Williams makes big splash on day one of Walter Rodgers Age Group Champs

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Jamaica's outstanding distance performer Britney Williams of Swimaz Aquatics Club extended her dominance of the 800-metre freestyle as she lowered the record on the opening day of the Walter Rodgers Age Group Championships at National Aquatic Centre on Thursday.

Williams, the fastest-ever locally trained female, topped the 15 and over event in 9:52.46 minutes, lowering previous best time of 9:53.97 set by another Swimaz Aquatic athlete Breanna Roman in 2012. She won the event in command fashion as her nearest rival was over 40 seconds behind.

With the victory, Williams now holds a five-year unbeaten run in the 800m freestyle at the four-day meet which is the biggest championships of the year and serves as qualifier for the Carifta Swimming Championships to be held in Barbados in April.

“I am really happy for the win and the record; the swim was amazing and this just sets the pace for the rest of the meet to be an amazing and successful one,” the ever-smiling Williams said after catching her breath.

Zaneta Alvaranga of Kaizen Swim Club won the girls' 13-14 800m freestyle in 10:42.76, while Leanna Wainwright of Sailfish Swim Academy finished tops in the girls' 11-12 800m freestyle in 11:12.40.

Wainwright later returned to complete an early double with victory in the 11-12 girls' 200m backstroke in 2:43.46.

The girls' 13-14 200m backstroke was won by Safiya Officer of Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club in 2:46.68, while Brianna Anderson of Y Speedos clocked 2:42.15 for victory in the girls' 15-17 200m backstroke.

On the boys' side, Chester Adams of the Y Speedos Swim Club clocked 18:36.21 to finish tops in the boys' 15 and over 1,500-metre freestyle.

Israel Allen of Tornadoes Swim Club and Zachary Randle of Y Speedos Swim Club won the boys' 11-12 and 13-14 1,500m freestyle events in 20:18.12 and 19:05.27, respectively.

Meanwhile, Tornadoes Swim Club's Nelson Denny and Nathaniel Thomas swept the boys' 11-12 and 13-14 200m backstroke in times of 2:43.62 and 2:26.58, respectively.

Kyle Sinclair of Y Speedos finished tops in the boys' 15-17 200m backstroke in 2:21.58.

The championship is the last opportunity for local age group swimmers to secure a spot on the Carifta swim team.

A number of overseas-based swimmers seeded high in the rankings will be watching keenly to see if they will be relegated by the local swimmers during the run for a spot on the team, as only the top two swimmers in each age group event will make the cut.

Most overseas-based swimmers have not yet contested a long-course swim meet since the start of the year and as such are at a disadvantage where qualifying is concerned.

Both the Walter Rodgers and Carifta Championships will serve as qualifying meets for the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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