HISTORIC FIRSTS FOR THE BAHAMAS AND JAMAICA AS ALBURY HIGGS, JOANNA EVANS AND ALIA ATKINSON WIN MEDALS ON DAY 4 OF THE CAC GAMES

The fourth night of action the at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia on Saturday night at the Eduardo Movilla Aquatic Complex saw three CARIFTA region ladies as they won the first ever medals for their nations in their respective events.

Higgs breaststroke bronze
200 metre breaststroke Bronze medallist Albury Higgs

Starting the medal run Was Albury Higgs of The Bahamas. Albury has been having quite the summer lowering the national records in the 100 and 200 metre breaststroke right before the Games . She was expected to be in form at the meet and she was. She qualified for the 200 metre breaststroke Championship final with a time of 2:32.90 just her national standard of 2:32.30 set at the Bahamian REV national championships in June. Joining in her in the final was countrywoman  2:33.90 Laura Morley who made the Championship finals in all the breaststroke events, the 50,100 and 200 .

With increased  speed evidenced by her national record of 1:10.77 in the 100 metre event in  the United States Albury pushed the pace in the final turning at the 100 metre mark in a time of 1:12.59 in the Silver medal position.She held that placing until the last couple of metres when Mexico’s Esther Gonzalez Medina passed her. That early front end speed would pay off as she just just held off Morley to take the Bronze in 2:30.83 to 2:31.02 .Both ladies went well under the old national mark and were well under the 2019 Lima PAN AM Games automatic qualifying standard of 2:34.43. Both swimmers achieved the 2018 Hangzhou World Short Course Swimming Championships and 2019 Gwangju World  Championships B standard of 2:31.02. With her Bronze medal she becomes the first Bahamian man or woman to win a medal in the event.She also becomes the fastest ever CARIFTA region swimmer at the Games as she bettered Alia Atkinson’s 2006 effort of 2:30.99.  Only Atkinson and now Higgs have ever medalled in the event for the ladies. It also marks the first medal for Albury in the senior ranks

Higgs offered this reaction to her historic swim

“It was an exciting swim and I was very happy with the best time and record, as well as a bronze for team Bahamas!”

Gold went to the Mexican duo of Byanca Melissa Rodriguez Villanuez in a Games record of 2:25.60 and the Silver to Gonzalez Medina in 2:29.72.

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400 IM medallists Photo courtesy of the Puerto Swimming federation

Known primarily for her distance exploits Joanna Evans has taken the opportunity to add a few other events to her schedule and it has resulted in medal winning performances.In the 100 metre freestyle she set a new personal best to win the Silver medal. She had set the national record of 4:59.25  in the 400 metre individual medley as a junior swimmer at the 2015 CARIFTA Games in Barbados which still stands today. in qualification she  cleared that mark  with a time of 4:57.56. In the final she blew that mark away with a swim of  4:50.38 to land the Silver. Joanna becomes the first Bahamian woman to medal in the event. Both record breaking swims were under the  2019 LIMA PAN AM Games mark of 4:57.99. The only other swimmers  from the CARIFTA  region to medal at the Games are Gold was won by Puerto Rico’s Kristen Romano in 4:46.31 and the Bronze by Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo in 4:52.13. She gave an assessment of the race and the  humid conditions to draftingthecaribbean

“Honestly there was not much of a strategy except to go out and race and see what I can do.It is really hot .We are just hydrating and trying to stay out of the sun”.

CARIFTA REGION MEDALLISTS THROUGH THE YEARS

Year Name Time Country Medal
1986 Rhett Chee Ping 4:39.14 Trinidad and Tobago Bronze
1998 Carolyn Adel 4:52.42 Suriname Gold
2006 Jeremy Knowles 4:23.83 The Bahamas Silver
2006 Bradley Ally 4:22.86 GR Barbados Gold
2010 Bradley Ally 4:21.49 GR Barbados Gold
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100 metre butterfly medallists Photo courtesy ofadiimages

Competing in her third CAC Games Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson created another first by medalling in the 100 metre butterfly. No Jamaican man or woman has ever made it to the podium in the event . Last night she took the Bronze medal in the event in a time of 1:00.13 (split time 27.34). Silver went to Venezuela’s Isabella  Paez 1:00.04 and Gold to Miriam Guevara Hernandez in 59.13. Alia’s medal winning time was the second best effort of her career as her national record stands at 59.94 (split time 28.44) when she beat Paez (1:00.47) for the Gold at the 2017 Southern Zone Sectional Championship.

FEMALE CARIFTA REGION MEDALLISTS THROUGH THE YEARS

Year Name Time Country Medal
1978 Shelly Cramer 1:05.64 ISV Silver
1982 Shelly Cramer 1:04.20 ISV Silver
1982 Judy Lawaetz 1:05.10 ISV Bronze
1993 Siobhan Cropper 1:03.01 Trinidad and Tobago Gold
2010 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 59.74 GR The Bahamas Gold
2014 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 1:00.17 The Bahamas Gold
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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 .

50 metre breaststroke medallists
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.

Forbes pushing for Gold in the 200 breast
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
boys 11-12 50 metre medal podium
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.

100 freestyle podium 11-12 boys
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 .

 

11-12 mixed 200 metre freestyle relay
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS JAMAICA’S NICHOLAS VALE SET SCHOOL RECORDS IN THE 100 YARD BUTTERFLY AND AS A MEMBER OF BRONZE MEDAL WINNING MEDLEY TEAM

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Nicholas Vale off the blocks in record swim Photo courtesy Mike C Lyn

The 100 yard butterfly record for the Pine Crest School of 49.86 was set way back in 1988 by David Monasterio.

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David Monasterio Photo courtesy of linkedin

The future Puerto Rican Olympian (Barcelona 1992) had set the mark for his school in winning the 3A title. Nearly 30 years later it would be lowered by Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale at the 1A State Championships on November 4.

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Vale en route to a new personal best at Regionals on Oct 27 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Heading into the final high school Vale boasted a personal record of 50.10 (split time 23.48) set at the Regional Championships on October 27. He would make the Championship final for the event with a morning swim of 50.47(split time 23.77).

Vale on way to record swim
Nicholas stroking his way to a new school record in the 100 yard butterfly Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Competing for the first time in an individual Championship final Nicholas would make it count. He went out in 23.26 to be in the Bronze medal. At the death he would be nipped by The Bolles School’s Jake Adcock 49.70 to 49.79. Significantly it would be his first time under the 50 seconds barrier and also under the school record of 49.86.

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Steve Bigelow Photo courtesy of http://bentley.umich.edu

Another Monasterio standard would go down this time in the 200 yard medley relay. Also in 1988  the team of US Olympian Steve Bigelow (Seoul 1988) backstroke, Jason Litt Breaststroke , Monasterio butterfly  and Matt Higgins would set a swift 1:33.82 to take the 3A title.

In the morning heats the team of Elvis Kotikovski ,    ,Vale and Nico Ferrara would lower that mark to 1:33.77. The same quarter would combine to take it down further in the final.

Pine Crest bronze medley relay
200 yard medley relay Bronze medal winners Pine Crest team from left to right of Elvis Kotikovski ,Nico Ferrara, Jacob Silberman and Nicholas Vale Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

 

The splits of Elvis backstroke 24.44,Jacob breaststroke Vale butterfly 21.94 and Nico freestyle 20.42 totalled a time of 1:33.15 to win the Bronze.

Vale relay States 2017
Nicholas diving off for butterfly leg duties Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Nicholas recorded his fastest butterfly split in three years of competing in the Championship final of the event.

Vale family celebrating success
Vale Family celebrating medley relay success from left to right Mother Kelly, Nicholas,sister Simone and father Rob Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Year Team split Team time Placing
2017 Pine Crest 21.94 1:33.15 Bronze
2016 Pine Crest 22.67 1:35.80 4th
2015 Sagemont 23.98 1:39.88 6th

 

In 2015 , when competing for Sagemont Nicholas had placed 23rd  in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 56.02 (split time 27.26). Two years later  Vale would record a personal best of 52.28 (split time 25.39) to win Bronze at Regionals on Oct 27. The morning heats of the event at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida saw him just off that time with 52.39 (split 25.59) performance. That swim was mere 0.23 outside of a swim in the A final.

In the B final he would kill off the race as contest at the half way mark with the only sub 25 seconds split of the race, 24.95. He would also have the fastest   last 50 yards of 26.52 to clock in a new personal best of 51.47. He won the race handily as the second place swimmer from Oak Hall touched in 52.53.

Pine Crest Boys would place 4th overall at the State Championships with 187 points.

 

HIGGS LOWERS BAHAMIAN NATIONAL 100 METRE BREASTSTROKE RECORD ON DAY THREE OF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Lilly Higgs 15-17 100 metre breaststroke champion
Lilly Higgs 15-17 100 metre breaststroke champion Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

Lilly Higgs of The Bahamas who has been the dominant swimmer in the sprint breaststroke events at the CARIFTA age group level for the last three years continued that good form at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis on August 25 when she lowered her 15-17 and senior national 100 metre breaststroke record for the second time this season.

 

Lilly recorded a time 1:11.18 to lower the mark she had set of 1:11.40 when she was a finalist at the Commonwealth Youth Games in July in The Bahamas. She was already the CARIFTA region’s best ever placed female performer in the event at the Global championships when she had placed 24th at the Singapore edition of the Championships. Higgs has raised the bar by moving the best placing to 22nd   and is almost 2 seconds faster than that swim.

Analysis of Lilly’s 2015 and 2017 world Championship performances

Date meet Venue First 50 metres Last 50 metres Final time Placing
 2015 World Juniors Singapore 34.54 38.46 1:13.00 24th
2017 World Juniors Indianapolis 33.89 37.29 1:11.18 22nd

Lilly was also the 2nd fastest swimmer from the CCCAN region finishing just behind Mexico’s Maria Jimenez who placed 20th in a time of 1:11.01 (split time 33.08).

Rounding out the top three in CCCAN was Puerto Rico’s Marissa Lugo Mojica who placed 39th in a time of 1:17.14 (split time 35.35).

16 IS THE FINAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TALLY AS GRUEST,ACOSTA, FLORES,ROMANY AND CRESPO BOOK TICKETS FOR HUNGARY

The total tally of World Championship qualifying performances achieved at the CCCAN Championships stands at 16 as Day 5 came to an end at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday July 2.The swimmers helped in running up the score on Sunday included Valerie Gruest of Guatemala, Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, Luis Flores of Puerto Rico, Joshua Romany of Trinidad and Tobago and Edgar Crespo of Panama.

Valerie Gruest
Valerie Gruest Photo courtesy of guatemala.com

Olympian Gruest in the 15-17 400 metre freestyle won her race convincingly in a time of 4:16.42 well under the B standard of 4:19.34.That was her seventh Gold medal of the Championship and her second World Championship qualifying mark.

Marcelo Acosta swimming world
Marcelo Acosta Photo courtesy of swimmingworld.com

Marcelo Acosta won the 18 and over boys 400 metre freestyle in a Championship record time of 3:55.54. That bettered the Hungary World Championship B standard of 3:56.14. His swim was also faster than the 2011 meet record of 3:59.06 by Puerto Rico’s Raul Martinez. Silver went to Aruban Mikel Schreuders in a new national record of 3:58.38.The Bronze went to the English speaking fastest ever swimmer in the event Alex Sobers of Barbados in 4:00.17.

Luis Flores
Luis Flores Photo courtesy of Florida Southern College

In the battle to decide the fastest man at CCCAN the morning heats saw two men under the 50 metre freestyle B standard of 23.26.Luis Flores of Puerto Rico 22.85 to top the qualifiers heading into the final. Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany was the second seed with a time of 23.01.

Romany swimswam
Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

In the final the positions remained the same with both men just off their morning swims. Flores took Gold in 22.85 and Romany the Silver in 23.06 with Schreuders winning Bronze in 23.49 in a new national record.

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Edgar Crespo Photo courtesy of La Prensa

Bettering the World Championship B cut was Panamanian Edgar Crespo. In the morning preliminaries of the 18 and over men’s 100 metre breaststroke he lowered his 2009 Championship record of 1:03.83 by clocking 1:02.79. That performance topped the qualifiers and just missed the B standard of 1:02.46. In the final he underlined his number one seeding with Gold medal winning time and new Championship record of 1:02.37. Silver was won by Aruba’s Jordy Groters in 1:04.07 and the Bronze went Coast Rica’s Arnoldo Herrera in 1:04.89.

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Albury Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

Also doing the Championship record double was Bahamian Albury Higgs. In the morning she lowered Jamaica Olympian Alia Atkinson’s (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)  2005 15-17 girls 100 metre breaststroke record of 1:13.93 with a 1:12.93 effort. Higgs would lower that mark in the afternoon with a Gold medal winning time of 1:12.79.She was followed to the wall by Curaçao’s   Chadé   Nercisio who clocked 1:14.27. Marissa Lugo of Puerto Rico was timed in 1:15.58 and won the Bronze.

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

Also in Championship record mode was one half of the Bermudan 11-12 super duo Elan Daley. In the final of the 11-12 50 metre freestyle she lowered the 1995 Championship record of 27.55 set by another 11-12 star of yester year, Trinidad and Tobago’s Cerian Gibbes. Daley won in a new national record and English speaking Caribbean best of 26.82.No other English speaking Caribbean girl has ever swum faster than 27 seconds. Jamaican speedster Zaneta Alvaranga placed second in 27.78.The other half of the super duo Payton Zelkin won the Bronze is 28.01.

13-14 50 backstroke champion and senior natior record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados
13-14 100 backstroke champion and new senior national record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados

In the 13-14 girls 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus of Barbados set a new Championship, age group and senior national record with her swim of 2:22.39. Titus lowered the 1985 record of 2:22.50 of Costa Rican Olympian Sylvia Poll (1988, 1992). Second went to Vanegas Yanci of Guatemala in 2:24.41 and the Bronze Jahmia Harley to 2:27.05.

Swimmers who achieved the regional Golden Double on the final day included

Golden Double medallists 50 freestyle
Regional Golden Double medallists in the 50 metre freestyle from left to right Elan Daley of Bermuda 11-12 girls Nathaniel Thomas of Jamaica 11-12 boys Amara Pilgrim of Trinidad and Tobago 15-17 girls Photos courtesy of Royal Gazette Bermuda,Cheser Adams and swimtt.com
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle Elan Daley Bermuda
11-12 boys 50 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas Jamaica
15-17  girls 50 metre freestyle Amara Pilgrim Trinidad and Tobago

 

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Regional Double Golden Double medallist Sam Williamson of Bermuda 11-12 boys Photo courtesy of Bernews
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12  boys 100 metre breaststroke Sam  Williamson Bermuda
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Regional Double Gold medallist in the 13-14 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus of Barbados Photo courtesy of Barbados Nation
Age Group Event Name Country
13-14  girls 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus Barbados

CARTER AND ROMANY HIGHLIGHT ACTION ON DAY THREE OF THE CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING SWIMS

Day three (June 30) of the CCCAN Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Trinidad and Tobago saw more exciting races and championship records and also more World Championship qualifying swims. Those World championship Qualifying performances came from the local stars Olympian Dylan Carter and Joshua Romany.

Dylan Carter
Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of usportt.com

Dylan competing in the 18 and over 200 metre freestyle crushed the 2009 Championship record Costa Rica’s Olympian Mario Montoya of 1:52.43 with a 1:48.91 clocking. That bettered the World Championship B qualifying mark of 1:51.50.Also under the record and just missing the B standard was El Salvador’s Olympian Marcelo Acosta who clocked 1:51.76 for the Silver. Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders took the Bronze in 1:51.76.

Romany swimswam
Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

In the 18 and over 50 metre butterfly Joshua Romany bettered the 2011 championship record of countryman Joshua McLeod of 24.43 as well as the World Championship B standard time of 24.50 with a Gold medal winning time of 24.40. Winning the Silver was N’Nhyn Fernander of The Bahamas in 24.94 and the Bronze was won by Christian Awah  of Trinidad and Tobago in 25.06.

The winning times by Carter and Romany brought the World Championship qualifying tally to five.

Chade Nercisio 13-14 breastroke Triple Gold medallist
Chade Nercisio 13-14 CCCAN record holder Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

In the girls 15-17 50 metre butterfly the crowd was treated to excellent sprinting by Curaçao’s  Chadé  Nercisio. She became the fastest woman of all time at CCCAN when she broke the 28 seconds barrier in the 50 metre butterfly when she clocked 27.99 in the morning heats. All her energy was not spent after that national record swim as she returned in the evening to destroy that mark and record a time of 27.59. that swim was not too far off the World championships B mark of 27.42. Silver went to Celismar Guzman of Puerto Rico won the Silver in 28.62 and the Bronze went to Celina Marquez of El Salvador in 28.65.

Valerie Gruest
Valerie Gruest Photo courtesy of guatemala.com

Valerie Gruest of Guatemala just missed out on another World Championships qualifying mark when she took Gold in the 15-17 400 metre individual medley in a time of 4:54.67. That swim bettered the 2009 meet record of 5:02.43 by Maria Coy.That was just off the B standard of 4:52.97. CARIFTA Champion Albury Higgs won Silver in 5:03.67. The Bronze went to Marissa Lugo of Puerto Rico in 5:11.77.

 

Other championship record to fall on the day went to Zaneta Alvaranga of Jamaica in the girls 11-12 50 metre butterfly. She lowered the meet record of 29.85 twice .She swam 29.32 in the heats before uncorking a 28.74 for the Gold in the final.

In the 13-14 age group Beatriz Padron of Costa Rica Gold 28.36,Katie Kyle of St Lucia Silver 28.80 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Gabriela Donahue Bronze 28.85 all bettered the 2011 record of 28.89 by Dorian McMenemy.

Swimmers who completed the Regional Gold Double on Day Three by winning their respective events at CARIFTA in The Bahamas and at CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago include

Regional Golden Double
Regional Golden Double medallists from left to right Zaneta Alvaranga of Jamaica,Kael Yorke of Trinidad and Tobago and Danielle Titus of Barbados Photos courtesy of Michael C Lyn and swimtt.com

 

Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga Jamaica
15-17 boys 50 metre butterfly Kael Yorke Trinidad and Tobago
13-14 girls 100 metre backstroke Danielle Titus Barbados

 

ALVARANGA WINS GOLD TO REMAIN FASTEST EVER ENGLISH SPEAKING GIRL IN 50 METRE BUTTERFLY ,THOMAS WINS CLOSE BATTLE TO TAKE GOLD

 

On the third night of competition (June 30) held at the CCCAN Championships Team Jamaica added Two Gold ,One Silver and Two Bronze medals to have a total so far Six Gold, Three Silver and Two Bronze. A total of 21 personal best times have also been established over the Three days .The Jamaican delegation are now in ninth position with 164 points. Headlining the performances was the Gold medal by Zaneta Alvaranga in the girls 11-12 50 metre butterfly.

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Zaneta Alvaranga CARIFTA and CCCAN Champion in the 50 metre butterfly.Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Heading into the Championships she was already the English speaking Caribbean’s fastest ever girl in that age group with the only sub 29 clocking, the national record of 28.97.Added to that she is the reigning CARIFTA Champion in the event

Zaneta 11-12 CARIFTA fly record holder
Zaneta Alvaranga CARIFTA 11-12 50 metre butterfly Gold medallist ,Games and National record holder Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

 

.In the morning preliminaries the 2007 record of 29.85 set by Venezuela’s Ángela Ciccenia was erased from the record books when she hit the wall in 29.32. With the Championship record gone it was just a question of how much she would lower her time by. In the final  she took the lead from the gun and went on to win emphatically in a new National Record ,Championship Record and best ever time for the English speaking Caribbean of 28.74.  The Bermudan standouts  Elan Daley and Payton Zelkin finished with the Silver and Bronze in times of 29.49 and 30.11.Zaneta’s time is faster that the national records in the 13-14 age group of 29.57 and the 15-17 standard of 28.87. Zaneta’s time would have won the Bronze in the boys race. She also completed the regional Golden Double taking both the CARIFTA and CCCAN titles joining Sabrina Lyn and Nathaniel Thomas who did the same in the 100 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke respectively.It is the first medal in the age won by Jamaica since 2007 when Kendese Nangle won  Silver

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Nathaniel Thomas new 11-12 national record holder in the 50 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Thomas ,who had placed 5th in the 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly at the CARIFTA Championships had been in great form recently as he had lowered the national record to 28.32 prior to the Championships.He had to battle hard for his victory. Nathan 28.53 eked out a close win over Bermuda’s Sam Williamson 28.56 and CARIFTA Champion Trinidad and Tobago’s Kadon Williams 28.74. Jamaica had never won a medal in this age group before for Thomas’ victory.

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Kelsie Campbell photo courtesy of Michael c Lyn

 

Kelsie Campbell added 50 metre butterfly Silver to her Gold in the 100 metre butterfly when she touched the wall in a new personal best of 28.60. She was just out touched for the Gold by Patricia Casellas of Puerto Rico who won in 28.53.This is the first medal won by Jamaica in the age group.

400 freestyle 11-12 Silver
CCCAN 400 metre freestyle Silver medallists from left to right P’aige Lewis,Sabrina Lyn,Isabella Sierra, Zaneta

 

The girls 11-12 400 metre freestyle was given a scare by the team of Alvaranga, Lyn, P’aige Lewis and Isabella Sierra when they won Silver in a time of 4:18.65.The 2012 record stands at 4:18.02. Gold went to the Bermudans in a time of 4:13.71 . The Bronze was won by Barbados in 4:19.38. Jamaican has not won a medal in this event in over a decade.

Kyle 100 back Bronze
100 metre backstroke Bronze medallist in the boys 13-14 age group Kyle Sinclair Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

The lone representative in the boys 13-14 age group Kyle Sinclair opened his medal account in the 100 metre backstroke. At CARIFTA this year he had finished outside the medals by .05 of a second in a time of 104.08 a personal best.This time he took the Bronze in a new personal best of 1:03.08 beating the CARIFTA Bronze medallist by .27 of a second. The Gold was won by Mekhayl Engel of Curaçao 1:02.26 and the Silver to DaVante Carey of The Bahamas 1:02.80.

 

Other finalists on the day included

13-14 girls 200 metre freestyle Emily MacDonald 2:14.28 5th 2:14.01 5th
15-17 girls 200 metre freestyle Britney williams 2:10.37 6th 2:10.82 7th
18 and over girls 200 metre freestyle Kelsie Campbell 2:13.01 4th SCR N/A
11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn 31.79 8th 30.43 4th
13-14 girls 50 metre butterfly Emily MacDonald 29.98 5th 29.63 4th
15-17 girls 100 metre backstroke Angara Sinclair 1:08.07 5th 1:07.39 5th
15-17 girls 400 metre IM Bryanna Renuart 5:18.55 5th 5:18.65 4th