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

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

SESSION TWO OF THE NEVILLE ALXANDER MEET SEES TORNADOES 11-12 BOYS TEAM AND THE MARLINS 9-10 GIRLS TEAM SETTING NATIONAL MARKS IN THE 200 MEDLEY RELAY

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

The second session of the 2017 Neville Alexander Memorial Swim Meet on Saturday May 26  being held at the National Aquatic Centre  saw two more national records lowered .Both new marks were set in the 200 metre medley relays. The first standard to be set was by the Marlins 9-10 girls relay team. That squad comprising of Giani Francis backstroke, Kokolo Foster breaststroke, Christanya Shirley butterfly and Saidah Brown freestyle set a new time of 2:32.52. That bettered the meet record of 2:36.80 by the 2012 Marlins team of Deandra Reynolds, Raynna Mitchell, Ahkira Brown and Britney Williams. The Marlins swimmers have lowered the national record twice in a month. The previous Jamaican record of 2:33.52 was set by the same quartet at the Tornadoes Invitational on May 7.

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Record setting Tornadoes 11-12 boys 200 metre medley relay team From left to right Nikolos Gordon-Somers,Jaleel Samms,Nathaniel Thomas and Zachary Jackson -Blaine Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the 11-12 boys age group Nathaniel Thomas joined forces with his Tornadoes teammates to record his second national record in as many sessions. The medley relay team of Zachary Jackson-Blaine backstroke, Nikolos Gordon-Somers breaststroke, Jaleel Samms butterfly and Thomas freestyle combined for a new national record of 2:11.04.They crushed the meet record of 2:19.57 by the 2012 Tornadoes team of Jesse Marsh, Christian Alberga, Joseph Black and Jordan Smith. Like the Marlins girls team the Tornadoes boys are rewriting the record books for the second time in a month.At their club’s invitational the squad swam a then national record of 2:11.51 . On that occasion Thomas swam the backstroke and Jackson-Blaine handled the freestyle duties

Earlier in the meet Thomas dropped almost 2 seconds in the 11-12 boys 100 metre backstroke to lower the 2004 meet record of 1:12.37 set by the Y Speedos’ Ramon Walton to 1:10.77.

Also setting new medley meet records were the Y Speedos Swim club in the 9-10 boys and 13 and over boys’ races. In the younger age category the team of David Morris backstroke, Dirk Harrison breaststroke, Zack –Andre Johnson butterfly and Courtney Bailey freestyle set a new record of 2:41.74.that bettered the 2016 mark of 2:42.31 set by the Tornadoes team of Daniel and Joshua Mair, Israel Allen and Jomo McMayo.

The 13 and over squad of Kyle Sinclair backstroke, Jevaun Jackson breaststroke, Jordane Payne butterfly and Sidrell Williams freestyle set a meet record of 1:57.36. That time took down the 2014 performance of 1:58.91 by the Marlins squad of Nicholas Haughton, Xavier Phillips, Orane Garrick and Keith-Jordan Wilkinson.

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

Getting his name on the meet record books was the Y Speedos’ Zack-Andre Johnson in the 8 and under boys’ 50 metre butterfly. He lowered the 2011 standard 38.84 of former teammate Cameron Brown when he stopped the clock in 36.79.That doubled his Gold medal count for the day as he also won the 50 metre backstroke in 43.14.His teammate Renae Chung also did the butterfly and backstroke double posting winning times of 42.18 and 44.57 respectively.

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Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim club .Double winner of the 11-12 50 metre breaststroke and open 200 metre butterfly on session 2 Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Other double individual winners included Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos and Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim Club. Sidrell took the 200 metre freestyle and butterfly events in times of 2:07.40 and 2:22.70. Lyn won the 11-12 50 metre breaststroke in 41.14 and the 200 metre butterfly in 3:02.63.

Britney Williams of Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club repeated her 2016 success in the 200 metre freestyle winning this year in 2:19.65.

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Nikolos Gordon-Somers winner of the 11-12 boys 50 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In the 50 metre breaststroke series the 11-12 boys race was won by Nikolos Gordon-Somers of Tornadoes Swim Cub in 39.11.

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Naomi Eaton winner of the 13 and over 50 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The 13 and over girls event went to Naomi Eaton of the Y Speedos in 38.09. The male equivalent went to Sean-Douglas Gooden of Tornadoes in 32.19.

In the other backstroke races Shirley in the 9-10 50 metre backstroke just missed breaking the 2007 meet record of 37.10 set by teammate Stefani Webley when she hit the wall in 37.72. Israel Allen of Tornadoes won his second individual race in the boys when he touched in 38.71. Zaneta Alvaranga of the Y Speedos won the 11-12 girls’ 100 metre backstroke in a personal best time of 1:17.64.The 13 and over girls’ race went to her teammate Brianna Anderson in 1:11.64.

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Coach Santiago Gonzales of the Sailfish Swim Academy winner of the 100 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Winning his first race on Jamaican soil was Coach Santiago Gonzalez of the Sailfish Swim Academy from Montego Bay. He won 13 and over boys race in 1:03.42.

The Y Speedos Swim club would take both the girls 11-12 and 13 and over 200 medley races. The 11-12 team of Zaneta Alvaranga, Callier Maxwell, Paig’e Lewis and Jadean Dixon won in 2:25.79.The senior girls team of Brianna Anderson, Naomi Eaton, Paris Clare and Leanne McMaster won in 2:13.77.

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
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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.

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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.

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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.

MARSH AND VALE EARN PODIUM PLACES AT FLORIDA 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Saint Andrews record breaking 200 yard medley relay team From left to right Izaak Bastian, Jesse Marsh, Nicholas Sharp and Andrej Sokolovski Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn
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Pine Crest Bronze medal winning team in the 400 yard freestyle relay From left to right Nicholas Vale,Elvis Kotikovski,Nicolas Ferrara and Christian Soderberg Photo courtesy of Rob Vale

 

Jamaicans Jesse Marsh (Saint Andrews) and Nicholas Vale (Pine Crest) were among the medal winners at the Florida 1 A Championships on Friday Nov 11. The meet which took place at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida saw the Jamaican contingent earning Silver and Bronze.

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Jessie Marsh Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Marsh would be the first to win a medal. The Saint Andrews team of Nicholas Sharp backstroke (23.67), Bahamian Izaak Bastian breaststroke (25.40), Marsh butterfly (22.41) and Andrej Sokolovski freestyle (21.73) won Silver in the 200 yard medley relay in a time of 1:33.21. This bettered the school record of 1:34.21 that the team set in 2015. Marsh’s butterfly leg improved from 2015 when he had split 23.66. Of all the Florida Championships that were contested the Scots had 3rd fastest time.  In the 400 yard freestyle relay his Scots team finished 6th with a time of 3:12.38. Jesse led off the team in a time of 48.40. In the 100 yard butterfly he finished 2nd in the B final in a time of 50.95 (split time 24.20) .That was an improvement from 2015 when he was 6th in the B final in a time of 52.38.In the 100 yard backstroke Marsh was 17th in a time of 54.45 (split time 26.23) bettering his 2015 time and position 24th in 56.41.

When asked about his performance Marsh had the following thoughts

“ I think it was a very good state championships for me, I was really happy with our relay team breaking the school record we got last year and getting all American. In the 100 fly I had a pretty good race breaking 51 for the first time but was unlucky in missing the school record of 50.8. Also leading off my relay with a 47.7 in the morning was really a great swim and I think this state championships have been a great stepping stone for the rest of my season.”

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Pine Crest Bonze medal winning 400 yard freestyle relay team on the podium Nicolas Ferrara, Nicholas Vale, Elvis Kotikovski and Christian Soderberg Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Teammate and countryman Nicholas Vale would earn his medal in the 400 yard freestyle relay. Vale split 46.74 on his third leg to move the Pine Crest team from 4th to 2nd . The team would fight on to win the Bronze. His teammates Christian Soderberg 47.70, Elvis Kotikovski 47.81 and Nicolas Ferrara 45.79 for a total time of 3:08.04 .It ranks the team as the 8th fastest in Florida.

In the 200 yard freestyle relay his Pine Crest team finished 5th in a time of 1:26.04. Vale’s contribution was a 3rd leg split of 21.16. In the 200 yard individual medley he was 6th in the B final in a time of 1:56.54 (split time 54.31). Nicholas had the following thoughts about his swims

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Nicholas Vale Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

“It was a great state meet overall for me. I made finals for the first time ever at a state championship in the 200 IM. I had a couple great relay swims as well in finals including a 22.6 fly split on the medley relay, 21.1 on the 200 free relay, and 46.74 on the 400 free relay. Going into the 4×100 our goal was to place in the top 3 and we were fortunately able to achieve that. We were very happy with the outcome of the relay and I was very pleased with my 46.74 split as it was a terrific swim for me. All these great swims have given me the confidence I need going into Carifta next year”.

Pine Crest finished 3rd in the boys standings with 202 points. Saint Andrews was 4th with 177 points.

BASTIAN SETS 3 SCHOOL RECORDS AT FLORIDA 1 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Izaak Bastian starts race Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Bahamian Izaak Bastian hit top form for Saint Andrews at the FHSAA (Florida High School State championships) at the recently concluded 1A state championships held in Stuart Florida. Izaak lowered 3 school records at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center on Friday Nov 11.

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Saint Andrews record breaking 200 yard medley relay team From left to right Izaak Bastian, Jesse Marsh, Nicholas Sharp and Andrej Sokolovski Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

In the first final of the night, the 200 yard medley relay, he combined with Nicholas Sharp backstroke (23.67), Jamaican Jesse Marsh butterfly (22.41) and Andrej Sokolovski freestyle (21.73) to take the Silver in a new school record of 1:33.21. Izaak’s contribution to the relay was a breaststroke leg of 25.40. That bettered the 25.75 he did when the 2015 team clocked a then school record of 1:34.33. With all 4 divisions having completed their championships the Saint Andrew medley performance places them 3rd among all Florida high school teams.

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50 yard freestyle podium From left to right Bastian Silver medallist ,Robert Cecil (Berkley) Gold medallist, Nicholas Ferrara Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

The record breaking would continue in the 50 yard freestyle .He dipped under the 21 second barrier for the first time to earn Silver in the event in a time of 20.75. That also bettered the school record of 20.89. It places Izaak as the 4th fastest in Florida.

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Bastian Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

In the 100 yard breaststroke he replicated his performance in 2015 to earn the Bronze yet again. He however did it in a much faster time. Last year he had set a school record of 57.19 (split time 27.06). This year he lowered the standard to 55.68 (split time 26.46).He ranks 4th in Florida with that time.

The Florida state record of 54.64 set by Suriname’s Raiz Tjon A Joe was broken by 2016 1 A champion James Daugherty of The Bolles who clocked 54.33.

In the 200 yard freestyle relay the team moved up from 6th in 2015 to 4th in a time of 1:25.97. Bastian started the relay with a split of 21.08.

Izaak had the following thoughts “I had a pretty good meet. It was really fun racing against guys that I had seen before and some new faces too especially Paul Degrado (Bolles) and James Daugherty (Bolles) two of the fastest breaststrokers in the nation. I felt I had a pretty good meet so I was happy with my results and my training for the year so far and hopefully it is just up from here”.

Samuel Gibson 100 freestyle record holder
Bahamian 13-14 100 metre freestyle record holder Samuel Gibson

The Bahamas was also represented by his teammate Samuel Gibson in the 400 yard freestyle relay. Samuel had a 3rd leg split of 48.58 to push Saint Andrews to 6th in the Championship final in a total time of 3:12.38. That performance places them 17th in Florida. He was 19th in the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 53.45 (split time 24.77).

Saint Andrews finished 3rd in the boys category with 87 points.

TIMOTHY WYNTER BREAKS 100 METRE BACKSTROKE RECORD AGAIN .NOW JUST .02 AWAY FROM RIO OLYMPICS B STANDARD

 

Timothy with teammates at USC
Timothy Wynter (far left) with team mates at USC

Three Jamaicans Timothy Wynter ,Sidrell Williams and Jesse Marsh were in action  at the recently concluded 2016 RBC Bahamas  National Championships in Nassau at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre from June 23 -26. It would be Wynter who was in national record breaking form as he again lowered the national standard in the 100 metre backstroke. A little over a month ago at the Bermudan National Championships he became the first Jamaican under 57 seconds in the event with a 56.98 performance. He would crush that mark in the preliminaries of the event with a 56.28 clocking. That time was a mere .02 of a second off the 2016 Rio Olympic standard of 56.26. In the B final of the event (as non – nationals cannot compete in the Championship final) .He recorded the fastest time of   the evening but was off his morning time as he stopped the clock in 56.45. He would also register a 27.23 in the 50 metre backstroke.

Sidrell in Bahamas
Sidrell Williams Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

Sidrell Williams recorded season bests in all the events that he competed in. In the heats of the 100 metre freestyle he recorded the second fastest time of his career when he clocked a season best time of 52.30. He would return in the evening to post a time of 53.47. In the 50 metre butterfly he hit the wall in 26.25 to earn a second swim. In the evening session he produced a sub 26 clocking and the third best time of his career of 25.91. The 100 metre butterfly saw him posting a series of season bests. The morning swim saw him stroking his way to 58.31. In the B final he was even faster with a final time of 57.83. He ended the competition with a season best time in the 50 metre freestyle of 24.21

Both Wynter and Williams will be using the upcoming Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships at the same venue in the Bahamas as an opportunity to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Jamaicans at Bahamas nationals
Jamaicans at the 2016 RBC Bahamas Nationals from left to right Mrs Florence Williams,Jesse Marsh, Sidrell Williams Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

The youngest member of the contingent , Jesse Marsh  recorded a personal best in the 100 metre freestyle of 55.94.He came close to his personal best in the 50 metre butterfly when he produced a series of swims of 27.68 and 27.31 in the B final.

The other members of the Jamaican team are

11-12 Girls — Emily MacDonald, Simone Vale,

11-12 Boys Rajiv Redhi

13-14 Girls Laura Lim Sang, Britney Williams

13-14 Boys Chester Adams, Cameron Brown, Adrian Grant, Jordane Payne, Nicholas Vale

15-17 Girls Kelsie Campbell, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart, Angara Sinclair

15-17 Boys Joseph Cardozo, Keanan Dols

18 & over Girls Michelle Dols, Trudi-Ann Patrick, Breanna Roman

18 & over Boys  Justin Plaschka, Dominic Walter.

They arrived in Nassau today. Competition splashes off tomorrow Wednesday June 29.