Sunday 17 February, 2019

Britney Williams continues golden swim at Walter Rogers meet

Top distance swimmers (from left)  Naomi Eaton, Britney Williams and Karci Gibson.

Top distance swimmers (from left) Naomi Eaton, Britney Williams and Karci Gibson.

Britney Williams continued her superb performance in the pool with victory in the 15 and over 800-metre freestyle on the opening day of the  2018 Walter Rogers Age Group Championships, at the National Aquatic Centre on Tuesday.

The Swimaz Aquatics Swim club representative won the gold medal in 10:04.37 seconds to extended her unbeaten winning streak in the event to five years.

Williams, who is the fastest ever locally trained middle to local distance freestyle swimmer, finished ahead of the  Y Speedos duo of Naomi Eaton (10:18.31) and Karci Gibson (10:43.94).

Williams is preparing for the upcoming CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Jamaica from March 31 to April 3.

She told local online swimming website draftingthecaribbean that, "the race was okay .it was better than the Karl Dalhouse race because I did not feel as tired during and after the event so I am really looking forward to CARIFTA and going sub 10 minutes and hopefully getting a medal”.

Jordane Payne of the Y Speedos Swim Club was also in gold medal form.

Payne won the 15 and over 1500-metre freestyle in 18:35.69. He was followed to the wall by teammate Dominic Mullings who punched the clock in 18:48.56.  

It was a one-two-three finish for Y Speedos as the 13-14 gold medallist Zachary Johnson,  dropped more than 20 seconds to be timed in 19:44.98. 

“The 1500 was a very good race, one of my best in Jamaica. It was a very challenging race and I had to be pacing myself but it has put me in a good position to win the high point trophy at this competition," Johnson said.

Zaneta Alvaranga of the Kaizen Swim club posted a personal best of 10:44.63 to win the girls' 13-14 800-metre freestyle; while Tornadoes swept the top 11-12 positions for girls and boys.

Ireland Hunter touched in at 11:37.30 seconds to win the girls' 13-14 800-metre freestyle and and Joshua Mair registed 21.12.51 seconds in the boys' 13-15 1500-metre freestyle.

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