TEAM JAMAICA PARADE THEIR SPEED ON FINAL DAY OF CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS THOMAS AND MacDONALD LEAD MEDAL CHARGE IN 50 METRE FREESTYLE

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The final day of the CCCAN Championships July 2 in Trinidad and Tobago at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva saw Team Jamaica finishing ninth overall with 304 points. They added Two Gold, Two Silver and Three Bronze for a final total of Nine Gold , Eight Silver and Six Bronze medals. Throughout the meet 44 new personal best times were established. The national age group record book was rewritten Seven times .Also the Championship standards were adjusted Three times by the Jamaican delegation.

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Nathaniel Thomas with Gold medal won at CARIFTA 2017 in The Bahamas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The last day saw the contingent put another great display of sprinting power. Nathaniel Thomas , the CARIFTA Champion completed  another regional Golden Double when he landed the CCCAN 50 metre freestyle to underline his credentials as the fastest 11-12 boy in the region. In April he won his first sprint title in 26.52 in The Bahamas. In Trinidad and Tobago he won his second crown and became the fastest 11-12 Jamaican swimmer of all time when he clocked a new national record of 26.28. That lowered the national mark by the slimmest of margins as the old standard belonged to Brad Hamilton at 26.28 set in 2002. This is the first medal won in the event since two sport star Xavier Boland won Silver in 2007.The Silver medal went to Bermudan star Sam Williamson in 26.58. The Bronze went to Kai Trotman of Barbados in 26.65.

Emily MacDonald 100 freestyle Gold
Emily MacDonald 13-14 50 metre freestyle Gold Medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

In 2016 in the Bahamas at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships Emily MacDonald completed the 11-12 freestyle sprint double. In 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago it was a case of different age group same result. This as MacDonald crowned herself the fastest 13-14 girl in the region with a new personal best of 27.20. Pushing her all the way to the wall was teammate Gabrianna Banks who won the Silver in 27.28.It was the first podium finish for Jamaica in over a decade. The Bronze went to Bermuda’s Logan Watson-Brown in 27.87.

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Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 50 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Rory Alvaranga

The  girls 11-12 50 metre freestyle saw the exact podium finish from CARIFTA in April as Elan Daley of Bermuda winning Gold, Zaneta Alvaranga taking the Silver and Bermudan Payton Zelkin winning Bronze. Zaneta won her medal in a time of 27.78 while Payton was timed in 28.01.Daley, whose father is Jamaican, recorded the fastest time ever done by an 11-12 girl from the English speaking Caribbean when she hit the wall in 26.82 crushing the 1995 meet record of Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Cerian Gibbes of 27.55.

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100 metre backstroke Bronze medallist in the boys 13-14 age group Kyle Sinclair Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Kyle Sinclair repeated his 13-14 CARIFTA Bronze medal performance with a new Personal best in Trinidad and Tobago .In a very tight finish Kyle bettered his time by .01 to touch the wall in 25.15. Sinclair’s podium finish breaks another decade old medal drought. Kevon Lockhart of The Bahamas won the Silver in 25.10 and Antigua and Barbuda’s Lleyton Martin took top honours with a swim of 25.02.

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Kelsie Campbell

Kelsie Campbell recorded a personal best in the 18 and over 50 metre race. She stopped the clock in 26.91 to win the Bronze medal. Campbell finished just behind the hometown ladies Cherelle Thompson 26.69 and Kristin Julien 26.74.The last time Jamaica won a medal in this age group was in 2005 when Tamara Swaby won Bronze.

The only medal won outside the sprints was in the 13-14 200 metre backstroke. Kyle Sinclair recorded a personal best of 2:18.91 to be the third seed heading into the final. He maintained that position to win the Bronze in a time of 2:19.25. The time Jamaica won a medal in the event was 2011 when Olympian Timothy Wynter won Gold.The event was won by Jeims Caita of Costa Rica in 2:15.10 and the Silver went to Tristan Pragnell of Barbados in 2:15.80

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CARTER AND ROMANY HIGHLIGHT ACTION ON DAY THREE OF THE CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING SWIMS

Day three (June 30) of the CCCAN Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Trinidad and Tobago saw more exciting races and championship records and also more World Championship qualifying swims. Those World championship Qualifying performances came from the local stars Olympian Dylan Carter and Joshua Romany.

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Dylan competing in the 18 and over 200 metre freestyle crushed the 2009 Championship record Costa Rica’s Olympian Mario Montoya of 1:52.43 with a 1:48.91 clocking. That bettered the World Championship B qualifying mark of 1:51.50.Also under the record and just missing the B standard was El Salvador’s Olympian Marcelo Acosta who clocked 1:51.76 for the Silver. Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders took the Bronze in 1:51.76.

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Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

In the 18 and over 50 metre butterfly Joshua Romany bettered the 2011 championship record of countryman Joshua McLeod of 24.43 as well as the World Championship B standard time of 24.50 with a Gold medal winning time of 24.40. Winning the Silver was N’Nhyn Fernander of The Bahamas in 24.94 and the Bronze was won by Christian Awah  of Trinidad and Tobago in 25.06.

The winning times by Carter and Romany brought the World Championship qualifying tally to five.

Chade Nercisio 13-14 breastroke Triple Gold medallist
Chade Nercisio 13-14 CCCAN record holder Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

In the girls 15-17 50 metre butterfly the crowd was treated to excellent sprinting by Curaçao’s  Chadé  Nercisio. She became the fastest woman of all time at CCCAN when she broke the 28 seconds barrier in the 50 metre butterfly when she clocked 27.99 in the morning heats. All her energy was not spent after that national record swim as she returned in the evening to destroy that mark and record a time of 27.59. that swim was not too far off the World championships B mark of 27.42. Silver went to Celismar Guzman of Puerto Rico won the Silver in 28.62 and the Bronze went to Celina Marquez of El Salvador in 28.65.

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Valerie Gruest of Guatemala just missed out on another World Championships qualifying mark when she took Gold in the 15-17 400 metre individual medley in a time of 4:54.67. That swim bettered the 2009 meet record of 5:02.43 by Maria Coy.That was just off the B standard of 4:52.97. CARIFTA Champion Albury Higgs won Silver in 5:03.67. The Bronze went to Marissa Lugo of Puerto Rico in 5:11.77.

 

Other championship record to fall on the day went to Zaneta Alvaranga of Jamaica in the girls 11-12 50 metre butterfly. She lowered the meet record of 29.85 twice .She swam 29.32 in the heats before uncorking a 28.74 for the Gold in the final.

In the 13-14 age group Beatriz Padron of Costa Rica Gold 28.36,Katie Kyle of St Lucia Silver 28.80 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Gabriela Donahue Bronze 28.85 all bettered the 2011 record of 28.89 by Dorian McMenemy.

Swimmers who completed the Regional Gold Double on Day Three by winning their respective events at CARIFTA in The Bahamas and at CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago include

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Regional Golden Double medallists from left to right Zaneta Alvaranga of Jamaica,Kael Yorke of Trinidad and Tobago and Danielle Titus of Barbados Photos courtesy of Michael C Lyn and swimtt.com

 

Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga Jamaica
15-17 boys 50 metre butterfly Kael Yorke Trinidad and Tobago
13-14 girls 100 metre backstroke Danielle Titus Barbados

 

ELAN DALEY CONTINUES GREAT FORM AFTER DEBUT AT THE CARIFTA GAMES IN THE BAHAMAS.

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Bermudan age group standout Elan Daley continued her rewriting of her nation’s age group records with another top performance at the North York Aquatic Club meet held recently in Toronto. The meet which was held in 50 metre pool from Friday May 12 to Sunday May 14 saw her continuing her standard setting streak.

 

At her debut CARIFTA championships in The Bahamas she won the high point trophy with 80 points. She won a staggering Twelve medals Six Gold Three Silver and Three Bronze. She set three individual national marks in the 200 metre individual medley 2:30.90, 50 metre freestyle 27.50 and 100 metre freestyle 1:00.58.All of which were Gold medal winning performances. Her range of events in which she won medals was equally impressive winning a medal in each stroke discipline as well as the individual medley.

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Competing at her club’s May performance meet in the 12 year old category Elan became the first Bermudan 11-12 girl under 2:30 in the 200 metre individual medley when she won the event in 2:29.57.Her winning margin was more than 5 seconds. It was also 2nd fastest time by a girl at the competition which had age categories of 13, 14,15 ,16 and 17 and over.

In the sprint freestyle events she came dangerously close to breaking through some significant barriers for an 11-12 girls. In the 50 metre freestyle she clocked a quick 27.06 crushing her old mark of 27.50 from CARIFTA . She just missed breaching the 27 second mark and posting 26 seconds. She was the fastest female swimmer at the meet with her win

It was the same in the longer sprint the as she almost went under the magical minute mark when she stopped the clock in 1:00.28. The second fastest time of the meet.

Elan proved her versatility when she won the 400 metre freestyle in a time of 4:51.54. That time lowered the 2014 national standard of Ashley Irby of 4:53.31. She would also be atop the podium in the 200 metre freestyle where she set a personal best of 2:15.70. In the 100 metre backstroke she rattled the national record of 1:10.60 set by Emma Harvey with a winning time of 1:10.76.

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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of sportsmax.tv

Bermudan records held by Daley in the 11-12 age group

Event Time
50 metre freestyle 27.06
100 metre freestyle 1:00.28
400 metre freestyle 4:51.54
100 metre butterfly 1:06.91
50 metre breaststroke 35.81
200 metre Individual medley 2:29.57
400 metre individual medley 5:29.46

Elan Daley is a very exciting prospect from the CARIFTA region given that this is her first year in regional age group competition. Her 50 freestyle time makes her the fastest 11-12 girl ever from the English Speaking Caribbean. She also has the potential to be the fastest ever from the English speaking region in at least 5 other events with more than a year left in the age group. Though the long course season is very young her times would rank as the fastest 11-12 girl in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events in the United States. She will be one of the top Bermudan swimmers who will be on show at the 2018 CARIFTA Championships to be held in Kingston Jamaica.

GOODEN AND CHIN SET NEW STANDARDS IN THE 15-16 AGE GROUP AT THE MAYBERRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The high quality Mayberry Championship continues to provide the avenue for top competition among swimmers in the Jamaican school system. At the 2017 edition of the meet which was held on April 28 at the National Aquatic Centre it would be Sean Douglas –Gooden of Victory Academy and Annastazia Chin of Immaculate Conception High School that stepped up to lower meet records in the 15-16 age group .

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Sean-Douglas Gooden 50 metre breaststroke Record holder Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Gooden set a new mark in the 50 metre breaststroke by stopping the clock in a time of 31.99.That bettered the 2015 record of 32.10 set by Campion College’s Bryce Butler .It was also the fastest time recorded at the meet. Sean has not been beaten in this event for the last three years winning the race for both of his years in this age group and his last year in the 13-14 age group. He maintained that win streak in the 200 metre individual medley when he touched the wall in 2:25.39.

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Sean-Douglas Gooden CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Gooden, who was a finalist in the 200 metre breaststroke in the 15-17 age at this year’s CARIFTA Championship also won the 50 metre backstroke in 31.24.

Winners of the 200 individual medley in the 15-16 category Gooden and Chin
2016 Winners of the 200 individual medley in 15-16 age group From left to right Sean- Douglas Gooden of Jamaica College and Annastazia Chin of Immaculate Conception High School

His CARIFTA teammate Chin would lower the 2007 record of 30.47 set by another Immaculate Conception swimmer Dominique Dawson with a 30.39 effort.

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Annastazia Chin CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Annastazia, who was a finalist in the 200 metre individual medley at CARIFTA would win the event at the meet for the second consecutive year in a time of 2:47.51.She would win her second individual Gold medal by taking the 50 metre freestyle in a time of 28.41.

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Britney Williams Double Gold Medallist 100 and 200 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Another double Gold medallist at the meet was Britney Williams of the Wolmer’s Girls School. Britney led off the national record setting  4 x 200 freestyle relay that won Gold in the 15-17 age group  at the CARIFTA Championship in The Bahamas recently.

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CARIFTA Gold medallists and national record holders in the 15-17 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Britney Williams,Angara Sinclair,Bryanna Renuart and Annabella Lyn Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

She was unfortunate not to break the record in that event. She hit the pads in 2:17.47.That effort was just outside of the 2012 mark of 2:17.28 set by Campion College’s Breanna Roman. Williams. She again rattled another 2012 record of Roman’s when she swam to a time of 1:01.94. The record of 1:01.80 just managed to survive for another year. Both winning times were the fastest swum at the meet.

 

There would be more victories for the Wolmerians at the competition. Jordane Payne also completed a Golden Double as he won the 200 metre freestyle in 2:13.47 and the 50 metre butterfly in 27.97.Dana Atkinson of the Girl’s School would win the girls 50 metre breaststroke in 42.89.

Jordon Hines of St George’s College would complete the sprint freestyle double when he won the 50 and 100 metre freestyle in times of 25.63 and 57.99.

Sage Sinclair of Immaculate followed up on her brother Kyle’s win in the boy’s 13-14 50 backstroke with a Gold of her own in the event with a time of 35.13.

In the 200 freestyle relays it would be the teams from St Andrew High School and Campion College winning in times of 2:14.81 and 1:51.83.

The medley relay saw Immaculate Conception and Wolmer’s Boys winning in 2:27.65 and 2:06.04 respectively.

RETURNING 11-12 AGE GROUP CARIFTA SWIM TEAM MEMBERS DOMINATE AT MAYBERRY .THOMAS AND ALVARANGA IN RECORD BREAKING FORM

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Nathaniel Thomas of Campion College Four time record breaker 50 metre freestyle, 50 metre butterfly , 200 metre freestyle relay and 200 metre medley relay Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Yet another high quality Mayberry Swimming Championship was held on Friday April 28, 2017 at the National Aquatic Centre. This was evidenced by the number of records that fell on the day. Many of the records that were broken were set by the returning members of the 2017 CARIFTA swim team that returned from The Bahamas less than two weeks earlier.

In the 11-12 age group it was Nathaniel Thomas of Campion College and Zaneta Alvaranga of Immaculate Conception High School who accounted for the new standards.

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Nathaniel Thomas with Gold medal won at CARIFTA 2017 in The Bahamas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the boys category Thomas shattered the 2016 record of 27.65 by Wolmerian Kyle Sinclair to become the first 12 and under boy under 27 seconds at the meet with a swim of 26.71. Thomas, the CARIFTA 2017 Gold medallist in the event continues to track the national record of 26.29 set by former Kingston College and national standout Brad Hamilton. It would be the same in the 50 metre butterfly when he crushed the 2005 Championship record of 29.75 former Campion College and Jamaican age group star Jason Adams. With his record swim of 28.94 he became the first 12 and under boy under 29 seconds at the Mayberry meet. In his sights for 2017 will be the 2009 national record of 28.33 set by another former Campion college student Olympian Timothy Wynter .On his drive for 5 Gold medals he also won the 200 metre freestyle in personal best 2:20.38 and was a part of two record breaking relays. Campion set the mark of 1:59.41 in the 200 metre freestyle relay and then 2:16.32 in the 200 medley relay.

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Zaneta Alvaranga (right) receives token from Mayberry representative Alvaranga set the fastest time ever swum at the Championship in the 50 metre butterfly. she also set records in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Alvaranga, who is the regional champion in both the 50 metre butterfly and 50 metre freestyle stamped her class at the high school meet. She won the 50 metre butterfly event in a quick 29.18 not far off her national and CARIFTA mark of 29.05.That performance crushed the 2013 meet record of 31.34  of another Immaculate Conception swimmer Angara Sinclair. It also stands as the fastest 50 metre butterfly time recorded by a girl at the Championship Zaneta is already faster than the 13-14 national mark of 29.57 and not far off the 15-17 standard of 28.87 held by Olympian Alia Atkinson. She was the only girl under 30 seconds at the meet.

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

In the 50 metre freestyle she lowered the 2012 meet record of 28.30 by Campion College’s D’Agaene Clarke to 28.15. That time was again the fastest time recorded by a girl at the meet. Alvaranga would complete the record trifecta when she lowered the 2016 record of 1:03.84 by Campion College’s Emily MacDonald with a 1:03.58 effort.  In her Golden Mayberry performance she would take the 50 metre backstroke in 34.39.Zaneta would also swim her signature butterfly to help her school to a record time of 2:24.10 in the 200 medley relay. The other members of that team were Imani Salmon, Alexis Leyow and Callier Maxwell.

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Sabrina Lyn 200 freestyle and indivdual medley Champion Lyn is also the national record holder and CARIFTA Champion in the 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The 200 metre freestyle Gold medal was won the 11-12 100 metre butterfly CARIFTA Champion and national record holder Sabrina Lyn of Campion College in 2:37.09.

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Joshua Alleyne CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The boys 50 metre backstroke title was won by her teammate Joshua Alleyne in a time of 33.70.Alleyne was a finalist in the event at this year’s CARIFTA Championship.

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Jaleel Samms CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

It would be another Campion College and 2017 CARIFTA duo as Lyn and Jaleel Samms won their respective 200 metre individual medley races in personal best times of 2:57.27 and 2:48.75 respectively.

Alleyne would win his second individual gold medal in the 100 metre freestyle when he clocked a personal best time of 1:02.74.

Zachary Johnson
Zachary Johnson Photo courtesy of David Mullings

The 50 metre breaststroke races were won by Tiara Campbell of Mount Alvernia High School in 39.46 and Wolmer’s Boys School Zachary Johnson 38.62.

ANDERSON, SINCLAIR, GRANT SET RECORDS IN THE 13-14 AGE GROUP AT THE MAYBERRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Kyle Sinclair (right) 13-14 50 metre freestyle record breaker and fastest swimmer at the Mayberry Championship receiving a token from a Mayberry representative

The 2017 edition of the Mayberry Championships was held at the National Aquatic Centre on April 28, 2017. The 13-14 age group saw a number of championship records being broken. The new standard bearers are Brianna Anderson of the Immaculate Conception High school, Kyle Sinclair of Wolmer’s Boys’ School and Adrian Grant of Jamaica College.

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Brianna Anderson (right) receiving token from Mayberry representative Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Anderson was the only girl at the meet under the 33 second mark in the 50 metre backstroke as she stroked her way to a new a record of 31.51 .That lowered the 2009 record of 31.84 set by Campion College’s national age group standout Kendese Nangle .In fact Anderson’s time is the fastest time ever recorded at the Mayberry championships.

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Brianna Anderson CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Brianna, who is the reigning 13-14 CARIFTA Bronze medallist from the CARIFTA 2017 championship  in the event, has in her sights the national mark of 31.02 of Angara Sinclair, a former Immaculate High student. She would take Gold in the 50 metre butterfly in a time of 30.68 just missing the 2009 mark of 30.23 set by Nangle. A third individual Gold was secured in the 50 metre freestyle which she won in 28.54.

Sinclair of Wolmer’s saw his 11-12 record in the 50 metre freestyle fall before his race. He made up for that lost record by setting a new one in the 13-14 boys race.

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CARIFTA 2017 13-14 boys 50 metre freestyle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Kyle, who is the reigning CARIFTA Bronze medallist in this event bettered the 2014 standard of 25.93 set by Campion College’s Joseph Black with a swim of 25.59. The Wolmerian not only crowned himself the fastest boy in 13-14  but the entire meet as he recorded the fastest time of all age groups. He had a number of meet record misses on his way to a medal haul of Four Gold and a Silver. In the 200 metre individual medley he just missed the 2011 record of 2:26.14 by Campion College’s Olympian Timothy Wynter when he recorded a time of 2:26.89. In the 100 metre freestyle he was again the fastest boy at the meet when he touched in 56.92.That effort was just off the 2005 record of 56.00 by Jamaican and Kingston College standout Brad Hamilton. Kyle would also win the 50 metre backstroke in 30.92, again the fastest time recorded at the meet.

Jevaun Jackson
Jevaun Jackson Photo courtesy of Trecia Jackson

He would be beaten on the day by Jamaica College’s Jevaun Jackson who won the 50 metre butterfly in a personal best time of 28.57.Sinclair would win the Silver medal in a time of 28.63.

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Adrian Grant CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the 50 metre breaststroke , another member of the 2017 CARIFTA team, Adrian Grant would lower the 2005 of 33.33 set by Brad Hamilton in 2005 by clocking 32.58. Joining him in breaking the record would be Jackson who recorded a personal best time of 32.81.

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Chester Adams 13-14 boys champion in the 200 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The 200 metre freestyle events were won by Naomi Eaton of Campion College and Chester Adams of Jamaica College in times of 2:20.68 and 2:21.17 respectively. Eaton would also take the Gold in the 50 metre breaststroke in 38.52.

The Immaculate duo of Karci Gibson and Thandiwe McDonald won the 200 individual medley and 100 metre freestyle in times of 2:45.78 and 1:05.64 respectively.

Immaculate would also sweep the 200 metre freestyle and medley relays with swims of 1:59.71 and 2:22.57

Jamaica College would take both relays also in 1:48.74   and 2:04.96.

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”.

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.

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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