Day two of the XXIX CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Aruba ended yesterday with Barbados adding four gold, two silver and one bronze to the medal count, along with two new national age group records.
Hannah Gill took the gold in the 200m freestyle in a new national record time of 2:09:99.
Christian Selby was in excellent form, capturing gold in the 200m freestyle in a time of 1:53:58, just outside the Youth Olympics ‘A’ qualifying time of 1:53:57. He finished ahead of Jamaica’s Nico Campbell (1:55:22) and Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders (1:55:91). Alex Sobers was 4th in a time of 1:56:09, making the ‘B’ qualifying time for the Youth Olympics.
Zabrina Holder earned her second medal of the meet when she touched the wall in 29:19 to take bronze in the 50m butterfly. Martinique’s Sandrine Fanchonna took gold (28:98) and silver went to T&T’s Kristin Julien (29:02).
Danielle Titus was unbeatable in her two events of the day. In the 100m backstroke her prelim time of 1:09:00 was a new national record, erasing Inayah Sherry’s 1:10:45 set in 2010. Titus went on to lower this record further in the finals (1:08:82) securing gold well ahead of Emma Harvey (1:12:01) and Tiareth Cijntje of Curaçao (1:13:02). Earlier in the day Titus posted a time of 5:36:13 in the 400IM which secured gold while Laura Limsang of Jamaica and Franely Angele of Guadeloupe captured silver and bronze.
Breaststroker Luis Sebastian Weekes swam a personal best 4:56:02 in the 400IM taking the silver medal position. Aruba’s Patrick Groters was first in a time of 4:49:31 while bronze went to Guadeloupe’s Samuel Marinette (4:56:66).
The 15-17 girls relay team of Amara Gibbs, Kimberley Willoughby, Zabrina Holder and Alexis Clarke captured the only relay medal for the team, taking bronze in the 400m medley relay (4:41:75). (PR)