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Shirley leads record wave on day two of swim meet

Observer staff reporter

Monday, February 05, 2018

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While Y-Speedos Swim Club was well on their way to retaining their title at the 23rd Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational Meet.

It was young Christanya Shirley, who continued to blaze the trail as she set the pool alight with four meet records on day two action at the National Aquatic Centre.

Shirley's tally was half of the eight records that were taken down by the young sensations on Saturday's second day of action, with the overall tally for the three-day meet standing at 12 heading into yesterday's final day of action.

Also among the highlight reel were the performances of a number of the country's promising medal prospects, who achieved qualifying times for the upcoming 33rd staging of the Carifta Swimming Championships to be hosted in Jamaica starting March 15.

Among those hitting the mark for the 200m freestyle was Devaughn Robe of Wahoo, who went below the AA standard time of 2:26.19, when he clocked 2:25.57 in the boys' 11-12 event.

Britney Williams (2:15.17) of Swimaz Aquatic and Naomi Eaton (2:19.70) of Y-Speedos, who were first and second in the girls' 13-24 200m freestyle, both went below the AA time of 2:20.39 for the 15-16 age group.

Zaneta Alvaranga (2:19.76) of Kaizen Swim Club was third in the event, but also went below the AA time of 2:23.89 required for the 13-14 age group swimmers.

Meanwhile, Kyle Sinclair (2:07.16), Chester Adams (2:07.84) and Dominic Mullings (2:09.69), all achieved qualifying marks when they made a clean sweep for Y-Speedos in the boys' 15-16 200m freestyle. Both Sinclair and Adams went below the AA standard of 2:09.29, while Mullings went below the A standard of 2:14.89.

All this while the Kingston Hummingbirds were celebrating victory in the Berger Elite Netball final at National Arena and Kingston College enjoyed stellar performances at the Youngster Goldsmith Track and Field meet in close proximity at the National Stadium on what was a busy day at Independence Park.

However, the spotlight in the pool was on Shirley, who had earlier established two meet records on the opening day, improved her tally to six with a series of dominant swimming in the girls' 9-10 age group.

The Marlins Swim Club representative got the show on the road in the morning session in the 50m freestyle when she clocked 31.15 to lower the previous mark of 32.15 set by Emily MacDonald in 2014. She won ahead of the Y-Speedos pair of Renae Chung (34.96s) and Saamanta Selvon (35.22s).

She registered her second meet record of the day in the 200m individual medley (IM) when she stopped the clock at 2:59.94, bettering her previous record of 3:09.87 set last year. She again bettered the Y-Speedos pair of Chung (3:23.96) and Savannah Taylor (3:37.65).

Josh Johnson, also of Marlins, also recorded two meet records on the day with the first coming in the boys' 9-10 200m IM, clocking 3:18.40, to better his old mark of 3:24.31 set last year.

The Tornadoes Swim Club closed out the morning session in style by clocking 1:47.57 in the 13-24 mixed 200m freestyle relay. They bettered Y-Speedos' old mark of 1:49.40, when beating the same club's A and B team into second and third respectively.

Brianna Anderson of Y-Speedos picked things up in the evening session when she clocked 1:11.70 on her way to victory in the girls' 13-24 100m backstroke. She just lowered the previous mark of 1:11.77 set by Angara Sinclair in 2013.

Shirley later returned and went straight to work, clocking a fast 37.70 in the 50m backstroke to lower the long-standing 17-year-old time of 38.11 set by Mariluz Harper in 2001.

And she placed the icing on the cake in the 200m freestyle with a 2:43.66-clocking to better 2:50.79 set last year by Emma Marston.

Johnson followed suit in the boys' 200m freestyle, clocking 2:50.31 to erase his previous mark of 3:06.50.

At the end of the day, Y-Speedos were ahead on 789 points, followed by Tornadoes (608), Marlins (282.5), Blue Seal (166), Swimaz (157) and the recently formed Kaizen (122).

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