EMILY MacDONALD COMPLETES REGIONAL GOLDEN RECORD DOUBLE (CARIFTA AND CCCAN TITLES), BECOMES FASTEST 13-14 GIRL OF ALL TIME, HELPS 13-14 MEDLEY RELAY TO GOLD ,NATIONAL RECORDS FALL MORGAN COGLE AND THE 11-12 GIRLS MEDLEY RELAY TEAM

The final day of competition at the CCCAN swimming Championships in Aruba  on July 2  saw Team Jamaica adding Two Gold, Three Silver and Three Bronze medals.

13-14 50 free medal podium
13-14 50 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Watson-Brown ,MacDonald and Farro Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The highlight of the day was Emily MacDonald who completed the freestyle sprint double .A day after she completed the record regional Golden Double (CARIFTA and CCCAN titles) in the 100 metre freestyle she did the same in the 50 metre freestyle. She took the race in a time of 26.48 a new PB, CCCAN and CARIFTA all time best.It was a mere .03 of a second outside of the automatic Youth Olympic qualifying mark of 26.45.

This makes her unbeaten for the 13-14 age group at CCCAN as she took the title in Trinidad and Tobago as well last year in 27.20. In April of this year in her hometown of Kingston she won the splash and dash in  a  time of  26.76 lowering the record of 26.81 held by Bermudan Madelyn Moore. In Aruba she would take down another Moore standard of 26.65 , the unofficial all time regional record. Emily has been Golden in all but one meet at the regional level since 2016.

GOLDEN RUN

Date Meet Medal Time
March 2016 CARIFTA Gold 28.15
July 2016 CISC Gold 27.64
April 2017 CARIFTA 4th 27.60
July 2017 CCCAN Gold 27.20
April 2018 CARIFTA Gold 26.76 Record26.81
July 2018 CCCAN Gold 26.48 record 26.65
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Chinyere Pigot Photo courtesy of thrillson.blogspot.com

MacDonald had the second fastest time of the competition. That accolade went to none other  than Madelyn Moore who lowered the 15-17 meet of  26.13 by Suriname’s Olympian Chinyere Pigot (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) when she stopped the clock in 25.97.

Silver went to Bermuda’s Logan Watson -Brown in 27.24  and the Bronze to Aruba Chloe Farro 27.67.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Emily she gave her thoughts on her performances

“I’m very happy about winning events in the meet for my age group and breaking Championship record for both events .It gives me the assurance that I have the potential to be a great sprinter”.

Girls 13-14 400 metre medley relay medallists
13-14 400 metre medley relay medallists from left to right Colombia,Jamaica and Aruba Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

There would almost  be another regional record Golden Double in the 400 metre medley relay as the team of Simone Vale, Sabrina Lyn, MacDonald and Amore Hunter just missed the CCCAN record of 4:34.23 held by the 2005 Mexico team and their own national age group record of 4:33.81 when they won Gold in 4:34.48.Silver went to Colombia in 4:38.89 and Bronze to Aruba in 4:52.40.

CCCAN Relay Gold medallists
13-14 CCCAN Gold medallists from left to right Hunter,MacDonald, Lyn and Vale Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

 

Names CARIFTA Record Names CCCAN 2005 Names CCCAN 2018
backstroke Vale 1:09.46 backstroke Gonzalez 1:08.21 backstroke Vale 1:10.15
breastroke Lyn 1:21.13 breastroke Delgado 1:19.31 breastroke Lyn 1:18.26
butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga 1:04.54 butterfly Medrano 1:06.18 butterfly MacDonald 1:04.46
freestyle MacDonald 58.68 freestyle Barjas 1:00.53 freestyle Hunter 1:01.61
4:33.81 4:34.28 4:34.48
Girls 11-12 200 metre backstroke medallists
Girls 11-12 200 metre backstroke from left to right Crooks, Jimenez Garrido and Cogle Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

There would be another national record for Morgan Cogle in the 11-12 200 metre backstroke.She lowered the 2007 Kendese Nangle record of 2:36.00 set at CCCAN 2007 in El Salvador in the morning heats with a time of 2:35.21. She would go on to win Bronze in the final in 2:35.29. Jillian Crooks of the Cayman Islands took the Silver in 2:33.98 with Gold going to  Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido of the Dominican Republic in 2:33.23.

In the 400 medley relay Cogle backstroke ,Brooke Hopkins breaststroke ,Ireland Hunter butterfly and Safiya Officer won the Silver in a new national age group record of 4:56.06. That bettered the old 2007 record of 4:58.67 set in by the 2007 CARIFTA team Brittany Kenney, Kendese Nangle, Raynae Hall and Alexia Royal-Eatmon.

COMPARISON OF TIMES

Names CCCAN 2018 Names CARIFTA 2007
backstroke Cogle 1:12.37 backstroke Kenney 1:16.37
breaststroke Hopkins 1:24.50 breaststroke Nangle 1:23.96
butterfly Hunter 1:15.97 butterfly Hall 1:12.08
freestyle Officer 1:03.22 freestyle Royal-Eatmon 1:06.26
4:56.06 4:58.67
Girls 11-12 400 metre medley relay medallists
Girls 11-12 400 metre medley relay medallists from left to right Jamaica ,Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

Gold went to Trinidad and Tobago in 4:51.10 and the Bronze to Barbados in 5:06.93.

15-17 50 metre freestyle medallists
Girls 15-17 50 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Banks,Moore and Russell Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

In the 15-17 Girls 50 metre freestyle it was Gabrianna Banks getting the medal for Team Jamaica . She stopped the clock in a new PB of 26.69 for the Silver. The performance marks consecutive Silver medals for Banks who won Silver in her last year of 13-14 in the twin island republic last year in 27.28. The Bronze went to Victoria Russell of The Bahamas in a new PB of 26.93. This is the first medal for Jamaica in 2017 since Breanna Roman won Bronze in 27.59 at CCCAN 2011 in Puerto Rico.

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Boys 13-14 50 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Williams, Taylor and Thomas Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

There would be a Bronze for Nathaniel Thomas in the 13-14 age group in the 50 metre freestyle as his effort was timed in a PB of 25.33. This is a step up from his performance at CARIFTA where he placed ninth in 26.19. Silver went to Malik Nelson of Trinidad and Tobago in 24.50. Gold went to the fastest 13-14 swimmer of the season Lamar Taylor of The Bahamas who won in a new CCCAN record of 23.94 to add to his CARIFTA title which he won in 24.27 and  as well as National title in 23.79.

Safiya Officer 11-12 50 metre Bronze
Saifiya Officer Bronze medallist in the Girls 11-12 50 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

There would be Bronze for Safiya Officer in the girls 11-12 race  she touched in 27.71.Silver went to St Lucia’s Naima Hazell in 27.61 .

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Cerian Gibbes competing in the 100 metre breaststroke at the 1996 Olympics Photo courtesy of gettyimages

The Gold went to the Cayman Islands Jillian Crooks who lowered the 1995 meet standard of 27.55 set  by Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Cerian Gibbes who went to the Atlanta 1996 Games as a 13 year old.

Boys 11-12 400 metre medley relay medallists
Boys 11-12 400 metre medley relay medallists from left to right Jamaica,Trinidad and Tobago and Aruba Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The 11-12 boys 400 metre medley relay team won Silver . The team of Daniel Mair (backstroke) 1:16.61,brother Joshua (breaststroke)1:20.15 ,Jaedon Lynch( butterfly) ( 1:10.15) and Adrian Balfour (freestyle) 1:01.55 touched in 4:48.55 to finish behind the Trinidad and Tobago team that won in 4:41.05.the Bronze was won by Aruba in 4:53.76.

Boys 15-17 400 metre medley relay
Boys 15-17 400 metre medley relay medallists from left to right Trinidad and Tobago,The Bahamas and Jamaica Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The 15-17 boys won the Bronze in their medley relay. The team of Nicholas Vale (backstroke) 1:01.47 ,Sean-Douglas Gooden (breaststroke) 1:09.48 ,Jesse Marsh (butterfly) 56.91 and Cameron Brown (freestyle) 55.86 touched in 4:03.72. Gold was won by The Bahamas in 3:59.57 and the Silver to Trinidad and Tobago in 4:01.63.

 

 

 

 

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EMILY MacDONALD LOWERS OLYMPIAN CLAUDIA POLL’S 100 FREESTYLE MEET STANDARD TO RECORD REGIONAL GOLDEN DOUBLE (CARIFTA AND CCCAN TITLES)

Day Four of the CCCAN Swimming championships saw Team Jamaica adding Four more medals to their tally One Gold , One Silver and Two Silver to have Eighteen medals Six Gold ,Four Silver and Eight Bronze medals.

Getting the Gold for the land of wood and water was Emily MacDonald in the girls 13-14 100 metre freestyle. She bounced back from illness on Day Three to win the freestyle title.

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13-14 100 metre freestyle medal podium from left to right Watson-Brown Bermuda, MacDonald and Libreros Bolivar Colombia Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

In the Championship final she recorded the only sub 28 seconds split at the halfway mark and then pulled away from the field to record a new personal best and CCCAN meet record of 57.95. It was also the fastest 100 metre freestyle time recorded by a girl at the Championship.

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Claudia Poll Photo courtesy of panamericanworld

That lowered the the more than three decades old standard of 58.34 byCosta Rican Olympic Gold medallist Claudia Poll (1996,2000 and 2004). MacDonald also is closing in on the national age group record of 57.54 held by Olympian Janelle Atkinson (2000,2004). It was Poll who held off Atkinson to win the Bronze in the 400 metre freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Games . That fourth place position at the Olympics is the joint highest placing at the Games along with Alia Atkinson’s fourth place at the 2012 London Games.

 

Winning the Silver was Bermuda’s Logan Watson-Brown in 58.82 and the Bronze to Colombia’s  Manuela Libreros Bolivar 1:01.38.

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13-14 100 metre freestyle medallists at CARIFTA 2018 in Kingston from left to right Watson-Brown Bermuda Silver ,MacDonald Gold, Alvaranga Bronze Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

 

It also  marked the regional Golden Double as she captured the same title at the CARIFTA Games in her hometown of Kingston in April . It marked the second time she is completing the double after doing so in the 11-12 age group in 2016

Regional record for the 100 metre freestyle

Date Meet Medal Time
March 2016 CARIFTA Gold 1:02.02 split 29.40
July 2016 CISC Gold 1:00.26 split 29.18
April 2017 CARIFTA Silver 59.28 split 28.33
July 2017 CCCAN Gold 58.83 split 27.89
April 2018 CARIFTA Gold 57.99 split 28.17
July 2018

 

CCCAN Gold 57.95 split 27.79

Emily spoke to draftingthecaribbean about her performance after the race

“Going the 100 I was a bit nervous at first. The meet has  not been great so far .In my 200 metre freestyle I got a cramp in my leg and ended up doing a bad time as I added 5 seconds to my personal best and I did not swim the Championship final of the 50 metre butterfly because of that injury and the 100 metre butterfly was not a good race overall.so going into this race I was very nervous as I did not know how I was going to perform because I had not done well so far but I was just going to try my best. That was my mindset heading into the final.I told myself I prepared for this meet and I have trained so hard for this and it does not make sense not swim my heart out. Going into the heats  said I am going to just try and hopefully come in the top 8 fand hopefully seed first for the final. That is what I did and ended up doing a 58.70 .Going into the final I was going up again Logan Watson-Brown from Bermuda who I know is a great swimmer and I was even more nervous.I knew I wanted to get a Gold medal but was still not sure because of how I was performing. Before I stepped on the blocks I knew I had done all that I can to get this far and I know that I have done all I could possibly do to achieve a best time in this race so I was going to do what my coach told me to do which was best time.As I swam the race I remembered doing the splits in training  and swimming the first 50 in a particular time and pushing hard on the last 25 metres into the wall which I did and recorded a personal best which I am very happy about and I got the Gold medal that I wanted”.

Cameron Brown 15-17 50 breaststroke medal ceremony
15-17 50 metre breaststroke medal podium from left to right Brown,Cheong and Russell Photo courtesy of CCCAN

In the Boys 15-17 50 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown ended a decade old medal drought for Team Jamaica when he secured the Silver in a new personal best of 30.23. He tied Brandon Cheong for the medal while the Gold was won by The Bahamas Tyler Russell in 30.16. The last time Jamaica got a medal in the 15-17 age group in this event was in 2007 in El Salvador when age group star Brad Hamilton won Silver in 30.59.

Cameron gave his thoughts to draftingthecaribbean about the swim

“I knew it was going to be straight line line heading to the wall.I pushed to the very last second.I was suprised to see a new PB of 30.23 when I looked at the scoreboard”.

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11-12 100 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Vickles Silver medallist,Crooks Gold medallist and Cogle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

11-12 dynamo Morgan Cogle secured  more precious metal at the Championship .She lowered her 100 metre freestyle from 1:03.11 to 1:02.59 to secure Bronze.The title went to Jillian Crooks of the Cayman Islands in a time of 1:01.72 and the Silver to Gabrielle Vickles of Trinidad and Tobago in 1:02.33.

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11-12 200 IM medallists from left to right Crooks, Anthony and Cogle Photo courtesy of CCCAN

In the 200 metre individual medley she ended a more than decade old drought when she won Bronze in 2:37.44.That medal winning swim puts her within sight of the age group record of 2:36.26 set by Annabella Lyn in 2012. Gold was won by the another 11-12 standout Zoe Anthony of Trinidad and Tobago in 2:32.91 and Silver to Crooks in 2:36.70.

 

Bronze was won by the 15-17 800 metre freestyle relay team of Annabella Lyn ,Gabrianna Banks, Bryanna Renuart and Naomi Eaton who stopped the clock in 9:07.22. Gold went to Aruba in 8:48.55 and the Silver to Honduras in 8:59.65.

The personal best tally moved from 28 to 47 at the end of Day Four

Name Event Personal Best Previous Best
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 200 IM 2:39.42 2:41.26
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 200 IM 2:37.44 2:39.42
Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 200 IM 2:37.13 2:41.26
Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 200 IM 2:39.06 2:40.93
Sabrina Lyn Girls 13-14 200 IM 2:37.06 2:44.98
Sabrina Lyn Girls 13-14 200 IM 2:35.25 2:37.06
Nathaniel Thomas Boys 13-14 200 IM 2:29.56 2:29.83
Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 50 metre breaststroke 36.52 37.23
Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 50 metre breaststroke 36.14 36.52
Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 50 metre breaststroke 36.23 36.45
Sean-Douglas Gooden Boys 15-17 50 metre breaststroke 31.35 31.43
Cameron Brown Boys 15-17 50 metre breaststroke 30.23 30.64
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:03.10 1:03.11
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:02.59 1:03.10
Adrian Balfour Boys 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:02.42 1:03.28
Emily MacDonald Girls 13-14 100 metre freestyle 57.95 57.99
Nathaniel Thomas Boys 13-14 100 metre freestyle 56.12 56.95
Daniel Mair Boys 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:02.60 1:06.15
Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 200 metre butterfly 2:46.50 2:51.11
Jordane Payne Boys 15-17 200 metre butterfly 2:17.58 2:18.43

 

FLORIDA STATE HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS JAMAICA’S RISING SWIMMERS CAMERON BROWN AND SIMONE VALE SET PERSONAL BEST AT 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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

The Jamaican duo of Simone Vale and Cameron Brown were among the youngest swimmers at the prestigious Florida 1A State championships held on Saturday November 4. Despite their relative youth they still recorded personal bests at a high quality meet held at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida.

Brown, who represented Sagemont, earned a second swim at his first outing at the 1A Champs in an individual event. He lowered his 100 yard breaststroke personal best of 1:00.21 (split time 28.67)   set at the Regional Championships when he clocked 59.73 (split time 28.10). That performance earned him a place in the B final. In that race he was on track to record another personal best as he went out in 28.07. He would fall just short when he touched in 1:00.08, the 2nd fastest time of his career to place 7th overall. It is the best result for Sagemont since 2011 when Aruban Jordy Groters made the Championship final. In his final year of the 13-14 age group Brown has lowered the national 100 metre breaststroke record four times so far.

In the 200 yard medley relay Brown produced freestyle splits of 22.57 and 22.31 to help to times of 1:42.79 and 1:42.32 to help Sagemont make the B final and place 4th in that race.

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Simone Vale Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Simone, who made her Championship debut clocked a personal best of 1:00.56 (split time 28.96) in the 100 yard backstroke. That time placed the Pine Crest student 21st overall . Her previous personal standard was 1:00.62 set at the Regional championship on October 27.Simone was member of the 2017 CARIFTA 13-14 200 and 400 metre freestyle relay teams that swept their way to Gold in The Bahamas earlier this year.

 

 

 

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS BASTIAN BROWN, DIEFFENTHALLER AND GRANT LEAD REGIONAL CHARGE FOR 100 YARD BREASTSTROKE 1A STATE TITLE.

The battle for 100 yard breaststroke 1A State Championship title will see the CARIFTA region represented by three territories The Bahamas with Izaak Bastian swimming for Saint Andrews, Jamaica with duo of Cameron Brown and Adrian Grant turning out for Sagemont and The Bolles School respectively and Trinidad and Tobago’s Christopher Dieffenthaller suiting up for Berkley.

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Bastian Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Yet again the at the 1A Championships to held today the top seed going into the morning heats will be a swimmer from the CARIFTA region as Izaak Bastian holds down the top spot with a seed time of 56.43. The FSU commit will be the man to beat tomorrow given the successes of the past season. At the CARIFTA level he extended his unbeaten streak in the 100 metre breaststroke with a winning time of 1:04.68, winning a historic Silver medal for his country at the Commonwealth Youth Games in a personal best time of 1:03.71 and recording the time by a Bahamian man at the World Junior championships with a time of 1:04.67. His build up to his last high school championships has been good with record breaking swim at the Palm Beach county championships where he smashed his 2016 meet record of 57.55 and the county record of 56.87 set by one of his coaches Quinn Cassidy with a 56.27 performance. He would follow up with wins at the district and Regional Champs

Date Meet Time
Oct 7 Palm Beach County Champs 56.27
Oct 20 1 A District Champs 57.73
Oct 27 1A Region 4 Champs 56.43

Izaak will be seeking to end his career with a win in the event following two 3rd place finishes previously

Year Event Time Placing Split
2016 100 yard breaststroke 55.68 3rd 26.46
2015 100 yard breaststroke 57.19 3rd 27.06
Cameron Brown 13-14 200 breatstroke Silver
13-14 CARIFTA 200 metre breaststroke Silver medallist Cameron Brown .Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Cameron Brown who is a Sagemont recruit will be competing in his first Championship meet. Brown is the 8th seed with a time of 1:00.21 He owns the Jamaican national long course record for 13-14 boys setting it this past summer with a time of 1:09.48 . That record swim represented the 4th time he set the record in the 13-14 age group. He has been getting faster with each competition and will be looking to go well beyond the minute mark today.

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 20 1 A  District 10 Champs 1:00.67 2nd
Oct 27 1A Region 4 Champs 1:00.21 5th
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Christopher Dieffenthaller Photo courtesy of swimtt.com

Dieffenthaller  is the reigning 13-14 CCCAN 100 metre breaststroke champion He earned that title when he won that event at home in the twin island republic in a time of 1:09.10.Christopher will enter the water today as the number 15 seed with a time of 1:00.82. He seems set to better his 3rd place showing in the B final last year. Christopher will be looking to go under the 59 seconds barrier after posting 59.43 in the heats of last year’s champs.

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 21 1A District 7 1:01.85 3rd
Oct 28 1A Region 3 1:00.82 3rd
Adrian Grant CARIFTA
Adrian Grant CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Adrian Grant of Bolles will be making his debut at the Championships like his Jamaican countryman Brown. Grant was a member of the 2017 CARIFTA team and posted a time of 1:10.41 for 10th overall. A swimmer poised for big time drops in his first year of training in the States as evidenced by his swims at the District and Regional Championships

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 17 1A District 2 1:03.75 4th
Oct 26 1A District 1 1:01.44 6th

Today the quartet will look to add their name to the list of the regional standouts who have claimed Florida High School State Championships

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Past Regional 100 yard breaststroke champions from left to right Jordy Groters,Wayne Denswil ,Diguan Pigot Photos courtesy of floridaswimnetwork,tampaspartans.com and uconnhuskies.com
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Past regional 100 yard breaststroke champions from left to right Bradley Ally and Ansel Tjin-A-Tam Photos courtesy of panamericaworld and linkedin

 

Name Country School Division Year Time
Jordy Groters Aruba University School 1A 2013 54.76
Wayne Denswil Suriname St Brendan 2A 2013 56.97
Diguan Pigot Suriname Doral 1A 2011 56.44
Bradley Ally Barbados St Thomas Aquinas 3A 2004 54.79
Ansel Tam Suriname Bolles 4A 1997 57.12

 

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
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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”.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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”.

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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