Barbadian team make a big splash at swimming championships
With only two days of competition remaining, Barbados made every effort to accumulate as many medals as possible yesterday evening at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships at the Wildey Aquatic Centre.
The first final of the evening was the series of 400M freestyle events which saw Barbados copping another seven medals. In the 18 and over age group Lani Cabrera stopped the clock at 4:30:07 for the gold, ahead of Trudiann Patrick of Jamaica (4:53:19) who took the silver. In the boys’ race, Matthew Courtis finished in silver position with a time of 4:16:13 behind Puerto Rico’s Nathaniel Ramos (4:13:22).
In the 15-17 age group, it was Alexis Clarke again who earned the silver medal for the ladies in 4:35:82 behind Aruba’s Daniella Van den Berg (4:29:93). Bronze went to Trinidad’s Syriah David in 4:38:42. Alex Sobers grabbed bronze for the gentlemen in 4:10:33 behind Puerto Rico’s Andres Solivan and Aruba’s multi-medalist Mikel Schreuders.
Hannah Gill was to secure her third gold medal of the meet in the 13-14 age group, stopping the clock at 4:30:99 and breaking the previous record of 4:32:33 set in 1994 by Cristina Salib. This was also a new national age group record for Barbados. Mckayla Treasure took the silver in 4:38:89 while Keeley Maduro of Aruba was third in 4:41:12. Damon St. Prix was the final medalist for Barbados in the 400M freestyle, taking bronze in 4:20:23. Fernando Sedano of Puerto Rico was first in 4:12:93 and Patrick Groters of Aruba got silver in 4:12:98.
In a very exciting 50M breaststroke race, Luis Sebastian swam 32:35 for the bronze medal, going under the new 13-14 national age group record he had set in the preliminaries. His preliminary time of 32:64 replaced the old record of 32:74 set by Andrei Cross in 1999. Ashley Weekes in the 11-12 age group also took bronze in this event in a time of 38:26. Gold went to Chade Nersicio of Curaçao in a new meet record of 34:92. Vrisnelit Faure of Trinidad and Tobago won the silver in 36:80.
In the 18 and over 200M backstroke, Lee-Ann Rose secured gold for the team in a new national age group record time of 2:30:01. Silver and bronze went to Caylee Watson (2:32:27) and Diana Amaro (2:36:09) of USVI and Puerto Rico respectively. Christopher Courtis earned his third medal in the backstroke event, taking silver in 2:18:48 finishing behind USVI’s Rex Tullius (2:12:11).
Treasure took the bronze in the 13-14 age group in 2:34:77. Shannon Hassell of Bermuda was first in 2:30:57 with Julianna De Jesus finishing in 2:32:79 for the silver medal. Danielle Titus also secured her third of three possible medals in the backstroke events, once again winning the gold comfortably in 2:32:85 ahead of the Bahamas Virginia Stamp (2:37:00) and Trinidad’s Jahmia Harley (2:40:08).
The final medal of the evening was secured in the 15-17 400M medley relay. The team of Inayah Sherry, Deandre Small, Zabrina Holder and Sariyah Sherry earned the bronze medal in 4:40:81. Gold went to Trinidad in a new meet record time of 4:30:23 with silver to Puerto Rico (4:31:92).