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.
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.
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.
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.
In the 50 metre breaststroke series the 11-12 boys race was won by Nikolos Gordon-Somers of Tornadoes Swim Cub in 39.11.
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.
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.
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.
Nicholas Vale,Sean Douglas-Gooden,Adrian Grant and Jesse Marsh
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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 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.
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
Day 3 of the 2016 CARIFTA CHAMPIONSHIPS saw meet records falling to the swimmers from the Bahamas, Bermuda and Jamaica. Izaak Bastian from the Bahamas set his record in the 13-14 boys 50 breaststroke. Emma Harvey from Bermuda has set a record on every day so far set the new championship standard in the 100 metre freestyle .Jamaica’s age group star Keanan Dols set a new meet record in the 200 metre backstroke.
Izaak Bastian (Saint Andrews) added record win on his goal to completing the breaststroke trifecta. After erasing countryman Dustin Tynes name from the record books on the opening day .He took out another Tynes record when he won the final of the 50 metre breaststroke in 30.41 lowering Tynes 2011 standard of 30.66.He just missed Dustin’s national mark of 30.23. Finishing with the Silver medal in the vent was Brandon Cheong who clocked 31.55 and the Bronze was awarded to Jeremie Delbois of St Maarten in 31.63.
Emma Harvey has come to these Championships to swim with a purpose and so she did in the 13-14 girls 100 metre freestyle. She split the only sub 29 second opening 50 metres of 28.86 on her way to recording a new Championship record of 59.39.In the process she lowered the 21 year old record Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Siobhan Cropper (1996, 2000).Cropper, a graduate of Stanford was also a World Short Course championship finalist in the 50 metre freestyle at the 1997 Games. Harvey also lowered her age group record of 59.39 set last year. She has been doggedly consistent at these Championships. On each of the first 3 days she has won 2 gold medals and set 2 national age group records.
She would complete the medley double when she took the 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:26.69.She would shatter her age group record of 2:30.70 set last year. The win would not come easy as she was pushed all the way to the wallaby Barbados star swimmer Danielle Titus who touched in a time of 2:26.84.Titus just missed establishing herself yet again as she missed the 13-14 and senior age group record of Zabrina holder of 2:26.79 set in 2011.The Bronze was won by Elisabeth Timmer of Aruba in 2:33.27.
Keanan Dols continued to show the special athlete he is when he struck Gold for Jamaica in the 15-17 boys 200 metre individual medley. In the preliminaries of the event he lowered the 2004 record of 2:08.15 by legendary Barbadian Olympian Bradley Ally to 2:07.80. Ally in his career would hold many age group records in the Caribbean and the USA and also held NCAA records in the 200 yard individual medley .He is still the fastest ever CARIFTA region swimmer with his 2008 Olympic time of 1:58.57 In the final Dols clocked the only sub minute split of 58.45 and went on to win emphatically in yet another championship record of 2:07.27.Silver and Bronze went to the US Virgin Islands duo of Adriel Sanes and Matthew Mays in 2:11.50 and 2:13.50 respectively.
Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname has now collected 8 Gold medals so far in the competition. After 2 days of competition he completed sprint doubles in the backstroke and butterfly events and won the 400 individual medley. At the end of day 3 he completed the butterfly sweep, completed the medley double and won the 100 metre freestyle.
He won the 200 butterfly in the 13-14 age group in a time of 2:15.23 ahead of Silver medallist Darren Laing of the Bahamas in 2:18.83 and Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale who won bronze in a personal best of 2:20.76.
He just missed the Championship record of Aruban Mikel Schreuders (Missouri) when he was timed in 2:13.89.The record is 2:13.56.Silver went to Bastian of the Bahamas in 2:17.19 and the Bronze to Luke Gillette of Trinidad and Tobago in 2:20.56.
He also barely missed Trinidad and Tobago representative
Joshua Romany‘s (Tennessee) standard of 53.64 when he touched the wall in 53.82. Heindrick Champrobert of Martinique won the Silver in 54.27.Kenzo Simons of Suriname won the Bronze in 54.66
In 11-12 age group Mccallum Clarke was another double winner. He completed the medley double when he captured the 200 metre individual medley in 2:27.67.Silver and Bronze went Mitch Bourgeouis of Guadeloupe and the Cayman Islands Corey Fredrick-Westerborg in 2:30.88 and 2:37.31 respectively.
Clarke collected 2 out of a possible 3 breaststroke titles when he won the 50 metre breaststroke in 33.45.He won ahead of Alexander Joachim of St Vincent and the Grenadines 35.49 and Sam Williamson of Bermuda 35.90.
Sweeping the butterfly events in that age group was Mitch Bourgeouis of Guadeloupe .he took the 200 metre event in a time of 2:29.31 ahead of teammate Tom Lerno 2:30.62.The Bronze went to Mccallum Clarke in 2:31.76.
Lamar Taylor of the Bahamas won the 100 metre freestyle in 59.68.Silver and Bronze went to Leandro Berenstein of Suriname in 1:00.15 and Bronze to Youris Geran of Guadeloupe in 1:00.18
In the 11-12 girls age group Anouk Kamise of Guadeloupe turned the tables on 400 IM winner Sabine Ellison of the Cayman Islands to eke out a 2:36.56 to 2:36.87 victory. Adriana Gooding of Trinidad and Tobago would again claim bronze in 2:37.22.
Ellison would bounce back to win the 50 metre breaststroke to add to her 200 victory in 37.98. Zaylie-Elisabeth Thompson of the Bahamas won the Silver in 38.38 while Oceane Deshagette of Guadeloupe was third in 38.44.
Emily MacDonald set herself up for the freestyle sprint double when she held off Logan Watson-Brown of Bermuda 1:02.02 to 1:02.97. Bronze went to Deshagette in 1:04.06.
Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe swept the butterfly events when she took the 200 in 2:32.68.Teammate Kamise won silver in 2:40.30 and Olivia Fuller of Antigua and Barbuda won the bronze in 2:43.85.
In the 13-14 girls category Chade Nercisio of Curacao (Saint Andrews) is another swimmer en route to completing the breaststroke sweep. She captured the 50 metre breaststroke in a time of 35.08.she won ahead of Martinique’s Willi-insha-marie Jules-Marthe 35.19 and Angelique Minors of Grenada 35.66.
Guadeloupe swept the top two positions in the 200 metre butterfly Kathalyna Bagassien and Yasmina Frederic touched in 2:31.79 and 2:33.69 respectively.Bronze went to Natalia Kuipers in 2:35.76.
In the 15-17 girls Lilly Higgs prevented older sister Margaret from a possible breaststroke sweep by out touching her 33.44 to 33.89.The Higgs household is still on course for a top sweep of the breaststroke races.
Margaret would not finish the day without a win as she took the 200 metre butterfly in a time of 2:25.87.Rebecca Maduro of Aruba won the silver in 2:28.40 .Bronze went to Elodia Sinapin of Guadeloupe in 2:28.65.
Margaret to ensure a 1 2 sweep of the medley races when she won 2:23.66 to 2:26.14.Jamaica’s Bryanna Renuart was third in a personal best of 2:28.36.
Renuart’s teammate Kelsie Campbell continued her unbeaten individual run at the championships when she topped the field in the 100 metre freestyle with a 58.57 clocking.Madelyn Moore of Bermuda won Silver in 59.06 while Mika Heideyer of Martinique copped bronze in 59.16.
In the senior boys races the top 3 swimmers cracked the 30 second barrier in the 50 metre breaststroke. Touching first was N’nhyn Fernander of the Bahamas in 29.57.Second went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Jeron Thompson in 29.78 while Curacao’s Rainier Rafaela won Bronze in 29.84.
The 100 metre freestyle saw all the medallists going sub 53 seconds. First place went Alex Sobers of Barbados in 52.25.The Silver went to Jared Fitzgerald of the Bahamas in 52.29 and the Bronze to Bermuda’s Jesse Washington 52.49.Washington broke his national 15-16 record of 53.16.
Trinidad and Tobago got the Gold and Bronze medal in the 200 metre butterfly. Emil Goin touched first in a time of 2:08.74 while teammate Kael Yorke was timed in 2:10.82.
In the 800 freestyle relay Guadeloupe won the 13-14 girls category with a time of 9:18.55.Silver went to Trinidad and Tobago in 8:25.80 and the Bronze to Barbados in 9:29.86
In the senior girls race Aruba won in 8:53.66.Jamaica touched in a new age group record of 8:56.38 for the Silver medal. The Bronze went to Martinique in 8:57.10.The fastest split of the relays was 2:08.15 by Bahamas anchor Lilly Higgs
In the 13-14 boys relay home team Martinique won in 8:17.17.Second place went to Guadeloupe in 8:25.80 and the Bronze to Suriname in 8:30.07.
The final race in the senior ranks went to Martinique again in a time of 8:02.32.Silver went to Cayman islands in 8:06.33 and the Bronze medal to Jamaica in 8:08.26.The fastest split of the meet was by Trinidad and Tobago’s anchor leg Emil Goin at 1:58.61.
The final day of the 2015 Christmas Open Swimming championships on Sunday Dec 20 at the National Stadium pool saw 5 meet records fall by the wayside. Of that 5 included a Jamaican national age group record in the 13 and over 200 metre butterfly by Jesse Marsh.
Marsh who represents Saint Andrews in Florida clocked 2:13.33 lowering the 13-14 age group record of 2:15.41 he set at CCCAN Championships this summer. He also crushed the meet record of 2:21.87 set by Dominic Walter (McMaster University)in 2009. The time posted by Jesse would have won the Gold medal in the 13-14 boys age group at CARIFTA 2015. He also completed a sweep of the 13 and over butterfly events as he also won the 50 metre event in 27.51.
DaVante Carey of Swift Swimming Bahamas had yet another emphatic win in the 10 -12 age group taking the 100 metre freestyle in 58.73. He took more than a second off the old standard of 59.93 by Marsh in 2013. His winning effort would have won the Gold medals at the Bahamian National Championships in June, CCCAN and CARIFTA. The winning time for those races was 1:00.43, 58.87 and 58.88 respectively.
Also in record breaking form was Angara Sinclair of the Y Speedos. She broke the 13 and over record in the 50 metre backstroke as she completed the backstroke sprint double. Sinclair won in a Championship record time of 31.50 in the process breaking the old meet standard of 31.77 held by Dartmouth senior Kendese Nangle. Sinclair has been undefeated in this event for the past 5 years .She has won the 13 and over age group race for three years .She also took the event in her last 2 years in the 10-12 age group.
With a record breaking sweep of his own was Sean –Douglas Gooden of the Tornadoes Swim Club in the breaststroke events. He broke his hours old meet record of 1:12.03 in the 100 yard breaststroke to clock a time of 1:11.11.Gooden broke all the breaststroke records at this year’s Christmas Open Championships.
The Marlins team which had in their line up Karci Gibson, UWI’s Stefani Webley and Octivia Gray and anchor woman Anjuii Barrett were responsible for the last record of the meet when they broke the 400 metre freestyle relay record. The four combined to set a time of 4:28.68 just under the 2011 Swimaz record of 4:29.16. That Swimaz team was comprised of Ivana Chang, Kimberly Stewart, Brittney Campbell and Auburn sophomore Breanna Roman.
Gray brought out the broom for her own breaststroke sweep as she won the 13 and over 100 metre breaststroke in 1:22.59.Dominic Mullings claimed the trifecta in the 10-12 boys backstroke events as he won the 50 metre backstroke on the final day in 34.41. In 2014 he was 15th in the 50 metre event in 41.89.
Emily MacDonald of Swimaz Aquatics won three Gold medals on the final day the 10-12 girls metre butterfly and as well as the freestyle sprint double. Emily won the 100 metre freestyle in 1:03.62 after previously finishing 4th in 2014 in 1:12.22.In the 50 metre freestyle up a place on the podium to win in 29.47. In 2014 she was runner up in 30.91.In the 50 metre butterfly she dropped more than 5 seconds and moved from 5th to 1st to win in a time of 32.51.
Other winners on the last day making major time drops from the 2014 Championships included Cameron Brown of the Y Speedos in the 10 -12 age group. He moved from 33.71and 3rd in 2014 to win the Gold medal this year in 30.80.Thandiwe McDonald of Swimaz Aquatics made a big jump as well moving from 1:34.88 in the 100 metre breaststroke to win the girls 10-12 100 metre breaststroke in 1:30.49.Adji Diouf of the Tornadoes Swim Club had a big time drop in the 10-12 age group as she moved from 16th place with a time of 44.08 in the 50 metre backstroke to win this year in 36.37.Still in the 10-12 age group Swimaz Aquatic’s Akeem Alleyne registered a more than 2 second drop in the 50 metre freestyle from 2014. At the 2014 Championships he was 6th in 30.77 but worked his way to the top of the podium this year with a clocking of 28.66.
The meet was won by Tornadoes Swim Club with 702.50 points. Y Speedos was 2nd with 692.50 points and Marlins Swim club 3rd with 426.50 points.