AWESOME ELAN DALEY,BERMUDAN STAR SHINES BRIGHT IN KINGSTON

 

In 2017 it would be fair to say Bermuda’s Elan Daley had a great CARIFTA debut in the 11-12 age group . In The Bahamas she won 12 medals Six Gold ,Three Silver and Three Bronze on her way to winning the 11-12 High Point Trophy.She had accumulated more silverware in her first year than some swimmers had in their entire careers.It  was  expected that she would be at least as good as the previous year.

Elan 50 back heats
Elan Daley at the start of the 50 metre backstroke. An event which she set the CARIFTA record twice Photo courtesy of Sports of Jamaica

Elan proved everyone wrong as she was even better as she put on a masterclass in versatility, stamina and speed at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston from March 31 to April 3.Her swims earned her the top swimmer trophy for the 11-12 girls.

200 free 11-12 girls podium
Medallists in the 200 metre freestyle from left to right Zoe Anthony of Trinidad and Tobago Silver medallist Gold medallist and championship record holder Daley and Bronze medallist Jillian Crooks of the Cayman Islands Photo courtesy of Sports of Jamaica

 

The figures are staggering 11 Gold , One Bronze medal,  CARIFTA Championship records broken 11 times and she now holds Eight of the fastest times ever recorded in Jamaica in the 11-12 age group.

Elan Daley checks her time after yet another record peformance
Elan Daley checks her time after yet another record breaking performance Photo courtesy of Bermuda CARIFTA Swim team 2018

Elan’s 11-12 CARIFTA records

Event CARIFTA record Year
50 metre freestyle 26.59 2018
100 metre freestyle 1:00.06 2018
200 metre freestyle 2:10.26 2018
50 metre butterfly 28.87 2018
100 metre butterfly 1:05.98 2018
50 metre backstroke 31.52 2018
200 metre backstroke 2:29.11 2018
400 metre freestyle relay 4:16.14 2017

After she had taught all the swimming lessons on the day of competition on April 3 draftingthecaribbean spoke to the age group star about her performances which included the best swim according to FINA points for the 11-12 girls and boys which was the 50 metre freeestyle where Elan scored 710 points.

Elan Daley powering her way to the top seed position 100 butterfly
Daley powering her way to the top seed position during the heats of the 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Bermdua CARIFTA Swim Team 2018

“I tapered a little bit for CARIFTA. I was not happy with all my races .In some things I got what I wanted like the 50 metre freestyle ( she broke the Championship record of 27.42 twice with swims of 26.68 in the heats and 26.59 in the final, while leading off the Bermuda 200 freestyle relay in the preliminaries with times of 27.40 and 27.07).

11-12 breaststroke podium
11-12 breaststroke podium from left to right Silver medallist Naima Hazell St Lucia, Gold medallist Daley and Bronze medallist Anaika Charles Grenada Photo courtesy of Bermuda CARIFTA Swim Team 2018

I was a little disappointed in the 200 metre freestyle ( Championship record 2:10.26) 400 individual medley (5:26.47), 100 metre butterfly (Championship record 1:05.98) and 100 metre freestyle (she went under the Championship record of 1:00.58 leading off the Bermuda with a time of 1;00.06 and was again faster than those times in the individual 100 metre freestyle with times of 1:00.20 and then tying her own standard of 1:00.06).I wanted to break all the records in the events that I raced in as this was my last year in the age group.

11-12 400 IM
400 metre individual podium Silver medallist Anthony, Gold medallist Daley and Bronze medallist Gabrielle Hyson Grenada Photo courtesy of Bermuda CARIFTA Swim Team 2018

When asked about the experience in Jamaica and her immediate plans she said

top 11-12 Girl CARIFTA 2018
Daley with the CARIFTA 11-12 girls age group high point trophy Photo courtesy of Bermuda CARIFTA Swim Team 2018

“ I got see family here (Elan’s father is Jamaican) My parents and grandparents watched and it was good that they came to support me. I have a lot more meets going into summer Eastern Nationals,Canadian nationals and Junior nationals

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