SIMONS, BASTIAN, CLARKE, HIGGS, TITUS, DOLS AND BAHAMAS 13-14 BOYS RELAY ACCOUNT FOR RECORDS ON FINAL DAY OF 2016 CARIFTA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MARTINIQUE.GUADELOUPE TOPS MEDAL TABLE

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Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname receiving the award for being the top 13-14 boy
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Chade Nercisio 13-14 breastroke Triple Gold medallist
Chade Nercisio 13-14 breaststroke Triple Gold medallist Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
Lilly Higgs 15-17 100 metre breaststroke champion
Lilly Higgs 15-17 100 metre breaststroke champion Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
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Izaak Bastian 13-14 boys triple breaststroke Gold medallist all in record time Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
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Charlotte  GuadeloupeCharlotte Backovic Bronze medallist Girls 50 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

 

 

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Bahamian standout Izaak Bastian (Saint Andrews) accounted for 3 of the 8 records that fell on the final day of the 2016 CARIFTA swimming championships on Friday March 25.

The first Championship record actually fell to Kenzo Simons in the boys 13-14 age group as he bettered the 2011 record of Aruban Jordy Groters (Missouri) by the slimmest of margins 24.49 to 24.50.

He would return to swim the identical time in the final but that is when Bastian dropped more than a second from his preliminaries to time to record a new Championship record of 24.25. In setting the record he also lowered the 24.64 Bahamian age group record set Gershwin Greene (Baylor) in 2013.Simons would pocket the Silver while Julien Berol of Martinique took the Bronze in 24.69.

He would lower another Championship record in the 100 metre breaststroke .He would take out the first 50 in 32.46 and come home in the only sub 36 split of 35.30 to touch the wall in 1:07.76.That time bettered the 1:07.99 set by countryman Dustin Tynes (Ohio State) in 2011. Bastian swept the breaststroke events all in record time. Jeremie Delbois of St Maarten was second in 1:10.68 while Luke Gillette of Trinidad and Tobago was third in 1:11.17.

Izaak’s final Gold medal and Championship record was in the 200 metre freestyle relay. The team of Heindrick Champrobert 25.76, Samuel Gibson 25.45, Darren Laing 25.44 and Bastian with the fastest split of the relays 23.89 touched in a total time of 1:40.54.The old record of 1:40.90 was set by the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago team of Joshua Romany (Tennessee) Dylan Carter (USC), Blaine Sobrian and Keegan Boisson-Yates (Iona). The 2013 age record of 1:42.58 set by Jared Fitzgerald  (Peddie),Alexander Encinar (Peddie) Miller Albury (Cantebury) and Michael Hernandez. Martinique won the Silver medal in a time of 1:41.32 and Suriname the Bronze in 1:41.73.

McCallum Clarke of Barbados completed the breaststroke sweep in the 11-12 age group. He broke the Championship record of 1:13.81 by Aruba Brandon Cheong set in 2014 when he clocked 1:13.67.That time equalled his age group record set in February of this year. In the final he went out in 35.23 over a second and clocked the only sub 38 last 50 of 37.87 to win a new Championship and Barbadian age group record of 1:13.10.Silver went to Alexander Joachim of St Vincent and the Grenadines in 1:17.30 and the Bronze to Sam Williamson of Bermuda in 1:19.34.Sam broke Keegan Wooley’s Bermudan age group record of 1:22.23 set in December 2015.

It was yet another dominant display by the Higgs sisters Lilly and Margaret (SwimMAC Carolina) in yet another breaststroke event. Both ladies went out in hard in times of 33.87 (Margaret) and 33.97 (Lilly) respectively. Coming home Lilly split the only sub 39 time of 38.15 to edge her sister for the Gold 1:12.12 to 1:12.94.She also earned herself the Championship record as she beat the standard of 1:12.33 set by Trinidad and Tobago representative Alexandria Donahue (Brown) in 2013.Jamaican Bryanna Renuart won the Bronze in 1:16.58.

In the backstroke events it was Barbadian rising star Danielle Titus that took the spotlight in the 200 metre race .In the final she held off the challenge of Bermudan standout Emma Harvey 2:25.72 Silver and Yasmina Frederic of Guadeloupe Bronze 2:32.04 to take Gold in a new Championship record of 2:24.16. For Titus that breaks the Barbadian age group record of 2:27.75 set by Amara Gibbs set in 2011.It was also the fastest time done by a girl in the 200 metre backstroke race at the Championships. Harvey also lowered her age group record of 2:31.64.

Jamaican Olympic hopeful Keanan Dols lowered the 15-17 boys’ record of 2:07.48 set Cayman Islands Olympian Brett Fraser (2008, 2012) in 2007 to 2:07.26 in the morning heats. He would return to take the Gold medal in the final with a time of 2:07.30. The Silver medal was won by Patrick Groters (Pine Crest) in new Aruban age group and senior national mark of 2:08.95.Groters had set both previous standards at 2:09.34 set CARIFTA 2015 in Barbados.

In the 400 metre freestyle events Laureen Foumann of Guadeloupe completed the 11-12 200 /400 double when she won in 4:50.79.Silver was won by Danielle Treasure of Barbados in 4:52.17 while the Bronze went to Lamar Taylor of Trinidad and Tobago in 4:53.43.

In the 13-14 girls age group Titus of Barbados won in 4:40.37 ahead of Franelly Angele of Guadeloupe 4:45.60 and Jada Chatoor of Trinidad and Tobago 4:45.89 who repeated her .Bronze medal performance in the 200 race.

The senior girls race went to Barbadian Hannah Gill (Baylor) in a time of 4:29.76.Lilly Higgs won yet another medal placing second in a time of 4:34.89.The Bronze was won by Vanessa Esposito of Bermuda in 4:35.50 in a new Bermudan 17-18 record. The previous record was set by Nicole Yearwood at the 2009 CARIFTA championships.

In the 11-12 boys age group it was the exact same order from the 200 race as Mitch Bourgeouis won in 4:32.94.His teammate Tom Lerno took the Silver in 4:38.86 and Clarke of Barbados the Bronze in 4:44.00.

In the 13-14 age group Anaique Zachelin of Guadeloupe 4:15.03 Gold switched places with Heindrick Champrobert of Martinique 4:19.11Silver from the 200 event, The Bronze was won by Anthony Mercury of Guadeloupe in 4:21.15.

Alex Sobers of Barbados repeated his 2015 feat of being the senior boys 200/400 freestyle champion as he won in 4:02.01.He killed of the race as a contest with his 200 split of 1:57.25, the only sub 2minute split of the competition. Second was his teammate Damon St Prix in 4:07.94.The Bronze went Aruban Daniel Jacobs in a time of 4:08.87.

In the sprint event Jamaican Emily MacDonald was crowned the fastest 11-12 girl in the CARIFTA region when she touched the wall in 28.15.In winning the race she also lowered the 2001 record of 28.23 set by Olympian Alia Atkinson (2004, 2008, 2012).The Silver went Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe in 28.80 and the Bronze to Logan Watson-Brown of Bermuda in 28.83.

Chade Nercisio of Curacao is the fastest 13-14 girl in the CARIFTA region as she stopped the clock in 26.98. She finished ahead Harvey of Bermuda 27.17 and Analia Pigree of French Guiana 27.29.

The senior girls title went to Bermudan Madelyn Moore in a time of 26.75.She held off Jamaican Kelsie Campbell who touched in 27.13 and Charlotte Backovic of Guadeloupe 27.32.

The fastest 11-12 boy in the CARIFTA region is Youris Geran of Guadeloupe who clocked 27.07.The Silver was won by Leandro Berenstein of Suriname in 27.22 and Lamar Taylor of the Bahamas won Bronze in 27.68.

Jared Fitzgerald of the Bahamas crowned himself the senior boys sprint king with his clocking of 24 .00.He was pushed to the win by teammate N’nhyn Fernander 24.11and Steven Aimable of French Guiana 24.15.

In the 100 metre breaststroke races Sabine Ellison of the Cayman Islands proved she was the best female breaststroker in the 11-12 age group when she completed the sweep and won the 100 in a time of 1:23.67. Kate-lye Brivet of Guadeloupe won the Silver in 1:24.99. Audrey Moore of the US Virgin Islands took the Bronze in 1:25.27.

Nercisio of Curacao confirmed she had no equal in the 13-14 when she took the 50,100 and 200 treble. She won the 100 metre race in a time of 1:15.89. Willi-insha-marie Jules-Marthe of Martinique won the Silver in 1:17.54.Guadeloupe’s Farah Sheikboudhou took the Bronze in 1:18.77.

Adriel Sanes of the USVI took the senior boys title in the 100 metre breaststroke. His opening 50 split of 30.49 proved to be the major  difference as he held off Trinidad and Tobago’s Jeron Thompson 1:05.45 to 1:06.23.The Bronze went Alexander Encinar of the Bahamas in 1:07.15.

In the 200 metre backstroke races Treasure of Barbados held off a fast finishing Anouk Kamise of Guadeloupe to take the 11-12 title 2:30.03 to 2:30.73.She also prevented Kamise from sweeping the event .Kamise’s teammate Foumann won Bronze in 2:37.71.

Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands prevented yet another sweep of the top spots by the Higgs sisters when she took the senior girls event in 2:27.12.Margaret took the Silver in 2:29.33 while sister Lilly was a touch behind in 2:29.51.

Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname completed his marathon individual programme when he completed the 13-14 boys backstroke sweep. He took the event in 2:14.83 ahead of teammate Simons in 2:16.58 and Peter Morley of the Bahamas 2:17.80.

The 200 metre freestyle relays which was the last event of the competition saw the ladies of Guadeloupe being crowned the fastest in the 11-12 age group with a time of 1:58.86.They finished ahead of Martinique and the Bahamas who were timed at 1:59.55 and 1:59.97 respectively. The fastest split was provided by Guadeloupe’s anchor Naele Portecop who clocked 28.38.

The ladies from Trinidad and Tobago are the fastest in CARIFTA region for the 13-14 age group as they took top hours in a time of 1:53.57.They held of the challenges of Barbados 1:55.30and Martinique 1:56.95 respectively. The fastest split was recorded by Danielle Williams of Trinidad and Tobago who anchored her team in a time of 27.82.

The senior girls relay was won by the Martinique team in a time of 1:50.75.Team Jamaica finished with the Silver in a new national age group record of 1:50.85 and Guadeloupe took the Bronze in 1:51.09.The fastest split was recorded by Mika Heideyer of Martinique who recorded 26.91 on third leg duties.

In the 11-12 boys race Guadeloupe were crowned Champions with their time of 1:50.24.Bahamas won the Silver in a time of 1:54.73 with Barbados taking the Bronze in a time of 1:55.31. The 50 freestyle Champion Geran ensured that he left the meet with a sub 27 clocking .He led off his team with a time of 26.97, the fastest of the relays.

The final race saw the Bahamas team confirmed as the fastest in the CARIFTA region with their winning time of 1:37.48.Trinidad and Tobago won the Silver in 1:38.08 and the Bronze went to Martinique in 1:39.28.The fastest split was record by N’nhyn Fernander who posted 23.78 on the 3rd leg for the Bahamas.

Guadeloupe topped the medal standings winning 23 Gold, 25 Silver and 18 Bronze medals. Bahamas finished second overall with 22 Gold, 22 Silver and 12 Bronze medals. Barbados was third with 18 Gold, 11 Silver and 15 Bronze medals.

 

KEANAN DOLS, IZAAK BASTIAN AND EMMA HARVEY SET CHAMPIONSHIP REORDS ON DAY 3 OF CARIFTA 2016 IN MARTINIQUE

15-17 100 backstroke medallists
15-17 100 backstroke medallists From left to right Patrick Groters Aruba Bronze,Keanan Dols Jamaica Gold,mascot,Matthew Mays of the US Virgin Islands Silver Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
Emma Harvey Bermuda
Emma Harvey of Bermuda Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
15-17 200 metre butterfly Champion Trinidad and Tobago's Emil Goin
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15-17 800 freestyle relay champions Martinique
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13-14 200 butterfly Bronze medallist Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

Day 3 of the 2016 CARIFTA CHAMPIONSHIPS saw meet records falling to the swimmers from the Bahamas, Bermuda and Jamaica. Izaak Bastian from the Bahamas set his record in the 13-14 boys 50 breaststroke. Emma Harvey from Bermuda has set a record on every day so far set the new championship standard in the 100 metre freestyle .Jamaica’s age group star Keanan Dols set a new meet record in the 200 metre backstroke.

 

Izaak Bastian (Saint Andrews) added record win on his goal to completing the breaststroke trifecta. After erasing countryman Dustin Tynes name from the record books on the opening day .He took out another Tynes record when he won the final of the 50 metre breaststroke in 30.41 lowering Tynes 2011 standard of 30.66.He just missed Dustin’s national mark of 30.23. Finishing with the Silver medal in the vent was Brandon Cheong who clocked 31.55 and the Bronze was awarded to Jeremie Delbois of St Maarten in 31.63.

Emma Harvey has come to these Championships to swim with a purpose and so she did in the 13-14 girls 100 metre freestyle. She split the only sub 29 second opening 50 metres of 28.86 on her way to recording a new Championship record of 59.39.In the process she lowered the 21 year old record Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Siobhan Cropper (1996, 2000).Cropper, a graduate of Stanford was also a World Short Course championship finalist in the 50 metre freestyle at the 1997 Games. Harvey also lowered her age group record of 59.39 set last year. She has been doggedly consistent at these Championships. On each of the first 3 days she has won 2 gold medals and set 2 national age group records.

She would complete the medley double when she took the 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:26.69.She would shatter her age group record of 2:30.70 set last year. The win would not come easy as she was pushed all the way to the wallaby Barbados star swimmer Danielle Titus who touched in a time of 2:26.84.Titus just missed establishing herself yet again as she missed the 13-14 and senior age group record of Zabrina holder of 2:26.79 set in 2011.The Bronze was won by Elisabeth Timmer of Aruba in 2:33.27.

Keanan Dols continued to show the special athlete he is when he struck Gold for Jamaica in the 15-17 boys 200 metre individual medley. In the preliminaries of the event he lowered the 2004 record of 2:08.15 by legendary Barbadian Olympian Bradley Ally to 2:07.80.  Ally in his career would hold many age group records in the Caribbean and the USA and also held NCAA records in the 200 yard individual medley .He is still the fastest ever CARIFTA region swimmer with his 2008 Olympic time of 1:58.57 In the final Dols   clocked the only sub minute split of 58.45 and went on to win emphatically in yet another championship record of 2:07.27.Silver and Bronze went to the US Virgin Islands duo of Adriel Sanes and Matthew Mays in 2:11.50 and 2:13.50 respectively.

Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname has now collected 8 Gold medals so far in the competition. After 2 days of competition he completed sprint doubles in the backstroke and butterfly events and won the 400 individual medley. At the end of day 3 he completed the butterfly sweep, completed the medley double and won the 100 metre freestyle.

He won the 200 butterfly in the 13-14 age group in a time of 2:15.23 ahead of Silver medallist Darren Laing of the Bahamas in 2:18.83 and Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale who won bronze in a personal best of 2:20.76.

He just missed the Championship record of Aruban Mikel Schreuders (Missouri) when he was timed in 2:13.89.The record is 2:13.56.Silver went to Bastian of the Bahamas in 2:17.19 and the Bronze to Luke Gillette of Trinidad and Tobago in 2:20.56.

He also barely missed Trinidad and Tobago representative
Joshua Romany‘s (Tennessee) standard of 53.64 when he touched the wall in 53.82. Heindrick Champrobert of Martinique won the Silver in 54.27.Kenzo Simons of Suriname won the Bronze in 54.66

 

In 11-12 age group Mccallum Clarke was another double winner. He completed the medley double when he captured the 200 metre individual medley in 2:27.67.Silver and Bronze went Mitch Bourgeouis of Guadeloupe and the Cayman Islands Corey Fredrick-Westerborg in 2:30.88 and 2:37.31 respectively.

Clarke collected 2 out of a possible 3 breaststroke titles when he won the 50 metre breaststroke in 33.45.He won ahead of Alexander Joachim of St Vincent and the Grenadines 35.49 and Sam Williamson of Bermuda 35.90.

Sweeping the butterfly events in that age group was Mitch Bourgeouis of Guadeloupe .he took the 200 metre event in a time of 2:29.31 ahead of teammate Tom Lerno 2:30.62.The Bronze went to Mccallum Clarke in 2:31.76.

Lamar Taylor of the Bahamas won the 100 metre freestyle in 59.68.Silver and Bronze went to Leandro Berenstein of Suriname in 1:00.15 and Bronze to Youris Geran of Guadeloupe in 1:00.18

 

In the 11-12 girls age group Anouk Kamise of Guadeloupe turned the tables on 400 IM winner Sabine Ellison of the Cayman Islands to eke out a 2:36.56 to 2:36.87 victory. Adriana Gooding of Trinidad and Tobago would again claim bronze in 2:37.22.

Ellison would bounce back to win the 50 metre breaststroke to add to her 200 victory in 37.98. Zaylie-Elisabeth Thompson of the Bahamas won the Silver in 38.38 while Oceane Deshagette of Guadeloupe was third in 38.44.

Emily MacDonald set herself up for the freestyle sprint double when she held off Logan Watson-Brown of Bermuda 1:02.02 to 1:02.97. Bronze went to Deshagette in 1:04.06.

Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe swept the butterfly events when she took the 200 in 2:32.68.Teammate Kamise won silver in 2:40.30 and Olivia Fuller of Antigua and Barbuda won the bronze in 2:43.85.

In the 13-14 girls category Chade Nercisio of Curacao (Saint Andrews) is another swimmer en route to completing the breaststroke sweep. She captured the 50 metre breaststroke in a time of 35.08.she won ahead of Martinique’s Willi-insha-marie Jules-Marthe 35.19 and Angelique Minors of Grenada 35.66.

Guadeloupe swept the top two positions in the 200 metre butterfly Kathalyna Bagassien and Yasmina Frederic touched in 2:31.79 and 2:33.69 respectively.Bronze went to Natalia Kuipers in 2:35.76.

In the 15-17 girls Lilly Higgs prevented older sister Margaret from a possible breaststroke sweep by out touching her 33.44 to 33.89.The Higgs household is still on course for a top sweep of the breaststroke races.

Margaret would not finish the day without a win as she took the 200 metre butterfly in a time of 2:25.87.Rebecca Maduro of Aruba won the silver in 2:28.40 .Bronze went to Elodia Sinapin of Guadeloupe in 2:28.65.

Margaret to ensure a 1 2 sweep of the medley races when she won 2:23.66 to 2:26.14.Jamaica’s Bryanna Renuart was third in a personal best of 2:28.36.

Renuart’s teammate Kelsie Campbell continued her unbeaten individual run at the championships when she topped the field in the 100 metre freestyle with a 58.57 clocking.Madelyn Moore of Bermuda won Silver in 59.06 while Mika Heideyer of Martinique copped bronze in 59.16.

In the senior boys races the top 3 swimmers cracked the 30 second barrier in the 50 metre breaststroke. Touching first was N’nhyn Fernander of the Bahamas in 29.57.Second went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Jeron Thompson in 29.78 while Curacao’s Rainier Rafaela won Bronze in 29.84.

The 100 metre freestyle saw all the medallists going sub 53 seconds. First place went Alex Sobers of Barbados in 52.25.The Silver went to Jared Fitzgerald of the Bahamas in 52.29 and the Bronze to Bermuda’s Jesse Washington 52.49.Washington broke his national 15-16 record of 53.16.

Trinidad and Tobago got the Gold and Bronze medal in the 200 metre butterfly. Emil Goin touched first in a time of 2:08.74 while teammate Kael Yorke was timed in 2:10.82.

In the 800 freestyle relay Guadeloupe won the 13-14 girls category with a time of 9:18.55.Silver went to Trinidad and Tobago in 8:25.80 and the Bronze to Barbados in 9:29.86

In the senior girls race Aruba won in 8:53.66.Jamaica touched in a new age group record of 8:56.38 for the Silver medal. The Bronze went to Martinique in 8:57.10.The fastest split of the relays was 2:08.15 by Bahamas anchor Lilly Higgs

In the 13-14 boys relay home team Martinique won in 8:17.17.Second place went to Guadeloupe in 8:25.80 and the Bronze to Suriname in 8:30.07.

The final race in the senior ranks went to Martinique again in a time of 8:02.32.Silver went to Cayman islands in 8:06.33 and the Bronze medal to Jamaica in 8:08.26.The fastest split of the meet was by Trinidad and Tobago’s anchor leg Emil Goin at 1:58.61.

FIVE MORE CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS FALL ON DAY 2 OF CARIFTA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MARTINIQUE.EMMA HARVEY CONTINES TO BREAK NATIONAL RECORDS. YAEL TOUW NGIE TJOUW UP TO 5 INDIVIDUAL GOLD MEDALS

15-17 boys 200 freestyle medallists
15-17 boys 200 freestyle medallists From left to right Noah Mascoll-Gomes Antigua and Barbuda Silver,Alex Sobers Barbados Gold,Emil Goin Trinidad and Tobago Photo courtesy of
11-12 girls 50 butterfly podium
11-12 girls 50 butterfly podium From left to right Sade Simons Suriname Silver,Naele Portecop Guadeloupe Gold and record holder, Chaemael Griffit Martinique Bronze
13-14  boys 50 butterfly podium
13-14 boys 50 butterfly podium From left to right Izaak Bastian Bahamas Silver,Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw Suriname Gold,Kenzo Simons Suriname Bronze Photo courtesy ofcarifta2016mque
15-17 girls 50 butterfly podium
15-17 girls 50 butterfly podium From left to right Louisa Bellon Guadeloupe Silver,Racine Ross Trinidad and Tobago Gold,Elodie Sinapi Guadeloupe Bronze Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
15-17 boys 50 butterfly medallists
15-17 boys 50 butterfly medallists From left to right Jeron Thompson Trinidad and Tobago Silver,Adrian Goin Gold,Joseph Winterdal Aruba Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
13-14 50 backstroke champion and senior natior record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados
13-14 100 backstroke champion and new senior national record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados
15-17 100 backstroke medallists
15-17 100 backstroke medallists From left to right Patrick Groters Aruba Bronze,Keanan Dols Jamaica Gold,mascot,Matthew Mays of the US Virgin Islands Silver Photo courtesy of
13-14 girls 200 freestyle podium
13-14 girls 200 freestyle podium From left to right Jamaica’s Britney Williams Silver,Aruba’s Elisabeth Timmer Gold,Jada Chatoor Trinidad and Tobago Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
15-17 girls 200 freestyle podium
15-17 girls 200 freestyle podium from left to right Lilly Higgs Bahamas Silver,Kelsie Campbell Jamaica Gold,Hannah Gill Barbados Bronze Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

 

15-17 100 metre butterfly Champion N'nhyn Fernander of the Bahamas
15-17 100 metre butterfly Champion N’nhyn Fernander of the Bahamas Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
Emma Harvey Bermuda
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Five more records fell by the wayside on Day 2 of the 2016 CARIFTA Championships currently underway in Martinique. Bermuda’s 13-14 standout Emma Harvey continued to be listed among the record breakers.

 

Harvey completed the butterfly sprint double when she captured the 50 metre title in a time of 28.44.That performance lowered the Championship record of 28.71 held by Elinah Phillip of the British Virgin Islands. The Silver was won by Analia Pigree of French Guiana in 29.07. Katie Kyle of St Lucia took the Bronze in 29.24.

In the 13-14 Girls 100 metre backstroke rising star Danielle Titus of Barbados won an epic battle with Harvey 1:06.58 to 1:06.60 to claim Gold. Both swimmers were under 2014 record of 1:07.21 by the Cayman Islands Lauren Hew. Titus, who is in her first year in that age group, has now established herself as the fastest Barbadian swimmer ever in the 100 metre backstroke. This as she lowered the 2011 age group mark of 1:07.99 by Amara Gibbs as well as the senior national record of 1:07.13 set by Lee Ann Rose in 2010.Harvey also lowered her own 2015 age group record of 1:08.10.Virginia Stamp of the Bahamas won Bronze in 1:08.71.

In the 11-12 girl’s age group Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe just missed being the first swimmer under 29 seconds in the 50 metre butterfly when she took the event in 29.09.En route to the Gold medal and the sprint butterfly double she lowered the 29.37 mark set by Chade Nercisio of Curacao set in 2014. Sade Simons of Suriname was second to the wall in a time of 30.60.The Bronze went to Chaemael Griffit of Martinique in a time of 30.76.

Naele with a 1:05.80 butterfly split would combine with teammates Anouk Kamise backstroke 1:12.76, Kate-lye Brivet breaststroke 1:25.27 and Oceane Deshagette freestyle 1:03.10 to win the 400 metre medley relay in record time. Their combined time was 4:46.93 crushing the 4:52.00 set by Jamaica in 2002.The Bahamas team of Katelyn Cabral, Jamilah Hepburn, Mandia Roberts and Zaylie –Elisabeth Thompson won the Silver in 4:56.69 bettering their national age group record of 4:58.08. Martinique was third in 4:57.20.The Guadeloupe had the fastest splits for all legs except the breaststroke where Hepburn of the Bahamas clocked 1:22.76.

In the boys 13-14 400 medley relay there was keen battle between the Bahamas and Suriname. Suriname took first strike when their lead off swimmer Kenzo Simons touched in the fastest time of the meet of 1:02.80. Bahamas breaststroke star Izaak Bastian (Saint Andrew’s aquatics) brought them back with the fastest breaststroke split of that age group of 1:06.37 to give them a 4 second lead. That lead evaporated when Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw jumped in crack a 57.49 butterfly leg to give Suriname of under half a second. The Bahamas team would not be denied Samuel Gibson delivered the only sub 56 freestyle leg of 55.31 to give them the Gold in a new championship record of 4:08.32. They broke the 2015 record held by the Barbados team of Jack Kirby, Jumar Waldron, Luis Sebastian Weekes and Damon St Prix. They also lowered their national age group record of 4:15.09. Suriname won the Silver in 4:11.24 also under the record. Martinique was third in 4:14.81.

In the 200 metre freestyle event the 11-12 girls title went to Laureen Foumann of Guadeloupe in 2:17.11. The 13-14 title went to Elisabeth Timmer of Aruba in 2:12.06 who held off a fast finishing Britney Williams of Jamaica 2:13.13. Williams’ teammate Kelsi Campbell took the 15-17 crown in a time of 2:06.96.

In the boys events Mitch Bourgeouis of Guadeloupe out touched countryman Tom Lerno 2:09.08 to 2:09.42 to win the 11-12 age group title. Heindrick Champrobert   of Martinique was the only sub 2 minute swimmer as he took the win in 1:58.71.In the senior boys race Alex Sobers of Barbados split 28.42 on the last 50 metres to beat  race leader Antigua and Barbuda’s Noah Mascoll-Gomes (Azura) 1:53.61 to 1:53.63. Sobers defended his title from 2015 which he had won in 1:54.40.

In the one lap butterfly race Racine Ross (Pine Crest) won the senior girls race in 29.00.

In the 11-12 boys race Mitch Bourgeois of Guadeloupe completed the sprint butterfly double with his 29.17 victory. Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname completed his double in the 13-14 age group with a 26.04 win .The senior title went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Adrian Goin in 25.37.

In the 100 backstroke race Anouk Kamise of Guadeloupe completed the backstroke when she took the 11-12 title in 1:11.10.Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands won the senior title in 1:08.53.

For the boys Tristan Pragnell of Barbados who finished 2nd in the 50 backstroke on the opening day clocked the only time under 1:08 with a 1; 07.88 performance to be crowned the 11-12 champion .In the 13-14 boys division Suriname’s Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw was working overtime to claim his sprint double when he won in 1:00.49.The senior title went Keanan Dols who was the only sub 59 second swimmer with a 58.56 performance.

In the 400 individual medley Sabine Ellison of the Cayman Islands took the 11-12 girls crown with a 5:26.79 clocking. Emma Harvey of Bermuda another swimming doing double duties at this meet took the 13-14 title in 5:16.20.In the senior ranks 2015 13-14 Champion Lilly Higgs (SwimMAC Carolina) would again be taking on older sister Margaret Higgs (SwimMac Carolina) for the title. Margaret used a strong front half to get the win in a time of 5:09.48 with sister Lilly taking the Silver in 5:12.93.

For the 11-12 boys Mccallum Clarke of Barbados won in 5:12.33. The 13-14 age group was won by the hardest working swimmer in Martinique ,Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname, who won yet another title taking the event in a time of 4:49.93.The senior crown was won by Patrick Groters (Pine Crest) in a time of 4:38.94.

In the 400 medley relay Guadeloupe won the 13-14 title in a time of 4:41.34.The 15-17 title went to the Bahamas in a time of 4:31.42.The fastest splits were as follows backstroke Charlotte Backovic Guadeloupe 1:09.08,breaststroke Lilly Higgs Bahamas 1:13.36,butterfly Amelya Hypolite 1:05.17 and freestyle Annabella Lyn 1:00.56.

In the 11-12 boys Barbados won in 4:41.80.The senior crown was won by the Bahamas in 3:58.80.The fastest splits of the relay were as follows backstroke Leegan Dupros Martinique 1:01.09,breaststroke Adriel Sanes US virgin Islands 1:05.95, butterfly N’nhyn Fernander 56.04 and freestyle Alex Sobers freestyle 51.61.

SEVEN CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS FALL ON OPENING DAY OF 2016 CARIFTA GAMES IN MARTINIQUE

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15-17 girl 200 metre breaststroke podium from left to right Lilly Higgs Silver , Margeret Higgs Gold Bahamas ,Bryanna Renuart Jamaica Bronze Photos courtesy of carifta2016mque

 

13-14 boys breaststroke podium
13-14boys 200 metre breaststroke podium from left to right Nkosi Dunwoody Barbados Silver,Izaak Bastian Bahama Gold Championship record holder, Luke Gillette Trinidad and Tobago Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
11-12 boys 200 metre breaststroke podium
11-12 200 metre breaststroke podium from left to right Rajiv Redhi Silver Jamaica,Mccallum Clarke Barbados championship record holder Gold,Roan Baker Barbados Bronze Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
Opening Ceremony
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The opening day of the 2016 CARIFTA swimming championship records Games in Martinique on Tuesday March 22 saw 7 Championship records being lowered. Bermuda’s Emma Harvey was responsible for 2 of those while competing in the 13-14 age group.

As it was in 2015 so it would be in 2016 where Harvey would crown herself the 13-14 50 metre backstroke Champion. She would top last year’s performance by winning the title in a new Championship and Bermudan age group record of 30.43.En route to Gold she broke Trinidad and Tobago swimmer Kristin Julien’s (Florida Gulf Coast University) meet record of 30.57.She also lowered her Bermudan record of 31.11 set in Canada in July. Tying for the Bronze medal was Danielle Titus of Barbados and Virginia Stamp of the Bahamas in a time of 31.52.For Titus that was a new age record as she lowered Inayah sherry’s 2011 mark of 31.89.

Harvey would not be satisfied with only one championship record as she also took out the 100 metre butterfly record .The record belonged to another swimmer from the twin island Republic Tyla Martin who held the standard at 1:03.81. Emma would better that time as well as her own mark of 1:03.77 to win in a new 13-14 mark of 1:03.50.Silver went to St Lucia’s Katie Kyle in 1:06.68 and Aruba’s Elisabeth Timmer copped the Bronze in 1:07.34.
Another of Tyla Martin’s records would go but this time it would be in the 11-12 age group. Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe lowered Martin’s mark of 1:07.46 to win Gold in 1:06.27. Chaemael Griffit of Martinique won Silver in 1:11.32.Jamaica’s Simone Vale won Bronze in 1:12.17.
Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname would lower the Championship record in the 13-14 boys 100 metre butterfly. He bettered countryman Zuhayr Pigot’s (University of North Carolina) 2012 record of 57.96 to 57.49. Samuel Gibson of the Bahamas won the Silver medal in a time of 1:00.52 while Bronze when to Heindrick Champrobert of Martinique in 1:005.57.
Izaak Bastian of the Bahamas, the 2015 Champion did not wait until the final to set his record .He destroyed the mark from the morning heats. He clocked a fantastic 2:23.78 split time 1:09.56 to become the fastest swimmer ever in the 13-14 age group in 200 metre breaststroke in that event and at the fastest Bahamian of all time in that age group. The championship record of 2:27.25 belonged to countryman Dustin Tynes (Ohio state University) while the age group record Auburn alumnus Olympian Jeremy Knowles (2000,2004,2008 ) at 2:27.04.He would win the final in a time of 2:24.99.Silver was won Nkosi Dunwoody in a time of 2:36.02 while Trinidad and Tobago’s Luke Gillette won Bronze in 2:36.26.
In the 15-17 girls category the battle was set to be between sisters Margaret and Lilly Higgs (SwimMAC North Carolina). Lilly was the 13-14 champion in 2015 while older sister Margaret won the 15-17 title. The title would remain in the Higgs household as older sister Margaret took the crown in a record time of 2:35.33.she broke another Bahamian’s record to win .The mark was held by Mckayla Lightbourn (FSU) in a time of 2:37.97. Lilly won the Silver in a time of 2:38.54.Jamaica’s Bryanna Renuart won the Bronze in a personal best time of 2:44.87.
Another 200 metre breaststroke would go .this time it would be in the boys 11-12 200 metre breaststroke. Mccallum Clarke of Barbados just edged the Championship record held by Aruba’s Jordy Groters from 2009 2:37.84 to 2:37.82.That performance also bettered the Barbados age group record of Luis Sebastian Weekes of 2:38.41. He would take another slice out of the record in the final when he took the gold medal in a time of 2:37.78.Jamaica’s Rajiv Redhi won Silver in a time of 2:45.69 dropping 15 seconds from his entry time .Roan baker of Barbados took the Bronze in 2:49.01.
The final record to fall was in the final event the boys 15-17 400 metre freestyle. The race which went down to the final touch was won by the Bahamas team of Jared Fitzgerald ( Peddie) 52.41,Gershwin Greene (Baylor) 53.39,Albury Miller (Cantebury) 55.08 and N’nhyn Fernander 52.66for a total time 3:33.54. Pressing them all the way to the finish was the Barbados team of Alex Sobers 52.83,Jack Kirby (Baylor) 54.03 ,Luis Sebastian Weekes 54.43and Damon St prix 52.37 ( age group fastest relay fastest relay split) who stopped the clock in 3:33.66.Both teams were under the 2013 record set by Trinidad and Tobago of 3:33.73.the members of that team were Emiro Goossen (university of Florida) Jabari Baptiste (North Carolina state ) Joshua Romany (Tennessee) and Dylan Carter (USC).The Barbados team also bettered the age group record set way back in 2001 by Andrei Cross ,Terence Haynes (Toronto),Cliff Gittens and Georgia alumnus Olympian Damian Alleyne (2000 and 2004).The twin island republic won Bronze this year in a time of 3:38.02.
Other winners on Tuesday were
The Barbados duo of Danielle Titus and Hannah Gill (Baylor) won their respective 800 metre freestyle races. Titus won the 13-14 age group in a time of 9:36.21 while Gill won the 15-17 age group in 9:18.27. In the 1500 metre freestyle the 13-14 crown went to Anaique Zachelin of Guadeloupe in 16:38.76.Leegan Dupros of Martinique won the senior crown in 16:47.79.
Sabine Ellison of the Cayman Islands won the 11-12 200 metre breaststroke title in a time of 2:56.73. Chade Nercisio of Curacao won the 13-14 age group in 2:46.12.Adriel Sanes of the US Virgin Islands won the senior 200 metre breaststroke in the fastest time of the day of 2:22.66.
In the 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke Anouk Kamise of Guadeloupe won in 32.29.for the senior girls Madelyn Moore won in 30.72.Lamar Taylor of the Bahamas won the 11-12 boys title in 31.41.Matthew Mays of the US Virgin Islands won the 15-17 boys crown in 27.65.
In the girls 15-17 100 metre butterfly Kelsi Campbell of Jamaica won in 1:04.99 in her time representing that island. The 11-12 boys crown was won by Mitch Bourgeouis of Guadeloupe in 1:05.66.N’nhyn Fernander won the senior boys title in a time of 56.36.
In the 11-12 girls 400 metre freestyle relay Martinique won Gold in 4:20.95.The fastest split was done by the Bahamas anchor Katelyn Cabral in a time of 1:03.62.
The 13-14 relay title went to Trinidad and Tobago in a time of 4:15.38. The fastest split was recorded by Barbados anchor Danielle Titus in a time of 1:00.98.
The senior crown went to the Bahamas in a time of 4:02.28.The fastest split was recorded by Jamaica’s anchor Kelsie Campbell in a time of 59.19.
The 11-12 boys freestyle relay title went to Guadeloupe in a time of 4:04.75.the fastest time was recorded their second leg Youris Geran in a time of 59.75.
Martinique crowned themselves 13-14 boys champions with a total time of 3:44.07. Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname had the fastest split with his anchor leg of 53.19.

YEARWOOD ADDS TO NATIONALS MEDAL CHEST.WINS SILVER AND BRONZE ON DAY TWO OF DIVISION 3 CHAMPS

Ashley Yearwood
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Bermuda’s Ashley Yearwood continued to add to her medal collection on day 2 of the Division 3 national championships .The first day saw her winning Silver Day 2 saw her winning another Silver and Bronze.

Denison had a strong tradition in the 200 yard freestyle relay at Nationals. In 2015 they won the Championships with a school record of 1:31.82. The Big Red had been getting faster each year of Ashley’s tenure .In her freshman The Big Red won Bronze in 1:33.15. In 2014 they again won Bronze with a time of 1:32.83. When they took the title last year it was tight battle for top honours with Emory.

In 2016 the battle would be between those rivals. In the Championship final the teams would be neck and neck from the sounding of the gun. The team of Carolyn Kane 23.11, Yearwood 22.80, Kate Wright 23.18 and Mary Van Leuven 22.70 went stroke for stroke with Emory and touched in a new school record of 1:31.79. It was under the old record 1:31.80. They were however out touched by the Emory team of Fiona Muir, Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Mega Taylor and Marissa Bergh who clocked 1:31.42. That final 200 freestyle relay record Ashley winning a medal of every colour in her four years at the Big Red.

Later that day the Communication major would be racing in her last 400 yard medley relay. Denison had not won a medal since 2014 when they won Bronze in 3:45.14. That medal drought ended as again earned a spot on the medal podium. Ashley started the team’s race to medal with a 56.03 backstroke split. Teammate Marissa Bednarek pressed the Big Red’s case with a 1:02.43 breaststroke split. Carolyn Kane had 55.24 butterfly split and Mary Van Leuven ensured the podium place with a 50.23 freestyle anchor leg. They won the Bronze medal in a total time of 3:43.93 just off the school record of 3:43.42.

JORDAN AUGIER HAS PERFECT ENDING TO COLLEGIATE CAREER WITH 400 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY WIN IN CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD TIME

Jordan Augier D2 400 free relay
Jordan Augier Photo courtesy of Jamie Peterkin

St Lucia’s Jordan Augier had the perfect ending to his NCAA Division 2 career when he won his very last collegiate race with his teammates from the University of Tampa.

Heading into the final Championships the Spartans had a 400 yard freestyle freestyle school record of 2:54.73At the 2015 Nationals Tampa had won Silver in a time of 2:55.11. In 2016 the returning Spartan team of Martin Hammer, Augier, Khalid Aldaboos and Jeremy Parker would not be denied. They made clear from the morning preliminaries that nothing else but the Gold medal would acceptable on March 12, the final day of the Championships. They grabbed the top spot, lane 4 with their combined time of 2:54.43. That was just off the Championship record of 2:54.37 set by the 2014 Drury team of Daniel Rzadkowski, Samuel Olson, Albert Lloyd, Nick McCarthy. Augier’s split on the second leg was 43.37. In the championship final the Spartans lowered their individual splits lead swimmer Martin Hammer dropped from 44.00 to 43.75. Augier lowered his split from 43.37 to 43.32 .Khalid Aldaboos dropped from 44.19 to 44.19 and anchorman Jeremy Parker moved from 42.87 to 42.82 .The total team effort was 2:54.07 a new school ,Championship and Division 2 record.

Earlier in the meet Augier earned a second swim in the 100 yard freestyle when he stopped the clock in 44.23 (split time 20.91) .In the consolation final he was just off that time finishing 7th with a time of 44.23. In the 100 yard backstroke he placed 21st overall with a time of 49.68 (split time 23.68).Fellow Spartan Suriname’s Wayne Denswil was 52nd in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 46.17 (split time 22.94).

The Spartans finished the 2016 competition with 192 points. Queens University of Charlotte topped the men’s competition with 449 points

ASHLEY YEARWOOD WINS FIRST 200 YARD MEDLEY RELAY MEDAL AT DIVISION 3 NATIONALS

Ashley Yearwood
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The NCAA Division 3 Championships got underway yesterday Thursday March 16 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina .Representing the CARIFTA region would be Bermuda’s Ashley Yearwood of Denison.

The Big Red senior prior to these championships had never won a medal at Nationals. In her first year in 2013 the team missed the medal podium with a total time of 1:43.57. Her contribution was a butterfly split of 25.33. The year 2014 saw the team finishing just off the podium yet again when they were timed in 1:43.59 for 4th overall .On that occasion Ashley split 25.42 on the butterfly leg. Last year the Big Red team were 5th   in a time of 1:42.84 .Yearwood’s butterfly contribution was a 24.84 split. In this year’s Championship final The Big Red would not be denied their spot on the medal podium. The team of Carolyn Kane backstroke 25.91, Marissa Bednarek breaststroke 28.50, Yearwood butterfly 24.71 and Mary Van Leuven freestyle 22.82 pushed for Denison to get the Silver in 1:41.94.

In the 50 yard freestyle Yearwood was just outside earning a second swim when she hit the pads in 23.58 earning 19th overall. That 23.58  performance was her second fastest of the season.