Barbados shines at swimming championship
The final day of the XXXI Carifta Swimming Championships in Lamentin, Martinique, saw Barbados adding an impressive number of medals to their tally in the pool.
The distance 400m freestyle was the first event of the evening and Barbados managed to take three gold, two silver and one bronze in this event.
First up was Danielle Treasure in the 11-12 age group and she stopped the clock at 4:52:17 to take silver behind Guadeloupe’s Laureen Foumann (4:50:79).
In the 11-12 boys, McCallum Clarke showed his diversity when the dominant breaststroker secured a bronze medal in the freestyle event posting 4:44:00.
The Guadeloupe duo of Mitch Bourgeois and Tom Lerno took gold and silver respectively.
Moving into the 13-14 age group, Danielle Titus would secure her first medal of the night and add to her growing total when she touched the wall in 4:40:37 for gold, ahead of Guadeloupe’s Franelly Angele (4:45:60) and Jada Chatoor of Trinidad (4:45:89).
In the 15-17 age group, it would then be Hannah Gill’s turn to secure the second gold in the event for Team Barbados.
Gill stopped the clock at 4:29:76 finishing more than five seconds ahead of Bahamian Lily Higgs (4:34:89) and Bermuda’s Vanessa Esposito who took bronze in 4:35:50 just ahead of Barbados’ Alexis Clarke who finished in fourth.
Alex Sobers and Damon St. Prix teamed up in the final 400m freestyle event to finish with gold and silver respectively.
Sobers dominated with a time of 4:02:01 while St. Prix was extremely impressive as a newcomer to the age group when he stopped the clock in 4:07:94. Bronze went to Aruba’s Daniel Jacobs.
McCallum Clarke would earn his final medal of the meet in the 100m breaststroke. Posting a time of 1:13:67 in the preliminaries, McCallum had erased the previous CARIFTA record of 1:13:81.
Returning for the finals, Clarke improved upon his earlier qualifying swim to post a time of 1:13:10 setting new CARIFTA and Barbados national age group records and earning gold.
The final three individual medals of the meet would be taken in the 200m backstroke event and Barbados’ skill in this event was evident when they grabbed three gold.
The junior duo of Danielle Treasure and Tristan Pragnell dominated the 11-12 age group. Treasure stopped the clock at 2:30:03 splits ahead of Guadeloupe’s Anouk Kamoise (2:30:73) who had posted the fastest time in the prelims.
Tristan would then come home in 2:28:26 to secure the second gold, ahead of Guadeloupe’s Tom Lerno (2:30:32) and Jack Harvey (2:34:40) of Bermuda.
The final medal for Team Barbados would go to Danielle Titus in the 13-14 age group and she secured not only gold but a new CARIFTA and Barbados national age group record. Titus’ time of 2:24:16 was two seconds faster than the old CARIFTA record of 2:26:05.
To close out the medals in the pool, the 13-14 girls relay team (Titus, Harding, Weekes, Taylor) took silver in the 4 x 50 freestyle relay in a time of 1:55:30.
The 11-12 boys team (Clarke, Pragnell, Taylor and Baker) would add a bronze to the tally in a time of 1:55:31 bringing the total number of medals for Team Barbados in the pool to 44.
Meanwhile, in the 12 and under category, the eight member team of Savannah Berridge, Samaiyah Forde, Gracie Foster, Kenyah Franklin, Matilde Janoha, Nia Morris, Hailey Mahy and Sophia Simpson secured the bronze medal for their performance in synchronized swimming.
The Barbados team was second in the routines but when those scores were combined with figures it was a bronze medal for them.
Guadeloupe and Martinique took gold and silver respectively in this age group.
The duet of Matilde Janoha and Samaiyah Forde also secured a bronze medal in the pairs’ competition. (CG)