The FINAL day of the 6 day Cave Shepherd & Co Ltd Short Course National Swimming Championship ended with 5 more national marks established. AMARA GIBBS set the pace for the days swimming when she lowered both the 13-14 age group and the women’s open record established by team mate Lee-Ann Rose in 2009. Gibbs set a new mark of 2:21.18 to become the current record holder and making her tally of records 4 for the meet. Simultaneously in her swim LEE-ANN ROSE also set a new mark for the 15-17 girls posting 2:22.51 to erase Natalie Ferdinand’s record of 2:32.09 established in 2001. Rose’s contribution was also 3 records. Both CHRISTIAN SELBY & ZABRINA HOLDER added one more record to the pot. Selby eclipsed Bradley Ally’s record of 1:14.63 posting 1:14.10 for a new mark in the 11-12 age group which brought his string of achievements to 11 records. HOLDER settled the score with Alexis Jordan at 27:79 for the 50 SCM freestyle when she set a new mark for the 13-14 age group. Holder’s tally for the meet totalled 16 records:
- TOTAL RECORDS: 37
- AGE GROUP RECORDS: 28
- WOMEN’S OPEN RECORDS: 9
- 8 & UNDER GIRLS: DESTINY HARDING 66 POINTS
- 8 & UNDER BOYS: NATHAN JAMES 61 POINTS
- 9-10 GIRLS: TIFANY TITUS 104 POINTS
- 9-10 BOYS: DAMON ST PRIX 104 POINTS
- 11-12 GIRLS: AHLEA WILLIAMS 97 POINTS
- 11-12 BOYS: CHRISTIAN SELBY 144 POINTS
- 13-14 GIRLS: ZABRINA HOLDER 115 POINTS
- 13-14 BOYS: JASON CUMMINS 83 POINTS
- 15-17 GIRLS: LEE-ANN ROSE 79 POINTS
- 15-17 BOYS: RUSSELL OLIVER 120 POINTS
- 18-24 GIRLS: MARSHA WATSON 54 POINTS
- 18-24 BOYS: RAYMOND EDWARDS 72 POINTS
THE CAVE SHEPHERD & CO LTD SHORT COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – OUTSTANDING SWIMMERS 2010
OUTSTANDING JUNIOR FEMALE
- TIFFANY TITUS – 35 POINTS
- PROFILE OF TIMES: 4 QUADRUPLE ‘A’; 3 TRIPLE ‘A’, 1 DOUBLE ‘A’; 1 SINGLE ‘A’
OUTSTANDING JUNIOR MALE
- CHRISTIAN SELBY – 89 POINTS
- PROFILE OF TIMES: 14 QUADRUPLE ‘A’; 3 TRIPLE ‘A’; 9 AGE GOUP RECORDS
OUTSTANDING SENIOR FEMALE
- ZABRINA HOLDER – 3302 POINTS
- PROFILE OF TIMES: 16 RECORDS: 9 AGE GROUP, 7 WOMEN OPEN RECORDS
- FINA RANKED 600’S
OUTSTANDING SENIOR MALE
- RAYMOND EDWARDS – 2597 POINTS
- FINA RANKED 500’S
EXCITEMENT was again at its highest as the The Cave Shepherd & Co Ltd Short Course National Swimming Championship continued at the Aquatic Centre pool. Nine more records tumbled on Day 5 establishing new short course standards. DANIELLE TITUS of the girls’ 8 & under was the first to set the pool on fire in the 50 SCM backstroke when she lowered the record established by Amara Gibbs in 2005 to 39:85 in an exciting race with Destiny Harding who finished 2nd in 40:35, Charise Mason was 3rd in 42.25. DAMON ST PRIX recovered from his record drought to post a new standard of 1:17.08 in the day’s final event- the 100 SCM backstroke –erasing Enrique Oxley’s record 1:19.62 established in 2002. He was chased to the finish by Jack Kirby who stopped the clock in 1:18.24 for the silver medal and whose time also went under the old record. Luis Sebastian Weekes was in 3rd place with 1:23.09 in the 9-10 boys age group.
AMARA GIBBS erased Lee-Ann Rose’s 100 SCM backstroke record of 1:07.08 to establish a new record in 1:06.46 for the girls’ 13-14. ROSE in turn lowered the 15-17 girls’ record to 1:06.16, erasing Natalie Ferdinand’s old record of 1:06.85 posted in 2003 which also established a new women’s open national record. ZABRINA HOLDER also returned to the record breaking stage. In the 200 SCM IM Natalie Crump’s record of 2:31.58 appeared for the last time on the display clock. Holder changed the new mark for the girls’ 13-14 to 2:26.09 which also rewrote the women’s open national record of 2:28.66 held by Marsha Watson. Amara Gibbs’ swim was also under the old mark in a time of 2:29.67.
CHRISTIAN SELBY‘s contribution to this record breaking night was in the 50 M butterfly which he lowered to 28:74 for the 11-12 boys eclipsing his own record of 28.75 established earlier this year reducing it by 1/100 of a second on this occasion. He was joined by HOLDER a few events later when she erased Rhea Henry’s old record of 30:21 also in the 50 SCM butterfly to post 30:21 adding to the day’s record tally.
DESTINY HARDING took gold in both of the events contested by the 8 & under girls on the 4th day of THE CAVE SHEPHERD & CO LTD SHORT COURSE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP 2010. Harding snatched the top spot from Charise Mason in the 200 SCM freestyle event posting 2:48.07 for the gold while Mason finished .23 splits later in 2:48.33. Danielle Titus took the bronze in 2:53.32. Harding claimed another victory in the 50 SCM breaststroke with a time of 46:85, leaving both Ashley Weekes and Danielle Titus to fight for the second spot which was eventually taken by Weekes in 51:18 and Titus the 3rd sport in 51:37. Nathan James and Ajani Yarde were the top boys in these events for the 8 & under boys. James won the 200SCM freestyle in 3:08.94. Lamar Mayers and Charlie Jenkins finished 3rd & 4th in 3:09.47 and 3:13.89. A different line up took place in the 50 SCM breaststroke with Ajani Yarde cracking though the competition to grab gold in the 50 SCM breaststroke in 49:59, Nkosi Dunwoody in 51:86 for the silver and Nathan James in 52:29 for the bronze medal.
The 9-10 girls and boys competed in the 400 SCM freestyle and 50 SCM backstroke on Day 4. After a few laps of synchronised swimming Tiffany Titus pulled away from Hannah Gill to win in 4:59.51; Gill came home in 5:03.29 and Kendi Bynoe in 5:52.26 for the bronze. Damon St Prix, yet to be beaten in this meet won both events for the boys. In the 400 SCM freestyle his time was 5:13.88 for the gold medal, Weekes was in second place with 5:20.53 and the much improved Mullins took the third spot in 5:21.26. In the 50 SCM backstroke St Prix was the winner again in 35:42, Jack Kirby moved up to second spot in 36:69 and Luis Sebastian Weekes settled for 3rd place in 37:75. In a nail biting swim in the 400 SCM freestyle between Sariyah Sherry and Kimberley Willoughby which saw positions frequently changing, the score was finally settled by Sherry taking the gold in 4:37.01, Willoughby the silver in 4:37.38 and the bronze went to Ahlea Williams in 4:59.73. Christian Selby continued his attach on Damian Alleyne’s freestyle records and this time deposed the 400 SCM record posting a new time of 4:16.44, .22 splits of a second lower than the previous record. He returned in the 200 SCM butterfly, this time to reckon with Nicholas Mayers’ record, reducing it to 2:25.54 from 2:27.64 posted in 1996. In the 50 SCM breaststroke Raymond Edwards’ record became the target and this was sent to the archives with a new time of 33:99 established by Selby gaining vengeance over Akeem Nurse who out swam him in the Powerade Secondary Schools’ Championship in this event for the gold. Nurse was second on this occasion in 35:67 and Manning 3rd in 36:31.
The Girls’ 13-14 was again dominated by Zabrina Holder who posted two age group and women’s open national records in the 400 SCM freestyle and in the 200 SCM butterfly events. Veteran freestyler Natalie Crump’s 400 SCM record of 4:30.86 was laid to rest as Holder posted a new time of 4:27.77 which also deposed Lani Cabrera’s women open record of 4:29.56 now rewritten by Holder. Amara Gibbs finished in 4:33.86 for the silver and Rebecca Clarke in 4:50.78 for the bronze. Holder served another double wammie in the 200 SCM butterfly when Emma Hatcher’s age group record established in 1997 was made history, the new record of 2:20.34 was posted by Holder, 11 seconds lower than the previous age group record and splits lower than Marsha Watson’s open record of 2:20.76. Gibbs touched the wall in 2:22.26 for the silver and Crystal Jordan Browne finished 3rd in 2:37.23. Holder again won the 50 M breaststroke event in 38:11 leaving Lanielle Weekes’ record of 34.77 posted in 1996 standing . Jason Cummins was the gold medal winner in the 400 SCM freestyle for the 13-14 boys in 4:49.29, but it was Gabrielle Gunby who surged to the top in the 50 SCM breaststroke to take gold in 33:48. Joshua Coles held on to the second spot in both events with 4:52.20 and 35.41 respectively and Eric Taylor finished with the bronze observing a similar pattern with 5:09.23 and 38:64.
Senior swimming registered the gold medal performances of 15-17 Russell Oliver’s 5:06.80, 18-24 Marsha Watson’s 5:02.73 in the 400 SCM event and Raymond Edwards’ 31:57 in the 50 SCM breaststroke. Zhane Padmore won gold in the 50 M breaststroke in 36.79 for the 15-17 girls, Lee-Ann Rose, silver in 39.56 and Nathania Jules, bronze in 41.29. Zachary Foster was the gold medal winner in the 50 SCM breaststroke for the 15-17 boys in 35:58, conceding the 2nd spot to Russell Oliver in 34.65 and the bronze to Christopher Smith in 40.20.
Amidst the fine performances characterising the Cave Shepherd & Co Limited Short Course National Swimming Championship this year, The Assistant General Secretary of the BOA, Mr Cameron Burke, lauded the performances of veteran swimmer, now retired, Nicholas Neckles, Bradley Ally and Raymond Edwards for their positive contributions to sports in Barbados and sounded them out as excellent examples to be emulated in his remarks at the opening ceremony of the competition. His remarks did not fall on disinterested ears as Day 2 performances contributed 4 more records to the pot as the swimmers improve upon past performances set by their predecessors. It was AMARA GIBBS this time who added her name to the ‘hall of performances’ in the 50 SCM backstroke when she posted 31:45 to erase Keione Rayside’s record of 31:98 established 12 years ago in 1998. The 200 SCM IM record for 11-12 boys was rewritten by CHRISTIAN SELBY as he continued his attack on both Bradley and Damian Alleyne’s records in this age group. Selby stopped the clock at 2:21.36 reducing Ally’s record by 2 seconds which he had posted in 1999.
Shaving 18 and 16 seconds off respectively from the old 400 SCM IM record in two fine exciting performances finishing with only .57 split seconds between them ZABRINA HOLDER in 5:04.14 and GIBBS in 5:04.91 destroyed the previous age group record of 5:19.05, a mark set by Lani Cabrera in 2007. But it is Holder who is now the current record holder and her time also established a new women’s open mark for 400 SCM IM swimming. SARIYAH SHERRY ‘s time in the 100 M freestyle event of 1:01.64 was a near miss of the record 1:01.20. In that event KIMBERLEY WILLOUGHBY finished in second place 1:02.90 and AHLEA WILLIAMS third with 1:07.14. CHRISTIAN SELBY also came close to Martyn Forde’s existing record in the 100 M freestyle when he finished in 56.54. Martyn Forde’s record continue to stand at 56.44.
Another close exciting finish was witnessed in the 100 M free between arch rivals HANNAH GILL and TIFFANY TITUS of the girls’ 9-10. Gill finished in 1:07.15 for the gold medal out touching Titus by .02 splits of a second who finished in 1:07.17 for the silver. While DAMON ST PRIX was the clear winner in this event in a time of 1:06.78, JACK KIRBY and KENT MULLIN were in contention for the second spot when it was finally settled by Kirby reaching the finish line in 1:09.71 to Mullins 1:09.76 for the silver and bronze medals respectively. In the boys’ 13-14 race of the 50 M backstroke JOSHUA COLES, KYLE HOLDER CALLENDER and GABRIEL GUNBY all made it to the wall in 32 seconds but the splits decided the positioning. Coles took the gold in 32:53, Holder-Callender the silver in 32.86 and Gunby the bronze in 32:99.
The competition continues through Sunday.
HAVE YOU EVER WITNESSED WATER CATCH FIRE! Well no since water is used as the extinguishing element but with 8 records devoured on Day 2 of swimming in the CAVE SHEPHERD & CO LTD SHORT COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP this phenomenon was evident as swimmers created a blaze of ripples in the swimming pool at the Aquatic Centre.
ZABRINA HOLDER led the record breaking frenzy with 4 records. In the 100 SCM butterfly she lowered Simone Kirton’s 14 year old record by 4 seconds to post 1:03.57 for the 13-14 age group record after a fight to the finish with team mate Amara Gibbs who also went under the old record to post 1:03.77 with .20 splits of a second being the difference in times. Holder also became the new women’s open record holder for the 100 SCM butterfly event when this performance also erased Leah Martindale’s record of 1:03.87 established 15 years ago in Rio de Janeiro. Not resting on her laurels Holder returned in the 200 SCM freestyle event to repeat this feat. This time, to settle the score with Natalie Crump’s record from 1996 reducing it to 2:08.31 establishing a new mark in her age group as well as a new mark in the women’s open category.
CHRISTIAN SELBY blazed the record breaking trail for the male end of the pool. His contribution was three records on Day 2. Thomas Cross’ record of 1:05.19 in the 100 SCM butterfly sitting since 1995 was eliminated and the new mark was reset by Selby for the 11-12 boys at 1:03.59, 2 seconds lower. 2:02.04 was established as the new mark for the 200 SCM free when Damian Alleyne’s 14 year old record of 2:03.75 was consumed in the fire at the Aquatic Centre. Selby emerged as the new record holder after this swim. Returning at the end of the evening’s session in a time trial in the 400 SCM IM he shaved 14 seconds off his old record of 5:16.38 to stop the clock at 5:02.94 in an amazing swim to post a new national age group 13-14 boys’ record.
But it was 8 year old DESTINY HARDING who started the record fire ball rolling at the commencement of Day 2. In the 50 SCM butterfly event she romped home in 38:27 to lower Amara Gibbs old record time of 39:28 established in 2005 ahead of team mate Charise Mason who finished in second place in 40:71. The 8 & under boys’ event was taken by Charlie Jenkins in 45:86. Lamar Mayers and Nkosi Dunwoody fought for the second spot- as the times indicate- stopping the clock in 46:17 and 46.21. In the girls’ 200 SCM free event it was a close race to the finish with Sariyah Sherry extinguishing the fire and eventually finishing first ahead of Kimberley Willoughby barely missing the record by .39 splits of a second to post 2:12.53 to Willoughby’s 2:12.82 for the silver medal with .29 splits separating the two performances.
Damon St Prix, Luis Sebastian Weeks, Kent Mullins and Jack Kirby of the boys’ 9-10 continue to provide entertaining swimming in this age group when they competed in the 50 SCM butterfly and 200 SCM freestyle events. St Prix eventually took the gold in both events in 33:66 and 2:28.10 but the fight for second place in the 50 M butterfly between Mullins and Weekes resulted in split seconds separating the performances of 34:59 and 34.87 for the silver and bronze respectively and in a similar fashion the race between Weekes and Kirby in the 200 SCM freestyle was executed posting in 2:32.27 and 2:32.35. Equally the 9-10 girls’ races saw a battle for supremacy between Tiffany Titus and Hannah Gill especially in the 200 SCM freestyle which ended with Titus taking the gold in 2:23.43 and Gill the silver in 2:27.11. The line up for the 50 SCM butterfly event saw Gill and Kendi Bynoe in a battle for second spot with the latter finishing in second place in 39:22 and Gill settling for the bronze in 39:54. Titus was again the gold medal winner in 35:35.
Day three of swimming will take place tonight with the 200 M IM for age groups 9 & over, 100 M freestyle for all age groups and the 50 M backstroke for seniors. The competition begins t 6:00 PM.