Barbados finished last weekend’s 2014 CARIFTA Swimming Championships at the Roly Bisilik pool in Aruba in sixth place after capturing an overall 31 medals while accumulating 437.50 points. The meet champions were the Bahamas with hosts Aruba finishing second.
The final day of competition saw Barbados capture an additional three gold, one silver and three bronze medals.
In the 400m freestyle event, Hannah Gill took gold in a time of 4:32:05 ahead of the Bahamas Albury Higgs (4:39:55) and Aruba’s Florence Kock (4:40:34). Damon St. Prix, competing in this event for the 13-14 boys, earned the bronze medal (4:19:56) behind Guadeloupe’s Samuel Marinette (4:10:24) and Aruba’s Patrick Groters (4:13:86).
In the 15-17 age group, Christian Selby and Alex Sobers captured gold and silver respectively ahead of Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders. Selby posted a time of 4:04:70 with Sobers stopping the clock at 4:09:05.
Zabrina Holder was the only Barbadian to capture a medal in the fastest event in the pool, the 50m freestyle. Holder tied for second place with Trinidad’s Kristin Julien in a time of 27:23. Bahamian Joanna Evans was the fastest in this event posting 27:01.
The final event of the meet was the 200m backstroke and Danielle Titus made light work of her competition taking gold in 2:33:55. Her preliminary time of 2:32:24 was a new age group record for Barbados, erasing the old record of Inayah Sherry set in 2010. Mckayla Treasure swam a personal best of 2:32:49 in the 200 backstroke to take bronze medal position behind Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands (2:29:14) and Shannon Hassell of Bermuda (2:31:63).
Christian Selby emerged as age group champion in the boys 15-17 age group with 44 points. Zabrina Holder was second in the 15-17 female age group with 40.5 points and Danielle Titus was 3rd in the 11-12 age group with 46 points.
Hannah Gill was awarded the FINA High Point Trophy for her swim in the 800m freestyle which earned 708 FINA points.
In the 5km Open Water swim on Saturday morning Barbados were represented by Alexis Clarke (15-17), Nicholas Hall and Kobi Talma (13-14).
Clarke captured the bronze medal among 15 to 17 girls competitors. Joanna Evans of Bahamas took gold and Syriah David of Trinidad and Tobago captured the silver. Hall and Talma both had top 10 finishes. Hall was fifth and Talma took eighth place in the boys’ 13 to 14 division. Guadeloupe’s Samuel Marinette and Scotty Francilette took gold and silver and Christian Marsden of of Trinidad and Tobago captured the bronze. There were 36 females and 47 males in the open water competition .
The Barbadian swimmers in this event returned home last night.