The 2017 CCCAN Championships got underway at the National Aquatic Centre in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday June 28 with Jamaica having one competitor in action. Britney Williams was the first swimmer to compete as she swam in the 800 metre freestyle in the 15-17 age group.
In her debut at the CCCAN Championships Williams swam against a high quality field to register a new personal best time of 9:35.59 and place fifth. That lowered her previous best by more than two seconds. The Gold medal in the event went to Valerie Gruest in 8:40.30 a new Championship record and World Championship B qualifying time.
The final day of the Neville Alexander Memorial Swim Meet saw the sprinters putting on a show. There would be yet another national record as the Marlins 9-10 girls added to their tally from Saturday morning. This time they lowered the national standard in the 200 freestyle relay.
The young ladies of the Marlins who lowered a record set almost 30 years. The team of Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown, Giani Francis and Christanya Shirley touched in a time of 2:14.66, more than 10 seconds ahead of the field. 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. Also falling by the wayside was the meet record of 2:18.69 by the 2012 Marlins team of Deandra Reynolds, Karci Gibson, Ahkira Brown and Britney Williams.
The 50 metre freestyle meet records fell by the wayside in the following races 8 and under boys, 11-12 girls and boys and the 13 and over boys’ events. That meet record rush continued in the 200 metre freestyle relays 8 and under girls, the 11-12 girls and boys and 13 and over girls events.
The record breaking spree was started in the 8 and under boys’ race by the Y Speedos’ Zack –Andre Johnson. He lowered a more than a decade old record when he touched the wall in 34.13. The old record of 34.21 was held by former Speedos swimmer Robert Marshall. Johnson topped the field by more than 5 seconds.
In the 11-12 girls event it was Zaneta Alvaranga of the Y Speedos who recorded the fastest time by a girl at the meet and lowered the meet record with her quick time of 27.68. Her margin of victory was more than 2 seconds. In winning she lowered the 2016 meet record of 28.09 by Swimaz’s Emily MacDonald .Zaneta was just off her Silver medal winning CARIFTA personal best of 27.56.She continues to track the national record of 27.53 of MacDonald when she won Gold at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships.The record for the 11-12 girls age group at the upcoming CCCAN championships to be held in Trinidad and Tobago is 27.55 set their Olympian Cerian Gibbes in 1995.
For the boys event it was Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes who again dominated the field. He recorded the only sub 27 seconds time of 26.57. He crushed the meet record of 27.58 by the Y Speedos Alford Green set in 2003.He was more than a second ahead of the field. He was barely off his personal best time of 26.52. Last year he was In his sights for the rest of the year will be the national record of 26.29 held by another Tornadoes age group standout Brad Hamilton. That mark was set in 2002.
In the boys 13 and over race it was Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos who recorded the fastest time of the meet and the only sub 25 seconds clocking when he touched the wall in 24.29. That lowered his 2012 meet standard of 24.74.
The 11-12 girls Y Speedos relay team of Paig’e Lewis, Callier Maxwell, Jadean Dixon and Zaneta Alvaranga lowered the meet record of 2:04.24 with a swim of 2:03.82.
The 11-12 Tornadoes boys Jaleel Samms, Zachary Jackson-Blaine, Nikolos Gordon-Somers and Nathaniel Thomas set their meet record with a time of 1:56.25.
The 13 and over girls of Y Speedos team of Leanne McMaster, Naomi Eaton, Paris Clare and Brianna Anderson set a record of 1:57.54.
Anderson would sweep the backstroke events 50-100-200 when she claimed the open 200 backstroke crown in 2:43.51.She would also add the 13 and over 50 metre freestyle title in 28.08.
The boys open 200 metre backstroke title went to her teammate Kyle Sinclair in a personal best of 2:20.51.
The crowd was treated to good contests between national record breaking teammates Kokolo Foster and Christanya Shirley of the Marlins in the 50 breaststroke and 50 metre freestyle races.
The older Foster edged her younger teammate 40.14 to 40.71 in the breaststroke race and 31.42 to 31.74 in the freestyle event.
David Morris of the Y Speedos won the boys 9-10 50 metre breaststroke in 43.21.Israel Allen who had an outstanding showing at the meet won the 50 metre freestyle in a pb of 31.86.Allen won five of the six 9-10 individual age group events on offer all in personal record times. The 200 metre freestyle relay in this age group was won by the Marlins team of Josh Johnson, Jayden Campbell, Josh Wilkinson and Kajuan Haughton in 2:20.35.
In the 11-12 age group it was the Tornadoes duo of Sabrina Lyn and Nikolos Gordon –Somers who took top honours in the 100 metre breaststroke in 1:27.72 and 1:22.49 respectively.
In the 13 and over age group Naomi Eaton of the Y Speedos in addition to her relay win had victories in the 100 metre breaststroke 1:22.67 and 400 metre freestyle 4:53.09.
Adrian Grant of the Tornadoes also did the breaststroke/freestyle double for the 13 and over boys. He won the 400 metre event in 4:53.09. In the breaststroke race he held off teammate Sean-Douglas Gooden for the victory 1:11.84 to 1:11.97.
In the 8 and under category Renae Chung of the Y Speedos was a double winner for the girls taking the 50 metre breaststroke and freestyle races in personal best times of 52.25 and 36.61. Chung won all the 8 and under individual races on offer at the meet. The boys breaststroke race went to Waldon McIntosh in 49.46.
The masters’ races for the ladies were again dominated by the Tornadoes Swim club. Lisa Griffith won the 50 metre breaststroke in 48.22. Annelies Denny won the 50 metre freestyle in 35.41.Stefan Braeger won the men’s 50 metre breaststroke in 41.78. Rohan Whyte of the Sailfish Swim Academy won the freestyle race in 30.29.
The meet was brought to a conclusion with the boys 13 and over 200 metre freestyle relay by the Tornadoes team of Sean-Douglas Gooden, Joshua Craigie, Adrian Grant and Jordan Hines in 1:43.38
The Saturday afternoon session (May 27) of the Neville Alexander meet saw four swimmers Nathaniel Thomas (Tornadoes), Zaneta Alvaranga (Y Speedos), Sean-Douglas Gooden (Tornadoes) and Christanya Shirley (Marlins) setting new records.
Though the session did not see any national marks lowered some were put on notice. In the 11-12 boys age group it was Nathaniel Thomas who rattled the long standing 100 metre butterfly record 1:04.27 of Ramon James with a personal best time by more than a second of 1:04.39. James had set the mark more than 20 years on November 18, 1995. Nathaniel crushed the 2005 meet record of 1:08.13 by Jason Adams while beating the field by more than nine seconds .Both James and Adams are former Tornadoes swimmers. Last year at this meet Thomas was fourth in 1:24.79. With that win he completed the sprint butterfly double.
Thomas would also carry the broom to the backstroke events as he won the 50 metre backstroke race in a meet record time of 30.91.That destroyed the old mark of 33.15 by Blue Marlins Swim Club Rin Gyles of 33.15 and his old pb of 31.64. He continues to track the national record of 30.25 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter at the 2009 CARIFTA Games. In 2016 Thomas finished 5th in the event in 38.66.
In the 100 metre freestyle Nathaniel would complete the meet record hat trick as he was the only swimmer under the minute mark in the 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle as he touched in 59.67. That was better than the meet record of 1:02.96 Javier Marrero of the Flying Fish Swim .Also under the record was Joshua –Daniel Alleyne who clocked 1:02.52.Nathaniel was just off his pb of 59.45. Last year Thomas placed 7th with a time of 1:13.79.
Also completing a sprint butterfly double in the 11-12 age was Zaneta Alvaranga. Competing in the 100 metre event she smashed the 2007 meet record of 1:11.65 former Speedos swimmer Raynae Hall with a 1:07.83. She continues to flirt with the age group record of 1:07.22 set by national teammate Sabrina Lyn when she won Gold at the CARIFTA Games in The Bahamas. Zaneta also posted 1:07.55 at the Tornadoes meet earlier this month. She added to her Gold medal count that afternoon when she won the 100 metre freestyle in 1:02.78.
In the 9-10 age Shirley would lower Alvaranaga’s meet standard in the 50 metre butterfly. Christanya posted a time of 33.34 to better Zaneta’s 2015 time of 33.92.
In the open 200 metre breaststroke event Sean Douglas-Gooden lowered amore than decade old record of 2:38.26 when he touched in a time of 2:36.83.He completed the medley double when he won the open 400 individual medley in a time of 5:19.03.
Teammate Lyn won the girls 400 individual medley in 6:41.90.
The Marlins’ Kokolo Foster just missed adding her name to the list of meet record breakers when she won the 9-10 100 metre freestyle in 1:11.17.That was just off the 2016 standard of 1:11.08 by Jupiter Dragon’s Morgan Cogle.
Swimaz ’s Britney Williams won the 13 and over event in 1:02.82.
Paig’e Lewis won the 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke in 38.79.
Double winners in the afternoon included Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos. He also completed the sprint butterfly double when he won the 13 and over 100 metre butterfly in 59.89 and then won the 100 metre freestyle in 55.68.
His teammate Brianna Anderson completed the sprint sweeps in the backstroke and butterfly events. She took the 50 metre backstroke title in 31.09 then won the 100 metre butterfly in 1:11.65.
Israel Allen in the 9-10 boys category continued his domination of the individual events. He won the 50 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle in times of 34.93 and 1:11.17 respectively. Allen was undefeated in all 4 individual events at that point.
Representing the Western end of the island Montego Bay’s Sailfish Swim Academy had victories in the open girls’ 200 metre breaststroke and the 13 and over boys’ 50 metre backstroke. Tiara Campbell won the 200 metre breaststroke in 3:07.38. Coach Santiago Gonzalez completed the backstroke sprint sweep with a time of 29.70.
The masters’ events saw victories for the Tornadoes Swim Club. For the men Stefan Braeger won the 50 metre backstroke and butterfly in times of 40.65 and 38.70. For the ladies Annelies Denny won the 50 metre backstroke in 43.36 while Kristina Chuck –Smith took the 50 metre butterfly in 43.70.
The second session of the 2017 Neville Alexander Memorial Swim Meet on Saturday May 26 being held at the National Aquatic Centre saw two more national records lowered .Both new marks were set in the 200 metre medley relays. The first standard to be set was by the Marlins 9-10 girls relay team. That squad comprising of Giani Francis backstroke, Kokolo Foster breaststroke, Christanya Shirley butterfly and Saidah Brown freestyle set a new time of 2:32.52. That bettered the meet record of 2:36.80 by the 2012 Marlins team of Deandra Reynolds, Raynna Mitchell, Ahkira Brown and Britney Williams. The Marlins swimmers have lowered the national record twice in a month. The previous Jamaican record of 2:33.52 was set by the same quartet at the Tornadoes Invitational on May 7.
In the 11-12 boys age group Nathaniel Thomas joined forces with his Tornadoes teammates to record his second national record in as many sessions. The medley relay team of Zachary Jackson-Blaine backstroke, Nikolos Gordon-Somers breaststroke, Jaleel Samms butterfly and Thomas freestyle combined for a new national record of 2:11.04.They crushed the meet record of 2:19.57 by the 2012 Tornadoes team of Jesse Marsh, Christian Alberga, Joseph Black and Jordan Smith. Like the Marlins girls team the Tornadoes boys are rewriting the record books for the second time in a month.At their club’s invitational the squad swam a then national record of 2:11.51 . On that occasion Thomas swam the backstroke and Jackson-Blaine handled the freestyle duties
Earlier in the meet Thomas dropped almost 2 seconds in the 11-12 boys 100 metre backstroke to lower the 2004 meet record of 1:12.37 set by the Y Speedos’ Ramon Walton to 1:10.77.
Also setting new medley meet records were the Y Speedos Swim club in the 9-10 boys and 13 and over boys’ races. In the younger age category the team of David Morris backstroke, Dirk Harrison breaststroke, Zack –Andre Johnson butterfly and Courtney Bailey freestyle set a new record of 2:41.74.that bettered the 2016 mark of 2:42.31 set by the Tornadoes team of Daniel and Joshua Mair, Israel Allen and Jomo McMayo.
The 13 and over squad of Kyle Sinclair backstroke, Jevaun Jackson breaststroke, Jordane Payne butterfly and Sidrell Williams freestyle set a meet record of 1:57.36. That time took down the 2014 performance of 1:58.91 by the Marlins squad of Nicholas Haughton, Xavier Phillips, Orane Garrick and Keith-Jordan Wilkinson.
Getting his name on the meet record books was the Y Speedos’ Zack-Andre Johnson in the 8 and under boys’ 50 metre butterfly. He lowered the 2011 standard 38.84 of former teammate Cameron Brown when he stopped the clock in 36.79.That doubled his Gold medal count for the day as he also won the 50 metre backstroke in 43.14.His teammate Renae Chung also did the butterfly and backstroke double posting winning times of 42.18 and 44.57 respectively.
Other double individual winners included Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos and Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim Club. Sidrell took the 200 metre freestyle and butterfly events in times of 2:07.40 and 2:22.70. Lyn won the 11-12 50 metre breaststroke in 41.14 and the 200 metre butterfly in 3:02.63.
Britney Williams of Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club repeated her 2016 success in the 200 metre freestyle winning this year in 2:19.65.
In the 50 metre breaststroke series the 11-12 boys race was won by Nikolos Gordon-Somers of Tornadoes Swim Cub in 39.11.
The 13 and over girls event went to Naomi Eaton of the Y Speedos in 38.09. The male equivalent went to Sean-Douglas Gooden of Tornadoes in 32.19.
In the other backstroke races Shirley in the 9-10 50 metre backstroke just missed breaking the 2007 meet record of 37.10 set by teammate Stefani Webley when she hit the wall in 37.72. Israel Allen of Tornadoes won his second individual race in the boys when he touched in 38.71. Zaneta Alvaranga of the Y Speedos won the 11-12 girls’ 100 metre backstroke in a personal best time of 1:17.64.The 13 and over girls’ race went to her teammate Brianna Anderson in 1:11.64.
Winning his first race on Jamaican soil was Coach Santiago Gonzalez of the Sailfish Swim Academy from Montego Bay. He won 13 and over boys race in 1:03.42.
The Y Speedos Swim club would take both the girls 11-12 and 13 and over 200 medley races. The 11-12 team of Zaneta Alvaranga, Callier Maxwell, Paig’e Lewis and Jadean Dixon won in 2:25.79.The senior girls team of Brianna Anderson, Naomi Eaton, Paris Clare and Leanne McMaster won in 2:13.77.
RECORDMonday April 17 saw the Jamaican team setting Two Championship records and adding to their overall medal haul. The third day of competition at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in The Bahamas saw Team Jamaica winning Two Gold, Three Silver and Two Bronze medals to have an overall medal count of Eight Gold, Six Silver and Seven Bronze medals. With 21 medals in hand Jamaica was Sixth overall with 392 points.
It would be the strong 11-12 age group that would get Jamaica’s first Gold medal of the evening’s championship finals. The team of Zaneta Alvaranga, Paig’e Lewis, Joshua Alleyne and Nathaniel Thomas held off a spirited challenge from Team Bahamas to take the Gold medal in a time of 4:10.28 to the home nation’s 4:10.87. As it was the inaugural event it will stand as the CARIFTA record and Jamaican national record. The team had set the regional standard in the morning heats with a time of 4:14.25 .That made it Three Championships Records for the team and the Sixth national age group record. Anchor leg Thomas had the following words on behalf of the team about setting the record twice
“It feels exciting to set a record and then break it again in the finals.I think the team did very well overall and next time we can do better”.
The 15-17 girls have been on fire in the relays winning all the relays since the Games started and yesterday’s finals they continued their hot streak. The team of Britney Williams, Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart and Annabella Lyn flexed their muscles to win the 800 metre freestyle relay in a new National and CARFITA record time of 8:50.53. That Gold medal winning performance made it a perfect 3 for 3. The old national record of 8:56.38 was set in 2016 by the team of Kelsie Campbell, Bryanna Renuart, Shaun Johnson and Annabella Lyn at the CARIFTA Championships. That was also the last time the 15-17 girls topped the event. The old regional record was held by the 2014 Aruban team of Ginayla Arends, Olympian Daniella Van Den Berg, sister Andrea Van Den Berg and Rebecca Maduro. The 15-17 girls accounted for CARFITA record number Four and National record number Seven with their win. Speaking on behalf of her team anchor Lyn had the following thoughts
“I am really proud of myself and the whole team. We went in the race with little expectations we just expected to try our hardest and everyone do what we had to. In the race we realized we could we win this .It was an amazing feeling to have all those people behind you pushing you on. Doing the anchor leg I knew all my teammates were behind me pushing me to the record and the Gold medal”.
In the 50 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown added another breaststroke Silver medal to his 2017 CARIFTA tally after taking the Silver in the 200 metre event. He was second in a new personal best time of 31.43. It is the first medal in the event since 2012 when Kevaughn Campbell won gold in 2012. Brown continues to track the 2004 national record of 31.05 set by Brad Hamilton.
Zaneta Alvaranga won Silver in the girl’s 11-12 100 metre freestyle in a new personal best time of 1:01.25.
Teammate Emily MacDonald won Silver in the 13-14 girls equivalent in a new personal best time of 59.28. That was the first Silver in this event in over five years.
In the 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas won Bronze in a new personal best time of 59.45.It was Nathaniel’s first time under a minute. It was also the first medal in over 15 years. Alford Green won the last medal in 2003 when he won Bronze in 1:01.72.
Countrywoman Annabella Lyn also won Bronze in the 15-17 girls 100 metre freestyle. She won her medal in a personal best time of 59.28.
Team Jamaica had 21 top eight swims in yesterday’s finals.The squad also had swimmers establishing 32 new personal best times for an overall total of 75 best times.
200 metre IM
200 metre IM
200 metre IM
200 metre IM
50 metre breaststroke
50 metre breaststroke
50 metre breaststroke
100 metre freestyle
100 metre freestyle
100 metre freestyle
100 metre freestyle
100 metre freestyle
100 metre freestyle
100 metre freestyle
200 metre butterfly
200 metre butterfly
200 metre butterfly
Zaneta Alvaranga, Paig’e Lewis, Joshua Alleyne, Nathaniel Thomas
The evening session of Day 2 (Feb 4) of the 2017 Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational saw 11-12 swimmers Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes Swim club and Zaneta Alvaranga sweeping the 50 ,100,200 and 400 freestyle events at the meet.
Alvaranga completed her sweep with commanding wins in the 400 and 200 metre freestyle events. She won those races in personal best times of 5:17.15 and 2:26.35 respectively. Zaneta would also have another clear victory in the 100 metre backstroke when she stopped the clock in 1:19.74.Thomas also recorded personal bests in those events with times of 5:24.92 and 2:25.95.
In the 13-24 age group Britney Williams of Swimaz Aquatics completed the 200,400 and 800 freestyle triple. She won the 400 freestyle convincingly in a time of 4:53.98.She would also take Gold in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:17.22.Britney would also win the 100 metre backstroke in a very close battle with Brianna Anderson of the Y Speedos 1:13.82 to 1:13.84.
Dominic Mullings of the Y Speedos completed the 400 and 1500 freestyle double when he hit the wall in a personal best time of 4:36.82. The Silver medal went to Adrian Grant of the Tornadoes in a new personal best of over 10 seconds when he was timed in 4:37.96 .Dominic’s teammate Jordane Payne won the Bronze in a new personal best of 4:39.93.
Grant would return later in the day to record another big personal best to drop more than 2 seconds to win the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:07.20.Payne and Mullings would finish in times of 2:11.44 and 2:12.50 to finish 2nd and 3rd.
Other good wins in the afternoon were seen from Joshua Alleyne who took the 11-12 boys 100 backstroke in 1:15.79, Kyle Sinclair in the 13-24 boys 1:07.66 and Payne in the 200 butterfly 2:19.67.
In the younger age groups the winners were as follows
The 2017 edition of the Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational Swim Meet got underway on Friday February 3 at the National Aquatic Centre with a record breaking start with records falling in the distance events. In the very first event the girls open 800 metre freestyle race it was Swimaz’s Britney Williams who would etch her name in the record books. She lowered the 2016 meet record of 10:24.15 by Tornadoes Annastazia Chin to 10:22.37. She was followed to the wall by Naomi Eaton of the Y Speedos who took the Silver in a new personal best of 10:34.83. The Bronze medal was won Karci Gibson of the Marlins Swim Club in 10:55.39.
In the boys open 1500 metre freestyle Dominic Mullings of the Y Speedos Swim Club crushed the meet record of 19:06.85 by Tornadoes Alex Mignott and his own personal best of 18:51.39 to stop the clock in a time of 18:39.54. Winning the Silver and also under the meet record was Adrian Grant of Tornadoes Swim Club with a huge personal best of 18:48.27. His previous best effort in the event was 20:50.15. The Bronze was won by Mullings teammate Jordane Payne in a time of 19:18.90.
The next record to fall was in the 11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle. The Y Speedos’ Zaneta Alvaranga lowered the meet record of Swimaz’s Emily MacDonald of 28.69 when she registered 28.68. She led a Y Speedos sweep as teammates Paig’e Lewis and Callier Maxwell took Silver and Bronze in personal bests of 29.57 and 31.78.
Emily MacDonald in her first race in the 13-24 category got off to a winning start by taking the 50 metre freestyle in a time of 27.72.Silver went to the Y Speedos Brianna Anderson in a personal best of 28.47. Distance Champion Britney Williams showed her range by taking the Bronze in 28.64.
In the male equivalent the event was won by Jordan Hinds in 25.71.Silver and Bronze went to Keith Jordan Wilkinson of the Marlins in 26.25 and the Bronze to the Y Speedos Kyle Sinclair in 26.41.
The 11-12 boys event to Tornadoes Nathaniel Thomas in 28.08.The Silver was won by Joshua Alleyne of Swimaz Aquatics in28.63 and the Bronze to Nikolo Gordon-Somers in 29.90. Their medals were presented to them by record holder in the event Mr Ramon James who set the standard of 27.08 in 1995.
In 8 and under 50 metre butterfly the event was won by Zack Andre Johnson in 44.40. Silver and Bronze were won Jonothan Haynes of theY Speedos and Zion Bundy of the Y Speedos in 46.48 and 52.49. Their medals were presented to them by the record holder in the event Mr Garrick Robinson who set the mark of 37.44 in 1996.
The 8and under girls race was won by Renae Chung in 41.86. The 9-10 age group races went to Marlins duo Christanya Shirley in 36.50 and 37.02 respectively.