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Competitors in Sunday’s 16th annual Dolphin Sea Swim open-water race swim away from St. Croix’s Frederiksted Pier at the start of the competition. More than 100 swimmers took part in this year’s Sea Swim.


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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Kuipers, Mays win 16th Dolphin Sea Swim on St. Croix

Kuipers, Mays win 16th Dolphin Sea Swim

St. Croix swimmers Natalia Kuipers and Matthew Mays came away with the top prizes from the 16th annual Dolphin Sea Swim, held Sunday, Jan. 5, in the waters off Frederiksted.

The 21-year-old Mays, a member of the St. Croix Dolphins swim team now swimming for Bryant University, took top overall honors, while Dolphins teammate Kuipers, 17, was the top female finisher.

The Dolphin Sea Swim is a one-mile open-water swim from its start at the Frederiksted pier to the finish line at Rainbow Beach.

More than 100 swimmers took part in this year’s race.

Mays took overall honors, completing the one-mile course in 23 minutes, 13.31 seconds. He finished more than 1½ minutes ahead of Montclair State University freshman Samuel Golovin, 19, who was second in 24:45.30.

Two other Montclair State swimmers finished right behind Golovin — sophomore Tyler Dorsett, 19, was third in 24:46.81; and freshman Stephen Barnard, 18, was fourth in 24:48.34.

St. Croix’s Kaeden Gleason, 12, was fifth in 24:57.07, less than five seconds ahead of Kuipers, who finished in 25:01.91.

Age-group winners were Riley Miller, 11 (girls 12-under); Gleason (boys 12-under), Kuipers (girls 13-17), Mason Lambert, 13 (boys 13-17); Elin Svard, 21 (women 18-25); Mays (men 18-25), Esther Ellis, 39 (women 26-49); Adrian Villaba, 33 (men 26-49); Marcia Taylor, 64 (women 50-over); Barry Armstrong, 60 (men 50-over); Niah Spitz, 9 (girls 10-under with fins); Teague Gleason, 9 (boys 10-under with fins); Lisa Gay, 42 (women 11-over with fins); and Pat Blosser, 54 (men 11-over with fins).

Governmental-Industrial Co-Ed League delays start

The Virgin Islands Sports, Parks and Recreation Department has pushed back the starting date for the 2020 Governmental-Industrial Co-Ed Softball League by at least a month, department officials announced.

No reason was given for the delay in an email sent to all interested parties by Kirk Thomas, the SPRD’s St. Thomas-St. John district administrator for sports and administration.

League play was scheduled to begin Jan. 20 and run through March, but the delay will push the start of the season to at least mid-February, Thomas’ email said.

For more information, call 340-642-1011 or 340-775-0255.

Beast of the East 5K set for Sunday on St. Croix

The Virgin Islands Triathlon Federation will hold its annual Beast of the East 5K road race on Sunday morning on St. Croix.

The five-kilometer (3.1-mile) race will begin at Cramer Park, with the race course taking the runners to the top of Point Udall before heading back to the finish line at Cramer Park.

Medals will be awarded to the top men’s and women’s finishers in several catagories.

Race-day registration will be held from 6 a.m. to 6:45 a.m., with the race starting at 7 a.m. Race numbers will be distributed during registration.

There is no entry fee for the event. For more information, call 340-513-2707.

MLK 5K walk/run set for Sunday on St. Thomas

Entries are now being accepted for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 5K walk/run, scheduled for Sunday at Vitraco Park on St. Thomas.

The race will begin at 7:15 a.m. for walkers and 7:30 a.m. for runners.

The entry fee is $3 per person. For more information or to register, call 340-474-6007.

7-on-7 flag football tourney Jan. 17-19 on St. Croix

Entries are being accepted for teams wanting to enter a double-elimination 7-on-7 flag football tournament, set to begin Friday, Jan. 17, on St. Croix.

The tournament is open to teams with a maximum of 10 players on its roster, with all players ages 18-up.

All games will be played at the Educational Complex High School stadium.

Friday’s games start at 5 p.m. and the weekend games begin at 3 p.m. each day.

The entry fee is $75 per team, with the winning team collecting a $2,000 cash prize.

For more information or to obtain entry forms, call 340-643-6919.

V.I. Soccer resets date for St. Thomas referee course

The date for the planned soccer referee development course by the U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association has been bumped back to late January, officials announced.

The four-day course will now run from Thursday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 26.

The course is for referees and match officials to teach the fundamentals of officiating matches on the local, regional and national level.

Call 340-977-1522 to pre-register for the course. Pre-registration is suggested, but not required.

2020 St. Croix Scenic 50 road races set for Jan. 25

Registration is still open for the 2020 St. Croix Scenic 50 road races, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25.

The Scenic 50 will feature a 50-mile run, a 50-kilometer (31.1-mile) run and a 50-mile relay race.

The 50-mile run and 50-mile relay will begin at 5 a.m. in Christiansted, while the 50-kilometer run will begin at 7 a.m. at the top of “the Beast,” one of the highest points on St. Croix.

All three race routes run east to west and back again to the finish in Christiansted at the Buccaneer Resort’s Mermaid Beach.

The entry fee is $150 per runner for the 50-mile race, $125 per runner for the 50-kilometer race, and $272 per team for the 50-mile relay. The 50-mile relay can have teams of 2-4 runners.

To register, visit www.stcroix50.com. For more information, email stcroix50@yahoo.com.

Women’s Jogger Jam set for Jan. 26 on St. Thomas

Registration is now open for the 38th annual Women’s Jogger Jam, scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 26, on St. Thomas.

The two-mile race for girls and women will begin at Schneider Hospital at 4:30 p.m., with the finish line in the parking lot at the Wheatley Center shopping center.

Tank tops will be given to the first 250 register finishers, with trophies to the top finisher and the top three in nine age groups. A team challenge award will also go to the school and organization with the most participants.

Participants can register in advance at the Fruit Bowl in Wheatley Center or Caribbean Surf Co.’s Red Hook store. The entry fee is $10 for adults in advance and $15 on race day, and $5 for youth ages 18-under.

Call 340-771-3311.

USVISA begins U-15 girls development program

The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association is looking for interested girls soccer players ages 15 and under to take part in a developmental program on both St. Croix and St. Thomas.

The program, open to girls born January 2005 or later, is to introduce the prospects to the fundamentals of soccer, and build a pool of players to participate in tournaments on the local, regional and international level.

Participants in the development program will be eligible for selection to the USVI U-15 Girls National Team, which is scheduled to compete in the 2020 CONCACAF U-15 Girls Championships in Florida in August 2020.

To register or for more information, call 340-332-6928 on St. Croix or 340-643-5837 on St. Thomas, or email chowell@usvisoccerassociation.com or usvisoccer@gmail.com.

St. Thomas Swimming after-school lessons at pool

The St. Thomas Swimming Association has resumed its after-school swimming lessons and swim team training programs.

The swimming lessons are held from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and cost $20 per person for a group lesson or $30 per person for private lessons.

The swim team training programs are held from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. for Bronze and Silver level teams, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the Gold level team.

For more information, call 340-779-7872 or email stsaswimming@gmail.com.

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