J'can swimmers spark on day one of swimming champs

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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Jamaica's swimmers wasted very little time to get going at the 31st Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships, as they snared two medals in national record times on day one of competition at the Pisina OlÝmpico Roly Bisslik grounds in Aruba on Friday.

The Jamaican medals came in the form of bronze courtesy of the 13-14 and 15-17 200 metre freestyle mixed relay teams.

The 15-17 team of Nicholas Vale, Jesse Marsh, Bryanna Renuart and Gabrianna Banks, registered a new senior national and age-group record of 1:42.81, erasing the old mark of 1:43.70 set by the team of Shaun Johnson, Marsh, Banks and Vale at the UANA Championships in Coral Springs, Florida, earlier this year.

They finished behind the Colombian team of Antonia Luna Sanint, Junior Samir Franco, Barbara Qintero Munoz and Juan Morales, who clocked in 1:42.20, just outside the meet record of 1:40.46 held by Puerto Rico since last year.

Bermuda, anchored by Kai Legband, was second in 1:42.52.

Nathaniel Thomas, Rin Gyles, Sabrina Lyn and Emily MacDonald, who formed the 13-14 team, then followed suit with another bronze medal performance in 1:46.78 with splits of 25.52, 26.35, 28.16 and 26.75 seconds.

Bermuda's team of Sam Williamson, Peyton Zelkin, Caleb Ingham and Logan Watson-Brown finished tops in a new meet record of 1:45.04, lowering the previous mark of 1:45.08 set by Puerto Rico in 2015.

The Roman Pinder-anchored Bahamas team was second in 1:45.70.

Jamaica's 11-12 team of Safiya Officer, Adrian Balfour, Jaedon Lynch and Aliyah Heaven failed to defend the country's title and just missed out on the podium, finishing in fourth with a time of 1:53.95, courtesy of 28.87,27.61,28.48 and 28.89 splits.

They event was won by Trinidad and Tobago in 1:50.29, just outside the record of 1:49.70 registered by a Jamaican team last year. The Bahamas (1:50.64) and Cayman Islands (1:52.74) were second and third, respectively.

Earlier, Jamaica's Naomi Eaton placed eighth in the girls' 15-17 800m freestyle in a personal best of 10:05.82, while Jordane Payne placed 10th in the boys' 15-17 1,500m freestyle in a time of 18:42.29.

The Jamaicans were scheduled to compete in a number of events on yesterday's second day as they sought to build on the success.

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