The second day of the SPEEDO Winter Junior Championships in North Carolina on Thursday Dec 6 saw Curaçao’s Chadé Nersicio earning a finals berth in the 50 yard freestyle for the second consecutive year.
Nersicio placed third in the C final of the event in a time of 23.05 to be the the only CARIFTA region swimmer earning a second swim in an individual event.The Florida 1A state champion in the 50 free anchored the East Coast Aquatics team 400 yard medley relay team to 32nd with a split time of 50.35, the 13th fastest freestyle split of the 41 competing teams.The team’s total time was 3:49.43.
Jamaicans Emily MacDonald of the Bolles School and Gabrianna Banks of South Florida Aquatics had times of 24.00 and 24.25 in the 50 yard freestyle.
Puerto Rico’s Jan Collazo Torres of Trinity Prep Aquatics was the top swimmer from the CCCAN region in the 50 yard freestyle for the boys as he clocked 20.74 to place 25th. It was his third best ever performance . This as he had won the Florida 1A State Championships with personal best times in the heats and final of 20.47 and 20.38.
Jack Kirby of the Baylor School and Barbados recorded a new personal best in the event of 20.89. That bettered his previous best of 20.92 registered earlier this year in February and it also placed him 43rd overall.
The first day of the SPEEDO Winter Junior Championships East in Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina on Wednesday December 5 saw CARIFTA region representation in the 4 x 50 medley and 4 x 200 freestyle relays.
Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald and her Bolles Sharks team placed 19th in the 4x 50 medley relay with a time of 1:44.00.Emily contributed a 25.35 butterfly leg to the team effort.Last year Bolles placed 23rd in 1:44.89.
Curaçao’s Chadé Nersicio and her East Coast Aquatics Team placed 30th overall with a time of 1:45.02. Nersicio anchored the team with a freestyle split of 22.75. Her time was the seventh fastest freestyle split of the 41 competing teams. It also represents an improvement in time for Chadé and her time since 2017 as she anchored the team in 22.92 when they had a total team effort of 1:45.52.
Gabrianna Banks of Jamaica ,who represents the South Florida Aquatic Club home of World Record holder Alia Atkinson anchored the 4 x 200 yard freestyle relay team with a split of 2:01.68 . The team placed 32nd in a total time of 7:39.25.
The 2018 edition of the ISSA Championships saw Immaculate Conception High School and Campion College retaining their titles. Immaculate won the female title amassing 519 points down from their 575 total last year. Campion College girls and St Andrew high School finished second and third scored 373 and 255 points increasing their tally from 2017. In the boys section Campion College boys retained their title with a points score of 442.50 points widening their winning advantage by over 100 points as Wolmer’s Boys placed second with 338 points. Third went to Kingston College with 199 points more than doubling their points performance from 2017.
Twelve individual meet records were broken and the relay standards were reset five times. Fittingly the top record setters came from the winning schools Nathaniel Thomas of Campion College in the 13-14 age group and Zaneta Alvaranga of Immaculate also in the same age group.
Thomas was prolific in setting meet records in the 50 metre backstroke,50 metre freestyle, 100 metre freestyle and Campion’s relays in the 13-14 200 metre freestyle and medley relays.He won the high point trophy for his age group with 27 points. In the very first event event Thomas crushed his personal best of 29.69 and the meet record of 29.70 by Kyle Sinclair to record the fastest time ever swum at the meet of 28.85.The previous best ever performance was 28.89 done by national age group standout Todd Johnson of Wolmer’s Boys in 2003 in the 17 and over age group
In speaking to draftingthecaribbean he said “there is still work to be done and he hopes to better his times again at the next meet” .He said he “was relaxed and focused for the start of each race”. At CARIFTA 2018 held in Kingston earlier this year he had placed sixth while battling illness . His time on Friday would have won him the Silver medal in the event.
In all his individual races Thomas had the fastest performances of the meet. The quality of those swims extended to the relays and the combined efforts of his teammates that posted the top times in the freestyle and medley relays. In the freestyle relay the team of Daniel Mair, Joshua Alleyne, Jaleel Samms and Thomas posted the best time of the meet of 1:49.01.In the 200 medley relay the quartet of Thomas, Joshua Mair , Samms and Daniel Mair were the best on the day posting a time of 2:02.38
50 metre backstroke
50 metre freestyle
100 metre freestyle
200 metre freestyle relay
200 metre medley relay
Alvaranga was equally as dominant in her events. She won four individuals and a relay event all in meet record time. Zaneta amassed 36 points. Arguably her best race of the meet was the 50 metre butterfly where she took off more than a second off the record of 31.04 to record a time of 29.61, the first ever sub 30 seconds clocking of the meet. Also under the record was Campion’s Paig’e Lewis who won Silver 30.71. Alvaranga is the reigning CARIFTA Silver medallist in this event. In the 50 metre breaststroke she and Campion ‘s Sabrina Lyn got under the old meet record of 37.38 with Gold and Silver medal winning times of 36.46 and 37.02 respectively.She combined with Imani Salmon, Brooke Hopkins and Safiya Officer to down the 2016 meet record of Campion College of 2:19.07 to post the fastest time ever at the meet of 2:13.52.
50 metre freestyle
50 metre breaststroke
100 metre freestyle
50 metre butterfly
200 metre medley relay
Also winning high points trophies for their age groups were Kokolo Foster of Immaculate Conception and Joshua Mignott of Campion College with 29 and 25 points respectively.
Paris Clare of St Andrew High School with 34 points and Kito Campbell of Calabar high school with 31 points in the 15-16 age category.
Wolmerians Britney Williams and Jordane Payne topped the 17 and over age group.Williams scored 32 points while Payne had the highest point total of the meet with 45.
Curaçao’s Chadé Nersicio of Trinity Christian Academy captured the 50 yard freestyle at the 1A State Championships on November 16 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida. Her win is a culmination of hard work and determination to finally capture the crown after a number of podium finishes.
Something special was on the cards for Chadé as for the the first time in the four years of competing in the event she was the top qualifier in the event . She also had her fastest ever preliminary time of 23.14. That would be a good sign of what was to unfold in the Championship final of the 50 yard freestyle.
Chadé would win her 50 freestyle title and the first for the Warriors. She stopped the clock in the only sub 23 seconds time of the race of 22.66 , a new personal best and school record. Silver went to McKenna Smith of Academy at Lakes in 23.29 and the Bronze to Madeline Burt in a time of 23.29. Chadé has been the standard bearer for the Warriors ever since she enrolled Lake Worth based institution making an immediate impact becoming the first swimmer to go under 24 seconds.
Her buildup to this State Championship Gold was perfect in all the major school meets leading up to the meet in Stuart Florida as she took the top sprinter title at the Districts,Regionals and the Palm Beach County Championships .
ROAD TO GOLD
Palm Beach County
22.89 MR PB
Draftingthecaribbean contacted Chadé and got her reaction to her win
“It felt so great winning the 50 free, my goal was dropping more time than usual in this event.Because over the years I wasn’t dropping much.I went from being stuck at 22.89 to going 22.66 Junior Nationals is coming up shortly my coach and I still believe I can go much faster than States so that’s what were preparing for”.
Only FOUR other winners of the 50 yard freestyle have ever gone faster than Chadé’s winning time across the Florida divisions and she now joins Chinyere Pigot of Suriname who represented the Doral Academy 2010 and Jamaican Natasha Moodie of Miramar (3A) 2005 as CARIFTA region swimmers to have won the 50 yard freestyle State Championships. Both went on to compete at the Olympics in the 50 metre Moodie at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Pigot at the 2008 Olympics and London 2012 Olympics.
This year has gone well in the 50 freestyle in the long course pool in the Chadé with top performances in regional age group meet and making the B final at the CAC Games in Colombia.
1st B final
There would be more Gold and yet another school record in the 200 yard freestyle relay . In the Championship final Nersicio provided the fastest split of 22.67 to move the team from third to Gold in a new school record and first ever State title in a time of 1:34.25.The team of Nicole Gomez, Naïma Dessout, Eriana Temperino produced the fastest 1A winning time since 2014.
It was also the first time a CARIFTA region swimmer was on the Gold medal winning team since Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace led off the 2006 Bolles team in a then state record time of 1:34.53.
There would also be another medal in the 400 yard freestyle relay as the Warriors replicated their best ever showing from 2017 with another Bronze medal. This time the quartet lowered the school record from 3:28.11 at the Palm Beach county champs to 3:27.44.
Nersicio would also go on to place fifth in the 100 yard freestyle in 50.64. She has set the school record in the event at the this year’s Palm Beach County Championships with a a winning time of 50.34.
The Warriors would place fourth in the girls division with 208 points. The Bolles school won with 381 points, followed by Pine Crest with 303 points and Saint Andrews with 244.
On Saturday November 16 at the Florida 4A State Championships in Stuart Florida Aruba’s Brandon Cheong provided a sensational breaststroke leg for the Bucholz high school to help them win the Silver medal in the 200 yard medley relay.
The final of the 200 yard medley relay at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center saw Bucholz trailing in 6th place after the backstroke leg. It would take a great leg by Brandon to move them back into medal contention. He provided just that leg with a 25.91 split. That time was the third fastest leg in 4A State Championships final history. That brought the team to third and gave anchor Julian Hill to challenge for the Gold. The total team was 1:33.70 earning them the Silver just behind Lake Brantley in 1:33.61. The team performance was also best the time done by Bucholz at the State Championships. This is the second consecutive Silver medal for the school as they placed second in 2017 in 1:33.99.
Brandon had been having a great year in this distance as he won Silver medals in the 50 metre breaststroke at both the CARIFTA Championships in Kingston Jamaica and at home in Aruba for the CCCAN Championships with times of 30.38 and 30 .23.
There would be another Silver medal for Cheong and his school mates in the 400 yard freestyle relay. The team moved from 4th in 2017 to second place in 2018 with a total team time of 3:07.30. Cheong also recorded his best split at the State Championships with a third leg effort of 48.53.
In the 50 yard freestyle he recorded a personal best of 21.81 in the heats to make the B final. In that race he stopped the clock in 22.02 to place 6th his best performance at the Championships. The 100 yard breaststroke saw him recording a season best of 58.49 in the heats before placing 4th in the B final in 59.66.
When draftingthecaribbean contacted Brandon he gave this assessment of the 200 yard medley relay
“Honestly I had an amazing teammates this season, it wasn’t just me who had a great effect on the relay. My teammates made an awesome role for making states and we earned second place in the 200 yard medley relay. When I stepped on the block I knew I had to step up for my guys to win in the 200 medley relay. I’ve actually felt great in the water, I was mainly focusing on my turns, stroke and my underwater. When I touched the wall I saw the 25.91, I was actually shocked to go below 26 seconds in the 50 breaststroke. After I got out of the water I was supporting my teammates as loud as possible”.
Jamaica’s most well traveled junior swimmer for the calendar year 2018 Emily MacDonald of the Bolles School was in yet another high level meet as she competed in the prestigious Florida high school 1A State championships. Emily’s itinerary for 2018 included the UANA championships in Coral Springs Florida, CARIFTA in Jamaica, CCCAN Championships in Aruba, the CAC Games in Colombia and the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina The State Championships which were held on Saturday November 16 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida saw Emily winning her first State Championships title in the 200 yard medley relay as well as Silver in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Along with those medal performances she recorded personal best times in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events on her way to making the Championship finals in those races.
The evening’s final began on the best possible note for Emily as the Bolles School Sharks team of Faith Khoo backstroke 26.11, Carly Schwab breaststroke 28.74, Sasha Ramey butterfly 25.22 and MacDonald 23.43 recorded a total team time of 1:43.50 to capture the Gold. Silver went to the Saint Andrews School in 1:44.97 and the Bronze to Pine Crest in 1:45.29.This is the first medley relay title at the 1A State Championships since St Lucia’s Olympian Danielle Beaubrun who swam the breaststroke leg on the 2007 Bolles team.
Next up was the 50 yard freestyle final. Emily had qualified for the Championship by lowering her personal best in the race from 23.76 to 23.70. She would be even faster in the final as she posted another personal best of 23.68 to place 5th. This is an improvement from 2017 where she had placed eighth.
The race won by Chade Nercisio of the Trinity Christian School in 22.66. Chade who is from Curacao is the reigning CARIFTA 15-17 50 metre champion while Emily is the reigning champion in the 13-14 age group.
In the heats of the 100 yard freestyle Emily recorded her first sub 52 seconds time performance when she registered 51.67 (split time 25.01) to make the A final. That would be the second time she has made the Championship final in the event after making her debut in 2017. In the final she would place eighth in 52.71.
The 200 yard yard freestyle relay saw MacDonald leading off the Bolles team in a time of 23.86 in the final faster than the 23.91 she did in 2017. Her fellow Sharks Ramsey, Adair Sand and Megan McGrath contributed splits of 23.71,23.35 and 23.47 to help the team to a Silver medal winning time of 1:34.39. That performance betters the Bronze medal performance of 2017 .It is also the fastest time by the Bolles Sharks in the final since 2014.
MacDonald who started the Championships with 1 career medal at States now has 3. When draftingthecaribbean contacted Emily on November 18 she had the following thoughts about her Championship performances
” I was very pleased with my performances at this year’ State Championships. I bettered my 50 free and 100 free times. My 50 free time is now 23.68 and 100 free is 51.67.I am very pleased because it means because I am a lot fitter than last year because in 2017 I was doing 52 in the 100 free and 23 high in the 50 free.My time shows that I can do a lot better in long course season when it comes and do a lot better overall for the season”
The Bolles School won the girls division with 381 points.Second went to Pine Crest with 303 points and third to Saint Andrew’s with 244 points.
The 2018 edition of the Walter Lowi Swim meet returned after a one year hiatus .It also returned to its original sprint origins which comprised of 50 and 100 metre races. The swimmers took to this return with great relish as the age group swimmers stroked their way to 33 meet records.
One of the swimmers that stood out on the meet on November 17 at the National Aquatic Centre was young Christanya Shirley of the Marlins Swim club in the 9-10 age group. Shirley who will be eligible for CARIFTA selection in January put in yet another great showing winning four Gold medals and all in meet record times. The most impressive of which was the 100 metre freestyle. She crushed the field by more than 10 seconds to win a new national record of 1:06.12. In stopping the clock at that time she lowered the 2015 record of 1:07.33 by Zaneta Alvaranga set back in Dec 2015.Alvaranga also held the meet record at 1:08.65 also set in 2015. There would almost be another national record effort in the 50 metre backstroke as she won by 7 seconds to touch the pads in 36.21 breaking the 2007 meet record of 36.75 by fellow Marlins swimmer Stefani Webley but just missing Webley’s national record of 35.75 set in December of the same year. Shirley’s other meet records would be in the 50 metre butterfly where she won by five seconds lowering Kendese Nangle’s 2005 standard of 34.39. In the 50 metre breaststroke she won by four seconds to lower Gabrielle Black’s 2010 standard of 42.13 to 41.33.
Another swimmer who provided a four star performance on the day was Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes Swim Club who competed in the 13-14 age group. Thomas recorded all personal best for his wins. In the 50 metre butterfly he won by over a second to claim the Gold in 26.71 , a time that would have won Gold in that age group at this year’s CARIFTA Championships held in Kingston. It was also the fastest 50 metre butterfly time on the day.He took more than a second off the 2010 standard of 27.78 set by Sidrell Williams and has more than a year left in the age group to go after the national record of 26.22 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter in 2011. In the 100 metre freestyle he took nearly three seconds off another 2010 Williams standard of 58.55 when he recorded his first sub 56 time of 55.97. The 100 metre butterfly saw him breaking the minute mark and crushing the 2006 standard of Ramon Walton of 1:03.33. That effort would have won him the Gold at CARIFTA this year. He closed out the meet with almost his first sub 25 seconds performance in the 50 metre freestyle as he touched the wall in 25.09. That broke Williams’ 2010 standard of 26.03. His effort would have also won the Bronze at CARIFTA this year. In speaking to draftingthecaribbean yesterday Thomas gave this assessment of his performances
“My performances at Walter Lowi this weekend was very good .I achieved a lot of best times and I think this meet compared to CARIFTA this year was much better mainly because I think I got fitter and faster.I think CARIFTA was a little rough because I still adjusting to the new age group and also I was sick.This meet was a very good opportunity for me to get all my sprint times down and I think the next meet I can do even better. I have been improving a lot since CCCAN (July in Aruba) and in terms of training it has gotten hard and more intense and I think that has been a big factor in my improvement. I am looking forward to CARIFTA and CCCAN in 2019 to do a lot better than this year”.
The Y Speedos remained unbeaten for the calendar year 2018 as they won the meet with 710 points, Second went to the Tornadoes with 575 points and third to Swimaz with 252. The top five was rounded out by Marlins and Aquamarine Riplles with 208 and 168 points respectively.