After a break in the Championships for the Ash Wednesday holiday competition resumed Thursday Feb 11 at the National Aquatic Centre for the 2016 Walter Roger Age Group Swimming Championships. Day 2 was highlighted by the record breaking feats of Panamanian swimmer Ireyra Tamayo.
Ireyra who swims for the Salle club proved she was in a different class when she competed in the 13-14 girls 100 metre butterfly .Before the meet got underway the Championship record of 1:09.71 belonged to the outstanding Raine Paulson-Andrews of the Montego Bay All Stars set back in 2001. That record would not survive the morning heats as Tamayo shattered it with a 1:07.13. The record would fall again as the young Panamanian shifted gears in the evening to lower it even further to 1:06.24. Her margin of victory was almost 10 seconds.
Emily MacDonald almost got her name in the record books as well as she won Gold in the 11-12 age group in a time of 1:12.98 .She just missed the 2009 record of Danielle Boothe of 1:12.20. Boothe now competes for Liberty College in the United States. Emily was under Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica’s (ASAJ ) CARIFTA qualifying mark of 1:17.99.She also added to her medal count for the night after winning the 50 metre backstroke earlier in the evening in 34.61.
In the boys 13-14 age group it was a spirited battle between the Y Speedos Jordane Payne and the visiting Aqueel Joseph from University of Trinidad and Tobago for top honours. At the final touch it was Payne winning Gold in a personal best of 1:03.55, Joseph Silver in 1:04.04. Payne’s team mate Chester Adams won Bronze in a new personal best of 1:07.13 .All the medallists were under ASAJ’s CARIFTA standard of 1:07.49 .Joseph was denied from being a double Gold medallist .He had taken the 50 metre backstroke with the only sub 32 clocking of 31.61.
Angara Sinclair of the Y Speedos won two Gold medal events in the 15 and over age group on the night as she won the 100 metre butterfly in 1:10.76 just under the CARIFTA required standard of 1:10.79. That went along with the 50 metre backstroke that she romped home to win in 31.91 .If not for a bad finish she would have been easily under Danielle Boothe‘s 2014 Championship record of 31.35.
Rajiv Redhi of the Y Speedos went to the top of the podium twice in the evening as he won the 11-12boys 100 metre butterfly in a CARIFTA qualifying mark and personal best of 1:15.14 .That went along with yet another personal best and CARIFTA qualifying mark of 3:00.21 in the 200 metre breaststroke.
In the boys 13-14 200 metre breaststroke the event went to the Y Speedos Cameron Brown in 2:53.30.He was joined on the podium by the Tornadoes duo Jonathan Lyn 2:54.22 and Adrian Grant 2:57.87 who recorded their first sub 3 minute swims in the event.
In the 15-17 boys event Gold went to Sean-Douglas Gooden who just got under the CARIFTA mark of 2:42.89 with a 2:42.01 effort. Joining him on the podium was team mate Bryce Butler 2:49.64 and Yonatan Goren of the Flying fish Ambassadors 3:03.78.