Barbadian swimmer Danielle Titus set a new record time of 1:09.47 in the preliminary of the 11-12 girls backstroke event to book her place in the finals of the XX Caribbean Islands Swimming Championship.
Titus erased the previous time of 1:10.27 set by Elaine Lopez in 1996 to give spectators present at the Aquatic Center in Wildey, St Michael this morning a taste of what was to come in the finals slated to start late this afternoon.
In other preliminary action Luis Sebastian Weekes would also be looking to give team Barbados a medal in the finals of the boys’ 13-14 individual medley after he won his heat and would be entering the finals with the third fastest time of 2:18.93. Patrick Groters of Aruba clocked the fastest time in 2:18.21 while Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cancel captured the second fastest time of 2:18.72 going into the finals.
Also representing Barbados in the 11-12 age category is Nkosi Dunwoody who rounded off the final eight competing in the girls’ 100M backstroke. She posted a time of 1:13.68. In the girls’ freestyle Destiny Harding produced a time of 29.65 which meant she would have to do a lot of work if she were to defeat Curacao’s Chade Nersicio who has the best overall time of 27.94. Elisabeth Timmer of Aruba clocked 28.97 to enter the finals with the second fastest time.
Both Kendi Bynoe and Rebecca Lashley would be representing Barbados in the girls’ 13-14 200M individual medley. Bynoe has the fourth fastest time of 2:32.85 and Lashley has the slowest time out of the eight finalist with a time of 2:37.69 which means they would have their work cut out for them when they battled against the likes of Albury Higgs of the Bahamas who qualified with a good time of 2:27.93. Marissa Lugo registered a time of 2:30.70 and Puerto Rico’s Victoria Acosta clocked 2:32.63 to round off the top three.
McKayla Treasure would be entering the girls’ age 13-14 100M backstroke with the fourth fastest time of 1:11.30. Treasure would have to pull out all the stops to come out on top against Shannon Hassell of Bermuda who has the best time of 1:09.78, followed closely by Angara Sinclair of Jamaica in 1:10.96 and Luisa Falcon of Cuba who rounded off the top three spot in a time of 1:11.26.
Tonight’s action has all the makings of being an exciting affair.