DAY ONE of short course swimming recorded three new national age group records and one new women’s open national record as the CAVE SHEPHERD & CO LIMITED SHORT COURSE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP commenced at the Aquatic Centre on Tuesday December 7th . CHRISTIAN SELBY of the boys’ 11-12 in a brilliant swim established the first record in the evenings proceedings when he destroyed Damian Alleyne’s record of 17:07.87 in the 1500 SCM freestyle event established in 1996 posting in on 16:45.32. At the 800 SCM Mark Alleyne’s record was again erased by Selby. At 32 laps his time of 8:51.59 bettered the time of 9:02.55 done by Alleyne 14 years ago with both events scoring quadruple ‘A’ status. Next was ZABRINA HOLDER‘s turn in a surprise win in the 100 SCM IM. Not only did she post a new 13-14 age group record but also set the first women’s open national record for the meet. Holder stopped the clock at 1:07.57 to erase Small’s age group record of 1:10.50 set recently in November in the Powerade Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championship and the open women’s mark of 1:08.76 again set by Small a year ago in 2009. Both Small and Amara Gibbs swam under record time to post 1:09.72 and 1:09.58 respectively.

SARIYAH SHERRY was the lone 11-12 female contesting the 800 SCM freestyle and posted a quadruple ‘A’ time of 9:41.46 for the gold medal. JONATHAN MANNING also posted a quality time in the 1500 SCM freestyle of 18:29.63 and took the silver along with TIFFANY TITUS and DAMON ST PRIX, both in the 100 SCM butterfly with times of 1:18.49 and 1:14.82 respectively for gold medals in that event.