The final night of competition on Tuesday April 18 at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in the pool events was a very successful one for Team Jamaica .The team swept all the girls 200 freestyle relays, the 11-12 ,13-14 and 15-17 age categories. This is the first time that all the girls 200 metre freestyle relays were swept by one nation in over a decade. The last time was at the 2005 CARIFTA Championships in Curaçao by a powerful French Antilles team. In addition to that all the relay teams won in both new CARIFTA and National record times except for the 15-17 girls team that were outside the CARIFTA record time. The girls in the 15-17 were none the less outstanding having swept all the relay in their age group the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays as well the 400 medley relay. That was the first time one nation has dominated the 15-17 age group in that fashion in almost a decade. The last time was the 2008 CARIFTA Championships in Aruba by strong Bahamian team that included Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace. Nathaniel Thomas ensured the Jamaican boys were represented on top of the podium as he crowned himself the fastest 11-12 boy in the CARIFTA region. The final day medal haul was Four Gold, Two Silver and Three Bronze medals for an overall medal tally of 12 Gold, Eight Silver and 10 Bronze medals for 30 medals for the Championship. The best medal total since 2014. The team also equalled their best Gold medal total of 12 in a decade which they achieved at the Kingston Championship in 2013.Team Jamaica placed sixth overall with 530.50 points. The tally for personal bests increased to 92 with 17 new personal standards on the last day with 21 top eight performances.
|1||Dominic Mullings||400 metre freestyle||13-14 boys||4:34.75||7th|
|2||Annabella Lyn||400 metre freestyle||15-17 girls||4:38.36||6th|
|3||Britney Williams||400 metre freestyle||15-17 girls||4:39.65||7th|
|4||Nicholas Vale||400 metre freestyle||15-17 boys||4:16.76||6th|
|5||Zaneta Alvaranga||50metre freestyle||11-12 girls||28.54||2nd||27.53||Silver|
|6||Nathaniel Thomas||50metre freestyle||11-12 boys||27.13||3rd||26.52||Gold|
|7||Emily MacDonald||50metre freestyle||13-14 girls||27.80||3rd||27.60||4th|
|8||Gabrianna Banks||50metre freestyle||13-14 girls||27.61||2nd||27.35||Bronze|
|9||Kyle Sinclair||50metre freestyle||13-14 boys||25.37||3rd||25.16||Bronze|
|10||Anjuii Barrett||50metre freestyle||15-17 girls||27.55||4th||27.81||7th|
|11||Shaun Johnson||50metre freestyle||15-17 girls||28.06||7th||27.72||5th|
|12||Bryanna Renuart||100 metre breaststroke||15-17 girls||1:19.37||3rd||1:16.90||Bronze|
|13||Annastazia chin||100 metre breaststroke||15-17 girls||1:20.85||8th||1:20.71||8th|
|14||Simone Vale||200 metre backstroke||13-14 girls||2:39.19||8th||2:35.89||7th|
|15||Kyle Sinclair||200 metre backstroke||13-14 boys||2:26.85||6th||2:22.99||4th|
|16||Angara Sinclair||200 metre backstroke||15-17 girls||2:32.82||8th||2:32.61||6th|
|17||Paig’e Lewis,Isabella Sierra,Sabrina Lyn,Zaneta Alvaranga||200 metre freestyle relay||11-12 girls||1:55.77||Gold CR NR|
|18||Joshua Alleyne,Nikolos Gordon Somers,Jaleel Samms,Nathaniel Thomas||200 metre freestyle relay||11-12 boys||1:53.80||Silver|
|19||Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale,Brianna anderson,Emily MacDonald||200 metre freestyle relay||13-14 girls||1:50.77||Gold CR NR|
|20||Angara Sinclair,Bryanna Renuart,Shaun Johnson,Anjuii Barrett||200 metre freestyle relay||15-17 girls||1:49.07||Gold NR|
|21||Nicholas Vale,Sean Douglas-Gooden,Adrian Grant and Jesse Marsh||200 metre freestyle relay||15-17 boys||1:40.83||7th|
|Day 4,April 18,2017|
|Personal Bests||Age Group||Event||Name||Time|
|1||11-12 girls||400 metre freestyle||Zaneta Alvaranga||5:16.33|
|2||15-17 girls||400 metre freestyle||Annabella Lyn||4:38.36|
|3||400 metre freestyle||Britney Williams|
|4||11-12 girls||50 metre freestyle||Zaneta Alvaranga||28.54|
|5||11-12 boys||50 metre freestyle||Joshua Alleyne||28.23|
|6||13-14 boys||50 metre freestyle||Kyle Sinclair||25.37|
|7||15-17 boys||50 metre freestyle||Adrian Grant||25.72|
|8||13-14 boys||50 metre freestyle||Akeem Alleyne||1:16.21|
|9||15-17 boys||100 metre breaststroke||Adrian Grant||1:10.41|
|10||11-12 boys||200 metre backstroke||Jaleel Samms||2:58.50|
|11||13-14 girls||200 metre backstroke||Simone Vale||2:39.19|
|12||13-14 boys||200 metre backstroke||Kyle Sinclair||2:26.85|
|13||11-12 girls||50 metre freestyle||Zaneta Alvaranga||27.53|
|14||11-12 boys||50 metre freestyle||Nathaniel Thomas||26.52|
|15||13-14 girls||50 metre freestyle||Kyle Sinclair||25.16|
|16||13-14 girls||200 metre backstroke||Simone Vale||2:35.89|
|17||13-14 boys||200 metre backstroke||Kyle Sinclair||2:22.99|
Thomas earned the lone individual Gold medal of the night when he clocked an impressive personal best of 26.52 to capture Gold. Nathaniel’s win placed him as the fastest 11-12 boy in the CARIFTA region as well as putting him with striking distance of Jamaican age group star Brad Hamilton’s age group mark of 26.29. The mark was set in 2002 before Thomas was born. The last time Jamaica won the event was in 2002 when Hamilton won in a time of 27.24.
The impressive relay Gold rush started with the win by the 11-12 girls team. The squad of Paig’e Lewis, Isabella Sierra, Sabrina Lyn, and Zaneta Alvaranga were without equal as they stormed to the victory in a new CARIFTA and National time of 1:55.77. They won by over a second. The old national standard of 1:57.60 was set back at the 2012 CARIFTA Championships by the team of Angara Sinclair, Anjuii Barrett, Tiara Myrie and Annastazia Chin. That team had equalled the 2009 record held by the Barbados team of Z Holder, D Small, I Sherry, and A Gibbs. The last time Jamaica had won Gold in the event was at the Kingston Championship when a 2013 team of Anjuii Barrett, Annabella Lyn, Jada Newel and Llori Sharpe clocked 1:57.76.
The 13-14 team of Gabrianna Banks, Simone Vale, Brianna Anderson and Emily MacDonald were in similar destructive win in the 200 metre freestyle relay. They crushed the field by more than two seconds to win a new CARIFTA and National record time of 1:50.77.They bettered the Jamaican mark of 1:52.78 set by the Bronze medal winning team of Anjuii Barrett, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renaurt, and Britney Williams at the 2015 CARIFTA Games in Barbados. The regional standard of 1:51.30 was also set in Barbados by the Aruban team of, Keeley Maduro, Elisabeth Timmer ,Anahi Schreuders and Florence Kock.
The 15-17 girls team of Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart, Shaun Johnson and Anjuii Barrett also had a convincing win in their age group winning by over a second. They stopped the clock in 1:49.07. That bettered the Silver medal winning performance from 2016 in Martinique. That team of Kelsie Campbell, Bryanna Renuart, Shaun Johnson, Angara Sinclair had set the Jamaican standard of 1:50.85.The Gold medal represents the first time a Jamaican team has been on top of the podium in over 15 years.
Zaneta Alvaranga rattled the national 11-12 record in the 50 metre freestyle when she clocked 27.56 for the Silver medal. The national record is held by Emily MacDonald at 27.53 set at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships.
The Silver medal winning 11-12 boys 200 metre freestyle relay team of Joshua Alleyne, Nikolos Gordon Somers, Jaleel Samms, Nathaniel Thomas touched in a total time of 1:53.80.It the first medal in the age group since the national record was set by the Bronze medal winning team of Keegan Rose, Chay Stewart, Jesse Marsh and Jordon Hines at the 2013 CARIFTA Championship.
Bryanna Renuart repeated her 2016 Bronze medal winning performance in the 100 metre breaststroke when she hit the pads in 1:16.90. She continued the Jamaican streak of medalling in the event annually since 2012.
Kyle Sinclair won the first medal in the boy’s 13-14 50 metre freestyle in over 5 years when he won the Bronze medal in a personal best of 25.16.
Teammate Gabrianna Banks ended an even longer medal drought when she won Bronze in the 13-14 girls age group in a time of 27.35.It has been over a decade since Jamaica won a medal. The last time was 2006 when Lanessa Downs Won Silver in 28.47.