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Alvaranga stars, as Stella Maris Prep cop Nestle swim title

BY SHERDON COWAN OBSERVER WRITER

Sunday, June 22, 2014    

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AFTER a masterful display of swimming in the qualifiers, Zaneta Alvaranga continued her superb form, altering two records of the four records that fell on the final day of the 17th staging of the Nestle Primary & Preparatory Schools Championships at the National Aquatics Centre yesterday.

The sensational youngster from St Hugh's Preparatory picked up where she left off in exciting fashion by breaking her own record in the 7-8 50-metre freestyle.

She stopped the clock at 32.72 seconds to lower the 33.25 seconds which she set on Friday. Safiya Officer (37.29secs) of Emmanuel Christian Academy was second and Thaise Moxam (38.54secs) of Mona Prep in third.

The boys' equivalent was won by Alexander Taylor of Sts Peter & Paul Prep in a time of 36.66 seconds, ahead of Nyles Davis (37.70secs) of Wolmer's Prep and Joshua Mignott (39.02secs) of Porters Centre for Knowledge, respectively.

Brianna Anderson of Stella Maris Prep copped the girls' 9-10 division in 30.68 seconds, defeating teammate Emily MacDonald (31.92secs) and Aashna McGlashin (33.83secs) of Excelsior Primary. Kyle Sinclair (30.69secs) of Ardenne Prep took the boys' honours ahead of Rajiv Redhi (32.26secs) of Bright Beginnings Educational and Hillel Prep's Ewen Gay (32.53secs).

The boys' 11-12 age-group was won by Daniel McKenzie (32.21secs) of Emmanuel Christian Academy, just ahead of Adriel Robinson (32.68secs) of Our Lady of the Angels and Jevaun Jackson (32.71srcs) of St Hugh's Prep.

The eight-year-old Alvaranga also lowered her record in the butterfly event where she stopped the clock at 37.72 seconds to pull down her old 38.41 seconds.

The 10-year-old Anderson then popped up in the 9-10 event to erase Kendese Nangle's nine-year-old record 34.27 seconds set in 2009, when she stopped the clock at 33.91 seconds.

Alvaranga then returned to win the age-group 50-metre backstroke event in 40.40 seconds ahead of Officer (45.97secs) and Gabrielle Jones (47.03secs) of Immaculate Conception Prep. Daniel Mair (43.82secs) of St Hugh's Prep took the boys' event ahead of teammate Joshua Mair (46.32secs) and Alpha Primary's Josh Darling (47.79secs).

Anderson (37.04secs) also came out on top in the backstroke event, again beating MacDonald (41.47secs) with Amore Hunter of Immaculate Conception (42.46secs) finishing third. Sinclair (37.29secs) again topped the boys' section, beating Jean Paul Campbell (40.43secs) of Stella Maris Prep with Joshua Alleyne (43.82secs) and Kyle Lyew (43.82secs), both of Sts Peter & Paul Prep, finishing in a dead heat for third.

Paris Clare of Excelsior Primary won the girls' 11-12 event in 40.26 seconds, ahead of Immaculate's Kelsey Beckford (42.13secs) and Zaydia Davis (43.29secs) of Stella Maris, while Daniel McKenzie (37.69secs) won the boys' section, beating Jevaun Jackson (42.68secs) and Dante Douett (43.29secs) of Excelsior Primary.

Stella Maris Prep won the 9-10 200-metre medley relays in a record time of 2:42.85, lowering their old mark of 2:43.15 set last year.

Immaculate Conception Prep topped the girls' section of the meet with 449 points ahead of Stella Maris Prep, who accumulated 280.5 points, and Excelsior Primary with 167 points. Stella Maris won the boys' section with 255 points with Wolmer's Prep (173) just finishing ahead of St Hugh's Prep, who had 172 points.

However, Stella Maris Prep with 535.50 points was the overall champion school, as Immaculate Conception (449) was beaten into second spot and Mona Preparatory (310.50) in third.

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