UANA CUP DAY TWO 13-14 AGE GROUP ROAN BAKER,McCALLUM CLARKE, TRISTAN PRAGNELL OF BARBADOS, EMILY MacDONALD OF JAMAICA AND BAHAMIAN JAMILAH HEPBURN EARN PODIUM POSITIONS

 

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.

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Roan Baker Silver medallist in the 400 IM

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.”

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McCallum Clarke Bronze medallsit in the 50 metre breaststroke

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”.

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Tristan Pragnell Silver medallist in the 100 metre backstroke

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”.

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UANA Cup Bronze medallist in the 13-14 100 metre butterfly and new 13-14 record holder Emily MacDonald

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”.

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13-14 50 metre breaststroke medallist Jamilah Hepburn

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).

Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
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

 

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S ZAREK WILSON’S TRIPLE LEADS THE CARIFTA REGION’S EIGHT MEDAL HAUL ON DAY ONE OF UANA CUP

The CARIFTA region’s swimmer performed well on the opening day of the UANA Cup . The meet which being held in Coral Springs Florida is designed for athletes from Central America, South America, and the Caribbean that are in UANA Zones 1 and 2. Despite  the temperature reaching as low as 14 degrees Celsius the Regions swimmers still brought the heat winning EIGHT medals on the day Three Silver and Four Bronze medals. Leading the way in the 11-12 age group was Zarek Wilson who won a Silver and Two Bronze medals.

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Zarek Wilson winner of Three medals on opening Day of UANA Cup

Zarek became not only the first medallist  from Trinidad and Tobago  but the Region when he won the Bronze in the 400 metre freestyle in a time of 4:33.49.He would also win  the Region’s second medal when he won yet another Bronze in the 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:31.50. He would complete the medal hat trick  when he won the Silver in the 50 metre freestyle in a time of 27.32. He had the following thoughts about his performances

“The first day was a bit tough because the weather was colder than what I am accustomed to. I am happy to have won medals for Trinidad and Tobago. The competition was stiff, which is what Coach Edmund Pouchet wanted me to face. The UANA Cup is a chance to face quality swimmers so I can see all the areas I have to improve. I am looking forward to the rest of my races where I hope to challenge my best times.”

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Lamar Taylor of The Bahamas Silver medallist in the 13-14 50 metre freestyle

Zarek’s Silver lead to a medal rush with the region winning medals as well in the 13-14 and 15-17 races. In the 13-14 race it was The Bahamas Lamar Taylor who also took the Silver in a time of 24.57 and earned The Bahamas first medal of the competition.He was edged by the narrowest of margins by Mexican Victor Salcedo Carrillo who clocked 24.56. Lamar spoke to draftingthecaribbean about his performance

“After the disappointment at CCCAN (he was disqualified in the final) I basically just wanted to regain my title and swim my heart out.The race went pretty well .My start was not the best but it was good enough for me to get enough momentum.During the race I looked once and saw  the boy in Lane 3 and swam harder . I was kind of disappointed by the one hundredth defeat but to be honest I wasn’t really focused on the place I was focused on the time”.

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Izaak Bastian Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

There would be another medal for The Bahamas as Izaak Bastian won the Bronze in the 15-17 age group.He won Bronze in a time of 24.08.That swim was under the Youth Olympic B qualifying time of 24.38. He gave his analysis of his race

“The 50 was a pretty good race for where I am in my training.I took some more time off than I usually do because I knew coming into the next 2 or 3 years in my training I know I will have to be very focused and not take off that much time.This winter break I took off 18 days so I could mentally reset before going into the next 2 years and decompress from 2017.This was only my second week back in training so to get up and go 24.0 with only two weeks of training was pretty impressive for me so I was really happy with the time.It was also great to see the swimmers I don’t normally race from Argentina and Brazil.I felt I had a good race the breakout was good I felt like I getting on it in my first couple of strokes which is something I have been working on a lot in practice”

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Silver medallist in the 13-14 200 metre Individual medley Roan Baker of Barbados

Roan Baker of Barbados in the 13-14 age group earned his country’s first medal when he won the Silver in the 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:18.23.

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UANA Cup Bronze medallists and new national record holders in the 15-17 200 metre medley relay from left to right Luis Sebastian Weekes,Nkosi Dunwoody,Damon St Prix and Jack Kirby

Barbados would earn the last medal for the region when the Boys 15-17 200 metre medley relay team of Jack Kirby backstroke 27.47,Nkosi Dunwoody breaststroke 31.93 ,Luis Sebastian Weekes butterfly 27.16 and Damon St Prix freestyle freestyle won the Bronze in a new senior national and 15-17 age group record of 1:51.99. That lowered decades old record of 2:02.88 set back April 1993.That team had in their line up Dean Durant doing backstroke and Chris Moseley doing anchor leg duties.

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Jamaica’s first Bronze medallist at the UANA Cup Emily MacDonald 13-15 50 metre freestyle Bronze medallist

The young ladies  winning  medals on the day included Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald who won the Silver in the 13-14 50 metre freestyle in 27.42.She gave draftingthecaribbean an assessment of her performance on Day One

“Medalling at UANA was a very big accomplishment for me especially swimming against the best swimmers from Central and South America who I am not used to competing against. Winning the very first medal for Jamaica at this meet was also a big accomplishment for me”.

 

Winning the only medal for the Region’s 15-17 girls

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UANA Cup 15-17 Silver medallist Chadé M. Nersicio.Photo courtesy of Curacao national swimming team

was Curacao sprint princess Chadé M. Nersicio. She won the Silver in the event in 26.72 under the Youth Olympics B qualifying time of 27.39

Top CARIFTA Region performances for Day One

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Zoe Anthony top CARIFTA region performer in the 11-12 age group in the 400 metre freestyle and 200 metre individual medley
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Zoe Anthony Trinidad and Tobago 400 metre freestyle 11-12 5:04.30 4th
Avery Lambert Cayman Islands 400 metre freestyle 13-14 4:45.18 5th
Sam Bailey Cayman Islands 400 metre freestyle 15-17 4:45.76 9th
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Top Carifta performer in the 11-12 and 15-17 age group Zoe Anthony , Graham Chatoor top performer in the 15-17 400 metre freestyle and Zarek Wilson
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Zarek Wilson Trinidad and Tobago 400 metre freestyle 11-12 4:33.49 Bronze
Brian Desmond Bermuda 400 metre freestyle 13-14 4:29.25 9th
Graham Chatoor Trinidad and Tobago 400 metre freestyle 15-17 4:15.18 12th
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Zoe Anthony Trinidad and Tobago 200 metre IM 11-12 2:46.12 10th
Sabine Ellison Cayman Islands 200 metre IM 13-14 2:34.57 8th
Sam Bailey Cayman Islands 200 metre IM 15-17 2:31.70 12th
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Zarek Wilson Trinidad and Tobago 200 metre IM 11-12 2:31.50 Bronze
Roan Baker Barbados 200 metre IM 13-14 2:18.23 Silver
Luis Sebastian Weekes Barbados 200 metre IM 15-17 2:13.97 4th
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Keina Moss Top CARIFTA performer in the 11-12 50 metre freestyle
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Keiana Moss The Bahamas 50 metre freestyle 11-12 29.50 4th
Emily MacDonald Jamaica 50 metre freestyle 13-14 27.42 Bronze
Chadé M. Nersicio Curacao 50 metre freestyle 15-17 26.72 Silver
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Zarek Wilson Trinidad and Tobago 50 metre freestyle 11-12 27.32 Silver
Lamar Taylor The Bahamas 50 metre freestyle 13-14 24.57 Silver
Izaak Bastian The Bahamas 50 metre freestyle 15-17 24.08 Bronze

Jesse Washington, Jack Kirby and Lilly Higgs represent for CARIFTA region by making Championship finals at 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

The first day of competition of the Commonwealth Youth Games at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre in the The Bahamas saw three swimmers from the CARIFTA region making it to the prestigious Championship final, Jesse Washington of Bermuda, Jack Kirby of Barbados and Lilly King of The Bahamas. The competition will see young swimmers aged 15 to 18 for the boys and girls 14-17 for the girls in action from Wednesday July 19 to Saturday July 22.

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Jesse Washington Photo courtesy of the Bermuda Sun

Bermuda’s Jesse Washington made the first Championship final for the region when he placed 6th in the 50 metre butterfly .He recorded a personal best and new 17-18 national record time of 25.17. The race was won by Scott McLay of Scotland in 24.53. Silver went to Dylan Koo of Singapore in 24.55 and the Bronze was won by Welsh swimmer Lewis Fraser in 24.66.

Washington has gotten progressively faster throughout the season and is now in sight of the senior national record of 24.77 by Olympian Roy-Allan Burch(2008,2012)

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Bermudian Olympian Roy-Allan Burch and national record holder in the 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of swimbrain.com

Analysis of Washington’s 100 metre butterfly races for the region

Competition Date Venue Time Medal/Position
CARIFTA 2017 April 16 The Bahamas 25.38 6th
CCCAN 2017 June 30 Trinidad and Tobago 25.23 Silver
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 25.17 6th
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Jacky Kirby in action in the backstroke Photo courtesy of Baylor Swimming

In the 100 metre backstroke it was Jack Kirby from Barbados who made the first Championship final . In the heats of the event Kirby set a new 15-17 national record and personal best when he clocked 57.01. That bettered the old mark of 57.91 set by Olympian Nicky Neckles (1996, 2000,2004,) at the 1996 Atlanta Games. In the final he posted 57.26 to place 6th overall.

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Nicky Neckles Photo courtesy of barbadostoday.com

The race was won by Francis Fong of Singapore in 56.42.The Silver went to  Mclay of Scotland 56.53 and the Bronze to Kennard Campbell of Australia in 56.85.

Kirby has being having a great season so far winning Silver at CARIFTA, winning Gold at CCCAN and now making a final at major international competition.

Kirby’s 100 metre backstroke results for the region

Competition Date Venue Time Medal/Position
CARIFTA 2017 April 16 The Bahamas 58.20 Silver
CCCAN 2017 June 30 Trinidad and Tobago 58.12 Gold
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 57.01 heats
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 57.26 6th
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Lilly Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

Also making a major international final was hometown girl Lilly Higgs who completed the CARIFTA Region Championship final trifecta on Day one .Lilly stopped the clock in a new personal best of 2:36.43 to place 6th as well. The winner of the event was England’s Layla Black in a time of 2:31.00. Silver went to Mya Rasmussen of New Zealand in 2:31.49. Bronze was won by South Africa’s Hanim Abrahams with a clocking of 2:32.32.

Higgs has also enjoyed success in the event this season as she won the Silver medal in the event at CARIFTA when her country hosted the event earlier this year.

Competition Date Venue Time Medal/Position
CARIFTA 2017 April 16 The Bahamas 25.38 6th
CCCAN 2017 June 30 Trinidad and Tobago 25.23 Silver
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 25.17 6th

Other regional swimmers who finished just outside of the top eight to make a Championship final included

Name Country Event Time Place
Madelyn Moore Bermuda 50 metre butterfly 28.91 9th
Victoria Russell The Bahamas 50 metre butterfly 28.93 10th
Jeron Thompson Trinidad and Tobago 50 metre butterfly 25.69 10th
Danielle Titus Barbados 100 metre backstroke 1:05.70 9th
Peter Morley The Bahamas 100 metre backstroke 1:00.40 10th
Izaak Bastian The Bahamas 200 metre breaststroke 2:22.91 9th

16 IS THE FINAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TALLY AS GRUEST,ACOSTA, FLORES,ROMANY AND CRESPO BOOK TICKETS FOR HUNGARY

The total tally of World Championship qualifying performances achieved at the CCCAN Championships stands at 16 as Day 5 came to an end at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday July 2.The swimmers helped in running up the score on Sunday included Valerie Gruest of Guatemala, Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, Luis Flores of Puerto Rico, Joshua Romany of Trinidad and Tobago and Edgar Crespo of Panama.

Valerie Gruest
Valerie Gruest Photo courtesy of guatemala.com

Olympian Gruest in the 15-17 400 metre freestyle won her race convincingly in a time of 4:16.42 well under the B standard of 4:19.34.That was her seventh Gold medal of the Championship and her second World Championship qualifying mark.

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Marcelo Acosta Photo courtesy of swimmingworld.com

Marcelo Acosta won the 18 and over boys 400 metre freestyle in a Championship record time of 3:55.54. That bettered the Hungary World Championship B standard of 3:56.14. His swim was also faster than the 2011 meet record of 3:59.06 by Puerto Rico’s Raul Martinez. Silver went to Aruban Mikel Schreuders in a new national record of 3:58.38.The Bronze went to the English speaking fastest ever swimmer in the event Alex Sobers of Barbados in 4:00.17.

Luis Flores
Luis Flores Photo courtesy of Florida Southern College

In the battle to decide the fastest man at CCCAN the morning heats saw two men under the 50 metre freestyle B standard of 23.26.Luis Flores of Puerto Rico 22.85 to top the qualifiers heading into the final. Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany was the second seed with a time of 23.01.

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Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

In the final the positions remained the same with both men just off their morning swims. Flores took Gold in 22.85 and Romany the Silver in 23.06 with Schreuders winning Bronze in 23.49 in a new national record.

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Edgar Crespo Photo courtesy of La Prensa

Bettering the World Championship B cut was Panamanian Edgar Crespo. In the morning preliminaries of the 18 and over men’s 100 metre breaststroke he lowered his 2009 Championship record of 1:03.83 by clocking 1:02.79. That performance topped the qualifiers and just missed the B standard of 1:02.46. In the final he underlined his number one seeding with Gold medal winning time and new Championship record of 1:02.37. Silver was won by Aruba’s Jordy Groters in 1:04.07 and the Bronze went Coast Rica’s Arnoldo Herrera in 1:04.89.

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Albury Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

Also doing the Championship record double was Bahamian Albury Higgs. In the morning she lowered Jamaica Olympian Alia Atkinson’s (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)  2005 15-17 girls 100 metre breaststroke record of 1:13.93 with a 1:12.93 effort. Higgs would lower that mark in the afternoon with a Gold medal winning time of 1:12.79.She was followed to the wall by Curaçao’s   Chadé   Nercisio who clocked 1:14.27. Marissa Lugo of Puerto Rico was timed in 1:15.58 and won the Bronze.

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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of http://www.royalgazette.com

Also in Championship record mode was one half of the Bermudan 11-12 super duo Elan Daley. In the final of the 11-12 50 metre freestyle she lowered the 1995 Championship record of 27.55 set by another 11-12 star of yester year, Trinidad and Tobago’s Cerian Gibbes. Daley won in a new national record and English speaking Caribbean best of 26.82.No other English speaking Caribbean girl has ever swum faster than 27 seconds. Jamaican speedster Zaneta Alvaranga placed second in 27.78.The other half of the super duo Payton Zelkin won the Bronze is 28.01.

13-14 50 backstroke champion and senior natior record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados
13-14 100 backstroke champion and new senior national record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados

In the 13-14 girls 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus of Barbados set a new Championship, age group and senior national record with her swim of 2:22.39. Titus lowered the 1985 record of 2:22.50 of Costa Rican Olympian Sylvia Poll (1988, 1992). Second went to Vanegas Yanci of Guatemala in 2:24.41 and the Bronze Jahmia Harley to 2:27.05.

Swimmers who achieved the regional Golden Double on the final day included

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Regional Golden Double medallists in the 50 metre freestyle from left to right Elan Daley of Bermuda 11-12 girls Nathaniel Thomas of Jamaica 11-12 boys Amara Pilgrim of Trinidad and Tobago 15-17 girls Photos courtesy of Royal Gazette Bermuda,Cheser Adams and swimtt.com
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle Elan Daley Bermuda
11-12 boys 50 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas Jamaica
15-17  girls 50 metre freestyle Amara Pilgrim Trinidad and Tobago

 

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Regional Double Golden Double medallist Sam Williamson of Bermuda 11-12 boys Photo courtesy of Bernews
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12  boys 100 metre breaststroke Sam  Williamson Bermuda
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Regional Double Gold medallist in the 13-14 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus of Barbados Photo courtesy of Barbados Nation
Age Group Event Name Country
13-14  girls 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus Barbados

TEAM JAMAICA PARADE THEIR SPEED ON FINAL DAY OF CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS THOMAS AND MacDONALD LEAD MEDAL CHARGE IN 50 METRE FREESTYLE

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The final day of the CCCAN Championships July 2 in Trinidad and Tobago at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva saw Team Jamaica finishing ninth overall with 304 points. They added Two Gold, Two Silver and Three Bronze for a final total of Nine Gold , Eight Silver and Six Bronze medals. Throughout the meet 44 new personal best times were established. The national age group record book was rewritten Seven times .Also the Championship standards were adjusted Three times by the Jamaican delegation.

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Nathaniel Thomas with Gold medal won at CARIFTA 2017 in The Bahamas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The last day saw the contingent put another great display of sprinting power. Nathaniel Thomas , the CARIFTA Champion completed  another regional Golden Double when he landed the CCCAN 50 metre freestyle to underline his credentials as the fastest 11-12 boy in the region. In April he won his first sprint title in 26.52 in The Bahamas. In Trinidad and Tobago he won his second crown and became the fastest 11-12 Jamaican swimmer of all time when he clocked a new national record of 26.28. That lowered the national mark by the slimmest of margins as the old standard belonged to Brad Hamilton at 26.28 set in 2002. This is the first medal won in the event since two sport star Xavier Boland won Silver in 2007.The Silver medal went to Bermudan star Sam Williamson in 26.58. The Bronze went to Kai Trotman of Barbados in 26.65.

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Emily MacDonald 13-14 50 metre freestyle Gold Medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

In 2016 in the Bahamas at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships Emily MacDonald completed the 11-12 freestyle sprint double. In 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago it was a case of different age group same result. This as MacDonald crowned herself the fastest 13-14 girl in the region with a new personal best of 27.20. Pushing her all the way to the wall was teammate Gabrianna Banks who won the Silver in 27.28.It was the first podium finish for Jamaica in over a decade. The Bronze went to Bermuda’s Logan Watson-Brown in 27.87.

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Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 50 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Rory Alvaranga

The  girls 11-12 50 metre freestyle saw the exact podium finish from CARIFTA in April as Elan Daley of Bermuda winning Gold, Zaneta Alvaranga taking the Silver and Bermudan Payton Zelkin winning Bronze. Zaneta won her medal in a time of 27.78 while Payton was timed in 28.01.Daley, whose father is Jamaican, recorded the fastest time ever done by an 11-12 girl from the English speaking Caribbean when she hit the wall in 26.82 crushing the 1995 meet record of Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Cerian Gibbes of 27.55.

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100 metre backstroke Bronze medallist in the boys 13-14 age group Kyle Sinclair Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Kyle Sinclair repeated his 13-14 CARIFTA Bronze medal performance with a new Personal best in Trinidad and Tobago .In a very tight finish Kyle bettered his time by .01 to touch the wall in 25.15. Sinclair’s podium finish breaks another decade old medal drought. Kevon Lockhart of The Bahamas won the Silver in 25.10 and Antigua and Barbuda’s Lleyton Martin took top honours with a swim of 25.02.

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Kelsie Campbell

Kelsie Campbell recorded a personal best in the 18 and over 50 metre race. She stopped the clock in 26.91 to win the Bronze medal. Campbell finished just behind the hometown ladies Cherelle Thompson 26.69 and Kristin Julien 26.74.The last time Jamaica won a medal in this age group was in 2005 when Tamara Swaby won Bronze.

The only medal won outside the sprints was in the 13-14 200 metre backstroke. Kyle Sinclair recorded a personal best of 2:18.91 to be the third seed heading into the final. He maintained that position to win the Bronze in a time of 2:19.25. The time Jamaica won a medal in the event was 2011 when Olympian Timothy Wynter won Gold.The event was won by Jeims Caita of Costa Rica in 2:15.10 and the Silver went to Tristan Pragnell of Barbados in 2:15.80

EMILY MacDONALD’S GOLD MEDAL HIGHLIGHTS CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIP 100 METRE FREESTYLE MEDAL RUSH ON DAY FOUR

 

The fourth day of competition at CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago saw Team Jamaica winning One Gold , Three Silver and One Bronze for an overall total of Seven Gold, Six Silver and Three Bronze. The Jamaican contingent was in ninth position with 232 points. The overall tally of personal bests now stands at 34.  All the medals won on Day Four were in the 100 metre freestyle event. The Gold came from Emily MacDonald in the girls 13-14 race.

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Emily MacDonald 13-14 100 metre freestyle

For the second straight summer Emily MacDonald has crowned herself regional Champion in the 100 metre freestyle. At the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in the 11-12 100 metre freestyle she struck Gold in a then national record of 1:00.26. One year later in the 13-14 age group she has won CCCAN title in a time of 58.83. In the process she also lowered her personal best of 59.20 that she established in the heats. This is the first medal for Jamaica in the event in over a decade. The longstanding 1997 record of 57.54 set by Olympian Janelle Atkinson has been put on notice as Emily still has a year and a half in the age group.

Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 100 freestyle Silver
Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

 

Emily’s 11-12 national record would not survive Day Four. The 11-12 final pitted the Bermudan star duo of Elan Daley and Payton Zelkin against Jamaican speedster Zaneta Alvaranga to see how the medals would be decided. After speaking with her coach about working the last half of her race Zaneta dug deep in the last 15 metres to challenge Daley for the Gold and win Silver in 1:00.24 in a new national age group record. Daley would win Gold in a new Bermudan record of 59.65. Zelkin would take the Bronze in 1:00.56. That is the same order that the medals were won at CARIFTA earlier this year. The last time Jamaica last won a medal in this event was 2013 when Anjuii Barrett won the Bronze.

Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 100 free Silver
Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Nathaniel Thomas added another medal to his haul when he won Silver in the boys 11-12 race. He lowered his personal best set in the morning of 59.04 to 58.37. The medal is a set up the podium from CARIFTA where he had won the Bronze medal. No Jamaican had won a medal in the event for more than a decade. Thomas is now less than a second away from the 2002 national record of 57.43 set by Brad Hamilton.  The Gold was won by Bermuda’s Sam Williamson in 58.20.Bronze went to Gabriel Martinez of Honduras in 58.65.

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Kelsie Campbell 18 and over 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Kelsie Campbell the only Jamaican female representative in the 18 and over at CCCAN Championships keeps adding to her personal medal account in Trinidad and Tobago. She won her fourth medal so far in the 100 metre freestyle stopping the clock in a time of 58.28. This is the first time Jamaica is medalling in the event since 2001 when Olympians Janelle Atkinson and Angela Chuck won Gold and Silver. Gold went Jumar Avila of Honduras in 57.79. Santis Gabriela of Guatemala won Bronze in 59.12.

Kyle Sinclair 100 metre freestyle Bronze
Kyle Sinclair 13-14 100 metre freestyle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

In the boys 13-14 race Kyle Sinclair dipped below the 56 seconds barrier for the first time to set a new personal best of 55.77 and establish himself as the number one seed heading into the final. In the Championship final he had to over a bad start and work overtime in the last 25 metres to come from behind to win the Bronze in 55.04. This is a big improvement for Sinclair who had failed to make to the final at CARIFTA placing 11th in 57.43. It also breaks a decade long medal drought in the event. Also making up for a disappointing CARIFTA 2017 where he was disqualified in the event was Trinidad and Tobago’s Aqueel Joseph who won gold in 54.85. Kevon Lockhart of The Bahamas won the Silver in 54.97.

Other finalists on the day were

Age Group Event Name Time heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
13-14 girls 200 metre IM Gabrianna Banks 2:36.90 8th 2:37.88 7th
15-17 girls 200 metre IM Bryanna Renuart 2:29.61 6th 2:29.26 5th
11-12 girls 200 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn N/A N/A 2:47.29 7th
15-17 boys 200 metre butterfly Jesse Marsh 2:11.94 7th 2:11.55 6th
15-17 girls 800 metre freestyle relay N/A N/A 9:03.51 5th

ALVARANGA WINS GOLD TO REMAIN FASTEST EVER ENGLISH SPEAKING GIRL IN 50 METRE BUTTERFLY ,THOMAS WINS CLOSE BATTLE TO TAKE GOLD

 

On the third night of competition (June 30) held at the CCCAN Championships Team Jamaica added Two Gold ,One Silver and Two Bronze medals to have a total so far Six Gold, Three Silver and Two Bronze. A total of 21 personal best times have also been established over the Three days .The Jamaican delegation are now in ninth position with 164 points. Headlining the performances was the Gold medal by Zaneta Alvaranga in the girls 11-12 50 metre butterfly.

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Zaneta Alvaranga CARIFTA and CCCAN Champion in the 50 metre butterfly.Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Heading into the Championships she was already the English speaking Caribbean’s fastest ever girl in that age group with the only sub 29 clocking, the national record of 28.97.Added to that she is the reigning CARIFTA Champion in the event

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Zaneta Alvaranga CARIFTA 11-12 50 metre butterfly Gold medallist ,Games and National record holder Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

 

.In the morning preliminaries the 2007 record of 29.85 set by Venezuela’s Ángela Ciccenia was erased from the record books when she hit the wall in 29.32. With the Championship record gone it was just a question of how much she would lower her time by. In the final  she took the lead from the gun and went on to win emphatically in a new National Record ,Championship Record and best ever time for the English speaking Caribbean of 28.74.  The Bermudan standouts  Elan Daley and Payton Zelkin finished with the Silver and Bronze in times of 29.49 and 30.11.Zaneta’s time is faster that the national records in the 13-14 age group of 29.57 and the 15-17 standard of 28.87. Zaneta’s time would have won the Bronze in the boys race. She also completed the regional Golden Double taking both the CARIFTA and CCCAN titles joining Sabrina Lyn and Nathaniel Thomas who did the same in the 100 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke respectively.It is the first medal in the age won by Jamaica since 2007 when Kendese Nangle won  Silver

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Nathaniel Thomas new 11-12 national record holder in the 50 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Thomas ,who had placed 5th in the 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly at the CARIFTA Championships had been in great form recently as he had lowered the national record to 28.32 prior to the Championships.He had to battle hard for his victory. Nathan 28.53 eked out a close win over Bermuda’s Sam Williamson 28.56 and CARIFTA Champion Trinidad and Tobago’s Kadon Williams 28.74. Jamaica had never won a medal in this age group before for Thomas’ victory.

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Kelsie Campbell photo courtesy of Michael c Lyn

 

Kelsie Campbell added 50 metre butterfly Silver to her Gold in the 100 metre butterfly when she touched the wall in a new personal best of 28.60. She was just out touched for the Gold by Patricia Casellas of Puerto Rico who won in 28.53.This is the first medal won by Jamaica in the age group.

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CCCAN 400 metre freestyle Silver medallists from left to right P’aige Lewis,Sabrina Lyn,Isabella Sierra, Zaneta

 

The girls 11-12 400 metre freestyle was given a scare by the team of Alvaranga, Lyn, P’aige Lewis and Isabella Sierra when they won Silver in a time of 4:18.65.The 2012 record stands at 4:18.02. Gold went to the Bermudans in a time of 4:13.71 . The Bronze was won by Barbados in 4:19.38. Jamaican has not won a medal in this event in over a decade.

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100 metre backstroke Bronze medallist in the boys 13-14 age group Kyle Sinclair Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

The lone representative in the boys 13-14 age group Kyle Sinclair opened his medal account in the 100 metre backstroke. At CARIFTA this year he had finished outside the medals by .05 of a second in a time of 104.08 a personal best.This time he took the Bronze in a new personal best of 1:03.08 beating the CARIFTA Bronze medallist by .27 of a second. The Gold was won by Mekhayl Engel of Curaçao 1:02.26 and the Silver to DaVante Carey of The Bahamas 1:02.80.

 

Other finalists on the day included

13-14 girls 200 metre freestyle Emily MacDonald 2:14.28 5th 2:14.01 5th
15-17 girls 200 metre freestyle Britney williams 2:10.37 6th 2:10.82 7th
18 and over girls 200 metre freestyle Kelsie Campbell 2:13.01 4th SCR N/A
11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn 31.79 8th 30.43 4th
13-14 girls 50 metre butterfly Emily MacDonald 29.98 5th 29.63 4th
15-17 girls 100 metre backstroke Angara Sinclair 1:08.07 5th 1:07.39 5th
15-17 girls 400 metre IM Bryanna Renuart 5:18.55 5th 5:18.65 4th