The 30th Easter International Swimming Meet held between the 13th and 15th April at the National Swimming Pool in Tal-Qroqq, saw the participation of 325 athletes from 6 foreign clubs and 11 local clubs, making it a truly international affair. With a staggering 1700 individual entries, the competition was a testament to the increasing popularity of swimming in Malta.
The competition schedule covered the full program of Olympic events, plus the 50m events in Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly. In addition, the 4x100m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley, and 4x200m Freestyle were also included.
The competition included heats in the morning, followed by finals in the afternoon. Swimmers of different age groups and skill levels were able to participate in the various events, giving everyone a chance to showcase their skills and compete against their peers, fostering a sense of international camaraderie and sportsmanship. The event also helped to promote the sport of swimming in the region and inspire the next generation of swimmers.
Karl Izzo, President of the ASA of Malta, had high praise for the Easter International Swimming Meet, stating
“We had a big excellent meet over the weekend. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the participants, sponsors, and volunteers for their support in making the event a success. We look forward to continuing to host this prestigious competition in the future and welcoming even more swimmers from around the world.”
This edition of the Easter International Swimming Meet featured several impressive performances, with a number of Easter Meet Records broken over the course of the three-day event. Among the highlights were Matthew Satariano’s record-breaking time of 55.35 in the Men’s 100m Freestyle, and Dylan Cachia’s impressive swim in the Men’s 800m Freestyle, with a time of 8:25.76. Alexander Gening of Germany also had a strong showing, setting a new record in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke with a time of 30.21 in the finals, after having swum 30.39 in the heats. In the Women’s events, Alisa Camilleri set a new record of 38.78 in the heats of the 50m Breaststroke, while Michela Portelli made an impact in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly events, setting new records in both the heats and finals. The impressive performances by these
swimmers and others helped to make the Easter International Swimming Meet a memorable and exciting event for all involved.