CAMERON BROWN LOWERS JAMAICAN 13-14 RECORD IN THE 100 METRE BREASTSTROKE IN CORAL SPRINGS

 

Jamaica’s Cameron Brown continued his excellent form in the breaststroke events by lowering the 13-14 100 metre breaststroke for the fourth time at the Florida Gold Senior Championships in Coral Springs Florida. His previous records were established at the 2016 CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships) in July, the Gulliver Invitational in January and the SPEEDO sectionals in March .Competing in the heats of the event of the event he lowered the record from 1:09.66 to 1:09.48. In the final of the event he would be just off that time but still under the old record as he placed 5th in a time of 1:09.60.

Analysis of records swims at CISC and at Florida Senior champs

Date First 50 metres Second 50 metres Final time
July 2016 CISC 33.02 36.99 1:10.01
Florida Senior Champs July 2017 32.05 37.43 1:09.48
Alia and Cameron
Olympian Alia Atkinson and Cameron Brown Jamaican 13-14 100 metre breaststroke national age group record holders Photo courtesy of Nicole Parker

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Cameron after his record breaking swim on July 30 and got his insight about the race and the competition overall

“In my 50 metre breaststroke I came within .10 of the 13-14 age group National record (31.05 by Brad Hamilton), I was also 2 seconds shy of the 200 metre Breaststroke record (2:33.55). Feeling a little disappointed I knew I had an opportunity to touch the record again in my pet event, 100 metre breaststroke. My first 50 was the fastest of the field at 32.05,  my turn was good but I would’ve been happier if my 2nd 50 was faster. It was a 37.43. I ended up with the new record”.

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ALIA BREAKS 100 METRE FREESTYLE RECORD IN CORAL SPRINGS FLORIDA

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After becoming the first Jamaican woman to swim the 100 metre butterfly in under a minute on July 7 Olympian Alia Atkinson (2004, 2008, 2012,2016) decided to break the 100 metre freestyle record as well for good measure. Competing on the opening day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in Coral Springs today July 28 she became the first Jamaican woman to break the 56 seconds mark.

In the open women’s final ,Alia representing South Florida Aquatics, broke away from the field with the only split under 26.50 with a time of 26.48.She was also fastest coming home with a final 50 metres of 28.87 , the only sub 29 seconds time of the final . She clocked in a new personal best and national record of 55.35. Alia has gained more speed at both the start of the race and the back end compared to her record swim at the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando

Analysis of Alia’s record swims

Date First 50 metres Second 50 metres Final time
Orlando  Feb 2015 27.11 28.95 56.06
Coral Springs July 2017 26.48 28.11 55.35

Second was Kyla Valls of Miami Swimming 56.33. Third went Victoria Fonville of Westminster Academy in 57.52.

Alia and Jamaican contingent
Alia Atkinson with Jamaican swimmers in Florida front row from let right Cheser Adams and Naomi Eaton back row from left to right Chester Adams Jr, Alia , Cameron Brown and Jordane Payne Photo courtesy of Nicole Parker

In  her speciality Atkinson clocked a season best of 30.54 for a win by over 2 seconds. That time places her as the 8th fastest woman in the world in the event.  Ironically that event will be swum at the World Long course (50 metre ) Championship (which she decided to by pass this time around )will be swum tomorrow.

Alia and Cameron
Alia Atkinson and Cameron Brown Photo courtesy of Nicole Parker

There was a national record scare for the 13-14 boy’s 50 metre breaststroke as Cameron Brown representing Azura Aquatics clocked 31.15 for the Silver in his race .That was just off the national record of 31.05 set by Brad Hamilton at the 2004 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships held in Jamaica.

Alia on her way to 50 metre gold in Berlin
Alia on her way to 50 metre Gold in Berlin Photo courtesy of FINA

Atkinson will be in excellent form as she seeks more international glory for Jamaica and the CARIFTA and CCCAN regions as she will take part in the first leg of the European cluster of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup Series in Moscow on August 2.Those series of meets are contested in

 

 

 

 

11-12 MIXED 400 FREESTYLE RELAY AND 15-17 GIRLS 800 METRE FREESTYLE RELAY TEAMS WIN GOLD MEDALS IN NEW CARIFTA RECORD TIMES ON DAY 3 OF 2017 CARIFTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

11-12 400 freestyle mixed relay
cARIFTA and National record holders in the 400 mixed freestyle relay from left to right Nathaniel Thomas,Paig’e Lewis,Zaneta Alvaranga and Joshua Alleyne Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

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”.

800 metre freestyle relay 15-17 girls CARIFTA and National
CARIFTA and National record holders in the 15-17 girls 800 metre freestyle relay from left to right Angara Sinclair,Annabella Lyn, Britney Williams and Bryanna Renuart Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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”.

13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke medallists
13-14 boys medal podium from left to right Cameron Brown Silver medallist Jamaica, Nkosi Dunwoody Gold medallist , Bronze medallist Davante Carey The Bahamas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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 11-12 100 metre freestyle Silver
Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Zaneta Alvaranga won Silver in the girl’s 11-12 100 metre freestyle in a new personal best time of 1:01.25.

Emily 13-14 100 metre freestyle Silver
Emily MacDonald 13-14 girls 100 metre frestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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.

Nathaniel thomas 11-12 100 metre freestyle Bronze
Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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.

Annabella Lyn Bronze 15-17 100 metre freestyle
Annabella Lyn 15-17 girls 100 metre freestyle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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.

Name Event Age Group heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
1 Simone Vale 200 metre IM 11-12 girls 2:38.35 6th 2:33.49 5th
2 Bryanna Renuart 200 metre IM 15-17 girls 2:30.66 4th 2:26.39 4th
3 Annastazia Chin 200 metre IM 15-17 girls 2:35.51 7th 2:35.07 7th
4 Nicholas Vale 200 metre IM 15-17 boys 2:16.31 5th 2:15.31 5th
5 Gabrianna Banks 50 metre breaststroke 13-14 girls 36.76 7th 37.42 8th
6 Cameron Brown 50 metre breaststroke 13-14 boys 31.96 4th 31.43 Silver
7 Bryanna Renuart 50 metre breaststroke 15-17 girls 35.02 4th 34.93 5th
8 Zaneta Alvaranga 100 metre freestyle 11-12 girls 1:02.13 2nd 1:01.25 Silver
9 Paig’e Lewis 100 metre freestyle 11-12 girls 1:05.78 8th 1:05.54 8th
10 Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre freestyle 11-12 boys 1:01.22 6th 59.45 Bronze
11 Emily MacDonald 100 metre freestyle 13-14 girls 59.61 2nd 59.28 Silver
12 Gabrianna Banks 100 metre freestyle 13-14 girls 1:01.71 4th 1:01.2 5th
13 Cameron Brown 100 metre freestyle 13-14 boys 57.12 8th 56.95 7th
14 Annabella Lyn 100 metre freestyle 15-17 girls 59.92 4th 59.30 Bronze
15 Dominc Mullings 200 metre butterfly 13-14 boys 2:27.96 4th 2:26.29 6th
16 Matthaeu Bonner 200 metre butterfly 15-17 boys 2:12.27 3rd 2:11.48 5th
17 Jesse Marsh 200 metre butterfly 15-17 boys 2:14.02 4th 2:11.47 4th
18 Zaneta Alvaranga, Paig’e Lewis, Joshua Alleyne, Nathaniel Thomas 400 mixed freestyle relay 11-12 4:10.28 Gold NR CR
19 Gabrianna Banks,Brianna Anderson,Simone Vale,Emily MacDoanld, 800 freestyle relay 13-14 girls 9:20.94 5th
20 Britney Williams,Angara Sinclair,Bryanna Renuart, Annabella Lyn 800 freestyle relay 15-17 girls 8:50.53 Gold NR CR
21 Nicholas Vale,Adrian Grant,Jesse Marsh, Mathaeu Bonner 800 freestyle relay 15-17 Boys 8:15.30 6th
Day 3 April 17,2017
Personal Bests Age Group Event Name Time
1 11-12 Girls 200 metre IM Zaneta Alvaranga 2:45.89
2 11-12 girls 50 metre breaststroke Isabella Sierra 42.50
3 13-14 girls 50 metre breaststroke Gabrianna Banks 36.76
4 13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown 31.96
5 13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Akeem Alleyne 33.53
6 11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 1:02.13
7 11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Paig’e Lewis 1:05.78
8 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas 1:01.22
9 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Joshua Alleyne 1:04.04
10 13-14 girls 100 metre freestyle Emily MacDonald 59.61
11 13-14 boys 100 metre freestyle Cameron Brown 57.12
12 11-12 boys 200 metre butterfly Jaleel Samms 3:03.39
21 13-14 boys 200 metre butterfly Dominic Mullings 2:27.96
22 13-14 girls 200 metre IM Simone Vale 2:33.49
23 15-17 girls 200 metre IM Annastazia Chin 2:35.07
24 13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown 31.43
25 11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 1:01.25
26 11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Paig’e Lewis 1:05.58
27 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas 59.45
28 13-14 girls 100 metre freestyle Emily MacDonald 59.28
29 13-14 boys 100 metre freestyle Cameron Brown 56.95
30 15-17 girls 100 metre freestyle Annabella Lyn 59.30
31 13-14 boys 200 metre butterfly Dominic Mullings 2:26.29
32 15-17 boys 200 metre butterfly Jesse Marsh 2:11.48

ZANETA ALVARANGA SETS NEW NATIONAL AND CARIFTA BUTTERFLY RECORD , 15-17 GIRLS RELAY WIN 2ND RELAY GOLD IN NATIONAL RECORD TIME

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

The second full day of competition on Sunday April 16 at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in Nassau, Bahamas saw Jamaica capturing Two Gold, One Silver and Two Bronze medals to carry the team’s overall total to Six Gold, Three Silver and Five Bronze medals for a total of Fourteen medals.

Leading the medal charge was Zaneta Alvaranga in the girls 11-12 50 metre butterfly. After expressing disappointment with her start in the morning heats when she clocked a national record time of 29.74. She had no such problems in the Championship final of the event yesterday. She crushed her old national record by more than half a second to beat the field convincingly and touch the pads in a new personal best, NATIONAL record and CARIFTA record time of 29.05. That bettered the old Championship record of 29.09 .Guadeloupe’s Naele Portecop. That is the first Games record of the Championships for Team Jamaica and was the 3rd age group record for the squad. Putting her record swim in context it would have just missed out on the Gold medal in the older 13-14 age group as Trinidad and Tobago’s Gabrielle Donahue won the event in in 29.02.The last time Jamaica won Gold in this event was in 2009 when Danielle Boothe topped the field.

400 metre medley relay gold 15-17 girls
15-17 400 metre medley relay Gold medallists and new national record holders from left to right Angara Sinclair,Annabella Lyn,Shaun Johnson and Bryanna Renuart Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The next Gold medal to be garnered was by the 15-17 Girls 400 medley relay team that took the senior girls title in a time of 4:30.62.That accounted for the 4th age group record of the Games. The team of Shaun Johnson, Bryanna Renuart ,Angara Sinclair and Annabella Lyn lowed the old national standard of another powerful quartet of Danielle Boothe , Breanna Roman, Zara Bailey and Ivanna Chang of 4:30.65 . That team won the Gold in the event at the Kingston Championships in 2013 the last time Jamaica won the event.

13-14 boys medallists
13-14 boys 400 medley relay Silver medallists From left to right Kyle Sinclair,Dominic Mullings,Akeem Alleyne and Cameron Brown Photo courtesy of Rory Alvaranga

The 13-14 boys quartet of Kyle Sinclair, Cameron Brown ,Dominic Mullings and Akeem Alleyne stroked their way to the Silver in the 400 metre medley relay .They had a total time of 4:17.12.That is the first Silver medal won by Jamaica in the event since 2011.

Shaun Johnson 100 metre backstroke Bronze medallist
Shaun Johnson 15-17 girls 100 metre backstroke Bronze medallist.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Shaun Johnson won a Bronze for Jamaica in the girls 15-17 100 metre backstroke in a new personal best time of 1:08.14. The record in the event held by Kendese Nangle of 1:06.00 was broken by the Cayman Islands Lauren Hew in the preliminaries with a time of 1:05.94. Timothy Wynter’s 15-17 100 metre backstroke record of 57.32 would also fall to Aruban standout Patrick Groters would clocked 57.17.

Kendese Nangle CARIFTA 2011
Former record holder in the 15- 17 girls 100 metre backstroke Kendese Nangle in 2011 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Timothy Wynter CARIFTA 2012
Former record holder in the boys 15-17 100 metre backstroke Timothy Wynter in 2012 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Bryanna Renuart 15-17 400 IM
Bryanna Renuart 15-17 girls Bronze medallist in the 400 metre Individual medley Photo courtesy of Michael c Lyn

In the grueling 400 individual medley Bryanna Renuart repeated her 15-17  Bronze medal performance from Martinique in 2016. She stopped the clock in a new personal best time of  5:12.45. She is the first Jamaican girl to win consecutive medals in this event in the 15-17 age group in more than 15 years.

Team Jamaica were in 6th position at the end of Day 2 with 270 points. They had 20 top eight performances and 27 additional personal best times.

Name Event Age Group heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
1 Gabrianna Banks 200 metre freestyle 13-14 girls 2:17.92 8th 2:15.94 2:15.49
2 Britney Williams 200 metre freestyle 15-17 girls 2:11.78 3rd 2:09.69 4th
3 Annabella Lyn 200 metre freestyle 15-17 girls 2:12.65 5th 2:09.93 5th
4 Nicholas Vale 200 metre freestyle 15-17 boys 1:59.23 3rd 1:58.32 5th
5 Zaneta Alvaranga 50 metre butterfly 11-12 girls 29.70 1st 29.05NR Gold
6 Sabrina Lyn 50 metre butterfly 11-12 girls 32.34 7th 30.99 4th
7 Nathaniel Thomas 50 metre butterfly 11-12 boys 29.05 2nd 29.22 5th
8 Emily MacDonald 50 metre butterfly 13-14 girls 30.39 8th 29.74 5th
9 Shaun Johnson 50 metre butterfly 15-17 girls 29.52 6th 29.24 8th
10 Joshua Alleyne 100 metre backstroke 11-12 boys 1:14.66 7th 1:13.12 7th
11 Brianna Anderson 100 metre backstroke 13-14 girls 1:12.66 8th 1:12.75 8th
12 Kyle Sinclair 100 metre backstroke 13-14 boys 1:05.48 5th 1:04.08 4th
13 Shaun Johnson 100 metre backstroke 15-17 girls 1:09.03 4th 1:08.14 Bronze
14 Bryanna Renuart 400 metre IM 15-17 girls 5:12.16 Bronze
15 Nicholas Vale 400 metre IM 15-17 boys 4:55.19 5th
16 Joshua Alleyne,Nikolos Gordon somers,Nathaniel thomas ,Jaleel Samms 400 metre medley relay 11-12 boys 4:50.19 5th
17 Brianna Anderson,Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale, Emily MacDonald 400 metre medley relay 13-14 girls 4:46.69 5th
18 Kyle sinclair,Cameron Brown,Dominic Mullings,Akeem alleyne 400 metre medley relay 13-14 boys 4:17.12 Silver
19 Shaun Johnson,Bryanna Renuart,Angara Sinclair,Annabella Lyn 400 metre medley relay 15-17 girls 4:30.62 NR Gold
20 Nicholas Vale, Sean douglas-Gooden,Jesse Marsh, Matthaeu Bonner 400 metre medley relay 15-17 boys 4:08.18 5th
Day 2 Wednesday April 16,2017 Personal bests
Age Group Event Name Time
1 11-12 girls 200 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 2:25.47
2 15-17 girls 200 metre freestyle Britney Williams 2:11.78
3 15-17 boys 200 metre freestyle Nicholas Vale 1:59.23
4 11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga 29.70
5 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly Nathaniel Thomas 29.05
6 13-14 boys 50 metre butterfly Cameron Brown 28.43
7 13-14 boys 50 metre butterfly Kyle Sinclair 28.77
8 15-17 girls 50 metre butterfly Shaun Johnson 29.52
9 15-17 girls 50 metre butterfly Annastazia Chin 30.77
10 15-17 boys 50 metre butterfly Jesse Marsh 26.49
11 11-12 girls 100 metre backstroke Paig’e Lewis 1:28.54
12 11-12 boys 100 metre backstroke Joshua Alleyne 1:14.66
13 13-14 boys 100 metre backstroke Akeem Alleyne 1:08.44
14 13-14 boys 100 metre backstroke Kyle Sinclair 1:05.48
15 15-17 girls 100 metre backstroke Shaun Johnson 1:09.03
16 15-17 boys 100 metre backstroke Jesse Marsh 1:04.36
17 11-12 girls 400 metre IM Sabrina Lyn 6:27.82
18 11-12 girls 400 metre IM Paig’e Lewis 7:02.03
19 13-14 girls 200 metre freestyle Gabrianna Banks 2:15.49
20 15-17 girls 200 metre freestyle Britney Williams 2:09.69
21 15-17 girls 200 metre freestyle Annabella Lyn 2:09.93
22 15-17 boys 200 metre freestyle Nicholas Vale 1:58.32
23 11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga 29.05
24 11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn 30.99
25 15-17 girls 50 metre butterfly Shaun Johnson 29.24
26 11-12 boys 100 metre backstroke Joshua Alleyne 1:13.12
27 15-17 girls 400 metre IM Bryanna Renuart 5:12.16

TEAM JAMAICA OPENS ACCOUNT WITH 9 MEDALS ON OPENING DAY OF CARIFTA 2017 SWIM CHAMPS IN THE BAHAMAS

Team Jamaica got off to a good start on the opening day of the 32nd annual CARIFTA Swimming Championships in The Bahamas. The Jamaican contingent won 9 medals Four Gold Two Silver and Three Bronze medals and saw 24 personal best times established

Age Group Event Name Time Placing Old time
1 15-17  Girls 800 metre freestyle Annabella Lyn 9:40.98 4th 9:48.72
2 11-12 Girls 200 metre breaststroke Sabrina Lyn 3:12.82 11th 3:20.37
3 11-12 Girls 200 metre breaststroke Isabella Sierra 3:32.84 15th 3:38.96
4 15-17 boys 200 metre breaststroke Adrian Grant 2:39.17 12th 2:39.76
5 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke Zaneta Alvaranga 33.50 4th 34.29
6 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke Paig’e Lewis 35.91 16th 37.31
7 11-12 boys 50 metre backstroke Nathaniel Thomas 32.02 2nd 32.78
8 11-12 boys 50 metre backstroke Joshua Alleyne 32.72 3rd 34.57
9 13-14 girls 50 metre backstroke Brianna Anderson 31.47 3rd 31.90
10 13-14 boys 50 metre backstroke Kyle Sinclair 30.17 5th 31.18
11 13-14 boys 50 metre backstroke Akeem Alleyne 31.68 12th 33.38
12 15-17 boys 50 metre backstroke Mattheau Bonner 30.11 17th 30.41
13 11-12 Girls 100 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn 1:08.91 2nd 1:09.92
14 11-12 Girls 100 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga 1:08.95 3rd 1:11.01
15 13-14 boys 100 metre butterfly Kyle Sinclair 1:03.70 8th 1:05.57
16 13-14 boys 200 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown 2:34.39 Bronze 2:34.43
17 15-17 boys 200 metre breaststroke Sean Douglas-Gooden 2:33.71 8th
18 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke Zaneta Alvaranga 33.34 4th 33.50
19 11-12 boys 50 metre backstroke Nathaniel Thomas 32.02 Gold 31.64
20 13-14 boys 50 metre backstroke Kyle Sinclair 29.77 4th 30.17
21 15-17 girls 50 metre backstroke Shaun Johnson 31.57 6th 31.09
22 11-12 Girls 100 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn 1:07.22 Gold 1:08.91
23 11-12 Girls 100 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga 1:08.02 Silver 1:08.95
24 15-17 boys 100 metre butterfly Jesse Marsh 57.83 5th

57.97

Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 Boys 50 metre backstroke Gold
Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 Gold medallist in the 50 metre backstroke.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The First Gold medal came from Nathaniel Thomas in the 50 metre backstroke. Competing in his first ever Championship final he stormed to victory in a new personal best time of 31.64.This broke the more than 5 year medal drought Jamaica had in the event .The last medal was won by Timothy Wynter in 2009 when he took Gold in then a Games record time of 30.37 .That time still stands as the 11-12 national record.

Sabrina Lyn 11-12 100 metre butterfly Gold
Sabrina Lyn reacts to winning the 11-12 100 metre butterfly Gold medal in anew national record time
Zaneta Silver medallist and Alia Atkinson
Zaneta Alvaranga Silver medallist in the 100 metre butterfly and World Record holder and CARIFTA 2017 commentator Alia Atkinson.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The next CARIFTA title would come again in the 11-12 age group. This time from the girls. Sabrina Lyn also competing in her first ever Championship final had put the 100 metre butterfly national record of 1:08.87 by countrywoman Simone Vale under threat with a heats time of 1:08.91. In the final she became the first 11-12 Jamaican girl under 1:08.00 when she took Gold in a personal best time of 1:07.22.Teammate Zaneta Alvaranga was also well below the old national standard winning the Silver in a personal best time of 1:08.02. This was the first time Jamaica was winning better than a Bronze medal in the event in over a decade.

The third Gold medal would come via the 13-14 girls 400 metre freestyle relay. They demolished the old national standard of 4:12.73. That mark was set before anyone  of the members of the team were born was set at the Caribbeean Islands Swimming Championships in 1996 in San Juan Puerto Rico by Olympians Angella Chuck and Janelle Atkinson, her sister Jilandre Atkinson and Kerrie Ann Steer , a coach at the Tornadoes Swim Club. The team of Gabrianna Banks, Brianna Anderson, Simone Vale and Emily MacDonald took the title in 4:06.08.MacDonald held off a spirited challenge from Trinidad and Tobago’s Gabriella Donahue who was looking for her 3rd Gold medal of the night. This is the first medal for Jamaica of any kind in the event for over a decade.

15-17 Golden girls
15-17 Golden Girls from left to right Anjuii Barrett , Shaun Johnson,World Record Holder and CARIFTA 2017 commentator Alia Atkinson ,Annabella Lyn and Britney Williams.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The senior Girls in the 15-17 age group replicated the Gold medal performance. The team of Anjuii Barrett, Shaun Johnson, Annabella Lyn and Britney Williams took the relay title in a time of 4:02.11. They were just off the national record of 4:01.62. This is the first win for Jamaica in the event since 2013 when the national record was established at the Kingston championships.

Cameron Brown 13-14 200 breatstroke Silver
13-14 200 metre breaststroke Silver medallist Cameron Brown .Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The evening’s final started with a Silver medal winning performance from Cameron Brown in the boys 13-14 200 metre breaststroke. He swam to a new personal best of 2:34.39. This is a major improvement from 2016 where he was 6th in 2:39.43. He continues to track the national standard in this event of 2:33.55.The last time Jamaica won a medal in this event was 2005 when Matthew Hilton won Silver.

15-17 200 metre breaststroke podium
15-17 200 metre breaststroke from left to right Lilly Higgs The Bahamas Silver medallist, Albury Higgs The Bahamas Gold medallist and Bryanna Renuart Jamaica Bronze medallist

In the 15-17 girls event Bryanna Renuart repeated her 2016 Bronze medal winning performance with a 2:47.05 effort in The Bahamas. She kept the Jamaican streak alive of medalling in the event every year since 2011.

Brianna Anderson 13-14 50 back Bronze
Brianna Anderson 13-14 Girls Backstroke Bronze medallist

Brianna Anderson would win her individual medal in the 50 metre backstroke when stopped the clock in 31.47. That is the first medal for Jamaica in the event since Angara Sinclair won the Gold in 2104 in the national record  time of 31.02.

The 13-14 boys team of Kyle Sinclair, Dominic Mullings, Akeem Alleyne and Cameron Brown won the Bronze in the 400 metre freestyle relay in a time of 3:50.90. That is the first medal in the event for Jamaica since 2014.

Analysis of final times and places

Name Event Age Group heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
Cameron Brown 200 metre breaststroke 13-14 2:37.16 4th 2:34.39 Silver
Bryanna Renuart 200 metre breaststroke 15-17girls 2:48.53 3rd 2:47.05 Bronze
Annastzaia Chin 200 metre breaststroke 15-17girls 2:54.82 4th 2:57.50 6th
Sean Douglas-Gooden 200 metre breaststroke 15-17 boys 2:34.46 8th 2:33.71 8th
Zaneta Alvaranga 50 metre backstroke 11-12 girls 33.50 4th 33.34 4t
Nathaniel Thomas 50 metre backstroke 11-12 boys 32.02 2nd 31.64 Gold
Joshua Alleyne 50 metre backstroke 11-12 boys 32.72 3rd 32.99 7th
Brianna Anderson 50 metre backstroke 13-14 girls 31.47 3rd 31.59 Bronze
Kyle Sinclair 50 metre backstroke 13-14 boys 30.17 5th 29.77 4th
Shaun Johnson 50 metre backstroke 15-17 girls 31.57 6th 31.09 5th
Sabrina Lyn 100 metre butterfly 11-12 girls 1:08.91 2nd 1:07.22 Gold NR
Zaneta Alvaranga 100 metre butterfly 11-12 girls 1:08.95 3rd 1:08.02 Silver
Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre butterfly 11-12 boys 1:05.79 2nd 1:07.16 4th
Emily MacDonald 100 metre butterfly 13-14 girls 1:10.25 6th 1:08.41 5th
Kyle Sinclair 100 metre butterfly 13-14 boys 1:03.70 8th 1:04.17 8th
Angara Sinclair 100 metre butterfly 15-17 girls 1:06.95 5th 1:07.71 7th
Jesse Marsh 100 metre butterfly 15-17 boys 58.07 5th 57.83 4th
11-12 girls 400 freestyle relay 11-12 girls 4:30.26 6th 4:29.79 7th
11-12 boys 400 freestyle relay 11-12 boys 4:22.19 8th
13-14 girls 400 freestyle relay 13-14 girls 4:06.08 Gold NR
13-14 boys 400 freestyle relay 13-14 boys 3:50.90 Bronze
15-17 girls 400 freestyle relay 15-17 girls 4:02.11 Gold
15-17 boys 400 freestyle relay 15-17 boys 3:42.29 7th

REGIONAL RECORDS FALL IN PLANTATION VAN LEEUWAARDE, HEW, BROWN AND NERCISIO BETTER NATIONAL STANDARDS

 

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Rafael Van Leeuwaarde Photo courtesy of http://dwtonline.com

The 2017 Southern Zone SPEEDO Sectionals in Plantation Florida saw the standard of regional swimming being lifted once again as national records were lowered. Those countries that saw improvement through the efforts of their swimmers included Rafael Van Leeuwaarde for Suriname, Lauren Hew for the Cayman Islands, Cameron Brown for Jamaica and Chadé Nercisio for Curaçao. The meet which was contested in long course metres at the Plantation Aquatic Complex was held from March 9 to 12.

Rafael, who is a junior at Florida State set national records in the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke. In the 50 metre breaststroke he lowered his own record from 29.07 to 28.84 in the heats of the event. He would go on to win Gold in the Final in a time of 29.16. The 100 metre breaststroke saw him lowering his 2016 record 1:04.84 to 1:04.36.It was a CARIFTA region exacta as Izaak Bastian of The Bahamas finished with the Silver medals in both races. Rafael who was a guest recently on Jamaica’s SportsNation Live on Nationwide 90 radio with host Leighton Levy spoke about his 50 metre record

Seeing myself go under 29 seconds for the first time was quite an accomplishment because I just did not see it happening .Everything just clicked and I got the best out of that race

Rafael Van Leeuwaarde interview

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Lauren Hew Photo courtesy of caymanreporter.com

CARIFTA bound Lauren Hew would also be a part of the record breaking spree.  In the 100 metre freestyle Lauren became the first Cayman Islands woman to swim under 59 seconds. She swam 58.78 in the heats of the event. That broke the 2016 record of Lara Butler set at the British University Long Course Championships. That performance qualified Lauren for the Championship final where she placed 8th in 59.13. She would lower her own 2016 national mark of 2:07.81 in the 200 metre freestyle in the morning preliminaries. Lauren sped to a time of 2:07.79. The Championship final saw her placing 8th in a time of 2:08.45. Lauren who had placed 8th at the 2016 Martinique CARIFTA championships in the 15-17 girls’ 100 metre freestyle in 1:00.89 spoke to draftingthecaribbean about her performances after the meet

I was happy to lower my 200 free record even if it was by hundredths of a seconds Any improvement is a good sign and I was especially happy to drop time in 200 back because it is one of my main events. Sectionals was a good meet to have swam as a set up for CARIFTA so that I know what I need to work on for April.”

The 2016 CARIFTA Gold medals in the 15-17 girls category in the 100 and 200 metre freestyle events were won in times of 58.57 and 2:06.96.

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Cameron Brown focusing before his race Photo courtesy of Ofelia Hamilton

Jamaican Cameron Brown is another swimmer set to compete at the 2017 CARIFTA Championships to be held in Nassau Bahamas from April 14-19.Brown who placed 8th in the 13-14 boys’ 100 metre breaststroke at CARIFTA in Martinique in 1:12.66 lowered his breaststroke mark again. After lowering the record to 1:09.93 in January he lowered the 13-14 age group mark again to 1:09.66. He has now set the national mark 3 times. He was the youngest qualifier for the B final at age 14 years old. In that race he touched in 7th place in a time of 1:10.46.In 2016 to medal in the 13-14 boys race it took 1:11.17 or faster.

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Chadé Nercisio  Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Ace Sprinter from Curaçao Chadé Nercisioaçao who is now competing in the 15-17 age group set national records in 50 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle. In Martinique she was 5th in the 50 metre butterfly in 29.66 and a Bronze medallist in the 100 freestyle in 1:00.89 13-14 age. At the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in Bahamas later in the summer she was significantly faster posting times of 28.65 for Silver in the 50 metre butterfly and 58.45 for Gold in a Championship record. Both swims were national records. In Florida she would lower the butterfly record twice .In the morning she posted a time of 28.45. She got faster in the evening to win Gold in the Championship final in 28.22. In the B final of the 100 metre freestyle she won the event in a time of 58.21. The winning time in the 15 17 age group last year was 29.00.

 

 

 

 

 

JAMAICA’S CAMERON BROWN ON THE RISE

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Celebrating a new Jamaican national record From left to right Azura Florida Aquatics Coach Marco Bellardi and 13-14 boys 100 metre breaststroke record holder Cameron Brown. Photo courtesy of Nicole Parker

 

 

For the calendar year 2016 Jamaica’s swimmers rewrote the national record books more than 30 times in the long course (50metre pool). It was not be hard to imagine another national standard would fall again in 2017. It took exactly 14 days for that to happen. The first person to start off the new round of record setting was Cameron Brown of Azura Florida Aquatics in Miami Florida.

Brown became the first 13-14 Jamaican swimmer to swim under 1 minute 10 seconds in the 100 metre breaststroke. On the first day of the 2 day Gulliver Senior Invitational on Saturday January 14 Cameron  had his best placing of the meet when he won the Bronze medal in the breastroke event in a time of 1:09.93. He had held the old national standard of 1:10.01. Brown set that mark at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in Bahamas when he won Bronze in the boys’ 13-14 age group.

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Cameron Brown focusing before his race. Photo courtesy of Ofelia Hamilton

In speaking about his record breaking feat Cameron had the following thoughts

Being in the final heat 9 of 9 of the boys 100 Breaststroke was great. I was up for the challenge and my aim really was to lower the 13-14 boys National record of 1:10.01 I set at CISC 2016. I had a great start, and my first 50 was fast. The next 50 was challenging but I kept pushing, I didn’t even realize I was in the 3rd spot until I checked the board at end of the race. Felt great that I actually medalled too.”

Coach Marco Bellardi in describing Cameron’s race and his work ethic said

He had an amazing reaction on the block and really worked the last 15 metres into the finish. Cameron was very focused behind the blocks before the start of the race. He is a hard worker in the practices and he is very clear on his goals“.

The improvement Cameron has made over the last year is seen in the comparison of his times at this meet and his times in January 2016 below. It also presents a strong case for his inclusion on the teams heading to CARIFTA to The Bahamas in April and CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago in July respectively.

Event Jan 2017  Jan 2016
50 metre freestyle 27.24 28.55
100 metre freestyle 59.13 N/A
100 metre butterfly 1:06.82 1:08.89
100 metre breaststroke 1:09.93 1:16.12
200 metre breaststroke 2:41.12 2:48.47
200 metre Individual medley 2:28.97 2:38.01