The final day of action of the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming championships in Hawaii saw the entire male contingent from The Bahamas in action in the 50 metre freestyle. It would be Gershwin Greene and Jared Fitzgerald who would make it to the final in the event.
Greene entered the meet with a 23.71 which he registered at the RBC national championships when he won Bronze in the 15 and over category. He equalled that time of 23.71 to place 13th overall and earn a second swim. In the B final he went faster to clock 23.68 to finish 7th overall. He had the following thoughts about the competition
“Overall I have been learning from the top swimmers in the World. This is my first meet outside of the Caribbean regional meets and some the United States (mainland) meets I .It is really motivating me to learn from them and be the best I can be.”
Fitzgerald who recently committed to the University of Indiana (https://swimswam.com/bahamas-national-teamer-jared-fitzgerald-commits-indiana-2017) and is the reigning 15-17 CARIFTA champion continued his quest for his first sub 24 seconds performance. After taking the CARIFTA title in Martinique in 24.00, he would log 24.06 for 4th at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships CISC. In the heats he would post 24.02. The B final saw him placing 8th in 24.05.
Izaak Bastian who is the 2016 13-14 boys CARIFTA champion in the event equalled his Gold medal winning time and personal best time of 24.25 to place 24th .
The 15-17 Silver medallist N’nhyn Fernander was 25th in 24.27.
Bastian would just miss a second swim in the 200 metre breaststroke when he placed 17th in 2:26.08 (split time 1:09.59).
The quartet would combine their efforts for 7th in the 400 metre medley relay. The splits for each leg were Greene backstroke 1:05.17, Bastian breaststroke 1:06.82, Fernander butterfly 55.89 and Fitzgerald freestyle 52.49 for a total time of 4:00.17. The day before in the 400 metre freestyle relay they were also 7th. In relay order the splits were Fitzgerald 52.19, Fernander 52.64, Bastian 54.79 and Greene 53.44 for a final time of 3:33.06.
Day 2 of the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii of Friday August 25 saw the region’s male swimmers in action in the 100 metre freestyle and 100 metre breaststroke.
Jared Fitzgerald of The Bahamas qualified for a lane in the afternoon in the 100 metre freestyle event when he posted a time of 52.13 (split time 24.96). Fitzgerald’s earlier efforts in the season saw him winning Silver medals in the 15-17 boys category both at CARIFTA and CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming championships). He was also a member of a record setting Peddie School’s 200 yard freestyle relay team that broke a standard that lasted over a decade. In the evening’s B final he had 50 metre splits of 25.01 and 27.21 to place 7th in a time of 52.06. That barely missed his lifetime best of 52.05 set at CISC. After the swim he had the following words
“Overall I am happy with my results so far.I am really enjoying the experience I am getting here. I am enjoying racing against the top swimmers who are my age.This is really motivating me to get back in the pool and train harder for next season.”
Teammate Izaak Bastian has been in great form in the boys 13-14 100 metre breaststroke for the year 2016 .At CARIFTA he captured Gold in a championship record time of 1:07.24. At his national championships he took the Gold again in a new meet record of 1:07.22. AT CISC he raised the bar for 13-14 boys when he became the first swimmer to go under 1:07.00. In the process he also lowered the Bahamian record of 1:07.22 by 2016 Olympian Dustin Tynes. In Hawaii the regional standard was set even higher. Competing in the heats he posted a time of 1:05.86 (split time 30.95 and 34.91) to finish 21st in yet another English speaking CARIFTA region best. He had the following thoughts
“ I have been having a good meet so far. It is good exposure for me. It is my first big international meet. I have been having a good time swimming against the top juniors in the world and it has been great to have this experience.
Also in action in the 100 metre freestyle at the high quality junior meet on Friday August 25 were Bahamians N’nhyn Fernander, Gershwin Greene and Bermudan rising star Jesse Washington. Fernander took almost a second off his lifetime best when he clocked 53.01 (split time 25.43) to place 33rd. Greene was just off his personal best of 53.28 when he clocked 53.41 (split time 25.78) for37th overall. Washington finished just behind Greene when he registered a time of 53.65 (split time 25.54).
The CARIFTA region’s talented youngsters are currently displaying their skills at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Hawaii. Two countries will represent the region at this meet, The Bahamas and Bermuda.
The Bahamas contingent includes sisters Albury and Lilly Higgs, N’nhyn Fernander, Gershwin Greene and Jared Fitzgerald. The team from Bermuda consists of Jesse Washington and Madelyn Moore.
The meet which also features teams from the United States of America, Japan, Canada and Australia has seen a number of competitors and meet record holders that have gone to perform well in senior waters. Those names include Rio 2016 Gold medallists Townley Haas and Simone Manuel.
On the first day of competition on Wednesday August 24 Fernander and Fitzgerald set personal bests.
In the 200 metre freestyle Jared dropped time by more than a second to stop the clock in 1:58.96 (split 57.57) and finish 26th.
Teammate Fernander lowered his personal best time by almost time by almost 2 seconds to register a time of 1:01.88 (split time 29.81) for 18th .
Lilly was 42nd in the 200 metre freestyle with a time of 2:12.12.Washington was 29th in the male equivalent in 2:02.67.His teammate Moore was 28th in the 100 metre backstroke in 1:09.23.
It was yet another night of exciting swimming action at the 2016 RBC National Championships in Nassau where Joanna Evans continued ton lower her senior national records and Elvis Burrows maintained control of the 50 metre butterfly.
Evans of Swift Swimming continued her record breaking form on Friday night when she took the senior title in the 200 metre freestyle in a new Bahamian record time of 2:01.62.This bettered her less than month old record of 2:01.73 set at the Longhorn Elite Invite on June 4. It was also well under the Olympic B standard time of 2:03.13. Her win marked her 4th consecutive senior crown in the race .Her winning times were as follows
She is also closing in on becoming the fastest English speaking CARIFTA region in the event. The region’s best time is held by legendary Jamaican swimmer Janelle Atkinson when she won Silver at the 1999 PAN AM Winnipeg Games in a time of 2:01.11.Silver and Bronze were awarded to her teammates Lilly and Albury Higgs in times of 2:13.16 and 2:17.86 respectively.
Exhibition swimmer Venezuelan Andreina Pinto had the fastest time of the day of 2:00.64.
The men’s title went to Matthew Lowe of the Barracudas Swim club in a season best time of 1:55.43. The win marked his 3rd career title following wins in 2013 and 2012.Second to the wall was Jared Fitzgerald of Alpha aquatics in 2:00.02.Third spot went to Barracudas Swim club’s Kerr Kohen in 2:01.47.
The fastest time of the day was recorded by exhibition swimmer Venezuelan Cristian Quintero in 1:48.50 just off the automatic Rio Olympics A standard of 1:47.97.
Also in excellent form on the night was Elvis Burrows of Freeport Aquatic Club who took the yet another 50 metre butterfly title. Since entering the senior ranks (15 and over age group) in 2005 Burrows has won this event on 8 occasions. Last night he added that 8th crown in a time of 24.38.
His title wins have been as follows
The fastest time of the meet was by exhibition swimmer Venezuelan Albert Subirats who clocked 24.34. N’Nhyn Fernander of Barracudas was send to the wall in the 25.22.The Bronze medal was won by Evante Gibson of Freeport Aquatics in 26.05.
The ladies senior title went to Victoria Russell of Freeport in the only sub 30 second swim of 29.55. Silver and Bronze went the Swift Swimming duo of Celia Campbell and Jasmine Gibson in 30.28 and 30.58 respectively.
In the junior ranks Izaak bastion of the Barracudas swim club lowered his 13-14 boys record 50 metre butterfly record. At the 2016 CARIFTA Championships in Martinique he had set the record at 26.24 .He took it down to 26.18 in the final of that event.
The longest race on offer on the day the 400 metre individual medley saw Swift Swimming sweeping the podium. Winning her first senior title in the event in a tight race was Albury Higgs 5:27.77.The University of South Carolina bound athlete had the following thoughts about the race “the race felt smooth and strong, and I used it to help me prepare for CISC next weekend. It’s always great to come home and swim with the teammates that I’ve had since 8 & under ” .Silver went to Evans in 5:27.77 and the Bronze went to Lilly Higgs in5:28.41. Lilly’s thoughts on the race were “I tried to stay as relaxed as possible while still holding a good pace since I am also preparing for CISC next weekend. I always enjoy racing my teammates, especially my sister for these last couple of races before she heads off to college.”
The men’s title saw another Swift sweep with Alec Sands being crowned Champion in 5:04.87.he was followed to the wall by Joshua Roberts in 5:06.39 .The Bronze went to Olympian Jeremy Knowles in 5:12.28. Knowles at CARIFTA 1999 before the advent of the 50 races in backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke won all the races in the boys 15-17 age group to include all the relays on offer the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and the 400 medley relay.
The fastest time of the day was done by exhibition swimmer Venezuelan Carlos Omaña in a time RIO Olympic B time of 4:19.37.
The senior title in the women’s 100 metre backstroke went to Barracudas Swim club’s Bria Devaux in 1:08.11.Evans was second in 1:10.79 and her teammate Celia Campbell took the Bronze in 1:11.59.
Miller Albury of Alpha Aquatics Swim club won his second senior title in a s many years in the senior ranks in the same event. He dropped from his time of 1:02.39 from 2015 to claim the title in 1:00.59. He won the decision over Matthew Lowe 1:00.78.the Bronze went to Tyler Russell in 1:01.93. Albury’s thoughts on his second senior title were “I felt I did what I need to do in practice leading up to the race to prepare properly .I worked every individual detail with my coach with a lot of repetitions” I just came out and executed my race properly”
The fastest time of the day went to Jamaican Timothy Wynter who stroked his way to a new national record of 56.28 a mere .02 off the Rio Olympic b time.
The ladies of Swift Swimming won the 400 metre medley relay in 4:42.14.Alpha Aquatics won the Silver in 4:55.18 while the Barracudas won the Bronze in 4:55.19.
The final event of the night saw the The Barracudas men’s team taking the Gold in 4:00.37.Placing second was Swift Swimming in 4:01.31 and Bronze was won by Alpha aquatics in 4:20.06.
Charlotte Backovic Bronze medallist Girls 50 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
Bahamian standout Izaak Bastian (Saint Andrews) accounted for 3 of the 8 records that fell on the final day of the 2016 CARIFTA swimming championships on Friday March 25.
The first Championship record actually fell to Kenzo Simons in the boys 13-14 age group as he bettered the 2011 record of Aruban Jordy Groters (Missouri) by the slimmest of margins 24.49 to 24.50.
He would return to swim the identical time in the final but that is when Bastian dropped more than a second from his preliminaries to time to record a new Championship record of 24.25. In setting the record he also lowered the 24.64 Bahamian age group record set Gershwin Greene (Baylor) in 2013.Simons would pocket the Silver while Julien Berol of Martinique took the Bronze in 24.69.
He would lower another Championship record in the 100 metre breaststroke .He would take out the first 50 in 32.46 and come home in the only sub 36 split of 35.30 to touch the wall in 1:07.76.That time bettered the 1:07.99 set by countryman Dustin Tynes (Ohio State) in 2011. Bastian swept the breaststroke events all in record time. Jeremie Delbois of St Maarten was second in 1:10.68 while Luke Gillette of Trinidad and Tobago was third in 1:11.17.
Izaak’s final Gold medal and Championship record was in the 200 metre freestyle relay. The team of Heindrick Champrobert 25.76, Samuel Gibson 25.45, Darren Laing 25.44 and Bastian with the fastest split of the relays 23.89 touched in a total time of 1:40.54.The old record of 1:40.90 was set by the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago team of Joshua Romany (Tennessee) Dylan Carter (USC), Blaine Sobrian and Keegan Boisson-Yates (Iona). The 2013 age record of 1:42.58 set by Jared Fitzgerald (Peddie),Alexander Encinar (Peddie) Miller Albury (Cantebury) and Michael Hernandez. Martinique won the Silver medal in a time of 1:41.32 and Suriname the Bronze in 1:41.73.
McCallum Clarke of Barbados completed the breaststroke sweep in the 11-12 age group. He broke the Championship record of 1:13.81 by Aruba Brandon Cheong set in 2014 when he clocked 1:13.67.That time equalled his age group record set in February of this year. In the final he went out in 35.23 over a second and clocked the only sub 38 last 50 of 37.87 to win a new Championship and Barbadian age group record of 1:13.10.Silver went to Alexander Joachim of St Vincent and the Grenadines in 1:17.30 and the Bronze to Sam Williamson of Bermuda in 1:19.34.Sam broke Keegan Wooley’s Bermudan age group record of 1:22.23 set in December 2015.
It was yet another dominant display by the Higgs sisters Lilly and Margaret (SwimMAC Carolina) in yet another breaststroke event. Both ladies went out in hard in times of 33.87 (Margaret) and 33.97 (Lilly) respectively. Coming home Lilly split the only sub 39 time of 38.15 to edge her sister for the Gold 1:12.12 to 1:12.94.She also earned herself the Championship record as she beat the standard of 1:12.33 set by Trinidad and Tobago representative Alexandria Donahue (Brown) in 2013.Jamaican Bryanna Renuart won the Bronze in 1:16.58.
In the backstroke events it was Barbadian rising star Danielle Titus that took the spotlight in the 200 metre race .In the final she held off the challenge of Bermudan standout Emma Harvey 2:25.72 Silver and Yasmina Frederic of Guadeloupe Bronze 2:32.04 to take Gold in a new Championship record of 2:24.16. For Titus that breaks the Barbadian age group record of 2:27.75 set by Amara Gibbs set in 2011.It was also the fastest time done by a girl in the 200 metre backstroke race at the Championships. Harvey also lowered her age group record of 2:31.64.
Jamaican Olympic hopeful Keanan Dols lowered the 15-17 boys’ record of 2:07.48 set Cayman Islands Olympian Brett Fraser (2008, 2012) in 2007 to 2:07.26 in the morning heats. He would return to take the Gold medal in the final with a time of 2:07.30. The Silver medal was won by Patrick Groters (Pine Crest) in new Aruban age group and senior national mark of 2:08.95.Groters had set both previous standards at 2:09.34 set CARIFTA 2015 in Barbados.
In the 400 metre freestyle events Laureen Foumann of Guadeloupe completed the 11-12 200 /400 double when she won in 4:50.79.Silver was won by Danielle Treasure of Barbados in 4:52.17 while the Bronze went to Lamar Taylor of Trinidad and Tobago in 4:53.43.
In the 13-14 girls age group Titus of Barbados won in 4:40.37 ahead of Franelly Angele of Guadeloupe 4:45.60 and Jada Chatoor of Trinidad and Tobago 4:45.89 who repeated her .Bronze medal performance in the 200 race.
The senior girls race went to Barbadian Hannah Gill (Baylor) in a time of 4:29.76.Lilly Higgs won yet another medal placing second in a time of 4:34.89.The Bronze was won by Vanessa Esposito of Bermuda in 4:35.50 in a new Bermudan 17-18 record. The previous record was set by Nicole Yearwood at the 2009 CARIFTA championships.
In the 11-12 boys age group it was the exact same order from the 200 race as Mitch Bourgeouis won in 4:32.94.His teammate Tom Lerno took the Silver in 4:38.86 and Clarke of Barbados the Bronze in 4:44.00.
In the 13-14 age group Anaique Zachelin of Guadeloupe 4:15.03 Gold switched places with Heindrick Champrobert of Martinique 4:19.11Silver from the 200 event, The Bronze was won by Anthony Mercury of Guadeloupe in 4:21.15.
Alex Sobers of Barbados repeated his 2015 feat of being the senior boys 200/400 freestyle champion as he won in 4:02.01.He killed of the race as a contest with his 200 split of 1:57.25, the only sub 2minute split of the competition. Second was his teammate Damon St Prix in 4:07.94.The Bronze went Aruban Daniel Jacobs in a time of 4:08.87.
In the sprint event Jamaican Emily MacDonald was crowned the fastest 11-12 girl in the CARIFTA region when she touched the wall in 28.15.In winning the race she also lowered the 2001 record of 28.23 set by Olympian Alia Atkinson (2004, 2008, 2012).The Silver went Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe in 28.80 and the Bronze to Logan Watson-Brown of Bermuda in 28.83.
Chade Nercisio of Curacao is the fastest 13-14 girl in the CARIFTA region as she stopped the clock in 26.98. She finished ahead Harvey of Bermuda 27.17 and Analia Pigree of French Guiana 27.29.
The senior girls title went to Bermudan Madelyn Moore in a time of 26.75.She held off Jamaican Kelsie Campbell who touched in 27.13 and Charlotte Backovic of Guadeloupe 27.32.
The fastest 11-12 boy in the CARIFTA region is Youris Geran of Guadeloupe who clocked 27.07.The Silver was won by Leandro Berenstein of Suriname in 27.22 and Lamar Taylor of the Bahamas won Bronze in 27.68.
Jared Fitzgerald of the Bahamas crowned himself the senior boys sprint king with his clocking of 24 .00.He was pushed to the win by teammate N’nhyn Fernander 24.11and Steven Aimable of French Guiana 24.15.
In the 100 metre breaststroke races Sabine Ellison of the Cayman Islands proved she was the best female breaststroker in the 11-12 age group when she completed the sweep and won the 100 in a time of 1:23.67. Kate-lye Brivet of Guadeloupe won the Silver in 1:24.99. Audrey Moore of the US Virgin Islands took the Bronze in 1:25.27.
Nercisio of Curacao confirmed she had no equal in the 13-14 when she took the 50,100 and 200 treble. She won the 100 metre race in a time of 1:15.89. Willi-insha-marie Jules-Marthe of Martinique won the Silver in 1:17.54.Guadeloupe’s Farah Sheikboudhou took the Bronze in 1:18.77.
Adriel Sanes of the USVI took the senior boys title in the 100 metre breaststroke. His opening 50 split of 30.49 proved to be the major difference as he held off Trinidad and Tobago’s Jeron Thompson 1:05.45 to 1:06.23.The Bronze went Alexander Encinar of the Bahamas in 1:07.15.
In the 200 metre backstroke races Treasure of Barbados held off a fast finishing Anouk Kamise of Guadeloupe to take the 11-12 title 2:30.03 to 2:30.73.She also prevented Kamise from sweeping the event .Kamise’s teammate Foumann won Bronze in 2:37.71.
Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands prevented yet another sweep of the top spots by the Higgs sisters when she took the senior girls event in 2:27.12.Margaret took the Silver in 2:29.33 while sister Lilly was a touch behind in 2:29.51.
Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname completed his marathon individual programme when he completed the 13-14 boys backstroke sweep. He took the event in 2:14.83 ahead of teammate Simons in 2:16.58 and Peter Morley of the Bahamas 2:17.80.
The 200 metre freestyle relays which was the last event of the competition saw the ladies of Guadeloupe being crowned the fastest in the 11-12 age group with a time of 1:58.86.They finished ahead of Martinique and the Bahamas who were timed at 1:59.55 and 1:59.97 respectively. The fastest split was provided by Guadeloupe’s anchor Naele Portecop who clocked 28.38.
The ladies from Trinidad and Tobago are the fastest in CARIFTA region for the 13-14 age group as they took top hours in a time of 1:53.57.They held of the challenges of Barbados 1:55.30and Martinique 1:56.95 respectively. The fastest split was recorded by Danielle Williams of Trinidad and Tobago who anchored her team in a time of 27.82.
The senior girls relay was won by the Martinique team in a time of 1:50.75.Team Jamaica finished with the Silver in a new national age group record of 1:50.85 and Guadeloupe took the Bronze in 1:51.09.The fastest split was recorded by Mika Heideyer of Martinique who recorded 26.91 on third leg duties.
In the 11-12 boys race Guadeloupe were crowned Champions with their time of 1:50.24.Bahamas won the Silver in a time of 1:54.73 with Barbados taking the Bronze in a time of 1:55.31. The 50 freestyle Champion Geran ensured that he left the meet with a sub 27 clocking .He led off his team with a time of 26.97, the fastest of the relays.
The final race saw the Bahamas team confirmed as the fastest in the CARIFTA region with their winning time of 1:37.48.Trinidad and Tobago won the Silver in 1:38.08 and the Bronze went to Martinique in 1:39.28.The fastest split was record by N’nhyn Fernander who posted 23.78 on the 3rd leg for the Bahamas.
Guadeloupe topped the medal standings winning 23 Gold, 25 Silver and 18 Bronze medals. Bahamas finished second overall with 22 Gold, 22 Silver and 12 Bronze medals. Barbados was third with 18 Gold, 11 Silver and 15 Bronze medals.
The opening day of the 2016 CARIFTA swimming championship records Games in Martinique on Tuesday March 22 saw 7 Championship records being lowered. Bermuda’s Emma Harvey was responsible for 2 of those while competing in the 13-14 age group.
As it was in 2015 so it would be in 2016 where Harvey would crown herself the 13-14 50 metre backstroke Champion. She would top last year’s performance by winning the title in a new Championship and Bermudan age group record of 30.43.En route to Gold she broke Trinidad and Tobago swimmer Kristin Julien’s (Florida Gulf Coast University) meet record of 30.57.She also lowered her Bermudan record of 31.11 set in Canada in July. Tying for the Bronze medal was Danielle Titus of Barbados and Virginia Stamp of the Bahamas in a time of 31.52.For Titus that was a new age record as she lowered Inayah sherry’s 2011 mark of 31.89.
Harvey would not be satisfied with only one championship record as she also took out the 100 metre butterfly record .The record belonged to another swimmer from the twin island Republic Tyla Martin who held the standard at 1:03.81. Emma would better that time as well as her own mark of 1:03.77 to win in a new 13-14 mark of 1:03.50.Silver went to St Lucia’s Katie Kyle in 1:06.68 and Aruba’s Elisabeth Timmer copped the Bronze in 1:07.34.
Another of Tyla Martin’s records would go but this time it would be in the 11-12 age group. Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe lowered Martin’s mark of 1:07.46 to win Gold in 1:06.27. Chaemael Griffit of Martinique won Silver in 1:11.32.Jamaica’s Simone Vale won Bronze in 1:12.17.
Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname would lower the Championship record in the 13-14 boys 100 metre butterfly. He bettered countryman Zuhayr Pigot’s (University of North Carolina) 2012 record of 57.96 to 57.49. Samuel Gibson of the Bahamas won the Silver medal in a time of 1:00.52 while Bronze when to Heindrick Champrobert of Martinique in 1:005.57.
Izaak Bastian of the Bahamas, the 2015 Champion did not wait until the final to set his record .He destroyed the mark from the morning heats. He clocked a fantastic 2:23.78 split time 1:09.56 to become the fastest swimmer ever in the 13-14 age group in 200 metre breaststroke in that event and at the fastest Bahamian of all time in that age group. The championship record of 2:27.25 belonged to countryman Dustin Tynes (Ohio state University) while the age group record Auburn alumnus Olympian Jeremy Knowles (2000,2004,2008 ) at 2:27.04.He would win the final in a time of 2:24.99.Silver was won Nkosi Dunwoody in a time of 2:36.02 while Trinidad and Tobago’s Luke Gillette won Bronze in 2:36.26.
In the 15-17 girls category the battle was set to be between sisters Margaret and Lilly Higgs (SwimMAC North Carolina). Lilly was the 13-14 champion in 2015 while older sister Margaret won the 15-17 title. The title would remain in the Higgs household as older sister Margaret took the crown in a record time of 2:35.33.she broke another Bahamian’s record to win .The mark was held by Mckayla Lightbourn (FSU) in a time of 2:37.97. Lilly won the Silver in a time of 2:38.54.Jamaica’s Bryanna Renuart won the Bronze in a personal best time of 2:44.87.
Another 200 metre breaststroke would go .this time it would be in the boys 11-12 200 metre breaststroke. Mccallum Clarke of Barbados just edged the Championship record held by Aruba’s Jordy Groters from 2009 2:37.84 to 2:37.82.That performance also bettered the Barbados age group record of Luis Sebastian Weekes of 2:38.41. He would take another slice out of the record in the final when he took the gold medal in a time of 2:37.78.Jamaica’s Rajiv Redhi won Silver in a time of 2:45.69 dropping 15 seconds from his entry time .Roan baker of Barbados took the Bronze in 2:49.01.
The final record to fall was in the final event the boys 15-17 400 metre freestyle. The race which went down to the final touch was won by the Bahamas team of Jared Fitzgerald ( Peddie) 52.41,Gershwin Greene (Baylor) 53.39,Albury Miller (Cantebury) 55.08 and N’nhyn Fernander 52.66for a total time 3:33.54. Pressing them all the way to the finish was the Barbados team of Alex Sobers 52.83,Jack Kirby (Baylor) 54.03 ,Luis Sebastian Weekes 54.43and Damon St prix 52.37 ( age group fastest relay fastest relay split) who stopped the clock in 3:33.66.Both teams were under the 2013 record set by Trinidad and Tobago of 3:33.73.the members of that team were Emiro Goossen (university of Florida) Jabari Baptiste (North Carolina state ) Joshua Romany (Tennessee) and Dylan Carter (USC).The Barbados team also bettered the age group record set way back in 2001 by Andrei Cross ,Terence Haynes (Toronto),Cliff Gittens and Georgia alumnus Olympian Damian Alleyne (2000 and 2004).The twin island republic won Bronze this year in a time of 3:38.02.
Other winners on Tuesday were
The Barbados duo of Danielle Titus and Hannah Gill (Baylor) won their respective 800 metre freestyle races. Titus won the 13-14 age group in a time of 9:36.21 while Gill won the 15-17 age group in 9:18.27. In the 1500 metre freestyle the 13-14 crown went to Anaique Zachelin of Guadeloupe in 16:38.76.Leegan Dupros of Martinique won the senior crown in 16:47.79.
Sabine Ellison of the Cayman Islands won the 11-12 200 metre breaststroke title in a time of 2:56.73. Chade Nercisio of Curacao won the 13-14 age group in 2:46.12.Adriel Sanes of the US Virgin Islands won the senior 200 metre breaststroke in the fastest time of the day of 2:22.66.
In the 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke Anouk Kamise of Guadeloupe won in 32.29.for the senior girls Madelyn Moore won in 30.72.Lamar Taylor of the Bahamas won the 11-12 boys title in 31.41.Matthew Mays of the US Virgin Islands won the 15-17 boys crown in 27.65.
In the girls 15-17 100 metre butterfly Kelsi Campbell of Jamaica won in 1:04.99 in her time representing that island. The 11-12 boys crown was won by Mitch Bourgeouis of Guadeloupe in 1:05.66.N’nhyn Fernander won the senior boys title in a time of 56.36.
In the 11-12 girls 400 metre freestyle relay Martinique won Gold in 4:20.95.The fastest split was done by the Bahamas anchor Katelyn Cabral in a time of 1:03.62.
The 13-14 relay title went to Trinidad and Tobago in a time of 4:15.38. The fastest split was recorded by Barbados anchor Danielle Titus in a time of 1:00.98.
The senior crown went to the Bahamas in a time of 4:02.28.The fastest split was recorded by Jamaica’s anchor Kelsie Campbell in a time of 59.19.
The 11-12 boys freestyle relay title went to Guadeloupe in a time of 4:04.75.the fastest time was recorded their second leg Youris Geran in a time of 59.75.
Martinique crowned themselves 13-14 boys champions with a total time of 3:44.07. Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname had the fastest split with his anchor leg of 53.19.
The first day of the 2016 Easterns on February 19 at the La Salle University’s Kirk Natatorium in Philadelphia saw the CARIFTA region being a part of history. This as Bahamian Jared Fitzgerald and Jamaican Joseph Black were members of the Peddie School’s record breaking 200 yard freestyle relay.
Prior to the Championships the record in the event of 1:22.70 had been held by the 1992 Mercersburg Academy team. In the morning preliminaries the team had set the fastest time heading into the Championship final of 1:23.78.In the final they brought the heat to the final in pursuit for the win and the record. The team of lead leg Nathan Stern 21.07 2nd leg Michael Blank 19.89, Black 20.94 and Fitzgerald 20.71 blitzed the field to the to take the title and the record in a time of 1:22.61. Their margin of victory was over two and a half seconds.
Black and Fitzgerald join St Lucia’s Josh Daniel and Jamaica’s Brad Hamilton as title holders in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Daniel was a part of the 2013 Peddie team that won the event in a time of 1:23.84.Josh who now attends Brown University had led off the team in 21.66. Hamilton (University of North Carolina) was a part of the 2007 Baylor team that won in 1:24.12. Brad had started the race for Baylor with a split of 21.62.Interestingly the overall high school record of 1:19.27 by the 2012 Bolles team included Trinidad and Tobago swimmer Emiro Goossen who attends the University of Florida.
In individual action Fitzgerald had finished 4th in the Championship final of the 200 yard freestyle in a time of 1:41.66. In the morning heats he had lowered his season and personal best of 1:42.73 to 1:40.76.Black worked his way to the B final of the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 21.76. That lowered his season and personal best time of 21.80. He finished 4th in the B final with a time of 21.80.
Also winning a medal of the opening day was their teammate Barbadian Sariyah Sherry. Her team lost a close battle to Mercersburg Academy who took the title in 1:35.74. The Peddie team of Nika Blank 23.86, Sherry 24.08, Erin Fago 25.05 and Vanessa Ruiz 22.90 pushed Mercersburg all the way with their total time of 1:35.89.The overall Prep school record is held by the 2012 Baylor team with a time of 1:31.18.That team included Bermudan Ashley Yearwood (Denison), Kimberlee John-Williams (Georgia) of Trinidad and Tobago and Bahamian Bria Devaux (Nebraska).
In the 200 yard freestyle Sherry lowered her season of best twice on the day. She moved it from 2:03.42 to 2:02.13 in the morning .In the C final she lowered it again to 2:01.60 to finish 2nd.
Her countrywoman Sian Longley who represents the Linsly School was a member of the team that won the C final in the 200 yard medley relay. Longley split 27.86 for the butterfly leg as they won in a time of 1:56.51. She was 24th in the 100 yard butterfly in 1:03.59.
Mercersburg’s Bahamian swimmer Tyler Russell helped his school to 2nd place in the 200 yard medley relay B final. Tyler clocked 27.18 on his backstroke leg to help them to a time of 1:40.36. Russell was faster in the morning heats having clocked 25.84 In the 200 yard individual medley he lowered his season and personal best time of 2:02.76 to 1:58.82 and make the B final. He would register yet another sub 2 minute swim when he set another new personal best time of 1:58.65 to finish 7th.
His countryman Alexander Encinar of Peddie swam as on their exhibition team in the 200 yard medley relay. He clocked 27.03 as the team posted a total time of 1:37.16.Encinar lowered his season best of 2:02.84 and his personal best of 2:01.53 in the morning heats of the 200 yard individual medley to 2:00.18. He would make the B final with that performance .In the final he would register his first sub 2 minute swim with a 1:59.52 and place 8th.
His countryman Miller Albury of Cantebury School helped his school to 5th in the B final of the 200 yard medley relay. Miller split 25.18 on the opening backstroke leg to help them to a total time of 1:45.05. The overall high school record for the 200 yard medley relay is held by the 2014 Baylor School at 1:27.74. That team included Bahamian Dustin Tynes (Ohio State) and Christian Selby (Auburn) of Barbados. In the 50 yard freestyle he lowered his season best of 23.39 to 22.47 to progress to the C final. In his evening swim he clocked 22.57 to finish 3rd.
Another Bahamian recording a personal best on the opening day was Peddie’s Peter Morley. He lowered his season and personal best of 2:05.55 in the 200 yard individual medley to finish 18th in 2:03.89.