Golden splash

jack kirby wins 50m backstroke ahead of teammate damien st. prix

Barbados’ Jack Kirby made a golden splash in the pool on the third day of the Central American & Caribbean Amateur Swimming Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Competing in the 50m backstroke for age 11-12 boys, Kirby clocked 31.59 to win gold ahead of compatriot Damian St. Prix who touched the wall in 32.01 seconds to finish second and take the silver medal. Honduras’ Sixto Hernandez took the bronze medal in a time of 32.58. St. Prix returned later in the 200m freestyle in the same age group to take the bronze medal. He clocked 2:08.26 to finish behind gold medallist Anthony Useche (2:07.82) of Venezuela and silver medallist and Useche’s compatriot Dangelo Silva who clocked 2:08.16. Competing in the same race Barbados’ Luis Sebastian Weekes finished down the pool in fifth position in a time of 2:09.98.

Weekes did one position better in the age 11-12 boys 100m butterfly where he was timed at 1:05.44 in fourth place. Winning this event was Silva in a time of 1:04.57 while Trinidad and Tobago’s Kael Yorke took the silver medal in a time of 1:04.70. Silva’s team-mate Carlos Bastidas copped silver in a time of 1:05.09.

Barbados’ Amara Gibbs also got among the medals when she won bronze in the 200m butterfly for girls age 15 to 17. She clocked 2:26.21 while the winner of the race, Venezuela’s Isabella Paez, finished in a new championship record time of 2:16.14. In second spot was Honduras’ Julimar Avila in a time of 2:21.55. The previous record of 2:19.42 was set by Marlene Bruten in 1981.

Competing in the 50m freestyle for age 15-17 girls, Barbados’ Zabrina Holder clocked 27.77 seconds but that was only good enough for fourth position in a race dominated by two Aruban sisters. Ally Ponson took gold in a time of 27.24 while Gaby Ponson copped silver in 27.40. The bronze medal went to Avila who was timed at the finish in 27.47 seconds.

Sherry Sariyah finished down the pool in sixth position in the 50m backstroke in a time of 32.93. The race was won by El Salvador’s Celina Marquez in a time of 31.84, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Ariel Cape took silver in a time of 32.45 seconds while the bronze medal went to Cuba’s Maria Luisa Falcon who touched the wall in a time of 32.85 seconds.

Barbados’ Christian Selby found the going tough in the 200m butterfly for age 15-17 boys clocking 2:16.99 which gained him sixth position behind winner Andy Areta of Venezuela who finished in a time of 2:05.97 to take the gold medal. His compatriot Winston Rodriguez took silver in 2:06.49 while Cuba’s Alejandro Martinez took the bronze medal in a time of 2:09.03.

Lee-Ann Rose competed in the 50m backstroke final but finished second last in the eight-female field. The Barbadian swimmer clocked 32.96, while the winner of the race Gisela Morales of Guatemala was timed at 30.05. The silver medal went to Honduras’ Karen Vitorio who swam a time of 31.70, while the bronze medal went to Dalia Torrez of Nicaragua who had a time of 32.16.

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