Seaton kicks off Guyana’s participation in World Aquatics Championships with PB in 50M fly

first_imgLEON Seaton splashed off Guyana’s participation in the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships with a personal best in the 50M butterfly on Sunday (Saturday night Guyana time) in Gwangju, South Korea.Seaton, the youngest of a three-swimmer team, clocked 28.54s.The 15-year-old finished second in Heat 3; unfortunately, due to the high level of competition at the meet, he did not qualify for the semi-finals. Overall, he finished with a better time than 17 swimmers at the meet.Prior to the swim, the teen’s best time in the 50M fly was 28.73s.Beside Seaton, top senior swimmers, Andrew Fowler and Jamila Sanmoogan, are also at the meet, along with Chairman of GASA’s Technical Committee, Sean Baksh, who travelled as Manager/Coach, and GASA President, Ivan Persaud.Persaud is at the Championships to attend the General Congress of FINA and other pertinent meetings.Fowler, 23, who is attending the Spire Institute in Ohio, will swim the 100M freestyle and the 50M freestyle on July 24th and 26th (South Korea is 13 hours ahead of Guyana). Also, this week Sanmoogan, 22, who is on a scholarship in Colombia, will swim the 50M butterfly and the 50M freestyle, while Seaton will compete in the 50M backstroke.Seaton, who got past swimmers from Sudan, Benin, Solomon Islands, Palau, Rwanda, Cameroon, Djibouti and Yemen in Heat 3 in the butterfly, was praised by his coach.“His start was excellent, his reaction time was very good, he is ranked with the fastest starters,” Baksh told Chronicle Sport after the race.“He will go far, he’s only 15 and he’s matching his skills with the best in the world.”last_img read more

Students express off-campus housing safety concerns

first_img“Part of the scope of this [renovation] project included removing dated security bars from the property and replacing them with a Ring Doorbell and Floodlight camera system on the exterior of the property, giving residents more knowledge and control over who has access to their home when they are not there,” the statement read. In the email screenshot posted to Facebook, Juraso said the property owner was “well aware” of the incident, and “their stance remained firm.” The post was taken off of the page Thursday. Rusher alleged Jurasko reported the post for harassment and it was subsequently deleted. “Security bars are not promised anywhere in the lease and as a property management company, we never imply or promise the safety of our residents,” the email read. “I think the email was hostile and unnecessary for one, just to say that they don’t ensure the safety of residents with … but especially callous, insensitive given the recent incident,” Rusher said. “Even though I don’t know the specific details, I feel like it was understandable for us to request safety measures, especially those that were included when we first signed the lease, such as safety bars.” In addition to a new security system, the housing company said it is installing new fences to replace the original security system. Rusher, who is majoring in international relations global business,  said the email dismissed the safety concerns of Mosaic residents. In the Facebook group, the company’s statement was met with harsh criticism. Rusher’s post accrued over 180 comments from students, many of whom shared similar experiences. The post was removed from the page Thursday. When junior Keala Rusher discovered off-campus property management company Mosaic Student Community wasn’t going to reinstall safety bars on her windows, she had concerns. In the comments, many students wrote that they experienced difficulty with Mosaic’s maintenance of utilities, including the air conditioning, and other residents complained of being forced to live in smaller “closet-like” rooms. Students complained in a USC Facebook group after Mosaic Student Housing removed window safety bars from its houses. (Photo courtesy of Mosaic Student Housing) According to Rusher, the incident began when her housemate, Alejandro Gonzalez, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering, asked for security bars to be replaced on the window after they were taken off for renovations and repairs to the building.center_img In response to the allegations, Mosaic released a statement addressing the renovations and student concerns. DPS Assistant Chief David Carlisle said that students should consider the safety measures in place before deciding to lease with certain off-campus housing companies. Carlisle said checking the location and security amenities of properties can help students feel safer. Students encouraged Rusher to contact the Department of Public Safety with safety concerns and legal counsel for representation. Rusher said that following the recent death of student Victor McElhaney during a robbery attempt near campus, security and well-being became an important concern for her and her housemates. “Mosaic built a small house in the backyard of the house that we are currently leasing and … they re-painted the exterior of our house and in order to do that they had to take off the security bars that were already on the windows,” Rusher said. “They almost moved me into a literal closet-sized room despite the floor plans suggesting otherwise,” one student commented. “Renovations include … [a] repainting the exterior of the home and adding security fencing between the front of the house and the back of the property,” the statement read. She posted a screenshot of the email exchange between her housemate and property manager Courtney Jurasko in the “USC Memes for Spoiled Pre Teens” Facebook group. “If a student feels unsafe, we would be happy to do a quick security assessment of the facility,” Carlisle said. “But, if it is a privately owned properly, the owner has no obligation to conform to what we recommend. But, students can make recommendations.”last_img read more