Karlene Francis and Karci Gibson
Karlene Francis mother of Karci Gibson Karci Gibson Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Emily MacDonald and father
Emily MacDonald and father Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Jesse Marsh  and Allan Roy Marsh
Jesse Marsh and father Allan Roy Marsh Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe


Marlins Swim Club Karci Gibson won the most Gold medals on the second night of competition at the 2015 Christmas Open Swimming Championships. Gibson won three events on the night taking the 200 metre freestyle, 200 metre individual medley and was member of the victorious 400 metre medley relay team.

Gibson started the meet winning the 10-12 200 metre freestyle in record fashion clocking a time of 2:22.65 lowering the 2013 meet record of 2:23.08 by the Cayman Islands Samantha Bailey. In the process she lowered her personal best time of 2:23.00.  Gibson shows major improvement from 2014 as she won the Silver medal last year in 2:33.34. She would go on to win the 10-12 200 metre Individual medley in a time of 2:47.16. She ended the night doing the backstroke leg of the Marlins A team which had Octivia Gray doing breaststroke, Anjuii Barret Butterfly and Chenille Haughton handling the anchor freestyle duties. The team won in a time of 5:12.00.

Cameron Brown of the Y Speedos Swim Club almost repeated Gibson’s performance of a hat trick of wins. Brown took the 10-12 boys 200 metre freestyle race in a new personal best of more than 3 seconds to clock 2:19.39. At the last Christmas Open in 2014 Brown had posted time of 2:33.88 for the Bronze medal. He had another 3 second plus drop to post a winning time of 2:40.00 in the 200 metre individual medley. Brown was 5th last year in a time of 2:52.32. His 400 metre relay team however finished 2nd preventing the hat trick.

Records would fall in the preliminaries of the 100 metre butterfly. Swimaz Aquatics Emily MacDonald took down the record 2013 of 1:14.66 by Anjuii Barrett with a 1:14.03 clocking. Jesse Marsh took down the 13 and over 2008 meet record of 59.60 by Tornadoes and Jamaican standout Brad Hamilton with a swim of 59.08. He also rattled his national age group record of 58.49 that he set on Dec 13.

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