The second day of the 2019 REV National Championships in Nassau saw yet another national standard falling by the wayside. Setting the new national mark was Zaylie Elizabeth Thompson of Alpha Aquatics in the 13-14 200 metre for girls.
Thompson, the reigning CARIFTA Silver medallist made her intentions very clear from the sounding of the starter’s gun. She had the field beaten by the first 50 metres. With the Gold decided the question now to be answered is what time would she record. When she touched the pads it would be the fastest time ever recorded by a Bahamian girl in the age group. Standards passed on the way were the Championship record of 2:12.59 set by Taryn Smith in 2011 and the overall national record of 2:09.74 set by countrywoman McKayla Lightbourn.
McKayla had set that national record at the 2007 edition of the CARIFTA Championships when she dominated the age group in what can only be described as an awe inspiring performance where she won 16 medals , 13 of which were Gold and 11 were won in individual events.
Draftingthecaribbean spoke to the new national standard bearer Thompson about her record breaking efforts
“Breaking the Bahamas record in the 200 metre freestyle was a great experience.I was happy that I was able to lower my time and set a new standard for out future Bahamian swimmers to strive for”.
TOP REGIONAL 200 METRE FREESTYLE PERFORMANCES
|The Bahamas||Zaylie Elizabeth Thompson||2:09.33||2019|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Kimberlee John-Williams||2:09.51||2009|
Dominating the event in the 15 and over event was Joanna Evans swimming unattached dominated the four lap freestyle race. She won in 2:01.55.That bettered her old Championship record of 2:01.73.Evans , who finished her career as at the University of Texas is the fastest English speaking woman from the CARIFTA region with her national record of 1:58.03.She has won this event for the last seven times she has contested it. The last time she was not atop the medal podium was in the 13-14 group when Taryn Smith had set the Championship record.
|2017||DID NOT SWIM|
In the men’s equivalent Kohen Kerr defended his title to win in a new personal best of 1:57.99.The Mako Aquatics who finished his collegiate career with Delta State this year lowered bettered his old time of 1:58.20 from the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia.He was the only swimmer under the 2 minute mark.
If Joanna Evans is the Queen of the 200 metre freestyle at the National Championships Elvis Burrows is the Emperor of the king of 50 metre butterfly.The Freeport Aquatics swimmer defended his title to bring his total to ten consecutive wins.
|2013||DID NOT SWIM|
|2012||DID NOT SWIM|
He was the only sub 25 seconds swimmer in the Championship final.Silver went 2019 CARIFTA Silver medallist DaVante Carey of Mako who touched in a new PB of 25.03. Incidentally the CARIFTA record is held by Joshua Romany in 25.06 and the 15-17 CCCAN record is held by Burrows from 2007 in 24.97. Two time defending CARIFTA Champion Izaak Bastian won Bronze in a time of 25.35. Bastian’s teammate from Florida State University Will Pisani won the B final with the fastest time of the night of 24.55.
Ariel Weech of Alpha Aquatics won the 15 and over event in a time of 29.22. That was not far off her 29.10 she did to win Bronze in Aruba at CCCAN in the 18 and over event.
Albury Higgs took the 15 and over title in the 100 metre backstroke stopping the clock in 1:07.57. As it was at CARIFTA so it was at these National championships with DaVante Carey winning Gold in 59.29 defending his title and Lamar Taylor of Freeport winning Silver. Taylor dipped under the minute barrier for the first time with a swim of 59.72.Peter Morley of Mako won Bronze in 1:02.69.
The 15 and over medley relay title went to the Alpha Aquatics team of Celia Campbell,Ariel Weech,Virginia Stamp and Jazmine Trotman in 4:50.40.The men’s title went to Mako with the team of Carey,Tyler Russell, Ina Pinder and Kohen Kerr in 3:58.82. They were chased by the Barracudas team than won Silver in 3:59.11.The meet record of 3:58.27 just made it to 2020.
Nigel Forbes continues to show why has been the best 50 metre butterflier amongst his peers in the region when he lowered the 2018 Championship record of 25.98 set by Rommel Ferguson to 25.96.
He is only in his first year of the 13-14 age group and the 2019 CARIFTA Champion has shown tremendous improvement since his Gold medal winning performance of 26.47.
RECORDS IN DANGER
Nigel’s Waverunners teammate Marvin Johnson is making his final year of the 11-12 age group memorable.The CARIFTA champion set a new personal best of 27.70 just outside Forbes record of 27.67.He will be looking to keep the CCCAN title in the Bahamas as Nigel won Gold in 2018 in 27.73.
|200 freestyle||Seleste Gibson||8&U||2:50.40 CR|
|200 freestyle||Kaylan Williams||8&U||2:47.77|
|200 freestyle||Zoe Williamson||9-10||2:32.79|
|200 freestyle||Ayden Bain||9-10||2:33.79|
|200 freestyle||Leylah Knowles||11-12||2:22.26|
|200 freestyle||Tristin Ferguson||11-12||2:12.22|
|200 freestyle||Erald Thompson III||13-14||2:06.96|
|50 butterfly||Skylar Smith||8&U||40.02 CR|
|50 butterfly||Kaylan Williams||8&U||38.51|
|50 butterfly||Zoe Williamson||9-10||32.91|
|50 butterfly||Tristen Hepburn||9-10||32.72|
|50 butterfly||Seann Norville-Smith||11-12||31.75|
|50 butterfly||Rachel Lundy||13-14||30.27|
|100 backstroke||Passion Daniel||9-10||1:26.03|
|100 backstroke||Tristen Hepburn||9-10||1:17.27|
|100 backstroke||Keianna Moss||13-14||1:09.50|
|100 backstroke||Ishan Roy||13-14||1:05.83|