Team Jamaica got off to a good start on the opening day of the 32nd annual CARIFTA Swimming Championships in The Bahamas. The Jamaican contingent won 9 medals Four Gold Two Silver and Three Bronze medals and saw 24 personal best times established
|Age Group||Event||Name||Time||Placing||Old time|
|1||15-17 Girls||800 metre freestyle||Annabella Lyn||9:40.98||4th||9:48.72|
|2||11-12 Girls||200 metre breaststroke||Sabrina Lyn||3:12.82||11th||3:20.37|
|3||11-12 Girls||200 metre breaststroke||Isabella Sierra||3:32.84||15th||3:38.96|
|4||15-17 boys||200 metre breaststroke||Adrian Grant||2:39.17||12th||2:39.76|
|5||11-12 girls||50 metre backstroke||Zaneta Alvaranga||33.50||4th||34.29|
|6||11-12 girls||50 metre backstroke||Paig’e Lewis||35.91||16th||37.31|
|7||11-12 boys||50 metre backstroke||Nathaniel Thomas||32.02||2nd||32.78|
|8||11-12 boys||50 metre backstroke||Joshua Alleyne||32.72||3rd||34.57|
|9||13-14 girls||50 metre backstroke||Brianna Anderson||31.47||3rd||31.90|
|10||13-14 boys||50 metre backstroke||Kyle Sinclair||30.17||5th||31.18|
|11||13-14 boys||50 metre backstroke||Akeem Alleyne||31.68||12th||33.38|
|12||15-17 boys||50 metre backstroke||Mattheau Bonner||30.11||17th||30.41|
|13||11-12 Girls||100 metre butterfly||Sabrina Lyn||1:08.91||2nd||1:09.92|
|14||11-12 Girls||100 metre butterfly||Zaneta Alvaranga||1:08.95||3rd||1:11.01|
|15||13-14 boys||100 metre butterfly||Kyle Sinclair||1:03.70||8th||1:05.57|
|16||13-14 boys||200 metre breaststroke||Cameron Brown||2:34.39||Bronze||2:34.43|
|17||15-17 boys||200 metre breaststroke||Sean Douglas-Gooden||2:33.71||8th|
|18||11-12 girls||50 metre backstroke||Zaneta Alvaranga||33.34||4th||33.50|
|19||11-12 boys||50 metre backstroke||Nathaniel Thomas||32.02||Gold||31.64|
|20||13-14 boys||50 metre backstroke||Kyle Sinclair||29.77||4th||30.17|
|21||15-17 girls||50 metre backstroke||Shaun Johnson||31.57||6th||31.09|
|22||11-12 Girls||100 metre butterfly||Sabrina Lyn||1:07.22||Gold||1:08.91|
|23||11-12 Girls||100 metre butterfly||Zaneta Alvaranga||1:08.02||Silver||1:08.95|
|24||15-17 boys||100 metre butterfly||Jesse Marsh||57.83||5th||
The First Gold medal came from Nathaniel Thomas in the 50 metre backstroke. Competing in his first ever Championship final he stormed to victory in a new personal best time of 31.64.This broke the more than 5 year medal drought Jamaica had in the event .The last medal was won by Timothy Wynter in 2009 when he took Gold in then a Games record time of 30.37 .That time still stands as the 11-12 national record.
The next CARIFTA title would come again in the 11-12 age group. This time from the girls. Sabrina Lyn also competing in her first ever Championship final had put the 100 metre butterfly national record of 1:08.87 by countrywoman Simone Vale under threat with a heats time of 1:08.91. In the final she became the first 11-12 Jamaican girl under 1:08.00 when she took Gold in a personal best time of 1:07.22.Teammate Zaneta Alvaranga was also well below the old national standard winning the Silver in a personal best time of 1:08.02. This was the first time Jamaica was winning better than a Bronze medal in the event in over a decade.
The third Gold medal would come via the 13-14 girls 400 metre freestyle relay. They demolished the old national standard of 4:12.73. That mark was set before anyone of the members of the team were born was set at the Caribbeean Islands Swimming Championships in 1996 in San Juan Puerto Rico by Olympians Angella Chuck and Janelle Atkinson, her sister Jilandre Atkinson and Kerrie Ann Steer , a coach at the Tornadoes Swim Club. The team of Gabrianna Banks, Brianna Anderson, Simone Vale and Emily MacDonald took the title in 4:06.08.MacDonald held off a spirited challenge from Trinidad and Tobago’s Gabriella Donahue who was looking for her 3rd Gold medal of the night. This is the first medal for Jamaica of any kind in the event for over a decade.
The senior Girls in the 15-17 age group replicated the Gold medal performance. The team of Anjuii Barrett, Shaun Johnson, Annabella Lyn and Britney Williams took the relay title in a time of 4:02.11. They were just off the national record of 4:01.62. This is the first win for Jamaica in the event since 2013 when the national record was established at the Kingston championships.
The evening’s final started with a Silver medal winning performance from Cameron Brown in the boys 13-14 200 metre breaststroke. He swam to a new personal best of 2:34.39. This is a major improvement from 2016 where he was 6th in 2:39.43. He continues to track the national standard in this event of 2:33.55.The last time Jamaica won a medal in this event was 2005 when Matthew Hilton won Silver.
In the 15-17 girls event Bryanna Renuart repeated her 2016 Bronze medal winning performance with a 2:47.05 effort in The Bahamas. She kept the Jamaican streak alive of medalling in the event every year since 2011.
Brianna Anderson would win her individual medal in the 50 metre backstroke when stopped the clock in 31.47. That is the first medal for Jamaica in the event since Angara Sinclair won the Gold in 2104 in the national record time of 31.02.
The 13-14 boys team of Kyle Sinclair, Dominic Mullings, Akeem Alleyne and Cameron Brown won the Bronze in the 400 metre freestyle relay in a time of 3:50.90. That is the first medal in the event for Jamaica since 2014.
Analysis of final times and places
|Cameron Brown||200 metre breaststroke||13-14||2:37.16||4th||2:34.39||Silver|
|Bryanna Renuart||200 metre breaststroke||15-17girls||2:48.53||3rd||2:47.05||Bronze|
|Annastzaia Chin||200 metre breaststroke||15-17girls||2:54.82||4th||2:57.50||6th|
|Sean Douglas-Gooden||200 metre breaststroke||15-17 boys||2:34.46||8th||2:33.71||8th|
|Zaneta Alvaranga||50 metre backstroke||11-12 girls||33.50||4th||33.34||4t|
|Nathaniel Thomas||50 metre backstroke||11-12 boys||32.02||2nd||31.64||Gold|
|Joshua Alleyne||50 metre backstroke||11-12 boys||32.72||3rd||32.99||7th|
|Brianna Anderson||50 metre backstroke||13-14 girls||31.47||3rd||31.59||Bronze|
|Kyle Sinclair||50 metre backstroke||13-14 boys||30.17||5th||29.77||4th|
|Shaun Johnson||50 metre backstroke||15-17 girls||31.57||6th||31.09||5th|
|Sabrina Lyn||100 metre butterfly||11-12 girls||1:08.91||2nd||1:07.22||Gold NR|
|Zaneta Alvaranga||100 metre butterfly||11-12 girls||1:08.95||3rd||1:08.02||Silver|
|Nathaniel Thomas||100 metre butterfly||11-12 boys||1:05.79||2nd||1:07.16||4th|
|Emily MacDonald||100 metre butterfly||13-14 girls||1:10.25||6th||1:08.41||5th|
|Kyle Sinclair||100 metre butterfly||13-14 boys||1:03.70||8th||1:04.17||8th|
|Angara Sinclair||100 metre butterfly||15-17 girls||1:06.95||5th||1:07.71||7th|
|Jesse Marsh||100 metre butterfly||15-17 boys||58.07||5th||57.83||4th|
|11-12 girls||400 freestyle relay||11-12 girls||4:30.26||6th||4:29.79||7th|
|11-12 boys||400 freestyle relay||11-12 boys||4:22.19||8th|
|13-14 girls||400 freestyle relay||13-14 girls||4:06.08||Gold NR|
|13-14 boys||400 freestyle relay||13-14 boys||3:50.90||Bronze|
|15-17 girls||400 freestyle relay||15-17 girls||4:02.11||Gold|
|15-17 boys||400 freestyle relay||15-17 boys||3:42.29||7th|