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National swimmers dominate inter-school championships

National swimmers Nkosi Dunwoody and Danielle Titus produced top performances as Harrison College crowned themselves Secondary Inter-School Swimming Champions yesterday.

Both swimmers tallied 54 points to dominate the 12-and-under category, and propel the Crumpton Street-based institution to overall victory with 626 points overall.

Queen’s College trailed in a distant second with 285 points while The St Michael School clinched third spot with 271 points.

In the girls’ category, Harrison College scored 318 to finish ahead of Queen’s College 122, with The St Michael School third with 105 points.

Meanwhile in the boys’ category, HC finished tops with 308 points to beat The St Michael School into second with 271 and QC into third with 163 points

Titus set a new record in the 50 metres butterfly when she clocked 31.24 to erase the 31.29 previously set by Zabrina Holder back in 2009.

The young national swimmer started the day off with a win in the 100m freestyle clocking 1:02.22 and followed up by also capturing gold in the 100m individual medley race in 1:10.66. She returned to take the 50m backstroke in 32.10.

Ashley Weekes of St Michael School finished second with 40 points in the 12-and-under behind Titus, with Destiny Harding of Harrison College collecting 32 points to round
off the top three individual performers in that division.

Dunwoody, meanwhile, won the 100m freestyle in one minute, 1.56 seconds, captured the 100m individual medley in 1:08.69, the 50m butterfly in 31.49 and the 50m backstroke in 32.13.

Lamar Mayers of St Leonard Boy’s finished second with a tally of 41 points overall while Neil Skinner of Queen’s College with 31.

The girls’ 13-14 age group went to McKayla Treasure of Providence Secondary with a total of 49 points. She won the 100m freestyle in 1:00.79, the 100m individual medley in 1:10.86, the 50m butterfly in 32.18 and 50m backstroke in 32.61.

Rebecca Lashley of Harrison College scored 37 points to finish second while third place went to Michelle Willoughby of Deighton Griffith with 34.

Damon St Prix of Combermere School, another national swimmer, led the 13-14 boys’ with a tally of 49 points.  He smashed the old 50m backstroke record of 29.48 record set back in 2011 by Christian Selby in producing a new time of 28.71 in the 50m backstroke.

Damon St Prix of Combermere (left) and Danielle Titus of Harrison College broke the 50m backstroke and the 50m butterfly records respectively.
Damon St Prix of Combermere (left) and Danielle Titus of Harrison College broke the 50m backstroke and the 50m butterfly records respectively.

St Prix won the 100m freestyle in 54.55 and the 50m butterfly in 27.93 but had to settle for second in the 100m individual medley in 1:07.04 after Luis Sebastian Weekes
of Harrison College slammed the field to win that event in 1:06.22.

Weekes placed second in the age category with 43 points and Nicholas Hall of Queen’s College third with 27.

Queen’s College captured the girls’ 15-17 individual title through Alexis Clarke with 48 points, but she faced stiff competition from Kimberley Willoughby of Combermere who scored 47.

Clarke won the 100m freestyle in 1:00.60 and the 50m butterfly in 31.16, but had to settle for second in the girls’ individual medley in 1:13.64 after Willoughby had a sensational race and clocked 1:09.80 to set a new record.

Willoughby also won the 50m backstroke in 32.54 while Clarke swam 32.92 for second.

Keisha Russell scored 37 points to take third in that division for Deighton Griffith.

Alex Sobers showed his dominance in the 15-17 boys’ for Deighton Griffith with wins in the 100m freestyle in 53.63, the 100m individual medley in 1:04.77, and the 50m butterfly in 29.98.

He also won the 50m backstroke in 32.40 to finish with a whopping 52 points as Jonathan Manning of The St Michael School claimed second with 44 points. 

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