Swimmers produce best-ever medal haul at Carifta Games


Swimmers produce best-ever medal haul at Carifta Games

Friday, April 26, 2019

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JAMAICA produced their best-ever medal haul at the Carifta Swimming Championships to finish a creditable second place behind hosts Barbados, as the competition came to a close on Tuesday.

Jamaica had their best single day medal haul on Tuesday when they garnered seven gold to go along with five silver and a bronze to end with 59 medals in total.

Not since the 2006 Games has the country had such a return with the final tally being: 22 gold, 25 silver and 12 bronze.

The hosts Barbados had a total of 73 medals, including 35 gold, 18 silver and 20 bronze. Trinidad and Tobago tallied 43 medals, which included 17 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze to finish in third place.

On the final night of the championships, the Jamaicans laid it all on the line with two of the seven gold medals coming in the relays.

Nathaniel Thomas was the only boy to win an individual gold, having done so in the 50m freestyle for 13-14 years old. He clocked 24.87s.

But the outstanding pair of Zaneta Alvaranga and Sabrina Lyn in the girls 13-14 continued to bag gold medals. Alvaranga took gold in the 50m freestyle in 26.67s, while Lyn took gold in the 100m breaststroke in 1:15.72.

The two then teamed up with Safiya Officer and Morgan Cogle to set a new record in the 4x50m relay with a time of 1:49.82.

Kokolo Foster also added to her gold medal collection when she won the 100m breaststroke for 11-12 year old girls in 1:19.38.

Leanna Wainwright was the other individual gold medallist on the night in the 200m backstroke for 11-12 year olds in 2:39.50.

The final gold medal was secured by the quartet of Britney Williams, Brianna Anderson, Naomi Eaton, and Emily McDonald in the 4x50 relay for 15-17 year old girls.

Nicholas Vale took silver in the 400m freestyle for 15-17 year old boys in 4:14.61, Christanya Shirley took silver in the 50m freestyle for 11-12 year old girls in a time of 28.54 and Brady Macpherson Lewison took Silver in the 200m Backstroke for 11-12 boys in 2:29.83.

In the relays, the teams of Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown, Giani Francis and Christanya Shirley took silver in the 4x50m relays for 11–12 girls. Meanwhile, Jaedon Lynch, Zachary Jackson-Blaine, Daniel Mair and Nathaniel Thomas landed silver in the 13-14 boys 4x50m relays.

The lone bronze medal was won by Nicholas Vale, Jordane Payne, Cameron Brown, and Kyle Sinclair in the 15-17 boys 4x50 relay.

– Dwayne Richards

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