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

 

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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
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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
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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
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WILLIAMS SIGNALS RETURN TO FORM WITH TWO SCHOOL RECORDS FOR HOWARD AND ALL PERSONAL BESTS AT YELLOW JACKET INVITATIONAL

At the two day Yellow Jacket Invitational which ran from Dec 1-2 Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams put up his hand up to get attention of  the selection panel for overseas international competition with a strong return to form setting two school records for Howard and recording personal bests in all his events.

 

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Sidrell Wiliams Photo courtesy of hubison.com/Lawrence Johnson

The meet which was contested in a 25 yard pool at the Randolph-Macon College in Chesterfield Virginia saw Sidrell on the medal podium 7 times and breaking the school record in the 100 yard freestyle and as a member of the 400 yard medley relay team.

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Kazan 2015 World championship representatives from left to right Williams, member of Russian organizing committee Axinya Melekhova, Olympian Timothy Wynter Photo courtesy of Axinya Melekhova

In the 100 yard freestyle, Sidrell a 2015 World Championships representative bested the field by over a second to win the event in a time of 45.22 (split time 21.82). That crushed his personal best of 46.43 and lowered the Bison school record of 45.31 set by Jared Miller when he placed 3rd in the B final at the 2017 CCSA (Coastal College Sports Association Championships).

Williams, a graduate of the Wolmer’s Boys’ School would combine with Don Brazelton backstroke 53.21, William Smith breaststroke 58.19 and Alex Barnes butterfly 50.89 to place 2nd in the 400 yard medley relay in a time of 3:27.38. Sidrell provided the fastest anchor freestyle leg of 45.09. That downed the old school record of 3:27.84.

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Xavier Philips Photo courtesy of hubison.com

The old record stood at 3:27.84 set the 2017 CCSA and included on breaststroke leg duties Wolmer’s alumnus Xavier Phillips. In 2016 Williams was member of the CISC ( Caribbean Islands Swimming championships) team in the 18 and over category that set new national record in the 400 metre (50 metre pool )  medley relay of 3:58.77.

The freestyle sprint double would be completed when he took the win in the 50 in time of 20.79. It would be his first time under the 21 seconds barrier and just off the 1989 school record of 20.79 set by Chris Gayle. His previous personal standard stood at 21.33.

His Bison A team would place second in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:26.01. It is the 3rd fastest time in school history .

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200 metre freestyle relay record holders from left to right Wynter, Jason -Craig Burnett, Cameron Chow and Williams

In 2013 Williams was a member of the CARIFTA team that set the 200 metre freestyle relay national record of 1:39.21.

His A team would post another top ten school time in the 400 yard freestyle relay. The team stopped the clock in 3:10.09 with Sidrell anchoring the team with the fastest time of the relays of 45.09.It would earn the Bison squad the runner up spot and the 3rd falsest time in programme history. In 2016 the 6’3 sophomore was member of the national record breaking team in the 400 metre freestyle relay that set the standard of 3:30.61.

Another 2nd place position would be earned in the 100 yard butterfly when he stopped the clock in a personal best of 50.47 (split time 23.60). He is now within sight of the school record of 49.80 set by Miller at the 2017 CCSA.

The 800 yard freestyle relay saw Williams recording the fastest opening leg and personal best of 1:44.21. That places him the 5th fastest Bison swimmer in the 200 yard freestyle of all time.

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Nicholas Haughton courtesy of Howard University Swimming and Diving

The team which included Jamaican Nicholas Haughton on second leg duties has total time of 7:06.57 that placed them 3rd and 4th overall in school history.

For his great performances in the pool Sidrell was named CCSA athlete of the week

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Howard University Head Coach Nic Askew Photo courtesy of hubison.com

Coach Nic Askew’s men topped the competition with 1333.5 points just edging out Washington College. The Bison ladies placed 5th overall.  Askew’s team which includes Caribbean student athletes Xavier Phillips, Orane Garrick, Keith –Jordan Wilkinson , Nicholas Haughton, Leanne Mc Master from Jamaica, Kegan Ford from Trinidad and Tobago, Farion Cooper and Andreas Weech from the Bahamas set 5 school records,12 overall personal bests, 91 season bests and one meet record.

 

 

 

NATHANIEL THOMAS ,ANGARA SINCLAIR AND 11-12 FREESTYLE RELAY TEAM SET NEW NATIONAL MARKS ON MORNING SESSION OF DAY TWO OF CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The morning session of day two (June 29) of the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago was highlighted by national record performances by Nathaniel Thomas, the 11-12 relay team of Thomas, Alvaranga, Lewis and Alleyne and Angara Sinclair.

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

Competing in the 50 metre backstroke Thomas became the first 11-12 swimmer from Jamaica to break the 30 seconds barrier. He topped the qualifiers with his new age group mark of 29.99. That swim is not far off the 2011 Championship record of 29.83 set by Panamanian Olle Harrison. The old Jamaican record of 30.25 was set by Olympian Timothy Wynter in 2009.He would combine talents with Zaneta Alvaranga, P’aige Lewis and Joshua-Daniel Alleyne to set a new national mark in the 11-12 mixed 200 metre freestyle relay with a time of 1:51.59. That time was also under the championship record of 1:54.99 set by Barbados in 2015. The team will be the second seed heading into the final as Bermuda set the new record at 1:51.42.

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Angara Sinclair Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

In the 15-17 girls 50 metre backstroke Angara recorded a big personal best of 30.75 to lower the 2009 national record of 30.85 held by Kendese Nangle. That swim seeds her as the third fastest in the event in contention for the Gold and 2011 Championship record of 30.48 held by Trinidad and Tobago’s Kimberlee John Williams

 

In Nathaniel’s next event ,the 100 metre butterfly he qualified second fastest with a time of 1:04.63 close to his personal best of 1:04.39 and the 11-12 national record of 1:04.27 set by Ramon James on Nov 18,1995.

 

In the 11-12 girls age group Sabrina Lyn and Zaneta Alvaranga qualified third and fourth respectively with times of 1:07.42 and 1:07.87 respectively. Lyn’s national mark of 1:07.22 looks set to be lowered in the final later this evening. Alvaranga will be in another individual final as she qualified third fastest in the 50 metre backstroke in a time of 33.65.

In the 13-14 age group Kyle Sinclair and Brianna Anderson qualified 8th and 4th respectively for their respective 50 metre backstroke finals. Sinclair touched in 30.10 while Anderson stopped the clock in 32.31. In the 100 metre butterfly Emily MacDonald will contest the final after posting a time of 1:07.64 for 6th place.

In the 15-17 age group Bryanna Renuart and Jesse Marsh made the finals of the 200 metre breaststroke and 100 metre butterfly. Renuart is seeded third for the final after she touched in 2:46.54. Marsh got his hands to the wall in the two lap butterfly race in 58.10.

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Kelsie Campbell Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

In the women’s 18 and over 100 metre butterfly Kelsie Campbell underlined her number one entry time when she topped the qualifiers with a time of 1:03.67.She will be looking to challenge the 2011 Championship record of 1:03.18 set by Puerto Rico’s Debra Rodriguez.

Finals are set to start 4:30 pm Jamaica time

JAMAICAN CONTINGENT HEADS TO CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TODAY WITH NATIONAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS UNDER THREAT

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Members of Jamaica’s team to the CCCAN Swimming Championships

A   17 member Jamaican delegation will be in action in the swimming pool from the 28th of June to July 2 at the Aquatic Centre, Balmain, Couva in Trinidad.  The Championship which membership comprises federations from the Central American and Caribbean region has seen a number of outstanding performances from Jamaican athletes. Seven existing records at the meet are held by swimmers from the land of wood and water.

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Janelle Atkinson at the 2001 CCCAN Championships Photo courtesy of swimjamaica.com

Leading the record tally is Olympian Janelle Atkinson with three. She holds marks in the 18 and over 800 metre freestyle 8:39.16, 400 metre freestyle 4:13.11 and 200 metre freestyle 2:02.57. All of those Championship standards were set at the 2001 edition of the meet in the Dominican Republic where she won Six Gold, One Silver and One Bronze.

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Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Aurelien Menuuier/Getty Images Europe

Olympian Alia Atkinson has two 15-17 records from the 2005 Championships still standing. As expected they are in the breaststroke events. In the 50 metre race it is 33.12 and the 100 metre breaststroke race 1:13.93.The meet was again held in the Dominican Republic. Alia won an impressive Seven Gold ,One Silver and one Bronze.

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Timothy Wynter on his return to Jamaica from a successful 2011 CCCAN campaign Photo courtesy of The Jamaica Gleaner

Yet another Olympian Timothy Wynter has two records in his favoured backstroke events at the 2011 Puerto Rico meet in the 13-14 age group. His 50 metre standard stands at 26.96 and his 200 metre record at 2:09.55.His medal haul would consist of Two Gold, Two Silver and a Bronze.

In 2017 the Jamaican team  have 24 individual medal chances based upon the heat sheet.

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Kelsie Campbell Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

In the 18 and over girls Kelsie Campbell has five good chances in the 50,100 and 200 metre freestyle events as well as the 50 metre butterfly races. In the 100 metre butterfly  she is seeded first. Her time of 1:03.48 is in striking range of the Championship record of 1:03.18 by Puerto Rico’s Debra Rodriquez.

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Nathaniel Thomas and Zaneta Alvaranga Photos courtesy of Cheser Adams

Next up for a potentially large medal haul are the 11-12 sprinters Nathaniel Thomas and Zaneta Alvaranga. Both are in medal winning positions based on their entry times in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle races and 50 and 100 metre butterfly events. In the 50 metre butterfly in which both swimmers are ranked number 1 they will be seeking to lower their respective national records of 28.32 for Thomas and 28.95 for Alvaranga. Zaneta’s best time is almost a full second faster than the championship record of 29.85 by Venezuela’s Ángela Ciccenia.

Other swimmers in medal contention and aiming to break national records are

Sabrina Lyn the 2017 CARIFTA Champion who will be looking to lower her mark of 1:07.22 in the 100 metre butterfly.

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Sabrina Lyn 11-12 record holder in the girls 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Brianna Anderson will be looking to break the girls 13-14 50 metre backstroke record of 31.02

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Brianna Anderson  Photo courtesy of Yvonne Anderson

Emily MacDonald will be looking to better her national mark of 1:06.19 in the 13-14 100 metre butterfly

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Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

Gabrianna Banks will be racing  for the 13-14 record of 26.86

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Gabrianna Banks Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The full delegation reads

11-12 girls 11-12 boys
Zaneta Alvaranaga Nathaniel Thomas
Sabrina Lyn Joshua-Daniel Alleyne
Isabella Sierra
P’aige Lewis

 

13-14 girls 13-14 boys
Emily MacDonald Kyle Sinclair
Brianna Anderson
Gabrianna Banks
15-17 girls 15-17 boys
Britney Williams Jesse Marsh
Anjuii Barrett
Brynanna Renuart
Angara Sinclair
18 and over girls 18 and over boys
Kelsie Campbell Sidrell Williams
Coach
 Mrs Wendy Lee
Team Doctor
 Dr Jacqueline James
Team Physiotherapist
Miss Sophia Brown
Team Manager
Miss Tastey Blackman

 

THOMAS, ALVARANGA, GOODEN AND SHIRLEY SET MEET RECORDS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSION OF NEVILLE ALEXANDER MEET

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Nathaniel Thomas Triple meet record breaker on the Saturday session of the 2017 Neville Alexander Memorial Swim Meet Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The Saturday afternoon session (May 27) of the Neville Alexander meet saw four swimmers Nathaniel Thomas (Tornadoes), Zaneta Alvaranga (Y Speedos), Sean-Douglas Gooden (Tornadoes) and Christanya Shirley (Marlins) setting new records.

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From left to right Nathaniel Thomas of Tornadoes receiving his medal at the Karl Dalhouse Swim meet in January from former Tornadoes swimmer and national record holder in the 11-12 boys 100 metre butterfly Ramon James.Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

 

Though the session did not see any national marks lowered some were put on notice. In the 11-12 boys age group it was Nathaniel Thomas who rattled the long standing 100 metre butterfly record 1:04.27  of Ramon James with a personal best time by more than a second of 1:04.39. James had set the mark more than 20 years on November 18, 1995. Nathaniel crushed the 2005 meet record of 1:08.13 by Jason Adams while beating the field by more than nine seconds .Both James and Adams are former Tornadoes swimmers. Last year at this meet Thomas was fourth in 1:24.79. With that win he completed the sprint butterfly double.

 

Thomas would also carry the broom to the backstroke events as he won the 50 metre backstroke race in  a meet record time of 30.91.That destroyed the old mark of 33.15 by Blue Marlins Swim Club Rin Gyles of 33.15 and his old pb of 31.64. He continues to track the national record of 30.25 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter at the 2009 CARIFTA Games. In 2016 Thomas finished 5th in the event in 38.66.

In the 100 metre freestyle Nathaniel would complete the meet record hat trick as he was the only swimmer under the minute mark in the 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle as he touched in 59.67. That was better than the meet record of 1:02.96 Javier Marrero of the Flying Fish Swim .Also under the record was Joshua –Daniel Alleyne who clocked 1:02.52.Nathaniel was just off his pb of 59.45. Last year Thomas placed 7th with a time of 1:13.79.

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Zaneta Alvaranga Gold medal winner in the 100 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Also completing a sprint butterfly double in the 11-12 age was Zaneta Alvaranga. Competing in the 100 metre event she smashed the 2007 meet record of 1:11.65 former Speedos swimmer Raynae Hall with a 1:07.83. She continues to flirt with the age group record of 1:07.22 set by national teammate Sabrina Lyn when she won Gold at the CARIFTA Games in The Bahamas. Zaneta also posted 1:07.55 at the Tornadoes meet earlier this month. She added to her Gold medal count that afternoon when she won the 100 metre freestyle in 1:02.78.

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Christanya Shirley Record breaker in the 9-10 girls’ 50 metre butterfly.Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In the 9-10 age Shirley would lower Alvaranaga’s meet standard in the 50 metre butterfly. Christanya posted a time of 33.34 to better Zaneta’s 2015 time of 33.92.

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Sean-Douglas Gooden CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the open 200 metre breaststroke event Sean Douglas-Gooden lowered  amore than decade old record of 2:38.26 when he touched in a time of 2:36.83.He completed the medley double when he won the open 400 individual medley in a time of 5:19.03.

Teammate Lyn won the girls 400 individual medley in 6:41.90.

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Morgan Cogle of Jupiter Dragons Swim Team Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The Marlins’ Kokolo Foster just missed adding her name to the list of meet record breakers when she won the 9-10 100 metre freestyle in 1:11.17.That was just off the 2016 standard of 1:11.08 by Jupiter Dragon’s Morgan Cogle.

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Britney Williams Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Swimaz ’s Britney Williams won the 13 and over event in 1:02.82.

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Paig’e Lewis Gold medallist in the 11-12 girls’ 50 metre backstroke.Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

Paig’e Lewis won the 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke in 38.79.

Double winners in the afternoon included Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos. He also completed the sprint butterfly double when he won the 13 and over 100 metre butterfly in 59.89 and then won the 100 metre freestyle in 55.68.

His teammate Brianna Anderson completed the sprint sweeps in the backstroke and butterfly events. She took the 50 metre backstroke title in 31.09 then won the 100 metre butterfly in 1:11.65.

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Israel Allen 9-10 Gold medallist in the 50 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Israel Allen in the 9-10 boys category continued his domination of the individual events. He won the 50 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle in times of 34.93 and 1:11.17 respectively. Allen was undefeated in all 4 individual events at that point.

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Sailfish Swim Academy’s Gold medallists from left to right Coach Santiago Gonzalez 13 and over boys’ 50 metre backstroke and Tiara Campbell women’s open 200 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Representing the Western end of the island Montego Bay’s Sailfish Swim Academy had victories in the open girls’ 200 metre breaststroke and the 13 and over boys’ 50 metre backstroke. Tiara Campbell won the 200 metre breaststroke in 3:07.38. Coach Santiago Gonzalez completed the backstroke sprint sweep with a time of 29.70.

The masters’ events saw victories for the Tornadoes Swim Club. For the men Stefan Braeger won the 50 metre backstroke and butterfly in times of 40.65 and 38.70. For the ladies Annelies Denny won the 50 metre backstroke in 43.36 while Kristina Chuck –Smith took the 50 metre butterfly in 43.70.

THOMAS AND ALVARANGA “FLY” TO NEW AGE GROUP MARKS AND FOSTER SETS MEDLEY RECORD ON DAY ONE OF NEVILLE ALEXANDER MEET

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Zaneta Alvaranga 50 metre butterfly national record holder and fastest 11-12 girl ever in the  event for the English Speaking Caribbean. Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

On day one of the 2017 Neville Alexander Memorial Swim Meet Nathaniel Thomas and Zaneta Alvaranga set new 11-12 age group marks in the 50 metre butterfly event. The meet which runs from May 26 to 28 at the National Aquatic Centre serves as the last local qualifier for the CCCAN Championships to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from June 22 to July 2.

Zaneta, who competes for the Y Speedos Swim club had set the meet record last year with a time of 30.63.She blew that record out of the water and crushed the field when she touched in a new meet and national record of 28.95.

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Zaneta Alvaranga Gold medallist in the 50 metre butterfly and World Record holder and CARIFTA 2017 commentator and Olympian Alia Atkinson.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Alvaranga, who won Gold in the event at the 2017 CARIFTA Games with a meet record 29.05, is the first Jamaican 11-12 girl under the 29 second barrier. She is already faster than the 13-14 mark of 29.57 by Kendese Nangle and is closing in on the 15-17 time of 28.87 by Olympian Alia Atkinson. Her record makes her the fastest 11-12 girl ever in the English speaking Caribbean region and the only one under 29 seconds. She is also almost a second faster than the CCCAN record of 29.85 set Venezuelan Ángela Ciccenia in 2007. Zaneta’s winning time would have won her the Silver medal in the boy’s race at the 2015 Championships held in Barbados.

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Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly national record holder Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The other national mark to fall would be in the very next event when Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes Swim club edged the national record of Olympian Timothy Wynter  (2016) by the slimmest of margins .01 of a second when he touched the wall in 28.32. The old record was set at the CARIFTA Championships in 2009 . He also crushed the 2010 meet standard of 30.03 set by Swimaz’s Kevaughn  Campbell. This is tremendous improvement from Thomas who last year was 6th in 35.09 .He was a finalist at this CARIFTA Games in the event in 29.22 where the Gold medal was won in 28.75. THE CCCAN record in the event is held by another Venezuelan Andres Doria in a time of 27.30.

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Kokolo Foster meet record holder in the 9-10 girls 200 metre individual medley Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Also setting a record in the opening session was Kokolo Foster of the Marlins Swim club. Competing in the 10 and under 200 metre individual medley she swam to a new personal best of 2:56.66. That broke the 2016 standard of 2:58.62 set by Morgan Cogle of the Jupiter Dragons Swim Team. Last year she was 8th in time of 3:27.59. A year later and more than half a minute faster she can set her sights on the national record of 2:52.62 set by Allison Bardowell back in 1997.

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Brianna Anderson Gold medallist in the girls 13 and over 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Just missing out on being among the record breakers on the day was Brianna Anderson of the Y Speedos. She won the 13 and over 50 metre butterfly in 30.38 just off the 2015 meet record of 30.36 set by Anjuii Barrett.

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Naomi Eaton Gold medallist in the 200 metre individual medley and 800 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Other winners on the day included Naomi Eaton who won the tough 200 metre individual medley and 800 metre freestyle double in personal best times .She took the medley event in 2:41.94 dropping almost 4 seconds from her winning time last year. In the distance freestyle event she dropped more than 30 seconds to win by almost a minute in 10:22.11.

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Sean-Douglas Gooden Gold medallist in the 200 metre individual medley Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Sean -Douglas Gooden of Tornadoes won the boys 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:23.70.

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Sidrell Williams Gold medallist in the 13 and over boys 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The 13 and over 50 metre butterfly event was won by Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos in a time of 26.26.

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Kyle Sinclair Gold medallist in the 1500 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The 1500 metre freestyle went to Kyle Sinclair of the Y Speedos in a time of 19:09.60.

The boys 9 -10 200 metre individual medley went to Israel Allen of Tornadoes in a time of 3:09.52.

RETURNING 11-12 AGE GROUP CARIFTA SWIM TEAM MEMBERS DOMINATE AT MAYBERRY .THOMAS AND ALVARANGA IN RECORD BREAKING FORM

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Nathaniel Thomas of Campion College Four time record breaker 50 metre freestyle, 50 metre butterfly , 200 metre freestyle relay and 200 metre medley relay Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Yet another high quality Mayberry Swimming Championship was held on Friday April 28, 2017 at the National Aquatic Centre. This was evidenced by the number of records that fell on the day. Many of the records that were broken were set by the returning members of the 2017 CARIFTA swim team that returned from The Bahamas less than two weeks earlier.

In the 11-12 age group it was Nathaniel Thomas of Campion College and Zaneta Alvaranga of Immaculate Conception High School who accounted for the new standards.

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Nathaniel Thomas with Gold medal won at CARIFTA 2017 in The Bahamas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the boys category Thomas shattered the 2016 record of 27.65 by Wolmerian Kyle Sinclair to become the first 12 and under boy under 27 seconds at the meet with a swim of 26.71. Thomas, the CARIFTA 2017 Gold medallist in the event continues to track the national record of 26.29 set by former Kingston College and national standout Brad Hamilton. It would be the same in the 50 metre butterfly when he crushed the 2005 Championship record of 29.75 former Campion College and Jamaican age group star Jason Adams. With his record swim of 28.94 he became the first 12 and under boy under 29 seconds at the Mayberry meet. In his sights for 2017 will be the 2009 national record of 28.33 set by another former Campion college student Olympian Timothy Wynter .On his drive for 5 Gold medals he also won the 200 metre freestyle in personal best 2:20.38 and was a part of two record breaking relays. Campion set the mark of 1:59.41 in the 200 metre freestyle relay and then 2:16.32 in the 200 medley relay.

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Zaneta Alvaranga (right) receives token from Mayberry representative Alvaranga set the fastest time ever swum at the Championship in the 50 metre butterfly. she also set records in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Alvaranga, who is the regional champion in both the 50 metre butterfly and 50 metre freestyle stamped her class at the high school meet. She won the 50 metre butterfly event in a quick 29.18 not far off her national and CARIFTA mark of 29.05.That performance crushed the 2013 meet record of 31.34  of another Immaculate Conception swimmer Angara Sinclair. It also stands as the fastest 50 metre butterfly time recorded by a girl at the Championship Zaneta is already faster than the 13-14 national mark of 29.57 and not far off the 15-17 standard of 28.87 held by Olympian Alia Atkinson. She was the only girl under 30 seconds at the meet.

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

In the 50 metre freestyle she lowered the 2012 meet record of 28.30 by Campion College’s D’Agaene Clarke to 28.15. That time was again the fastest time recorded by a girl at the meet. Alvaranga would complete the record trifecta when she lowered the 2016 record of 1:03.84 by Campion College’s Emily MacDonald with a 1:03.58 effort.  In her Golden Mayberry performance she would take the 50 metre backstroke in 34.39.Zaneta would also swim her signature butterfly to help her school to a record time of 2:24.10 in the 200 medley relay. The other members of that team were Imani Salmon, Alexis Leyow and Callier Maxwell.

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Sabrina Lyn 200 freestyle and indivdual medley Champion Lyn is also the national record holder and CARIFTA Champion in the 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The 200 metre freestyle Gold medal was won the 11-12 100 metre butterfly CARIFTA Champion and national record holder Sabrina Lyn of Campion College in 2:37.09.

Joshua Alleyne CARIFTA
Joshua Alleyne CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The boys 50 metre backstroke title was won by her teammate Joshua Alleyne in a time of 33.70.Alleyne was a finalist in the event at this year’s CARIFTA Championship.

Jaleel Samms CARIFTA 2017
Jaleel Samms CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

It would be another Campion College and 2017 CARIFTA duo as Lyn and Jaleel Samms won their respective 200 metre individual medley races in personal best times of 2:57.27 and 2:48.75 respectively.

Alleyne would win his second individual gold medal in the 100 metre freestyle when he clocked a personal best time of 1:02.74.

Zachary Johnson
Zachary Johnson Photo courtesy of David Mullings

The 50 metre breaststroke races were won by Tiara Campbell of Mount Alvernia High School in 39.46 and Wolmer’s Boys School Zachary Johnson 38.62.