Gianna Francis,Kokolo,Saidah Brown, christanya
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.

Zach-Andre Johnson Neville 2017
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.

Sabrina Lyn Neville 2017
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.

Nikolos Gordon-Somers Neville 2017
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.

Naomi Eaton
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.

Santiago Gonzales Neville 2017
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.


  1. Good morning Swimmers, Coaches an Clubs, Supporters and most importantly Parents it gives me great pleasure to congratulate the entire swimming fraternity for the awesome performances at the Neville Alexander meet on the weekend, it really shows how much the hard work has paid off, I also want to encourage all swimmer to keep working hard to make yuself, yur parents yur clubs and our country proud. To the National Aquatics Center and the entire staff thanx for making this facility always open to everyone an as the commentary personnel would say each day tell our Swimmers, we love to watch yu swim, we are proud of yu an we love yu, to the organizers of the Neville Alexander meet cudos to yu for another great meeting.


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