SPRINTING IS IN THEIR DNA JAMAICAN GIRLS SWEEP SPRINT FREESTYLE RELAY TITLES AGAIN

As it was in 2017 in The Bahamas, so it was again in 2018 in Kingston as the Jamaican girls swept the sprint freestyle titles on the last day of the CARIFTA Championships on April 3.

11-12 girls Gold medallists
11-12 Gold Medallists from left to right Cogle,Heaven,Sierra and Officer Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The 11-12 girls started the Golden streak in record fashion. Starting the relay for Jamaican was Safiya Officer who touched in 29.35 with the chasing pack. First to the wall on the opening leg was Bermuda’s Elan Daley who was in awesome form throughout the competition. That advantage was eaten up by Isabella Sierra, a member of last year’s record setting team who was timed in 29.02.It was the final legs of the relay that changed the structure of the medal podium as Morgan Cogle with a leg of 28.96 and Aliyah Heaven who dropped the hammer with the fastest anchor leg, 28.14 that sealed the victory and record. The total team time was 1:55.47 .

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2017 Gold medallists from left to right Lewis,Lyn,Sierra and Alvaranga Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

That bettered the  Championship and national age group record of 1:55.77 set by P’aige Lewis, Sierra Sabrina Lyn and Zaneta Alvaranga. Trinidad and Tobago won the Silver in 1:57.37. Martinique earned the Bronze in 1:59.54.

13-14 Gold medallists
13-14 Gold Medallists from left to right Alvaranga,Hunter,Lyn and MacDonald Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The 13-14 category saw the opening leg contested keenly between the Silver medallist in the flat 50 Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe and Bronze medallist Zaneta Alvaranga of Jamaica . It was the French Speaking territory that held the early advantage, with Portecop timed in 27.06 to Zaneta’s 27.65.Second leg swimmer Amore Hunter regained the advantage with a 28.46 clocking. Sabrina Lyn maintained the  edge with a time of 28.51. Anchor leg and  50 freestyle Gold medallist Emily MacDonald removed all doubts as to who the winners would be with the fastest split of the relay 26.17 to push the team to a time of 1:50.79 just off the 1:50.77 Championship record .

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2017 13-14 Gold medallists from left to right Banks,Vale,Anderson and MacDonald Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

 

15-17 gold medallists
15-17 Gold medallists from left to right Eaton ,Johnson, Banks and Anderson Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

In the final category the 15-17 age group Shaun Johnson got the proceedings under way with a 27.51 leg. The early advantage however, was held by the Bermudans who front loaded their relay with Bronze medallist Madelyn Moore who was timed in 26.44. Brianna Anderson took control of the event and took the lead for the Black , Green and Gold with a 27.17 effort. Naomi Eaton 27.58, withstood a charge from the Arubans in the form of Anahi Schreuders 27.17.It was now left to Gabrianna Banks to complete the sweep. She did not disappoint. She recorded the fastest split of the night 26.16 to help the Jamaicans to a Gold medal winning time and new  national age group record of 1:48.42.

15-17 gold medallists 2017
2017 Gold medallists from left to right Anjuii Barrett,Johnson, Bryanna Renuart and Angara Sinclair Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The old national age age group and senior national record of 1:49.07 was set last year.Silver went to Aruba in 1:49.68 and the Bronze to Bermuda in 1:51.09

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RECORD DESTRUCTION 13-14 GIRLS SHATTER NATIONAL MEDLEY RELAY RECORD

At the 2008 CARIFTA championships in Aruba the 13-14  Jamaica team of Kendese Nangle Backstroke 1:12.20, Victoria Ho breaststroke 1:20.05, Alexia Royal-Eatmon butterfly and Raynae Hall freestyle 1:03.00 turned in a Gold medal winning performance in the 400 metre medley relay of 4:46.29 .That performance was also a national record effort.

Kendese Nangle CARIFTA 2011
 Kendese Nangle Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
2008
backstroke Kendese Nangle 1:12.20
breaststroke Victoria Ho 1:20.05
butterfly Alexia Royal-Eatmon 1:11.04
freestyle Raynae Hall 1;03.00
Total time 4:46.29

Ten years later in Kingston Jamaica the 13-14  line up  for Jamaica read Simone Vale backstroke, Sabrina Lyn breaststroke, Zaneta Alvaranga butterfly and Emily MacDonald freestyle. The team was supposed to be fast but what the quartet produced on Sunday April 1 at the National Aquatic Centre was phenomenal.

It was expected for the young ladies to challenge the record and do sub 4:45. But they went well below that passing 4:42, 4;40, 4:38  and beyond 4:35 to smash the national standard. En route to lowering the Jamaican record the fab four also smashed the 2017 CARIFTA record held by Trinidad and Tobago of 4:36.43. The final total time for the Jamaicans was 4:33.81.

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Gabriela Donahue  Photo courtesy of Tampabay.com

 

2017
backstroke Jahmia Harley 1:10.15
breaststroke Gabriella Donahue 1:16.68
butterfly Regan Allen 1:08.24
freestyle Jada Chatoor 1:01.36
Total time 4:36.43

 

Lead off leg Vale saved the best for last in the 100 metre backstroke .She recorded two personal bests in the 100 metre backstroke from the heats and the relay moving from 1:10.02 to her  first sub 1 :10 time of 1:09.46.Up next Lyn added a breaststroke blast of 1:21.13. Alvaranga produced a butterfly split of 1:04.54 and MacDonald dropped the hammer with a split of 58.68.Guadeloupe won the Silver in 4:40.01 and Martinique the Bronze in 4:44.13.

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CARIFTA and National record holders in the 13-14 400 medley from left to right Vale,Lyn, Alvaranga and MacDonald Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The 13-14 girls posted the fastest female time in the event just bettering the time of their countrywomen in the 15-17 age group that won the Gold 4:33.87.

BRIANNA ANDERSON AND SABRINA LYN TAKE DOWN MEET RECORDS ON DAY 2 OF AGE GROUP CHAMPS

The second night of the Walter Rogers Age Group Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Jamaica on Feb 15 saw meet records falling to Brianna Anderson and Sabrina Lyn .

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15 and over 50 metre backstroke Champions Kyle Sinclair and Brianna Anderson

Brianna Anderson who represents the Y Speedos Swim club lowered the 2014 15 and over girls 50 metre backstroke meet record of 31.35 of former CARIFTA standout Danielle Boothe when she stopped the clock in 30.81.That time places the Brianna, who is in her first year of the 15-17 age group within striking range of the  national 15-17 age group  record of 30.55 set by Angara Sinclair at the 2017 CCCAN championships. That time would also have won the 15-17 Bronze medal at the 2017 CARIFTA championships held in The Bahamas. In 2017 she lowered another Sinclair mark when recorded 32.15. She gave her thoughts about the race to draftingthecaribbean

“My goals were to try to beat the record, try to qualify for CARIFTA and to do a 29.I am still trying my best to achieve that time with more training. Hopefully with the Swim Jamaica sprint I will do 29.My start was actually amazing especially my under waters, my breakout was good and my turnover was quite nice this time. My finish was not as it was I wanted it be because I want to finish like the Olympians so hopefully I fix those things at the sprint meet”.

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13-14 100 metre butterfly champions from the Tornadoes Swim Club Sabrina Lyn and Nathaniel Thomas

Also lowering a meet record was Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim Club who lowered the 2017 13-14  100 metre butterfly Championship record of 1:06.19 set by Emily MacDonald of Swimaz. That was the national record until MacDonald lowered it to 1:05.86 at the UANA Cup in Florida last month. Though Lyn is the second fastest girl of all time in the age group her 2017 11-12 national record is faster which stands at 1:05.69 when she won CCCAN Gold.

She gave her impressions on the race “ My goal was to make the CARIFTA team and to do that I had to come first. I knew that my competitors do not finish well I did not go as hard on the first lap but as soon I started the second I would have sprint all the way to the finish and that’s what I did and I won and broke the record”.

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Three time winner of the 15 and over 200 metre breaststroke Sean-Douglas Gooden of the Tornadoes Swim Club

Sean Douglas Gooden made it three wins in three years in the 15 and over 200 metre breaststroke. He lowered his 2017 record of 2:37.15 to 2:33.71 in the heats before taking the Gold in the final in 2:42.45. He spoke about the race after his win

“I thought I executed my race as best as I could given my current fitness. Honestly I was working on the small things such as my turns and underwaters and dive.I have been told that I have a really strong last 50 metres so I worked on that today. The race was a good one I did not go out too hard due to my fitness. I was aware that and tried to build my momentum throughout the race and that strategy worked perfectly”.

 

Other individual winners on the night included

Age group Name Club Event Time
11-12 girls Kokolo Foster Marlins 200 metre breaststroke 3:05.65
11-12 boys Joshua Mair Tornadoes 200 metre breaststroke 3:05.27
13-14 girls Tiara Campbell Sailfish 200 metre breatstroke 2:59.69
13-14 boys Jaleel Samms Tornadoes 200 metrebreastsroke 2:58.83
15 and over girls Naomi Eaton Y Speedos 200 metre breaststroke 3:00.93
8 & under girls Victoria Vanderleer Y Speedos 50 metre backstroke 49.66
8 & under boys Matthew Kennedy Y Speedos 50 metre backstroke 48.03
9-10  girls Christanya Shirley Marlins 50 metre backstroke 36.32
9-10 boys Josh Johnson Marlins 50 metre backstroke 41.36
11-12 girls Aliyah Heaven Tornadoes 50 metre backstroke 36.45
13-14 boys Nathaniel Thomas Tornadoes 50 metre backstroke 30.06
15 and over girls Kyle Sinclair Y Speedos 50 metre backstroke 29.33
11-12 girls Ireland Hunter Tornadoes 100 metre butterfly 1:20.64
11-12 boys Devaughn Robe Wahoo 100 metre butterfly 1:14.48
13-14 boys Nathaniel Thomas Tornadoes 100 metre butterfly 1:02.82
15 and over  girls Brianna Anderson Y Speedos 100 metre butterfly 1:10.09
15 and over boys Jordane Payne Y Speedos 100 metre butterfly 1:01.46

Relay winners  were as follows

Age group Club Event Time
11-12 girls Blue Seals 400 metre freestyle relay 4:46.95
11-12 boys Tornadoes 400 metre freestyle relay 4:51.47
13-14 girls Tornadoes 400 metre freestyle relay 4:59.73
13-14 boys Y Speedos 400 metre freestyle relay 4:09.90
15 and over  girls Y Speedos 400 metre freestyle relay 4:35.92
15 and over boys Y Speedos 400 metre freestyle relay 3:55.50

MIXED 200 METRE FREESTYLE RELAY SET NEW SENIOR AND AGE GROUP RECORD, SHAUN JOHNSON SWIMS YOUTH OLYMPIC B TIME

The final day of competition at the UANA Cup in Coral Springs Florida on Jan 21 saw Team Jamaica resetting the record books in the mixed 200 metre freestyle relay and Shaun Johnson recording a Youth Olympic B time in the 50 metre freestyle.

Gabriann Banks in relay action UANA Cup M Lyn
Gabrianna Banks in flight during a relay takeover at the UANA Cup Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The 15-17 mixed 200 metre freestyle relay team of Shaun Johnson  27.37, Jesse Marsh 24.46 ,Gabrianna Banks 27.12 and Nicholas Vale 24.75 set a new senior and 15-17 age group record of 1:43.70 to place 4th overall. The team was the highest placed CARIFTA region quartet in their age group.

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Keanan Dols at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The previous record was set at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships when the team of Keanan Dols 24.62, Bryanna Renuart 28.13,Marsh 25.57 and Kelsie Campbell 26.93 touched in 1:45.25.

Shaun Johnson leading off relay UANA Cup M Lyn
Shaun on her way to a new personal best and Youth Olympics B time Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Shaun Johnson who was a member of the 2017 CARIFTA  “Golden Girls” went under the Youth Olympics B qualifying mark of 27.39 with her opening leg. In 2017 Jamaica’s 15-17 girls dubbed the “Golden Girls” won all their relay events at the CARIFTA Championships winning the 200, 400 and 800 metre freestyle relays as well as the 400 metre medley relay.

When draftingthecaribbean caught up with Johnson she spoke about the race, the competition overall and being chosen as the flag bearer

Shaun Johnson flag bearer UANA M Lyn
Shaun Johnson UANA Cup Flag bearer Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

“For the 4 x 50 freestyle relay, I was a little nervous because I had never done a mixed relay before and I rarely ever lead off. Coach Gillian (Millwood) decided to place me in the relay and said she was confident in seeing a great 50 time for me being the lead off especially considering I didn’t do the 50 free this weekend. Seeing 27.37 was surprising! My PB for last year was a 27.72 at CARIFTA and right now I’m in the middle of my high school season so things look exciting in that event. The rest of the team actually voted me to be the flag bearer and that was a fun part of the weekend as well! That was really cool”.

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Britney Williams joint top CARIFTA 15-17 swimmer in the 100 metre freestyle

Britney Williams tied with Alison Jackson of The Cayman Islands as the top CARIFTA region performer in the 15-17 100 metre freestyle with identical 59.55’s for 5th place.

Alia ,Ramon and some members of the UANA cup M Lyn
Jamaican Sportswoman Alia Atkinson , Saint Andrews Aquatics Coach Ramon Walton take a picture with some of the members of the UANA Cup Team Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Team Jamaica finished the competition with 6 more  best times on the final day to end with 20 new personal records overall, two age group records and one senior national record.

 

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Emily MacDonald top Jamaican point scorer at the 2018 UANA Cup

Emily MacDonald was the best placed Jamaican in the high point scoring for the age group placing 8th with 22 points.

Nathaniel Thomas UANA Cup M Lyn
Nathaniel Thomas on his way to new personal best in the 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Sabrina Lyn 100 metre breaststroke M Lyn UANA cup
Sabrina Lyn stroking to the wall en route to a new personal best in the 100 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Name Event Age Group Time
Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre freestyle 13-14 57.12
Karci Gibson 100 metre freestyle 15-17 1:03.83
Sabrina Lyn 100 metre breaststroke 13-14 1:21.67
Nathaniel Thomas 50 metre butterfly 13-14 27.60
Jesse Marsh 50 metre butterfly 15-17 26.26
Shaun Johnson 50 metre freestyle 215-17 27.37

NICHOLAS VALE AND EMILY MacDONALD WIN BRONZE MEDALS ON DAY TWO OF UANA JESSE MARSH SWIMS YOUTH OLYMPIC B QUALIFYING TIMES

As the Jamaican contingent warmed to the cold temperatures in Coral Springs on Day Two, the squad also increased their medal count from One to Three medals. Two Bronze medals were won by Emily MacDonald in a new national age group record and Nicholas Vale.  Youth Olympic Olympics B standard times were also achieved by Jesse Marsh.

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UANA Cup Bronze medallist in the 13-14 100 metre butterfly and new 13-14 record holder Emily MacDonald

 

MacDonald won the Bronze medal in the 13-14 100 metre butterfly in a new national age group record of 1:05.86. She lowered her own national mark of 1:06.19 that she set last year on March 2 at the National Stadium. She was just off the Youth Olympics B qualifying mark of 1:05.71 and was the fastest CARIFTA region swimmer in the event. She expressed the following thoughts about her swim

“I was very happy when I found that I broke my own national record for the 100 metre butterfly. It was very surprising since I never tapered for this meet and I hope to break it again”.

Nicholas Vale UANA
UANA Cup Bronze medallist in the 15-17 400 IM and Jamaica’s first male medallist at the competition Nicholas Vale

The first medal won on the day was won by Nicholas Vale in the 15-17 400 individual medley. He became the first ever Jamaican boy to win a medal at the competition capturing Bronze in time of 4:56.85.

“It feels very good to win a Bronze medal as the first Jamaican boy at this meet. The race itself was pretty good. The best part of it was the first 100 metres. I went out 1:00 for the butterfly leg. I was really happy with how fast I went out. It was a little rough coming back but I am very happy I was able to secure Bronze for Jamaica”.

Jesse Marsh 15-17 boys CARIFTA 2017
Jesse Marsh Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Jesse Marsh competing in the 100 metre butterfly recorded a new personal best of 57.22 (split time 26.78) to place fifth overall. It also brought Marsh under the Youth Olympics Games B standard time of 57.54. That would not be the only Youth Olympics Standard achieved by Jesse as he would compete in a time trial in the 200 metre butterfly and stopped the clock in 2:09.39, yet another personal best. That performance bettered the B time of 2:10.13.

Marsh’s new personal standards carried the total to 10 new personal records for the day and 14 overall.

Name Event Age Group Time
Sabrina Lyn 400 metre IM 13-14 6:08.15
Emily MacDonald 100 metre butterfly 13-14 1:05.86 NAGR
Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre butterfly 13-14 1:02.44
Gabrianna Banks 100 metre butterfly 15-17 1:11.34
Jesse Marsh 100 metre butterfly 15-17 57.22 YOG B
Sabrina Lyn 50 metre breaststroke 13-14 37.83
Naomi Eaton 50 metre breaststroke 15-17 36.44
Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre backstroke 13-14 1:06.61
Nicholas Vale 100 metre backstroke 15-17 1:01.20
Jesse Marsh 200 metre butterfly 15-17 2:09.39 YOG B

RECORD BREAKING SUNDAY NATHANIEL THOMAS AND THE GOLDEN GIRLS OF THE MARLINS SWIM CLUB GIANI FRANCIS, KOKOLO FOSTER, SAIDAH BROWN AND CHRISTANYA SHIRLEY SET NEW NATIONAL MARKS

Sunday December 17 will be known as record breaking Sunday as the nation’s youngsters continued to excel in their last competitions for 2017 as they have done all throughout the year. Competitions in two different meets in two different islands yielded national age group records . In Jamaica at the ASAJ Christmas Open and Christmas Breezer Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes swim club lowered his national mark in the 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly twice in the morning heats and final . While the Golden Girls from the Marlins Swim Club Giani Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley continued their awesome record breaking run in the 9-10 200 metre freestyle relay at the Republic Bank Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational.

At his first CARIFTA in The Bahamas in April Nathaniel was 5th    in the 11-12 50 butterfly  in 29.22 .

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Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Later in May in Jamaica Nathaniel would lower the 11-12 50 butterfly to 28.32. That just edged the old standard of 28.33 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter (Rio 2016) when he won the Silver medal at the 2009 CARIFTA Championships held in Aruba. At the CCCAN competition in Trinidad and Tobago in July he would top the region taking the Gold in 28.53. He would join the elites among the region when he became the first Jamaican  11-12 boy to break the 28 seconds barrier.

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Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the morning he was fantastic in breaking the meet record also set by Wynter in 2009 of 29.39 and lowering the national mark to 27.95. He would continue his record breaking feats in the final as he dropped time again to set a standard of 27.86.

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Head Coach of the Tornadoes Swim Club and her record breaking swimmer Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

He now joins the likes of Evante Gibson of the Bahamas 27.77, Aruban Jordy Groters 27.85 as regional standouts under the 28 seconds barrier in the 11-12 age group.

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President of the Aquatics Sports Association of Jamaica Martin Lyn congratulating Nathaniel on his record breaking exploits Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

On the day he would also set new meet record in winning the 200 metre freestyle with a personal best of 2:12.77 and taking the Gold with the Tornadoes A team in the 400 metre medley relay.

The Golden Girls of the Marlins Swim club Gianna Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley have dominated the sprint freestyle relay this season and their last meet in Trinidad and Tobago would be no different.

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Marlins Girls 9-10 team at the Neville Alexander meet from left to right Giani Francis,Kokolo Foster,Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

At the Neville Alexander meet they set a new national mark of 2:14.66 .That lowered the national record of 2:15.37 set way back on Aug 1, 1988. That mark was set by the national team of Kezia Stewart, Kerone Peat, Joanna Lee and Nicole Lowe at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships held in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic when 9 and 10 year olds were allowed to participate.

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National record holders in the 9-10 girls freestyle relay from left to right Back row Kokolo Foster,Gianna Francis Front row Saidah Brown ,Christanya Shirley

At the Dean Martin Memorial Meeting in October they crushed that mark with a swim of 2:10.52. In the twin Island Republic they would be even that much faster with a time of 2:05.52 .That performance takes almost ten seconds off from the 1988 record. That swim is among one of the fastest ever done by an English Speaking Caribbean team in that age group.

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Marlins 9-10 Golden Girls from left to right Giani Francis, Saidah Brown, Kokolo Foster and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Suzette Whyte

 

Three of the young ladies Francis, Foster will be pushing to make their first CARIFTA team in Kingston next year while Shirley has one more year in the 9-10 age group.

In 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships in the Bahamas the Jamaican ladies won the swept the 200 metre freestyle relays taking wins in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 age groups

 

11-12 conquerors
2017 CARIFTA Gold medallists 11-12 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Paig’e Lewis,Sabrina Lyn , Isabella Sierra and Zaneta Alvaranga Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
13-14 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale, Brianna Anderson and Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
15-17 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 15-17 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart , Shaun Johnson and Anjuii Barrett Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

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.

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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.

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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