Sean- Douglas Gooden and mother Paula Gooden
Sean- Douglas Gooden and mother Paula Gooden Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Elva Carey and son DaVante Carey
Elva Carey and son DaVante Carey Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
10 -12 50 metre breaststroke medallists
10 -12 50 metre breaststroke medallists Elva Carey and son DaVante Carey Gold Nicole Parker and son Cameron Brown Silver Akeem Alleyne and father Dillon Alleyne Bronze Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Tornadoes Swim Club’s Sean Douglas Gooden was the top performer on the third session of the 2015 Christmas Open Swimming Championships on Saturday Dec 19.In the morning session Gooden won 2 individual events and was a member of his club 200 freestyle relay win all of which were in meet record times. He started off the day by winning the 13 and over 200 metre breaststroke event. He took the event in 2:40.42 taking almost 5 second off the 2013 standard set Swimaz’s Kevaughn Campbell. He would also stand atop the podium in the 50 metre breaststroke when he stopped the clock in 31.71. He lowered former national representative Brad Hamilton’s 2007 record of 31.86. He closed the morning session another record swim the 200 freestyle relay. He teamed with Nicholas Haughton, Alex Mignott and Christian Alberga to set a new meet standard of 1:43.56. The former record of 1:45.86was set by the 2012 Tornadoes team of Kristoff Batson, Stephen Duhaney, Christian Alberga and Xavier Boland.

Also etching their names was the 10-12 duo of Cameron Brown and DaVante Carey of the Y Speedos Swim club and Swift Swimming of Bahamas. Brown shaved more than 3 seconds off the old 2011 meet standard of 2:54.42 Xavier Phillips to register a time of 2:51.10.At last year’s meet Cameron was 2nd in 3:05.20. Bahamian Carey had a convincing 2 seconds plus win margin in the 50 metre breaststroke. Carey took almost a second off the 2014 record of 34.21 by Gooden to register a time of 33.23 .That performance is a new personal best for Carey which would have won the Gold medal at this year’s CARIFTA and CCCAN Championships for 11-12 boys. DaVante was just outside of countryman’s Izaak Bastian national age group mark of 32.94.

Equalling his record from the preliminaries was Jesse Marsh who took the title in the 13 and 100 metre butterfly in 59.09. Last year Marsh had finished 2nd in the event in 1:03.03.

Marlins Swim Club ‘s Karci Gibson completed another trifecta as she took the 10-12 girls 100 backstroke  and 100 butterfly in 1:18.83 and 1:15.69 respectively while also winning the open 400 metre individual medley in 6:09.10. Other double winners for that session included Marlins Swim Club’s Octivia Gray who swept the breaststroke races in times of 3:07.65 for the 200 metre event and 36.33 for the 50. Angara Sinclair of the Y Speedos won the 100 metre backstroke in 1:10.53 just missing the 2010 record of 1;10.44 by Kendese Nangle. She was the top performer in 13 and over 100 metre butterfly winning it in a time of 1:14.89. The last race for the girls saw Swimaz Aquatics barely missing the 200 metre freestyle record .The team of Emily MacDonald, Deandra Reynolds, Thandiwe McDonald Britney Williams clocked a total time of 1:59.82. The 2013 Marlins record of 1:59.75 barely survived to the 2016 Championships. The members of that 2013 Marlins team were Octivia Gray, Karci Gibson, Anjuii Barrett and Stefani Webley.

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