Britney Williams of the Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club was the top performer on the first day of the 2015 Christmas Open Swimming championships on Thursday Dec 17 when she set a meet record in the 800 metre freestyle at the National Stadium Pool.
Williams, a 3rd form student at the Wolmer’s Girls High School, swam 10:12.19 lowering the old mark of 10:13.15. This is a major improvement from last year’s Championships when Williams won the Silver in 10:59.19.Winning the Silver medal was Leanne McMaster (unattached Y Speedos) in 10:33.92. McMaster, the former record holder represents Baylor Swimming in the United States. McMaster had a win streak in this event from 2010 to 2013 setting the record twice. Third was Immaculate High School student Karci Gibson of the Marlins Swim Club stopped the clock in 10:39.74.
In the men’s distance event the 1500 metre freestyle title went to Howard University freshman Nicholas Haughton. Haughton who represents the Tornadoes Swim Club won in a time of 18:44.11.This is Haughton’s first 1500 freestyle title after finishing third on three occasions in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Winning the Silver and Bronze medals were the Y Speedos duo of Jordane Payne and Chester Adams .Both swimmers recorded personal best times . Payne, a student at Wolmer’s Boys clocked 19:18.05 and Adams who attends Jamaica College registered a time of 19:29.88.