Swimming sensations

Record-breaking girls open relay team from Charles F. Broome, (from right ) Zoya King, Destiny Harding, Ashley Weekes and Britney McCallum.

Charles F. Broome Primary and St. Cyprian’s Boys were the queens and kings of the pool respectively at the conclusion of the 2012 Purity-sponsored Primary Schools Championships, which came off today at the Aquatic Centre, Wildey, St. Michael.

The Charles F. Broome girls seemed to be competing in a zone of their own as they racked up 184 points, finishing 41.5 points clear of their closest rival, St. Angela’s.

Destiny Harding of Charles F. Broome, was one of the big stars of the day, winning the 11-12 girls’ category with a top score of 36 points, which included four records. Harding first toppled the 2008 record set by Inayah Sherry of 14.02 in the girls’ 11-12 25-metre free-style, with an impressive time of 13.80.

Then as if she meant to remove all of Sherry’s records in one meet, she posted a time of 16.75 in the girls’ 11-12 25-metre back-stroke to shave time off the old record, which stood at 16.86† in 2008. The record of 16.01 also posted by Sherry in 2008 for the girls’ 11-12 25-metre fly did not stand a chance when Harding took to the water and swam an impressive time of 15.36. Harding then joined the girls’ open relay to post a new record in that event.†It was also a very good outing for Nathan James of Bayley’s Primary, who topped the boys 11-12 age group with 36 points. However the battle for supremacy in the pool among the boys was a lot closer, as only four points separated the top two finishers, St. Cyprians with 98 and St. Winifred’s with 94 points. St. Angela’s finished third with 77 points.

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