The CARIFTA region got on the medal podium FIVE times on Day Two. Leading the medal charge were swimmers from Barbados , Jamaica and The Bahamas.
Roan Baker of Barbados opened the CARIFTA region medal account with a Silver in the 400 metre individual medley. He touched the wall in 4:56.55 (split time 2:22.94) to complete the medley. He won the Silver in the 200 individual medley on the first day. When draftingthecaribbean spoke to him after the race he had the following thoughts
“For my 400 IM I was very nervous. I swam the 200 IM yesterday it gave me a little bit of confidence but I was still super tired .When I started swimming I felt pretty good. The first 100,the butterfly was pretty good and the backstroke was pretty good, the breaststroke leg was the best I think I have ever done. In the freestyle I need to improve a little bit because I started falling behind. When I touched the wall I was pretty happy that I got the Silver. I was more happy that I got I got the Silver because I did not drop time. Overall it was a pretty good race.”
His countryman McCallum Clarke would earn the Bronze medal in the 50 metre breaststroke in a time of 31.74. He spoke to draftingthecaribbean about his medal winning performance
“I was nervous because there were a lot of fast people in the race and those who were behind me were close in time to me .I got a bad start but I was able to recover. Based on the results I was still happy even though it was not a best time”.
Tristan Pragnell completed the hat trick of medals for Barbados when he won Silver with a closely bunched podium party. Tristan touched the wall the in 1:02.23 (split time 29.79). Tristan had the fastest opening split of The Gold went to Gabriel Nascimento of Brazil in 1:02.12.Bronze went to Argentina’s Ramiro Faya in 1:02.38. He gave his impressions of the race
“Going into the 100 metre backstroke I was a little nervous because it is my best stroke and there were a lot of high expectations for me but I knew that my last personal best was done last year and I had a good chance of dropping time. Also I was seeded quite high so I had a good chance of medalling. Entering the race I started out fast. My teammates told me I was first after the first 50 metres. I may have gone out a little too fast because passed in the last 15 metres. But I know for future races to save a little more for the end but I am happy for medalling”.
Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald earned Bronze in the 100 metre butterfly in a new age group record of 1:05.86 (split time 30.34) just off the Youth Olympics B qualifying time of 1:05.71. She lowered her own national mark of 1:06.19 that she set last year on March 2 at the National Stadium. She was just off the Youth Olympics B qualifying mark of 1:05.71 and was the fastest CARIFTA region swimmer in the event. She expressed the following thoughts about her swim
“I was very happy when I found that I broke my own national record for the 100 metre butterfly. It was very surprising since I never tapered for this meet and I hope to break it again”.
Jamilah Hepburn of The Bahamas earned the Bronze in the 50 metre breaststroke in a time of 35.65.Inspeaking about her performance she
“I was mentally prepared for my race and I was focused on executing the start and finish properly”
Other top performances from the CARIFTA region in this age included a new age group record by Grenada’s Jenebi Benoit who placed fourth in a time of 1:00.77 (split time 27.67).
|Logan Watson-Brown||Bermuda||200 metre freestyle||13-14||2:11.10||5th|
|Brian Desmond||Bermuda||200 metre freestyle||13-14||2:03.75||6th|
|Danielle Treasure||Barbados||100 metre backstroke||13-14||1:10.76||6th|
|Sabine Ellison||Cayman Islands||400 metre IM||13-14||5:26.64||5th|