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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sean -Douglas Gooden of Tornadoes won the boys 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:23.70.
The 13 and over 50 metre butterfly event was won by Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos in a time of 26.26.
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.