NIGEL FORBES STANDS TALL AT CCCAN,WINS REGIONAL BREASTSTROKE TRIPLE CROWN (UNANA,CARIFTA AND CCCAN TITLES) EN ROUTE TO FIVE GOLD AND TWO SILVER

At the recently concluded CCCAN swimming Championships held in Aruba Nigel Forbes continued his epic season in an 11-12 age group division which was brimming with talent. Forbes stood tall among his peers in the breaststroke for 2018 and was unbeaten for the season in that stroke .

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50 metre breaststroke medallists from left to right Blackman, Forbes and Trejos Photo courtesy of CCCAN

It would be the 50 metre breaststroke in  which he would make put together a masterpiece of a swim .Already the fastest Bahamian 11-12 breaststroker of all time with 32.54 he now had his sights on the 2005 CCCAN record of Panamanian Arturo Medina of 32.42 .That time tied Bermudan Sam Williamson 11-12 national mark of 32.42 as the second fastest of all time in the CCCAN region. The unofficial record was held by  Aruba Jordy Groters at 32.41. Things looked promising for young Forbes when he clocked the fastest time of the preliminaries of 32.99. In the championship Final Forbes  took off from the sounding of the starter’s gun and was more than a body length of the field by the 25 metre mark.With the question of the Gold answered what needed to be determined was what the record would be lowered to . Forbes continued to blaze towards the wall and slapped the pads in a time of 32.15 , a new PB, Bahamian , CCCAN Championship  record and he can officially hold the moniker of the fastest the region had ever seen in the event. Winning the Silver was Trinidad and Tobago Nikoli Blackman in 34.74 and the Bronze to Edu Trejos in 34.75. It was this event that he created history for the CARIFTA region by winning the first ever Gold medal at the  inaugural UANA Championships so it is fitting that he would take the regional Triple Crown UANA , CARIFTA and CCCAN titles in the fastest swim of all time.

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Nigel Forbes of The Bahamas First Gold Medallist for The Bahamas and the CARIFTA region 11-12 breaststroke Gold at the 2018 UANA cup
UANA 34.20
CARIFTA 34.05
CCCAN 32.15

The 100 metre breaststroke would see Nigel putting another show of scintillating speed.As with the 50 metre breaststroke he was already the best The Bahamas had ever produced with his 1:12.24 clocking from the REV nationals and was within a hair’s breadth of the CCCAN record time of 1:12.18 set by  Olympian Carlos  Claverie of Venezuela  (Rio 2016) .

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Carlos Claverie waving to the crowd after being presented with Bronze medal at the 2014 Youth Olympics Photo courtesy of panamericanworld

Claverie  won Bronze at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing China in the 100 metre breaststroke in a time of 1:01.56.

After easing into the final with a time of 1:14.78  he decided to turn on the thrills in the final. When the race started Nigel again separated himself by some distance by the halfway mark turning in 33.13, a split that would have would the Silver in the 50 metre race. He kept applying the pressure and touched in a new PB,Bahamian record and CCCAN Championship record of 1:11.16.  Forbes is now the fastest ever swimmer the CARIFTA region has produced in the event.He just missed the unofficial CCCAN 2014 record of 1:10.94 held by Puerto Rico’s Daniel Chevere. The win also marked another Triple Crown performance ( UANA, CARIFTA and CCCAN). Silver went to Panamanian Trejos in 1:13.24 and Blackman won Bronze in 1:16.24.

Event Time Split
UANA 1:15.07 35.40
CARIFTA 1:15.81 35.50
CCCAN 1:11.16 33.13
boys 11-12 200 metre breaststroke medal podium
Boys 11-12 200 metre breaststroke medallists from left to right Trejos, Forbes and Bonati Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The 200 metre breaststroke which was Forbes first individual race saw a colossal battle between himself and Trejos. The Panamian started the race with a split of 35.67 followed by Nigel with a 36.50 . They were the only swimmers under 37 seconds for the first 50 metres and well ahead of the rest of the field. Nigel kept closing the gap on Edu until he was ahead by .01 ahead of him coming off the final wall.

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Forbes pushing for Gold in the 200 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of CCCAN

 

He then stepped on the gas to take the win in a new PB and Bahamas record 2:36.00.  Forbes just missed another Claverie standard of 2:35.89 but is now the fastest ever 11-12 200 metre breaststroke swimmer from the CARIFTA region. Edu was close behind winning Silver in 2:36.32. Bronze went to Stefan Bonati of the Cayman Islands in 2:49.08.

Boys 11-12 100 metre butterfly podium
Boys 11-12 100 metre butterfly podium from left to right Wilson,Forbes and Gossmann Photo courtesy of CCCAN

There would be more Gold for Forbes in Aruba in the sprint butterfly events. In the 100 metre butterfly he won the Gold based on a strong back half. This, as he was behind at the 50 metre mark as the early leaders Christopher Gossmann of Guatemala 29.23 and Trinidad and Tobago standout Zarek Wilson 29.44. Nigel’s split was 30.05. He however provided the fastest last 50 metres to take the Gold in 1:01.95 a new PB and Bahamian record taking almost a second off the 2014 Evante Gibson standard of 1:02.83 .that completed the regional Golden Double as he won the CARIFTA Gold in 1:04.05 earlier this year in Kingston. Silver went to Wilson in a new PB of 1:02.16 and the Bronze to Gossmann in 1:02.23.The same trio finished in the exact same order earlier at the UANA cup with times of 1:03.34,1:03.48 and 1:04.19 respectively

CARIFTA 1:04.09 30.47
CCCAN 1:01.95 30.05
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Boys 11-12 50 metre butterfly medal podium from left to right Sealy, Forbes and Gossmann Photo courtesy of CCCAN

In the 50 metre butterfly he posted the only sub 28 seconds time in the final to win 27.73. Omari Sealy of Barbados took the Silver in 28.17 and Gossman 28.25. He holds the national record at 27.67.

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Boys 11-12 100 metre freestyle medal podium from left to right Forbes,Blackman and Johnson Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

In the 100 metre freestyle he dipped under the 58 seconds barrier for the first time to win Silver in a PB and national record time 57.79.Gold went to Blackman in 57.61 and the Bronze to his teammate Marvin Johnson in 58.75. The old 11-12 record of 57.99 belonged to Lamar Taylor .

 

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11-12 mixed 200 metre freestyle relay medallists from left to right The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and the Cayman Islands Phoot courtesy of Harold Wilson

There would be another Silver for Forbes and Team Bahamas in the 200 metre mixed freestyle relay.The team of Johnson (27.98),Keianna Moss (28.72) ,Devin Cuffy-Bethel 28.98 and Forbes (25.76) stopped the clock in 1:50.64 just behind Team Trinidad and Tobago 1:50.29 .The Bronze went to the Cayman Islands in 1:52.64. Nigel placed 9th in the 400 metre freestyle.

When draftingthecaribbean contacted the young swimmer he gave his thoughts on his breaststroke Gold medals . He said that he felt great about all the breaststroke races his favourite was the 100 metre race. When questioned about the 200 metre event if he knew about the record and if he could have gone faster he said he did not think he could have gone any faster because he had great competition from his Panamanian competitor (Edu Trejos) and he gave it his all. Forbes now owns 7 of the 16 individual Bahamian national records for the 11-12 age group

Event Record
100 metre freestyle 57.79
50 metre breaststroke 32.15
100 metre breaststroke 1:11.16
200 metre breaststroke 2:36.00
50 metre butterfly 27.67
100 metre butterfly 1:01.95
400 metre IM 5:18.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARUBAN JORDY GROTERS LOWERS NATIONAL 100 METRE BREASTSTROKE RECORD ON DAY ONE OF BUDAPEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

The first day of the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest Hungary saw Aruba’s Jordy Groters lowering his personal best and national record in the 100 metre breaststroke.

Heading into the global competition the Aruban national mark stood at 1:03.23 (split time 29.68). That time was recorded at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships in The Bahamas in July 2016. In Europe Jordy recorded splits of 29.39 and 33.56 to break the 1:03 barrier to stop the clock in 1:02.95.

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Jordy Groters Photo courtesy of flaswimnetwork.com

That swim places Groters as the fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region and fourth in the CCCAN region .

With a new national standard in his first swim of the competition he told draftingthecaribbean today how he felt about that race

I think any swimmer would agree that seeing a lower number on the scoreboard than you’re used or what you expected to see to is one of the best feelings in this sport. In August of 2014 I swam 1:03 for the first time in my life. It’s been almost exactly three years since then and I’ve finally managed to dip under the 1:03 to reach the elusive 1:02. There was probably a point last year where I was so frustrated with my swims that I didn’t think I’d ever actually do it, too.

All that being said, I was filled with relief when I looked up to the scoreboard to see a 1:02 behind my name. I softly muttered ‘finally’ to myself as I let the moment sink in.

No race is perfect, however. I knew I had a horrible turn which makes me glad. It tells me that I can be faster. I’m not too concerned about that right now, though. I’m still on an adrenaline rush from that 1:02 and I really think it’s going to make my 50 breast tomorrow something special, again.”

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CCCAN number 1 ranked swimmer at 2017 World Swimming Championships Carlos Claverie Photo courtesy of Meridiano

Analysis of CCCAN performances in the 100 metre breaststroke

Name Country CCCAN ranking  Overall ranking Time
Carlos Claverie Venezuela 1 26th 1:00.83 (28.56)
Edgar Crespo Panama 2 32nd 1:01.74 (28.28)
Miguel De Lara Ojeda Mexico 3 37th 1:01.93 (29.11)
Jordy Groters Aruba 4 46th 1:02.95 (29.39)
Marc Rojas Dominican Republic 5 52nd 1:03.65 (29.48)
Greg Penny US Virgin Islands 6 56th 1:05.16 (30.68)
Arnoldo Herrara Costa Rica 7 60th 1:05.61(30.02)
Rainier Rafaela Curacao 8 62nd 1:06.96 (31.81)
Corey Ollivierre Grenada 9 67th 1:08.17(31.03)

CRESPO AND SCHREUDERS BETTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP B STANDARDS ON DAY 4 OF CCCAN IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Saturday July 1 at the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago saw two more swimmers Olympians Edgar Crespo of Panama (2012,2016) and Aruban Mikel Schreuders (2016) bettering the World Championships B standards.Those swims bought the overall World Championship qualifying performances to eight.

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Edgar Crespo Photo courtesy of La Prensa

Competing in the 18 and over category at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva Crespo was faster than the World Championship B standard of 28.47 when he recorded 28.08 to top the qualifiers for the final with a time of 28.08. He was also under the 2013 Championship record of 28.61 set by Trinidad and Tobago’s Abraham McLeod . Edgar would be even faster in the final when he became the first swimmer under the 28 seconds barrier when he won the Gold in 27.94. Following him to the wall for the Silver in a new Aruban national record of 28.57 and just outside the B time was Jordy Groters. His old national record was 28.60 .Winning the Bronze in 28.97 was his countryman Mikel Schreuders.

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Olympian Mikel Schreuders at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Photo courtesy of wikipedia.com

Mikel would lower an Aruban national mark of his own and better the B time for the Hungary World Championships when he won Gold in the 100 metre freestyle in a time of 50.55. The B standard is 50.64. Winning the Silver was Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany in personal best of 50.75. Bronze went to Olympian Avila Kevin (2012) in 51.68.

There were a number of near misses with the World championship cuts as well. In the 18 and over category Suriname’s Olympian Evita Leter (2016) hit the pads in 32.72 for the win in the 50 metre breaststroke. The time to beat was 32.31. In the 15-17 200 metre butterfly Guatemalan Olympian Valerie Gruest stopped the clock in 2:14.59, a new Championship record but just shy of the B time of 2:14.31.

Other meet records to fall included the 15-17 200 metre butterfly for girls. That was the result of another Gruest effort as she bettered the 1987 standard of Olympian Silvia Poll of 2:23.23 with a 2:20.42 swim to take the Gold.

Another Olympian’s record would fall in the 13-14 equivalent as Daniela Alfaro of Costa Rica bettered Mexican Rita Medrano’s (2012) 2005 standard of 2:19.75 with a 2:18.65 clocking.

In the boys 15-17 age group Crespo lost his  2007 15-17 record of 29.33as local standout Jeron Thompson won Gold in 29.26. Winning the Silver and also under the record was Fausto David Heron of the Dominican Republic who swam 29.32.

Thompson was one six swimmers that completed the regional Golden Double winning at the CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas in April and again in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Regional Golden Double medallists from left to right Elan Daley of Bermuda in the 11-12 200 individual medley and Danielle Titus of Barbados in the 13-14 age group Photos courtesy of islandstats.com and Michael C Lyn
Golden Double Day 4
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 200 metre IM Elan Daley Bermuda
13-14 girls 200 metre IM Danielle Titus Barbados

 

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50 metre breaststroke Regional Golden Double medallists from left to right Sam Williamson of Bermuda 11-12 boys,Gabriela Donahue of Trinidad and Tobago 13-14 girls,Nkosi Dunwoody of Barbados 13-14 boys,Jeron Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago 15-17 boys Photos courtesy of bernews.com,Daily Nation and swimtt.com
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 boys 50 metre breaststroke Sam Williamson Bermuda
13-14 girls 50 metre breatstroke Gabriela Donahue Trinidad and Tobago
13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Nkosi Dunwoody Barbados
15-17 boys 50 metre breaststroke Jeron Thompson Trinidad and Tobago
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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of http://www.olympics.bm
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Elan Daley Bermuda

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

VERSATILE DALEY EXPECTED TO BRING FIREWORKS TO CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of http://www.royalgazette.com

The CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago  which will be held from June 28 to July 2 will be the venue for many quality performances in the swimming pool. One of the swimmers who will be adding to the fireworks is Elan Daley from Bermuda. The versatile youngster who is in her first year of the 11-12 age group gave a preview what fans should see  at the 2017 Age Group International  in Canada which was held from June 1 to 4.At that meet she lowered a number of 11-12 age group records.

 

The 100 metre butterfly saw Elan become the fastest 11-12 girl in the English speaking Caribbean when she clocked 1:05.55 (split time 29.79). The previous fastest time was held Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyla Martin at 1:06.05. That exact time is also the CCCAN Championship record held by Panama’s Juliet Stern set in 1995.

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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of sportsmax.tv

In the 200 metre individual medley she lowered her own record by more than 3 seconds to win Gold in a time of 2:27.63. That brings her closer to the Championship record of 2:27.38 by another 11-12 star the twin island Republic’s Cerian Gibbes. Cerian’s national record also doubles as the fastest in that age group for the English speaking Caribbean. In the 400 individual medley she dropped almost 9 seconds from another record she owned to clock 5:20.53 and place fourth.

In the freestyle events Daley was more than 15 seconds faster than Emma Harvey’s 2014 800 metre freestyle standard of 10:18.19 when she touched in 7th in 10:03.97 (split time 4:57.64).

The 400 metre freestyle saw Daley beating another of her own national marks. She became the first 11-12 girl from Bermuda under 4:50 when she placed 5th in 4:47.99 (split time 2:19.70). Elan’s old record was 4:51.54.

The 200 metre freestyle event saw her winning Silver in 2:12.84 (split time 1:03.41). In that event the national record of 2:12.77 held by teammate Payton Zelkin just managed to survive.

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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of http://www.olympics.bm

The magical minute mark barrier was broken by Daley in the 100 metre freestyle.She split 28.41 at the 50 metre mark to touch in a final time of 59.90. That bettered her previous personal best and national mark of 1:00.28.That is faster than the Championship record of 1:00.05 by Puerto Rico’s Vanessa Garcia. It also gets closer to the fastest time in the English speaking Caribbean in that age group held by Gibbes at 59.27.

For the 100 metre backstroke she became the first 11-12 Bermuda girl under 1:10 when she won her event in 1:08.76 (split time 32.93).The old record  was 1:10.60 set by Emma Harvey in 2014.

 

Daley along with swimmers from the other competing nations promises to make this CCCAN Championships one of the most exciting yet.

ALVARANGA AND LYN SET INDIVIDUAL MEET RECORDS, MARLINS, TORNADOES AND Y SPEEDOS SET NEW RELAY STANDARS ON MORNING SESSION OF DAY 2 OF KARL DALHOUSE 2017

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Zaneta Alvaranga Freestyle Sprint Double Champion and record holder Karl Dalhouse 2017 Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The morning session of day 2 of the 2017 Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational on Saturday Feb 4 saw Zaneta Alvaranga of the Y Speedos and Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim Club accounting for the new individual meet records. All the meet marks fell in the mixed 200 freestyle relay events. Those records fell to teams from the Y Speedos, Marlins and Tornadoes Swim Clubs.

Zaneta Alvaranga competing in her final year of the 11-12 age group completed the freestyle sprint record double. After setting the 50 metre freestyle record on Friday night she set the meet record in the longer sprint. She stopped the clock in 1:04.04. She lowered the 2016 mark of 1:04.39 by Emily MacDonald of Swimaz Aquatics. Both sprint freestyle marks belonged to Emily who was undefeated locally and regionally in 2016  copping the sprints titles at CARIFTA in Martinique and CISC in The Bahamas. Silver and Bronze went to teammate Paig’e Lewis and Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim Club in personal best times of 1:05.98 and 1:06.45 respectively.

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Sabrina Lyn 11-12 record holder in the girls 200 metre individual medley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Lyn would get her name in the record books later in the morning when she lowered the 22 year old record of 2:45.09 by Panamanian D Capunay of the Barracudas Swim club. She would register a new meet record of 2:45.04 , a new personal best of more than 10 seconds. Silver went to Alvaranga in a personal best of 2:49.18.Teammate Paig’e Lewis won Bronze in yet another personal best of 3:03.21.Earlier in the session she took Gold in the 200 metre breaststroke in 3:20.37.

In the mixed relays the meet record would fall in the 8and under, 9-10 , 11-12 and 13-23 age categories. In the 8 and under event the Y Speedos’ A team of Saamanta Selvon, Renae Chung, Zion Bundy and Zack Andre Johnson set new mark of 2:41.44.

The 9-10 Marlins A team of Josh Johnson, Kokolo Foster, Josh Wilkinson and Christanya Shirley put their names in the record books with a record swim of 2:22.36.

In the 11-12 age group it was the Tornadoes team of Sabrina Lyn, Isabella Sierra Nikolos Gordon-Somers and Nathaniel Thomas that took the Gold and set the meet record with their combined effort of 2:00.89.

In the 13-24 age group it was the Y Speedos who became the new standard bearers. The team of Jordane Payne, Brianna Anderson , Naomi Eaton and Kyle Sinclair just held off Swimaz A team to take the win in a time of 1:49.40 to 1:49.48.

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Presentation of Matthew Hilton Memorial trophy From left to right Sean- Douglas Gooden winner of the boys 13-24 200 metre breaststroke . Mr Michael Lee ,former Jamaica representative and father of meet record holder Dominic Lee Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The Matthew Hilton memorial trophy was won by the Tornadoes Sean-Douglas Gooden who took the 13-24 200 metre breaststroke boys race in a personal best time of 2:38.12. The trophy is awarded to the winner of the event in honour of the late Matthew Hilton, a former national representative and Y Speedos swimmer.

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11-12 boys 200 metre breaststroke presentation from left to right Gold medal winner Nikolos Gordon- Somers and former national representative Mr Michael Lee Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The female equivalent was won by teammate Annastazia Chin in a personal best of 2:59.85. Both Gooden and Chin would go on to win their respective 200 metre individual medley races in times of 2:22.53 (pb) and 2:38.66 respectively. The 11-12 boys race was won by Nikolos Gordon-Somers in 3:12.71.

Other swimmers who completed the freestyle sprint double by winning the 100 metre freestyle included Nathaniel Thomas (Tornadoes) 11-12 boys 1:02.41, Emily MacDonald (Swimaz) 13-24 girls 1:01.06, Jordan Hinds 13-24 boys 57.33.Thomas would also go on to win the 200 metre individual medley in 2:43.48.

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Christanya Shirley Double Gold medallist in the 9-10 girls 50 metre freestyle and 200 metre individual medley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The 8 and under and 9-10 age groups saw a number of double winners. Chung in the 8 and under category took the 50 freestyle and 200 IM in personal best times of 36.73 and 3:39.37. Zack Andre Johnson the Y Speedos completed his double in 36.21 and 3:38.31. The Marlins pair of Christanya Shirley and Josh Johnson once again dominated the 9-10 category. Shirley had wins in times of 32.86 and 3:09.87 while Johnson won his races in 34.18 and 3:24.31.

MARLINS CHRISTANYA SHIRLEY LOWERS 50 METRE BUTTERFLY RECORD IREYRA TAMAYO SHATTERS 200 METRE FREESTYLE RECORD REMAINS UNDEFEATED AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Christanya Shirley national record holder in 8 and under 50 metre butterfly
Christanya Shirley national record holder in 8 and under 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Ireyra Tamayo 13- 14 girls  200 metre freestyle champion and meet record holder
Ireyra Tamayo 13- 14 girls 200 metre freestyle champion and meet record holder Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Rin Gyles 11- 12 national champion 100 metre backstroke
Rin Gyles (Blue Marlins Swim club) 11- 12 national champion 100 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

The third day of competition of the Walter Rogers Age Group Swimming championships on Friday February 12 at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston Jamaica saw records falling to Christanya Shirley in the 8 and under girls age group and the visiting Ireyra Tamayo of Salle in Panama

Shirley not content with her national 8 and under 50 metre butterfly standard of 38.37 set at last month’s Karl Dalhouse Swim meet set out to break it. When the 8 year old Marlins swimmer hit the pads she erased the 2003 meet record of many time national representative Kendese Nangle and current Dartmouth senior of 38.49 as well as her national record . She stroked her way to a new national mark of 38.20. That would not be the only Nangle record to fall to fall on the day as Shirley crushed Kendese’s 2003 meet standard of 3:27.53 to set a new record of 3:20.53. That left her medal count at 2 for the night and 3 overall from the meet.
Panamanian Ireyra Tamayo continues to raise the bar for the 13-14 girls at the meet as she continued her destruction of meet records. Before the morning heats of the 200 metre freestyle the record stood at 2:17.17 set by Anjuii Barrett of the Marlins swim club in 2015. Tamayo would not let that survive the preliminaries as she powered her to 2:14.60.In the final she proved she had a lot more in the tank as she took 3 seconds off her morning swim to record a time of 2:11.24 and beat the field by more than 8 seconds. In the 100 metre backstroke she just missed the 2009 record set by Kendese Nangle of 1:10.08 to win the event in 1:10.93 more than 2 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. The swimmer made it 3 Gold medals from 3 starts with no one coming within 2 seconds of her in any final.
Emily MacDonald continues to be the class swimmer in the 11-12 girls age group as she went on a 3 for 3 run on Friday. She won the 200 metre freestyle in a new personal best of 2:22.32 more than 8 seconds of the CARIFTA standard of 2:30.99.Her victory margin in the race was 20 seconds. It also would have placed her 5th in the 2015 CARIFTA final. She took the national title in the 50 metre butterfly in 31.81 which would have placed her 6th in the 2015 CARIFTA final. In the 100 metre backstroke she was almost 10 seconds ahead of the field and well above the CARIFTA standard of 1:19.39.She stopped the clock in 1:16.99 which would have placed her 7th in the 2015 CARIFTA final. Her individual medal count at the end of day 3 stood at 5 Gold medal from 5 events.
In the 11-12 boys age group Rin Gyles of the Blue Marlins Swim Club got his second backstroke medal of the Championships when won a close battle when out touched Joshua Alleyne to the wall 1:20.51 to 1:20.61.he had previously won the 50 metre backstroke
In the 13-14 boys 200 metre freestyle the Y Speedos duo of Jordane Payne Silver 2:12.73 and Gold medallist Chester Adams 2:11.15 were under the CARIFTA standard of 2:16.09.
In the 15 and over group Alex Mignott was under the standard of 2:10.79 as he took the age group title in 2:09.19.
In the 50 metre butterfly victory went to the swimmer from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as Aqeel Joseph of UTT recorded the only sub 29 second time as he won the event in 28.64.
The fastest time in the event went to Sidrell Williams in the 15 and over category as he won in the only sub 27 second clocking of 26.74.