Two-day Mayberry All-Island Swim meet starts today
The two-day Mayberry All-Island Swim Meet for prep and high school swimmers begins on Friday at the National Aquatic Centre at Independence Park in Kingston.
Meet Director Peter Vanderleer is expecting about 470 swimmers from the high schools and 420 from the primary and prep schools. He said a lot is at stake for the swimmers with a number of international competitions on the horizon so he expects the quality of the competition to be high.
“Times have been steadily improving since the first meet of the post-Christmas season back in January. We have swimmers in the prep/primary division who have already qualified for the Goodwill Championships. Of course, we have almost 30 swimmers in the high school division who are going to Carifta later on this month, some of those swimmers already have CCCAN times for June, so it’s looking very good,” Vanderleer said at the launch of the meet at the CRU Bar and Kitchen on Lady Musgrave Avenue in Kingston on Thursday.
“I think we are definitely going to see some records broken this week.”
He mentioned swimmers like Daniel Thomas, Briana Anderson, Sabrina Lyn, Zaneta Alveranga, Christania Shirley, Nelson Denny, who are expected to further enhance their growing reputations at the meet.
Briana Anderson of the female defending champions Immaculate Conception High School said she will be swimming her pet event, the 50m backstroke, the 50m freestyle, and the 50m butterfly.
She said she is not sure what relays she will be swimming in but indicated that she expecting good times.
“I am hoping I will come close to doing a 29 (seconds). I am doing the 50-free at Carifta and I am doing it at this meet so I am hoping to close to a 26 or 27,” she said.
She also revealed that she is expecting fierce competition from their main rivals Campion College but believes Immaculate are well equipped to hold off any challenge.
“We are all prepared so we are not really stressing about anybody right now.”
Anika Jengelley, Assistant Vice President of Marketing at sponsors Mayberry Investment, said her company’s sponsorship of the meet has been yielding very positive outcomes.
“For this particular sponsorship, it's more a part of our corporate social responsibility, so yes, we expect to make money but we also help to create sustainable communities. This is one of the initiatives that support that,” she said.
“What we want to see is the meet having an impact on the lives of the swimmers and it has, and for that, we are truly satisfied and we are encouraged, and that is why we continue to do what we do.”