NATHAN WRIGHT CAN DO NO WRONG IN THE 50 FREESTYLE, SETS A NEW NATIONAL RECORD IN THE 9-10 AGE GROUP

On the third day of the Christmas Open Nathan Wright gave to Western Jamaica and himself a new national mark. Competing in the 9-10 50 metre freestyle on Saturday Dec 21 stroked his way to a new all-time Jamaica best of 29.18.He downed the old national mark of 29.27 set by Brady McPherson -Lewison at this meet in 2018. The youngster who represents the Sailfish Swim club also shattered the meet record of 32.04 by his teammate Benjamin Davis.Nathan is the only swimmer from the Western end of Jamaica to hold an individual national age group record.

Team Nathan from left to right Paul Campbell founder of Sailfish Swim Academy, Nathan Wright new national record holder and Head Coach Adolfo Morales

THE ROAD TO THE NATIONAL RECORD

The 9-10 boys record stood for 28 years before falling in 2018.The mark was held by Tshaka Douglas who swam for the Y Speedos and dominated the 9-10 age group .

Nathan would also crush the 200 individual medley of 3:10.65 in a close battle with Zach Andre Johnson of the Y Speedos 2:55.42 to 2:55.47.

Joseph Black Photo courtesy of athletics.kenyon.edu

There would be a national record scare in the 50 metre breaststroke during the morning heats. This as Joseph Black of the Tornadoes swim club came close to taking down the nearly decade old senior national record of 29.38 set by Brad Hamilton.

Brad Hamilton Photo courtesy of goheels.com

Hamilton, who also represented Tornadoes set the mark at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games . Black, who is a sophomore at Kenyon College blitzed the field to set a mark of 29.62. He is the first Jamaican to break the 30 seconds mark in the event for the seven years. Black who scratched the final is also leading the North Atlantic Conference for the Lords with his 50 yard breaststroke time of 25.58. That time also has Black as the third fastest swimmer in the event for Division III.

Christmas open 800 metre freestyle record holders the ladies from Swimmaz from left to right Raine Hopkins, Safiya Officer, Britney Williams and Brooke Hopkins

Another notable highlight was the record set by the Swimaz Aquatic club quartet of twins Raine and Brooke Hopkins,Safiya Officer and Britney Williams. They took almost 30 seconds off the old meet record to set a new standard of 9:21.13.

Zarek Wilson Blue Dolphins Christmas open 200 metre butterfly record holder .Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

Zarek Wilson of the Blue Dolphins of Trinidad and Tobago  set the meet record in the 200 metre butterfly in the heats with a time 2:17.26 before securing the Gold in the final with a time of 2:21.65. Wilson has never lost the race in Jamaica and has swum faster on each occasion he has visited the island.His record in Jamaica now stands at five from five. Wilson set the fastest 11-12 mark in the race ever done in Jamaica in 2018.

DateMeetTime
April 2,2018CARIFTA heats2:27.79
April 2,2018CARIFTA final2:23.22 Gold
October 30,2018Dean Martin2:17.82 Gold
Dec 21,2019Christmas Open heats2:17.26
Dec 21,2019Christmas Open final2:21.65

CROOKS, THOMAS AND DENNY LOWER NATIONAL RECORDS ON THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF CHRISTMAS OPEN

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.

JORDAN CROOKS CROSSES 24 SECONDS BARRIER TO CAP SIX GOLD MEDAL PERFORMANCE IN KINGSTON,ALVARANGA ROCKETS TO #1 ALL TIME CARIFTA REGION PERFORMANCE

The recently concluded Dean Martin Memorial swim meet in Kingston Jamaica saw the continued rise of Cayman’s Jordan Crooks.

The only swimmer with senior level international meet credentials to his resume he showed his class with a six Gold medal performance all in meet record time.

Jordan Crooks

In the land of the sprinters Jordan crossed the 24 seconds barrier in the 50 metre freestyle to be the fastest ever swimmer at this meet in 23.87. He easily crushed his 2018 record in the 15 -16 age group of 24.60. The swim takes on even greater significance as this is his season opener in the 50 metre pool and he was battling illness at the time of his 50 metre blast.

The Camana Bay Aquatics swimmer started his Gold medal run at the meet in the 100 metre backstroke lowering both the meet record of 1:03.75 and his personal best of 1:02.27 to 1:01.70 .

The reigning CARIFTA Champion in the 200 metre freestyle Crooks crushed the meet record of 2:01.75 to become the first person under 2 minutes at the meet with a time of 1:58.98.

He smashed his meet record and his old personal best of 52.36 set at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju South Korea to stop the clock in 52.26.At the 2019 CARIFTA Championships in Barbados earlier this year he won the Silver medal in this event in 53.24.

There would be a big personal best in the 100 metre butterfly when he took more than a second off his personal best to land the Gold in 57.60 destroying his meet record of 59.83.

In an event he rarely competes in the 400 metre freestyle Jordan set a new personal best and meet record of 4:30.30.The last time he swam it was in 2017 at this meet where he was was timed in 4:46.58.

Draftingthecaribbean got his reaction to his efforts over the weekend

“I was very satisfied with my races this weekend.My results were better than I initially expected.I think my stamina has room for improvement in races like the 100 and 200 metre freestyle.The 50  metre freestyle was my favorite race of the meet and I was happy with the result”.

Zaneta Alvaranga, fastest ever 13-14 CARIFTA region swimmer at the Dean Martin meet Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The 50 metre freestyle series proved to be quite quick as Zaneta Alvaranga of the Kaizen swim club set yet another sprint national record when she  lowered the 13-14 standard in the 50 metre freestyle held by Emily MacDonald to 26.34 .She bettered the 26.44 set at the CAC Games in 2018. With the swim she now assumes the mantle of the fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region. Zaneta had won the 13-14 CARIFTA sprint title in 26.76. Her swim this past weekend would have won her the Gold in the 15-17 age group and puts her in touching distance of the 15-17 record of 26.12 by Olympian Chinyere Pigot of Suriname.

Fastest CARIFTA region 13-14 Girls

CountryNameRecordYear
BermudaElan Daley26.562019
Trinidad and TobagoSobahn Cropper26.661993
The BahamasDelany Mizell26.962019
ArubaElisbet Timmer27.012016
St LuciaNaima Hazell27.472019
Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the 13-14 boys 2019 CARIFTA and CCCAN Champion Nathaniel Thomas beat his meet record of 25.12 with a swim of 24.72. That also bettered the 24.87 he produced to win the CARIFTA title in Barbados earlier this year. It speaks to the possibility of a sub 24 seconds swim in 2020. Nathaniel was also faster than his CARIFTA Gold medal performance in the 100 metre butterfly 59.10 compared to 59.22. He was also joined under the minute mark by Kaheem Lozer of Kaizen who produced a huge personal best to touch in 59.92.

Jillian Crooks fastest ever 11-12 swimmer in the event in Jamaica Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In the 11-12 girls race Jillian, sister of Jordan took the event in 27.71.That swim would have won the Gold medal in Barbados in her age group.

With her victories as this meet she has put a number of her national records on notice if given the chance to swim in the Olympic sized pool again before 2020.

Nathan Wright of Sailfish Swim Academy Photo courtesy of Arlett Campbell

One of the swimmers from the West making a name for his name at the meet was Nathan Wright of the Sailfish Swim Academy. He won the splash and dash in 29.76 lowering the meet standard of 29.83. In his sights for the the rest of the calendar year will be the national record of 29.27.

Over 20 meet records were set

Name ClubEvent Age groupNew Record Old Record
Britney WilliamsSwimmaz100 metre backstroke17-181:17.881:20.99
Nathaniel ThomasTornadoes100 metre backstroke13-141:01.491:04.89
Jordan CrooksCamana Bay Aquatics100 metre backstroke15-161:01.701:03.75
Jordan CrooksCamana Bay Aquatics200 metre freestyle15-161:58.982:01.05
Britney WilliamsSwimmaz200 metre freestyle17-182:13.822:44.16
Kokolo FosterTornadoes100 metre breaststroke11-121:22.061:23.18
Kito CampbellY Speedos100 metre breaststroke15-161:11.801:12.26
Waldon McIntoshAquamarine Ripples400 metre IM10 and under6:33.217:38.57
Jillian CrooksCamana Bay Aquatics100 metre freestyle11-121:00.061:01.66
Britney WilliamsSwimmaz100 metre freestyle17-181:01.611:10.20
Nathaniel ThomasTornadoes100 metre freestyle13-1455.0155.77
Jordan CrooksCamana Bay Aquatics100 metre freestyle15-1652.2654.42
Amore Hunter,Sabrina Lyn,Aliyah Heaven,Ireland HunterTornadoes200 metre medley relay13 and over2:11.382:11.72
Jillian CrooksCamana Bay Aquatics400 metre freestyle11-124:54.904:55.28
Nathan WrightSailfish Swim Academy400 metre freestyle10 and under5:35.825:42.98
Jordan CrooksCamana Bay Aquatics400 metre freestyle15-164:30.304:30.93
Waldon McIntoshAquamarine Ripples50 metre breatstsroke9-1039.3440.02
Kokolo FosterTornadoes200 metre breaststroke11-122:59.683:00.88
Zaneta AlvarangaKaizen 200 metre breaststroke13-142:59.863:00.23
Nathaniel ThomasTornadoes100 metre butterfly13-1459.101:00.54
Kaheem LozerKaizen 100 metre butterfly13-1459.921:00.54
Jordan CrooksCamana Bay Aquatics100 metre butterfly15-1657.9059.83
Morgan CogleJupiter Sea Dragons200 metre backstroke13-142:37.582:37.70
Britney WilliamsSwimmaz200 metre backstroke15-162:41.542:54.95
Nathan WrightSailfish Swim Academy50 metre freestyle9-1029.7629.83
Jillian CrooksCamana Bay Aquatics50 metre freestyle11-1227.7127.78
Zaneta AlvarangaKaizen 50 metre freestyle13-1426.3427.23
Nathaniel ThomasTornadoes50 metre freestyle13-1424.7225.12
Jordan CrooksCamana Bay Aquatics50 metre freestyle15-1623.8724.60
Kyle SinclairY Speedos50 metre freestyle15-1624.3224.61
Safiya Officer,Britney Williams,Paris ClareBrooke HopkinsSwimmaz200 metre freestyle relay13 and over1:54.841:56.45
Jada Latibeaudiere,Amore Hunter,Sabrina Lyn,IrelandHunterTornadoes200 metre freestyle relay13 and over1:54.941:56.45

When the final race was swum Tornadoes Swim Club emerged victors with 802 points. Second went to the Y Speedos with 725 points and the Sailfish Swim Academy third on 215 points.

TORNADOES 13-14 400 METRE FREESTYLE RELAY TEAM OF SIERRA,HUNTER,HEAVEN AND LYN CRUSH MEET RECORD IN MORNING SESSION OF DAY 3 OF AGE GROUP CHAMPS

The morning session of Day Three of the Walter Rogers Age Group Champs had as the highlight the obliteration of the girls 13-14 400 metre freestyle relay record by the Tornadoes team.

Record setting Tornadoes 13-14 girls 400 freestyle relay team from left to right Aliyah Heaven,Ireland Hunter, Sabrina Lyn and Isabella Sierra Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

Since 2011 the old record had stood to the visiting Stingrays Swim Club of the Cayman Islands .The standard had stood to the team of Bethany Cleaver,Coral Tomascik,Lois Moody and Danielle Boothe. On Saturday Feb 23 the Tornadoes team of Isabella Sierra, Ireland Hunter, Aliyah Heaven and Sabrina Lyn laid waste to that time as they stopped the clock in a time of 4:16.80.They recorded the fastest female relay time of the day as well as beating back their opposition by more than 30 seconds.

Their teammates in the 13-14 boys age category got in on the record breaking act with a new standard setting swim of their own.The record in their sights belonged the 2015 Tornadoes team of Alex Mignott,Sean -Douglas Gooden,Jonathan Lyn and Jesse Marsh of 3:58.91.The team of Zachary Jackson-Blaine,Adrian Balfour,Daniel Mair and Nathaniel Thomas lowered that time to 3:57.85.

The fastest relay time of the day was posted by the Y Speedos team of Jordane Payne,Chester Adams, Akeem Alleyne and Kyle Sinclair of 3:52.33.

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

In the 200 metre series Sean Douglas-Gooden of Tornadoes won his seventh title breaststroke in the event over the last eight years in a time of 2:40.57. Since his last year of 11-12 Gooden has been unbeaten save for a disqualification in 2015.

Britney Williams defending CARIFTA Champion in the 15-17 200 metre freestyle

Britney Williams of Swimaz Aquatics , the fastest ever locally trained mid to long distance freestyler and the defending CARIFTA champion ensured she was unbeaten in her three years of the 15-17 category as she took her event in a season best of 2:12.61.

Saifiya Officer CCCAN Bronze medallist in the Girls 11-12 50 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

There were also a number of close races as Safiya Officer of Swimaz just outlasted Sierra of Tornadoes in the girls 13-14 200 metre freestyle 2:22.52 to 2:22.98.Nathaniel Thomas got the decision over teammate Daniel Mair in the boys 13-14 race 2:08.35 to 2:08.85.

The fastest times of the day came from Y Speedos duo of Kyle Sinclair and Chester Adams who battled to the wall in times of 2:03.72 and 2:04.14 respectively.Other Gold medals decided in the morning were

Girls

EventAge GroupNameTimeClub
200 metre freestyle11-12Kokolo Foster2:26.22Tornadoes
200 metre breaststroke11-12Kokolo Foster2:58.05Tornadoes
200 metre breaststroke13-14Raine Hopkins2:58.12Swimaz
200 metre breaststroke15 and overRegan Griffiths3:56.86Wahoo
400 metre IM13-14Raine Hopkins5:54.93Swimaz
400 metre IM15 and overKarci Gibson5:46.58Y Speedos
400 freestyle relay11-12Emma Marston
11-12Giani Francis
11-12Chrstanya Shirley
11-12Aija -Marie Adams4:45.40Y Speedos
400 freestyle relay15 and overAmanda Clarke
Alexa Critchlow
Annelies Denny
Amore Hunter4:58.50Tornadoes

Boys

EventAge GroupNameTimeClub
200 metre freestyle11-12Nelson Denny2:20.58Tornadoes
200 metre breaststroke11-12David Morris3:24.63Y Speedos 
400 metre IM11-12Charles McIntosh7:05.70Aqua Marine
400 metre IM13-14Joshua Mignott5:52.55Tornadoes
400 metre IM15 and overMatthew Sinclair6:13.45Y Speedos 
400  freestyle relay11-12Israel AllenTornadoes
Joshua Bramwell
Noah Azan
Nelson Denny4:42.94

KOKOLO FOSTER’S NATIONAL BREASTSTROKE RECORD HIGHLIGHTS DAY TWO ACTION AT AGE GROUP CHAMPS

Kokolo Foster

The second night of action at the 2019 Walter Rogers Age Group Championships got underway on the perfect note in the very first event contested , the girls 11-12 100 metre breaststroke. This as Kokolo Foster of the Tornadoes Swim club stormed to victory in the event with an advantage of almost ten seconds to set a new 11-12 age group record of 1:18.51 (split time .

Danielle Boothe Photo courtesy of Liberty University Swimming and diving

That performance lowered the 2009 Championship record held by Danielle Boothe of 1:20.31. Boothe would go on to have a very successful CARIFTA championships that year in Aruba winning Three Gold , Four Silver and a Bronze. In Aruba Boothe would set the former national record of 1:19.89 en route to the Gold medal.In that 11-12 breaststroke final included The Bahamas Laura Morley of Indiana and Aruba Daniela Van Den Berg of Florida State University are currently competing in the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast (ACC) Conferences NCAA Division I .In Boothe’s lasting outing for Jamaica she was part of the record setting 400 metre medley relay team that competed at the 2015 PAN American Games

2015 PAN AM Games 400 metre medley relay from left to right Trudiann Patrick, Alia Atkinson, Breanna Roman and Danielle Boothe
Sabrina Lyn stroking to the wall en route to a new personal best in the 100 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The Gold in girls 13-14 age group went to Foster’s teammate Sabrina Lyn who lowered her championship record of 1:18.42 that she set in the heats to 1:17.51 to take Gold.

Octivia Gray of UWI Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The 15 and over Gold medal was won by another swimmer who competed at CARIFTA 2009, Octivia Gray of the Marlins Swim Club .She turned back the hands of time to take the win in 1:25.76. In 2009 she had won the Bronze medal in this event in a time of 1:21.61

The fastest time of the night came from Chester Adams of the Y Speedos who won in a personal best time of 1:10.90 to take the 15 and over crown.

Other Gold medallists on the night were

Girls

EventAgeNameTimeClub
50 metre backstroke8 & underZuri Coke44.98Tornadoes

Boys

Event Age Name Time Club
100 metre breaststroke 11-12 Dirk Harrison 1:26.61 Y Speedos
100 metre breaststroke 13-14 Joshua Mair 1:18.85 Tornadoes
50 metre backstroke 8 & under Adlai Nixon 46.91 Swimaz

GIRL WONDER!! JILLIAN CROOKS OF CAMANA BAY CONTINUES NATIONAL RECORD ONSLAUGHT ON FINAL DAY OF DEAN MARTIN

As it was on the first two days of the 2018 Dean Martin Memorial meet in Kingston Jamaica so it was on the final day  Sunday October 28 where Jillian Crooks of Camana Bay Aquatics continued the constant assault on the Cayman Islands 11-12 age group records.

jillian crooks 100 fly
Jillian Crooks 11-12 metre record holder in 100 metre butterfly and fastest ever 11-12 swimmer in the event in Jamaica Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In her first event of the day she raised the bar for her age group in the 100 metre butterfly. The 11-12 meet record stood to Jamaican standout Zaneta Alvaranga at 1:08.85 in 2017 which was also the fastest time by  a female swimmer at the meet, Jillian’s 11-12 Cayman record was 1:06.87 from her CCCAN Gold medal performance in Aruba and the best ever  11-12 time in Jamaica was 1:05.98 by another wunderkind Bermuda’s Elan Daley in her Gold medal winning performance at CARIFTA 2018.  Jillian would blast through all of those times  to record a winning time of 1:04.54.  Her opening split of 30.21 almost broke her 50 metre butterfly record of 30.08.Crooks has made considerable progress since her first regional meet of 2018 which was UANA where she recorded a time of 1:12.43.

100 butterfly UANA CCCAN Dean Martin
First 50 33.95 32.64 30.21
Second 50 38.48 36.67 34.33
Final Time 1:12.43 1:09.31 1:04.54

Heather Roffey gamecocksonline
Olympian Heather Roffey Photo courtesy of gamecocksonline.com

Still in only her first year of the 11-12 age group she is already faster than the Cayman Islands 13-14 record held by Olympian Heather Roffey (Athen 2004) of 1:05.62 and is closing fast on the senior record of Lara Butler (Rio 2016)  of 1:04.10. Her winning time at Dean Martin would have won her the Silver medal in the boys race at CARIFTA earlier in the year

Lara Butler
Lara Butler Photo courtesy of http://www.ciasa.ky

100 butterfly Crooks 2018 Butler 2016
First 50 30.21 30.15
Second 50 34.33 33.95
Final Time 1:04.54 1:04.10

Kendese Nangle
Kendese Nangle Photo courtesy of dartmouthsports.com

She would not finish with her record breaking in the butterfly but also extended that to the 200 metre backstroke. Jillian would slice a few hundredths off her PB and national record of 2:33.98 to register  a winning time of 2:33.91 . That now stands at the 11-12 record and fastest  ever female time of the meet. The old 11-12 meet record was held by Kendese Nangle of the Blue Seals swim club from 2007 who posted a time of 2:42.95.

Emily 200 free
Emily MacDonald  Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

She would close out the meet with a meet record in the 50 metre freestyle record of 27.78 just eclipsing the  2016 meet  record of  27.79 by CAC and Youth Olympics representative Emily MacDonald of Swimaz Aquatics.  Crooks now dominates the LCM record board for the Cayman Islands in the 11-12 age group and has a chance to lower the CARIFTA and CCCAN records in those events in 2019.

Event Crooks Cayman CARIFTA CCCAN CCCAN best/Country
50 metre freestyle 27.25 26.59 27.46 26.59 Ber
100 metre freestyle 59.93 1:00.06 59.65 58.12 Ber
200 metre freestyle 2:15.17 2:10.26 2:10.24 2:08.16 Ber
50 metre backstroke 32.11 31.52 30.78 30.78  Tri
100 metre backstroke 1:08.40 1:08.69 1:07.14 1:06.65 Tri
200 metre backstroke 2:33.91 2:29.11 2:26.35 2:25.91 Mex
100 metre breaststroke 1:23.60 1:14.60 1:14.39 1:13.33 Tri
50 metre butterfly 30.08 28.87 28.74 28.74 Jam
100 metre butterfly 1:04.54 1:05.98 1:05.55 1:04.46 Ber
200 metre IM 2:34.88 2:27.95 2:27.38 2:25.21 Ber

Continuing his own meet record smashing streak was Zarek Wilson of the Blue Dolphins Swim club of Trinidad and Tobago. He recorded the fastest ever time at the meet of 4:30.45 while destroying the 11-12 record of Sean -Douglas Gooden of 4:51.45.In his final event of the competition he clocked 26.20 just missing the 2017 record of 26.16 set by Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes swim club.

Sabrina Lyn
Sabrina Lyn National record holder in the 13-14 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In one of the most exciting races of the day in the 13-14 age group in the 100 metre butterfly which saw the 2018 CARIFTA Silver medallist Zaneta Alvaranga of the Kaizen Swim Club in a head to head battle with the 2018 CCCAN Gold medallist and national record holder Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes. It would be Alvaranga’s fast opening 50 metres that proved to be the difference as she held off a late charge from Lyn. They would finish in times of 1:05.24 and 1:05.56  well under the 2008 record of 1:10.86. Also finishing under the record was P’aige Lewis of the Y Speedos who recorded a time of 1:10.57.

Zaneta Alvaranga
Zaneta Alvaranga, fastest ever female swimmer at the Dean Martin meet Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Alvaranga would return to close out her individual races with  an emphatic win in the 50 metre freestyle in a time of 27.23 . That shattered the  2016 meet record of 28.38 by 2018 Commonwealth Games competitor Alison Jackson of the Stingrays Swim Club of the Cayman Islands.The performance will also stand as the fastest ever female time at the meet.

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

Also in record standard setting mode was Thomas of the Tornadoes Swim Club in the 13-14 age category. In the 100 metre butterfly he set a new personal best time of 1:00.54 to take the win and break the meet record of 1:01.80. He would top the 13-14 field in the 50 metre freestyle with a time of 25.12 ,just under the old record of 25.16 in yet another personal best.He will be targeting the 2004 national record of 24.47 set by another Tornadoes swimmer Brad Hamilton.

Jordan Hines
Jordan Hines 17-18 50 metre freestyle record breaker Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In the 15-16 category Jordan Crooks of Camana Bay Aquatics produced the meet’s first ever sub minute swim in the 100 metre butterfly when he touched the pads in 59.83.In the 15 and over category of the 50 metre freestyle he held off two members of Jamaica’s national record setting 15-17 200 metre freestyle team at CARIFTA Jordan Hines of the Tornadoes Swim Club and Kyle Sinclair of the Y Speedos to be the fastest sprinter in the history of the meet. He cut through the water to touch in 24.60. Hines was a touch back in 24.61 and Sinclair ,the final sub 25 seconds swimmer with a 24.80. Both Jordans won their respective 15-16 and 17-18 age groups.

The Y Speedos Swim club retained their crown with 845 points followed by the Tornadoes Swim club with 745 and the Marlins swim club third with 256 points.

NATIONAL RECORDS CONTINUE TO FALL AT 2018 DEAN MARTIN ZAREK WILSON LOWERS ENGLISH SPEAKING CARIBBEAN BEST BUTTERFLY MARK, CROOK BETTERS FREESTYLE RECORD

The afternoon session of the Dean Martin Memorial Swim meet on October 27 saw Jillian Crooks  of Camana Bay Aquatics again breaking more Cayman Islands 11-12 national records. Joining her in the record breaking party was Zarek Wilson of the Blue Dolphins of Trinidad and Tobago who also lowered the English speaking record 11-12 butterfly record.

Zarek Wilson
Zarek Wilson Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

It would be Wilson who started the record breaking in the 200 metre butterfly. Zarek already held the fastest English speaking Caribbean mark  in the 11-12 age group when he had set the bar at 2:20.25 at meet earlier in the month. As the race was open he would test his skills with older swimmers . He did not waste the opportunity as he and Jordane Payne of the Y Speedos battled for the majority of the race for supremacy. In the end it would Wilson prevailing and becoming the first 11-12 English speaking swimmer under 2:20. He touched in a time of 2:17.82 .

Race analysis

200 butterfly Splits
First 50 30.50
Second 50 35.30
Third 50 37.41
Fourth 50 34.61
Final Time 2:17.82

Damon-St.-Prix swimbarbados
Damon St Prix Photo courtesy of swimbarbados.com

Records bettered on the way to his new mark was the meet standard of 2:33.52 set by Nathaniel Thomas and the fastest time set in Jamaica by an 11-12 boy of 2:22.71 in 2013 by Damon St Prix at CARIFTA 2013. Also downed was the fastest time recorded at the meet of 2:20.91 by Payne in 2017. When he was in Jamaica for the  CARIFTA Championships  and won this event  he had recorded a time of 2:23.22. In his sights before he enters the 13-14 age group will be the all time 11-12 CCCAN record of 2:15.69 set by Mexico’s Joshua Laisequilla in 2011. Payne would top the 15-16 swimmers and better his own record with a clocking of 2:20.86.

Zarek would also record the fastest time for the meet when he won the 400 IM in a time of 5:18.30. That bettered the 2015 mark of 5:24.99 held by Zachary Moore of the Stingray Swim Club of the Cayman Islands.

Jillian Crooks 200 free
Jillian Crooks 11-12 200 metre freestyle record holder Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Crooks would set her national marks in the 200 metre freestyle and 100 metre breaststroke. In  the freestyle event  would see Crooks, the 2018 CCCAN Bronze medallist in event battling with the CCCAN Gold medallist and national record  holder Jamaican Morgan Cogle of Jupiter Dragons. Crooks would take the win in Kingston as both swimmer went under the 2016 record of 2:19.16  held by the former Jamaican national record holder in the event  Emily MacDonald of Swimaz. Crooks would touch in 2:15.17 with Cogle second in 2:17.00. Crooks previous best and national record  from CCCAN stood at 2:16.95.

200 freestyle CCCAN Dean Martin
First 50 30.89 31.95
Second 50 35.21 33.98
Third 50 35.78 34.90
Fourth 50 35.07 34.34
Final Time 2:16.95 2:15.17

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Kokolo Foster 11-12 100 metre breaststroke record holder Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In the 100 metre breaststroke she was not the first to wall as Kokolo Foster of the Tornadoes Swim club lead her to the pads in a time of 1:23.18. Jillian touched just behind in 1:23.60. Both swimmers bettered the 2008 record of 1:24.19 held by Octivia Gray of the Marlins Swim Club. Crooks bettered the 2015 national  record of Alison Jackson of 1:24.96.

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Alison Jackson Photo courtesy ofcaymansportsbuzz.com

100 breaststroke Jackson 2015 Crooks 2018
First 50 39.62 39.07
Second 50 45.34 44.53
Final Time 1:24.96 1:23.60

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Jordan and Jillian Crooks Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Brother Jordan , a 2018 Youth Olympics competitor and flag bearer  would  also  set meet marks in Kingston . He took down the record in the 15-16 boys 100 metre freestyle of 55.48 with a time of 54.42. Battling him to the wall was Kyle Sinclair of the Y Speedos timed in 55.02. In the same race teammates from the Tornadoes Swim Club Jordan Hines and Sean -Douglas Gooden topped the 17-18 division with swims of 57.41 and 58.26 respectively and were both under the meet standard of 59.26.

The 200 metre freestyle would see Jordan lowering the 15-16 mark of 2:05.00 by Stingrays Jonathan Key and recording the best time ever done at Dean Martin with a  2:01.05 performance (split time 58.68).

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Morgan Cogle 11-12 400 IM winner Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Cogle would bounce back from the 200 freestyle to record the fastest time ever done by a girl at the meet when she stopped the clock in 5:39.56. that swim broke the 11-12 record of 5:47.56 by Ria Plunkett of the Stingrays Swim Club in 2015.It is also faster than the best mark ever at the meet , the 15-16 record of 5:39.99 by Breanna Roman of Swimaz Aquatics.

Other notable records on the day saw the Tornadoes duo of Sabrina Lyn and Sean -Douglas Gooden taking down the breaststroke records in the 13-14 and 17-18 age groups respectively with swims of 1:19.74 and 1:11.45.

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Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim club .  13-14 200 metre butterfly meet record holder  Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Lyn also lowered the 200 metre butterfly record for good measure in a time of 2:41.67 .Last year she had set the 11-12 record with a time of 2:46.66.

LITTLE POOL, BIG POOL, NO ISSUES AS JILLIAN CROOKS COLLECTS MORE CAYMAN NATIONAL RECORDS AT DEAN MARTIN MEET IN JAMAICA

The 2018 Dean Martin Memorial swim promised to be an exciting three days of swimming action  and the first session held at the National Aquatic Centre did not disappoint. Leading the way on night one of action was young sensation from the Camana Bay Aquatics Club from the Cayman Islands Jillian Crooks.

Her last competitive outing saw her  smashing eight national records including a senior national record in the 25 metre pool. The question now was could she transfer her short course form to the big pool (50 metre ) .Question asked Answer EASILY.

In her very first event the 100 metre backstroke she produced a new PB, meet record and 11-12 Cayman national record swim and the fastest time ever swum by an 11-12 girl in Jamaica of 1:08.40. That was the only sub 1:10 swim of the day and  also the fastest female performance ever at meet. With splits of 33.43 and 35.95 Jillian proved herself a class a part.

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Tyla Martin Photo courtesy of pinecrestswimming.com

She has also shown much improvement as the youngest swimmer in the Championship final of this event at CARIFTA in Kingston earlier this year  she had placed 5th in 1:15.71. The old national record of 1:10.45 has already belonged to Jillian from her CCCAN  Silver medal winning performance. The old meet record belonged to Jamaican age group star Angara Sinclair at 1:14.97.The previous fastest ever mark by an 11-12 girl was held by Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyla Martin who won Gold in that age group at CARIFTA 2010

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Top 11-12 swimmers in the 200 metre IM from left to right Morgan Cogle of the Jupiter Dragon USA and Jillian Crooks of Camana Bay Aquatics Cayman Islands Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In her next race on the night she would destroy another Cayman 11-12 age group record in the 200 metre individual medley. At the 2018 CCCAN Championships in Aruba  she won the Silver medal in a time of 2:36.70. After she swum the race it would become part of history as she clocked the  only sub 2:40 time time on the night and the fastest ever female performance at the meet of 2:34.88. The old 11-12 record of 2:42.65 belonged to another Jamaican age group star Victoria Ho. An aggressive opening butterfly leg changed the course of the race and allowed her to win easily.

200 IM CCCAN Dean Martin
butterfly 32.72 30.98
backstroke 39.67 41.10
breaststroke 48.97 46.91
freestyle 35.34 35.89
Total Time 2:36.70 2:34.88

 

Second in the 11-12 age group was Jamaican age group star and 2018 CCCAN Bronze medallist in the event Morgan Cogle of Jupiter Dragons who stopped the clock in 2:43.81.

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Zarek Wilson of the Blue Dolphins Swim Club Trinidad and Tobago Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

There would be another quality performance in the 11-12 age group as CARIFTA’s top 11-12 male swimmer Zarek Wilson of Blue Dolphins of Trinidad and Tobago won the 1500 metre freestyle in 18:24.66 . That shattered the previous fastest 1500 metre freestyle of 18:51.65 set by Zachary Moore of the Stingrays Swim Club in 2015. He also produced the fastest time across all age groups on the night.He would also set a new mark in the 11-12 200 metre individual medley as he became the first 11-12 swimmer under 2:30 seconds at the meet with a top age group time of 2:28.86

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Daniel Mair of the Tornadoes Swim Club Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Jamaica’s first CCCAN open water medallist  Daniel Mair  of the Tornadoes Swim Club dropped more than 10 seconds to place second overall in the 11-12 age group with a time of 19:04.69.

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Britney Williams Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Jamaica’s 2018 15-17 CARIFTA Championship Gold Medallist in the 200 metre freestyle Britney Williams lowered the 15-16 age group meet record in the 100 metre backstroke.The Swimaz aquatics athlete touched the wall in a time of 1:15.16 .That bettered the old meet record held by Angara Sinclair of 1:16.01.

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Kyle Sinclair Y Speedos Swim Club Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

There would be an exciting battle in the 15-16 10 metre backstroke as Kyle Sinclair of the Y Speedos and and a member of the 15-17 2018 CARIFTA 200 freestyle team that set the Jamaican age group record in the event and Jordan Crooks,2018 Youth Olympics flag bearer of the Cayman Islands and Camana Bay Aquatics went stroke for stroke to the wall . Sinclair got the victory in 1:03.75 and Jordan a touch behind in 1.03.98.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALVARANGA STARTS 13-14 WITH A BANG LOWERS AGE GROUP FLY RECORD, ANDERSON AND SHIRLEY SET MEET RECORDS ON DAY 3 OF AGE GROUP CHAMPS

The third day of action of the 2018 Walter Rogers Age Group swimming National Championships was highlighted by national record breaking swims by Zaneta Alvaranga of the Kaizen Swim Club in the 50 metre butterfly.

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Zaneta Alvaranga national Champion and age group record holder in the 13-14 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

After dominating the 50 metre butterfly event locally and regionally as 11-12 swimmer in 2017 and establishing herself as the CARIFTA region’s number best of all time she continued her unbeaten streak on Friday Feb 16. Competing in her first race in the 13-14 age group she started her career in the new age category on the best possible note by lowering the national record of 29.57 to 29.55.

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Kendese Nangle Photo courtesy of dartmouthsports.com

The previous record was set by age group star Kendese Nangle when she won Silver at the 2008 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships in Kingston.The meet record of 29.68 was held by Emily MacDonald of Swimaz set in 2017 Zaneta would have more in the tank for the final as she reset the record again with a time of 29.19. That performance was the fastest time of the competition and the fastest time ever recorded by a girl at the Championships. That swim by Alvaranga would have won her the Bronze in the event at the 2017 CARIFTA championships.

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Zaneta after her record breaking swim after the final and got her impressions of her swim

“My goal was to get as close to my ( 2017 Gold medal winning) CCCAN time and I did. I focused on the start so I could get out as  have as little armstrokes as possible and have rested shoulders and breathe as little as possible so I would not break streamline.I expected the record because I broke it this morning and I came back prepared to do even better than this morning”. In 2017 Alvaranga was the most prolific  female age group record breaker have setting the 11-12 50 metre butterfly record four times and the 100 metre freestyle once.

 

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Brianna Anderson CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Brianna Anderson of the Y Speedos would take down another Boothe standard when she recorded 30.07 in the 15 and over butterfly heats.

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Jamaica’s record breaking 400 medley relay team at the 2015 PAN AM Games from left to right Trudi ann Patrick,Alia Atkinson ,Breanna Roman, Danielle Boothe

Boothe had set the record in 2013 at 30.32. In the final Brianna took the Gold in 30.47.

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Christanya Shirley of the Marlins 9-10 50 metre butterfly Champion and meet record holder Photo courtesy of David Mullings

Alvaranga’s 2015 9-10 50 metre butterfly record would fall to Christanya Shirley of the Marlins. She would win the event handily in a time of 33.35 well under the previous meet record of 34.86.

Other event winners

Age group Name Club Event Time
11-12 girls Ireland Hunter Tornadoes 200 metre freestyle 2:30.18
11-12 boys Joshua Mair Tornadoes 200 metre freestyle 2:23.80
13-14 girls Zaneta Alvaranga Kaizen 200 metre freestyle 2:20.23
13-14 boys Nathaniel Thomas Tornadoes 200 metre freestyle 2:09.76
15 & over girls Britney Williams Swimaz 200 metre freestyle 2:12.30
15 &over boys Kyle Sinclair Y Speedos 200 metre freestyle 2:04.46
8& under girls Victoria Vanderleer Y Speeods 50 metre butterfly 51.13
8 & under boys Talon Longmore Sailfish 50 metre butterfly 44.48
9-10 boys Josh Johnson Marlins 50 metre butterfly 35.35
11-12  girls Isabella Sierra Tornadoes 50 metre butterfly 32.42
11-12 boys DeVaughn Robe Wahoo 50 metre butterfly 31.50
13-14 boys Nathaniel Thomas Tornadoes 50 metre butterfly 27.65
15 & over boys Jordane Payne Y Speedos 50 metre butterfly 27.91
8 & under girls Victoria Vanderleer Y Speedos 200 metre IM 3:53.74
8 & under boys Talon Longmore Sailfish 200 metre IM 3:43.98
9-10 girls Christanya Shirley Marlins 200 metre IM 2:58.71
9-10 boys Charles McIntosh AquaMarine Ripple 200 metre IM 3:22.29
11-12 girls Safiyah Officer Blue Seals 100 metre backstroke 1:20.79
11-12 boys DeVaughn Robe Wahoo 100 metre backstroke 1:18.41
13-14 girls Zaneta Alvaranga Kaizen 100 metre backstroke 1:15.34
13-14 boys Nathaniel Thomas Tornadoes 100 metre backstroke 1:06.92
15 &over boys Kyle Sinclair Y Speedos 100 metre backstroke 1:03.73

 

Age group Club Event Time
11-12 girls Tornadoes 400 metre medley relay 5:32.25
11-12 boys Tornadoes 400 metre medley relay 5:18.55
13-14 girls Tornadoes 400 metre medley relay 5:49.93
13-14 boys Y Speedos 400 metre medley relay 4:42.10
15 & over girls Tornadoes 400 metre medley relay 5:12.12
15 & over boys Y Speedos 400 metre medley relay 4:25.15

WILLIAMS, MULLINGS AND SHIRLEY SET MEET RECORDS ON DAY ONE OF THE 23RD KARL DALHOUSE MEET

The first club meet of 2018 in Jamaica saw a number of meet records falling by the way side on the Day One of the 23rd edition of the Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational Feb 2. As swimmers search for spots on the 2018 CARIFTA team it would be Britney Williams of the Swimaz Aquatics Club and Dominic Mullings of the Y Speedos Swim Club that defended their titles and set new marks in the distance events .

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Britney Williams meet record holder in the 800 metre freestyle

Williams, who is Jamaica’s fastest locally trained distance swimmer since Olympian Belinda Phillips (Munich 1972) made it two from two when she won the 800 metre freestyle in the 13- 24 age group for the second consecutive year. She won comprehensively in a new meet record of 10:14.67 more than 20 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. Her old 2017 standard stood at 10:22.37.Whe she spoke after the race she had the following thoughts

“It was not the best race I could have done based on my fitness level and the training I have been doing with my coach but it was ok I broke my meet record from last year. I need to work on my turns, start and finish. Going into CARIFTA my coach Lynval Lowe will be working on that. Preparation for CARIFTA is going really well. The times I did at the UANA Cup qualified me so I have to ensure I am in the top two now. I am looking forward what I will do at CARIFTA when I am tapered and in full competition mode”. Williams was a member of the 2017 CARIFTA “Golden Girls” that won all the relays in the 15-17 age group in The Bahamas.

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Dominic Mullings record holder in the 1500 metre freestyle

Mullings also broke his 2017 meet record in the 1500 metre freestyle in 18:36.67. That bettered his old standard of 18:39.54.He also won by over ten seconds. He spoke about the race to Draftingthecaribbean last night

“I think I did well I did a personal best and broke the record which is pretty good for me. I am working on qualifying for CARIFTA I have not made any of the qualifying marks as yet but I am currently trying my best and I think it is going to be a good season”.

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Medal Presentation for Double meet record breaker in the 9-10 100 metre freestyle and 50 metre butterfly from left to right Y Speedos club Mrs Simone Mullings and Christanya Shirley

Christanya Shirley of the Marlins Swim club set new meet records in the 9-10 50 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle races with swims of 33.06 and 1:09.88 respectively.

Zaneta photo courtesy of Lynal Lowe
Gold medallist in the 13-24 50 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga of the Kaizen Swim club Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

Jordan Hines and Zaneta Alvaranga were crowned the fastest swimmers of the meet with their wins in the 50 metre freestyle races in the 13-124 age group. Alvaranga of the Kaizen Swim club took the title in 27.53. Hines of the Tornadoes Swim club won in 25.01.

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Medal presentation for double gold medallist in the 9-10 age group left to right Kedine Bennett and Josh Johnson of the Marlins

Posting two victories on the night were Victoria van der Leer who the 8 and under girls 100 metre freestyle and 50 metre butterfly in  personal best efforts of 1:30.54 and 46.01. Josh Johnson in the 9-10 age group recorded a personal best in the 100 metre freestyle in 1:13.50 and then took the 50 metre butterfly in 36.97.

Other wins on the night

Name Club Age group Age Event Time
Adlai Nixon Swimaz 8 and under 8 100 metre freestyle 1:35.15 PB
Daniel Knight Marlins 8 and under 8 50 metre butterfly 54.23 PB
Aliyah Heaven Tornadoes 11-12 12 50 metre freestyle 30.40
DeVaughn Robe Wahoo 11-12 12 50 metre freestyle 29.51