The first two days of the 2019 Christmas Open which started on Dec 19 at the National Stadium Pool in Kingston Jamaica saw national age group records broken by both Jamaican and Cayman Islands swimmers.

Jillian Crooks of the Camana Bay Aquatic Club was the leader in the record charge with records in two events.  Crooks, who is of Jamaican parentage is in the 11-12 age group regionally but swim as her exact age of 13 for Cayman record purposes.

Jillian Crooks of Camana Bay dominating the competition in the 100 metre butterfly. Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

She is competing in the senior girls category. She lowered the 13-14 100 metre butterfly record of Olympian Heather Roffey. The old mark set in 2001 of 1:05.62 was lowered to 1:05.25 as Jillian won the open event by more than five seconds.

Jillian en route to a new national record in the 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

Swimming in the open age group continued to pay dividends as she lowered her record 50 metre butterfly of 30.08 to 29.75 in the heats . In the final it would be yet another Silver as she touched in 29.72. Gold wen to P’aige Lewis of the Y Speedos in 29.69.The old record of 31.36 belonged to Sarah Jackson set at the Summer Summer Senior Beach Splash in 2015

Nathaniel Thomas

Nathaniel Thomas of Tornadoes lowered his 13-14 national record in the 100 metre butterfly . He lowered the 58.45 he set at the World Junior Championships in Europe to 58.36.  In the open 50 metre butterfly he took down the 2011 age group record of 26.22 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter. He lowered the time to 26.16 in the morning heats. He would win the final in a time of 26.41.

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Thomas , the 2019 CARIFTA 100 metre butterfly champions and got his thoughts about his record swims

“For the first day of the meet I was happy with my performance in the 100 metre butterfly as I broke the national record which I had previously set at the FINA World Juniors this year.Even though I wanted to go 57 I was still happy with my time”

Nelson Denny at the 2019 CCCAN Championships

Tornadoes Teammate Nelson Denny lowered Thomas’s 11-12 50 metre backstroke record from 29.99 to 29.64. Denny’s time would have won the Gold in the 11-12 backstroke at this year’s CARIFTA and CCCAN Championships. His time puts the national record as the second fastest amongst English speaking CARIFTA nations in that age group.

Zarek Wilson Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

Only Zarek Wilson of Trinidad and Tobago who is competing at this meet is the faster with his 29.22 in 2018. Wilson, who competes for Blue Dolphins set a new personal best and meet record on the opening day of the meet with a time of 17:36.57 in the open 1500 metre freestyle.


A new 13-14 national record in the 50 metre butterfly by Campion College’s Nathaniel Thomas was the highlight of a record filled 2019 edition of the ISSA High Tertiary meet on Friday Nov 29.Immaculate Conception retained their title amassing 631 points while the boys title was won by Wolmer’s 465.5points

Under national record rules your age group is determined by your age at the 1st of January each year while for the ISSA meet the age group is determined by your age as at August 31st . Nathaniel competed in the 15-16 age group but is still eligible for the 13-14 record. The 2016 meet record of 27.22 was held by Jesse Marsh also of Campion College .

Timothy Wynter Photo courtesy of

The 13-14 national record of 26.22 was set by another Campion College past student Olympian Timothy Wynter when he won Bronze at the 2011 CCCAN championships.  Thomas became the fastest Jamaican of all time in that age caetgory when he stopped the clock in 26.04. He started the competition with a record in the 15-16 boys 50 metre backstroke winning in 27.76 almost 2 seconds faster than the old record of 29.67. Thomas is the reigning CARIFTA and CCCAN champion in this event.

He took the 200 individual medley in 2:23.13, almost ten seconds ahead of the field. He won the new open event ,the 100 metre butterfly in 58.84, not far off his 13-14 national record of 58.45 set at this summer’s World Junior Championships in Budapest Hungary. His lone defeat was in the 50 metre freestyle where he won the Silver in 24.86. The Gold was won by Kyle Sinclair of Wolmer’s Boys who eclipsed the 2012 record of Sidrell Williams of 24.66 with a 24.60 swim.

Nathaniel Thomas .Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Thomas, the reigning 13-14 50 metre butterfly  CARIFTA Silver medallist and CCCAN Bronze medallist gave his thoughts on his performances at the meet

“My performance today was very good.I think I could have done better in my 100 butterfly but in my 50 butterfly I got the national record which was very good.I wanted to drop time at this meet in the 50 butterfly. I think I can drop more time come Christmas open I think I can do 25 but for my other races I was  not really focusing on that. My main goal was to drop time in the 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke.I did not do as well in the 50 metre backstroke but it is okay as it was still a good performance”.

Nelson Denny at the 2019 CCCAN Championships in Barbados

Another swimmer in record breaking form was Nelson Denny of Hillel .He swam five races, winning Gold in Four and setting four new meet records. These are new marks he set in the 12 and under division

EventTimeOld record
50 metre backstroke31.1233.19
50 metre freestyle26.9627.80
100 metre freestyle59.461:02.34
50 metre butterfly28.9230.15

He placed fourth in the open 200 metre freestyle event in a new personal best time of 2:11.05. Only in the 100 metre freestyle did he not swim a new personal record. The freestyle and butterfly records were set by former World Championships representative and Kingston College past student Brad Hamilton.

Zaneta Alvarange Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Immaculate’s Zaneta Alvaranga also took down four meet records in the 13-14 girls age group

Event TimeOld Record
50 metre freestyle27.1727.64
50 metre breaststroke34.9936.46
100 metre freestyle1:01.211:02.47
50 metre butterfly29.3229.61

Wolmerians Britney Williams 17 and over,Kyle Sinclair and Kaheem Lozer accounted for seven of the meet records to fall on the day

Britney Williams Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe


EventTimeOld record
200 metre freestyle open2:13.062:16.54
50 metre freestyle28.3829.44
100 metre freestyle1:02.191:03.75
Kyle Sinclair


EventTimeOld record
200 metre freestyle2:02.892:04.09
50 metre freestyle24.6624.60
100 metre freestyle55.2255.66


Event TimeOld Record
50 metre butterfly27.2627.98

Paris Clare of St Andrew high school also got her name in the record books when she bettered Stefani Webley’s 31.37 to win a time of 30.96.

The relay records fell to Immaculate in the 13-14 and 17 and over girls 200 medley races. The younger age group had the team of Saifya Officer, Kokolo  Foster, Alvaranga and Ireland Hunter erasing the record of2:13.52 to touch in t2:11.52. The senior team of Zadia Davis, Karci Gibson,Sage Sinclair and Chenille Haughton bettered the old mark of 2:21.38 to set a new standard of 2:21.18.


Leading the way for schools from the west was 11-12 CARIFTA Gold medallist in the 100 metre backstroke Leanna Wainwright for the Montego Bay High School. She won Gold in the 13-14 50 backstroke in 33.64.In the open 100 metre backstroke she won Silver in 1:14.33 with Gold going Immaculate’s Brianna Anderson in 1:13.42.

The young ladies of Montego Bay High School

Teammate Mia Cunningham won Bronze in the 11-12 50 metre breaststroke in 41.61. For the boys ,Benjamin Davis of Cornwall College was third in the 100 metre free in the 12 and under division in 1:07.46.

Age Group Champions

Daniel Mair Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams
Age GroupBoysSchoolPoints
12 and underNelson DennyHillel41
13-14Daniel MairCampion33.50
15-16Nathaniel ThomasCampion43
17 and overAkeem AlleyneCampion33
Christanya Shirley
Age GroupGirlsSchoolPoints
12 and underChristanya ShirleyImmaculate34
13-14Zaneta AlvarangaImmaculate36
15-16Sabrina LynCampion43
17 and overBritney WilliamsWolmer’s34

 Overall rankings for Girls

Immaculate High School .Photo courtesy of Brittany Williams
St Andrew2273
Montego Bay556
Holy Childhood288
John Gray129
Convent of Mercy1010
Mount Alvernia511

Overall rankings for Boys

Wolmer’s Boys School
Kingston College2153
Jamaica College1294
Cornwall College327
American International308
Victory Academy209
St George’s1611
Fairfield International112

Jamaica’s World Junior Championships History

As a number of Jamaican swimmers  get set to take part in the 7th World Junior Championships in Budapest Hungary we look at other swimmers who have donned the Black, Green and Gold . Jamaica never made their appearance until the 2nd World Championships when the country sent two  locally based swimmers Stefan Brown and Kendese Nangle to represent the island . At those Championships in Monterey Mexico which ran from July 8 to 12 in 2008.

Nangle’s best performance was in the 50 metre backstroke where she was 31st in 31.92. Brown’s best showing was in the 200 metre butterfly placing 39th in 2:26.81.At the 2008 CARIFTA Games in Aruba in March of that year she was in great form winning Gold and setting new championship marks in the 50 metre events for the butterfly and backstroke.

Kendese Nangle Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Kendese Nangle

50 metre backstroke31.9231st
100 metre backstroke1:09.4938th
50 metre butterfly30.1235th
Stefan Brown Photo courtesy of Wesleyan University

Stefan Brown

50 metre backstroke32.3159th
100 metre backstroke1:07.5964th
50 metre butterfly29.3573rd
100 metre butterfly1:04.0559th
200 metre butterfly2:26.8139th

The nation would have to wait five years before entering the global junior championships. The Representatives in 2013 would be future Olympian Timothy Wynter (Rio 2016) and Sidrell Williams. The venue was Dubai , United Arab Emirates . The competition which ran August 26 to 31 saw Jamaica making its first and only semi final to date. This as Wynter made it through the heats  of the 50 metre backstroke with a time of 26.81. He would eventually place 13th overall with a time of 26.71. winter earlier at the CARIFTA Games held in Jamaica had proven to be the best in the backstroke events sweeping the 50, 100 and 200 metre races.Williams’ best effort would be in the 100 metre butterfly when  he placed 43rd in 58.78.

Timothy Wynter Photo courtesy of The Jamaica Gleaner

Timothy Wynter

50 metre freestyle25.0656th
50 metre backstroke26.8116th heats
50 metre backstroke26.7113th semis
100 metre backstroke59.0032nd
50 metre butterfly27.0560th
100 metre butterfly59.2146th
Sidrell Williams Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Sidrell Williams

50 metre freestyle24.7148th
100 metre freestyle55.6866th
50 metre butterfly26.3952nd
100 metre butterfly58.7843rd

The last time Jamaica was on the World stage was in 2015 at the Singapore when Keanan Dols who swam at his first senior world Championships recently made his international debut. In Asia from August 25 to 30 he would lower the  senior national record in the  200 metre backstroke.He would also have his highest placing in the race finishing 25th. He would also set age group records in the 100 metre backstroke , 50 metre butterfly  as well as the 200  individual medley .He was also the heat winner in the 50 metre butterfly and 100 metre backstroke.

Keanan Dols Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Keanan Dols

50 metre backstroke27.9043rd
100 metre backstroke58.3636th
200 metre backstroke2:05.08 NR25th
50 metre butterfly25.8244th
100 metre butterfly57.2347th
200 metre IM2:07.8227th
400 metre IM4:38.7431st

The standard of the competition is very high and the CCCAN region has only been on the medal podium twice in Championship history through the efforts of Panamanian Edgar Crespo and Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago.

Dylan Carter at the 2013 CARIFTA swimming championships Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

This year’s squad of talented swimmers will be the largest contingent ever to leave Jamaica’s shores. That team includes Nicholas Vale, Sabrina Emily MacDonald, Kyle Sinclair, Zaneta Alvaranga, Cameron Brown, Nathaniel Thomas and Gabrianna Banks. They will be seeking to make their contribution to Jamaica’s aquatic footprint in international swimming.


The fans at the Aquatic Centre in Wildey, St Michael Barbados were on hand to witness a lightning quick national record performance in the 15 and over 100 metre backstroke by Jack Kirby. The occasion was the 28th Aquatic Centre International Invitational Swim Meet.

Jack Kirby Photo courtesy of Pirates Swim Club Barbados

Before second day of the competition on May 25 the fastest a Barbadian swimmer had ever navigated the two back stroke race was 56.19 . That mark was set by Kirby in a fifth place finish in the Championship final at the 2018 CAC (Central American and Caribbean Games)in Barranquilla Colombia. But this is new year with new standards to be achieved and Jack certainly did that .

When the starter’s gun sounded two swimmers separated themselves from the field with their excellent underwater work Kirby of the Pirates Swim club and Nicky Neckles Olympian (1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and Athens and CAC 100 metre backstroke medallist (Bronze 2002,Gold 2006,Silver 2010).

Barbados Backstroke Stars Jack Kirby and Olympian Nicky Neckles Photo courtesy of Pirates Swim Club

Jack gained the ascendancy and pushed his way to the lead with a split of 27.77. Kirby’s underwater work was almost as good if not better than the start . He used that to gain a sizeable lead and all eyes were now on the clock. He did not disappoint with a final 50 metres timed at 28.03 which helped to a total time of 55.80.

There was a change of tactics for this record swim as he went out more conservatively to bring it home faster. As evidenced by his splits in 2018 which were 26.77 and 29.42

The first swimmer under 56 seconds in the event in Barbados lowering the meet and open record of 56.76 set by Venezuela’s Luis Rojas in 2012. Second went to Neckles of Flying Fish Masters in 1:01.29 and Bronze to Nkosi Dunwoody of Alpha Swim club in 1:07.37.

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Kirby about his achievements and he gave us the following thoughts.He first spoke about why the race was special

” The race was special because I was able to achieve my goal at home in front of my friends and family”.

He also spoke about the training behind his great underwater work

” For the underwaters, I practice them everyday in warm up. We always have these 8 50s and as I go through them, I do 4 kicks off the turn for 3 50s, 6 kicks off the turn for 3 50s, and 8 kicks off the turn for the last two. The goal is to work on going far with those kicks. So by time I get to the 8 kicks, I break out at 15 metre mark. In the race, I do 8 kicks off the turn, hoping to get to the 15 metre mark”.

He also told draftingthecaribbean about his mindset before the race

” I kept my thoughts pretty relaxed before the 100 back. I planned to go after it the same way I always do. Back half it because I’m pretty good with easy speed, so I had to trust my wall and back end speed”.

His new personal best and national record also moves him past Jamaican record holder Olympian Timothy Wynter, a recent USC (University of Southern California) graduate on the best all time English speaking CARIFTA region list. That list is headed by another USC graduate Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Dylan Carter.Jack now holds two of the three senior national backstroke records to include the 50 metre backstroke at 26.07. The last remaining record he does not own is the 200 . That mark was set by Neckles in 2006 in a time of 2:00.85.

CARIFTA backstrokers at USC from left to right Carter,Kirby and Wynter Photo courtesy of swimmingworld
NameFirst 50 Second 50100Year
Dylan Carter TTO26.4127.6854.092019
Rex Tullius USVI26.6128.4655.072016
George Bovell III TTO26.1829.0455.222012
Jack Kirby Bar27.7728.0355.802019
Bradley Ally Bar27.3828.5055.882011
Timothy Wynter Jam26.9329.2256.152016
Shaune Fraser Cay28.0628.9356.992011
Jack Kirby Bar26.7729.4256.192018


One of the top swimmers who will be in action at the Walter Rogers National Age Group Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston Jamaica which starts today Thursday Feb 21 is Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes Swim Club.Nathaniel’s best races are the sprint butterfly, backstroke and freestyle events.He set a number of national records in his last year of the 11-12 age group and will be looking to do the same in his last year of the 13-14 age group.

Nathaniel’s 11-12 national records

Nathaniel Thomas with Gold medal won at CARIFTA 2017 in The Bahamas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
50 metre freestyle 26.10
50 metre backstroke29.99
50 metre butterfly27.86
100 metre butterfly1:02.71

This season in those sprint events he has been beaten only once in the 13-14 category.If the form book holds true he will be one of the nation’s leading lights to medal in what promises to be a very competitive 13-14 age group in Barbados. Jamaica’s medal count in those events has been low , two Bronze medals since 2011. It was 2011 that Jamaica did very well mainly through the efforts of Olympian Timothy Wynter.

Timothy Wynter on his return to Jamaica from a successful 2011 CCCAN campaign Photo courtesy of The Jamaica Gleaner
EventsTime and medalName
50 metre butterfly26.43 Silver Timothy Wynter
100 metre butterfly59.27 Silver Timothy Wynter
50  metre freestylel25.21 SilverSidrell Williams
100 metre freestyle 55.31 BronzeTimothy Wynter
50 metre  backstroke Gold 27.76 tie Timothy Wynter
100 metre backstroke1:01.08 Silver Timothy Wynter

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Thomas he gave his expectations for the Championships this week, CARIFTA and expected competition in Barbados

“The Walter Rogers meet this weekend I am going in with a positive attitude.I hope to do my best in all my races .For this meet I am not going in completely rested as I am trying to get where I need to be for CARIFTA.This meet is the biggest local meet for Jamaica and I know that a lot of swimmers are trying to get their times to qualify for CARIFTA but I already have my (qualification) times so my sights are set for CARIFTA itself.As for my competition overseas for the different countries.I am not too focused on their times.I just know that I am going out there to do my best, get good times , have good races and I hope to win”

Thomas receiving the high point trophy for the 13-14 age group for Campion College from Mrs Dawn Adams

Thomas enters the national championships coming from the national high school championships where he won five medal , four of which were Gold in record time. Even unrested Thomas should be able to get most if not all of those sprint records.

EventsPBMeet record
50 metre butterfly26.7127.33
100 metre butterfly59.981:00.94
50  metre freestyle25.0025.35
100 metre freestyle 55.7156.25
50 metre  backstroke 28.7628.85
100 metre backstroke1:06.411:04.10
From left to right Nathaniel Thomas of Tornades winner of the 11-12 Boys 100 metre freestyle presenter of medal Mr Ramon James who set the record in the event when he swam for Tornadoes in 1995 Karl Dalhouse 2017

The pool events at CARIFTA 2019 will be held from April 20 to 23.Both Wlater Rogers and CARIFTA will serve as qualification meets for the 18th FINA World Championships 2019 – Gwangju, Korea the Pan American Games 2019 – Lima, Peru and the XXXII Olympic Games 2020 – Tokyo, Japan .


The 2018 edition of the Walter Lowi Swim meet returned after a one year hiatus .It also returned to its original sprint origins which comprised of 50 and 100 metre races. The swimmers took to this return with great relish as the age group swimmers stroked their way to 33 meet records.

Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

One of the swimmers that stood out on the meet on November 17 at the National Aquatic Centre was young Christanya Shirley of the Marlins Swim club in the 9-10 age group. Shirley who will be eligible for CARIFTA selection in January put in yet another great showing  winning four Gold  medals and all in meet record times. The most impressive of which was the 100 metre freestyle. She crushed the field by more than 10 seconds to win a new national record of 1:06.12. In stopping the clock at that time she lowered the 2015 record of 1:07.33 by Zaneta Alvaranga set back in Dec 2015.Alvaranga also held the meet record at 1:08.65 also set in 2015. There would almost be another national record effort in the 50 metre backstroke as she won by 7 seconds to touch the pads in 36.21 breaking the 2007 meet record of 36.75 by fellow Marlins swimmer Stefani Webley but just missing Webley’s national record of 35.75 set in December of the same year. Shirley’s other meet records would be in the 50 metre butterfly where she won by five seconds lowering Kendese Nangle’s 2005 standard of 34.39. In the 50 metre breaststroke she won by four seconds to lower Gabrielle Black’s 2010 standard of 42.13 to 41.33.

Nathaniel Thomas
Nathaniel Thomas 13-14 record breaker in the 50 and 100 metre butterfly and 50 and 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Another swimmer who provided a four star performance on the day was Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes Swim Club who competed in the 13-14 age group. Thomas recorded all personal best for his wins. In the 50 metre butterfly he won by over a second to claim the Gold in 26.71 , a time that would have won  Gold in that age group at this year’s CARIFTA Championships held in Kingston. It was also the fastest 50 metre butterfly time on the day.He took more than a second off the 2010 standard of 27.78 set by Sidrell Williams and has more than a year left in the age group to go after the national record of 26.22 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter in 2011. In the 100 metre freestyle he took nearly three seconds off another 2010 Williams standard of 58.55 when he recorded his first sub 56 time of 55.97.  The 100 metre butterfly saw him breaking the minute mark and crushing the 2006 standard of Ramon Walton of 1:03.33. That effort would have won him the Gold at CARIFTA this year. He closed out the meet with almost his first sub 25 seconds performance in the 50 metre freestyle as he touched the wall in 25.09. That broke Williams’ 2010 standard of 26.03. His effort would have also won the Bronze at CARIFTA this year. In speaking to draftingthecaribbean yesterday Thomas gave this assessment of his performances

“My performances at Walter Lowi this weekend was very good .I achieved a lot of best times and I think this meet compared to CARIFTA this year was much better mainly because I think I got fitter and faster.I think CARIFTA was a little rough because I still adjusting to the new age group and also I was sick.This meet was a very good opportunity for me to get all my sprint times down and I think the next meet I can do even better. I have been improving a lot since CCCAN (July in Aruba) and in terms of training it has gotten hard and more intense and I think that has been a big factor in my improvement. I am looking forward to CARIFTA and CCCAN in 2019 to do a lot better than this year”.

The Y Speedos remained unbeaten for the calendar year 2018 as they won the meet with 710 points, Second went to the Tornadoes with 575 points and third to Swimaz with 252. The top five was rounded out by Marlins and Aquamarine Riplles with 208 and 168 points respectively.

Records broken at 2018 Walter Lowi Meet

Event Name Time Year Club Name Time Club
11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Raynae Hall/Ivana Chang 32.99 2007/2010 Y Speedos/Swimaz Aliyah Heaven 31.28 Tornadoes
13-14 girls 50 metre butterfly Alexcia Royal -Eatmon 31.39 2008 Unattached Zaneta Alvaranga 28.60 Kaizen
13-14 boys 50 metre butterfly Sidrell Williams 27.78 2010 Marlins Nathaniel Thomas 26.71 Tornadoes
15 and over girls 50 metre butterfly Kendese Nangle 30.64 2010 Unattached Paris Clare 30.41 Kaizen
9-10 girls 50 metre butterfly Kendese Nangle 34.39 2005 Blue Seals Christanya Shirley 33.16 Marlins
9-10 boys 50 metre butterfly Sidrell Williams 33.64 2007 Marlins Josh Johnson 31.89 Marlins
15 and over girls 100 metre backstroke Dominique Dawson 1:15.47 2007 Tornadoes Brianna Anderson 1:10.68 Y Speedos
15 and over boys 100 metre backstroke Ramon James 1:06.14 2006 Tornadoes Kyle Sinclair 1:03.19 Y Speedos
9-10 girls 50 metre backstroke Stefani Webley 36.75 2007 Marlins Christanya Shirley 36.21 Marlins
9-10 boys 50 metre backstroke Timothy Wynter 38.57 2007 Tornadoes Josh Johnson 37.26 Marlins
11-12 girls 50 metre breaststroke Leanne McMaster 38.93 2010 Y Speedos Kokolo Foster 37.48 Tornadoes
13-14 girls 50 metre breaststroke Breanna Roman 36.58 2010 Swimaz Zaneta Alvaranga 36.27 Kaizen
13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Matthew Hilton 32.23 2005 Y Speedos Kito Campbell 31.91 Y Speedos
11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Breanna Roman 1:04.56 2007 Blue Seals Safiya Officer 1:03.75 Blue Seals
11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Sidrell Williams 1:01.46 2009 Marlins Adrian Balfour 1:00.88 Tornadoes
13-14 girls 100 metre freestyle Victoria Ho 1:03.07 2007 Unattached Paig’e Lewis 1:02.46 Y Speedos
13-14 boys 100 metre freestyle Sidrell Williams 58.55 2010 Marlins Nathaniel Thomas 55.97 Tornadoes
15 and over girls 100 metre freestyle Kendese Nangle 1:03.35 2010 Unattached Britney Williams 1:02.44 Swimaz
15 and over boys 100 metre freestyle Alford Green 57.94 2007 Y Speedos Kyle Sinclair 55.91 Y Speedos
13-14 girls 100 metre butterfly Alexcia Royal -Eatmon 1:11.53 2008 Unattached Sabrina Lyn 1:07.24 Tornadoes
13-14 boys 100 metre butterfly Ramon Walton 1:03.33 2006 Y Speedos Nathaniel Thomas 59.98 Tornadoes
15 and over girls 100 metre butterfly Dominique Dawson 1:09.74 2007 Tornadoes Brianna Anderson 1:09.62 Y Speedos
10 and under girls 100 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 1:08.65 2015 Y Speedos Christanya Shirley 1:06.12 Marlins
13-14 boys 50 metre backstroke Timothy Wynter 30.00 2010 Tornadoes Rin Gyles 28.95 Sailfish
15 and over girls 50 metre backstroke Kendese Nangle 32.17 2010 Unattached Brianna Anderson 31.21 Y Speedos
9-10 girls 50 metre breaststroke Gabriella Black 42.13 2010 Tornadoes Christanya Shirley 41.33 Marlisn
11-12 girls 100 metre breaststroke Leanne McMaster 1:25.40 2010 Y Speedos Kokolo Foster 1;22.41 Tornadoes
9-10 boys 50 metre freestyle Robert Marshall 31.11 2008 Y Speedos Josh Johnson 31.05 Marlins
11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle Kendese Nangle 29.41 2007 Blue Seals Safiya Officer 28.33 Blue Seals
13-14 girls 50 metre freestyle Victoria Ho 28.84 2007 Unattached Paig’e Lewis 28.44 Y Speedos
13-14 boys 50 metre freestyle Sidrell Williams 26.03 2010 Marlins Nathaniel Thomas 25.09 Y Speedos
15 and over girls 50 metre freestyle Kendese Nangle 29.11 2010 Unattached Brianna Anderson 28.33 Y Speedos
15 and over boys 50 metre freestyle Steven Moodie 25.67 2010 Tornadoes Kyle Sinclair 24.96 Y Speedos




Team Jamaica
Team Jamaica at CAC Games

Day One of the 2018CAC ( Central American and Caribbean) Games saw Olympian Alia Atkinson leading the way for Team Jamaica with Gold in the 100 metre breaststroke in Games Record time. Setting new national marks would be Keanan Dols as well as the 400 metre mixed medley relay team of Dols ,Atkinson,Luke Gunning and Emily MacDonald.

Alia Atkinson

After bettering her old Games record of 1:10.24 in the morning heats  Atkinson was the second seed with a 1:08.00. Also under the record was Byanca Rodriquez Villanuev who just edged Alia with a time of 1:07.99.The two ladies swam in the last of the morning heats side by side.Rodriquez Villanuev had gained the early advantage then with a split of 31.28 to Atkinson’s 31.32. So the setting was clear for the final as it would be between Byanca and Alia. In the Championship final there would be no synchronized swimming as Alia got her customary bullet start and gave the field too much to handle with a split of 30.85. After an excellent pullout she also turned in the best last 50 metre of 35.98 to ensure that the CAC Games record remained in Jamaica with a final time of 1:06.83.With the that win she breaks the tie with Mexico’s Silvia Rivero who won the titles in 1982 and 1986 as she now has crowned herself Queen on three occasions 2006, 2010 and now 2018. She is still the only woman from the CARIFTA region to medal in the event. Silver went to Rodriquez Villanuev in 1:07.80 and her countrywoman Esther Gonzalez Medina  in 1:10.60.  Her record swim also puts her as the 11th fastest swimmer in the world so far.Her swim qualifies her automatically for the 2019 Lima PAN AM Games as well as the 2019 Gwangju World Champs and 2018 Hangzhou World Short Course Champs.

Keanan Dols Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

In the morning heats of the 400 mixed medley relay the team of Dols, Atkinson ,Luke Gunning and MacDonald established a new national mark of 4;02.47 to qualify for the Championship final. In leading off the team with his backstroke leg Dols became the Jamaican swimmer under 56 seconds  as he clocked 55.78.

Timothy Wynter
Timothy Wynter Photo courtesy of

That lowered the mark of  56.15 set  by Olympian Timothy Wynter at 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships.It automatically qualifies him for the 2019 PAN Games. It was just off the CAC 100 metre backstroke Games record of 55.48. It is also under the B standard of 55.95  for the 2019 World Championships The team would be even faster in the final as they had a total time of 4:01.90 to place fifth.

Dols would be swim in another Championship final as swam in the 200 metre butterfly event. He qualified for the medal race with a new personal best of 2:01.32 (split time of 58.06). In the final he would place eighth in the second best time of his career of 2:02.41. National record holder in the event Michael Gunning still feeling the effects of jet lag clocked 2:03.23 in the heats to qualify for the B final. In that race he was fourth in a time of 2:03.64.Both Keanan and Michael were well under the 2019 PAN AM B time of 2:07.77

Making her senior international debut Bryanna Renuart made her first final in the 100 metre breaststroke. The University of Miami (Ohio) bound swimmer recorded the second fastest time of her career 1:15.13 (split time 34.65) to qualify for the B Final. In that race she was just off her morning swim to place fifth in 1:15.50, the fourth best time in her life.Her morning swim was under the 2019 PAN AM B time of 1:15.38.

Luke Gunning who was a member of the national record breaking relay team swam his first individual race in the Black,Green and Gold  in the 100 metre freestyle placed 33rd  in a time of 53.42 (split time 25.73).He was just off the 2019 PAN Games B time of 52.79


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.

Nathaniel Christmas Open
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.

Wendy and Nathaniel Christmas open
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.

Marlins free relay record holders
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

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


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 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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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 .

2013 CARIFTa team
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.

Nicholas Haughton Howard University Swimming and Diving website
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


Coach Nic Askew Howard Head Coach
Howard University Head Coach Nic Askew Photo courtesy of

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.





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.

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.

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