Suriname’s Raiz Tjon A Joe worked his way onto the podium of the final day of yard swimming at the 2015 Speedo Winter Jr. Championships – East on Saturday Dec 12. Raiz representing Azura Florida aquatics edged his season best and personal best of 45.05 by the slimmest of margins to record a new standard of 45.04 and be 6th heading into the Championship final of the 100 yard freestyle. His split time was 21.28. Raiz had more in the tank in the final in the evening. He ripped a 20.72 50 yard split to be leading with two lengths to go.He held on to secure the Silver medal in 44.03 taking more than a second off his time in a sprint event. He won the 15-17 100 metre Silver medal at this year’s CARIFTA Games in 52.57.
SwimMac Carolina’s sister act of Albury and Lilly Higgs punched their tickets to the final of the 200 yard breaststroke with personal bests. Albury crushed her season best of 2:17.01 and personal best of 2:16.87 to register 2:14.37 to be ranked 5th going into the Championship final. Sister Lilly destroyed her season best of 2:26.63 to be 8th going into the final. Her previous personal standard of 2:19.22 was also blown away. In the final it would be Albury who would again lower her personal best. Her new personal record now stands at 2:14.07. She took the out the race half a second faster at the 50 yard mark in 1:03.96 to help her secure 5th position. Lilly improved upon her position after the morning heats to finish 7th in 2:15.80. At CARIFTA 2015 Albury won the 15-17 200 metre breaststroke Gold medal in 2:39.53 while the Lilly won the 13-14 equivalent in 2:41.14. Swimming the 200 metre breaststroke at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore Lily clocked 2:40.48 while Albury was timed in 2:36.78.
Aruban Patrick Groters was the next best placed CARIFTA region swimmer. The 16 year old representing Pine Crest Swimming was 30th in the 200 yard backstroke in a new personal best time of 1:49.27He destroyed his previous personal best of 1:56.75. Groters is the reigning 15-17 Silver medallist in the 200 metre backstroke having clocked 2:09.34 in Bridgetown earlier this year. At the World Junior Championships in Singapore in August he posted a time of 2:09.89.
Saint Andrew’s Bahamian Izaak Bastian lowered his personal best of 2:05.36 in the 200 yard event to record a time of 2:04.13. Bastian won the 200 metre breaststroke in Barbados in his first year of the 13-14 age group in 2:28.15.
His countryman Jared Fitzgerald who swims for Peddie was 58th in the 100 yard freestyle in 46.67. Fitzgerald was 8th in the 15-17 100 metre freestyle at CARIFTA 2015 in 54.49.
In the 400 yard freestyle relay Saint Andrews was 22nd in a time of 3:07.40. Jamaican Jesse Marsh took charge of third leg duties with a 48.29 split. Bastian anchored in 47.11.
Fitzgerald helped Peddie to 23rd with his 2nd leg split of 46.51 .The total time for Peddie was 3:07.80.
Aruban Patrick Groters started the relay for Pine Crest with a 46.94.they finished 24th in 3:08.02.
SwimMac Carolina won the girls competition with 57s points.
Azura Florida Aquatics was 18th in the boys competition with 62.50 points. Baylor was 19th with 56 points. Saint Andrew’s Swimming was 38th with 16 points.