JESSE MARSH AND EMILY MacDONALD RECORD BEST TIMES BY JAMAICAN SWIMMERS AT 2017 COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES IN THE BAHAMAS

The recently concluded Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas saw swimmers Jesse Marsh and Emily MacDonald recording the best times ever swum by Jamaicans at the competition in their respective events.

Competing in the 200 metre butterfly Marsh lowered his personal best from 2:11.47 to 2:10.31 to place 13th overall. That bettered the previous Jamaican best time of 2:22.06 at the competition set by Dominic Walter at the 2008 Pune India Games. It is also the second fastest time recorded by a Jamaican at the Commonwealth Games at either the senior or junior level. The top time by a Jamaican is held by Jesse’s father Allan-Roy at the senior level . Allan-Roy recorded 2:06.89 at the 1982 Brisbane Australia Games.

When asked about his experience Jesse, who holds the 13-14 200 metre butterfly national record had the following thoughts

“Well the experience wasn’t really what I expected because of all the challenges we faced getting to the games and not being able to stay at the hotel with the rest of the team among other things. As for my performances I was disappointed not being able to swim the 50 and 100fly as I thought I had a pb in me in the 50 and in the 100 I had a good chance of being in the top 8. The 200fly I was satisfied but not entirely pleased with my performance as I knew if I was more mentally there I could’ve been a lot faster but I got a pb and now I’m looking forward to racing the events that I missed and the 200fly again in a few days. I will be racing at the Florida  Gold Coast Senior Champs in Coral Springs this weekend July 28-30 and then at the Futures championships in Nashville, TN on the following weekend August 3-6”.

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Jesse Marsh and Emily MacDonald at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre

Emily who competed in the 50 metre freestyle recorded a time of 27.60 to place 15th overall. That is the best time and placing for Jamaica at this level for the Commonwealth Games. The previous best was 29.02 and 25th place by Annabella Lyn at the 2015 Samoa Games. Her performance also doubles at the best placing for a Jamaican woman at both junior and senior level in the event as the previous best was 22nd by Angela (Dawn) Kane at the 2002 Manchester Games.  Her 27.60 is also the third fastest by a Jamaican woman at either the senior or junior. The list is headed by times recorded at the senior level at the 2002 Manchester Games .Olympian Angela (Dawn) Kane (2000,2004)  tops the list with a time of 27.09 .Kane is followed on the chart by Tamara Swaby with her effort of 27.25 at the same Games.

MacDonald who is the reigning CCCAN Champion in the 13-14 girl’s 50 metre freestyle gave her impression of the experience to draftingthecaribbean recently

“It was definitely a thrill to compete against athletes from countries that have such big reputations in swimming.  It is a joy for me to compete against people who are always going to push me.  I felt I could have done better but some accreditation issues had me quite anxious until the night before my race. Overall though I’m pleased because my time was still within my normal range”

 

This is the fourth contingent of swimmers Jamaica has sent to the Games

Year Country Swimmers
2008 Pune India Dominic Walter
2008 Pune India Alexia Royal-Eatmon
2008 Pune India Kendese Nangle
2011 Isle of Man Matthew Chen
2011 Isle of Man Breanna Roman
2015 Samoa Annabella Lyn
2015 Samoa Joseph Black

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.

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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

NATIONAL RECORDS RECORD TUMBLE ON Day 2 OF CCCAN JAMAICAN STANDARDS AS THOMAS,LYN, SINCLAIR AND THE 11-12 MIXED RELAY TEAM BETTER MARKS AND CAMPBELL “FLIES” TO FIRST PLACE

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other finalists on the day included

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

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

JAMAICAN CONTINGENT HEADS TO CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TODAY WITH NATIONAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS UNDER THREAT

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Members of Jamaica’s team to the CCCAN Swimming Championships

A   17 member Jamaican delegation will be in action in the swimming pool from the 28th of June to July 2 at the Aquatic Centre, Balmain, Couva in Trinidad.  The Championship which membership comprises federations from the Central American and Caribbean region has seen a number of outstanding performances from Jamaican athletes. Seven existing records at the meet are held by swimmers from the land of wood and water.

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Janelle Atkinson at the 2001 CCCAN Championships Photo courtesy of swimjamaica.com

Leading the record tally is Olympian Janelle Atkinson with three. She holds marks in the 18 and over 800 metre freestyle 8:39.16, 400 metre freestyle 4:13.11 and 200 metre freestyle 2:02.57. All of those Championship standards were set at the 2001 edition of the meet in the Dominican Republic where she won Six Gold, One Silver and One Bronze.

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Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Aurelien Menuuier/Getty Images Europe

Olympian Alia Atkinson has two 15-17 records from the 2005 Championships still standing. As expected they are in the breaststroke events. In the 50 metre race it is 33.12 and the 100 metre breaststroke race 1:13.93.The meet was again held in the Dominican Republic. Alia won an impressive Seven Gold ,One Silver and one Bronze.

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Timothy Wynter on his return to Jamaica from a successful 2011 CCCAN campaign Photo courtesy of The Jamaica Gleaner

Yet another Olympian Timothy Wynter has two records in his favoured backstroke events at the 2011 Puerto Rico meet in the 13-14 age group. His 50 metre standard stands at 26.96 and his 200 metre record at 2:09.55.His medal haul would consist of Two Gold, Two Silver and a Bronze.

In 2017 the Jamaican team  have 24 individual medal chances based upon the heat sheet.

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Kelsie Campbell Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

In the 18 and over girls Kelsie Campbell has five good chances in the 50,100 and 200 metre freestyle events as well as the 50 metre butterfly races. In the 100 metre butterfly  she is seeded first. Her time of 1:03.48 is in striking range of the Championship record of 1:03.18 by Puerto Rico’s Debra Rodriquez.

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Nathaniel Thomas and Zaneta Alvaranga Photos courtesy of Cheser Adams

Next up for a potentially large medal haul are the 11-12 sprinters Nathaniel Thomas and Zaneta Alvaranga. Both are in medal winning positions based on their entry times in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle races and 50 and 100 metre butterfly events. In the 50 metre butterfly in which both swimmers are ranked number 1 they will be seeking to lower their respective national records of 28.32 for Thomas and 28.95 for Alvaranga. Zaneta’s best time is almost a full second faster than the championship record of 29.85 by Venezuela’s Ángela Ciccenia.

Other swimmers in medal contention and aiming to break national records are

Sabrina Lyn the 2017 CARIFTA Champion who will be looking to lower her mark of 1:07.22 in the 100 metre butterfly.

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Sabrina Lyn 11-12 record holder in the girls 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Brianna Anderson will be looking to break the girls 13-14 50 metre backstroke record of 31.02

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Brianna Anderson  Photo courtesy of Yvonne Anderson

Emily MacDonald will be looking to better her national mark of 1:06.19 in the 13-14 100 metre butterfly

Emily MacDonald 11-12 100 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke Champion
Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

Gabrianna Banks will be racing  for the 13-14 record of 26.86

Gabrianna Banks 50 free Bronze
Gabrianna Banks Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The full delegation reads

11-12 girls 11-12 boys
Zaneta Alvaranaga Nathaniel Thomas
Sabrina Lyn Joshua-Daniel Alleyne
Isabella Sierra
P’aige Lewis

 

13-14 girls 13-14 boys
Emily MacDonald Kyle Sinclair
Brianna Anderson
Gabrianna Banks
15-17 girls 15-17 boys
Britney Williams Jesse Marsh
Anjuii Barrett
Brynanna Renuart
Angara Sinclair
18 and over girls 18 and over boys
Kelsie Campbell Sidrell Williams
Coach
 Mrs Wendy Lee
Team Doctor
 Dr Jacqueline James
Team Physiotherapist
Miss Sophia Brown
Team Manager
Miss Tastey Blackman

 

SPRINTERS PUT ON A SHOW ON FINAL DAY OF NEVILLE ALEXANDER MARLINS 9-10 GIRLS LOWER FREESTYLE RELAY TEAM LOWER RECORD SET ALMOST THIRTY YEARS AGO

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Marlins Girls 9-10 team that set a new national record in the 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Gianna Francis,Kokolo Foster,Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

 

The final day of the Neville Alexander Memorial Swim Meet saw the sprinters putting on a show. There would be yet another national record as the Marlins 9-10 girls added to their tally from Saturday morning. This time they lowered the national standard in the 200 freestyle relay.

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National record holders in the 9-10 girls freestyle relay from left to right Back row Kokolo Foster,Gianna Francis Front row Saidah Brown ,Christanya Shirley

The young ladies of the Marlins who lowered a record set almost 30 years. The team of Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown, Giani Francis and Christanya Shirley touched in a time of 2:14.66, more than 10 seconds ahead of the field. That lowered the national record of 2:15.37 set way back on Aug 1, 1988. That mark was set by the national team of Kezia Stewart, Kerone Peat, Joanna Lee and Nicole Lowe at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships held in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic when 9 and 10 year olds were allowed to participate. Also falling by the wayside was the meet record of 2:18.69 by the 2012 Marlins team of Deandra Reynolds, Karci Gibson, Ahkira Brown and Britney Williams.

 

The 50 metre freestyle meet records fell by the wayside in the following races 8 and under boys, 11-12 girls and boys and the 13 and over boys’ events. That meet record rush continued in the 200 metre freestyle relays 8 and under girls, the 11-12 girls and boys and 13 and over girls events.

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Zack-Andre Johnson record breaker in the boys’ 8 and under 50 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The record breaking spree was started in the 8 and under boys’ race by the Y Speedos’   Zack –Andre Johnson. He lowered a more than a decade old record when he touched the wall in 34.13. The old record of 34.21 was held by former Speedos swimmer Robert Marshall. Johnson topped the field by more than 5 seconds.

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Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 50 freestyle record breaker and the fastest girl at the 2017 Neville Alexander Memorial meet Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In the 11-12 girls event it was Zaneta Alvaranga of the Y Speedos who recorded the fastest time by a girl at the meet and lowered the meet record with her quick time of 27.68. Her margin of victory was more than 2 seconds. In winning she lowered the 2016 meet record of 28.09 by Swimaz’s Emily MacDonald .Zaneta was just off her Silver medal winning CARIFTA personal best of 27.56.She continues to track the national record of 27.53 of MacDonald when she won Gold at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships.The record for the 11-12 girls age group at the upcoming CCCAN championships to be held in Trinidad and Tobago is 27.55 set their Olympian Cerian Gibbes in 1995.

 

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Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 50 metre freestyle record breaker Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

For the boys event it was Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes who again dominated the field. He recorded the only sub 27 seconds time of 26.57. He crushed the meet record of 27.58 by the Y Speedos Alford Green set in 2003.He was more than a second ahead of the field. He was barely off his personal best time of 26.52.  Last year he was In his sights for the rest of the year will be the national record of 26.29 held by another Tornadoes age group standout Brad Hamilton. That mark was set in 2002.

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Sidrell Williams 13 and over 50 metre freestyle record breaker

In the boys 13 and over race it was Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos who recorded the fastest time of the meet and the only sub 25 seconds clocking when he touched the wall in 24.29. That lowered his 2012 meet standard of 24.74.

The 11-12 girls Y Speedos relay team of Paig’e Lewis, Callier Maxwell, Jadean Dixon and Zaneta Alvaranga lowered the meet record of 2:04.24 with a swim of 2:03.82.

The 11-12 Tornadoes boys Jaleel Samms, Zachary Jackson-Blaine, Nikolos Gordon-Somers and Nathaniel Thomas set their meet record with a time of 1:56.25.

The 13 and over girls of Y Speedos team of Leanne McMaster, Naomi Eaton, Paris Clare and Brianna Anderson set a record of 1:57.54.

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Brianna Anderson Triple gold medallist in backstroke events Photo courtesy of Yvonne Anderson

Anderson would sweep the backstroke events 50-100-200 when she claimed the open 200 backstroke crown in 2:43.51.She would also add the 13 and over 50 metre freestyle title in 28.08.

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Kyle Sinclair Winner of the open 200 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The boys open 200 metre backstroke title went to her teammate Kyle Sinclair in a personal best of 2:20.51.

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Christanya Shirley (red swimsuit) and Kokolo Foster (black swimsuit) prepare to race in the girls’ 9-10 50 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The crowd was treated to good contests between national record breaking teammates Kokolo Foster and Christanya Shirley of the Marlins in the 50 breaststroke and 50 metre freestyle races.

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National record breakers and Marlins teammates from left to right Christanya Shirley and Kokolo Foster Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The older Foster edged her younger teammate 40.14 to 40.71 in the breaststroke race and 31.42 to 31.74 in the freestyle event.

David Morris of the Y Speedos won the boys 9-10 50 metre breaststroke in 43.21.Israel Allen who had an outstanding showing at the meet won the 50 metre freestyle in a pb of 31.86.Allen won five of the six 9-10 individual age group events on offer all in personal record times. The 200 metre freestyle relay in this age group was won by the Marlins team of Josh Johnson, Jayden Campbell, Josh Wilkinson and Kajuan Haughton in 2:20.35.

In the 11-12 age group it was the Tornadoes duo of Sabrina Lyn and Nikolos Gordon –Somers who took top honours in the 100 metre breaststroke in 1:27.72 and 1:22.49 respectively.

In the 13 and over age group Naomi Eaton of the Y Speedos in addition to her relay win had victories in the 100 metre breaststroke 1:22.67 and 400 metre freestyle 4:53.09.

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Gold and Silver medallists in the boys’ 13 and over 100 metre breaststroke from the Tornadoes Swim Club From Left to right Adrian Grant and Sean-Douglas Gooden Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Adrian Grant of the Tornadoes also did the breaststroke/freestyle double for the 13 and over boys. He won the 400 metre event in 4:53.09. In the breaststroke race he held off teammate Sean-Douglas Gooden for the victory 1:11.84 to 1:11.97.

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Renae Chung Winner of the 8 and under 50 metre butterfly , 50 metre backstroke,50 metre breaststroke and 50 metre freestyle

In the 8 and under category Renae Chung of the Y Speedos was a double winner for the girls taking the 50 metre breaststroke and freestyle races in personal best times of 52.25 and 36.61. Chung won all the 8 and under individual races on offer at the meet. The boys breaststroke race went to Waldon McIntosh in 49.46.

The masters’ races for the ladies were again dominated by the Tornadoes Swim club. Lisa Griffith won the 50 metre breaststroke in 48.22. Annelies Denny won the 50 metre freestyle in 35.41.Stefan Braeger won the men’s 50 metre breaststroke in 41.78. Rohan Whyte of the Sailfish Swim Academy won the freestyle race in 30.29.

The meet was brought to a conclusion with the boys 13 and over 200 metre freestyle relay by the Tornadoes team of Sean-Douglas Gooden, Joshua Craigie, Adrian Grant and Jordan Hines in 1:43.38

 

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.

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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.

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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.

JAMAICAN SPRINT FIRE POWER ON DISPLAY ON FINAL NIGHT OF CARIFTA 11-12 , 13-14 AND 15-17 GIRLS SWEEP THE 200 FREESTYLE RELAYS THOMAS CROWNED FASTEST 11-12 BOY IN CARIFTA REGION

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

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

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

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

11-12 Girls CARIFTA and national record holders
New CARIFTA and National record holders in the 11-12 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Paig’e Lewis, Sabrina Lyn, Isabella Sierra and Zaneta Alvaranga Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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

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

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

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

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

Zaneta Alvaranga CARIFTA 2017 head shot
Zaneta Alvaranga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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