National record holder Zabrina Holder was unstoppable in the pool during the University of the West Indies Inter Campus Games at the Aquatic Centre, Wildey, Sunday.
Holder, who had the pleasure of wearing Barbados’ national colours at previous CARIFTA Games, Youth Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games, was outstanding for University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, with four gold medal performances in the girls 50m and 100m butterfly and the 100m and 200m freestyle.
When the day concluded it was St Augustine out of the three participating Campuses that had every reason to sing, chant and dance as they scored 325 points to come out on top against Mona with 280 and Cave Hill, 239.
It was a case of former top CARIFTA swimmers coming up against each other to relive those glorious moments with strictly long course races throughout the day. Holder showed why she was rated among the best. In the 50m long course butterfly she displayed excellent technique and propelled herself through the water in a time of 29.75 to dismiss the field. St Augustine pair of Noelle Smith [30.03] and Simone Maundy [30.65] took silver and bronze respectively.
The results were no different in the 100m-butterfly event when Holder touched the wall first in 1:17.02 ahead of Syriah David of S Augustine [1:18.46] and Stefani Webley of St Augustine [1:21.60] being the closest to her. There were only two competitors in the ladies 200m individual medley and Holder’s time of 3:12.34 was too much for Katherine Reece of Mona Campus to handle as she finished in 3:23.21.
Holder splashed 1:06.34 in the 100m long course freestyle ahead of Mona Campus swimmer Renee Coppin [1:06.92] and former Barbadian top junior athlete Kimberley Willoughby [1:08.24].
Cave Hill captured first and second in the 200m freestyle showdown between Holder (2:27.06) getting the best of Willoughby (2:28.20) while Theana Hay of St Augustine (2:28.75) took the bronze.
Apart from Holder and Willoughby, Dionisio Carey gave his team a reason to shout when he slammed all-comers in the Boys 100m backstroke in a time of 1:05.45, Jeremy Sampson of St Augustine swam 1:07.18 for second and Mark Dean-Cruz of Mona Campus was third in a time of 1:11.70.
Carey earned silver in the 200m freestyle in 2:17.76 behind a convincing win by gold medallist Sachin Sankar of St Augustine 2:13.13.
Kent Mullins of Cave Hill [32.97] was second in the Boys 50m breaststroke having been beaten by Justin James of Mona (32.80).