MIXED 200 METRE FREESTYLE RELAY SET NEW SENIOR AND AGE GROUP RECORD, SHAUN JOHNSON SWIMS YOUTH OLYMPIC B TIME

The final day of competition at the UANA Cup in Coral Springs Florida on Jan 21 saw Team Jamaica resetting the record books in the mixed 200 metre freestyle relay and Shaun Johnson recording a Youth Olympic B time in the 50 metre freestyle.

Gabriann Banks in relay action UANA Cup M Lyn
Gabrianna Banks in flight during a relay takeover at the UANA Cup Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The 15-17 mixed 200 metre freestyle relay team of Shaun Johnson  27.37, Jesse Marsh 24.46 ,Gabrianna Banks 27.12 and Nicholas Vale 24.75 set a new senior and 15-17 age group record of 1:43.70 to place 4th overall. The team was the highest placed CARIFTA region quartet in their age group.

Keanan Dols CISC M Lyn
Keanan Dols at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The previous record was set at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships when the team of Keanan Dols 24.62, Bryanna Renuart 28.13,Marsh 25.57 and Kelsie Campbell 26.93 touched in 1:45.25.

Shaun Johnson leading off relay UANA Cup M Lyn
Shaun on her way to a new personal best and Youth Olympics B time Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Shaun Johnson who was a member of the 2017 CARIFTA  “Golden Girls” went under the Youth Olympics B qualifying mark of 27.39 with her opening leg. In 2017 Jamaica’s 15-17 girls dubbed the “Golden Girls” won all their relay events at the CARIFTA Championships winning the 200, 400 and 800 metre freestyle relays as well as the 400 metre medley relay.

When draftingthecaribbean caught up with Johnson she spoke about the race, the competition overall and being chosen as the flag bearer

Shaun Johnson flag bearer UANA M Lyn
Shaun Johnson UANA Cup Flag bearer Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

“For the 4 x 50 freestyle relay, I was a little nervous because I had never done a mixed relay before and I rarely ever lead off. Coach Gillian (Millwood) decided to place me in the relay and said she was confident in seeing a great 50 time for me being the lead off especially considering I didn’t do the 50 free this weekend. Seeing 27.37 was surprising! My PB for last year was a 27.72 at CARIFTA and right now I’m in the middle of my high school season so things look exciting in that event. The rest of the team actually voted me to be the flag bearer and that was a fun part of the weekend as well! That was really cool”.

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Britney Williams joint top CARIFTA 15-17 swimmer in the 100 metre freestyle

Britney Williams tied with Alison Jackson of The Cayman Islands as the top CARIFTA region performer in the 15-17 100 metre freestyle with identical 59.55’s for 5th place.

Alia ,Ramon and some members of the UANA cup M Lyn
Jamaican Sportswoman Alia Atkinson , Saint Andrews Aquatics Coach Ramon Walton take a picture with some of the members of the UANA Cup Team Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Team Jamaica finished the competition with 6 more  best times on the final day to end with 20 new personal records overall, two age group records and one senior national record.

 

Emily Day 2
Emily MacDonald top Jamaican point scorer at the 2018 UANA Cup

Emily MacDonald was the best placed Jamaican in the high point scoring for the age group placing 8th with 22 points.

Nathaniel Thomas UANA Cup M Lyn
Nathaniel Thomas on his way to new personal best in the 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Sabrina Lyn 100 metre breaststroke M Lyn UANA cup
Sabrina Lyn stroking to the wall en route to a new personal best in the 100 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Name Event Age Group Time
Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre freestyle 13-14 57.12
Karci Gibson 100 metre freestyle 15-17 1:03.83
Sabrina Lyn 100 metre breaststroke 13-14 1:21.67
Nathaniel Thomas 50 metre butterfly 13-14 27.60
Jesse Marsh 50 metre butterfly 15-17 26.26
Shaun Johnson 50 metre freestyle 215-17 27.37
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UANA CUP DAY TWO 13-14 AGE GROUP ROAN BAKER,McCALLUM CLARKE, TRISTAN PRAGNELL OF BARBADOS, EMILY MacDONALD OF JAMAICA AND BAHAMIAN JAMILAH HEPBURN EARN PODIUM POSITIONS

 

The CARIFTA region got on the medal podium FIVE times on Day Two. Leading the medal charge were swimmers from Barbados , Jamaica and The Bahamas.

Roan Baker UANA Day 2
Roan Baker Silver medallist in the 400 IM

Roan Baker of Barbados opened the CARIFTA region medal account with a Silver in the 400 metre individual medley. He touched the wall in 4:56.55 (split time 2:22.94) to complete the medley. He won the Silver in the 200 individual medley on the first day. When draftingthecaribbean spoke to him after the race he had the following thoughts

“For my 400 IM I was very nervous. I swam the 200 IM yesterday it gave me a little bit of confidence but I was still super tired .When I started swimming I felt pretty good. The first 100,the butterfly was pretty good and the backstroke was pretty good, the breaststroke leg was the best I think I have ever done. In the freestyle I need to improve a little bit because I started falling behind. When I touched the wall I was pretty happy that I got the Silver. I was more happy that I got I got the Silver because I did not drop time. Overall it was a pretty good race.”

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McCallum Clarke Bronze medallsit in the 50 metre breaststroke

His countryman McCallum Clarke would earn the Bronze medal in the 50 metre breaststroke in a time of 31.74. He spoke to draftingthecaribbean about his medal winning performance

“I was nervous because there were a lot of fast people in the race and those who were behind me were close in time to me .I got a bad start but I was able to recover. Based on the results I was still happy even though it was not a best time”.

Tristan Pragnell
Tristan Pragnell Silver medallist in the 100 metre backstroke

Tristan Pragnell completed the hat trick of medals for Barbados when he won Silver with a closely bunched podium party. Tristan touched the wall the in 1:02.23 (split time 29.79).  Tristan had the fastest opening split of The Gold went to Gabriel Nascimento of Brazil in 1:02.12.Bronze went to Argentina’s Ramiro Faya in 1:02.38. He gave his impressions of the race

“Going into the 100 metre backstroke I was a little nervous because it is my best stroke and there were a lot of high expectations for me but I knew that my last personal best was done last year and I had a good chance of dropping time. Also I was seeded quite high so I had a good chance of medalling. Entering the race I started out fast. My teammates told me I was first after the first 50 metres. I may have gone out a little too fast because passed in the last 15 metres. But I know for future races to save a little more for the end but I am happy for medalling”.

Emily Day 2
UANA Cup Bronze medallist in the 13-14 100 metre butterfly and new 13-14 record holder Emily MacDonald

Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald earned Bronze in the 100 metre butterfly in a new age group record of 1:05.86 (split time 30.34) just off the Youth Olympics B qualifying time of 1:05.71. She lowered her own national mark of 1:06.19 that she set last year on March 2 at the National Stadium. She was just off the Youth Olympics B qualifying mark of 1:05.71 and was the fastest CARIFTA region swimmer in the event. She expressed the following thoughts about her swim

“I was very happy when I found that I broke my own national record for the 100 metre butterfly. It was very surprising since I never tapered for this meet and I hope to break it again”.

Jamilah Hepburn
13-14 50 metre breaststroke medallist Jamilah Hepburn

Jamilah Hepburn of The Bahamas earned the Bronze in the 50 metre breaststroke in a time of 35.65.Inspeaking about her performance she

“I was mentally prepared for my race and I was focused on executing the start and finish properly”

Other top performances from the CARIFTA region in this age included a new age group record by Grenada’s Jenebi Benoit who placed fourth in a time of 1:00.77 (split time 27.67).

Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Logan Watson-Brown Bermuda 200 metre freestyle 13-14 2:11.10 5th
Brian Desmond Bermuda 200 metre freestyle 13-14 2:03.75 6th
Danielle Treasure Barbados 100 metre backstroke 13-14 1:10.76 6th
Sabine Ellison Cayman Islands 400 metre IM 13-14 5:26.64 5th

 

NICHOLAS VALE AND EMILY MacDONALD WIN BRONZE MEDALS ON DAY TWO OF UANA JESSE MARSH SWIMS YOUTH OLYMPIC B QUALIFYING TIMES

As the Jamaican contingent warmed to the cold temperatures in Coral Springs on Day Two, the squad also increased their medal count from One to Three medals. Two Bronze medals were won by Emily MacDonald in a new national age group record and Nicholas Vale.  Youth Olympic Olympics B standard times were also achieved by Jesse Marsh.

Emily Day 2
UANA Cup Bronze medallist in the 13-14 100 metre butterfly and new 13-14 record holder Emily MacDonald

 

MacDonald won the Bronze medal in the 13-14 100 metre butterfly in a new national age group record of 1:05.86. She lowered her own national mark of 1:06.19 that she set last year on March 2 at the National Stadium. She was just off the Youth Olympics B qualifying mark of 1:05.71 and was the fastest CARIFTA region swimmer in the event. She expressed the following thoughts about her swim

“I was very happy when I found that I broke my own national record for the 100 metre butterfly. It was very surprising since I never tapered for this meet and I hope to break it again”.

Nicholas Vale UANA
UANA Cup Bronze medallist in the 15-17 400 IM and Jamaica’s first male medallist at the competition Nicholas Vale

The first medal won on the day was won by Nicholas Vale in the 15-17 400 individual medley. He became the first ever Jamaican boy to win a medal at the competition capturing Bronze in time of 4:56.85.

“It feels very good to win a Bronze medal as the first Jamaican boy at this meet. The race itself was pretty good. The best part of it was the first 100 metres. I went out 1:00 for the butterfly leg. I was really happy with how fast I went out. It was a little rough coming back but I am very happy I was able to secure Bronze for Jamaica”.

Jesse Marsh 15-17 boys CARIFTA 2017
Jesse Marsh Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Jesse Marsh competing in the 100 metre butterfly recorded a new personal best of 57.22 (split time 26.78) to place fifth overall. It also brought Marsh under the Youth Olympics Games B standard time of 57.54. That would not be the only Youth Olympics Standard achieved by Jesse as he would compete in a time trial in the 200 metre butterfly and stopped the clock in 2:09.39, yet another personal best. That performance bettered the B time of 2:10.13.

Marsh’s new personal standards carried the total to 10 new personal records for the day and 14 overall.

Name Event Age Group Time
Sabrina Lyn 400 metre IM 13-14 6:08.15
Emily MacDonald 100 metre butterfly 13-14 1:05.86 NAGR
Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre butterfly 13-14 1:02.44
Gabrianna Banks 100 metre butterfly 15-17 1:11.34
Jesse Marsh 100 metre butterfly 15-17 57.22 YOG B
Sabrina Lyn 50 metre breaststroke 13-14 37.83
Naomi Eaton 50 metre breaststroke 15-17 36.44
Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre backstroke 13-14 1:06.61
Nicholas Vale 100 metre backstroke 15-17 1:01.20
Jesse Marsh 200 metre butterfly 15-17 2:09.39 YOG B

EMILY MacDONALD’S BRONZE MEDAL IN THE 50 METRE AND 15-17 GIRLS 200 METRE MEDLEY RELAY RECORD PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT JAMAICAN PERFORMANCE ON DAY ONE OF UANA CUP

Day one of the UANA Cup in Coral Springs Florida was highlighted by Emily MacDonald’s Bronze medal in the 13-14 50 metre freestyle and the 15-17 Girls national record performance in the 200 metre medley relay.

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Jamaica’s first Bronze medallist at the UANA Cup Emily MacDonald 13-15 50 metre freestyle Bronze medallist

Competing in temperatures reaching as low as 14 degrees celsius MacDonald captured the Bronze medal in a time of 27.42 .She finished behind the duo of Mexican Athena Meneses Kovacs and Fabiana Pesce of Venezuela who tied for the Gold in a time of 27.10. Emily who in her last national outing was won the 13-14 Gold at the CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago last summer and holds the 11-12 national record had the following thoughts about her performance

“Medalling at UANA was a very big accomplishment for me especially swimming against the best swimmers from Central and South America who I am not used to competing against. Winning the very first medal for Jamaica at this meet was also a big accomplishment for me”.

15-17 UANA national record holders
15-17 Record holders in the 200 metre medley relay from left to right Brianna Anderson,Gabrianna Banks, Annabella Lyn and Naomi Eaton

In the very last race Jamaica competed in the 15-17 quartet of Brianna Anderson backstroke, Gabrianna Banks breaststroke, Annabella Lyn butterfly and Naomi Eaton freestyle set a new mark of 2:09.56 in the 200 metre medley relay to place 6th .

Dawn Kane
Dawn Kane Photo courtesy of goduke.com

The old record was set over 20 years ago when the Tornadoes team of Lydia Gordon backstroke, Jelaine James breaststroke, Olympian Angela Chuck now Kane butterfly and Thea Davis freestyle set the previous standard of 2:13.54 on May 7, 1997 at the National Stadium pool in Kingston.

Just missing out on medal in the 15-17 50 metre freestyle was Gabrianna Banks who touched in fourth place in a time of 27.31

The team also saw four members of the team recording personal bests

Name Event Age Group Time
Sabrina Lyn 200 metre IM 13-14 2:44.98
Annabella Lyn 200 metre IM 15-17 2:32.52
Karci Gibson 50 metre freestyle 15-17 29.29
Nathaniel Thomas 200 metre IM 13-14 2:31.03

The team will be back in action tomorrow at 10:20 am local time starting with the 400 metre individual medley

RECORD BREAKING SUNDAY NATHANIEL THOMAS AND THE GOLDEN GIRLS OF THE MARLINS SWIM CLUB GIANI FRANCIS, KOKOLO FOSTER, SAIDAH BROWN AND CHRISTANYA SHIRLEY SET NEW NATIONAL MARKS

Sunday December 17 will be known as record breaking Sunday as the nation’s youngsters continued to excel in their last competitions for 2017 as they have done all throughout the year. Competitions in two different meets in two different islands yielded national age group records . In Jamaica at the ASAJ Christmas Open and Christmas Breezer Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes swim club lowered his national mark in the 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly twice in the morning heats and final . While the Golden Girls from the Marlins Swim Club Giani Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley continued their awesome record breaking run in the 9-10 200 metre freestyle relay at the Republic Bank Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational.

At his first CARIFTA in The Bahamas in April Nathaniel was 5th    in the 11-12 50 butterfly  in 29.22 .

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Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Later in May in Jamaica Nathaniel would lower the 11-12 50 butterfly to 28.32. That just edged the old standard of 28.33 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter (Rio 2016) when he won the Silver medal at the 2009 CARIFTA Championships held in Aruba. At the CCCAN competition in Trinidad and Tobago in July he would top the region taking the Gold in 28.53. He would join the elites among the region when he became the first Jamaican  11-12 boy to break the 28 seconds barrier.

Nathaniel Christmas Open
Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the morning he was fantastic in breaking the meet record also set by Wynter in 2009 of 29.39 and lowering the national mark to 27.95. He would continue his record breaking feats in the final as he dropped time again to set a standard of 27.86.

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Head Coach of the Tornadoes Swim Club and her record breaking swimmer Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

He now joins the likes of Evante Gibson of the Bahamas 27.77, Aruban Jordy Groters 27.85 as regional standouts under the 28 seconds barrier in the 11-12 age group.

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President of the Aquatics Sports Association of Jamaica Martin Lyn congratulating Nathaniel on his record breaking exploits Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

On the day he would also set new meet record in winning the 200 metre freestyle with a personal best of 2:12.77 and taking the Gold with the Tornadoes A team in the 400 metre medley relay.

The Golden Girls of the Marlins Swim club Gianna Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley have dominated the sprint freestyle relay this season and their last meet in Trinidad and Tobago would be no different.

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Marlins Girls 9-10 team at the Neville Alexander meet from left to right Giani Francis,Kokolo Foster,Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

At the Neville Alexander meet they set a new national mark of 2:14.66 .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.

Marlins free relay record holders
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

At the Dean Martin Memorial Meeting in October they crushed that mark with a swim of 2:10.52. In the twin Island Republic they would be even that much faster with a time of 2:05.52 .That performance takes almost ten seconds off from the 1988 record. That swim is among one of the fastest ever done by an English Speaking Caribbean team in that age group.

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Marlins 9-10 Golden Girls from left to right Giani Francis, Saidah Brown, Kokolo Foster and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Suzette Whyte

 

Three of the young ladies Francis, Foster will be pushing to make their first CARIFTA team in Kingston next year while Shirley has one more year in the 9-10 age group.

In 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships in the Bahamas the Jamaican ladies won the swept the 200 metre freestyle relays taking wins in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 age groups

 

11-12 conquerors
2017 CARIFTA Gold medallists 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
13-14 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale, Brianna Anderson and Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
15-17 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 15-17 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart , Shaun Johnson and Anjuii Barrett Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS JAMAICA’S EMILY MacDONALD WINS BRONZE IN THE 200 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

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Emily MacDonald with 200 yard freestyle relay Bronze medal Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald won Bronze in her first year competing at the prestigious 1A Florida State High School State Championships. Competing for the Bolles School on Saturday November 4 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida Emily’s Bolles 200 yard freestyle relay turned in a medal winning performance.

 

Emily led off the team with a split of 23.91 to help her teammates Stefanie Mendizabal 23.97, Kate Wilkerson 24.15 and Sasha Ramey 23.64 to a Bronze medal time of 1:35.67. MacDonald’s opening leg was the fastest by Bolles swimmer in the Championship final since 2013.The team returned to medal winning form in the event after missing the podium in 2016 with a 4th place finish.

In the individual 100 yard freestyle she made the Championship final in her very first attempt setting a new personal best of 52.13 (split time 25.00). That bettered her previous personal record of 52.67 (split time 25.47). In the final she would record the 2nd fastest time of her career to place 7th overall in a time of 52.60 (25.11).Her performance was the best placing in the event for the Jacksonville based institution since 2014.

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

The reigning  2017 CCCAN 13-14 Double sprint freestyle Champion would make it Three Championship finals from three events when she made the final of the 50 yard freestyle. In the morning heats she would set a personal best when she stopped the clock in 23.76 .It lowered her previous record of 23.88 set at Regionals in October. In the final she would place 8th in a time of 23.97. The performance was again the best performance for Bolles since 2014.

 

 

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