Exciting swimming finals ahead
It is set to be an action-packed day when the finals of the Barbados Secondary Inter-Schools Swimming Championships take place on November 19.
Today spectators got a glimpse of the excitement to come in the pool during the preliminaries held at the Aquatic Center in Wildey, St Michael.
Barbadian swimmer Danielle Titus of Harrison College dominated the girls 12 and under 100m freestyle in a fast time of 1:02.89 and the 100m individual medley in a time of 1:14.10. Ashley Weekes of the St Michael School should give Titus a good challenge in the water as Weekes enters the 100m freestyle with the second fastest time of 1:03.81 and the 100m in 1:14.58, behind Titus once again. However, both these ladies will have to come good to defeat Destiny Harding of Harrison College in the 50m butterfly. Harding goes into that event in a time of 32.03 followed by Titus in 32.88 and Weekes in 35.10.
The 13 to 14 boys clash is shaping up to be a good one with top junior swimmer Luis Sebastian Weekes of Harrison College, Damon St Prix of Combermere and Jack Kirby of the St Michael School. Weekes showed his class in the pool in the 100m individual medley winning in a time of 1:06.22 and would be entering the 50m backstroke with a third fastest time of 31.80 as St Prix will be entering that race with fastest time of 30.47 followed by Kirby in 31.63. St Prix and Weekes will be going after each other also in the 50m butterfly with the Combermerian entering that race in a time of 29.39, ahead of Weekes’ 29.55.
Combermere will also have another reason to shout if Kimberley Willoughby gets her way in the pool on finals day as she will be entering the 50m butterfly with a time of 33.64, the 50m in 34.49 and the 100m individual medley in 1:1484 which are the fastest times going into the girls’ 15 and over category.
Meanwhile, there will be tough competition in the boys 15 and over showdown when Alex Sobers of Deighton Griffith Secondary takes on Jonathan Manning of St Michael School. Sobers has the edge going into the final of three races and in the 100m individual medley he has a fastest time of 1:08.80 ahead of Manning’s 1:10.25, in the 50m butterfly Sobers leads with a time of 29.94 and is trailed by Manning in 30.76. He also has the advantage in the 100m freestyle with a time of 58.37 to Manning’s 59.54.