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
15-17 200 metre butterfly Champion Trinidad and Tobago’s Emil Goin Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
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Bradley Ally Photo courtesy of panamerican world
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Siobhan Cropper Photo courtesy of sportsarchivestt
Team St Lucia
Team St Lucia Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
Team Barbados
Team Barbados Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
Team Cayman Islands
Team Cayman Islands Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
15-17 800 freestyle relay champions Martinique
15-17 800 freestyle relay champions Martinique Photo courtesy of
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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.


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