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Young swimmers in good nick at Karl Dalhouse meet

Sunday, February 04, 2018

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Jamaica's young stars continue to tune up for the upcoming 33rd staging of the Carifta Swimming Championships, as they displayed record-breaking form on Friday's opening day of the 23rd edition of the Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational Meet at the National Aquatic Centre.

Four meet records fell by the way- side, as swimmers search for spots on the team for the Carifta Championships to be hosted in Jamaica starting March 15.

Among the outstanding performances of the evening were Britney Williams of Swimmaz Aquatics and Dominic Mullings of Y-Speedos Swim Club, who both defended their respective titles over a distance of ground in new meet records.

Williams, who is Jamaica's fastest locally trained distance swimmer since Olympian Belinda Phillips, made it two from two when she won the girls' 13-24 800-metre freestyle for a second year running.

She won comprehensively in a new meet record of 10:14.67, which saw her finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. She lowered her previous mark of 10:22.37 from last year.

“It was not the best race... I could have done better based on my fitness level and the training that I have been doing with my coach, but it was ok. I broke my meet record from last year, but I need to work on my start, turns and finish,” Williams said in her post- race assessment.

“Going into the Carifta Championships, my coach Lynval Lowe will be working on that and the preparation for the championship is going really well so far. The times I did at the UANA Cup qualified me so I have to ensure I am in the top two now; so I am looking forward to see what I will accomplish when I am tapered and in full competition mode,” added Williams, who was a member of the 2017 Carifta “Golden Girls” team that won all the 15-17 age group relays in The Bahamas.

Mullings also broke his meet record set last year in the 1,500-metre freestyle, clocking 18:36.67 to better his old standard of 18:39.54 when winning by over 10 seconds.

“I did a personal best and broke the record, which is pretty good for me. I am working on qualifying for Carifta, as I have not made any of the qualifying marks as yet, but I am currently trying my best and I think it is going to be a good season,” a confident Mullings noted.

Meanwhile, Christanya Shirley of Marlins Swim Club took down the meet records for the girls' 9-10 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle in impressive fashion, clocking 33.06 seconds and 1:09.88, respectively.

Jordan Hines of Tornadoes Swim Club and Zaneta Alvaranga of Kaizen Swim Club were crowned the fastest swimmers of the meet, respectively, following their blistering performances in the boys' and girls' 13-24 50m freestyle. Alvaranga stopped the clock in 27.53s, while Hines took his event in 25.01s.

Also posting two victories on the night was Victoria van der Leer of Y-Speedos, in the girls' eight and under 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle, with personal best times of 46.01s and 1:30.54, respectively.

Josh Johnson of Marlins recorded a personal best in the boys' 9-10 100m freestyle, clocking 1:13.50, before returning to take the 50m butterfly in 36.97s.

— Sherdon Cowan

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