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.

Kendese Nangle
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.

 

Brianna Anderson CARIFTA photo
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
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BRITNEY WILLIAMS AND JORDANE PAYNE WIN DISTANCE TITLES ON DAY ONE OF AGE GROUP CHAMPS

 

The first day of the 2018 Walter Rogers Age Group Championships at the National Aquatic Centre  in Jamaica held yesterday Tuesday Feb 13 saw the distance titles being decided.

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2018 Walter Rogers Distance Champions Jordane Payne and Britney Williams Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

The fastest performers  were Britney Williams of the Swimaz Aquatics Swim club in the 15 and over  800 metre freestyle and Jordane Payne of the Y Speedos Swim Club in 15 and over 1500 metre freestyle.

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Britney Williams celebrating yet another 800 metre freestyle victory

Williams extended her unbeaten winning streak in the event to five years when she took the title in a time of 10:04.37.

Top 800 freestyle swimmers
Top distance swimmers from left to right Naomi Eaton, Britney Williams and Karci Gibson

Williams, who is the fastest ever locally trained middle to local distance freestyle swimmer finished ahead of the  Y Speedos duo of Naomi Eaton 10:18.31 and Karci Gibson 10:43.94. When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Williams she gave her impression of her performance and building up to CARIFTA

“The race was okay .it was better than the Karl Dalhouse race because I did not feel as tired during and after the event so I am really looking forward to CARIFTA and going sub 10 minutes and hopefully getting a medal”.

Britney’s Golden Years at Age Group Champs

Year Age Age Group Time Place
2018 16 15 and over 10:04.37 Gold
2017 15 15 and over 10:09.85 Gold
2016 14 13-14 10:26.36 Gold
2015 13 13-14 10:36.30 Gold
2014 12 11-12 11:33.68 Gold
Jordane CARIFTA head shot
Jordane Payne Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

 

In the 1500 metre freestyle Payne topped all comers with a time of 18:35.69. He was followed to the wall by teammate Dominic Mullings who punched the clock in 18:48.56.  The Y Speedos trifecta was completed by 13-14 Gold medallist Zachary Johnson who dropped more than 20 seconds to be timed in 19:44.98. Payne spoke to draftingthecaribbean after his win

“The 1500 was a very good race, one of my best in Jamaica. It was a very challenging race and I had to be pacing myself but it has put me in a good position to win the high point trophy at this competition”.

Topping the 800 for 13-14 girls race was Zaneta Alvaranga of the Kaizen Swim club who posted a personal best of 10:44.63. Tornadoes swept the top 11-12 positions for girls and boys with Ireland Hunter touching in 11:37.30 for the 800 and Joshua Mair registering 21.12.51 for the 1500.

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”.

Christany shirley KD 2018 Day 1
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

RECORD BREAKING SUNDAY NATHANIEL THOMAS AND THE GOLDEN GIRLS OF THE MARLINS SWIM CLUB GIANI FRANCIS, KOKOLO FOSTER, SAIDAH BROWN AND CHRISTANYA SHIRLEY SET NEW NATIONAL MARKS

Sunday December 17 will be known as record breaking Sunday as the nation’s youngsters continued to excel in their last competitions for 2017 as they have done all throughout the year. Competitions in two different meets in two different islands yielded national age group records . In Jamaica at the ASAJ Christmas Open and Christmas Breezer Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes swim club lowered his national mark in the 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly twice in the morning heats and final . While the Golden Girls from the Marlins Swim Club Giani Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley continued their awesome record breaking run in the 9-10 200 metre freestyle relay at the Republic Bank Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational.

At his first CARIFTA in The Bahamas in April Nathaniel was 5th    in the 11-12 50 butterfly  in 29.22 .

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Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Later in May in Jamaica Nathaniel would lower the 11-12 50 butterfly to 28.32. That just edged the old standard of 28.33 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter (Rio 2016) when he won the Silver medal at the 2009 CARIFTA Championships held in Aruba. At the CCCAN competition in Trinidad and Tobago in July he would top the region taking the Gold in 28.53. He would join the elites among the region when he became the first Jamaican  11-12 boy to break the 28 seconds barrier.

Nathaniel Christmas Open
Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the morning he was fantastic in breaking the meet record also set by Wynter in 2009 of 29.39 and lowering the national mark to 27.95. He would continue his record breaking feats in the final as he dropped time again to set a standard of 27.86.

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Head Coach of the Tornadoes Swim Club and her record breaking swimmer Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

He now joins the likes of Evante Gibson of the Bahamas 27.77, Aruban Jordy Groters 27.85 as regional standouts under the 28 seconds barrier in the 11-12 age group.

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President of the Aquatics Sports Association of Jamaica Martin Lyn congratulating Nathaniel on his record breaking exploits Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

On the day he would also set new meet record in winning the 200 metre freestyle with a personal best of 2:12.77 and taking the Gold with the Tornadoes A team in the 400 metre medley relay.

The Golden Girls of the Marlins Swim club Gianna Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley have dominated the sprint freestyle relay this season and their last meet in Trinidad and Tobago would be no different.

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Marlins Girls 9-10 team at the Neville Alexander meet from left to right Giani Francis,Kokolo Foster,Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

At the Neville Alexander meet they set a new national mark of 2:14.66 .That lowered the national record of 2:15.37 set way back on Aug 1, 1988. That mark was set by the national team of Kezia Stewart, Kerone Peat, Joanna Lee and Nicole Lowe at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships held in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic when 9 and 10 year olds were allowed to participate.

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

At the Dean Martin Memorial Meeting in October they crushed that mark with a swim of 2:10.52. In the twin Island Republic they would be even that much faster with a time of 2:05.52 .That performance takes almost ten seconds off from the 1988 record. That swim is among one of the fastest ever done by an English Speaking Caribbean team in that age group.

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Marlins 9-10 Golden Girls from left to right Giani Francis, Saidah Brown, Kokolo Foster and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Suzette Whyte

 

Three of the young ladies Francis, Foster will be pushing to make their first CARIFTA team in Kingston next year while Shirley has one more year in the 9-10 age group.

In 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships in the Bahamas the Jamaican ladies won the swept the 200 metre freestyle relays taking wins in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 age groups

 

11-12 conquerors
2017 CARIFTA Gold medallists 11-12 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Paig’e Lewis,Sabrina Lyn , Isabella Sierra and Zaneta Alvaranga Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
13-14 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale, Brianna Anderson and Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
15-17 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 15-17 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart , Shaun Johnson and Anjuii Barrett Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

16 IS THE FINAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TALLY AS GRUEST,ACOSTA, FLORES,ROMANY AND CRESPO BOOK TICKETS FOR HUNGARY

The total tally of World Championship qualifying performances achieved at the CCCAN Championships stands at 16 as Day 5 came to an end at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday July 2.The swimmers helped in running up the score on Sunday included Valerie Gruest of Guatemala, Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, Luis Flores of Puerto Rico, Joshua Romany of Trinidad and Tobago and Edgar Crespo of Panama.

Valerie Gruest
Valerie Gruest Photo courtesy of guatemala.com

Olympian Gruest in the 15-17 400 metre freestyle won her race convincingly in a time of 4:16.42 well under the B standard of 4:19.34.That was her seventh Gold medal of the Championship and her second World Championship qualifying mark.

Marcelo Acosta swimming world
Marcelo Acosta Photo courtesy of swimmingworld.com

Marcelo Acosta won the 18 and over boys 400 metre freestyle in a Championship record time of 3:55.54. That bettered the Hungary World Championship B standard of 3:56.14. His swim was also faster than the 2011 meet record of 3:59.06 by Puerto Rico’s Raul Martinez. Silver went to Aruban Mikel Schreuders in a new national record of 3:58.38.The Bronze went to the English speaking fastest ever swimmer in the event Alex Sobers of Barbados in 4:00.17.

Luis Flores
Luis Flores Photo courtesy of Florida Southern College

In the battle to decide the fastest man at CCCAN the morning heats saw two men under the 50 metre freestyle B standard of 23.26.Luis Flores of Puerto Rico 22.85 to top the qualifiers heading into the final. Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany was the second seed with a time of 23.01.

Romany swimswam
Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

In the final the positions remained the same with both men just off their morning swims. Flores took Gold in 22.85 and Romany the Silver in 23.06 with Schreuders winning Bronze in 23.49 in a new national record.

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Edgar Crespo Photo courtesy of La Prensa

Bettering the World Championship B cut was Panamanian Edgar Crespo. In the morning preliminaries of the 18 and over men’s 100 metre breaststroke he lowered his 2009 Championship record of 1:03.83 by clocking 1:02.79. That performance topped the qualifiers and just missed the B standard of 1:02.46. In the final he underlined his number one seeding with Gold medal winning time and new Championship record of 1:02.37. Silver was won by Aruba’s Jordy Groters in 1:04.07 and the Bronze went Coast Rica’s Arnoldo Herrera in 1:04.89.

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Albury Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

Also doing the Championship record double was Bahamian Albury Higgs. In the morning she lowered Jamaica Olympian Alia Atkinson’s (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)  2005 15-17 girls 100 metre breaststroke record of 1:13.93 with a 1:12.93 effort. Higgs would lower that mark in the afternoon with a Gold medal winning time of 1:12.79.She was followed to the wall by Curaçao’s   Chadé   Nercisio who clocked 1:14.27. Marissa Lugo of Puerto Rico was timed in 1:15.58 and won the Bronze.

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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of http://www.royalgazette.com

Also in Championship record mode was one half of the Bermudan 11-12 super duo Elan Daley. In the final of the 11-12 50 metre freestyle she lowered the 1995 Championship record of 27.55 set by another 11-12 star of yester year, Trinidad and Tobago’s Cerian Gibbes. Daley won in a new national record and English speaking Caribbean best of 26.82.No other English speaking Caribbean girl has ever swum faster than 27 seconds. Jamaican speedster Zaneta Alvaranga placed second in 27.78.The other half of the super duo Payton Zelkin won the Bronze is 28.01.

13-14 50 backstroke champion and senior natior record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados
13-14 100 backstroke champion and new senior national record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados

In the 13-14 girls 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus of Barbados set a new Championship, age group and senior national record with her swim of 2:22.39. Titus lowered the 1985 record of 2:22.50 of Costa Rican Olympian Sylvia Poll (1988, 1992). Second went to Vanegas Yanci of Guatemala in 2:24.41 and the Bronze Jahmia Harley to 2:27.05.

Swimmers who achieved the regional Golden Double on the final day included

Golden Double medallists 50 freestyle
Regional Golden Double medallists in the 50 metre freestyle from left to right Elan Daley of Bermuda 11-12 girls Nathaniel Thomas of Jamaica 11-12 boys Amara Pilgrim of Trinidad and Tobago 15-17 girls Photos courtesy of Royal Gazette Bermuda,Cheser Adams and swimtt.com
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle Elan Daley Bermuda
11-12 boys 50 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas Jamaica
15-17  girls 50 metre freestyle Amara Pilgrim Trinidad and Tobago

 

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Regional Double Golden Double medallist Sam Williamson of Bermuda 11-12 boys Photo courtesy of Bernews
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12  boys 100 metre breaststroke Sam  Williamson Bermuda
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Regional Double Gold medallist in the 13-14 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus of Barbados Photo courtesy of Barbados Nation
Age Group Event Name Country
13-14  girls 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus Barbados

TEAM JAMAICA PARADE THEIR SPEED ON FINAL DAY OF CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS THOMAS AND MacDONALD LEAD MEDAL CHARGE IN 50 METRE FREESTYLE

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The final day of the CCCAN Championships July 2 in Trinidad and Tobago at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva saw Team Jamaica finishing ninth overall with 304 points. They added Two Gold, Two Silver and Three Bronze for a final total of Nine Gold , Eight Silver and Six Bronze medals. Throughout the meet 44 new personal best times were established. The national age group record book was rewritten Seven times .Also the Championship standards were adjusted Three times by the Jamaican delegation.

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Nathaniel Thomas with Gold medal won at CARIFTA 2017 in The Bahamas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The last day saw the contingent put another great display of sprinting power. Nathaniel Thomas , the CARIFTA Champion completed  another regional Golden Double when he landed the CCCAN 50 metre freestyle to underline his credentials as the fastest 11-12 boy in the region. In April he won his first sprint title in 26.52 in The Bahamas. In Trinidad and Tobago he won his second crown and became the fastest 11-12 Jamaican swimmer of all time when he clocked a new national record of 26.28. That lowered the national mark by the slimmest of margins as the old standard belonged to Brad Hamilton at 26.28 set in 2002. This is the first medal won in the event since two sport star Xavier Boland won Silver in 2007.The Silver medal went to Bermudan star Sam Williamson in 26.58. The Bronze went to Kai Trotman of Barbados in 26.65.

Emily MacDonald 100 freestyle Gold
Emily MacDonald 13-14 50 metre freestyle Gold Medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

In 2016 in the Bahamas at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships Emily MacDonald completed the 11-12 freestyle sprint double. In 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago it was a case of different age group same result. This as MacDonald crowned herself the fastest 13-14 girl in the region with a new personal best of 27.20. Pushing her all the way to the wall was teammate Gabrianna Banks who won the Silver in 27.28.It was the first podium finish for Jamaica in over a decade. The Bronze went to Bermuda’s Logan Watson-Brown in 27.87.

Zaneta 11-12 50 metre freestyle Silver
Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 50 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Rory Alvaranga

The  girls 11-12 50 metre freestyle saw the exact podium finish from CARIFTA in April as Elan Daley of Bermuda winning Gold, Zaneta Alvaranga taking the Silver and Bermudan Payton Zelkin winning Bronze. Zaneta won her medal in a time of 27.78 while Payton was timed in 28.01.Daley, whose father is Jamaican, recorded the fastest time ever done by an 11-12 girl from the English speaking Caribbean when she hit the wall in 26.82 crushing the 1995 meet record of Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Cerian Gibbes of 27.55.

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100 metre backstroke Bronze medallist in the boys 13-14 age group Kyle Sinclair Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Kyle Sinclair repeated his 13-14 CARIFTA Bronze medal performance with a new Personal best in Trinidad and Tobago .In a very tight finish Kyle bettered his time by .01 to touch the wall in 25.15. Sinclair’s podium finish breaks another decade old medal drought. Kevon Lockhart of The Bahamas won the Silver in 25.10 and Antigua and Barbuda’s Lleyton Martin took top honours with a swim of 25.02.

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Kelsie Campbell

Kelsie Campbell recorded a personal best in the 18 and over 50 metre race. She stopped the clock in 26.91 to win the Bronze medal. Campbell finished just behind the hometown ladies Cherelle Thompson 26.69 and Kristin Julien 26.74.The last time Jamaica won a medal in this age group was in 2005 when Tamara Swaby won Bronze.

The only medal won outside the sprints was in the 13-14 200 metre backstroke. Kyle Sinclair recorded a personal best of 2:18.91 to be the third seed heading into the final. He maintained that position to win the Bronze in a time of 2:19.25. The time Jamaica won a medal in the event was 2011 when Olympian Timothy Wynter won Gold.The event was won by Jeims Caita of Costa Rica in 2:15.10 and the Silver went to Tristan Pragnell of Barbados in 2:15.80

EMILY MacDONALD’S GOLD MEDAL HIGHLIGHTS CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIP 100 METRE FREESTYLE MEDAL RUSH ON DAY FOUR

 

The fourth day of competition at CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago saw Team Jamaica winning One Gold , Three Silver and One Bronze for an overall total of Seven Gold, Six Silver and Three Bronze. The Jamaican contingent was in ninth position with 232 points. The overall tally of personal bests now stands at 34.  All the medals won on Day Four were in the 100 metre freestyle event. The Gold came from Emily MacDonald in the girls 13-14 race.

Emily MacDonald 100 freestyle Gold
Emily MacDonald 13-14 100 metre freestyle

For the second straight summer Emily MacDonald has crowned herself regional Champion in the 100 metre freestyle. At the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in the 11-12 100 metre freestyle she struck Gold in a then national record of 1:00.26. One year later in the 13-14 age group she has won CCCAN title in a time of 58.83. In the process she also lowered her personal best of 59.20 that she established in the heats. This is the first medal for Jamaica in the event in over a decade. The longstanding 1997 record of 57.54 set by Olympian Janelle Atkinson has been put on notice as Emily still has a year and a half in the age group.

Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 100 freestyle Silver
Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

 

Emily’s 11-12 national record would not survive Day Four. The 11-12 final pitted the Bermudan star duo of Elan Daley and Payton Zelkin against Jamaican speedster Zaneta Alvaranga to see how the medals would be decided. After speaking with her coach about working the last half of her race Zaneta dug deep in the last 15 metres to challenge Daley for the Gold and win Silver in 1:00.24 in a new national age group record. Daley would win Gold in a new Bermudan record of 59.65. Zelkin would take the Bronze in 1:00.56. That is the same order that the medals were won at CARIFTA earlier this year. The last time Jamaica last won a medal in this event was 2013 when Anjuii Barrett won the Bronze.

Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 100 free Silver
Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Nathaniel Thomas added another medal to his haul when he won Silver in the boys 11-12 race. He lowered his personal best set in the morning of 59.04 to 58.37. The medal is a set up the podium from CARIFTA where he had won the Bronze medal. No Jamaican had won a medal in the event for more than a decade. Thomas is now less than a second away from the 2002 national record of 57.43 set by Brad Hamilton.  The Gold was won by Bermuda’s Sam Williamson in 58.20.Bronze went to Gabriel Martinez of Honduras in 58.65.

Kelsie Campbell 100free Silver
Kelsie Campbell 18 and over 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Kelsie Campbell the only Jamaican female representative in the 18 and over at CCCAN Championships keeps adding to her personal medal account in Trinidad and Tobago. She won her fourth medal so far in the 100 metre freestyle stopping the clock in a time of 58.28. This is the first time Jamaica is medalling in the event since 2001 when Olympians Janelle Atkinson and Angela Chuck won Gold and Silver. Gold went Jumar Avila of Honduras in 57.79. Santis Gabriela of Guatemala won Bronze in 59.12.

Kyle Sinclair 100 metre freestyle Bronze
Kyle Sinclair 13-14 100 metre freestyle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

In the boys 13-14 race Kyle Sinclair dipped below the 56 seconds barrier for the first time to set a new personal best of 55.77 and establish himself as the number one seed heading into the final. In the Championship final he had to over a bad start and work overtime in the last 25 metres to come from behind to win the Bronze in 55.04. This is a big improvement for Sinclair who had failed to make to the final at CARIFTA placing 11th in 57.43. It also breaks a decade long medal drought in the event. Also making up for a disappointing CARIFTA 2017 where he was disqualified in the event was Trinidad and Tobago’s Aqueel Joseph who won gold in 54.85. Kevon Lockhart of The Bahamas won the Silver in 54.97.

Other finalists on the day were

Age Group Event Name Time heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
13-14 girls 200 metre IM Gabrianna Banks 2:36.90 8th 2:37.88 7th
15-17 girls 200 metre IM Bryanna Renuart 2:29.61 6th 2:29.26 5th
11-12 girls 200 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn N/A N/A 2:47.29 7th
15-17 boys 200 metre butterfly Jesse Marsh 2:11.94 7th 2:11.55 6th
15-17 girls 800 metre freestyle relay N/A N/A 9:03.51 5th