Britney and Mom
Dawn Wheatley-Williams mother of Britney Williams and Britney Williams Photo Courtesy of Lynval Lowe
DaVante Carey Photo Courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Britney Williams of Swimaz Aquatics was a double winner on the penultimate session of the 2015 Christmas Open Swimming Championships at Jamaica’s National Stadium Pool on Saturday Dec 19. In the afternoon session Williams won the 13 and over 200 metre backstroke event in 2:47.03 in her first year in this age category. In her last year of the 10-12 age group in 2014 she had won the event in 2:50.07. In the only other final on for the night she won the open 400 metre freestyle in 4:57.91. In 2014 Britney was 2nd in 5:15.67.

Two records fell by the wayside in the preliminaries of the 100 metre breaststroke. DaVante Carey of Swift Swimming Bahamas who is the Bahamian 11-12 National champion and reigning CARIFTA bronze medallist in the 100 metre breaststroke was again in top form. He shot down Sean –Douglas Gooden’s 2013 10-12 age group record of 1:15.24 with 1:14.80 effort. Carey’s time would have won the Gold medal as this year’s CARIFTA games in the   11-12 boys 100 metre breaststroke final. Gooden lost one record but gained another with his performance in the 13 and over age group. He edged the 2014 of 1:12.04 Kevaughn Campbell of Swimaz Aquatics by the slimmest of margins as he recorded a time of 1:12.03.

Swimmers who collected titles on the night included Marlins Swim Club’s Karci Gibson who won 10-12 200 metre backstroke in 2:48.04. She moved up a place on the podium after a 2014 effort of 2:54.42. The boy’s 10-12 age group was won by Dominic Mullings of the Y Speedos in 2:53.61. He made a major improvement from 2014 where he finished 5th in 3:28.25.Joel Wilkinson of the Marlins Swim club won the 13 and over boy’s event in 2:44.19. Jesse Marsh won the last event of the night taking the open 400 metre freestyle event in 4:34.22. He moved two places up the podium after finishing 3rd in 2014 in 4:41.62.

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