Cave Shepherd Short Course Nationals – Day 1

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.


Bradley Ally cuts through the French world-class line up

BRADLEY ALLY CUT THROUGH THE FRENCH WORLD CLASS LINE UP TO TAKE THE TOP SPOT IN THE 200 SCM IM, SMASHING THE FRENCH NATIONAL & CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS and THE LOCAL NATONAL RECORD WHILE SNATCHING THE GOLD FOR BARBADOS. Ally’s time of 1:56.29 bettered the French national record of 1:57.02 held by Christophe Soulier who finished 3rd in the race and the Championship record of 1:58.77, a mark set by 2nd place finisher Jeremy Stravius. He also lowered his own record of 1:57.38 established this year in October in Berlin to post a new 18 & over & national open record for Barbados. Competing last weekend-December 3-5 in the French national short course championships-VIIes Championnats de France in Chartres,ALLY WENT ON TO SET THREE MORE NATIONAL MARKS in the 100 M IM and the 100 & 200 M breaststroke. He won bronze in the 100 M IM in 53.65 and barely missed out on the top spot this time with Florent Manaudou and Jeremy Stravius just splits ahead and tying for the gold in 53:52. In this swim fellow national Cliff Gittens’ 18 & over record of 1:02.27 fell by the wayside and Ally lowered his own national open record from 57:35; both records were previously established in 2004.

In the 200 M breaststroke Ally finished in 4th place but in a time good enough which established both an age group and national open record. His time 2:09.35 bettered the 2:10.79 he posted in October in Berlin. His 1:01.11 was another national age group and open record in the 100 M breaststroke. He was first in the ‘B’ final but the time ranked among the top spots in the ‘A’ final.

Ally is getting into shape to compete at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Dubai from December 15-17. Competing in three events: 200 M IM, 100 M breast and 100 M IM Ally is off to a good start!