When action gets underway tomorrow July 20 in Barranquilla Colombia at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games Team Jamaica will be led by Olympian Alia Atkinson (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 , London 2012 and Rio 2016). The team will seek to add to their overall medal count of 20 after not being present at the 2014 Veracruz Mexico Games.
Atkinson leads the CARIFTA region with the most Gold medals at the oldest regional Games with Seven Gold medals from participating in two Championships 2006 and 2010.
Second on that list is another legend of the CARIFTA region Olympian Carolyn Adel (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000) of Suriname who won Six Gold medals at the 1998 Maracaibo Venezuela Games.
Atkinson is also two medals away from the highest CARIFTA region medal total held by another regional swimming icon Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016) of The Bahamas who also has Six Gold medals and an overall medal total of 11. Atkinson was also the first Gold medallist in the 50 metre breaststroke and 50 metre butterfly events when they were introduced at her 2006 debut at the Games also in Colombia but at that time in Cartegena. Atkinson holds the Championship records in the 50 metre breaststroke 31.91,100 metre breaststroke 1:10.24 and 200 IM 2:17.31.
Joining her on the team will be Keanan Dols and Michael Gunning who have represented Jamaica at the senior team level but making their CAC Games. Keanan represented Jamaica at the 2016 World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada where he set three national records. At the junior level he has represented the country at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Singapore and also at the CARIFTA level where he set many Championship records.
Michael Gunning has represented the Black , Green and Gold at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest Hungary and the 2017 World University Games. he holds national records in the 200 and 400 metre freestyle as well as the 200 metre butterfly events.
Also making his debut at the multi sport Games will be Michael’s brother Luke Gunning who will be donning the national colours for the first time at any level.
Fresh from outstanding regional junior performances in 2018 and making their senior team debuts will be Bryanna Renuart and Emily MacDonald. Both claimed regional Golden Doubles (CARIFTA and CCCAN) Renuart in the 15-17 400 metre individual medley and MacDonald in the 13-14 50 and 100 metre freestyle events.For MacDonald both Gold were claimed in Championship record time.
The team is being coached by Miss Gillian Millwood
Schedule for Team Jamaica
|400 metre freestyle||Emily MacDonald||4:56.08||17th|
|200 metre butterfly||Michael Gunning||1:59.83||3rd|
|200 metre butterfly||Keanan Dols||2:08.82||16th|
|50 metre backstroke||Emily MacDonald||33.79||21st|
|100 metre freestyle||Luke Gunning||52.98||27th|
|100 metre freestyle||Keanan Dols||53.03||28th|
|100 metre breaststroke||Alia Atkinson||1:07.61||1st|
|100 metre breaststroke||Bryanna Renuart||1:14.89||13th|
|200 metre freestyle||Emily MacDonald||2:08.70||19th|
|50 metre butterfly||Alia Atkinson||26.82||1st|
|50 metre butterfly||Alia Atkinson||28.85||19th|
|100 metre backstroke||Bryanna Renuart||1:12.89||19th|
|200 metre IM||Keanan Dols||2:05.87||8th|
|200 metre IM||Michael Gunning||2:08.75||12th|
|100 metre backstroke||Keanan Dols||58.37||13th|
|100 metre freestyle||Alia Atkinson||55.35||1st|
|100 metre freestyle||Emily MacDonald||57.95||15th|
|50 metre breaststroke||Alia Atkinson||30.53||1st|
|50 metre breaststroke||Bryanna Renuart||34.35||15th|
|50 metre butterfly||Keanan Dols||25.44||17th|
|50 metre butterfly||Luke Gunning||25.53||20th|
|200 metre breaststroke||Bryanna Renuart||2:43.76||11th|
|400 metre freestyle||Michael Gunning||4:00.01||9th|
|400 metre IM||Bryanna Renuart||5:07.30||9th|
|200 metre backstroke||Keanan Dols||2:06.02||8th|
|100 metre butterfly||Alia Atkinson||59.94||1st|
|100 metre butterfly||Emily MacDonald||1:04.28||17th|
|200 metre freestyle||Michael Gunning||1:52.59||10th|
|200 metre IM||Bryanna Renuart||2:26.96||14th|
|100 metre butterfly||Luke Gunning||55.39||11th|
|100 metre butterfly||Keanan Dols||56.19||13th|
|50 metre freestyle||Alia Atkinson||25.94||4th|
|50 metre freestyle||Emily MacDonald||26.73||13th|
|50 metre freestyle||Keanan Dols||25.26||38th|