The final day of the 2015 Christmas Open Swimming championships on Sunday Dec 20 at the National Stadium pool saw 5 meet records fall by the wayside. Of that 5 included a Jamaican national age group record in the 13 and over 200 metre butterfly by Jesse Marsh.
Marsh who represents Saint Andrews in Florida clocked 2:13.33 lowering the 13-14 age group record of 2:15.41 he set at CCCAN Championships this summer. He also crushed the meet record of 2:21.87 set by Dominic Walter (McMaster University)in 2009. The time posted by Jesse would have won the Gold medal in the 13-14 boys age group at CARIFTA 2015. He also completed a sweep of the 13 and over butterfly events as he also won the 50 metre event in 27.51.
DaVante Carey of Swift Swimming Bahamas had yet another emphatic win in the 10 -12 age group taking the 100 metre freestyle in 58.73. He took more than a second off the old standard of 59.93 by Marsh in 2013. His winning effort would have won the Gold medals at the Bahamian National Championships in June, CCCAN and CARIFTA. The winning time for those races was 1:00.43, 58.87 and 58.88 respectively.
Also in record breaking form was Angara Sinclair of the Y Speedos. She broke the 13 and over record in the 50 metre backstroke as she completed the backstroke sprint double. Sinclair won in a Championship record time of 31.50 in the process breaking the old meet standard of 31.77 held by Dartmouth senior Kendese Nangle. Sinclair has been undefeated in this event for the past 5 years .She has won the 13 and over age group race for three years .She also took the event in her last 2 years in the 10-12 age group.
With a record breaking sweep of his own was Sean –Douglas Gooden of the Tornadoes Swim Club in the breaststroke events. He broke his hours old meet record of 1:12.03 in the 100 yard breaststroke to clock a time of 1:11.11.Gooden broke all the breaststroke records at this year’s Christmas Open Championships.
The Marlins team which had in their line up Karci Gibson, UWI’s Stefani Webley and Octivia Gray and anchor woman Anjuii Barrett were responsible for the last record of the meet when they broke the 400 metre freestyle relay record. The four combined to set a time of 4:28.68 just under the 2011 Swimaz record of 4:29.16. That Swimaz team was comprised of Ivana Chang, Kimberly Stewart, Brittney Campbell and Auburn sophomore Breanna Roman.
Gray brought out the broom for her own breaststroke sweep as she won the 13 and over 100 metre breaststroke in 1:22.59.Dominic Mullings claimed the trifecta in the 10-12 boys backstroke events as he won the 50 metre backstroke on the final day in 34.41. In 2014 he was 15th in the 50 metre event in 41.89.
Emily MacDonald of Swimaz Aquatics won three Gold medals on the final day the 10-12 girls metre butterfly and as well as the freestyle sprint double. Emily won the 100 metre freestyle in 1:03.62 after previously finishing 4th in 2014 in 1:12.22.In the 50 metre freestyle up a place on the podium to win in 29.47. In 2014 she was runner up in 30.91.In the 50 metre butterfly she dropped more than 5 seconds and moved from 5th to 1st to win in a time of 32.51.
Other winners on the last day making major time drops from the 2014 Championships included Cameron Brown of the Y Speedos in the 10 -12 age group. He moved from 33.71and 3rd in 2014 to win the Gold medal this year in 30.80.Thandiwe McDonald of Swimaz Aquatics made a big jump as well moving from 1:34.88 in the 100 metre breaststroke to win the girls 10-12 100 metre breaststroke in 1:30.49.Adji Diouf of the Tornadoes Swim Club had a big time drop in the 10-12 age group as she moved from 16th place with a time of 44.08 in the 50 metre backstroke to win this year in 36.37.Still in the 10-12 age group Swimaz Aquatic’s Akeem Alleyne registered a more than 2 second drop in the 50 metre freestyle from 2014. At the 2014 Championships he was 6th in 30.77 but worked his way to the top of the podium this year with a clocking of 28.66.
The meet was won by Tornadoes Swim Club with 702.50 points. Y Speedos was 2nd with 692.50 points and Marlins Swim club 3rd with 426.50 points.