Danielle Titus was the first Barbadian on the medal podium as action continued last night at the XX Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships being held at the Aquatic Centre.
Titus’ gold medal came in the 100m backstroke among the age 11-12 girls. Titus made her intentions clear in the preliminaries when she posted the fastest qualifying time for the finals. Her time of 1:09:47 erased the 18-year-old meet record of 1:10:27 set by Elaine Lopez in 1996. In the evening finals, Titus not only won the gold medal but lowered the record she had established in the prelims, posting a new record time of 1:08:65.
Silver went to Virginia Stamp of The Bahamas and bronze to Amber Pinder, also of The Bahamas. Titus also broke the 11-12 national age group record.
The distance events were to bring more hardware for Barbados. In the 800m freestyle, Alexis Clarke touched the wall in a time of 9:26:33 to capture the silver. Gold went to Daniella Van den Berg of Aruba in a time of 9:12:12 with Syriah David of Trinidad taking bronze.
The second Barbadian to break a CISC meet record was Hannah Gill in the 13-14 female 800m freestyle. Gill came home in 9:13:49, well under the old record of 9:28:09 set by Zabrina Holder in 2011. Gill’s time was also a new national age group record. Silver went to Lilly Higgs of The Bahamas (9:42:09) and bronze to Florence Kock of Aruba (9:47:58).
The individual medley event added three more medals to Barbados’ tally for the night. Matthew Courtis in the 18 and over age grouping won the bronze in a time of 2:13:13 ahead of brother Christopher Courtis who finished in 4th place.
Overseas-based Kendi Bynoe was on fire in the 13-14 girls 200IM, touching the wall in 2:31:70 for silver, behind gold medallist Albury Higgs of The Bahamas who broke the 30-year-old record of 2:30:71 set by Milanis Chaves in 1984. Bronze went to Higgs’ sister and teammate Lilly in 2:31:71. The final medal of the night for the home team was earned by Luis Sebastian Weekes in the 200IM for 13-14 boys. Weekes went two seconds faster than his preliminary time in the morning to capture the bronze in 2:16:94. The gold medal went to Patrick Groters of Aruba in 2:13:12 just ahead of Miguel Cancel of Puerto Rico (2:13:27).
At the end of Day 1, Barbados were in fourth place behind Trinidad (third), The Bahamas (second) and Puerto Rico (first).