IMMACULATE AND CAMPION COLLEGE TOP 2018 ISSA CHAMPS

The 2018 edition of the ISSA Championships saw Immaculate Conception High School and Campion College  retaining their titles. Immaculate won the female title amassing 519 points down from their 575 total last year. Campion College girls and St Andrew high School finished second and third scored  373 and 255 points increasing their tally from 2017.  In the boys section Campion College boys retained their title with a points score of 442.50 points widening their winning advantage by over 100 points as Wolmer’s Boys placed second with 338 points. Third went to Kingston College with 199 points more than doubling their points performance from 2017.

Twelve individual meet records were broken and the relay standards were reset five times. Fittingly the top record setters came from the winning schools Nathaniel Thomas of Campion College in the 13-14 age group and Zaneta Alvaranga of Immaculate also in the same age group.

Nathaniel Thomas
Nathaniel Thomas

Thomas was prolific in setting meet records in the 50 metre backstroke,50 metre freestyle, 100 metre freestyle and Campion’s relays in the 13-14 200 metre freestyle and medley relays.He won the high point trophy for his age group with 27 points. In the very first event event Thomas crushed his personal best of 29.69 and the meet record of 29.70 by Kyle Sinclair to record the fastest time ever swum at the meet of 28.85.The previous best ever performance was 28.89 done by national age group standout Todd Johnson of Wolmer’s Boys in 2003 in the 17 and over age group

In speaking to draftingthecaribbean he said “there is still work to be done and he hopes to better his times again at the next meet” .He said he “was relaxed and focused for the start of each race”. At CARIFTA 2018 held in Kingston earlier this year he had placed sixth while battling illness . His time on Friday would have won him the Silver medal in the event.

Campion 13-14 200 medley relay
Campion college 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Daniel Mair,Thomas, Joshua Alleyne and Jaleel Samms Photo courtesy of Jodi Mair

In all his individual races Thomas had the fastest performances of the meet. The quality of those swims extended to the relays and the combined efforts of his teammates that posted the top times in the freestyle and medley relays. In the freestyle relay the team of Daniel Mair, Joshua Alleyne, Jaleel Samms and Thomas posted the best time of the meet of 1:49.01.In the 200 medley relay the quartet of Thomas, Joshua Mair , Samms and Daniel Mair were the best on the day posting a time of 2:02.38

Campion freestyle relay
Campion College record breaking 13-14 200 metre medley relay from left to right Daniel Mair,Jaleel Samms, Joshua Mair and Thomas Photo courtesy of Jodi Mair

THOMAS RECORDS

Event Time Old record
50 metre backstroke 28.85 29.70
50 metre freestyle 25.47 25.48
100 metre freestyle 55.71 55.98
200 metre freestyle relay 1:49.01 1:49.14
200 metre medley relay 2:02.38 2:04.76

 

Zaneta Alvaranga
Zaneta Alvaranga  Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

 

Alvaranga was equally as dominant in her events. She won four individuals and a relay event all in meet record time. Zaneta amassed 36 points. Arguably her best race of the meet was the 50 metre butterfly where she took off more than a second off the record of 31.04 to record  a time of 29.61, the first ever sub 30 seconds clocking of the meet. Also under the record was Campion’s Paig’e Lewis who won Silver 30.71. Alvaranga is the reigning CARIFTA Silver medallist in this event. In the 50 metre breaststroke she and Campion ‘s Sabrina Lyn got under the old meet record of 37.38 with Gold and Silver medal winning times of 36.46 and 37.02 respectively.She combined with Imani Salmon, Brooke Hopkins and Safiya Officer  to down the 2016 meet record of Campion College of 2:19.07 to post the fastest time ever at the meet of 2:13.52.

ALVARANGA RECORDS

Event Time Old record
50 metre freestyle 27.64 27.98
50 metre breaststroke 37.38 36.46
100 metre freestyle 1:02.47 1:02.70
50 metre butterfly 31.04 29.61
200 metre medley relay 2:13.52 2:19.70
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Kokolo Foster 12 and under 50 metre breaststroke record holder Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Also winning high points trophies for their age groups were Kokolo Foster of Immaculate Conception and Joshua Mignott of Campion College with 29 and 25 points respectively.

Joshua Mignott
Joshua Mignott Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Paris Clare of St Andrew High School with 34 points and Kito Campbell of Calabar high school with 31 points in the 15-16 age category.

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Britney Williams  Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Wolmerians Britney Williams and Jordane Payne topped the 17 and over age group.Williams scored 32 points while Payne had the highest point total of the meet with 45.

Jordane Payne
Jordane Payne Photo courtesy of David Mullings

Other meet records

Girls

Name School Age group Event Time Old record
Kokolo Foster Immaculate 12 and under 50 metre breaststroke 36.44 39.23
Brianna Anderson Immaculate 15-16 50 metre backstroke 31.26 32.37
Britney Williams Wolmer’s 17  and over 100 metre freestyle 1:03.75 1:05.50
Paris Clare St Andrews 15-16 50 metre butterfly 30.82 30.92

Boys

Name School Age group Event Time Old record
Rin Gyles Cornwall College 15-16 50 metre backstroke 29.67 29.72

Relays

12 and under girls

Immaculate A Leg Time Old record
Rhianne Irving backstroke
Kokolo Foster breaststroke
Ireland Hunter butterfly
Saidah Brown freestyle 2:21.41 2:26.03
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2018 WALTER LOWI RETURNS TO SPRINT ROOTS WITH A BANG,CHRISTANYA SHIRLEY LOWERS NATIONAL FREESTYLE RECORD,THOMAS SCARES 13-14 BUTTERFLY RECORD

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.

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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

 

 

EMILY MacDONALD COMPLETES REGIONAL GOLDEN RECORD DOUBLE (CARIFTA AND CCCAN TITLES), BECOMES FASTEST 13-14 GIRL OF ALL TIME, HELPS 13-14 MEDLEY RELAY TO GOLD ,NATIONAL RECORDS FALL MORGAN COGLE AND THE 11-12 GIRLS MEDLEY RELAY TEAM

The final day of competition at the CCCAN swimming Championships in Aruba  on July 2  saw Team Jamaica adding Two Gold, Three Silver and Three Bronze medals.

13-14 50 free medal podium
13-14 50 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Watson-Brown ,MacDonald and Farro Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The highlight of the day was Emily MacDonald who completed the freestyle sprint double .A day after she completed the record regional Golden Double (CARIFTA and CCCAN titles) in the 100 metre freestyle she did the same in the 50 metre freestyle. She took the race in a time of 26.48 a new PB, CCCAN and CARIFTA all time best.It was a mere .03 of a second outside of the automatic Youth Olympic qualifying mark of 26.45.

This makes her unbeaten for the 13-14 age group at CCCAN as she took the title in Trinidad and Tobago as well last year in 27.20. In April of this year in her hometown of Kingston she won the splash and dash in  a  time of  26.76 lowering the record of 26.81 held by Bermudan Madelyn Moore. In Aruba she would take down another Moore standard of 26.65 , the unofficial all time regional record. Emily has been Golden in all but one meet at the regional level since 2016.

GOLDEN RUN

Date Meet Medal Time
March 2016 CARIFTA Gold 28.15
July 2016 CISC Gold 27.64
April 2017 CARIFTA 4th 27.60
July 2017 CCCAN Gold 27.20
April 2018 CARIFTA Gold 26.76 Record26.81
July 2018 CCCAN Gold 26.48 record 26.65
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Chinyere Pigot Photo courtesy of thrillson.blogspot.com

MacDonald had the second fastest time of the competition. That accolade went to none other  than Madelyn Moore who lowered the 15-17 meet of  26.13 by Suriname’s Olympian Chinyere Pigot (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) when she stopped the clock in 25.97.

Silver went to Bermuda’s Logan Watson -Brown in 27.24  and the Bronze to Aruba Chloe Farro 27.67.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Emily she gave her thoughts on her performances

“I’m very happy about winning events in the meet for my age group and breaking Championship record for both events .It gives me the assurance that I have the potential to be a great sprinter”.

Girls 13-14 400 metre medley relay medallists
13-14 400 metre medley relay medallists from left to right Colombia,Jamaica and Aruba Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

There would almost  be another regional record Golden Double in the 400 metre medley relay as the team of Simone Vale, Sabrina Lyn, MacDonald and Amore Hunter just missed the CCCAN record of 4:34.23 held by the 2005 Mexico team and their own national age group record of 4:33.81 when they won Gold in 4:34.48.Silver went to Colombia in 4:38.89 and Bronze to Aruba in 4:52.40.

CCCAN Relay Gold medallists
13-14 CCCAN Gold medallists from left to right Hunter,MacDonald, Lyn and Vale Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

 

Names CARIFTA Record Names CCCAN 2005 Names CCCAN 2018
backstroke Vale 1:09.46 backstroke Gonzalez 1:08.21 backstroke Vale 1:10.15
breastroke Lyn 1:21.13 breastroke Delgado 1:19.31 breastroke Lyn 1:18.26
butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga 1:04.54 butterfly Medrano 1:06.18 butterfly MacDonald 1:04.46
freestyle MacDonald 58.68 freestyle Barjas 1:00.53 freestyle Hunter 1:01.61
4:33.81 4:34.28 4:34.48
Girls 11-12 200 metre backstroke medallists
Girls 11-12 200 metre backstroke from left to right Crooks, Jimenez Garrido and Cogle Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

There would be another national record for Morgan Cogle in the 11-12 200 metre backstroke.She lowered the 2007 Kendese Nangle record of 2:36.00 set at CCCAN 2007 in El Salvador in the morning heats with a time of 2:35.21. She would go on to win Bronze in the final in 2:35.29. Jillian Crooks of the Cayman Islands took the Silver in 2:33.98 with Gold going to  Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido of the Dominican Republic in 2:33.23.

In the 400 medley relay Cogle backstroke ,Brooke Hopkins breaststroke ,Ireland Hunter butterfly and Safiya Officer won the Silver in a new national age group record of 4:56.06. That bettered the old 2007 record of 4:58.67 set in by the 2007 CARIFTA team Brittany Kenney, Kendese Nangle, Raynae Hall and Alexia Royal-Eatmon.

COMPARISON OF TIMES

Names CCCAN 2018 Names CARIFTA 2007
backstroke Cogle 1:12.37 backstroke Kenney 1:16.37
breaststroke Hopkins 1:24.50 breaststroke Nangle 1:23.96
butterfly Hunter 1:15.97 butterfly Hall 1:12.08
freestyle Officer 1:03.22 freestyle Royal-Eatmon 1:06.26
4:56.06 4:58.67
Girls 11-12 400 metre medley relay medallists
Girls 11-12 400 metre medley relay medallists from left to right Jamaica ,Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

Gold went to Trinidad and Tobago in 4:51.10 and the Bronze to Barbados in 5:06.93.

15-17 50 metre freestyle medallists
Girls 15-17 50 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Banks,Moore and Russell Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

In the 15-17 Girls 50 metre freestyle it was Gabrianna Banks getting the medal for Team Jamaica . She stopped the clock in a new PB of 26.69 for the Silver. The performance marks consecutive Silver medals for Banks who won Silver in her last year of 13-14 in the twin island republic last year in 27.28. The Bronze went to Victoria Russell of The Bahamas in a new PB of 26.93. This is the first medal for Jamaica in 2017 since Breanna Roman won Bronze in 27.59 at CCCAN 2011 in Puerto Rico.

boys 13-14 50 freestyle medallists
Boys 13-14 50 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Williams, Taylor and Thomas Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

There would be a Bronze for Nathaniel Thomas in the 13-14 age group in the 50 metre freestyle as his effort was timed in a PB of 25.33. This is a step up from his performance at CARIFTA where he placed ninth in 26.19. Silver went to Malik Nelson of Trinidad and Tobago in 24.50. Gold went to the fastest 13-14 swimmer of the season Lamar Taylor of The Bahamas who won in a new CCCAN record of 23.94 to add to his CARIFTA title which he won in 24.27 and  as well as National title in 23.79.

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

There would be Bronze for Safiya Officer in the girls 11-12 race  she touched in 27.71.Silver went to St Lucia’s Naima Hazell in 27.61 .

Cerian Gibbes
Cerian Gibbes competing in the 100 metre breaststroke at the 1996 Olympics Photo courtesy of gettyimages

The Gold went to the Cayman Islands Jillian Crooks who lowered the 1995 meet standard of 27.55 set  by Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Cerian Gibbes who went to the Atlanta 1996 Games as a 13 year old.

Boys 11-12 400 metre medley relay medallists
Boys 11-12 400 metre medley relay medallists from left to right Jamaica,Trinidad and Tobago and Aruba Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The 11-12 boys 400 metre medley relay team won Silver . The team of Daniel Mair (backstroke) 1:16.61,brother Joshua (breaststroke)1:20.15 ,Jaedon Lynch( butterfly) ( 1:10.15) and Adrian Balfour (freestyle) 1:01.55 touched in 4:48.55 to finish behind the Trinidad and Tobago team that won in 4:41.05.the Bronze was won by Aruba in 4:53.76.

Boys 15-17 400 metre medley relay
Boys 15-17 400 metre medley relay medallists from left to right Trinidad and Tobago,The Bahamas and Jamaica Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The 15-17 boys won the Bronze in their medley relay. The team of Nicholas Vale (backstroke) 1:01.47 ,Sean-Douglas Gooden (breaststroke) 1:09.48 ,Jesse Marsh (butterfly) 56.91 and Cameron Brown (freestyle) 55.86 touched in 4:03.72. Gold was won by The Bahamas in 3:59.57 and the Silver to Trinidad and Tobago in 4:01.63.

 

 

 

 

SPRINTING IS IN THEIR DNA JAMAICAN GIRLS SWEEP SPRINT FREESTYLE RELAY TITLES AGAIN

As it was in 2017 in The Bahamas, so it was again in 2018 in Kingston as the Jamaican girls swept the sprint freestyle titles on the last day of the CARIFTA Championships on April 3.

11-12 girls Gold medallists
11-12 Gold Medallists from left to right Cogle,Heaven,Sierra and Officer Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The 11-12 girls started the Golden streak in record fashion. Starting the relay for Jamaican was Safiya Officer who touched in 29.35 with the chasing pack. First to the wall on the opening leg was Bermuda’s Elan Daley who was in awesome form throughout the competition. That advantage was eaten up by Isabella Sierra, a member of last year’s record setting team who was timed in 29.02.It was the final legs of the relay that changed the structure of the medal podium as Morgan Cogle with a leg of 28.96 and Aliyah Heaven who dropped the hammer with the fastest anchor leg, 28.14 that sealed the victory and record. The total team time was 1:55.47 .

11-12 gold medallists 2017
2017 Gold medallists from left to right Lewis,Lyn,Sierra and Alvaranga Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

That bettered the  Championship and national age group record of 1:55.77 set by P’aige Lewis, Sierra Sabrina Lyn and Zaneta Alvaranga. Trinidad and Tobago won the Silver in 1:57.37. Martinique earned the Bronze in 1:59.54.

13-14 Gold medallists
13-14 Gold Medallists from left to right Alvaranga,Hunter,Lyn and MacDonald Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The 13-14 category saw the opening leg contested keenly between the Silver medallist in the flat 50 Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe and Bronze medallist Zaneta Alvaranga of Jamaica . It was the French Speaking territory that held the early advantage, with Portecop timed in 27.06 to Zaneta’s 27.65.Second leg swimmer Amore Hunter regained the advantage with a 28.46 clocking. Sabrina Lyn maintained the  edge with a time of 28.51. Anchor leg and  50 freestyle Gold medallist Emily MacDonald removed all doubts as to who the winners would be with the fastest split of the relay 26.17 to push the team to a time of 1:50.79 just off the 1:50.77 Championship record .

13-14 gold medallists 2017
2017 13-14 Gold medallists from left to right Banks,Vale,Anderson and MacDonald Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

 

15-17 gold medallists
15-17 Gold medallists from left to right Eaton ,Johnson, Banks and Anderson Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

In the final category the 15-17 age group Shaun Johnson got the proceedings under way with a 27.51 leg. The early advantage however, was held by the Bermudans who front loaded their relay with Bronze medallist Madelyn Moore who was timed in 26.44. Brianna Anderson took control of the event and took the lead for the Black , Green and Gold with a 27.17 effort. Naomi Eaton 27.58, withstood a charge from the Arubans in the form of Anahi Schreuders 27.17.It was now left to Gabrianna Banks to complete the sweep. She did not disappoint. She recorded the fastest split of the night 26.16 to help the Jamaicans to a Gold medal winning time and new  national age group record of 1:48.42.

15-17 gold medallists 2017
2017 Gold medallists from left to right Anjuii Barrett,Johnson, Bryanna Renuart and Angara Sinclair Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The old national age age group and senior national record of 1:49.07 was set last year.Silver went to Aruba in 1:49.68 and the Bronze to Bermuda in 1:51.09

RECORD DESTRUCTION 13-14 GIRLS SHATTER NATIONAL MEDLEY RELAY RECORD

At the 2008 CARIFTA championships in Aruba the 13-14  Jamaica team of Kendese Nangle Backstroke 1:12.20, Victoria Ho breaststroke 1:20.05, Alexia Royal-Eatmon butterfly and Raynae Hall freestyle 1:03.00 turned in a Gold medal winning performance in the 400 metre medley relay of 4:46.29 .That performance was also a national record effort.

Kendese Nangle CARIFTA 2011
 Kendese Nangle Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
2008
backstroke Kendese Nangle 1:12.20
breaststroke Victoria Ho 1:20.05
butterfly Alexia Royal-Eatmon 1:11.04
freestyle Raynae Hall 1;03.00
Total time 4:46.29

Ten years later in Kingston Jamaica the 13-14  line up  for Jamaica read Simone Vale backstroke, Sabrina Lyn breaststroke, Zaneta Alvaranga butterfly and Emily MacDonald freestyle. The team was supposed to be fast but what the quartet produced on Sunday April 1 at the National Aquatic Centre was phenomenal.

It was expected for the young ladies to challenge the record and do sub 4:45. But they went well below that passing 4:42, 4;40, 4:38  and beyond 4:35 to smash the national standard. En route to lowering the Jamaican record the fab four also smashed the 2017 CARIFTA record held by Trinidad and Tobago of 4:36.43. The final total time for the Jamaicans was 4:33.81.

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Gabriela Donahue  Photo courtesy of Tampabay.com

 

2017
backstroke Jahmia Harley 1:10.15
breaststroke Gabriella Donahue 1:16.68
butterfly Regan Allen 1:08.24
freestyle Jada Chatoor 1:01.36
Total time 4:36.43

 

Lead off leg Vale saved the best for last in the 100 metre backstroke .She recorded two personal bests in the 100 metre backstroke from the heats and the relay moving from 1:10.02 to her  first sub 1 :10 time of 1:09.46.Up next Lyn added a breaststroke blast of 1:21.13. Alvaranga produced a butterfly split of 1:04.54 and MacDonald dropped the hammer with a split of 58.68.Guadeloupe won the Silver in 4:40.01 and Martinique the Bronze in 4:44.13.

13-14 medley girls
CARIFTA and National record holders in the 13-14 400 medley from left to right Vale,Lyn, Alvaranga and MacDonald Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The 13-14 girls posted the fastest female time in the event just bettering the time of their countrywomen in the 15-17 age group that won the Gold 4:33.87.

BUTTERFLY BARRIER BREACHED ALVARANGA SWIMS UNDER 28 SECONDS TO WIN SILVER

 

From the 11-12 age group Zaneta Alvaranga was already the fastest age group swimmer Jamaica had ever produced when she clocked 28.74 to win the Gold at the 2017 CCCAN championships in Trinidad and Tobago in a championship record time. Since entering the 13-14 in January she has lowered the record twice taking from 29.57 then to 29.55 then 29.19.  That would not compare to what she would do at the XXXIII CARIFTA Championships on April 1,2018.

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Zaneta in action of the heats of the 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

In the morning heats she would blast her way to 28.63, the fastest age group time for a Jamaican girl. Following her under the old record was countrywoman and 100 metre butterfly Champion Emily MacDonald who recorded the third fastest time of the morning with an effort of 28.83. The top spot went to Bronze medallist Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe who broke Emma Harvey’s Championship record of 28.44  with a swim of 28.17.

 

The stage was set for a historic final in the evening. Portecop was determined to be on top of the podium after being denied the Jamaicans. Zaneta was gunning for the her first individual medal of the night. Emily was waiting in the wings with her customary strong finish if her two competitors did not start well.

That would not happen as Alvaranga and Portecop separated themselves from the field and blazed their way to the touchpads. In the end it the difference was a glide by Zaneta compared to a full stroke by Naele.

13-14 50 fly podium
13-14 girls 50 metre butterfly medal podium from left to right Alvaranga Silver,Portecop Gold, MacDonald Bronze Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

 

The times were Portecop in 27.78 and Alvaranga in 27.94. History was created as this was the first time girls were swimming the 50 butterfly under 28 seconds at the CARIFTA Championships. Both girls were under the Youth Olympics A time of 28.09. Only legendary Olympian and World Record holder  Alia Atkinson (Athens 2004,Beijing 2008,London 2012 and Rio 2016) has swum the 50 butterfly faster than Zaneta for Jamaica.MacDonald returned a time of 28.89 under the Youth Olympics B time of 29.07 as the medallists  from the 100 metre returned to claim podium spots in the 50 metre event. All the medallists are too young to qualify for the Youth Olympics as the age category is from 15-18  but the strength of their times points to the progress of Caribbean swimming

 

 

 

JAMAICAN GIRLS FLYING ON DAY ONE , MaCDONALD AND ALVARANGA BETTER 100 METRE BUTTERFLY RECORD

The Jamaican 100 metre butterfly age group national record for 13-14 girls continues to get faster through the efforts of Emily MacDonald and Zaneta Alvaranga, as both young ladies landed the Gold and Silver in the race .

 

In January MacDonald had laid down the gauntlet with a national record bid at the UANA Cup in Florida when she won the Bronze in that age category in 1:05.86 bettering the 1:06.19 she set in March 2017. Her countrywoman Zaneta would respond to that challenge by setting the marker at 1:05.81 in a time trial at the very last local meet in March to book her spot in the event.

The ladies would take the event to new heights by bringing their times to new lows as both young women bettered the 1:05.81 with their morning swims. Alvaranga punched the clock in 1:05.16 for the third seed while Emily grabbed lane 4 with a time of 1:04.89, They were separated by Guadeloupe’s Naele Portecop who registered a time of 1:04.95.

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Emily MacDonald 100 metre butterfly Champion Phot courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The final promised to be an exciting affair and it did not disappoint. Emily held an early advantage at the 50 metre turn and withstood strong late challenges from Naele and Zaneta to take Gold in a new national record of 1:04.28.

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Z aneta Alvarange Silver medallist in the 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Zaneta was just a tick behind in a new personal best and also under the hours old record 1:04.49 with a time of 1:04.46 with Portecop taking the Bronze in 1:04.85. All three medallists are closing in on the Youth Olympics B qualifying time of 1:04.21