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.
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.
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.
Brianna Anderson of the Y Speedos would take down another Boothe standard when she recorded 30.07 in the 15 and over butterfly heats.
Boothe had set the record in 2013 at 30.32. In the final Brianna took the Gold in 30.47.
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
|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|
|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|