Barbadian swimmers have continued to rack up the medals at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Jamaica.
With 28 medals already in the bag, the girls’ 13 to 14 relay team of Alexis Clarke, Hannah Gill, Sariyah Sherry and Tiffany Titus today earned further gold when they finished ahead of Guadeloupe who took second spot for the silver and Aruba who finished in third position for the bronze medal. The Barbadian quartet had earlier taken gold in the 4 x 200m free relay. This followed more success on Day three when Barbados copped an additional 10 medals, including a record swim by Luis Sebastian Weekes who won the 400m individual medley in a time of 5 mins. 9.20 secs, eclipsing the old mark of 5 mins.11.79.
Weekes had previously shown his prowess with a golden swim in the age 11 to 12 200m individual medley. He clocked a time of 2 mins. 26.04. Weekes also showed himself to be unstoppable in the 50m breaststroke, where he copped a third gold medal with a time 35.36 seconds.
Damon St. Prix also added to Barbados’ gold medal tally when he clocked 58.84 seconds to beat all competition in the age 11 to 12 100m freestyle. St. Prix also copped gold in the 200m butterfly in a CARIFTA and Barbados record time of 2 mins. 22.71 secs. Sherry was the class act in the age 13 to 14 100m freestyle taking the gold medal in a time of 1 min. 00.18.
Alexis Clarke gave it her all in the 200m individual medley for age 13 to 14 girls but had to settle for the bronze medal clocking a time of 2 mins. 37.46.
Talented Kendi Bynoe swam a great race in the age 11 to 12 200m butterfly but her time of 2mins. 40.13 was only good enough for the silver medal. Over the same distance among the age 13 to 14 competitors, Alex Sobers added to Barbados’ medal count when he took the bronze medal in a time of 2 mins. 22.84. Amara Gibbs went one better over the same distance for girls between age 15 and 17 when she won the silver medal in a time of 2 mins. 25.63.
The championships end tomorrow.†††