A new 13-14 national record in the 50 metre butterfly by Campion College’s Nathaniel Thomas was the highlight of a record filled 2019 edition of the ISSA High Tertiary meet on Friday Nov 29.Immaculate Conception retained their title amassing 631 points while the boys title was won by Wolmer’s 465.5points
Under national record rules your age group is determined by your age at the 1st of January each year while for the ISSA meet the age group is determined by your age as at August 31st . Nathaniel competed in the 15-16 age group but is still eligible for the 13-14 record. The 2016 meet record of 27.22 was held by Jesse Marsh also of Campion College .
The 13-14 national record of 26.22 was set by another Campion College past student Olympian Timothy Wynter when he won Bronze at the 2011 CCCAN championships. Thomas became the fastest Jamaican of all time in that age caetgory when he stopped the clock in 26.04. He started the competition with a record in the 15-16 boys 50 metre backstroke winning in 27.76 almost 2 seconds faster than the old record of 29.67. Thomas is the reigning CARIFTA and CCCAN champion in this event.
He took the 200 individual medley in 2:23.13, almost ten seconds ahead of the field. He won the new open event ,the 100 metre butterfly in 58.84, not far off his 13-14 national record of 58.45 set at this summer’s World Junior Championships in Budapest Hungary. His lone defeat was in the 50 metre freestyle where he won the Silver in 24.86. The Gold was won by Kyle Sinclair of Wolmer’s Boys who eclipsed the 2012 record of Sidrell Williams of 24.66 with a 24.60 swim.
Thomas, the reigning 13-14 50 metre butterfly CARIFTA Silver medallist and CCCAN Bronze medallist gave his thoughts on his performances at the meet
“My performance today was very good.I think I could have done better in my 100 butterfly but in my 50 butterfly I got the national record which was very good.I wanted to drop time at this meet in the 50 butterfly. I think I can drop more time come Christmas open I think I can do 25 but for my other races I was not really focusing on that. My main goal was to drop time in the 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke.I did not do as well in the 50 metre backstroke but it is okay as it was still a good performance”.
Another swimmer in record breaking form was Nelson Denny of Hillel .He swam five races, winning Gold in Four and setting four new meet records. These are new marks he set in the 12 and under division
|50 metre backstroke||31.12||33.19|
|50 metre freestyle||26.96||27.80|
|100 metre freestyle||59.46||1:02.34|
|50 metre butterfly||28.92||30.15|
He placed fourth in the open 200 metre freestyle event in a new personal best time of 2:11.05. Only in the 100 metre freestyle did he not swim a new personal record. The freestyle and butterfly records were set by former World Championships representative and Kingston College past student Brad Hamilton.
Immaculate’s Zaneta Alvaranga also took down four meet records in the 13-14 girls age group
|50 metre freestyle||27.17||27.64|
|50 metre breaststroke||34.99||36.46|
|100 metre freestyle||1:01.21||1:02.47|
|50 metre butterfly||29.32||29.61|
Wolmerians Britney Williams 17 and over,Kyle Sinclair and Kaheem Lozer accounted for seven of the meet records to fall on the day
|200 metre freestyle open||2:13.06||2:16.54|
|50 metre freestyle||28.38||29.44|
|100 metre freestyle||1:02.19||1:03.75|
|200 metre freestyle||2:02.89||2:04.09|
|50 metre freestyle||24.66||24.60|
|100 metre freestyle||55.22||55.66|
|50 metre butterfly||27.26||27.98|
Paris Clare of St Andrew high school also got her name in the record books when she bettered Stefani Webley’s 31.37 to win a time of 30.96.
The relay records fell to Immaculate in the 13-14 and 17 and over girls 200 medley races. The younger age group had the team of Saifya Officer, Kokolo Foster, Alvaranga and Ireland Hunter erasing the record of2:13.52 to touch in t2:11.52. The senior team of Zadia Davis, Karci Gibson,Sage Sinclair and Chenille Haughton bettered the old mark of 2:21.38 to set a new standard of 2:21.18.
Leading the way for schools from the west was 11-12 CARIFTA Gold medallist in the 100 metre backstroke Leanna Wainwright for the Montego Bay High School. She won Gold in the 13-14 50 backstroke in 33.64.In the open 100 metre backstroke she won Silver in 1:14.33 with Gold going Immaculate’s Brianna Anderson in 1:13.42.
Teammate Mia Cunningham won Bronze in the 11-12 50 metre breaststroke in 41.61. For the boys ,Benjamin Davis of Cornwall College was third in the 100 metre free in the 12 and under division in 1:07.46.
Age Group Champions
|12 and under||Nelson Denny||Hillel||41|
|17 and over||Akeem Alleyne||Campion||33|
|12 and under||Christanya Shirley||Immaculate||34|
|17 and over||Britney Williams||Wolmer’s||34|
Overall rankings for Girls
|Convent of Mercy||10||10|
Overall rankings for Boys