–National swimmers excelPOLICE were able to gain grounds in the 2019 Inter-Services Championships, by winning the swimming battle against rivals, the Guyana Defence Force, on Sunday, at the National Aquatic Centre at Liliendaal. The four-team battle ended with the Guyana Police Force, led by their male swimmers, including Andrew Fowler, who represented Guyana this year at the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea, winning by 36 points.After 12 competitive events, Police finished on 213 points, while GDF ended on 177 points, the Guyana Fire Service on nine points and the Guyana Prison Service on four points. Although Police’s Nikita Feidtkou, another national swimmer, finished as the best individual female with 28 points, the Guyana Defence Force ended on top in the women’s battle.GDF’s women finished with 100 points, while Police’s women ended with 98.Daniel Scott was the GDF’s top individual performer in the pool.The army’s Kenita Mahaica won the women’s 50M breast-stroke race in a time of 44.09s, just ahead of teammate Asanti Mickle, while seasoned national swimmer, Soroya Simmons, led GDF to victory in the 50M backstroke in 35.78s. She was able to finish ahead of Fiedtkou (36.69s) and Mickle (40.06s).The GDF ‘A’ team then won the female 200M Medley Relay in 2:26.38, ahead of GPF ‘A’ team (2:28.06).Feidtkou, who finished with 28 points, won gold in the 200M freestyle in a time of 2:27.52, to surge past another excellent national swimmer in Britany Van Lange (GDF). The Olympian clocked 2:33.03, while the dominant Amy Grant (GPF) finished third in 2:33.41.Feidtkou also won the 50M freestyle event in a time of 29.40s, just ahead of Van Lange who finished in 29.58s and Grant, who finished in 29.76s.Also registering a victory for Police was Grant. She won the 50M butterfly in a time of 31.31s. Noelle Smith (GPF) finished second in 33.83s, with Van Lange just behind in 33.94s.Van Lange and Grant finished with 22 points each, while GDF’s trio of Mahaica, Mickle and Simmons ended on 19, 18 and 15 points respectively.Fowler won two events, but finished behind GDF’s Daniel Scott overall on the points table.National swimmer Scott ended on 28 points, while fellow national swimmers, Fitzroy Thom (GPF) and Fowler ended on 26 points each.In the 400M freestyle, Scott stormed to victory in a time of 4:27.40, ahead of Thom (GPF), who clocked 4:51.68 and Fowler (4:54.02).Scott also won the 50M breast-stroke in a time of 32.81s, ahead of Andrew Jordan 33.57s.Fowler, on the other hand, claimed victory in the 50M butterfly. His time of 26.88s was slightly faster than Scott’s 26.91s. Jordan (GPF) placed third in 28.69s. Fowler, the US-based university student who travelled home for the meet, also won the 50M freestyle event in a time of 25.23s.Thom placed second in 26.19s and Jordan third in 26.76s.Thom also claimed a victory when he won the 50M backstroke (30.83s); fellow Police swimmers, Joseph Seguina (32.87s) and Jamaal Sobers (34.39s) placed second and third.Earlier in the day, the Guyana Defence Force had registered a win in the road race.According to reports, GPF finished second, the Guyana Prison Service third and the Guyana Fire Service fourth. The championships is scheduled to continue later this week with the Track and Field events.