The medal session on the opening night of the 2019 CARIFTA Championships at the Aquatic session in Barbados yielded a treasure trove of medals for Team Jamaica. The highlight of the session was yet another record breaking performance by Sabrina Lyn in the 13-14 girls 100 metre butterfly.

Sabrina Lyn ,Jamaica fastest ever junior swimmer in the 100 metre butterfly powering her way to Gold in a new PB,NAGR,CR and PAN AM B time of 1:03.19 Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

Lyn entered the final with a new personal best as well as the national age group record and Championship record of 1:03.47. Added to those accolades was the fact that she had also become Jamaica’s fastest ever junior swimmer in the record with her morning swim. In the final when the gun sounded the battle was close with the field . After the turn Lyn proved why she is the best female junior swimmer Jamaica has ever produced in the event when she pulled away for an emphatic win. The scoreboard bore that out when it revealed yet another personal best, national age group record, Championship record and PAN AM B qualifying mark of 1:03.19.Lyn , who is Jamaica’s fastest ever female swimmer in the event at CARIFTA was joined on the podium by teammate Zaneta Alvaranga .Zaneta powered her way to the Silver in 1:05.07. This is the second consecutive year Jamaica is dominating the podium. In 2018 Emily MacDonald and Alvaranga provided the one two punch atop the podium in front of their home crowd in Kingston.Lyn’s junior regional Gold medal count in the event now stands at four

2017 CARIFTA 11-12 1:07.49

2017 CCCAN 11-12 1:05.69

2018 CCCAN 13-14 1:03.82

Nathaniel Thomas double gold medallist in the 50 metre backstroke and 100 metre butterfly in the 13-14 age group Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

Also in fantastic form in the 13-14 age group was her teammate Nathaniel Thomas.He broke the 28 seconds barrier to take the 50 metre backstroke Gold in a time of 27.82. This is a huge improvement for Thomas who was sixth last year in 30.12. The last time Jamaica was on top of the podium was 2011 when Olympian Timothy Wynter took Gold in 27.76. The Gold rush would not stop there as he would also take the 100 metre butterfly in a time of 59.22.The last time Jamaica featured in the podium party was 2015 when Jesse Marsh took the Bronze in 59.80.It was another big jump in performance as he finished fourth in 2018 in 1:01.53.

Emily MacDonald went from becoming the 13-14 100 metre butterfly champion in 2018 to lifting the 15-17 crown 12 months later.Emily continued the Gold medal hot streak Team Jamaica winning three consecutive races as the nation had just captured titles in the 13-14 age group.She stopped the clock in 1:05.85. This put Team Jamaica back among the medals after last being on the podium in 2016 when Kelsie Campbell won Gold in 1:04.99.

Brianna Anderson,Jamaica;s fastest ever female sprint backstroker celebrating Silver in the 15-17 50 metre backstroke in a new NAGR of 30.22 Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

Brianna Anderson lowered her own 15-17 national record of 30.44 to 30.22 to claim Silver in the Championship final. Jamaica’s fastest ever junior sprint backstroker improved upon her 2018 position where she claimed the Bronze in a time of 31.01.

In the 13-14 age group Zaneta Alvaranga shattered her personal best of 32.49 to win the Bronze in a time of 31.77. With that swim she has put the national record of 31.02 set by Angara Sinclair on notice. She emulates Anderson’s 2017 performance when she had stopped the clock in 31.59.

11-12 50 metre backstroke podium Francis Silver Jamaica Imojen Judd Bermuda Gold ,Wainwright Jamaica Bronze Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

In the 11-12 age group Giani Francis also issued a national record threat when she won Silver in a personal best time of 32.68. The national record stands at 32.08 set by Kendese Nangle in 2007.

Leanna Wainwright Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

Jamaica dominated the podium as Leanna Wainwright at her first CARIFTA Championships which serves as her international debut and making her first ever Championship final produced the goods to win Bronze in a new personal best of 33.28.This speaks volumes of the great work being done in swimming at the western end of the island.

Giania Francis posing with Silver medal won in the 11-12 girls 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

Francis would also take the Silver in the 100 metre butterfly with a personal best effort of 1:10.17.That ended a two year medal drought in the event for Jamaica. Teammate Brady MacPherson Lewison also earned a medal in the event in that age group .He took the Bronze in a time of 1:07.49.

Kokolo Foster on the podium after winning Silver in the 200 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

The session started on a good note when Kokolo Foster dropped almost three seconds to win the Silver in the 11-12 200 metre breaststroke event in a time of 2:53.61.

In the distance events Britney Williams placed fifth overall 15-17 girls 800 metre freestyle after being the fastest in the morning heats with her time of 9:39.41. Teammate Naomi Eaton placed 11th overall with her morning effort of 10:02.80.Daniel Mair placed seventh overall after he swam 18:34.56 in the morning heats of the 13-14 boys 1500 metre freestyle , a new personal best

The 13-14 girls team of Safiya Officer 1:03.56, Raine Hopkins 1:04.70,Morgan Cogle 1:01.26 and a fantastic anchor by Sabrina Lyn in 58.32 won Silver in the 400 metre freestyle relay in 4:07.84.

The 13-14 boys team of Daniel Mair 57.17 ,Zachary Jackson Blaine 58.75,Jaedon Lynch 58.87 and Nathaniel Thomas 56.16 also won Silver in 3:50.95.

The 15-17 boys team of Nicholas Vale 55.07,Jordane Payne 56.68,Cameron Brown 55.47 and Kyle Sinclair claimed the Bronze in 3:40.66

Other results

EventAge NameFinalPlacing
200 metre breaststroke15-17Naomi Eaton3:04.648th
50 metre backstroke11-12Brady Macpherson Lewison32.364th
50 metre backstroke15-17Simone Vale32.468th
100 metre butterfly11-12Saidah Brown1:12.086th
100 metre butterfly15-17Simone Vale1:10.318th
100 metre butterfly15-17Nicholas Vale57.956th
400 metre freestyle relay11-12Saidah Brown
400 metre freestyle relay11-12Kokolo Foster
400 metre freestyle relay11-12Leanna Wainwright
400 metre freestyle relay11-12Christanya Shirley4:28.984th



The Walter Rogers National Age Group Championships will dive into action tomorrow Thursday Feb 21 and will run to Feb 24 .the meet will feature many of the nation’s top swimmers vying for a spot on the CARIFTA team that will compete in Barbados from April 19 to 23. One of those athletes is Brianna Anderson of the Y Speedos Swim club. Anderson won t Bronze medal in the 50 metre backstroke in a time of 31.01 in front of her hometown crowd.

This year, in the backstroke events she has had no equal. What will give her added confidence heading into this national Championship is the fact that she is the fastest swimmer in the 50 metre backstroke that Jamaica has ever produced in the 15-17 age group.She earned thataccolade by lowering the 15-17 record of 30.55 by former teammate Angara Sinclair to 30.44 in December in a time trial. Sinclair had set the old record at the 2017 CCCAN championships held in Trinidad and Tobago.

Brianna Anderson 15-17 50 metre backstroke record holder

Coach at the Y Speedos Swim club Gillian Millwood gave her thoughts on her swimmer’s chances in the backstroke events

Coach Gillian Millwood

“With the backstroke especially the 50 Brianna will have no challenge but the clock and so far she has done really well.Very few swimmers can pull themselves together and race the clock and every swim meet that is what she does.the biggest challenge in the backstroke event will be in the 200 metre event if f Britney Williams swims it.Williams is a more formidable rival as the race gets longer. The 50 and 100 events are hers to dominate time wise.So she will be looking to see what the other girls in the 15-17 age group in the other territories will do in their meets.Her speed is up in the 50.Over the last two months the emphasis has been on just paying attention to her turnover rate and her breakout.The last few training sessions we have been using the backstroke ledge .Brianna has been one of the proficient users of the ledge to the point where she has been teaching her teammates how to use the ledge.I anticipate great things from her in terms of lowering her national record”. The senior national record belongs to regional icon Alia Atkinson at 29.94 set in 2012.

15-17 CARIFTA Champion in the 50 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

If the sprint backstroke races goes according to the form book at CARIFTA she will be expected to race against defending champion Danielle Titus from Barbados and expect a strong challenge from Logan Watson-Brown from Bermuda and the expected stiff competition from Martinique,Guadeloupe and The Bahamas.

Krisitin Julien Photo courtesy of usportt.com

With Titus recording a senior national record in the heats of the event in Jamaica and Anderson already at 30.44 there is a greater possibility that the 2014 CARIFTA record of 29.48 set by Kristen Julien ,which also doubles as the national record for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago may fall.

Both Walter Rogers and CARIFTA serves as qualifying meets for The 18th FINA World Championships 2019 – Gwangju, Korea The Pan American Games 2019 – Lima, Peru and The XXXII Olympiad 2020 – Tokyo, Japan


The 2018 edition of the ISSA Championships saw Immaculate Conception High School and Campion College  retaining their titles. Immaculate won the female title amassing 519 points down from their 575 total last year. Campion College girls and St Andrew high School finished second and third scored  373 and 255 points increasing their tally from 2017.  In the boys section Campion College boys retained their title with a points score of 442.50 points widening their winning advantage by over 100 points as Wolmer’s Boys placed second with 338 points. Third went to Kingston College with 199 points more than doubling their points performance from 2017.

Twelve individual meet records were broken and the relay standards were reset five times. Fittingly the top record setters came from the winning schools Nathaniel Thomas of Campion College in the 13-14 age group and Zaneta Alvaranga of Immaculate also in the same age group.

Nathaniel Thomas
Nathaniel Thomas

Thomas was prolific in setting meet records in the 50 metre backstroke,50 metre freestyle, 100 metre freestyle and Campion’s relays in the 13-14 200 metre freestyle and medley relays.He won the high point trophy for his age group with 27 points. In the very first event event Thomas crushed his personal best of 29.69 and the meet record of 29.70 by Kyle Sinclair to record the fastest time ever swum at the meet of 28.85.The previous best ever performance was 28.89 done by national age group standout Todd Johnson of Wolmer’s Boys in 2003 in the 17 and over age group

In speaking to draftingthecaribbean he said “there is still work to be done and he hopes to better his times again at the next meet” .He said he “was relaxed and focused for the start of each race”. At CARIFTA 2018 held in Kingston earlier this year he had placed sixth while battling illness . His time on Friday would have won him the Silver medal in the event.

Campion 13-14 200 medley relay
Campion college 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Daniel Mair,Thomas, Joshua Alleyne and Jaleel Samms Photo courtesy of Jodi Mair

In all his individual races Thomas had the fastest performances of the meet. The quality of those swims extended to the relays and the combined efforts of his teammates that posted the top times in the freestyle and medley relays. In the freestyle relay the team of Daniel Mair, Joshua Alleyne, Jaleel Samms and Thomas posted the best time of the meet of 1:49.01.In the 200 medley relay the quartet of Thomas, Joshua Mair , Samms and Daniel Mair were the best on the day posting a time of 2:02.38

Campion freestyle relay
Campion College record breaking 13-14 200 metre medley relay from left to right Daniel Mair,Jaleel Samms, Joshua Mair and Thomas Photo courtesy of Jodi Mair


Event Time Old record
50 metre backstroke 28.85 29.70
50 metre freestyle 25.47 25.48
100 metre freestyle 55.71 55.98
200 metre freestyle relay 1:49.01 1:49.14
200 metre medley relay 2:02.38 2:04.76


Zaneta Alvaranga
Zaneta Alvaranga  Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams


Alvaranga was equally as dominant in her events. She won four individuals and a relay event all in meet record time. Zaneta amassed 36 points. Arguably her best race of the meet was the 50 metre butterfly where she took off more than a second off the record of 31.04 to record  a time of 29.61, the first ever sub 30 seconds clocking of the meet. Also under the record was Campion’s Paig’e Lewis who won Silver 30.71. Alvaranga is the reigning CARIFTA Silver medallist in this event. In the 50 metre breaststroke she and Campion ‘s Sabrina Lyn got under the old meet record of 37.38 with Gold and Silver medal winning times of 36.46 and 37.02 respectively.She combined with Imani Salmon, Brooke Hopkins and Safiya Officer  to down the 2016 meet record of Campion College of 2:19.07 to post the fastest time ever at the meet of 2:13.52.


Event Time Old record
50 metre freestyle 27.64 27.98
50 metre breaststroke 37.38 36.46
100 metre freestyle 1:02.47 1:02.70
50 metre butterfly 31.04 29.61
200 metre medley relay 2:13.52 2:19.70

Kokolo foster 100 breast
Kokolo Foster 12 and under 50 metre breaststroke record holder Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Also winning high points trophies for their age groups were Kokolo Foster of Immaculate Conception and Joshua Mignott of Campion College with 29 and 25 points respectively.

Joshua Mignott
Joshua Mignott Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Paris Clare of St Andrew High School with 34 points and Kito Campbell of Calabar high school with 31 points in the 15-16 age category.

Britney Mayberry 2017
Britney Williams  Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Wolmerians Britney Williams and Jordane Payne topped the 17 and over age group.Williams scored 32 points while Payne had the highest point total of the meet with 45.

Jordane Payne
Jordane Payne Photo courtesy of David Mullings

Other meet records


Name School Age group Event Time Old record
Kokolo Foster Immaculate 12 and under 50 metre breaststroke 36.44 39.23
Brianna Anderson Immaculate 15-16 50 metre backstroke 31.26 32.37
Britney Williams Wolmer’s 17  and over 100 metre freestyle 1:03.75 1:05.50
Paris Clare St Andrews 15-16 50 metre butterfly 30.82 30.92


Name School Age group Event Time Old record
Rin Gyles Cornwall College 15-16 50 metre backstroke 29.67 29.72


12 and under girls

Immaculate A Leg Time Old record
Rhianne Irving backstroke
Kokolo Foster breaststroke
Ireland Hunter butterfly
Saidah Brown freestyle 2:21.41 2:26.03


Titus in record breaking form
15-17 CARIFTA Champion and record holder in the 100 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

After being denied the 50,100 and 200 metre backstroke sweep in her final year of the 13-14 age group in The Bahamas last year Danielle Titus of Barbados looks on course to achieve that here in  Kingston Jamaica in national record breaking fashion .


In The Bahamas Titus earned the Silver in an age group and senior national record of 30.82 in the 50 metre event on the first day competition. Jamaica would prove  to offer  no problem at the first hurdle as the national standard was lowered to 30.22 in the heats. She would come close to that time in the final stopping the clock in 30.30 finishing ahead of Bermuda’s Madelyn Moore 30.90  and Jamaica’s Brianna Anderson 31.01.

15-17 100 back podium
15-17 100 metre backstroke podium from left to right Stamp,Titus and Johnson Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Stage two of the mission was the 100 metre backstroke. She got through the morning heats easily posting the top time of 1:06.03, just missing the Championship record of 1:05.94 set by Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands in 2017.

Lauren Hew  Photo courtesy of caymansportsbuzz.com

The final would witness the registering of a new PB, age group, senior national record and Championship record of 1:04.79.That performance bettered her national record of 1:05.61 and the Youth Olympics B time of 1:05.65. Silver went to Virginia Stamp of The Bahamas in 1:07.52 and Jamaica’s Shaun Johnson who recorded a new personal best time of 1:08.45.


The final leg of the sweep voyage will be the 200 metre backstroke and Titus will expect strong challenges from the Cayman Islands duo of Ella Plunkett and Sam Bailey as well as Stamp from The Bahamas.


The third day of action of the 2018 Walter Rogers Age Group swimming National Championships was highlighted by national record breaking swims by Zaneta Alvaranga of the Kaizen Swim Club in the 50 metre butterfly.

Zaneta 2018
Zaneta Alvaranga national Champion and age group record holder in the 13-14 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

After dominating the 50 metre butterfly event locally and regionally as 11-12 swimmer in 2017 and establishing herself as the CARIFTA region’s number best of all time she continued her unbeaten streak on Friday Feb 16. Competing in her first race in the 13-14 age group she started her career in the new age category on the best possible note by lowering the national record of 29.57 to 29.55.

Kendese Nangle
Kendese Nangle Photo courtesy of dartmouthsports.com

The previous record was set by age group star Kendese Nangle when she won Silver at the 2008 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships in Kingston.The meet record of 29.68 was held by Emily MacDonald of Swimaz set in 2017 Zaneta would have more in the tank for the final as she reset the record again with a time of 29.19. That performance was the fastest time of the competition and the fastest time ever recorded by a girl at the Championships. That swim by Alvaranga would have won her the Bronze in the event at the 2017 CARIFTA championships.

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Zaneta after her record breaking swim after the final and got her impressions of her swim

“My goal was to get as close to my ( 2017 Gold medal winning) CCCAN time and I did. I focused on the start so I could get out as  have as little armstrokes as possible and have rested shoulders and breathe as little as possible so I would not break streamline.I expected the record because I broke it this morning and I came back prepared to do even better than this morning”. In 2017 Alvaranga was the most prolific  female age group record breaker have setting the 11-12 50 metre butterfly record four times and the 100 metre freestyle once.


Brianna Anderson CARIFTA photo
Brianna Anderson CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Brianna Anderson of the Y Speedos would take down another Boothe standard when she recorded 30.07 in the 15 and over butterfly heats.

Patrick Atkinson Roman Boothe
Jamaica’s record breaking 400 medley relay team at the 2015 PAN AM Games from left to right Trudi ann Patrick,Alia Atkinson ,Breanna Roman, Danielle Boothe

Boothe had set the record in 2013 at 30.32. In the final Brianna took the Gold in 30.47.

Christanya Shirley of the Marlins 9-10 50 metre butterfly Champion and meet record holder Photo courtesy of David Mullings

Alvaranga’s 2015 9-10 50 metre butterfly record would fall to Christanya Shirley of the Marlins. She would win the event handily in a time of 33.35 well under the previous meet record of 34.86.

Other event winners

Age group Name Club Event Time
11-12 girls Ireland Hunter Tornadoes 200 metre freestyle 2:30.18
11-12 boys Joshua Mair Tornadoes 200 metre freestyle 2:23.80
13-14 girls Zaneta Alvaranga Kaizen 200 metre freestyle 2:20.23
13-14 boys Nathaniel Thomas Tornadoes 200 metre freestyle 2:09.76
15 & over girls Britney Williams Swimaz 200 metre freestyle 2:12.30
15 &over boys Kyle Sinclair Y Speedos 200 metre freestyle 2:04.46
8& under girls Victoria Vanderleer Y Speeods 50 metre butterfly 51.13
8 & under boys Talon Longmore Sailfish 50 metre butterfly 44.48
9-10 boys Josh Johnson Marlins 50 metre butterfly 35.35
11-12  girls Isabella Sierra Tornadoes 50 metre butterfly 32.42
11-12 boys DeVaughn Robe Wahoo 50 metre butterfly 31.50
13-14 boys Nathaniel Thomas Tornadoes 50 metre butterfly 27.65
15 & over boys Jordane Payne Y Speedos 50 metre butterfly 27.91
8 & under girls Victoria Vanderleer Y Speedos 200 metre IM 3:53.74
8 & under boys Talon Longmore Sailfish 200 metre IM 3:43.98
9-10 girls Christanya Shirley Marlins 200 metre IM 2:58.71
9-10 boys Charles McIntosh AquaMarine Ripple 200 metre IM 3:22.29
11-12 girls Safiyah Officer Blue Seals 100 metre backstroke 1:20.79
11-12 boys DeVaughn Robe Wahoo 100 metre backstroke 1:18.41
13-14 girls Zaneta Alvaranga Kaizen 100 metre backstroke 1:15.34
13-14 boys Nathaniel Thomas Tornadoes 100 metre backstroke 1:06.92
15 &over boys Kyle Sinclair Y Speedos 100 metre backstroke 1:03.73


Age group Club Event Time
11-12 girls Tornadoes 400 metre medley relay 5:32.25
11-12 boys Tornadoes 400 metre medley relay 5:18.55
13-14 girls Tornadoes 400 metre medley relay 5:49.93
13-14 boys Y Speedos 400 metre medley relay 4:42.10
15 & over girls Tornadoes 400 metre medley relay 5:12.12
15 & over boys Y Speedos 400 metre medley relay 4:25.15


The second night of the Walter Rogers Age Group Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Jamaica on Feb 15 saw meet records falling to Brianna Anderson and Sabrina Lyn .

Brianna and Kyle
15 and over 50 metre backstroke Champions Kyle Sinclair and Brianna Anderson

Brianna Anderson who represents the Y Speedos Swim club lowered the 2014 15 and over girls 50 metre backstroke meet record of 31.35 of former CARIFTA standout Danielle Boothe when she stopped the clock in 30.81.That time places the Brianna, who is in her first year of the 15-17 age group within striking range of the  national 15-17 age group  record of 30.55 set by Angara Sinclair at the 2017 CCCAN championships. That time would also have won the 15-17 Bronze medal at the 2017 CARIFTA championships held in The Bahamas. In 2017 she lowered another Sinclair mark when recorded 32.15. She gave her thoughts about the race to draftingthecaribbean

“My goals were to try to beat the record, try to qualify for CARIFTA and to do a 29.I am still trying my best to achieve that time with more training. Hopefully with the Swim Jamaica sprint I will do 29.My start was actually amazing especially my under waters, my breakout was good and my turnover was quite nice this time. My finish was not as it was I wanted it be because I want to finish like the Olympians so hopefully I fix those things at the sprint meet”.

Lyn and Thomas
13-14 100 metre butterfly champions from the Tornadoes Swim Club Sabrina Lyn and Nathaniel Thomas

Also lowering a meet record was Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim Club who lowered the 2017 13-14  100 metre butterfly Championship record of 1:06.19 set by Emily MacDonald of Swimaz. That was the national record until MacDonald lowered it to 1:05.86 at the UANA Cup in Florida last month. Though Lyn is the second fastest girl of all time in the age group her 2017 11-12 national record is faster which stands at 1:05.69 when she won CCCAN Gold.

She gave her impressions on the race “ My goal was to make the CARIFTA team and to do that I had to come first. I knew that my competitors do not finish well I did not go as hard on the first lap but as soon I started the second I would have sprint all the way to the finish and that’s what I did and I won and broke the record”.

Gooden AGC 2018
Three time winner of the 15 and over 200 metre breaststroke Sean-Douglas Gooden of the Tornadoes Swim Club

Sean Douglas Gooden made it three wins in three years in the 15 and over 200 metre breaststroke. He lowered his 2017 record of 2:37.15 to 2:33.71 in the heats before taking the Gold in the final in 2:42.45. He spoke about the race after his win

“I thought I executed my race as best as I could given my current fitness. Honestly I was working on the small things such as my turns and underwaters and dive.I have been told that I have a really strong last 50 metres so I worked on that today. The race was a good one I did not go out too hard due to my fitness. I was aware that and tried to build my momentum throughout the race and that strategy worked perfectly”.


Other individual winners on the night included

Age group Name Club Event Time
11-12 girls Kokolo Foster Marlins 200 metre breaststroke 3:05.65
11-12 boys Joshua Mair Tornadoes 200 metre breaststroke 3:05.27
13-14 girls Tiara Campbell Sailfish 200 metre breatstroke 2:59.69
13-14 boys Jaleel Samms Tornadoes 200 metrebreastsroke 2:58.83
15 and over girls Naomi Eaton Y Speedos 200 metre breaststroke 3:00.93
8 & under girls Victoria Vanderleer Y Speedos 50 metre backstroke 49.66
8 & under boys Matthew Kennedy Y Speedos 50 metre backstroke 48.03
9-10  girls Christanya Shirley Marlins 50 metre backstroke 36.32
9-10 boys Josh Johnson Marlins 50 metre backstroke 41.36
11-12 girls Aliyah Heaven Tornadoes 50 metre backstroke 36.45
13-14 boys Nathaniel Thomas Tornadoes 50 metre backstroke 30.06
15 and over girls Kyle Sinclair Y Speedos 50 metre backstroke 29.33
11-12 girls Ireland Hunter Tornadoes 100 metre butterfly 1:20.64
11-12 boys Devaughn Robe Wahoo 100 metre butterfly 1:14.48
13-14 boys Nathaniel Thomas Tornadoes 100 metre butterfly 1:02.82
15 and over  girls Brianna Anderson Y Speedos 100 metre butterfly 1:10.09
15 and over boys Jordane Payne Y Speedos 100 metre butterfly 1:01.46

Relay winners  were as follows

Age group Club Event Time
11-12 girls Blue Seals 400 metre freestyle relay 4:46.95
11-12 boys Tornadoes 400 metre freestyle relay 4:51.47
13-14 girls Tornadoes 400 metre freestyle relay 4:59.73
13-14 boys Y Speedos 400 metre freestyle relay 4:09.90
15 and over  girls Y Speedos 400 metre freestyle relay 4:35.92
15 and over boys Y Speedos 400 metre freestyle relay 3:55.50


Sunday December 17 will be known as record breaking Sunday as the nation’s youngsters continued to excel in their last competitions for 2017 as they have done all throughout the year. Competitions in two different meets in two different islands yielded national age group records . In Jamaica at the ASAJ Christmas Open and Christmas Breezer Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes swim club lowered his national mark in the 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly twice in the morning heats and final . While the Golden Girls from the Marlins Swim Club Giani Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley continued their awesome record breaking run in the 9-10 200 metre freestyle relay at the Republic Bank Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational.

At his first CARIFTA in The Bahamas in April Nathaniel was 5th    in the 11-12 50 butterfly  in 29.22 .

Nathaniel Thomas Neville 2017 1
Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Later in May in Jamaica Nathaniel would lower the 11-12 50 butterfly to 28.32. That just edged the old standard of 28.33 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter (Rio 2016) when he won the Silver medal at the 2009 CARIFTA Championships held in Aruba. At the CCCAN competition in Trinidad and Tobago in July he would top the region taking the Gold in 28.53. He would join the elites among the region when he became the first Jamaican  11-12 boy to break the 28 seconds barrier.

Nathaniel Christmas Open
Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the morning he was fantastic in breaking the meet record also set by Wynter in 2009 of 29.39 and lowering the national mark to 27.95. He would continue his record breaking feats in the final as he dropped time again to set a standard of 27.86.

Wendy and Nathaniel Christmas open
Head Coach of the Tornadoes Swim Club and her record breaking swimmer Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

He now joins the likes of Evante Gibson of the Bahamas 27.77, Aruban Jordy Groters 27.85 as regional standouts under the 28 seconds barrier in the 11-12 age group.

Martin and Nathaniel
President of the Aquatics Sports Association of Jamaica Martin Lyn congratulating Nathaniel on his record breaking exploits Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe


On the day he would also set new meet record in winning the 200 metre freestyle with a personal best of 2:12.77 and taking the Gold with the Tornadoes A team in the 400 metre medley relay.

The Golden Girls of the Marlins Swim club Gianna Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley have dominated the sprint freestyle relay this season and their last meet in Trinidad and Tobago would be no different.

Gianna Francis,Kokolo,Saidah Brown, christanya
Marlins Girls 9-10 team at the Neville Alexander meet from left to right Giani Francis,Kokolo Foster,Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

At the Neville Alexander meet they set a new national mark of 2:14.66 .That lowered the national record of 2:15.37 set way back on Aug 1, 1988. That mark was set by the national team of Kezia Stewart, Kerone Peat, Joanna Lee and Nicole Lowe at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships held in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic when 9 and 10 year olds were allowed to participate.

Marlins free relay record holders
National record holders in the 9-10 girls freestyle relay from left to right Back row Kokolo Foster,Gianna Francis Front row Saidah Brown ,Christanya Shirley

At the Dean Martin Memorial Meeting in October they crushed that mark with a swim of 2:10.52. In the twin Island Republic they would be even that much faster with a time of 2:05.52 .That performance takes almost ten seconds off from the 1988 record. That swim is among one of the fastest ever done by an English Speaking Caribbean team in that age group.

Golden girls
Marlins 9-10 Golden Girls from left to right Giani Francis, Saidah Brown, Kokolo Foster and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Suzette Whyte


Three of the young ladies Francis, Foster will be pushing to make their first CARIFTA team in Kingston next year while Shirley has one more year in the 9-10 age group.

In 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships in the Bahamas the Jamaican ladies won the swept the 200 metre freestyle relays taking wins in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 age groups


11-12 conquerors
2017 CARIFTA Gold medallists 11-12 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Paig’e Lewis,Sabrina Lyn , Isabella Sierra and Zaneta Alvaranga Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

13-14 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale, Brianna Anderson and Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

15-17 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 15-17 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart , Shaun Johnson and Anjuii Barrett Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn