The third day of competition of the Walter Rogers Age Group Swimming championships on Friday February 12 at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston Jamaica saw records falling to Christanya Shirley in the 8 and under girls age group and the visiting Ireyra Tamayo of Salle in Panama
Shirley not content with her national 8 and under 50 metre butterfly standard of 38.37 set at last month’s Karl Dalhouse Swim meet set out to break it. When the 8 year old Marlins swimmer hit the pads she erased the 2003 meet record of many time national representative Kendese Nangle and current Dartmouth senior of 38.49 as well as her national record . She stroked her way to a new national mark of 38.20. That would not be the only Nangle record to fall to fall on the day as Shirley crushed Kendese’s 2003 meet standard of 3:27.53 to set a new record of 3:20.53. That left her medal count at 2 for the night and 3 overall from the meet.
Panamanian Ireyra Tamayo continues to raise the bar for the 13-14 girls at the meet as she continued her destruction of meet records. Before the morning heats of the 200 metre freestyle the record stood at 2:17.17 set by Anjuii Barrett of the Marlins swim club in 2015. Tamayo would not let that survive the preliminaries as she powered her to 2:14.60.In the final she proved she had a lot more in the tank as she took 3 seconds off her morning swim to record a time of 2:11.24 and beat the field by more than 8 seconds. In the 100 metre backstroke she just missed the 2009 record set by Kendese Nangle of 1:10.08 to win the event in 1:10.93 more than 2 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. The swimmer made it 3 Gold medals from 3 starts with no one coming within 2 seconds of her in any final.
Emily MacDonald continues to be the class swimmer in the 11-12 girls age group as she went on a 3 for 3 run on Friday. She won the 200 metre freestyle in a new personal best of 2:22.32 more than 8 seconds of the CARIFTA standard of 2:30.99.Her victory margin in the race was 20 seconds. It also would have placed her 5th in the 2015 CARIFTA final. She took the national title in the 50 metre butterfly in 31.81 which would have placed her 6th in the 2015 CARIFTA final. In the 100 metre backstroke she was almost 10 seconds ahead of the field and well above the CARIFTA standard of 1:19.39.She stopped the clock in 1:16.99 which would have placed her 7th in the 2015 CARIFTA final. Her individual medal count at the end of day 3 stood at 5 Gold medal from 5 events.
In the 11-12 boys age group Rin Gyles of the Blue Marlins Swim Club got his second backstroke medal of the Championships when won a close battle when out touched Joshua Alleyne to the wall 1:20.51 to 1:20.61.he had previously won the 50 metre backstroke
In the 13-14 boys 200 metre freestyle the Y Speedos duo of Jordane Payne Silver 2:12.73 and Gold medallist Chester Adams 2:11.15 were under the CARIFTA standard of 2:16.09.
In the 15 and over group Alex Mignott was under the standard of 2:10.79 as he took the age group title in 2:09.19.
In the 50 metre butterfly victory went to the swimmer from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as Aqeel Joseph of UTT recorded the only sub 29 second time as he won the event in 28.64.
The fastest time in the event went to Sidrell Williams in the 15 and over category as he won in the only sub 27 second clocking of 26.74.