceORCA Speed Swim Club’s Aleka Persaud, Silver Shark’s Leon Seaton and Dorado’s Lian Winter and Daniel Scott continued their dominance in the respective categories at last weekend’s July Sprint Swim Meet at the National Aquatic Centre in Liliendaal.Dolphin’s Nikita Fiedtkou and Kenita Mahaica continued their rivalry in the Girls’ 15-17, sharing the wins, but it was Mahaica who had the edge and emerged age-group champion.Persaud, Seaton and Winter also prevailed as age-group champions, while Scott was 19 points behind the 119 points of Orca’s Antonio Rodrigues, to top the Boys’ 15-17 division.Rodrigues topped the category by virtue of being the most consistent performer in the category.Scott bagged the 200m freestyle (2:05.78s), 100m freestyle (57.78s), 50m freestyle (26.04s), 100m butterfly (1:03.85s), and 50m butterfly (28.59s) gold medals, where Rodrigues played second fiddle.Scott also championed the 50m breaststroke (32.17s), and 100m breaststroke (1:13.90s), where it was Dorado’s Alex Winter that took second place in these events.Rodrigues had his time to shine on Saturday in the 200m IM, beating Winter in a time of 2:33.77s. Rodrigues had got started on Friday afternoon with a silver in the 100m backstroke after failing to overcome Silver Shark’s Nathon Hackett who stopped the clock at 1:09.18s.Lian WinterAlso on Saturday, Rodrigues had bronze in the 100m breaststroke, clocking 1:19.38s.On the distaff end, Mahaica amassed five gold, three silver and one bronze to rule the roost. However, it was Fiedtkou who seized the category’s very first gold when she overpowered Mahaica in the 100m freestyle, clocking 1:05.13s, and Mahaica finished some 3 seconds behind.Mahaica turned back her challenge in the 50m breaststroke, the only one in the race to go sub 40 seconds, but only just, as she touched the wall at 39.78 seconds.Fiedtkou also got the better of Mahaica in the 50m freestyle (30.18s), but Mahaica countered with wins in the 200m IM (2:57.86s), 100m breaststroke (1:31.50s), 50m butterfly (33.34s), and 50m backstroke (33.69s).However, Accalia Khan got the better of both Mahaica and Fiedtkou in Sunday’s 200m freestyle where she took the win in 2:28.63s. Fiedtkou was second (2:32.28s) and Mahaica third (2:34.00s).Ten-year-old Persaud ruled the Girls’ 9-10 division, never settling for less than gold in any of her ten events, while clocking new seed times across 9 of the races.In the 200m IM she was over six seconds faster than her previous personal best clocking 2:54.57s.There were upgraded times in the 50m freestyle (30.29s) 100m freestyle (1:08.32s), 200m freestyle (2:32.43s), 50m breaststroke (39.87s), 100m breaststroke (1:31.34s), 100m backstroke (1:21.47s).She also won the 50m (34.36s) and 100m butterfly.Her nearest competition continued to come from Patrice Mahaica.Seaton was unmatched as he blazed through victory after victory, registering 10 straight wins across the weekend. After taking the 100m freestyle (1:00.10s), 50m breaststroke (36.84s) and 100m backstroke (1:11.50s) on Friday, he followed up with the 200m IM (2:36.94s), 50m freestyle (27.28s) 100m breaststroke (1:23.71s) and 50m butterfly (30.12s) on Saturday.On Sunday he closed off with triumph in the 200m freestyle (2:13.67s), 50m backstroke (31.55s), and 100m butterfly (1:07.50s) .Lian was the best swimmer of the Girls’ 11-12 category, where a silver in the 50m breaststroke (43.15s) was the only blemish on her perfect record over the weekend. Orca’s Nia Fraser proved to be more that Lian could handle, in that event, and she clocked the winning time of 42.89 seconds.However Lian went on to win the 50m freestyle (31.79s), 100m freestyle (1:10.04s), 200m freestyle (2:36.21s), 50m backstroke (34.74s), 100m backstroke (1:18.92s), 200m IM (2:56.15s), 50m butterfly (34.22s), and 100m butterfly (1:19.57s).
Kaya Press and The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective hosted the workshop Lit in Color Write-A-Thon in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Wednesday, attracting writers and enthusiasts of writing. The workshop promoted the Asian-American diaspora of poetry, fiction and nonfiction and aims to hold space for anyone interested in writing, creativity and community.The workshop is an off-site event of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs — the nation’s largest writing conference and book fair happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center — and is expected to attract around 12,000 writers from around the world. The five-hour rotating workshop helped attendees create ideas to counter writer’s block and giving people the tools to create. The line-up included poet and Ph.D. student Douglas Manuel from the (Great) Indian Poetry Collective as well as Minal Hajratwala, Shikha Malaviya, Ellen Kombiyil, Tananarive Due, April Naoko Heck, Sofia Samatar, Paul Hlava, D’Lo, Kristina Wong, Samiya Bashir and Erika Wurth.“It’s a great way for people to generate ideas for any fiction and writings,” said Anita Chen, president of the student organization branch of the Kaya Press publishing company, Kaya Students for Independent Publishing, and a senior majoring in narrative studies major. “It’s an emerging platform for voices of the Asian-Pacific diaspora to be heard, and also unites people of color.”“It’s wonderful to have so many writers giving advice, and there’s always something to learn,” said Soniah Kamal, Townsend Prize for Fiction award nominee for An Isolated Incident. “An idea can come from anywhere, and it’s always fun to write from different perspective.”Neela Banerjee, managing director of Kaya Press and organizer of the workshop, said that it was important to bring in leaders of color.“It’s a great platform to draw attention to writers and bring workshop leaders of color,” Banerjee said .The workshop invited poets like Malaviya, a poet and writer who’s been writing for nearly 20 years. One of her most notable works include Geography of Tongues, a poetry collection. She has also given talks for TEDx in Golf Links Parkin Bangalore.“It’s really special that we rarely get to see many writers in a same day, and it’s always worth it to get out of comfort zone,” Shikha said.