SPRINTERS PUT ON A SHOW ON FINAL DAY OF NEVILLE ALEXANDER MARLINS 9-10 GIRLS LOWER FREESTYLE RELAY TEAM LOWER RECORD SET ALMOST THIRTY YEARS AGO

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Marlins Girls 9-10 team that set a new national record in the 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Gianna Francis,Kokolo Foster,Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

 

The final day of the Neville Alexander Memorial Swim Meet saw the sprinters putting on a show. There would be yet another national record as the Marlins 9-10 girls added to their tally from Saturday morning. This time they lowered the national standard in the 200 freestyle relay.

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

The young ladies of the Marlins who lowered a record set almost 30 years. The team of Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown, Giani Francis and Christanya Shirley touched in a time of 2:14.66, more than 10 seconds ahead of the field. 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. Also falling by the wayside was the meet record of 2:18.69 by the 2012 Marlins team of Deandra Reynolds, Karci Gibson, Ahkira Brown and Britney Williams.

 

The 50 metre freestyle meet records fell by the wayside in the following races 8 and under boys, 11-12 girls and boys and the 13 and over boys’ events. That meet record rush continued in the 200 metre freestyle relays 8 and under girls, the 11-12 girls and boys and 13 and over girls events.

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Zack-Andre Johnson record breaker in the boys’ 8 and under 50 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The record breaking spree was started in the 8 and under boys’ race by the Y Speedos’   Zack –Andre Johnson. He lowered a more than a decade old record when he touched the wall in 34.13. The old record of 34.21 was held by former Speedos swimmer Robert Marshall. Johnson topped the field by more than 5 seconds.

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Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 50 freestyle record breaker and the fastest girl at the 2017 Neville Alexander Memorial meet Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

In the 11-12 girls event it was Zaneta Alvaranga of the Y Speedos who recorded the fastest time by a girl at the meet and lowered the meet record with her quick time of 27.68. Her margin of victory was more than 2 seconds. In winning she lowered the 2016 meet record of 28.09 by Swimaz’s Emily MacDonald .Zaneta was just off her Silver medal winning CARIFTA personal best of 27.56.She continues to track the national record of 27.53 of MacDonald when she won Gold at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships.The record for the 11-12 girls age group at the upcoming CCCAN championships to be held in Trinidad and Tobago is 27.55 set their Olympian Cerian Gibbes in 1995.

 

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Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 50 metre freestyle record breaker Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

For the boys event it was Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes who again dominated the field. He recorded the only sub 27 seconds time of 26.57. He crushed the meet record of 27.58 by the Y Speedos Alford Green set in 2003.He was more than a second ahead of the field. He was barely off his personal best time of 26.52.  Last year he was In his sights for the rest of the year will be the national record of 26.29 held by another Tornadoes age group standout Brad Hamilton. That mark was set in 2002.

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Sidrell Williams 13 and over 50 metre freestyle record breaker

In the boys 13 and over race it was Sidrell Williams of the Y Speedos who recorded the fastest time of the meet and the only sub 25 seconds clocking when he touched the wall in 24.29. That lowered his 2012 meet standard of 24.74.

The 11-12 girls Y Speedos relay team of Paig’e Lewis, Callier Maxwell, Jadean Dixon and Zaneta Alvaranga lowered the meet record of 2:04.24 with a swim of 2:03.82.

The 11-12 Tornadoes boys Jaleel Samms, Zachary Jackson-Blaine, Nikolos Gordon-Somers and Nathaniel Thomas set their meet record with a time of 1:56.25.

The 13 and over girls of Y Speedos team of Leanne McMaster, Naomi Eaton, Paris Clare and Brianna Anderson set a record of 1:57.54.

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Brianna Anderson Triple gold medallist in backstroke events Photo courtesy of Yvonne Anderson

Anderson would sweep the backstroke events 50-100-200 when she claimed the open 200 backstroke crown in 2:43.51.She would also add the 13 and over 50 metre freestyle title in 28.08.

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Kyle Sinclair Winner of the open 200 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The boys open 200 metre backstroke title went to her teammate Kyle Sinclair in a personal best of 2:20.51.

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Christanya Shirley (red swimsuit) and Kokolo Foster (black swimsuit) prepare to race in the girls’ 9-10 50 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The crowd was treated to good contests between national record breaking teammates Kokolo Foster and Christanya Shirley of the Marlins in the 50 breaststroke and 50 metre freestyle races.

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National record breakers and Marlins teammates from left to right Christanya Shirley and Kokolo Foster Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The older Foster edged her younger teammate 40.14 to 40.71 in the breaststroke race and 31.42 to 31.74 in the freestyle event.

David Morris of the Y Speedos won the boys 9-10 50 metre breaststroke in 43.21.Israel Allen who had an outstanding showing at the meet won the 50 metre freestyle in a pb of 31.86.Allen won five of the six 9-10 individual age group events on offer all in personal record times. The 200 metre freestyle relay in this age group was won by the Marlins team of Josh Johnson, Jayden Campbell, Josh Wilkinson and Kajuan Haughton in 2:20.35.

In the 11-12 age group it was the Tornadoes duo of Sabrina Lyn and Nikolos Gordon –Somers who took top honours in the 100 metre breaststroke in 1:27.72 and 1:22.49 respectively.

In the 13 and over age group Naomi Eaton of the Y Speedos in addition to her relay win had victories in the 100 metre breaststroke 1:22.67 and 400 metre freestyle 4:53.09.

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Gold and Silver medallists in the boys’ 13 and over 100 metre breaststroke from the Tornadoes Swim Club From Left to right Adrian Grant and Sean-Douglas Gooden Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Adrian Grant of the Tornadoes also did the breaststroke/freestyle double for the 13 and over boys. He won the 400 metre event in 4:53.09. In the breaststroke race he held off teammate Sean-Douglas Gooden for the victory 1:11.84 to 1:11.97.

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Renae Chung Winner of the 8 and under 50 metre butterfly , 50 metre backstroke,50 metre breaststroke and 50 metre freestyle

In the 8 and under category Renae Chung of the Y Speedos was a double winner for the girls taking the 50 metre breaststroke and freestyle races in personal best times of 52.25 and 36.61. Chung won all the 8 and under individual races on offer at the meet. The boys breaststroke race went to Waldon McIntosh in 49.46.

The masters’ races for the ladies were again dominated by the Tornadoes Swim club. Lisa Griffith won the 50 metre breaststroke in 48.22. Annelies Denny won the 50 metre freestyle in 35.41.Stefan Braeger won the men’s 50 metre breaststroke in 41.78. Rohan Whyte of the Sailfish Swim Academy won the freestyle race in 30.29.

The meet was brought to a conclusion with the boys 13 and over 200 metre freestyle relay by the Tornadoes team of Sean-Douglas Gooden, Joshua Craigie, Adrian Grant and Jordan Hines in 1:43.38

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Britney Williams Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THOMAS AND ALVARANGA COMPLETE 50, 100,200 and 400 FREESTYLE SWEEP ON THE EVENING SESSION OF DAY 2 OF KARL DALHOUSE 2017

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From left to right Nathaniel Thomas of Tornades winner of the 11-12 Boys 200 metre freestyle presenter of medal Mr Ramon James who set the record in the event when he swam for Tornadoes in 1995.Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The evening session of Day 2 (Feb 4) of the 2017 Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational saw 11-12 swimmers Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes Swim club and Zaneta Alvaranga sweeping the 50 ,100,200 and 400 freestyle events at the meet.

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from left to right 11-12 Gold medallist in the 200 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga of the Y Speedos being presented her medal Mr Allistair McDonald , father of the record holder in the event Emily MacDonald.Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Alvaranga completed her sweep with commanding wins in the 400 and 200 metre freestyle events. She won those races in personal best times of 5:17.15 and 2:26.35 respectively. Zaneta would also have another clear victory in the 100 metre backstroke when she stopped the clock in 1:19.74.Thomas also recorded personal bests in those events with times of 5:24.92 and 2:25.95.

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Britney Williams Triple Gold medallist in the 200 ,400 and 800 metre freestyle events. Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the 13-24 age group Britney Williams of Swimaz Aquatics completed the 200,400 and 800 freestyle triple. She won the 400 freestyle convincingly in a time of 4:53.98.She would also take Gold in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:17.22.Britney would also win the 100 metre backstroke in a very close battle with Brianna Anderson of the Y Speedos 1:13.82 to 1:13.84.

Dominic Mullings of the Y Speedos completed the 400 and 1500 freestyle double when he hit the wall in a personal best time of 4:36.82. The Silver medal went to Adrian Grant of the Tornadoes in a new personal best of over 10 seconds when he  was timed in 4:37.96 .Dominic’s teammate Jordane Payne won the Bronze in a new personal best of 4:39.93.

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from left to right Adrian Grant Silver medallist in the 13-24 Boys 400 metre freestyle being presented his medal by Mr Michael Lee, former national representative.Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Grant would return later in the day to record another big personal best to drop more than 2 seconds to win the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:07.20.Payne and Mullings would finish in times of 2:11.44 and 2:12.50 to finish 2nd and 3rd.

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11-12 boys 100 metre backstroke Gold medallist Joshua Alleyne from Swimaz Aquatics receiving a medal from former national representative Mr Michael Lee.Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Other good wins in the afternoon were seen from Joshua Alleyne who took the 11-12 boys 100 backstroke in 1:15.79, Kyle Sinclair in the 13-24 boys 1:07.66 and Payne in the 200 butterfly 2:19.67.

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Kyle Sinclair 13-14 Gold medallist in the 13-24 100 metre backstroke receiving a medal from Olympian Allan-Roy Marsh Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the younger age groups the winners were as follows

Girls Club Club
50 metre backstroke 200 metre freestyle
8 and under Nia-Kai Campbell Sailfish Renae Chung Y Speedos
9-10 Christanya Shirley Marlins Emma Marston Y Speedos
 Boys 50 metre backstroke 200 metre freestyle
8 and under Zack Andre Johnson Y Speedos Zack Andre Johnson Y Speedos
9-10 David Morris Y Speedos Josh Johnson Marlins

ALVARANGA AND LYN SET INDIVIDUAL MEET RECORDS, MARLINS, TORNADOES AND Y SPEEDOS SET NEW RELAY STANDARS ON MORNING SESSION OF DAY 2 OF KARL DALHOUSE 2017

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Zaneta Alvaranga Freestyle Sprint Double Champion and record holder Karl Dalhouse 2017 Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The morning session of day 2 of the 2017 Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational on Saturday Feb 4 saw Zaneta Alvaranga of the Y Speedos and Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim Club accounting for the new individual meet records. All the meet marks fell in the mixed 200 freestyle relay events. Those records fell to teams from the Y Speedos, Marlins and Tornadoes Swim Clubs.

Zaneta Alvaranga competing in her final year of the 11-12 age group completed the freestyle sprint record double. After setting the 50 metre freestyle record on Friday night she set the meet record in the longer sprint. She stopped the clock in 1:04.04. She lowered the 2016 mark of 1:04.39 by Emily MacDonald of Swimaz Aquatics. Both sprint freestyle marks belonged to Emily who was undefeated locally and regionally in 2016  copping the sprints titles at CARIFTA in Martinique and CISC in The Bahamas. Silver and Bronze went to teammate Paig’e Lewis and Sabrina Lyn of the Tornadoes Swim Club in personal best times of 1:05.98 and 1:06.45 respectively.

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Sabrina Lyn 11-12 record holder in the girls 200 metre individual medley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Lyn would get her name in the record books later in the morning when she lowered the 22 year old record of 2:45.09 by Panamanian D Capunay of the Barracudas Swim club. She would register a new meet record of 2:45.04 , a new personal best of more than 10 seconds. Silver went to Alvaranga in a personal best of 2:49.18.Teammate Paig’e Lewis won Bronze in yet another personal best of 3:03.21.Earlier in the session she took Gold in the 200 metre breaststroke in 3:20.37.

In the mixed relays the meet record would fall in the 8and under, 9-10 , 11-12 and 13-23 age categories. In the 8 and under event the Y Speedos’ A team of Saamanta Selvon, Renae Chung, Zion Bundy and Zack Andre Johnson set new mark of 2:41.44.

The 9-10 Marlins A team of Josh Johnson, Kokolo Foster, Josh Wilkinson and Christanya Shirley put their names in the record books with a record swim of 2:22.36.

In the 11-12 age group it was the Tornadoes team of Sabrina Lyn, Isabella Sierra Nikolos Gordon-Somers and Nathaniel Thomas that took the Gold and set the meet record with their combined effort of 2:00.89.

In the 13-24 age group it was the Y Speedos who became the new standard bearers. The team of Jordane Payne, Brianna Anderson , Naomi Eaton and Kyle Sinclair just held off Swimaz A team to take the win in a time of 1:49.40 to 1:49.48.

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Presentation of Matthew Hilton Memorial trophy From left to right Sean- Douglas Gooden winner of the boys 13-24 200 metre breaststroke . Mr Michael Lee ,former Jamaica representative and father of meet record holder Dominic Lee Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The Matthew Hilton memorial trophy was won by the Tornadoes Sean-Douglas Gooden who took the 13-24 200 metre breaststroke boys race in a personal best time of 2:38.12. The trophy is awarded to the winner of the event in honour of the late Matthew Hilton, a former national representative and Y Speedos swimmer.

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11-12 boys 200 metre breaststroke presentation from left to right Gold medal winner Nikolos Gordon- Somers and former national representative Mr Michael Lee Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The female equivalent was won by teammate Annastazia Chin in a personal best of 2:59.85. Both Gooden and Chin would go on to win their respective 200 metre individual medley races in times of 2:22.53 (pb) and 2:38.66 respectively. The 11-12 boys race was won by Nikolos Gordon-Somers in 3:12.71.

Other swimmers who completed the freestyle sprint double by winning the 100 metre freestyle included Nathaniel Thomas (Tornadoes) 11-12 boys 1:02.41, Emily MacDonald (Swimaz) 13-24 girls 1:01.06, Jordan Hinds 13-24 boys 57.33.Thomas would also go on to win the 200 metre individual medley in 2:43.48.

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Christanya Shirley Double Gold medallist in the 9-10 girls 50 metre freestyle and 200 metre individual medley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The 8 and under and 9-10 age groups saw a number of double winners. Chung in the 8 and under category took the 50 freestyle and 200 IM in personal best times of 36.73 and 3:39.37. Zack Andre Johnson the Y Speedos completed his double in 36.21 and 3:38.31. The Marlins pair of Christanya Shirley and Josh Johnson once again dominated the 9-10 category. Shirley had wins in times of 32.86 and 3:09.87 while Johnson won his races in 34.18 and 3:24.31.

MARLINS CHRISTANYA SHIRLEY LOWERS 50 METRE BUTTERFLY RECORD IREYRA TAMAYO SHATTERS 200 METRE FREESTYLE RECORD REMAINS UNDEFEATED AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Christanya Shirley national record holder in 8 and under 50 metre butterfly
Christanya Shirley national record holder in 8 and under 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Ireyra Tamayo 13- 14 girls  200 metre freestyle champion and meet record holder
Ireyra Tamayo 13- 14 girls 200 metre freestyle champion and meet record holder Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Rin Gyles 11- 12 national champion 100 metre backstroke
Rin Gyles (Blue Marlins Swim club) 11- 12 national champion 100 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

The third day of competition of the Walter Rogers Age Group Swimming championships on Friday February 12 at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston Jamaica saw records falling to Christanya Shirley in the 8 and under girls age group and the visiting Ireyra Tamayo of Salle in Panama

Shirley not content with her national 8 and under 50 metre butterfly standard of 38.37 set at last month’s Karl Dalhouse Swim meet set out to break it. When the 8 year old Marlins swimmer hit the pads she erased the 2003 meet record of many time national representative Kendese Nangle and current Dartmouth senior of 38.49 as well as her national record . She stroked her way to a new national mark of 38.20. That would not be the only Nangle record to fall to fall on the day as Shirley crushed Kendese’s 2003 meet standard of 3:27.53 to set a new record of 3:20.53. That left her medal count at 2 for the night and 3 overall from the meet.
Panamanian Ireyra Tamayo continues to raise the bar for the 13-14 girls at the meet as she continued her destruction of meet records. Before the morning heats of the 200 metre freestyle the record stood at 2:17.17 set by Anjuii Barrett of the Marlins swim club in 2015. Tamayo would not let that survive the preliminaries as she powered her to 2:14.60.In the final she proved she had a lot more in the tank as she took 3 seconds off her morning swim to record a time of 2:11.24 and beat the field by more than 8 seconds. In the 100 metre backstroke she just missed the 2009 record set by Kendese Nangle of 1:10.08 to win the event in 1:10.93 more than 2 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. The swimmer made it 3 Gold medals from 3 starts with no one coming within 2 seconds of her in any final.
Emily MacDonald continues to be the class swimmer in the 11-12 girls age group as she went on a 3 for 3 run on Friday. She won the 200 metre freestyle in a new personal best of 2:22.32 more than 8 seconds of the CARIFTA standard of 2:30.99.Her victory margin in the race was 20 seconds. It also would have placed her 5th in the 2015 CARIFTA final. She took the national title in the 50 metre butterfly in 31.81 which would have placed her 6th in the 2015 CARIFTA final. In the 100 metre backstroke she was almost 10 seconds ahead of the field and well above the CARIFTA standard of 1:19.39.She stopped the clock in 1:16.99 which would have placed her 7th in the 2015 CARIFTA final. Her individual medal count at the end of day 3 stood at 5 Gold medal from 5 events.
In the 11-12 boys age group Rin Gyles of the Blue Marlins Swim Club got his second backstroke medal of the Championships when won a close battle when out touched Joshua Alleyne to the wall 1:20.51 to 1:20.61.he had previously won the 50 metre backstroke
In the 13-14 boys 200 metre freestyle the Y Speedos duo of Jordane Payne Silver 2:12.73 and Gold medallist Chester Adams 2:11.15 were under the CARIFTA standard of 2:16.09.
In the 15 and over group Alex Mignott was under the standard of 2:10.79 as he took the age group title in 2:09.19.
In the 50 metre butterfly victory went to the swimmer from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as Aqeel Joseph of UTT recorded the only sub 29 second time as he won the event in 28.64.
The fastest time in the event went to Sidrell Williams in the 15 and over category as he won in the only sub 27 second clocking of 26.74.

 

PANAMANIAN SWIMMER IREYRA TAMAYO’S 100 METRE BUTTERFLY MEET RECORD HIGHLIGHTS DAY 2 OF 2016 WALTER ROGERS AGE GROUP SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ireyra Tamayo and mother Ireyra
From right to left 13-14 Champion and recorded Ireyra Tamayo and mother Ireyra Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Ireyra on her way to setting the 13-14 100 metre butterfly record
Ireyra on her way to setting the 13-14 100 metre butterfly record Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Emily MacDonald 11-12 100 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke Champion
Emily MacDonald 11-12 100 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke Champion Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Sean-Douglas Gooden ,Bryce Butler and Yonatan  Goren 15-17 200 metre breaststroke medallists
Sean-Douglas Gooden ,Bryce Butler and Yonatan Goren 15-17 200 metre breaststroke medallists Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

After a break in the Championships for the Ash Wednesday holiday competition resumed Thursday Feb 11 at the National Aquatic Centre for the 2016 Walter Roger Age Group Swimming Championships. Day 2 was highlighted by the record breaking feats of Panamanian swimmer Ireyra Tamayo.

Ireyra who swims for the Salle club proved she was in a different class when she competed in the 13-14 girls 100 metre butterfly .Before the meet got underway the Championship record of 1:09.71 belonged to the outstanding Raine Paulson-Andrews of the Montego Bay All Stars set back in 2001. That record would not survive the morning heats as Tamayo shattered it with a 1:07.13. The record would fall again as the young Panamanian shifted gears in the evening to lower it even further to 1:06.24. Her margin of victory was almost 10 seconds.
Emily MacDonald almost got her name in the record books as well as she won Gold in the 11-12 age group in a time of 1:12.98 .She just missed the 2009 record of Danielle Boothe of 1:12.20. Boothe now competes for Liberty College in the United States. Emily was under Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica’s (ASAJ ) CARIFTA qualifying mark of 1:17.99.She also added to her medal count for the night after winning the 50 metre backstroke earlier in the evening in 34.61.
In the boys 13-14 age group it was a spirited battle between the Y Speedos Jordane Payne and the visiting Aqueel Joseph from University of Trinidad and Tobago for top honours. At the final touch it was Payne winning Gold in a personal best of 1:03.55, Joseph Silver in 1:04.04. Payne’s team mate Chester Adams won Bronze in a new personal best of 1:07.13 .All the medallists were under ASAJ’s CARIFTA standard of 1:07.49 .Joseph was denied from being a double Gold medallist .He had taken the 50 metre backstroke with the only sub 32 clocking of 31.61.
Angara Sinclair of the Y Speedos won two Gold medal events in the 15 and over age group on the night as she won the 100 metre butterfly in 1:10.76 just under the CARIFTA required standard of 1:10.79. That went along with the 50 metre backstroke that she romped home to win in 31.91 .If not for a bad finish she would have been easily under Danielle Boothe‘s 2014 Championship record of 31.35.
Rajiv Redhi of the Y Speedos went to the top of the podium twice in the evening as he won the 11-12boys 100 metre butterfly in a CARIFTA qualifying mark and personal best of 1:15.14 .That went along with yet another personal best and CARIFTA qualifying mark of 3:00.21 in the 200 metre breaststroke.
In the boys 13-14 200 metre breaststroke the event went to the Y Speedos Cameron Brown in 2:53.30.He was joined on the podium by the Tornadoes duo Jonathan Lyn 2:54.22 and Adrian Grant 2:57.87 who recorded their first sub 3 minute swims in the event.
In the 15-17 boys event Gold went to Sean-Douglas Gooden who just got under the CARIFTA mark of 2:42.89 with a 2:42.01 effort. Joining him on the podium was team mate Bryce Butler 2:49.64 and Yonatan Goren of the Flying fish Ambassadors 3:03.78.