The 2017 edition of the Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational Swim Meet got underway on Friday February 3 at the National Aquatic Centre with a record breaking start with records falling in the distance events. In the very first event the girls open 800 metre freestyle race it was Swimaz’s Britney Williams who would etch her name in the record books. She lowered the 2016 meet record of 10:24.15 by Tornadoes Annastazia Chin to 10:22.37. She was followed to the wall by Naomi Eaton of the Y Speedos who took the Silver in a new personal best of 10:34.83. The Bronze medal was won Karci Gibson of the Marlins Swim Club in 10:55.39.
In the boys open 1500 metre freestyle Dominic Mullings of the Y Speedos Swim Club crushed the meet record of 19:06.85 by Tornadoes Alex Mignott and his own personal best of 18:51.39 to stop the clock in a time of 18:39.54. Winning the Silver and also under the meet record was Adrian Grant of Tornadoes Swim Club with a huge personal best of 18:48.27. His previous best effort in the event was 20:50.15. The Bronze was won by Mullings teammate Jordane Payne in a time of 19:18.90.
The next record to fall was in the 11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle. The Y Speedos’ Zaneta Alvaranga lowered the meet record of Swimaz’s Emily MacDonald of 28.69 when she registered 28.68. She led a Y Speedos sweep as teammates Paig’e Lewis and Callier Maxwell took Silver and Bronze in personal bests of 29.57 and 31.78.
Emily MacDonald in her first race in the 13-24 category got off to a winning start by taking the 50 metre freestyle in a time of 27.72.Silver went to the Y Speedos Brianna Anderson in a personal best of 28.47. Distance Champion Britney Williams showed her range by taking the Bronze in 28.64.
In the male equivalent the event was won by Jordan Hinds in 25.71.Silver and Bronze went to Keith Jordan Wilkinson of the Marlins in 26.25 and the Bronze to the Y Speedos Kyle Sinclair in 26.41.
The 11-12 boys event to Tornadoes Nathaniel Thomas in 28.08.The Silver was won by Joshua Alleyne of Swimaz Aquatics in28.63 and the Bronze to Nikolo Gordon-Somers in 29.90. Their medals were presented to them by record holder in the event Mr Ramon James who set the standard of 27.08 in 1995.
In 8 and under 50 metre butterfly the event was won by Zack Andre Johnson in 44.40. Silver and Bronze were won Jonothan Haynes of theY Speedos and Zion Bundy of the Y Speedos in 46.48 and 52.49. Their medals were presented to them by the record holder in the event Mr Garrick Robinson who set the mark of 37.44 in 1996.
The 8and under girls race was won by Renae Chung in 41.86. The 9-10 age group races went to Marlins duo Christanya Shirley in 36.50 and 37.02 respectively.