From left to right Stephanie Harrison Marketing officer at Mayberry Investements and Wolmerian Britney Williams new meet record holder in the girls 13-14 200 metre freestyle.Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
The 2016 staging of the Mayberry Investments High Schools and Universities meet proved to be yet another exciting competition. The most anticipated school meet on the Jamaican school calendar which was held on April 8 saw 7 records lowered.
New sprint sensation Emily MacDonald was responsible for 2 of the records to fall. In the very first event of the meet the Campionite lowered the 8 year old mark 2:23.44 in the 12 and under age group held by many national representative Alexia Royal-Eatmon of Immaculate conception High School .The new mark now stands at 2:21.99.It was an emphatic victory for 20 second plus victory. She would also lower the championship record of 1:04.58 in the 100 metre freestyle held by D’Agaene Clarke also of Campion College. Emily , who is the reigning CARIFTA champion in this event took the victory and the record in a time of 1:03.84 .Her margin of victory was over 3 seconds. She completed her Golden hat trick in the freestyle when she won the 50 metre freestyle. Emily established herself as the fastest 11-12 girl Jamaica has ever produced when she set the new national record of 28.15 on her way to CARIFTA Gold in Martinique last month won the event in 28.42.Her dominance would also extent to the 200 individual medley and 50 metre butterfly events . She won the medley in a time of 2:49.28 and the sprint butterfly in 31.67. In the 50 metre freestyle, 200 medley and 50 metre butterfly she produced the fastest times of the meet regardless of age group.She also received the most outstanding female performer of the meet.
Teammate Dominic Mullings was also a double record breaker .Competing in the 12 and under age group as well Dominic lowered another Dominic ‘s record .This record was held by Dominic Walter in the 200 metre freestyle .A decade ago Walter had set record of 2:15.84 while competing for Wolmer’s Boys. Mullings lowered the record to 2:15.23. Walter recently set the senior national record for Jamaica in the same event. In a close battle in the 100 metre freestyle Mullings edged Wolmerian 1:01.48 to 1:01.57 for the Gold medal. Both swimmers were under the 13 year old mark of 1:01.59 set by Brad Hamilton of Kingston College. Hamilton is a many time national record holder and representative and would go on to represent Jamaica at the World Championships.
Sinclair would claim another 13 year old record held by Hamilton .This time it would be in the 50 metre freestyle .He lowered Brad’s mark of 27.86 to 27.53.Another Wolmerian who would be a part of the record breaking was Britney Williams of Wolmer’s Girls.Williams who captured the CARIFTA Silver medal in the 13-14 200 metre freestyle age group last month proved herself to be the class in that age group and of the meet. She took down the 5 year old of Breanna Roman of 2:18.26.Roman that represented Immaculate at this meet is now swimming for Auburn University and was a member of the national record setting 400 metre medley relay at the 2015 PAN AM Games. Williams set a new mark of 2:15.86 to produce the fastest mark of the meet for the girls.
The ladies of the University of the West Indies Mona destroyed their meet mark from last year’s meet in the 200 metre freestyle relay. The team of Renee Cooper,Stefani Webley, Shade Thaxter and Octivia Gray lowered the record from 2:05.89 to 2:02.60.
Gray of UWI formerly maintained her excellent record at the meet in the meet in the 50 metre breaststroke. She has not lost in that event since her days at Holy Childhood High school in the 12 & under age group in 2008, 8 years ago. She won the race again this year in 36.36, the fastest time of the meet.
The most outstanding male performer of the meet went Jordane Payne of Wolmer’s Boys a member of the 2016 CARIFTA team to Martinique. He would have victories in the 13-14 boys 100 metre freestyle in 59.49, the fastest time done at the meet, the 50 metre butterfly in 28.48 , the 50 metre backstroke in 33.00 and the 50 metre freestyle in 27.40.He would win the Silver medal in the 200 metre freestyle in 2:12.45.
The University division was won by UWI Mona with 316 points followed by the Caribbean Maritime Institute with 121points.
The Girls high school division was won by Immaculate Conception High School with 634 points with Campion College in second with 354 points and ST Andrew High School For Girls third with 282.50. The boys category was won by Campion College with 419 points, followed by Wolmer’s Boys School with 362 points and Jamaica College on 300.