The first day of the 2019 Rev Bahamian National Championships got underway on Thursday June 20 at the Betty Kelly- Kenning Pool in Nassau.
The highlight of the day was the new national and Championship record in the 15 and over 50 metre backstroke set by Davante Carey of the Mako Aquatics Club.
Carey ,who is the reigning CARIFTA 15-17 and 2018 Nationals Champion went into the the meet in Good form. At CARIFTA earlier this year he had lowered his own national record from the 2018 National Championships from 26.75 to 26.66 to take the Gold. He lowered that mark even further as he stopped the clock in a time of 26.46. Winning the Silver was Lamar Taylor of Freeport in Aquatic club in 271.14. Taylor had won the Silver at CARIFTA in 27.41.The Bronze went to Armando Moss of Alpha Aquatics in 28.02. Reigning UWI Games champion, former national record and older brother of Davante ,Dionisio was eighth in 29.21.
Davante, who will swimming for the senior team later this summer in Peru for the PAN American Games is steadily climbing the all time rankings in the 50 metre backstroke for the 15-17 age group.
|Trinidad and Tobago||25.99||Dylan Carter||2013|
|The Bahamas||26.46||Davante Carey||2019|
Carey will also be competing at CCCAN in Barbados also holds the Championship record at that competition with a time of 26.84 from 2018. Draftingthecaribbean asked Davante today about his reaction to his new national record
“Overall the 50 backstroke was a good race seeing that I came off a bit of a struggle in the prelims as I did not have a good start and I went straight to the bottom.But despite all of that I came back in the night for finals ready to defend my title and possibly even breaking my record and that was what I did.I had a great start.I came up a little bit early out my underwater but I made it work and then I really finished strong”.
In the female equivalent Ariel Weech of the Alpha Aquatics team put the 2011 national record of 29.40 by Alana Dillette on notice when she recorded the fourth fastest time in Bahamian history of 29.84. She becomes only the second Bahamian woman under the 30 seconds barrier. First to the wall was visitor Maddie McDonald who touched in 28.61
It would be Double gold for Carey as he took the 100 metre butterfly title in a new personal best of 55.54.In the process he defended his title that he won in 2018 in 56.26. He came from behind to nip N’Nhyn Fernander of Barracudas at wall who won the Silver in 55.85. Fernander who won the B final of this event at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. Bronze to reigning CARIFTA 15-17 Champion Ian Pinder in 56.80. Visitor Will Pisani touched first in 54.92. Carey will now be eyeing the 15-17 CCCAN record of 55.25 held by Puerto Rico’s Arsenio López from the 1997 edition of the meet held in Cuba.
The women’s 15 and over race went to Katelyn Cabral of the YMCA Waverunners in a time of 1:05.80. She topped the field easily by over four seconds.
In the distance freestyle events Zaylie -Elizabeth Thompson of Alpha topped the girls 13-14 800 metre race with a time of 9:35.07.The 15 and over event went to Anya Macphail of Mako in 10:00.01. The 13-14 1500 metre race was won by Hodari Prince of Barracudas in 18:44.39.
The 15 and over race went to another Thompson , CARIFTA 15-17 Champion Luke Kennedy in 17:20.76. He was followed to the wall by brother Mark-Anthony in 17:28.16.
In the women 15 and over 200 metre breaststroke the top two spots were dominated by the Higgs family as Albury defended her title to win the Gold in a time of 2:34.09.Sister Lily won the Silver in 2:39.99 and the Bronze to Jemilah Hepburn of Mako in a time of 2:50.88.
The men’s equivalent was won by Andre Walcott of Mako in 2:30.88.Silver went to teammate Tyler Russell in 2:31.78 and the Bronze to Mark Anthony Thompson in 2:31.95.
The Alpha Aquatics quartet of Jazmine Trotman,Virginia Stamp,Ariel Weech and Celia Campbell set a new Championship record of 1:50.48.That lowered their 2017 mark of 1:50.97.
CARIFTA 2019 standout Marvin Johnson dominated the field in the 11-12 50 metre backstroke to win in a time of 30.92 just off the Championship record held by Carey of 30.76.At CARIFTA he won Gold in a personal best 30.75 . In the 100 metre butterfly he would lower the Championship record of 1:03.27 set by teammate Nigel Forbes with a winning time of 1:02.10. He took the 2019 CARIFTA title in 1:03.27 .The CCCAN record which stands at 1:01.83 set by Emir Quintero by Mexico from 2005 seems set to go in Barbados later this summer.
Forbes has improved tremendously from 2018 after winning the 11-12 National Championship title in 1:03.27 he won convincingly in his first year of the 13-14 in a new personal best of 57.98. His performance is the the second fastest all time in the age group. The National and Championship record is 57.81 held by Ian Pinder.He will have more than a year to lower that mark.At CARIFTA he won the Silver in a time of 59.45.
Other Gold medallists
|200 metre breaststroke||11-12||Rhanishka Gibbs||3:01.21||Barracudas|
|200 metre breaststroke||11-12||Caden Wells||2:56.69||Mako|
|200 metre breaststroke||13-14||Delaney Mizell||2:59.90||Lyford Cay|
|200 metre breaststroke||13-14||Erald Thompson III||2:32.41||Mako|
|50 metre backstroke||8& under||Skyler Smith||39.46||Waverunners|
|50 metre backstroke||8& under||David Singh||40.46||Barracudas|
|50 metre backstroke||9-10||Rayven Ward||36.77||Mako|
|50 metre backstroke||9-10||Tristen Hepburn||33.98||Waverunners|
|50 metre backstroke||11-12||Leylah Knowles||33.33||Alpha|
|50 metre backstroke||13-14||Keianna Moss||30.87||Mako|
|100 metre butterfly||13-14||Joshua Newry||30.31||Freeport|
|100 metre butterfly||9-10||Zoe Williamson||1:14.79||Freeport|
|100 metre butterfly||9-10||Tristen Hepburn||1:13.20||Waverunners|
|100 metre butterfly||11-12||Seann Norville-Smith||1:12.05||Waverunners|
|100 metre butterfly||11-12||Marvin Johnson||1:02.10||Waverunners|
|100 metre butterfly||13-14||Rachel Lundy||1:08.56||Mako|
|100 metre butterfly||13-14||Nigel Forbes||57.98||Waverunners|
|200 metre freestyle relay||8&under||Barracudas Girls||2:34.24|
|200 metre freestyle relay||Waverunners||2:30.81|
|200 metre freestyle relay||9-10||Waverunners Girls||2:13.33|
|200 metre freestyle relay||Mako||2:14.15|
|200 metre freestyle relay||11-12||Lyford Cay Girls||2:01.92|
|200 metre freestyle relay||Mako||1:53.28|
|200 metre freestyle relay||13-14||Mako Girls||1:55.91|
|200 metre freestyle relay||Mako||1:44.69|
|200 metre freestyle relay||15 and over||Mako||1:36.61|