EC Alumnus Alex Sobers competed at the 2021 ISCA International Senior Cup March 23-27.
First, Sobers finished 3rd in the 100 LCM freestyle in a personal best 49.78 and a new Barbados national record.
Next, Sobers had a pair of 1st place finishes, starting with the 200 LCM freestyle in a personal best 1:48.36 (new Barbados national record) winning the finals which included American Olympians Ryan Lochte and Caleb Dressel. Finally, finishing 1st in the 400 LCM freestyle in a time of 3:53.19 (another new Barbados national record).
Sobers is already an Olympian who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, at the age of 17. He then attended Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, Ga). During his 4 years at Emmanuel, Sobers was a 24-time Conference Champion; was a NCAA national champion in the 2019 NCAA Div. II National Championships (500 freestyle); and competed at 4 World Championships.
Head Coach, Allen Gilchrest, commented; “Alex was a Senior at the 2020 NCAA national championships, getting ready to defend his national title, when the covid pandemic reached the United States and the NCAA Championships were canceled. I had to tell Alex his college swimming career was over. Alex quickly turned his attention to the Tokyo Olympics, which were soon postponed to 2021. Alex could easily have hung up his goggles and retired from swimming, but he persevered, continued to train, and has accomplished amazing results!” GO LIONS!
Sobers is currently attending graduate school at Boston College (Boston, Mass.) and swims for Eagle Aquatics. The Tokyo Olympics are schedule for July 23- Aug 8, 2021.