Boothe bags six medals at Caribbean Swimming Champs
Danielle Boothe again showed her prowess when she captured six of Jamaica's 20 medals at the 20th staging of the recently-concluded Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) in Barbados.
Boothe copped four silver and two bronze to lead Jamaica's successful 12-member team medal tally of four gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals, 16 less than their 2012 haul.
The 18-year-old Boothe, who is swimming her final year in the 15-17 age group, got her medals in the 200-metre backstroke (2:27:21), as well as the 200- and 400-metre individual medley (IM) in times of 2:26:88 and 5:15:88 minutes, respectively. She then clocked 31.48 seconds for bronze in the 50-metre backstroke, followed by 1:08:54 and 1:05:59 minutes for bronze in the 100-metre backstroke and butterfly events.
Boothe's outstanding performances saw her winning the highpoint trophy for the age group after she tallied 48 points and made 'B' cut times in more than four events, which qualified her for the 2015 Pan Am Games. The Cayman-based swimmer will next seek to convert her 'B' cut times to 'A' standards.
The experienced Sidrell Williams followed up on his Carifta Championship performances by copping three medals. The 17-year-old repeated his gold medal feat in the boys' 15-17 age group, where he struck gold in the 100- and 200-metre butterfly events, clocking 57:68 seconds and 2:11:32 minutes, respectively. His other medal winning performance came in the 50-metre butterfly event where he placed third.
Angara Sinclair outswam her competitors in the girls' 13-14 50-metre backstroke to land gold in a time of 31:47 seconds, with Annastazia Chin making it a Jamaican 1-2, as she held on for silver in 32:30 seconds. Newcomer and Commonwealth Games hopeful Trudi Ann Patrick won the country's fourth gold medal in the girls' 18 and Over 200-msetre butterfly in 2:22:64 minutes.
The 20-year-old Patrick, who was using the championship to sharpen some of her strokes for the upcoming games, also copped silver medals in the 100-metre butterfly (1:04:93), and the 400-metre freestyle in 4:53:19 minutes. She then followed up with a bronze medal performance in the 50-metre butterfly in a fast 29:50 seconds.
Other medal winners for Jamaica include Alexia Royal-Eatmon who clocked 1:07:97 minutes for silver in the girls' 18 and over 100-metre backstroke, and Joseph Black in the boys' 13-14 50 metre freestyle in 25:90 seconds.
Timothy Wynter won two bronze medals in the boys' 15-17 50- and 100-metre backstroke events with times of 27:79 seconds and 1:01:07 minutes, while Leanne McMaster clocked 2:55:28 minutes for third in the girls' 15-17 200-metre breaststroke.
Other commendable performances came from Jordane Payne, who swam in the boys' 11-12 400-metre freestyle; Jesse Marsh in the 13-14 age group and Xavier Philips, who took part in the boys' 15-17 200-metre breaststroke.
Coaches Syreeta Biggs and Gillian Millwood were pleased with the performances despite the relatively small size of the team.
"The swimmers came up with some pretty decent performances, they all made finals with most of them achieving personal best times. Danielle's achievement of three Pan Am 'B' standards and two by Trudi Ann Patrick was more significant.
"We could not have asked for any more from the swimmers and we are really excited about what is to come for the better quality of Jamaican Swimming," said Biggs.