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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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.

boys 13-14 50 freestyle medallists
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 .

Cerian Gibbes
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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FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS NERCISIO, MacDONALD AND HEW TO CHALLENGE FOR 50 YARD FREESTYLE TITLE

Three of the CARIFTA region’s top sprinters will be in action tomorrow in the 50 yard freestyle at the 2017 Florida High School Athletic Association 1A state championships to be held at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida. The swimmers are Chadé M. Nersicio from Curaçao representing Trinity Christian, Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald representing the Bolles School and Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands representing Saint Andrew’s.

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Chadé Nercisio before her race Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Chadé will enter the preliminaries as the top seed in the event with a time of 23.47. Last season at the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago she set a new national record to win the Silver medal in the 15-17 age group in 26.45. She would go on to record 26.91 at the World Championships in Budapest Hungary . This season in the 25 yard pool she has been in good form recording wins at the Palm Beach County championships,1A District 10 and 1A Region 4 Championships. At the County championships she lowered her 2016 of 23.42 to 23.10.

Date Meet Time
Oct 7 Palm Beach County Champs 23.10
Oct 20 1 A District 10 Champs 23.31
Oct 27 1A Region 4 Champs 23.47

She has been on the podium the last previous two years and will seek to be on the top of the podium for the first time tomorrow.

Year Event Time Placing
2016 50 yard freestyle 22.96 3rd
2015 50 yard freestyle 23.41 2nd

The third seed will be Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald. The Bolles recruit in her first season underlined her sprint credentials by winning at the 1A District 2 Champs and the 1A Region champs.

Date Meet Time
Oct 17 1 A District 2 Champs 24.64
Oct 26 1A Region 1 Champs 23.88
Emily MacDonald 100 freestyle Gold
Emily MacDonald 13-14 50 metre freestyle Gold Medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Emily who was ill at CARIFTA in The Bahamas placed 4th in a time 27.60. Regular service was resumed at CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago when she won the 13-14 50 metre freestyle title 27.20. in 2016 on her way to the freestyle sprint double. In her last year of the 11-12 age group in 2016 she had completed the Golden double capturing the freestyle double at CARIFTA and CISC.

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Hew of the Cayman Islands who in 2016 made the Championship final in the 100 yard freestyle has made the move to the 50 yard race this season. She is ranked 8th on the heat sheet with a time of 24.09.Lauren has put up good performances in the event leading up to Saturday’s grand finale with top 3 performances at Palm Beach County, Districts and Regional champs.

Date Meet Time
Oct 7 Palm Beach County Champs 23.46 2nd
Oct 20 1 A  District 10 Champs 24.25 2nd
Oct 27 1A Region 4 Champs 24.09 3rd

These swimmers along with other in the upcoming 2A, 3A and 4A championships will be trying to get their names alongside other CARIFTA region swimmers who have won 50 yard freestyle titles and laid claim to being the fastest high school swimmer in Florida.

Past 50 yard freestyle winners
Past Regional Florida High school 50 yard champions from left to right Alexandria Donahue,Natasha Moodie and Chinyere Pigot Photos courtesy of swimmingworld

CARIFTA 50 yard freestyle  Florida High School State Championships winners

Name Country School Division Year Time
Alexandria Donahue Trinidad and Tobago Tampa 4A 2013 23.60
Chinyere Pigot Suriname Doral 1A 2010 23.52
Natasha Moodie Jamaica Miramar 3A 2005 23.72

TJON A JOE MAKES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ON FINAL DAY OF PRO SWIM SERIES IN MINNEAPOLIS

Suriname’s Renzo Tjon A Joe was the top performer on the final day of the Arena Pro Series Minneapolis on Saturday making the championship final of the men’s 100 metre freestyle. Renzo clocked 50 .32 split time 23.58 to finish 7th in the final. He was faster in the morning having registered 50.27 split time 24.02.Both swims were under the Olympic B standard time of 50.70. Renzo holds the national record for Suriname having posted 49.47 in the heats of the 2015 PAN AM Games.

Dylan Carter was 4th  in the C final with a time of 51.32 split time 24.87.He too was faster in the morning as he clocked 51.24 split time 24.40. Carter’s best time is 49.10 from the final of this event at the 2015 PAN AM Games.

Countryman Joshua Romany was 40th in 51.94 split time 25.28.

George Bovell III was 119th in 59.19 .He was clearly only looking for a 50 metre time as his split was 22.98.

Bermuda’s Lisa Blackburn was 74th in the 200 individual medley putting up a time of 2:27.20 split time 1:09.43. Blackburn holds the national record with a time of 2:24.98 from the   2012 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in Aruba.

In the 100 metre freestyle for women Chinyere Pigot of Suriname was the fastest posting a time of 57.39 split time 27.71 for 36th overall. Her national record stands at 56.89 .The Olympic B qualifying standard is 56.34

Rebecca Heyliger of Bermuda was 81st in 59.42 with a split time of 28.39. Countrywoman Madelyn Moore was  91st in 59.95 with a split time of 28.28.Moore won this event in the 13-14 age group at CARIFTA 2015 in 59.86 just missing the 1995 championship record of 59.54 set by Sangeeta Puri of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Trinidad Tobago’s Dylan Carter makes 200 freestyle B final on Day One of 2015 ARENA Pro Swim Series Minneapolis

Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter made the B final yesterday on Day one of 2015 ARENA Pro Swim Series Minneapolis in the men’s 200 metre freestyle. Carter representing Trojan Swim Club meet had clocked 1:50.84 in the morning heats with a split time of 53.84. That time put him in 9th overall just ahead of American star Michael Phelps who was 10th in 1:51.34. Carter’s time was under the Olympic B standard time in the event of 1:51.75.The meet has been approved as an official qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics

In the B final Carter finished 7th in 1:52.01 with a split time of 53.29.Carter is one of the best junior swimmers the Caribbean region has produced and is now making his mark in senior waters. He holds the CARIFTA 15-17 record at 1:50.35 and the 11-12 record at 2:04.11.Carter has won medals 2013 World Junior Championships as well as the 2014 Youth Olympics.

Also competing in the event was countryman Joshua Romany. Romany representing Tennessee Aquatics finished 45th overall in 1:55.16.The CARIFTA 13-14 200 freestyle record of 1:56.80 was set by Romany at the 2010 CARIFTA Championships. Romany also represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2013 World Junior Swimming Championships.

Four time Olympian (2000, 2004,2008 ,2012) George Bovell III also from the twin island Republic saw action but in the 100 metre breaststroke. Bovell was 40th in 1:05.56 split time 30.42. In his most recent of a lengthy list of swimming accomplishments he won bronze in the 50 metre freestyle at the 2015 PAN AM Games.

Finishing just ahead of Bovell was Bermudan national record holder Julian Fletcher of Trojan Swim Club who was 34th in 1:05.45 split 30.66.Fletcher owns all the breaststroke records for Bermuda in both long course and short course formats. The Olympic B standard for this event is 1:02.69

Suriname’s 2012 Olympian Chinyere Pigot (Athens Bulldogs) was 71st in the women’s 100 metre butterfly. She stopped the clock in 1:06.40 split 30.92.Chinyere holds the 50 and 100 yard freestyle at University of Connecticut where she received tutelage from another Caribbean Olympian Janelle Atkinson now Head coach at Fairfield University. The Olympic B standard in this event is 1:00.80. Pigot also competed in the 200 freestyle where she finished 97th in 2:10.14 with a split time of 1:00.79.

Also swimming the 200 metre freestyle was Bermuda’s Madelyn Moore.she finished 106th with a time of 2:19.14 split 1:04.94 .Moore had won the bronze medal at this CARIFTA championships in the 13-14 age group in 2:12.15. The Olympic B standard in this event is 2:03.13.

Her countrywoman Lisa Blackburn (South Florida Aquatics) was 41st in the 100 metre breaststroke.Her split at the 50 metre mark was 35.37.  Blackburn holds all the breaststroke records for Bermuda in the long course format.The Olympic B standard in the event is 1:10.22.

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