THOMAS, ALVARANGA, GOODEN AND SHIRLEY SET MEET RECORDS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSION OF NEVILLE ALEXANDER MEET

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Nathaniel Thomas Triple meet record breaker on the Saturday session of the 2017 Neville Alexander Memorial Swim Meet Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The Saturday afternoon session (May 27) of the Neville Alexander meet saw four swimmers Nathaniel Thomas (Tornadoes), Zaneta Alvaranga (Y Speedos), Sean-Douglas Gooden (Tornadoes) and Christanya Shirley (Marlins) setting new records.

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From left to right Nathaniel Thomas of Tornadoes receiving his medal at the Karl Dalhouse Swim meet in January from former Tornadoes swimmer and national record holder in the 11-12 boys 100 metre butterfly Ramon James.Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

 

Though the session did not see any national marks lowered some were put on notice. In the 11-12 boys age group it was Nathaniel Thomas who rattled the long standing 100 metre butterfly record 1:04.27  of Ramon James with a personal best time by more than a second of 1:04.39. James had set the mark more than 20 years on November 18, 1995. Nathaniel crushed the 2005 meet record of 1:08.13 by Jason Adams while beating the field by more than nine seconds .Both James and Adams are former Tornadoes swimmers. Last year at this meet Thomas was fourth in 1:24.79. With that win he completed the sprint butterfly double.

 

Thomas would also carry the broom to the backstroke events as he won the 50 metre backstroke race in  a meet record time of 30.91.That destroyed the old mark of 33.15 by Blue Marlins Swim Club Rin Gyles of 33.15 and his old pb of 31.64. He continues to track the national record of 30.25 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter at the 2009 CARIFTA Games. In 2016 Thomas finished 5th in the event in 38.66.

In the 100 metre freestyle Nathaniel would complete the meet record hat trick as he was the only swimmer under the minute mark in the 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle as he touched in 59.67. That was better than the meet record of 1:02.96 Javier Marrero of the Flying Fish Swim .Also under the record was Joshua –Daniel Alleyne who clocked 1:02.52.Nathaniel was just off his pb of 59.45. Last year Thomas placed 7th with a time of 1:13.79.

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Zaneta Alvaranga Gold medal winner in the 100 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Also completing a sprint butterfly double in the 11-12 age was Zaneta Alvaranga. Competing in the 100 metre event she smashed the 2007 meet record of 1:11.65 former Speedos swimmer Raynae Hall with a 1:07.83. She continues to flirt with the age group record of 1:07.22 set by national teammate Sabrina Lyn when she won Gold at the CARIFTA Games in The Bahamas. Zaneta also posted 1:07.55 at the Tornadoes meet earlier this month. She added to her Gold medal count that afternoon when she won the 100 metre freestyle in 1:02.78.

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Christanya Shirley Record breaker in the 9-10 girls’ 50 metre butterfly.Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In the 9-10 age Shirley would lower Alvaranaga’s meet standard in the 50 metre butterfly. Christanya posted a time of 33.34 to better Zaneta’s 2015 time of 33.92.

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Sean-Douglas Gooden CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the open 200 metre breaststroke event Sean Douglas-Gooden lowered  amore than decade old record of 2:38.26 when he touched in a time of 2:36.83.He completed the medley double when he won the open 400 individual medley in a time of 5:19.03.

Teammate Lyn won the girls 400 individual medley in 6:41.90.

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Morgan Cogle of Jupiter Dragons Swim Team Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The Marlins’ Kokolo Foster just missed adding her name to the list of meet record breakers when she won the 9-10 100 metre freestyle in 1:11.17.That was just off the 2016 standard of 1:11.08 by Jupiter Dragon’s Morgan Cogle.

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Britney Williams Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Swimaz ’s Britney Williams won the 13 and over event in 1:02.82.

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Paig’e Lewis Gold medallist in the 11-12 girls’ 50 metre backstroke.Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

Paig’e Lewis won the 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke in 38.79.

Double winners in the afternoon included Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos. He also completed the sprint butterfly double when he won the 13 and over 100 metre butterfly in 59.89 and then won the 100 metre freestyle in 55.68.

His teammate Brianna Anderson completed the sprint sweeps in the backstroke and butterfly events. She took the 50 metre backstroke title in 31.09 then won the 100 metre butterfly in 1:11.65.

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Israel Allen 9-10 Gold medallist in the 50 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Israel Allen in the 9-10 boys category continued his domination of the individual events. He won the 50 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle in times of 34.93 and 1:11.17 respectively. Allen was undefeated in all 4 individual events at that point.

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Sailfish Swim Academy’s Gold medallists from left to right Coach Santiago Gonzalez 13 and over boys’ 50 metre backstroke and Tiara Campbell women’s open 200 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Representing the Western end of the island Montego Bay’s Sailfish Swim Academy had victories in the open girls’ 200 metre breaststroke and the 13 and over boys’ 50 metre backstroke. Tiara Campbell won the 200 metre breaststroke in 3:07.38. Coach Santiago Gonzalez completed the backstroke sprint sweep with a time of 29.70.

The masters’ events saw victories for the Tornadoes Swim Club. For the men Stefan Braeger won the 50 metre backstroke and butterfly in times of 40.65 and 38.70. For the ladies Annelies Denny won the 50 metre backstroke in 43.36 while Kristina Chuck –Smith took the 50 metre butterfly in 43.70.

SESSION TWO OF THE NEVILLE ALXANDER MEET SEES TORNADOES 11-12 BOYS TEAM AND THE MARLINS 9-10 GIRLS TEAM SETTING NATIONAL MARKS IN THE 200 MEDLEY RELAY

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Marlins Girls 9-10 team that set a new national record in the 200 metre medley relay from left to right Gianna Francis,Kokolo Foster,Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The second session of the 2017 Neville Alexander Memorial Swim Meet on Saturday May 26  being held at the National Aquatic Centre  saw two more national records lowered .Both new marks were set in the 200 metre medley relays. The first standard to be set was by the Marlins 9-10 girls relay team. That squad comprising of Giani Francis backstroke, Kokolo Foster breaststroke, Christanya Shirley butterfly and Saidah Brown freestyle set a new time of 2:32.52. That bettered the meet record of 2:36.80 by the 2012 Marlins team of Deandra Reynolds, Raynna Mitchell, Ahkira Brown and Britney Williams. The Marlins swimmers have lowered the national record twice in a month. The previous Jamaican record of 2:33.52 was set by the same quartet at the Tornadoes Invitational on May 7.

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Record setting Tornadoes 11-12 boys 200 metre medley relay team From left to right Nikolos Gordon-Somers,Jaleel Samms,Nathaniel Thomas and Zachary Jackson -Blaine Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the 11-12 boys age group Nathaniel Thomas joined forces with his Tornadoes teammates to record his second national record in as many sessions. The medley relay team of Zachary Jackson-Blaine backstroke, Nikolos Gordon-Somers breaststroke, Jaleel Samms butterfly and Thomas freestyle combined for a new national record of 2:11.04.They crushed the meet record of 2:19.57 by the 2012 Tornadoes team of Jesse Marsh, Christian Alberga, Joseph Black and Jordan Smith. Like the Marlins girls team the Tornadoes boys are rewriting the record books for the second time in a month.At their club’s invitational the squad swam a then national record of 2:11.51 . On that occasion Thomas swam the backstroke and Jackson-Blaine handled the freestyle duties

Earlier in the meet Thomas dropped almost 2 seconds in the 11-12 boys 100 metre backstroke to lower the 2004 meet record of 1:12.37 set by the Y Speedos’ Ramon Walton to 1:10.77.

Also setting new medley meet records were the Y Speedos Swim club in the 9-10 boys and 13 and over boys’ races. In the younger age category the team of David Morris backstroke, Dirk Harrison breaststroke, Zack –Andre Johnson butterfly and Courtney Bailey freestyle set a new record of 2:41.74.that bettered the 2016 mark of 2:42.31 set by the Tornadoes team of Daniel and Joshua Mair, Israel Allen and Jomo McMayo.

The 13 and over squad of Kyle Sinclair backstroke, Jevaun Jackson breaststroke, Jordane Payne butterfly and Sidrell Williams freestyle set a meet record of 1:57.36. That time took down the 2014 performance of 1:58.91 by the Marlins squad of Nicholas Haughton, Xavier Phillips, Orane Garrick and Keith-Jordan Wilkinson.

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Zack-Andre Johnson record breaker in the boys’ 8 and under 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Getting his name on the meet record books was the Y Speedos’ Zack-Andre Johnson in the 8 and under boys’ 50 metre butterfly. He lowered the 2011 standard 38.84 of former teammate Cameron Brown when he stopped the clock in 36.79.That doubled his Gold medal count for the day as he also won the 50 metre backstroke in 43.14.His teammate Renae Chung also did the butterfly and backstroke double posting winning times of 42.18 and 44.57 respectively.

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Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim club .Double winner of the 11-12 50 metre breaststroke and open 200 metre butterfly on session 2 Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Other double individual winners included Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos and Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim Club. Sidrell took the 200 metre freestyle and butterfly events in times of 2:07.40 and 2:22.70. Lyn won the 11-12 50 metre breaststroke in 41.14 and the 200 metre butterfly in 3:02.63.

Britney Williams of Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club repeated her 2016 success in the 200 metre freestyle winning this year in 2:19.65.

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Nikolos Gordon-Somers winner of the 11-12 boys 50 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In the 50 metre breaststroke series the 11-12 boys race was won by Nikolos Gordon-Somers of Tornadoes Swim Cub in 39.11.

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Naomi Eaton winner of the 13 and over 50 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The 13 and over girls event went to Naomi Eaton of the Y Speedos in 38.09. The male equivalent went to Sean-Douglas Gooden of Tornadoes in 32.19.

In the other backstroke races Shirley in the 9-10 50 metre backstroke just missed breaking the 2007 meet record of 37.10 set by teammate Stefani Webley when she hit the wall in 37.72. Israel Allen of Tornadoes won his second individual race in the boys when he touched in 38.71. Zaneta Alvaranga of the Y Speedos won the 11-12 girls’ 100 metre backstroke in a personal best time of 1:17.64.The 13 and over girls’ race went to her teammate Brianna Anderson in 1:11.64.

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Coach Santiago Gonzales of the Sailfish Swim Academy winner of the 100 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Winning his first race on Jamaican soil was Coach Santiago Gonzalez of the Sailfish Swim Academy from Montego Bay. He won 13 and over boys race in 1:03.42.

The Y Speedos Swim club would take both the girls 11-12 and 13 and over 200 medley races. The 11-12 team of Zaneta Alvaranga, Callier Maxwell, Paig’e Lewis and Jadean Dixon won in 2:25.79.The senior girls team of Brianna Anderson, Naomi Eaton, Paris Clare and Leanne McMaster won in 2:13.77.

THOMAS AND ALVARANGA “FLY” TO NEW AGE GROUP MARKS AND FOSTER SETS MEDLEY RECORD ON DAY ONE OF NEVILLE ALEXANDER MEET

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Zaneta Alvaranga 50 metre butterfly national record holder and fastest 11-12 girl ever in the  event for the English Speaking Caribbean. Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

On day one of the 2017 Neville Alexander Memorial Swim Meet Nathaniel Thomas and Zaneta Alvaranga set new 11-12 age group marks in the 50 metre butterfly event. The meet which runs from May 26 to 28 at the National Aquatic Centre serves as the last local qualifier for the CCCAN Championships to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from June 22 to July 2.

Zaneta, who competes for the Y Speedos Swim club had set the meet record last year with a time of 30.63.She blew that record out of the water and crushed the field when she touched in a new meet and national record of 28.95.

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Zaneta Alvaranga Gold medallist in the 50 metre butterfly and World Record holder and CARIFTA 2017 commentator and Olympian Alia Atkinson.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Alvaranga, who won Gold in the event at the 2017 CARIFTA Games with a meet record 29.05, is the first Jamaican 11-12 girl under the 29 second barrier. She is already faster than the 13-14 mark of 29.57 by Kendese Nangle and is closing in on the 15-17 time of 28.87 by Olympian Alia Atkinson. Her record makes her the fastest 11-12 girl ever in the English speaking Caribbean region and the only one under 29 seconds. She is also almost a second faster than the CCCAN record of 29.85 set Venezuelan Ángela Ciccenia in 2007. Zaneta’s winning time would have won her the Silver medal in the boy’s race at the 2015 Championships held in Barbados.

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Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly national record holder Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The other national mark to fall would be in the very next event when Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes Swim club edged the national record of Olympian Timothy Wynter  (2016) by the slimmest of margins .01 of a second when he touched the wall in 28.32. The old record was set at the CARIFTA Championships in 2009 . He also crushed the 2010 meet standard of 30.03 set by Swimaz’s Kevaughn  Campbell. This is tremendous improvement from Thomas who last year was 6th in 35.09 .He was a finalist at this CARIFTA Games in the event in 29.22 where the Gold medal was won in 28.75. THE CCCAN record in the event is held by another Venezuelan Andres Doria in a time of 27.30.

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Kokolo Foster meet record holder in the 9-10 girls 200 metre individual medley Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Also setting a record in the opening session was Kokolo Foster of the Marlins Swim club. Competing in the 10 and under 200 metre individual medley she swam to a new personal best of 2:56.66. That broke the 2016 standard of 2:58.62 set by Morgan Cogle of the Jupiter Dragons Swim Team. Last year she was 8th in time of 3:27.59. A year later and more than half a minute faster she can set her sights on the national record of 2:52.62 set by Allison Bardowell back in 1997.

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Brianna Anderson Gold medallist in the girls 13 and over 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Just missing out on being among the record breakers on the day was Brianna Anderson of the Y Speedos. She won the 13 and over 50 metre butterfly in 30.38 just off the 2015 meet record of 30.36 set by Anjuii Barrett.

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Naomi Eaton Gold medallist in the 200 metre individual medley and 800 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Other winners on the day included Naomi Eaton who won the tough 200 metre individual medley and 800 metre freestyle double in personal best times .She took the medley event in 2:41.94 dropping almost 4 seconds from her winning time last year. In the distance freestyle event she dropped more than 30 seconds to win by almost a minute in 10:22.11.

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Sean-Douglas Gooden Gold medallist in the 200 metre individual medley Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Sean -Douglas Gooden of Tornadoes won the boys 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:23.70.

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Sidrell Williams Gold medallist in the 13 and over boys 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The 13 and over 50 metre butterfly event was won by Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos in a time of 26.26.

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Kyle Sinclair Gold medallist in the 1500 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The 1500 metre freestyle went to Kyle Sinclair of the Y Speedos in a time of 19:09.60.

The boys 9 -10 200 metre individual medley went to Israel Allen of Tornadoes in a time of 3:09.52.

ELAN DALEY CONTINUES GREAT FORM AFTER DEBUT AT THE CARIFTA GAMES IN THE BAHAMAS.

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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of http://www.olympics.bm

Bermudan age group standout Elan Daley continued her rewriting of her nation’s age group records with another top performance at the North York Aquatic Club meet held recently in Toronto. The meet which was held in 50 metre pool from Friday May 12 to Sunday May 14 saw her continuing her standard setting streak.

 

At her debut CARIFTA championships in The Bahamas she won the high point trophy with 80 points. She won a staggering Twelve medals Six Gold Three Silver and Three Bronze. She set three individual national marks in the 200 metre individual medley 2:30.90, 50 metre freestyle 27.50 and 100 metre freestyle 1:00.58.All of which were Gold medal winning performances. Her range of events in which she won medals was equally impressive winning a medal in each stroke discipline as well as the individual medley.

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Competing at her club’s May performance meet in the 12 year old category Elan became the first Bermudan 11-12 girl under 2:30 in the 200 metre individual medley when she won the event in 2:29.57.Her winning margin was more than 5 seconds. It was also 2nd fastest time by a girl at the competition which had age categories of 13, 14,15 ,16 and 17 and over.

In the sprint freestyle events she came dangerously close to breaking through some significant barriers for an 11-12 girls. In the 50 metre freestyle she clocked a quick 27.06 crushing her old mark of 27.50 from CARIFTA . She just missed breaching the 27 second mark and posting 26 seconds. She was the fastest female swimmer at the meet with her win

It was the same in the longer sprint the as she almost went under the magical minute mark when she stopped the clock in 1:00.28. The second fastest time of the meet.

Elan proved her versatility when she won the 400 metre freestyle in a time of 4:51.54. That time lowered the 2014 national standard of Ashley Irby of 4:53.31. She would also be atop the podium in the 200 metre freestyle where she set a personal best of 2:15.70. In the 100 metre backstroke she rattled the national record of 1:10.60 set by Emma Harvey with a winning time of 1:10.76.

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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of sportsmax.tv

Bermudan records held by Daley in the 11-12 age group

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50 metre freestyle 27.06
100 metre freestyle 1:00.28
400 metre freestyle 4:51.54
100 metre butterfly 1:06.91
50 metre breaststroke 35.81
200 metre Individual medley 2:29.57
400 metre individual medley 5:29.46

Elan Daley is a very exciting prospect from the CARIFTA region given that this is her first year in regional age group competition. Her 50 freestyle time makes her the fastest 11-12 girl ever from the English Speaking Caribbean. She also has the potential to be the fastest ever from the English speaking region in at least 5 other events with more than a year left in the age group. Though the long course season is very young her times would rank as the fastest 11-12 girl in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events in the United States. She will be one of the top Bermudan swimmers who will be on show at the 2018 CARIFTA Championships to be held in Kingston Jamaica.

GOODEN AND CHIN SET NEW STANDARDS IN THE 15-16 AGE GROUP AT THE MAYBERRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The high quality Mayberry Championship continues to provide the avenue for top competition among swimmers in the Jamaican school system. At the 2017 edition of the meet which was held on April 28 at the National Aquatic Centre it would be Sean Douglas –Gooden of Victory Academy and Annastazia Chin of Immaculate Conception High School that stepped up to lower meet records in the 15-16 age group .

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Sean-Douglas Gooden 50 metre breaststroke Record holder Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Gooden set a new mark in the 50 metre breaststroke by stopping the clock in a time of 31.99.That bettered the 2015 record of 32.10 set by Campion College’s Bryce Butler .It was also the fastest time recorded at the meet. Sean has not been beaten in this event for the last three years winning the race for both of his years in this age group and his last year in the 13-14 age group. He maintained that win streak in the 200 metre individual medley when he touched the wall in 2:25.39.

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Sean-Douglas Gooden CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Gooden, who was a finalist in the 200 metre breaststroke in the 15-17 age at this year’s CARIFTA Championship also won the 50 metre backstroke in 31.24.

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2016 Winners of the 200 individual medley in 15-16 age group From left to right Sean- Douglas Gooden of Jamaica College and Annastazia Chin of Immaculate Conception High School

His CARIFTA teammate Chin would lower the 2007 record of 30.47 set by another Immaculate Conception swimmer Dominique Dawson with a 30.39 effort.

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Annastazia Chin CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Annastazia, who was a finalist in the 200 metre individual medley at CARIFTA would win the event at the meet for the second consecutive year in a time of 2:47.51.She would win her second individual Gold medal by taking the 50 metre freestyle in a time of 28.41.

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Britney Williams Double Gold Medallist 100 and 200 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Another double Gold medallist at the meet was Britney Williams of the Wolmer’s Girls School. Britney led off the national record setting  4 x 200 freestyle relay that won Gold in the 15-17 age group  at the CARIFTA Championship in The Bahamas recently.

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CARIFTA Gold medallists and national record holders in the 15-17 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Britney Williams,Angara Sinclair,Bryanna Renuart and Annabella Lyn Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

She was unfortunate not to break the record in that event. She hit the pads in 2:17.47.That effort was just outside of the 2012 mark of 2:17.28 set by Campion College’s Breanna Roman. Williams. She again rattled another 2012 record of Roman’s when she swam to a time of 1:01.94. The record of 1:01.80 just managed to survive for another year. Both winning times were the fastest swum at the meet.

 

There would be more victories for the Wolmerians at the competition. Jordane Payne also completed a Golden Double as he won the 200 metre freestyle in 2:13.47 and the 50 metre butterfly in 27.97.Dana Atkinson of the Girl’s School would win the girls 50 metre breaststroke in 42.89.

Jordon Hines of St George’s College would complete the sprint freestyle double when he won the 50 and 100 metre freestyle in times of 25.63 and 57.99.

Sage Sinclair of Immaculate followed up on her brother Kyle’s win in the boy’s 13-14 50 backstroke with a Gold of her own in the event with a time of 35.13.

In the 200 freestyle relays it would be the teams from St Andrew High School and Campion College winning in times of 2:14.81 and 1:51.83.

The medley relay saw Immaculate Conception and Wolmer’s Boys winning in 2:27.65 and 2:06.04 respectively.

RETURNING 11-12 AGE GROUP CARIFTA SWIM TEAM MEMBERS DOMINATE AT MAYBERRY .THOMAS AND ALVARANGA IN RECORD BREAKING FORM

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Nathaniel Thomas of Campion College Four time record breaker 50 metre freestyle, 50 metre butterfly , 200 metre freestyle relay and 200 metre medley relay Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Yet another high quality Mayberry Swimming Championship was held on Friday April 28, 2017 at the National Aquatic Centre. This was evidenced by the number of records that fell on the day. Many of the records that were broken were set by the returning members of the 2017 CARIFTA swim team that returned from The Bahamas less than two weeks earlier.

In the 11-12 age group it was Nathaniel Thomas of Campion College and Zaneta Alvaranga of Immaculate Conception High School who accounted for the new standards.

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Nathaniel Thomas with Gold medal won at CARIFTA 2017 in The Bahamas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the boys category Thomas shattered the 2016 record of 27.65 by Wolmerian Kyle Sinclair to become the first 12 and under boy under 27 seconds at the meet with a swim of 26.71. Thomas, the CARIFTA 2017 Gold medallist in the event continues to track the national record of 26.29 set by former Kingston College and national standout Brad Hamilton. It would be the same in the 50 metre butterfly when he crushed the 2005 Championship record of 29.75 former Campion College and Jamaican age group star Jason Adams. With his record swim of 28.94 he became the first 12 and under boy under 29 seconds at the Mayberry meet. In his sights for 2017 will be the 2009 national record of 28.33 set by another former Campion college student Olympian Timothy Wynter .On his drive for 5 Gold medals he also won the 200 metre freestyle in personal best 2:20.38 and was a part of two record breaking relays. Campion set the mark of 1:59.41 in the 200 metre freestyle relay and then 2:16.32 in the 200 medley relay.

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Zaneta Alvaranga (right) receives token from Mayberry representative Alvaranga set the fastest time ever swum at the Championship in the 50 metre butterfly. she also set records in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Alvaranga, who is the regional champion in both the 50 metre butterfly and 50 metre freestyle stamped her class at the high school meet. She won the 50 metre butterfly event in a quick 29.18 not far off her national and CARIFTA mark of 29.05.That performance crushed the 2013 meet record of 31.34  of another Immaculate Conception swimmer Angara Sinclair. It also stands as the fastest 50 metre butterfly time recorded by a girl at the Championship Zaneta is already faster than the 13-14 national mark of 29.57 and not far off the 15-17 standard of 28.87 held by Olympian Alia Atkinson. She was the only girl under 30 seconds at the meet.

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Zaneta Alvaranga CARIFTA 11-12 50 metre butterfly Gold medallist ,Games and National record holder Phot courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the 50 metre freestyle she lowered the 2012 meet record of 28.30 by Campion College’s D’Agaene Clarke to 28.15. That time was again the fastest time recorded by a girl at the meet. Alvaranga would complete the record trifecta when she lowered the 2016 record of 1:03.84 by Campion College’s Emily MacDonald with a 1:03.58 effort.  In her Golden Mayberry performance she would take the 50 metre backstroke in 34.39.Zaneta would also swim her signature butterfly to help her school to a record time of 2:24.10 in the 200 medley relay. The other members of that team were Imani Salmon, Alexis Leyow and Callier Maxwell.

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Sabrina Lyn 200 freestyle and indivdual medley Champion Lyn is also the national record holder and CARIFTA Champion in the 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The 200 metre freestyle Gold medal was won the 11-12 100 metre butterfly CARIFTA Champion and national record holder Sabrina Lyn of Campion College in 2:37.09.

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Joshua Alleyne CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The boys 50 metre backstroke title was won by her teammate Joshua Alleyne in a time of 33.70.Alleyne was a finalist in the event at this year’s CARIFTA Championship.

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Jaleel Samms CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

It would be another Campion College and 2017 CARIFTA duo as Lyn and Jaleel Samms won their respective 200 metre individual medley races in personal best times of 2:57.27 and 2:48.75 respectively.

Alleyne would win his second individual gold medal in the 100 metre freestyle when he clocked a personal best time of 1:02.74.

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Zachary Johnson Photo courtesy of David Mullings

The 50 metre breaststroke races were won by Tiara Campbell of Mount Alvernia High School in 39.46 and Wolmer’s Boys School Zachary Johnson 38.62.

ANDERSON, SINCLAIR, GRANT SET RECORDS IN THE 13-14 AGE GROUP AT THE MAYBERRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Kyle Sinclair (right) 13-14 50 metre freestyle record breaker and fastest swimmer at the Mayberry Championship receiving a token from a Mayberry representative

The 2017 edition of the Mayberry Championships was held at the National Aquatic Centre on April 28, 2017. The 13-14 age group saw a number of championship records being broken. The new standard bearers are Brianna Anderson of the Immaculate Conception High school, Kyle Sinclair of Wolmer’s Boys’ School and Adrian Grant of Jamaica College.

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Brianna Anderson (right) receiving token from Mayberry representative Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Anderson was the only girl at the meet under the 33 second mark in the 50 metre backstroke as she stroked her way to a new a record of 31.51 .That lowered the 2009 record of 31.84 set by Campion College’s national age group standout Kendese Nangle .In fact Anderson’s time is the fastest time ever recorded at the Mayberry championships.

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Brianna Anderson CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Brianna, who is the reigning 13-14 CARIFTA Bronze medallist from the CARIFTA 2017 championship  in the event, has in her sights the national mark of 31.02 of Angara Sinclair, a former Immaculate High student. She would take Gold in the 50 metre butterfly in a time of 30.68 just missing the 2009 mark of 30.23 set by Nangle. A third individual Gold was secured in the 50 metre freestyle which she won in 28.54.

Sinclair of Wolmer’s saw his 11-12 record in the 50 metre freestyle fall before his race. He made up for that lost record by setting a new one in the 13-14 boys race.

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CARIFTA 2017 13-14 boys 50 metre freestyle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Kyle, who is the reigning CARIFTA Bronze medallist in this event bettered the 2014 standard of 25.93 set by Campion College’s Joseph Black with a swim of 25.59. The Wolmerian not only crowned himself the fastest boy in 13-14  but the entire meet as he recorded the fastest time of all age groups. He had a number of meet record misses on his way to a medal haul of Four Gold and a Silver. In the 200 metre individual medley he just missed the 2011 record of 2:26.14 by Campion College’s Olympian Timothy Wynter when he recorded a time of 2:26.89. In the 100 metre freestyle he was again the fastest boy at the meet when he touched in 56.92.That effort was just off the 2005 record of 56.00 by Jamaican and Kingston College standout Brad Hamilton. Kyle would also win the 50 metre backstroke in 30.92, again the fastest time recorded at the meet.

Jevaun Jackson
Jevaun Jackson Photo courtesy of Trecia Jackson

He would be beaten on the day by Jamaica College’s Jevaun Jackson who won the 50 metre butterfly in a personal best time of 28.57.Sinclair would win the Silver medal in a time of 28.63.

Adrian Grant CARIFTA
Adrian Grant CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the 50 metre breaststroke , another member of the 2017 CARIFTA team, Adrian Grant would lower the 2005 of 33.33 set by Brad Hamilton in 2005 by clocking 32.58. Joining him in breaking the record would be Jackson who recorded a personal best time of 32.81.

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Chester Adams 13-14 boys champion in the 200 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The 200 metre freestyle events were won by Naomi Eaton of Campion College and Chester Adams of Jamaica College in times of 2:20.68 and 2:21.17 respectively. Eaton would also take the Gold in the 50 metre breaststroke in 38.52.

The Immaculate duo of Karci Gibson and Thandiwe McDonald won the 200 individual medley and 100 metre freestyle in times of 2:45.78 and 1:05.64 respectively.

Immaculate would also sweep the 200 metre freestyle and medley relays with swims of 1:59.71 and 2:22.57

Jamaica College would take both relays also in 1:48.74   and 2:04.96.