CARIFTA  2018 in Kingston Jamaica would be the last for University of Miami Ohio bound Bryanna Renuart.t would also  in front of her home crowd. Renuart who had been a mainstay in the Jamaican team since the 11-12 age group  had been a major points contributor in the breaststroke and individual medley events but had never tasted Gold in an individual event. That would all change on April 1.

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Swimming in the second heat of the timed finals of the  400 individual medley in the afternoon she broke free of the field from the opening butterfly leg with a split of 1:10.10. she would not relinquish that lead at any point in the race and in fact built on it to win by more than seven seconds in a new PB of 5:07.30. The Silver went Lilly Higgs of The Bahamas in 5:14.30 and the Bronze to Sam Bailey of The Cayman Islands in 5:19.11.

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Zara Bailey 2013 400 IM Gold medallist Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

That ended a five year Gold medal drought for Jamaica as the last time the country was  a top of the long medley podium in this category was in  2013 in front of a home crowd through the efforts of Zara Bailey.It was only the third time in the last 20 years that a Jamaican had won the 400 Individual medley in the  category for girls. Olympian Alia Atkinson had won Gold as well in 2006.

When Draftingthecaribbean contacted her on April  14 she had this reaction to her Gold medal winning performance

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15-17 medal podium from left to right Higgs Silver, Renuart Gold and Bailey Bronze Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

“I really wasn’t expecting to win any individual CARIFTA events because Lilly Higgs is such a dominant swimmer so I was completely shocked. Even during the race I had no idea I was winning. Standing on the top of the podium and hearing the Jamaican anthem playing because of something I accomplished was incredible.The atmosphere at this CARIFTA from my perspective was the most electric swim meet I’ve ever been to. Having a home crowd reminded the Jamaican team how meaningful it is to represent our country and the extra people cheering for us led to some stand-out swims.”





Since 2014 no other nation other than The Bahamas has won a breaststroke event in the 15-17 girls age group. Thanks to sweeps by Laura Morley in 2014, Albury Higgs in 2015 and the joint efforts of the Higgs sisters Albury and Lilly in the years 2016 and 2017 all other nations have been kept out.

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Albury Higgs Photo courtesy of gamecocksonline
Laura Morley Indiana University Swimming and Diving
Laura Morley Photo courtesy of Indiana Swimming and Diving

With Laura and Albury now navigating in senior water the defence of the Bahamian streak is left to Lilly and  teammate Victoria Russell.

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Victoria Russell finalist in the women’s 100 metre breaststroke at the  2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

Russell who made her first international final at last summer’s Commonwealth Youth Games will be looking to make her mark at her final year at CARIFTA. She is ranked second in the 50 and 100 metre events and fourth in the 200.

Lilly Higgs 15-17 100 metre breaststroke champion
Lilly Higgs looks back at the clock after capturing the 15-17 100 metre breaststroke title at the 2016 CARIFTA Championships

Lilly who has committed to swim for the University of North Carolina this September will be looking to lower the Championship record in all three races. Higgs who has is undefeated at these Championships will be looking to lower her records in the 50 and 100 as well as her sister’s in the 200.

Year Stroke Time
2016 200 2:35.33
2017 100 1:11.70
2017 50 32.70

Higgs and Russell will be looking to turn back the expected challenges of Aruba’s Anahi Schreuders, Curacao’s Chade Nercisio and Jamaica’s Bryanna Renuart along with other outstanding swimmers from around the region. After competing in Kingston, Higgs will jet off to make her senior international debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in GoldCoast Australia. Currently she is the only Bahamian swimmer to medal at the Commonwealth Games when she copped the Silver medal at the Youth Games at home in 2017.


The final day of competition at the UANA Cup in Coral Springs Florida on Jan 21 saw Team Jamaica resetting the record books in the mixed 200 metre freestyle relay and Shaun Johnson recording a Youth Olympic B time in the 50 metre freestyle.

Gabriann Banks in relay action UANA Cup M Lyn
Gabrianna Banks in flight during a relay takeover at the UANA Cup Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The 15-17 mixed 200 metre freestyle relay team of Shaun Johnson  27.37, Jesse Marsh 24.46 ,Gabrianna Banks 27.12 and Nicholas Vale 24.75 set a new senior and 15-17 age group record of 1:43.70 to place 4th overall. The team was the highest placed CARIFTA region quartet in their age group.

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Keanan Dols at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The previous record was set at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships when the team of Keanan Dols 24.62, Bryanna Renuart 28.13,Marsh 25.57 and Kelsie Campbell 26.93 touched in 1:45.25.

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Shaun on her way to a new personal best and Youth Olympics B time Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Shaun Johnson who was a member of the 2017 CARIFTA  “Golden Girls” went under the Youth Olympics B qualifying mark of 27.39 with her opening leg. In 2017 Jamaica’s 15-17 girls dubbed the “Golden Girls” won all their relay events at the CARIFTA Championships winning the 200, 400 and 800 metre freestyle relays as well as the 400 metre medley relay.

When draftingthecaribbean caught up with Johnson she spoke about the race, the competition overall and being chosen as the flag bearer

Shaun Johnson flag bearer UANA M Lyn
Shaun Johnson UANA Cup Flag bearer Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

“For the 4 x 50 freestyle relay, I was a little nervous because I had never done a mixed relay before and I rarely ever lead off. Coach Gillian (Millwood) decided to place me in the relay and said she was confident in seeing a great 50 time for me being the lead off especially considering I didn’t do the 50 free this weekend. Seeing 27.37 was surprising! My PB for last year was a 27.72 at CARIFTA and right now I’m in the middle of my high school season so things look exciting in that event. The rest of the team actually voted me to be the flag bearer and that was a fun part of the weekend as well! That was really cool”.

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Britney Williams joint top CARIFTA 15-17 swimmer in the 100 metre freestyle

Britney Williams tied with Alison Jackson of The Cayman Islands as the top CARIFTA region performer in the 15-17 100 metre freestyle with identical 59.55’s for 5th place.

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Jamaican Sportswoman Alia Atkinson , Saint Andrews Aquatics Coach Ramon Walton take a picture with some of the members of the UANA Cup Team Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Team Jamaica finished the competition with 6 more  best times on the final day to end with 20 new personal records overall, two age group records and one senior national record.


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Emily MacDonald top Jamaican point scorer at the 2018 UANA Cup

Emily MacDonald was the best placed Jamaican in the high point scoring for the age group placing 8th with 22 points.

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Nathaniel Thomas on his way to new personal best in the 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
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Sabrina Lyn stroking to the wall en route to a new personal best in the 100 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Name Event Age Group Time
Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre freestyle 13-14 57.12
Karci Gibson 100 metre freestyle 15-17 1:03.83
Sabrina Lyn 100 metre breaststroke 13-14 1:21.67
Nathaniel Thomas 50 metre butterfly 13-14 27.60
Jesse Marsh 50 metre butterfly 15-17 26.26
Shaun Johnson 50 metre freestyle 215-17 27.37


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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


Jamaica’s Michael Gunning continued to show that he is one of the next wave of Jamaican stars looking to impress in senior international waters at the Commonwealth Games, CAC Games and World Short Course Championships in 2018 with another series of record breaking performances over the weekend.


Competing at the Stockport Metro November Open Meet this past weekend contested over short course metres (25 metre pool) he took down the  400 metre freestyle record and crushed his 200 metre butterfly set a little over week ago . He has set those records in the midst of heavy training schedule which means when he is fully shaved, rested and tapered one can expect him to go much faster in both the 25 metre pool and 50 metre pool when called upon to represent the island in international competitions.

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Michael representing Jamaica at the World University Games in Taipei

Gunning, who has represented Jamaica in at the 2017 World Championships and the 2017 World University Games placed 3rd in the 400 metre freestyle in a time of 3:53.08

Analysis of swim

First 100 54.83
Second 100 58.40
Third 100 59.37
Fourth 100 1:00.48
Total time 3:53.08

That lowered the 3:54.26 by distance King Dominic Walter when he represented the McMaster University in a Silver medal winning performance at the 2016 Ontario University Athletics Championships. Gunning completed yet another national record double as he now owns both the short course and national records in the event.

400 metre freestyle 3:53.08 3:57.70

Michael only participated in the Saturday session of the  three day meet as he revealed to draftingthecaribbean “I only swam as I’m so broken from training I did not want to run myself into the ground” which speaks to the intensity of his workouts at this time of the season.

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Michael Gunning 200 metre butterfly record swim

Despite that he managed to crush his 200 metre butterfly national record of 2:05.12 with a Silver medal winning performance of 2:00.07. Michael was just edged for the Gold by Jacob Jackson of Ellesmere who recorded a time of 1:59.75.

Comparison of national record swims

First 100 58.00 59.28
Second 100 1:02.07 1:05.84
Total time 2:00.07 2:05.12
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Michael Gunning

Draftingthecaribean spoke to Michael and got his thoughts about his performances

“I’m absolutely tired from racing every weekend but it’s great to see all my hard work is paying off and I’m managing to transfer all my skills from training and see the benefits coming together when I race. I was overjoyed to see how much I had broken those new Jamaican Records by as I didn’t expect to be swimming too fast right now in this block of work. It’s great to see that the Jamaican Swimming History is getting stronger and I’m so honoured that I get to be a part of it. It’s truly heart-warming to see how much encouragement and support I’ve received over the past year I can’t wait to see what’s to come leading into next year, as it’s a really exciting  time for both me and Jamaican swimming”.

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Michael Gunning Photo courtesy of

The Stockport swimmer owns the national records in the 50 metre pool in the 200 metre butterfly and 200 metre freestyle at 1:59.83 and 1:50.00. He boasts a personal best of 55.10 in the 100 metre butterfly since donning the Jamaican national colours. Those times would give him the following placings at the last three Commonwealth Games.

Event 2014 2010 2006
200 metre freestyle 12th 13th 7th
400 metre freestyle 18th 15th 13th
100 metre butterfly 17th 12th 12th
200 metre butterfly 12th 11th 5th

Michael is a part of a Jamaica’s next generation of swimmers that includes and is not limited to names such as Nico Campbell, Justin Plaschka, Keanan Dols, Kelsie Campbell, Breanna Roman and Bryanna Renuart. Queen of the pack remains Alia Atkinson and she will seek to lead the Jamaican delegation for the third time. The country continues to improve in the quality and depth of swimming at the senior level.  In 2006 the island sent 3 swimmers to the Melbourne Games, in 2010 3 went to Delhi India and in 2014 6 went to Glasgow Scotland.




The second night of finals at the 2017 CCCAN Championships saw Team Jamaica winning Four Gold One Silver and a Bronze. The team also set five national records in the afternoon. That bettered the record count of three in the morning preliminaries.

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CCCAN 50 metre backstroke Gold medallist and national record in the 11-12 50 metre butterfly Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

The first medal won the night was Gold by Nathaniel Thomas in the boys 11-12 50 metre backstroke race. After establishing himself as the favourite from the morning with his national record swim of 29.99 he won Gold in a time of 30.36 .That win was almost a second faster than the Silver medallist. It also gave him the Golden Double as he also won this event at the CARIFTA Games in The Bahamas earlier this year in 31.64. It is also the first medal Jamaica has won in the event for over a decade.

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Sabrina Lyn Regional butterfly Champion CARIFTA and now CCCAN Gold medalist and national record holder Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

As expected in the girls 11-12 100 metre butterfly the national record of 1:07.22 set by Sabrina Lyn was not expected to survive beyond today. And it did not. In a very good race new ground was again broken for Jamaican swimmers as 11-12 girls swam faster than 1:07 seconds. The Gold would go to Lyn in yet another national record time of 1:05.69 and nearly the fastest time ever done by an English speaking girl in that age group. The Silver went to Bermudan star Elan Daley in 1:06.12 and teammate Zaneta Alvaranga won the Bronze in a personal best of 1:06.29. Daley set the Championship record in the morning of 1:05.55 which equaled her national record and the fastest time ever done by an English speaking girl in that age group. Lyn came very close to taking that accolade for herself. In copping Gold she landed the regional Golden Double as she had won the event at CARIFTA . The last time Jamaica won a medal in this event was 2007 when Kendese Nangle won the Bronze.

Heading into this meet Thomas had a number of close misses with the national record the boys 11-12 record of 1:04.27 held by Ramon James. He would have no such close call in the final of the event. He would win the Silver in a new national record of 1:03.65 just behind Panamanian winner Sebastian Lares 1:03.47. He again broke another decade old medal drought in the event.

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18 and over women 100 metre butterfly medallists from left to right Patricia Casellas Puerto Rico Silver medallist, Kelsie Campbell Jamaica Gold medallist and Bronze Photo courtesy of Azura Florida Aquatics

In the 18 and over event Kelsie Campbell resisted a strong Challenge from Puerto Rico’s Patricia Casellas to win Gold in a new personal best of 1:03.23 to 1:03.65. That was just off the Championship record of 1:03.18 by Puerto Rico’s Debra Rodriquez. That is the first medal won by Jamaica since 2005 when Tamara Swaby won the Silver medal.

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11-12 200 metre freestyle mixed relay Winning the Gold for Jamaica was P’aige Lewis, Nathaniel Thomas, Zaneta Alvaranga and Joshua -Daniel Alleyne The Silver was won by Bermuda and Bronze by Trinidad and Tobago Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

The mixed quartet of Zaneta Alavaranga, P’aige Lewis, Joshua –Daniel Alleyne and Nathaniel Thomas proved yet again they are the best sprint freestyle combination in their age group regionally. They took the 200 metre freestyle relay in a record time of 1:49.70.that bettered their morning mark of 1:51.59. This adds to the CARIFTA 400 mixed freestyle relay crown they won in April.

In a very tight final in the girls 50 metre backstroke Angara Sinclair just missed with a 4th place finish and new national record of 30.55.

Other finalists on the day included

Name Age group Event Time Place
Bryanna Renuart 15-17 200 metre breatstroke 2:47.79 4th
Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 50 metre backstroke 33.56 4th
Brianna Anderson 13-14 50 metre backstroke 31.77 4th
Kyle Sinclair 13-14 50 metre backstroke 29.94 7th
Emily MacDonald 13-14 100 metre butterfly 1:08.94 8th
Jesse Marsh 15-17 100 metre butterfly 57.85 8th

Jamaica was in seventh position at the end of Day two with 86 points


Team Jamaica 2017
CARIFTA 2017 Team (not all members present) Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The final night of competition on Tuesday April 18 at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in the pool events was a very successful one for Team Jamaica .The team swept all the girls 200 freestyle relays, the 11-12 ,13-14 and 15-17 age categories. This is the first time that all the girls 200 metre freestyle relays were swept by one nation in over a decade. The last time was at the 2005 CARIFTA Championships in Curaçao by a powerful French Antilles team.  In addition to that all the relay teams won in both new CARIFTA and National record times except for the 15-17 girls team that were outside the CARIFTA record time. The girls in the 15-17 were none the less outstanding having swept all the relay in their age group the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays as well the 400 medley relay. That was the first time one nation has dominated the 15-17 age group in that fashion in almost a decade. The last time was the 2008 CARIFTA Championships in Aruba by strong Bahamian team that included Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace. Nathaniel Thomas ensured the Jamaican boys were represented on top of the podium as he crowned himself the fastest 11-12 boy in the CARIFTA region. The final day medal haul was Four Gold, Two Silver and Three Bronze medals for an overall medal tally of 12 Gold, Eight Silver and 10 Bronze medals for 30 medals for the Championship. The best medal total since 2014. The team also equalled their best Gold medal total of 12 in a decade which they achieved at the Kingston Championship in 2013.Team Jamaica placed sixth overall with 530.50 points. The tally for personal bests increased to 92 with 17 new personal standards on the last day with 21 top eight performances.

Name Event Age Group heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
1 Dominic Mullings 400 metre freestyle 13-14 boys 4:34.75 7th
2 Annabella Lyn 400 metre freestyle 15-17 girls 4:38.36 6th
3 Britney Williams 400 metre freestyle 15-17 girls 4:39.65 7th
4 Nicholas Vale 400 metre freestyle 15-17 boys 4:16.76 6th
5 Zaneta Alvaranga 50metre freestyle 11-12 girls 28.54 2nd 27.53 Silver
6 Nathaniel Thomas 50metre freestyle 11-12 boys 27.13 3rd 26.52 Gold
7 Emily MacDonald 50metre freestyle 13-14 girls 27.80 3rd 27.60 4th
8 Gabrianna Banks 50metre freestyle 13-14 girls 27.61 2nd 27.35 Bronze
9 Kyle Sinclair 50metre freestyle 13-14 boys 25.37 3rd 25.16 Bronze
10 Anjuii Barrett 50metre freestyle 15-17 girls 27.55 4th 27.81 7th
11 Shaun Johnson 50metre freestyle 15-17 girls 28.06 7th 27.72 5th
12 Bryanna Renuart 100 metre breaststroke 15-17 girls 1:19.37 3rd 1:16.90 Bronze
13 Annastazia chin 100 metre breaststroke 15-17 girls 1:20.85 8th 1:20.71 8th
14 Simone Vale 200 metre backstroke 13-14 girls 2:39.19 8th 2:35.89 7th
15 Kyle Sinclair 200 metre backstroke 13-14 boys 2:26.85 6th 2:22.99 4th
16 Angara Sinclair 200 metre backstroke 15-17 girls 2:32.82 8th 2:32.61 6th
17 Paig’e Lewis,Isabella Sierra,Sabrina Lyn,Zaneta Alvaranga 200 metre freestyle relay 11-12 girls 1:55.77 Gold CR NR
18 Joshua Alleyne,Nikolos Gordon Somers,Jaleel Samms,Nathaniel Thomas 200 metre freestyle relay 11-12 boys 1:53.80 Silver
19 Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale,Brianna anderson,Emily MacDonald 200 metre freestyle relay 13-14 girls 1:50.77 Gold CR NR
20 Angara Sinclair,Bryanna Renuart,Shaun Johnson,Anjuii Barrett 200 metre freestyle relay 15-17 girls 1:49.07 Gold NR
21 Nicholas Vale,Sean Douglas-Gooden,Adrian Grant and Jesse Marsh 200 metre freestyle relay 15-17 boys 1:40.83 7th
Day 4,April 18,2017
Personal Bests Age Group Event Name Time
1 11-12 girls 400 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 5:16.33
2 15-17 girls 400 metre freestyle Annabella Lyn 4:38.36
3 400 metre freestyle Britney Williams
4 11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 28.54
5 11-12 boys 50 metre freestyle Joshua Alleyne 28.23
6 13-14 boys 50 metre freestyle Kyle Sinclair 25.37
7 15-17 boys 50 metre freestyle Adrian Grant 25.72
8 13-14 boys 50 metre freestyle Akeem Alleyne 1:16.21
9 15-17 boys 100 metre breaststroke Adrian Grant 1:10.41
10 11-12 boys 200 metre backstroke Jaleel Samms 2:58.50
11 13-14 girls 200 metre backstroke Simone Vale 2:39.19
12 13-14 boys 200 metre backstroke Kyle Sinclair 2:26.85
13 11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 27.53
14 11-12 boys 50 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas 26.52
15 13-14 girls 50 metre freestyle Kyle Sinclair 25.16
16 13-14 girls 200 metre backstroke Simone Vale 2:35.89
17 13-14 boys 200 metre backstroke Kyle Sinclair 2:22.99
Nathaniel Thomas 50 free Gold
11-12 boys CARIFTA 50 freestyle Champion Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Thomas earned the lone individual Gold medal of the night when he clocked an impressive personal best of 26.52 to capture Gold. Nathaniel’s win placed him as the fastest 11-12 boy in the CARIFTA region as well as putting him with striking distance of Jamaican age group star Brad Hamilton’s age group mark of 26.29. The mark was set in 2002 before Thomas was born. The last time Jamaica won the event was in 2002 when Hamilton won in a time of 27.24.

11-12 Girls CARIFTA and national record holders
New CARIFTA and National record holders in the 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

The impressive relay Gold rush started with the win by the 11-12 girls team. The squad of Paig’e Lewis, Isabella Sierra, Sabrina Lyn, and Zaneta Alvaranga were without equal as they stormed to the victory in a new CARIFTA and National time of 1:55.77. They won by over a second. The old national standard of 1:57.60 was set back at the 2012 CARIFTA Championships by the team of Angara Sinclair, Anjuii Barrett, Tiara Myrie and Annastazia Chin. That team had equalled the 2009 record held by the Barbados team of Z Holder, D Small, I Sherry, and A Gibbs. The last time Jamaica had won Gold in the event was at the Kingston Championship when a 2013 team of Anjuii Barrett, Annabella Lyn, Jada Newel and Llori Sharpe clocked 1:57.76.

13-14 girls 200 freestyle relay CARIFTA and National record holders
CARIFTA and National record holders in the 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale,Brianna Anderson and Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The 13-14 team of Gabrianna Banks, Simone Vale, Brianna Anderson and Emily MacDonald were in similar destructive win in the 200 metre freestyle relay. They crushed the field by more than two seconds to win a new CARIFTA and National record time of 1:50.77.They bettered the Jamaican mark of 1:52.78 set by the Bronze medal winning team of Anjuii Barrett, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renaurt, and Britney Williams at the 2015 CARIFTA Games in Barbados. The regional standard of 1:51.30 was also set in Barbados by the Aruban team of, Keeley Maduro,  Elisabeth Timmer ,Anahi Schreuders  and Florence  Kock.

15-17 girls 200 freestyle Gold medallists and national record holders
Gold medallists and National record holders in the 15-17 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart, Shaun Johnson and Anjuii Barrett Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The 15-17 girls team of Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart, Shaun Johnson and Anjuii Barrett also had a convincing win in their age group winning by over a second. They stopped the clock in 1:49.07. That bettered the Silver medal winning performance from 2016 in Martinique. That team of Kelsie Campbell, Bryanna Renuart, Shaun Johnson, Angara Sinclair had set the Jamaican standard of 1:50.85.The Gold medal represents the first time a Jamaican team has been on top of the podium in over 15 years.

Zaneta Alvaranga CARIFTA 2017 head shot
Zaneta Alvaranga

Zaneta Alvaranga rattled the national 11-12 record in the 50 metre freestyle when she clocked 27.56 for the Silver medal. The national record is held by Emily MacDonald at 27.53 set at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships.

11-12 boys 200 freestyle Relay Silver medallists
Silver medal winning 11-12 boys 200 metre freestyle relay team from left to right Jaleel Samms,Nathaniel Thomas,Nikolos Gordon-Somers and Joshua Alleyne Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The Silver medal winning 11-12 boys 200 metre freestyle relay team of Joshua Alleyne, Nikolos Gordon Somers, Jaleel Samms, Nathaniel Thomas touched in a total time of 1:53.80.It the first medal in the age group since the national record was set by the Bronze medal winning team of Keegan Rose, Chay Stewart, Jesse Marsh and Jordon Hines at the 2013 CARIFTA Championship.

Renuart 100 breaststroke Silver
Bronze medallist in the the 15-17 girls 100 metre breatststroke Bryanna Renaurt Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Bryanna Renuart repeated her 2016 Bronze medal winning performance in the 100 metre breaststroke when she hit the pads in 1:16.90. She continued the Jamaican streak of medalling in the event annually since 2012.

Kyle Sinclair 50 free Bronze
Bronze medallist in the 13-14 boys 50 metre freestyle Kyle Sinclair Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Kyle Sinclair won the first medal in the boy’s 13-14 50 metre freestyle in over 5 years when he won the Bronze medal in a personal best of 25.16.

Gabrianna Banks 50 free Bronze
13-14 girls 50 metre freestyle Bronze medallist Gabrianna Banks Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Teammate Gabrianna Banks ended an even longer medal drought when she won Bronze in the 13-14 girls age group in a time of 27.35.It has been over a decade since Jamaica won a medal. The last time was 2006 when Lanessa Downs Won Silver in 28.47.