ZAREK WILSON LEADS STRONG 11-12 AGE GROUP TO BE A MAJOR FORCE IN TEAM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S MEDAL COUNT AT CARIFTA 2018

The recently concluded 2018 CARIFTA Championships saw a very strong contingent from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago dominating the 11-12 age group in Kingston.The 11-12 team included Nikoli Blackman,Zoe Anthony,Joy Blackett,Gabrielle Vickles,Josiah Changar,Amelia Rajack,Savannah Chee-Wah, Stachys Harley,Nieshelah Caseman, Caitlyn Look Fong ,Sheni St Hilaire and Zarek Wilson.

Team TTO 11-12
TEAM TTO 11-12 swimmers at CARIFTA 2018 Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

They were also the major force behind the squad earning 19 Gold 19 Silver and 7 Bronze as the youngsters hauled in 15 Gold, 14 Silver and Two Bronze.

Team TTO opening ceremony
Team Trinidad and Tobago at the opening ceremony Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

In the relays Team TTO did not place below Silver for any relay and fittingly they won the 400 mixed freestyle relay . The team of Anthony , Changar ,Chee-Wah and  Blackman swam under the old Championship record of 4:10.82  twice, in the heats 4:05.25 and final 4:08.60.

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11-12 400 medley relay Silver medallist from left to right Zoe Anthony, Caitlyn Look Fong, Neishelah Caseman, Savannah Chee-Wah Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

 

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400 medley relay Gold medallists from left to right Josiah Changar, Nikoli Blackman, Stachys Harley, Zarek Wilson Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The 11-12’s got their CARIFTA 2018 off on a Golden note as Zoe Anthony won the 200 metre breaststroke in a time of 2:53.55

Zoe Anthony competing in the heats of the 200 mtre breatstroke
Zoe Anthony competing in the heats of the 200 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

Leading the medal charge for the 11-12 age group was Zarek Wilson who won 13 Gold medals and set a CARIFTA record in the 400 metre freestyle on his way to winning  the high point trophy .

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11-12 high point winners girls and boys Elan Daley of Bermuda and Zarek Wilson Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

In many of 11-12  victories for the boys Team TTO delivered a one –two punch for the boys as Wilson and his countryman Nikoli Blackman set a pace that gave their competitors too much to handle.

Blackman and Wilson
Nikoli Blackman and Zarek Wilson Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

Draftingthecaribbean contacted Wilson and he gave us his thoughts

“After Carifta 2017 where I won 2 individual bronze and 2 relay golds I was both satisfied and disappointed at the same time.  Satisfied to have qualified for Carifta after competing at the Goodwill level for several years.  Disappointed because I wanted to achieve so much more.  After the Bahamas, I was able to train more consistently and pay more attention to my dryland exercises, since the Secondary Entrance Exam was now behind me.

Zarek Wilson
Zarek Wilson Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

This year in Jamaica I was satisfied with what I had achieved, especially since this was my final year of the 11-12 age group.My coach, Edmund Pouchet, expanded my swim program, adding new events like the 400 metre  freestyle and 400 metre  individual medley.  These two events ended up being memorable.  The 400 metre freestyle was a battle with my friend Nikoli Blackman.  We both went under the Championship record (4:29.92 Samson Boileau Guadeloupe), but I was able to out touch him at the end (4:27.78 to 4:27.89).

Zarek with Landon Von Kanel trophy
Wilson with the Landon Von Kanel trophy for the 11-12 swimmer who wins both the 200 and 400 metre freestyle races. It is awarded in honour of Von Kanel who was a top swimmer from The Cayman Islands who left us too soon Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

And the 400 metre individual medley was on the back end of a triple, which  included the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.  Head Coach Shawn Pouchet really encouraged me when I was feeling tired.  He reminded that I had actually been been practicing for days like this.  His encouragement paid off for me.  Even though it was painful, I was able to persevere and gain my third personal best of the day  (5:10.41).

Blackman and Wilson preparing to race
Zarek and Nikoli preparing to race Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

 

CARIFTA in Jamaica was a really enjoyable experience for me. The atmosphere was great and I was happy to share the podium with my team mate and friend Nikoli on multiple occasions.  We have been swimming, competing and having fun together since we were  6 or 7 years old. Now that CARIFTA is over, I am preparing for CCCAN in Aruba.  After that I will sit down with my coach, Edmund Pouchet, and begin planning for next year, which will be my first year in the 13-14 age group”.

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NAIMA HAZELL LEADS ST LUCIAN MEDAL CHARGE AT CARIFTA WITH TWO SILVER MEDALS

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

In  2017 St Lucia’s Naima Hazell ended a more than decade long 11-12 50 metre breaststroke medal drought for her country when she won Bronze in the  50 metre breaststroke . The last time St Lucia was on the medal podium was through the efforts of Sara George when she took the Silver in 38.42 at the 2005 CARIFTA Championships in Curacao.She would keep the medal winning streak alive and match the quality of Sara’s  medal with a Silver medal winning and  a new age group record of 35.87.

11-12 50 metre girls freestyle podium
50 metre freestyle podium from left to right Hazell, Gold medallist Elan Daley of Bermuda and Bronze medallist Aliyah Heaven Photo courtesy of Sports of Jamaica

In the 50 metre freestyle she showed showed great improvement by moving from 18th in 2017 to winning another Silver in a time of 27.87 a new age group national record and not far off from the senior national record of 27.63.

Naima Hazell head shot
Naima Hazell Photo courtesy of Eddie Hazell

In 2017 Team St Lucia won four medals in The Bahamas Two Silver and Two Bronze medals. In Kingston they earned five medals Three Silver and Two Bronze medals,

When draftingthecaribbean contacted Naima she spoke to us about training before CARIFTA, if she knew what the senior record was before and gave us a description of her two medal winning efforts.

“My coaches started off with a plan which included morning training session and dryland session to compliment my afternoon training however we were faced with the a setback where the facility that we trained at had to be closed for about 1 month due to a leakage in the pool which had to be repaired. We used the beach and the Pool at a hotel for our training until we were able to return to the Aquatic Centre. Overall the training was difficult especially the early mornings however I knew it was necessary in order for me to be prepared especially since we do not have a 50m facility.  To be honest I was not aware of what the Senior National record was. My goal is always to perform better at every meet and to PB. I also had high hopes of medalling. I was focused for both of my races. I knew I had to work hard if I had any chance of medalling. My 50 M breaststroke, I went in with the aim of getting that goal medal, however I had a bad breakout and this cost me the gold medal, I had to work extremely hard to catch up with the other swimmers to capture the silver medal. For my 50 freestyle I believe I had a very good swim  and my execution was good. I kept my head down and did limited breathing until I touched that wall. My aim was to swim faster than the prelims.

In her plans for the rest of the year

The other major meets for this are as follow:

BASA Invitational in May

CCCAN  Swimming Championships in June

OECS swimming Championships in November

ASATT in December

 

My goals for the 50 M freestyle and 50 M Breaststroke  for the CCCAN championships is to PB and hopefully medal for my country and ASATT to work hard to break the existing records in both events.

Draftingthecaribbean also spoke to the President of the St Lucian Amateur Swimming Association Mr Eddie Hazell (who is her father) about her improvement since 2017

It’s a few things but namely it’s the added time in the pool, she is a bit more focused and with the added time she is building endurance and strength. The extra time In the pool makes the difference because now you could complete herworkout that we’ve been wanting to have. Before we work trying to fit that same workout in 1 hr and it just wasn’t feasible. But now we have the sufficient time so she could rest when needed and we’re able to get more meters in during the wk

He also commented on progress has been made in terms of the quality of the performances and new age group records what has accounted for the overall St Lucian progress and what  formal plans are in place to direct these talented athletes towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

Team St Lucia
Team St Lucia at CARIFTA 2018 Photo courtesy of Brian Charles

Since assuming office, my executive has taken a holistic approach towards the development of the sport.  Currently we are working on providing our locally based national swimmers with opportunities to train in a 50m facility in neighboring Martinique. We are hoping to do so on a fortnightly basis. This is in addition to them following their club regiment of training. We have recognized that our swimmers needed to be exposed to both types of facilities. A rigorous dry land programme can also be held accountable for their success and will be stepped up in the long run. Strengthening our institutional framework is allowing us to provide a better balance between our learn to swim and competitive programmes. Our International governing body has made funding available for some of our initiatives. This will be filtered down to both the club and national programmes. Pool time and costs of training are critical issues which we are engaging all stake holders to find the best possible solutions. The quality of our coaches is also being addressed by affording them the opportunity to upgrade their skills using FINA sponsored clinics. We are also in talks with our French counterparts to assist us in this regard. We will continue to engage all stakeholders in an effort to improve the swimming product coming out of St. Lucia.

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.

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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).

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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.

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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

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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

DANIEL JACOBS WINS CARIFTA 200 AND 400 METRE FREESTYLE GOLD, PREPARES TO CHART NEW COURSE IN SENIOR WATERS WITH GEORGIA TECH

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Daniel Jacobs Gold medallist in the 200 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Through consistent hard work and determination Aruban Daniel Jacobs finally earned the honour of being on top of the podium in the 200 and 400 metre freestyle events at his final CARIFTA championships in Kingston.

200 free 15-17 CARIFTA podium
15-17 200 metre freestyle podium from left to right Payne, Jacobs and Chatoor Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The first part of the Gold medal mission in the 15-17 age group was achieved on April at the National Centre on April 1 in the 200 metre freestyle race. He put up the second fastest time in the morning when he stopped the clock in 1:57.66.

Jacobs on way to 200 free Gold
Daniel Jacobs on his way to 200 metre freestyle Gold Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The final saw him making a decisive move on the first 50 metres splitting 26.64. The field could not recover from that early blast and Jacobs would go on to take the title in 1:55.85, the fastest time ever swum by an Aruban at CARIFTA.The Silver went to Mauricio Payne of Curacao in 1:56.82 and the Bronze to Graham Chatoor of Trinidad and Tobago in 1:57.15.

The road to victory in the 400 metre freestyle on April 3 was not as smooth as he battled Chatoor for all 8 laps before out sprinting him to the wall 4:05.64 to 4:06.10.The Bronze went to John Bodden of the Cayman Islands in 4:12.20

THE PATH TO CARIFTA 200 AND 400 METRE FREESTYLE GOLD

400 free 200 free
2018 4:05.64 G 1:55.85 G
2017 N/A N/A
2016 4:08.87 Bronze 1:58.04 5th
2015 4:16.45 Silver 1:59.27 Silver
2014 4:27.84 9th 2:06.04 10th
2013 4:42.63 Silver 2:11.71 Bronze
2012 4:58.12 10th 2:21.20 10th

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to the Oranjestad native about representing Aruba at CARIFTA,heading to Georgia Tech to start his college career and what the future now holds for him

Georgia Tech Daniel Jacobs
Daniel Jacobs Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

“I did not participate at last year’s CARIFTA  as Aruba decided to go to another competition, so I am happy to have participated this year as CARIFTA is one of my favorite competitions in our region. To have ended my CARIFTA career and winning Gold in my two main events and hearing Aruba’s anthem play while standing on the podium was a great feeling. My CARIFTA career started as an 11 year old representing Aruba. It has been and always will be an honor to represent my country and I will take great memories with me for a life time. I have made many great friends over the years at CARIFTA and am sure we will continue this friendship into our next stage of our careers. Even though my CARIFTA career has ended, I am very excited to go on to the next level in my career, being college swimming. I will be swimming for Georgia Tech starting in August of this year and can’t wait to get started. Currently I am preparing for CCCAN which will be held in Aruba the end of June and afterwards hopefully I will be preparing for Youth Olympics 2018. So my summer will be mostly spend in the pool and gym”.

SOBERS SETS 200 METRE FREESTYLE NATIONAL RECORD, NAMED ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AT EMMANUEL COLLEGE

Olympian Alex Sobers (Rio 2016) added a second senior national record to his name when he lowered the more than decade old record of 1:52.30 in the 200 metre freestyle held by Olympian  Bradley Ally (Athens 2004,Beijing 2008,and London 2012).

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Alex Sobers at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Sobers powered his way to a time of 1:51.87 in the 4 lap event to place 20th overall. That swim was also the number 1 CARIFTA region performance in the event at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast Australia. The previous fastest Barbadian performance at the Commonwealth Games  was by another Olympian Damian Alleyne (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004) at the  2002 Manchester Games who recorded a time of 1:53.61.

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Bradley Ally Photo courtesy of PanamericanWorld.com

Comparative splits

Sobers Ally
26.27 26.14
27.81 28.27
28.63 28.62
29.16 29.27
1:51.87 1:52.30

He would record another personal best and put the 100 metre freestyle record on notice when he stopped the clock in a time of 51.12 (split time 24.59). The national record stands at 50.40 to Shawn Clarke in 2009.

Damian Alleyne
Damian Alleyne Barbados Olympian (2000,2004) Photo courtesy of Khalil Goodman for Better Health Magazine June 2011

It was also the fastest time by a swimmer from Barbados at the Commonwealth Games as he bettered Alleyne’s 2002 effort of 52.48. Sobers was second fastest swimmer from the region placing 29th. It would be a hattrick of personal bests as he clocked 23.75 in the 50 metre freestyle to place 28th.

 

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Alex Sobers Emmanuel College’s Athlete of the Year Photo courtesy of goeclions.com

Alex recently earned the honour of being named the Male Athlete of the Year for his school Emmanuel College at the annual 4th Annual Leo  Athletic Awards for his accomplishments which included being

  • a Six time Sun Coast Swimming Conference Champion
  • a Nine time Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion
  • Having an undefeated 26-0 dual  meet record
  • Being the holder of Seven school records
  • Earning NCAA National Championship qualifying times in 9 different events this season
  • His performance at the 2017 World Aquatic Championships
  • His national record breaking performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

When draftingthecaribbean got in touch with the record holder on April 26th he spoke about the 200 metre race and expectations heading into the competition

” I felt really good before the 200 free because I was confident in the training I put in .The heat had James Guy (2015 World champion in the event)  in it so that really gave me a good push to do a best time. I didn’t necessarily set expectations for the meet .I was really excited to go Australia. The atmosphere was really exciting ,it was my first big (multisport) games since the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Alex Sobers and Coach Aisha Norville

Coach at the Commonwealth Games Aisha Norville also spoke to draftingthecaribbean and gave her impressions of Sobers personal best swims and the outlook for her nation heading to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“Alex gave a commendable performance at the Games. His focus will shift to the Cac games where it is hoped that he makes a few finals.Looking towards 2020 I believe swimming in Barbados should be well represented but it’s still a bit early to say because a lot can still happen in 2 years. Jack Kirby continues to improve extremely well in his backstroke events and I’m sure he would be looking for an ‘A’ qualifying time for Tokyo. As for Alex I believe he would want to convert his ‘B’ time from Rio as a then 16 year old to an ‘A’ time. Barbados would also have backstroker Danielle Titus and Luis Sebastian Weekes aiming for qualifying times for Tokyo”

 

MORGAN COGLE ENDS 11-12 CARIFTA BACKSTROKE MEDAL DROUGHT

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Morgan Cogle celebrating her 100 metre backstroke Bronze medal Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

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.

100 metre backstroke Bronze 11-12
11-12 metre backstroke medal podium from left to right Silver medallist Keianna Moss of The Bahamas, Gold medallist Milli-jo MacDonald of Barbados and Bronze medallist Cogle Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

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.

11-12 girls Gold medallists
11-12 Gold Medallists from left to right Cogle,Heaven,Sierra and Officer Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

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.

400 metre freestyle Gold 11-12
400 metre freestyle Gold champions from left to right Cogle, Hunter ,Officer and Heaven Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

There would be another relay Gold when the team of Officer,Heaven,Ireland Hunter and Cogle  took the victory in 4:19.13.

mixed 400 free relay team
Mixed 400 metre freestyle Bronze medallists from left to right Robe,Cogle,Balfour and Officer Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

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!”

SPRINTING IS IN THEIR DNA JAMAICAN GIRLS SWEEP SPRINT FREESTYLE RELAY TITLES AGAIN

As it was in 2017 in The Bahamas, so it was again in 2018 in Kingston as the Jamaican girls swept the sprint freestyle titles on the last day of the CARIFTA Championships on April 3.

11-12 girls Gold medallists
11-12 Gold Medallists from left to right Cogle,Heaven,Sierra and Officer Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The 11-12 girls started the Golden streak in record fashion. Starting the relay for Jamaican was Safiya Officer who touched in 29.35 with the chasing pack. First to the wall on the opening leg was Bermuda’s Elan Daley who was in awesome form throughout the competition. That advantage was eaten up by Isabella Sierra, a member of last year’s record setting team who was timed in 29.02.It was the final legs of the relay that changed the structure of the medal podium as Morgan Cogle with a leg of 28.96 and Aliyah Heaven who dropped the hammer with the fastest anchor leg, 28.14 that sealed the victory and record. The total team time was 1:55.47 .

11-12 gold medallists 2017
2017 Gold medallists from left to right Lewis,Lyn,Sierra and Alvaranga Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

That bettered the  Championship and national age group record of 1:55.77 set by P’aige Lewis, Sierra Sabrina Lyn and Zaneta Alvaranga. Trinidad and Tobago won the Silver in 1:57.37. Martinique earned the Bronze in 1:59.54.

13-14 Gold medallists
13-14 Gold Medallists from left to right Alvaranga,Hunter,Lyn and MacDonald Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The 13-14 category saw the opening leg contested keenly between the Silver medallist in the flat 50 Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe and Bronze medallist Zaneta Alvaranga of Jamaica . It was the French Speaking territory that held the early advantage, with Portecop timed in 27.06 to Zaneta’s 27.65.Second leg swimmer Amore Hunter regained the advantage with a 28.46 clocking. Sabrina Lyn maintained the  edge with a time of 28.51. Anchor leg and  50 freestyle Gold medallist Emily MacDonald removed all doubts as to who the winners would be with the fastest split of the relay 26.17 to push the team to a time of 1:50.79 just off the 1:50.77 Championship record .

13-14 gold medallists 2017
2017 13-14 Gold medallists from left to right Banks,Vale,Anderson and MacDonald Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

 

15-17 gold medallists
15-17 Gold medallists from left to right Eaton ,Johnson, Banks and Anderson Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

In the final category the 15-17 age group Shaun Johnson got the proceedings under way with a 27.51 leg. The early advantage however, was held by the Bermudans who front loaded their relay with Bronze medallist Madelyn Moore who was timed in 26.44. Brianna Anderson took control of the event and took the lead for the Black , Green and Gold with a 27.17 effort. Naomi Eaton 27.58, withstood a charge from the Arubans in the form of Anahi Schreuders 27.17.It was now left to Gabrianna Banks to complete the sweep. She did not disappoint. She recorded the fastest split of the night 26.16 to help the Jamaicans to a Gold medal winning time and new  national age group record of 1:48.42.

15-17 gold medallists 2017
2017 Gold medallists from left to right Anjuii Barrett,Johnson, Bryanna Renuart and Angara Sinclair Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The old national age age group and senior national record of 1:49.07 was set last year.Silver went to Aruba in 1:49.68 and the Bronze to Bermuda in 1:51.09