Saturday 6 June, 2020

Nathaniel Thomas' national age group record highlights ISSA meet

Campion College's Nathaniel Thomas in action at the 2019  ISSA High Schools and Tertiary Institutions meet at the National Aquatic Centre on Friday, November 29, 2019.

Campion College's Nathaniel Thomas in action at the 2019 ISSA High Schools and Tertiary Institutions meet at the National Aquatic Centre on Friday, November 29, 2019.

Campion College’s Nathaniel Thomas highlighted a record filled day at the 2019 edition of the ISSA High Schools and Tertiary Institutions meet on Friday at the National Aquatic Centre at Independence Park.

Immaculate Conception retained their title in the girls' section with 631 points, while the boys' title was won by Wolmer’s with 465.5 points.

Thomas, competing in the 15-16 age group, set a new 13-14 national record in the 50-metre butterfly by stopping the clock in 26.04, the fastest Jamaican of all time in that age category.

Jesse Marsh, also of Campion College, set the previous meet record of 27.22 in 2016.

The previous 13-14 national record was 26.22,  set by another Campion College past student, Olympian Timothy Wynter when he won bronze at the 2011 CCCAN championships. 

Thomas also won three other gold medals.

He started the competition with a record in the Boys' 15-16  50-metre backstroke winning in 27.76 almost two seconds faster than the old record of 29.67. Thomas is the reigning CARIFTA and CCCAN champion in the event.

He took the 200 individual medley in 2:23.13, almost 10 seconds ahead of the field. Thomas also won the new open event, he 100-metre butterfly in 58.84, not far off his 13-14 national record of 58.45 set at this year's World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary. His lone defeat was in the 50-metre freestyle where he won the silver in 24.86. The gold was won by Kyle Sinclair of Wolmer’s Boys, who eclipsed the 2012 record of Sidrell Williams of 24.66 with a 24.60 swim.

Thomas gave his thoughts on his performances at the meet

“My performance today was very good. I think I could have done better in my 100 butterfly but in my 50 butterfly I got the national record, which was very good. I wanted to drop time at this meet in the 50 butterfly.

"I think I can drop more time at the Christmas Open and I think I can do 25, but for my other races I was  not really focusing on that. My main goal was to drop time in the 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke. I did not do as well in the 50-metre backstroke but it is okay as it was still a good performance”.

Another swimmer in record breaking form was Nelson Denny of Hillel in the 12 and under division. He swam five races and took gold in four on his way to four new meet records.

Denny's meet records came in the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

In the 50m backstroke, Denny won in 31.12 to erase the previous mark of 27.80. In the 50m freestyle, Denny won in 26.96 to erase the previous record of 27.80. He won the 100m freestyle in 59.46 to erase the previous record of 1:02.34 and then smashed the 50m butterfly record of 30.15 with a 28.92 clocking.

Denny placed fourth in the open 200m freestyle event in a new personal best time of 2:11.05. Only in the 100m freestyle did he not swim a new personal record. The freestyle and butterfly records were set by former World Championships representative and Kingston College past student Brad Hamilton.

Immaculate’s Zaneta Alvaranga also took down four meet records in the Girls' 13-14 age group.

Alvaranga produced her meet records in the 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

In the 50m freestyle, Alvaranga clocked 27.17 seconds for the victory to beat the previous meet record of 27.64. In the 50m breaststroke, she smashed the previous record of 36.46 by recording 34.99. Alvaranga then won the 100m freestyle in 1:01.21 to surpass the previous record of 1:02.47, when in the 50m butterfly she clocked 29.32 seconds to beat the previous record of 29.61.

Wolmerians Britney Williams 17 and over, Kyle Sinclair and Kaheem Lozer accounted for seven of the meet records to fall on the day

Williams produced her meet record in the 200m freestyle open (2:13.06), 50m freestyle (28.38), 100m freestyle (1:02.19).

Sinclair's record came in the 200m freestyle (2:02.89), 50m freestyle (24.66) and 100m freestyle (55.22), while Lozer produced her meet record in the 50m butterfly with a time of 27.26 seconds.

Paris Clare of St Andrew High School also got her name in the record books when she bettered Stefani Webley’s 31.37 to win a time of 30.96.

The relay records fell to Immaculate in the 13-14 and 17 and over girls' 200 medley races. The younger age group had the team of Saifya Officer, Kokolo  Foster, Alvaranga and Ireland Hunter erasing the record of 2:13.52 to touch in at 2:11.52. The senior team of Zadia Davis, Karci Gibson, Sage Sinclair and Chenille Haughton bettered the old mark of 2:21.38 to set a new standard of 2:21.18.

Leading the way for schools from the west was 11-12 CARIFTA gold medallist in the 100m backstroke Leanna Wainwright of Montego Bay High School. She won gold in the 13-14 50 backstroke in 33.64. In the open 100m backstroke Wainwright took the silver medal in 1:14.33.  Immaculate’s Brianna Anderson won the gold medal in 1:13.42.

Teammate Mia Cunningham took the bronze medal in the 11-12 50m breaststroke in 41.61.  For the boys, Benjamin Davis of Cornwall College finished third in the 100m freestyle in the 12 and under division in 1:07.46.


1. Immaculate (631)
2. Campion (357)
3. St Andrew (227)
4. Ardenne (70)
5. Wolmer's (61)
6. Montego Bay (55)
7.Hillel (34)
8. Holy Childhood (28)
9. John Gray (12)
10. Convent of Mercy (10)

1. Wolmer's (465.5)
2. Campion (420)
3. Kingston College (215)
4. Jamaica College (129)
5. Hillel (66)
6. Ardenne (53)
7. Cornwall College (32)
8. American International (30)
9. Victory Academy (20)
10. Camperdown (19)


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