Lyn's record highlights good first day for Jamaica at Carifta Swimming
Jamaica will enter day two of the 2019 Carifta Swimming Championships at the Barbados Aquatic Centre on Sunday in second place with a medal haul of 16.
The medal haul earned on Saturday’s opening day comprises five gold, seven silver, and four bronze. The Bahamas is atop the medal tally with 21, five more than Jamaica. The Bahamas medal tally comprises nine gold, five silver, and seven bronze.
Trinidad and Tobago (seven medals - four gold, one silver, and two bronze); Cayman Islands (11 medals - three gold, four silver, and four bronze) and Bermuda (five medals - two gold, two silver, and one bronze) complete the gold medal table.
Zaneta Alvaranga, Giani Francis and Nathaniel Thomas led the way for Jamaica on the opening day with two medals each. However, the highlight of the day was yet another record-breaking performance from Sabrina Lyn in the Girls’ 13-14 100m butterfly.
Lyn entered the final with a new personal best as well as the national age group record and championship record of 1:03.47. Added to those accolades was the fact that she had also become Jamaica’s fastest ever junior swimmer with her morning swim.
Lyn scored an emphatic victory in the final, coming home in 1:03.19, a new personal best. The time also represents another championship record and age group record and also bettered the Pan American B qualifying standard.
Lyn led home a 1-2 finish for Jamaica in the event as Alvaranga powered her way to the silver medal in 1:05.07. This represents the second consecutive year that Jamaica had dominated the podium as in 2018, Emily MacDonald and Alvaranga finished 1-2 in Kingston.
Lyn’s junior regional gold medal count in the event now stands at four.
Alvaranga had earlier won the bronze medal in the Girls’ 13-14 50m backstroke behind Keianna Moss (31.31) of The Bahamas and Elan Daley (31.45) of Bermuda.
The Jamaican clocked 31.77 seconds for her bronze medal effort to shatter her personal best of 32.49. With that swim, Alvaranga has put the national record of 31.02, set by Angara Sinclair, on notice.
The bronze medal represents the first regional backstroke medal for Alvaranga, who has now finished on the podium in all four strokes.
Also in fantastic form in the 13-14 age group was Nathaniel Thomas. He broke the 28 seconds barrier to take the 50m backstroke gold in a time of 27.82. This is a huge improvement for Thomas who was sixth last year in 30.12. The last time Jamaica was on top of the podium was 2011 when Olympian Timothy Wynter took gold in 27.76.
Thomas returned to take the 100m butterfly gold medal in a time of 59.22. The last time Jamaica featured on the podium was 2015 when Jesse Marsh took the bronze in 59.80.
Emily MacDonald went from becoming the Girls’ 13-14 100m butterfly champion to lift the 15-17 crown, 12 months later. She stopped the clock on Saturday in 1:05.85 to put Jamaica back among the medals after the country last finished on the podium in the event in 2016 when Kelsie Campbell won gold in 1:04.99.
Brianna Anderson lowered her own 15-17 national record of 30.44 to 30.22 to claim silver in the championship final. Jamaica’s fastest ever junior sprint backstroker improved on her 2018 position where she claimed the bronze in a time of 31.01.
In the 11-12 age group, Giani Francis also issued a national record threat when she won silver in a personal best time of 32.68. The national record stands at 32.08 set by Kendese Nangle in 2007.
Jamaica dominated the podium as Leanna Wainwright, competing at her first Carifta Championships, which serves as her international debut, finished third for the bronze medal in a new personal best of 33.28.
Francis other medal on the day came in the 100m butterfly where she finished second for the silver medal in a personal best effort of 1:10.17. That ended a two-year medal drought in the event for Jamaica. Teammate Brady MacPherson Lewison also earned a medal in the event in that age group. He took the bronze in a time of 1:07.49.
Jamaica’s medal tally began with Kokolo Foster in event number three, the Girls’ 11-12 200m breaststroke.
Foster dropped almost three seconds to win the silver medal in a time of 2:53.61.
The event was won by Giada Dudley-Pun of Bermuda in 2:52.74. Kaitlyn Sullivan of the Cayman Islands finished third for the bronze medal in 2:55.77.
In the distance events, Britney Williams placed fifth overall in the Girls’ 15-17 800m freestyle after being the fastest in the morning heats with her time of 9:39.41. Teammate Naomi Eaton placed 11th overall with her morning effort of 10:02.80. Daniel Mair finished seventh overall after he swam 18:34.56 in the morning heats of the Boys’ 13-14 1500m freestyle, a new personal best
The Girls’ 13-14 team of Alvaranga (1:03.56), Morgan Cogle (1:04.70), Safiya Officer (1:01.26) and a fantastic anchor by Lyn in 58.32 won silver in the 400m freestyle relay in 4:07.84.
The Boys’ 13-14 team of Daniel Mair (57.17), Zachary Jackson Blaine (58.75), Jaedon Lynch (58.87) and Thomas (56.16) also won a silver medal in 3:50.95.
The Boys’ 15-17 team of Nicholas Vale (55.07), Jordane Payne (56.68), Cameron Brown (55.47) and Kyle Sinclair claimed bronze in 3:40.66.