Tuesday 20 March, 2018

Alvaranga to challenge 28-second barrier at CARIFTA Swimming Champs

Last year, Zaneta Alvaranga got the attention of the region as she swam down fellow Jamaican teammate Sabrina Lyn in the 100-metre butterfly at the CARIFTA Swimming Championship in The Bahamas to finish second in a new personal best, and the following day she led a potent 50-metre butterfly field to a CARIFTA record of 29.05.

The 2018 CARIFTA Swimming Championship will be hosted in Jamaica at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston from March 31-April 3, and this time around the region will not see a rematch, as Lyn has opted to compete in the 200-metre version of the butterfly and the breaststroke this season.

Alvaranga has been putting up some fast times while improving since the beginning of the year, and could become one of the first Jamaican female age-group swimmer to break the 28 seconds barrier in the 50-metre butterfly and 1:05.00 barrier in the 100-metre version for 13-14 girls.

While Alvaranga will be seeking to win the 50-metre butterfly title in a new age group, fellow teammate Emily MacDonald is expected to challenge Alvaranga.

MacDonald who attends school and trains in the USA produced some impressive times earlier in January at the UANA Swimming Cup in Coral Springs, Florida. MacDonald has a reputation as a racer, doing what she needs to do at major competition.

The whole dynamic of this race changes, though, without Lyn lurking and her last minute bursts. While Alvaranga mined silver in the 100-metre races last year, the expectation is that Alvaranga and MacDonald will carry the responsibility in front of their local home crowd.