Immaculate, Campion retain titles at Mayberry Swim Meet Alvaranga, Thomas lead record-breakers

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, April 07, 2019

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IT was a mere formality for Immaculate Conception and Campion College at the 21st Mayberry Investments High School and Tertiary Institutions Swim Meet, as both successfully retained their girls' and boys' respective titles at the National Aquatic Centre on Friday.

Immaculate Conception, on the back of three records by Zaneta Alvaranga and two from Kokolo Foster, comfortably came out in front on the girls' side with 645 points, 241 points ahead of Campion College, on 404 points.

St Andrew High School were third with 310 points, followed by Wolmer's Girls (108 points) and Montego Bay High (62 points), rounded out the top five.

It was somewhat of a closer affair on the boys' standings, though Campion College for a seventh-straight year proved too good for rivals. The Gillian Millwood-coached team, led by triple record-breaker Nathaniel Thomas, tallied 580 points ahead of Wolmer's Boys' with 483 points.

Kingston College, who have been enjoying stellar form in the sporting arena, were third with 256 points, followed by Jamaica College (162 points) and American International High School (38 points).

Meanwhile, Tassel Education (45 points) topped the Tertiary level competition ahead of G C Foster College (36 points).

Approximately 13 of the 14 records established at the meet were taken down by members of the 30-strong team which is in intense preparation for the April 20-23 Carifta Swimming Championships in Barbados.

Britney Williams of Wolmer's Girls got the record-breaking fest under way when she topped the 17 and over 200-metre freestyle in an impressive 2:12.44 minutes, lowering the 22-year-old mark of 2:20.30 set by Tamara Swaby in 1997.

The outstanding Williams, 17, who has rapidly improved over the years, then returned to top the 17 and over 50m backstroke in another record time of 34.12 seconds, bettering the previous mark of 34.54 set by Gillian Stewart in 2011.

Kyle Sinclair of Wolmer's Boys' won the 15-16 50m backstroke, also in a record 29.98 seconds, just lowering the 30.11 set in 2013 by Antoine Young.

The girls' 15-16 50m backstroke was also won in record style by the vastly improved and in-form Brianna Anderson of Immaculate Conception. She stopped the clock in 31.56 seconds to erase 32.23 set in 2011 by Alexia Royal-Eatmon.

Kokolo Foster of Immaculate, another rising sensation who has made significant strides, found her groove in the 100m breaststroke, topping the girls' 11-12 class in 1:9.28 minutes to lower 1:26.92 set by Brooke Hopkins last year.

Campion College's Sabrina Lyn joined the record-breaking party in the girls' 13-14 100m breaststroke, clocking 1:22.44 to erase her previous best of 1:25.93 set last year.

Chester Adams of Jamaica College was the lone record-breaker, who is not a part of the Carifta team, winning the boys' 15-16 100m breaststroke section in 1:11.73 minutes. That time lowered Akeem Alleyne's old mark of 1:16.04 set last year.

From there, the meet became the Alvaranga and Thomas show, as each took down three records.

Both won the 13-14 50m freestyle events in record time with Alvaranga topping the girls' event in 27.32, bettering Breanna Roman's 27.75 set in 2011.

Thomas followed suit with a 25.04-clocking that lowered his own mark of 25.48, established last year.

It was a similar result in the 13-14 50m butterfly, where Alvaranga won in 29.48, bettering 30.23 set in 2009 by Kendese Nangle, while Thomas won the boys' section in 27.02, again lowering his previous mark of 27.28 from last year.

Thomas's third record came in the 200m individual medley (IM), where he clocked 2:22.08 to better Timothy Wynter's old mark of 2:26.14 set in 2001.

Alvaranga got her third in the 50m breaststroke, as she stopped the clock in 35.15 to erase another Roman mark of 35.67 set in 2011. She also added her name to one of Immaculate Conceptions' two relay records.

Foster secured her second record of 35.73 in the 11-12 50m breaststroke. That time bettered Alvaranga's 36.54 set last year.

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