Of the debutantes on this year’s CARIFTA team Morgan Cogle in the 11-12 age group led the medal charge for that group with Six medals.She swam her way to Two Gold , Two Silver and Two Bronze medals.
In the 200 metre backstroke she ended a five year medal drought when she took the Silver when she touched in a time of 2:38.19. The last medallist was teammate Annabella Lyn who won Silver as in front of a home crowd as well in 2013 That also is the fastest time recorded by a Jamaican girl in that age group in over a decade at CARIFTA.
The 100 metre backstroke saw her ending a more than five year long medal drought as she won the Bronze in 1:13.55.The last podium finish was in 2012 by age group backstroke standout Angara Sinclair in The Bahamas.
Three medals were won in the relays. The 200 metre freestyle relay was a national record as she joined teammates Safiya Officer,Isabella Sierra and Aliyah Heaven in winning in a Championship record of 1:55.47.
There would be another relay Gold when the team of Officer,Heaven,Ireland Hunter and Cogle took the victory in 4:19.13.
In the mixed 400 metre freestyle relay Devaughn Robe and Adrian Balfour joined Cogle and officer to take the Bronze in 4:13.73.
The 100 metre freestyle saw her continuing a strong Jamaican tradition of medalling almost every year in the sprint freestyle events when she won the Silver in 1:03.11.
When Draftingthecaribbean spoke to the young swimmer on April 7 about her debut in the Jamaican colours “I was happy for the opportunity to represent Jamaica. I was also glad to be able to help the team by winning the medals. I am excited for more to come!”