When the pool swimming component of the CARIFTA Championships ended on April 3 Luis Sebastian Weekes had won the Silver in the 200 metre breaststroke, Silver in the 100 metre breaststroke and placed fourth in the 50 metre breaststroke .
He also ended his last CARIFTA Championships as the fastest breaststroker from Barbados to compete at the meet. With times of 30.60 (2018), 1:06.37 (2018) and 2:23.53 (2017) no other person from his country has been as quick in these events.
To add to his legacy at the regional competition he also took the Gold medals in the 200 and 400 metre individual medley races in times of 2:08.97 and 4:42.71 .
In the 400 IM he has won a complete set of medals 2016 Bronze 4:47.76, 2017 Silver 4:45.41. No other swimmer from Barbados has won a medal in this event for the 15-17 boys other than Weekes since Bradley Ally won Gold in The Bahamas in 2004.
The shorter medley witnessed the first time Barbados was winning two medals in the 15-17 age group with teammate and Baylor school mate Jack Kirby stopping the clock in 2:09.56 to win the Silver.
The last time this happened was again in 2004 when Ally completed the medley double and countryman Shawn Clarke collected the Bronze.
When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Weekes he described the 100 metre breaststroke as being his best event at the Championships as he improved his time. In his words, “the 200 was little bit stressful as because I haven’t really trained for it. I was training more for the Individual medleys”. He also described the 200 IM as a very fun race as he won from Lane one thought it was a second or two slower than what he wanted.
He also described his CARIFTA experience
“It’s been a fun ride with a lot of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have traded the experiences for the world. I also made friendships that will last forever and I am eternally grateful”.
This September he will also be leaving ranks of high school and the Baylor School to be competing at NCAA Division III powerhouse Kenyon College. He will be joined by CARIFTA region standouts for their respective countries Joseph Black (Jamaica) and Eddie Weber (The Cayman Islands).