GOLD AND BRONZE FOR 15-17 GIRLS WILLIAMS AND LYN HELP JAMAICA TO DOMINATE 200 FREE PODIUM

Moments after watching teammate Emily MacDonald dominate the girls 13-14 200 free event to win Gold it was up to Britney Williams and Annabella Lyn to carry on the momentum for the Jamaicans in the 15-17 age group and that they did .

Both swimmers are known for being good middle to long distance for the nation and would finish strong. The question would be what tactics would be employed by their competitors. In 2017 in The Bahamas Williams and Lyn finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Annabella clocked 2:11.95 for the third seed into the Championship final while Williams was sixth overall with a time of 2:13.46.

In the final the race played to the strengths of the Jamaicans as the pace was not pushed and no swimmer threatened the minute mark.With 150 metres swum that is when Williams decided to make her move and break from a tightly bunched field and initiated the charge for the final wall. That move proved to be decisive as Williams shifted gears and the field started to separate. Putting on her charge of her own was Swarthmore College bound Lyn .Lilly Higgs of The Bahamas,  also responded to Williams break to the front.

15-17 200 free podium
15-17 200 metre freestyle podium from left to right Higgs,Williams and Lyn Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

In the end Britney did enough to win and held on take her Gold in 2:10.32 ,Higgs outtouched Lyn to repeat last year’s Silver medal winning performance 2:11.03 to 2:11.09.

Williams celebrating
Britney Williams celebrating with the crowd Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The joy was evident for Britney as she slapped the water and then waved to the crowd and they responded in kind to the Gold and Bronze by the home team.

Jamaican 200 freestyle medallists
CARIFTA 200 metre freestyle medallists Williams, Lyn and 13-14 Gold Medallist Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

 

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