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.

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