Record-breaking spree at Burger King/YMCA swim meet
ZANETA Alvaranga of St Hugh's Preparatory led a record-breaking spree at the Burger King/YMCA All-Island Primary/Preparatory Schools Swim Meet, as 22 records were set at the National Aquatics Centre on Friday.
The misty morning session which began at 8:30 am, saw swimmers traversing rainy conditions to accomplish an emphatic 16 records.
Alvaranga got her first record in event number three, when she swam a fast 42.31 seconds to erase the old time of 45.25 seconds in the girls' 7-8 50-metre backstroke.
The eight-year-old Alvaranga, who is doing her last year in the age group, then brushed aside competition in the 50-metre butterfly, when she swam a blistering 38.46 seconds to pull down the old mark of 42.85 seconds.
Briana Anderson of Stella Maris Prep won the girls' 9-10 backstroke in a record time of 37.69 seconds to lower the old mark of 38.89 seconds, afterwhich she stopped the clock at 34.74 seconds in the 50-metre butterfly, erasing the old record of 36.03 seconds.
Jayden Campbell of Vaz Preparatory, who also had two records, got his first in the boys' six and under 50-metre freestyle, where he streaked away from opponents to stop the clock at 46.53 seconds to erase the old time of 46.58 seconds.
The six-year-old Campbell returned minutes later to pull down the two-year-old record of 1:03.58 minutes set by Joshua Mair in 2012, when he stopped the clock at 1:01.08 minutes in the 50-metre breaststroke.
Cameron Brown of Creative Kids also accomplished two records in the session, firstly stopping the clock at 38.01 seconds in the boys' 11-12 50 metre backstroke to beat the old mark of 42.06 seconds. Daniel McKenzie of Emanuel Preparatory (39.21s) was second and also went under the old mark.
Brown then established a second record in event number 18 where he swam 34.38 seconds in the 50-metre butterfly, to beat last year's record of 38.82 seconds set by Chad Young of Stella Maris Preparatory.
The first record of the day came in the second event, when Elijah Harvey of Emanuel Preparatory lowered the old mark of 58.39 seconds, after he stopped the clock at 50.63 seconds in the six and under 50-metre backstroke. Joshua Scarlett (57.70s) of Stella Maris Prep, who finished second, also went under the record.
Kyle Sinclair of Ardenne Prep continued his record-breaking form from the Mayberry Swim Championships, when he erased 39.48 seconds in the boys' 9-10 50-metre backstroke, posting a new time of 38.73 seconds.
Hillel Prep A team copped the boys' 9-10 200-metre freestyle relay in a record time of 2:21.57 minutes, just getting under the old mark of 2:22.21 minutes.
Mona Prep A team of Shamike Gordon, Rebekar Spencer, Mikhaila Bryce and Thandiwe McDonald, stole the girl' 11-12 200-metre freestyle relay in a time of 2:37.42 minutes to marginally lower the old mark of 2:37.57 minutes. Stella Maris Prep (2:37.73) won the boys' equivalent, erasing the old record time of 2:53.47 minutes.
Stella Maris Prep A also won the boys' six and under event in a time of 3:40.76 minutes, to better the old time of 4:22.11 minutes. Vaz Prep A (3:42.28) and Hillel Prep A (4:17.78) also went below the old mark.
The evening session was highlighted by another six records, with the first coming in the girls' 11-12 50-metre breaststroke, where Cherrieka Davis of Immaculate Preparatory erased 44.87 seconds and posted a new time of 44.73 seconds.
Jevaun Jackson of St Hugh's Prep followed suit in the boys' equivalent, when he stopped the clock at 41.34 seconds to take down the old time of 43.04 seconds. Cameron Brown of Creative Kids (41.55s) also went under the old mark.
However, Alveranga was not to be outdone as she placed her name in the record books for the third time, when she clocked 34.37 seconds in the 50-metre freestyle, to lower the old time of 35.52 seconds. Briana Anderson also placed her name in the book for a third time winning the girls' 9-10 equivalent in a fast time of 31.14 seconds, to better the old record of 31.68 seconds.
Kyle Sinclair also added another record to his name when he took down 32.35 seconds in the boys' 9-10 event, stopping the clock at 31.40 seconds.
Cameron Brown won the 11-12 event in a new time of 31.42 seconds to record his third landmark of the day. Jevaun Jackson (32.52s) and Daniel McKenzie (33.85s) also went under the old mark, which was 34.52 seconds.
Stella Maris Prep (427 points) were overall champions, with Immaculate Conception Prep (278) and Hillel Prep (212) second and third respectively.