TEAM JAMAICA OPENS ACCOUNT WITH 9 MEDALS ON OPENING DAY OF CARIFTA 2017 SWIM CHAMPS IN THE BAHAMAS

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

57.97

Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 Boys 50 metre backstroke Gold
Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 Gold medallist in the 50 metre backstroke.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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.

Sabrina Lyn 11-12 100 metre butterfly Gold
Sabrina Lyn reacts to winning the 11-12 100 metre butterfly Gold medal in anew national record time
Zaneta Silver medallist and Alia Atkinson
Zaneta Alvaranga Silver medallist in the 100 metre butterfly and World Record holder and CARIFTA 2017 commentator Alia Atkinson.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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.

15-17 Golden girls
15-17 Golden Girls from left to right Anjuii Barrett , Shaun Johnson,World Record Holder and CARIFTA 2017 commentator Alia Atkinson ,Annabella Lyn and Britney Williams.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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.

Cameron Brown 13-14 200 breatstroke Silver
13-14 200 metre breaststroke Silver medallist Cameron Brown .Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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.

15-17 200 metre breaststroke podium
15-17 200 metre breaststroke from left to right Lilly Higgs The Bahamas Silver medallist, Albury Higgs The Bahamas Gold medallist and Bryanna Renuart Jamaica Bronze medallist

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 13-14 50 back Bronze
Brianna Anderson 13-14 Girls Backstroke Bronze medallist

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

Name Event Age Group heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
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
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