Foster, Lyn star for Jamaica on Day 3 of Carifta Swimming Champs
Kokolo Foster and Sabrina Lyn secured championship records to share the highlights on the third and penultimate day of the 2019 Carifta Swimming Championships at the Barbados Aquatic Centre on Monday night.
The duo helped Jamaica to maintain the second position in the team scores and the country will enter the final day on Tuesday with 565 points and 46 medals (15 gold, 20 silver, and 11 bronze).
Jamaica’s 565 points are 102.50 points behind leaders The Bahamas with 667.50 points and 55 medals (28 gold, 13 silver, and 14 bronze).
Trinidad and Tobago hold down the third spot with 497 points and 31 medals (12 gold, eight silver, and 11 bronze)
Cayman Islands (433.50 points and 35 medals – nine gold, 15 silver, and 11 bronze) and Barbados 305 points and 18 medals – three gold, six silver, and nine bronze) round off the top five on the team scores.
Foster’s Championship record came in the Girls’ 11-12 50m breaststroke where she twice beat the previous best of 34.89 seconds set in 2014 by Curacao’s Chade Nercisio
Foster grabbed the number one seed from the morning heats with a new personal best, national age group record and championship record. Foster was already the fastest Girls' 11-12 swimmer that Jamaica had ever produced with a national mark of 35.43 at age group champs.
She broke through the 35 seconds barrier to lower the 2014 championship record to 34.80 in the heats and was the only swimmer under 36 seconds.
In the final Foster was equally as dominant taking the gold in a time of 34.86, which was also faster than the old record. However, the time was just off the championship record she set in the heats.
Lilla Higgo of Cayman finished second for the silver medal in 36.63 and the bronze went to Rhanishka Gibbs of The Bahamas in 36.78. Foster’s teammate Saidah Brown placed fifth in 38.09.
Foster will now have in her sights the English speaking regional record of 35.43 by Gabriela Donahue of Trinidad and Tobago and the CCCAN championship record of 34.02 held by Emily Santos of Panama.
The last time Jamaica won a medal in the 11-12 age group was 2015 when teammate Naomi Eaton took the bronze in 38.47.
Lyn achieved her championship record in the Girls’ 13-14 100m freestyle with a time of 57.89 seconds, breaking the 2018 mark of 57.99 seconds set countrywoman Emily MacDonald.
Elan Daley took silver in 58 seconds flat, a new Bermuda national record time, while Lyn’s teammate Zaneta Alvaranga got bronze in a personal best 59.71.
The next regional marks for Lyn will be the CCCAN championship record of 57.95 by MacDonald, and the overall English speaking Caribbean record and Jamaican national record of 57.54 by the legendary Janelle Atkinson.
Lyn had earlier won another gold medal, this in the Girls’ 13-14 50m breaststroke where she secured a narrow victory over Alvaranga. Lyn touched the wall in 34.41 seconds, while Alvaranga came home in 34.47 seconds to retain her silver medal position.
Anaika Charles from Grenada took the bronze medal with a 34.85-second clocking.
Meanwhile, Jamaica's Girls’ 15-17 team continued its hot streak in Barbados.
On the opening day, the Jamaican quartet won the 400m freestyle relay in a time of 4:01.67 with a victory margin of just over six seconds. On the second day, the Jamaicans won the 400m medley relay in a time of 4:36.83, the margin of victory then was less than a second.
On Monday night, the team of Britney Williams, Simone Vale, Karci Gibson, and Emily MacDonald stormed to victory in the 4x200m freestyle relay in a time of 8:59.60. Silver went to the Cayman Islands in a time of 9:13.19 and The Bahamas took bronze in a time of 9:15.90.
Nathaniel Thomas continued his excellent championships with another personal best and medal performance. This time, Thomas clocked a new personal best 54.80 for silver in the Boys’ 13-14 100m freestyle.
Max Wilson of the US Virgin Islands won the gold medal in 54.76 seconds and the bronze medal went to Bermudan standout Sam Williamson in 55.74.
Emily MacDonald had no problem negotiating senior waters in the Girls’ 15-17 100m freestyle with a silver medal in 58.86 seconds. Alison Jackson took the gold medal in 58.84, while Gabriela Donahue got bronze in 59.33.