The performances of Emily MacDonald and the Y Speedos 13-14 boys medley relay team highlighted the Tornadoes Invitational meet which ran from April 15-17 at the National Stadium.

emily Tornadoes

Emily MacDonald who recently won the 11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle event at the CARIFTA Games in Martinique in a national record time of 28.15 continued her with her winning ways in local waters. On the final day of competition she became the first Jamaican 11-12 girl to record a sub 28 second performance of 27.84 seconds .She crushed the meet standard of 29.05 It also doubled as the fastest time of the meet bettering times done in the 13-14 and 15 and over age groups. Regionally Emily’s time is faster than the national records of Bahamas, Barbados, Aruba and Bermuda. Also in the recently released all -time best 100 performances done by American 11-12 girls Emily’s time would rank just outside the best as the 100th time is 27.72.The Swimaz Aquatics club conditioned athlete had lowered the national record of Olympian Alia Atkinson of 28.23 in en route to CARIFTA Gold. She would complete the freestyle sprint double in record time as she stroked her way to 1:02.99 under the record of 1:03.33

Y Speedos 13-14 boys 200 medley national age group record record holders
From left to right 13-14 200 medley national age group record holders Chester Adams (freestyle) ,Cameron Brown (breatstroke) ,Jordane Payne (butterfly) and Kyle Sinclair (backstroke).

The Y Speedos 13-14 boy’s team registered the other national record when they broke the 200 medley relay record. The team of Kyle Sinclair, Cameron Brown, Jordane Payne and Chester Adams stopped the clock in a time of 2:02.86. That bettered the previous national standard of 2:03.36 set more than 20 years ago on May 19,1991 .The team on that occasion was Daniel Ricketts, Lauren King, Stephen Briggs and Julian McIntosh.

In the 200 individual medley Adams would lower the meet record from  2:34.41 to 2:27.18.Teammate Kyle Sinclair would break the meet record in the 200 metre backstroke of 2:35.67 when he hit the pads in a time of 2:33.38.Payne would lower the 200 metre butterfly record of 2:30.14 with a 2:25.85 performance.

Britney Williams
Britney Williams Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Other record breakers at the meet included Swimaz Aquatics Britney Williams who set 3 meet records. Competing in the 13-14 age group Williams swam 2:38.63 breaking the backstroke record of 2:41.37. In the 200 metre freestyle where she is the reigning CARIFTA Silver medallist she bettered the mark of 2:17.47 to post a time of 2:14.89. In the longest event of the meet, the 800 metre freestyle she crushed the record of 10:41.22 to touch the wall in 10:11.32.


Another triple record breaker was Naomi Eaton who swam unattached .She had victories in the 200 metre individual medley, 200 metre breaststroke and 100 metre breaststroke in meet record times of 2:42.35, 3:06.35 and 1:24.14 respectively.

Karlene Francis and Karci Gibson
Karlene Francis mother of Karci Gibson Karci Gibson Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The records in the girl’s 13-14 age group continued to take a beating through the efforts of Marlins Swim Club’s Karci Gibson. Gibson took 6 seconds off the record in the 400 metre medley to register a time of 5:50.60.


The Y Speedos Rajiv Redhi would lower the 400 metre individual medley record in the 11-12 boys age group to 5:52.51.

Christanya Shirley national record holder in 8 and under 50 metre butterfly
Christanya Shirley national record holder in 8 and under 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The Marlins Swim club would be responsible for all the records in the 8 and under age group. Jayden Campbell broke the 100 metre freestyle record in the boys category with a swim of 1:25.24. His teammate Christanya Shirley set 3 meet records. Her standard breaking swims were in the 100 metre freestyle 1:22.41, 50 metre butterfly 40.59 and 50 metre freestyle 35.23.

The host club retained the trophy with 2,211 points. Placing second was the Y Speedos Swim Club with 1,648.50 finishing third was the Marlins Swim Club with 624 points.


Flying Fish Swim Club
Flying Fish Swim Club Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Blue Marlins Swim Club
Blue Marlins Swim Club Photo courtesy of Marlins Swim Club
Y Speedos Swim Club
Y Speedos Swim Club Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Marlins Swim Club
Marlins Swim Club Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Kerrie and Adrian
From left to right Tornadoes Swim Club coach Kerrie -Ann Steer and swimmer Adrian Grant ,winner of the 13-14 boys 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe



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