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 Mayberry 2017
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.

Sean-Douglas Gooden CARIFTA 2017
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.

Winners of the 200 individual medley in the 15-16 category Gooden and Chin
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.

Annastazia Chin CARIFTA 2017
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.

Britney Mayberry 2017
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.

800 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists
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.

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