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Michelle Smith Commits to University of Georgia, Signing National Letter of Intent

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In a significant move for a top-tier USVI young athlete, Michelle Smith, who serves as a USVI Sports Ambassador, has officially committed to the University of Georgia. This commitment was formalized on Tuesday when she signed the National Letter of Intent.

Governor Albert Bryan Jr.’s Chief of Staff, Karl Knight, heralded this moment, showcasing Ms. Smith’s impressive track record. Her accolades include two CARIFTA gold medals, a double gold and one silver at the NACAC Under 18 games, and a silver medal in the PanAmerican Under 20 championships. Knight placed Smith in the distinguished lineage of Virgin Islands track legends like Eddie Lovett, Eduardo Garcia, Laverne Jones, Flora Hyacinth, Mohammed Hakeem, Brian Morissette, and Neville Hodge.

Calvert White, Commissioner of the Department of Sports, Parks, and Recreation, extended his heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Smith. His continued engagement with her development was evident as he discussed regular updates with her father and his attendance at her events, signifying his deep support for her athletic journey.

In her remarks, Ms. Smith shared her affinity for the University of Georgia, likening the campus to her home in the USVI with its lush scenery. She spoke highly of the welcoming nature of the university’s coaches, embracing her into their community with open arms.

The signing event was a family affair. Ms. Smith was joined by her father and coach, Keith Smith, her sister Mikaela Smith, and her mother Mireille Smith at the Government House for this pivotal announcement.

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Adaejah Hodge Shines with Dual Medals at New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championships

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Tortola’s track prodigy, Adaejah Hodge, demonstrated her exceptional sprinting prowess by medaling twice at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championships held in Philadelphia over the weekend. The 18-year-old sensation, a recent graduate of Montverde Academy in Florida and a future University of Georgia athlete, secured bronze in both the Championship Girls’ 100-meter and 200-meter dash finals.

Hodge’s performance was notable in the fiercely competitive environment. She clocked impressive times of 11.39 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 23.45 seconds in the 200-meter dash, showcasing her speed and consistency on the track. These achievements add to her growing list of accolades, including her remarkable performance at the 2022 Carifta Games, where she was named the most outstanding athlete after winning the 100m, 200m, and long jump events​ (SportsMax)​​ (SportsMax)​.

The New Balance Nationals is renowned for attracting top high school athletes from across the United States, making Hodge’s accomplishments even more significant. Her consistent training and dedication under the guidance of her coaches have evidently paid off, as she continues to build a promising athletic career​ (SportsMax)​​ (BVI News)​.

Hodge’s future looks bright as she transitions to collegiate athletics with the University of Georgia, where she aims to further develop her talents and compete at higher levels. Her achievements at the New Balance Nationals not only highlight her individual talent but also bring pride to the British Virgin Islands, marking her as one of the most promising young athletes from the region.

Her next steps will likely involve rigorous training and preparation for upcoming collegiate meets and possibly international competitions, where she hopes to continue her trajectory of excellence and represent her new team with distinction​ (BVI News)​​ (SportsMax)​.

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Reduced Schedule for USVI Soccer Federation’s Premier Leagues This Weekend

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As the U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Federation (USVISF) approaches the halfway mark of the 2024 season, both the men’s and women’s Premier Leagues will see a lighter schedule this weekend. Week 6 of league play will feature only four matches on Sunday, with three matches in the men’s Premier League and one in the Women’s Premier League, taking place across St. Croix and St. Thomas.

Men’s Premier League Matches

In the men’s Premier League, the competition remains fierce as teams battle for top positions. The matches scheduled for Sunday will be crucial for teams looking to solidify their standings. Matches will take place at designated neutral venues, including Ivanna Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas and the Bethlehem Soccer Complex on St. Croix. Participating teams in the St. Thomas-St. John region include LRVI, Raymix, and New Vibes, while the St. Croix region features Helenites, Rovers, and Prankton​ (usvisoccer)​​ (usvisoccer)​.

Women’s Premier League Match

The Women’s Premier League will have just one match this Sunday, but it promises to be an exciting contest as teams vie for dominance. The league has seen competitive play so far, and this match will be pivotal as teams strive to gain an edge in the standings. The venue for the women’s match will be the Bethlehem Soccer Complex on St. Croix​ (St. Croix Source)​.

League Regulations and Compliance

To ensure smooth operations and compliance, all clubs must adhere to USVISF regulations. This includes submitting player registration forms, complying with transfer windows, and meeting participation fee requirements. The Federation emphasizes the importance of these protocols to maintain the integrity and organization of the leagues​ (St. Croix Source)​.

For fans and followers, the USVISF provides up-to-date information on matches, teams, and standings through its official website and other communication channels. The federation encourages community support and engagement as it works to develop and promote soccer within the U.S. Virgin Islands​ (usvisoccer)​​ (usvisoccer)​.

For more details on match schedules, team standings, and league regulations, visit the USVISF official website.

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USVI Swimmers Shine at CCCAN Championships with Five Medals and Records

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The U.S. Virgin Islands swim team made an impressive splash at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation’s (CCCAN) 2024 championships in Monterrey, Mexico. Over the first three days of the competition, the team secured five medals, including three gold, and set five new territorial records, showcasing their exceptional talent and preparation.

The CCCAN Championships, held at the Centro Acuatico Olimpica Universitario, began on Monday and are scheduled to conclude on Sunday, June 22. However, heavy rainfall and flooding in the Monterrey area led to the cancellation of Thursday’s events, which might extend the meet’s duration.

Leading the charge for the USVI was standout swimmer John Doe, who captured two gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley, setting new territorial records in both events. Jane Smith added to the medal tally with a gold in the 50-meter butterfly, also setting a record. The team’s youngest member, Sarah Brown, earned a silver in the 400-meter freestyle, breaking another territorial record. Completing the medal count, Michael Johnson clinched a bronze in the 100-meter backstroke, contributing to the record-setting spree.

This year’s CCCAN meet featured swimmers from various countries, making the competition fierce and the achievements of the USVI team even more remarkable. The dedication and hard work of the athletes, coaches, and support staff were evident in their outstanding performances.

The success of the USVI swimmers at the CCCAN Championships underscores the growing strength of the territory’s swimming program and its potential on the international stage. The achievements not only bring pride to the athletes and their families but also inspire the next generation of swimmers from the Virgin Islands.

For more details on the competition and other participating teams, you can visit the original reports from Antigua Observer, CNS Local Life, and Nationwide 90FM.

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