Records tumble at Memorial Swim Meet

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff writer

Monday, June 02, 2014

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THE Masters stole the show on Sunday's last day of the Neville Alexander Memorial swim meet at the National Stadium pool, as 13 records tumbled over the three days of swimming.

On Sunday when eight records were broken, it was the swimmers 24 years and older, who combined for seven.

The first record came in the Girls' 9-10 age-group 50-metre freestyle, when Emily MacDonald of Swimaz Aquatics Swim Club stopped the clock at 31.39 seconds to erase the old mark of 31.67 seconds. Thereafter it was the 'Masters Show', as 37-year-old Nyasha Heaven of Tornadoes Swim Club won the 34-43 Women's 50-metre breaststroke in a time of 48.09 seconds, breaking the old barrier of 53.96s.

Lisa Griffiths, also of Tornadoes followed suit as she won the 44-53 age-group event. The 48-year-old won in a time of 47.58 seconds to erase the old mark of 49.79 seconds, after which 50-year-old Stefan Braeger gave the Tornadoes a clean sweep when he won the men's equivalent in a time of 42.59 seconds to lower the old mark of 42.76 seconds.

Jade Grimes of Flying Fish Swim Club, which is based in Florida, won the Girls' 400-metre freestyle open event in a time of 4:51.87 minutes, with her team mate Joseph Cardozo (4:37.10) winning the Boys' equivalent.

Brooke Hopkins (46.86s) of Blue Seals won the Girls' eight-year-old and under 50-metre breaststroke, while Joshua Mair (52.25s) of Tornadoes won the Boys' event. The 9-10 events were won by Olivia Christie (44.62s) of Swimaz Aquatics and Rajiv Redhi (42.15s) of Y-Speedos.

The Girls' 11-12 100-metre breaststroke was taken by Naomi Eaton (1:27.10) of Wahoo, with Cameron Brown (1:25.95) of Y-Speedos winning the Boys' section. The 13 and over events were won by Lauren Meryick (1:19.57) of Flying Fish and Bryce Butler (1:12.16) of Swimaz Aquatics. The 200-metre backstroke open events saw Karci Gibson (2:47.93) of Marlins Swim Club and George Lubian (2:27.04) of Flying Fish taking the titles.

The eight-year-old and under 50-metre freestyle events were won by Safiya Officer (37.71s) of Blue Seals and Daniel Mair (38.92s) of Tornadoes. Rajiv Redhi (32.76s) won the Boys' 9-10 50-metre freestyle.

The 11-12 age-groups were won by Briana Anderson (30.24s) of Swimaz and her team mate Jordane Payne (29.71s), while Ivana Chang (28.23s) of Swimaz and Joseph Black (25.98s) of Tornadoes took the 13 and over events.

The exciting 200-metre freestyle relays capped off another successful swim meet on the calendar. The winners were Y-Speedos A (2:28.10) and (2:25.10) in the Girls and Boys' 10 and under event.

Marlins A (2:07.11) won the Girls' 11-12 event, while Tornadoes A (2:08.48) won the Boys' section. The 13 and over events were won by Tornadoes A (2:02.21) on the Girls' side and Marlins A (1:14.48) for the Boys.

Saturday's morning session saw a lone record coming from the Marlins A team of Nicholas Haughton, Xavier Philips, Orane Garrick and Keith-Jordan Wilkinson, who clocked 1:58.91 minutes to erase 2:00.05 minutes in the boys 13 and over 200-metre medley relay.

The evening session saw Belin Phillips (56.21s) winning the masters women 54-63 50-metre backstroke, erasing the old time of 1:00.60 minutes. She returned to clock 56.37 seconds to lower the old time of 56.61 seconds in the 50-metre butterfly.

Andrew Gordon (47.74s) won the men 64-73 50-metre backstroke event, bettering the old time of 48.55 seconds.

Friday's opening day saw one record coming in the very first event where Jade Grimes of Flying Fish stopped the clock at 9:54.69 minutes to lower the old mark of 10:06.99 minutes in the Girls' 800-metre freestyle open.





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