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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.