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.