ZABRINA HOLDER went under the minute in the 100 SCM freestyle for the first time on Day 3 of last night’s CAVE SHEPHERD & CO LIMTED SHORT COURSE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011. Holder erased the 15 year old record established by Natalie Crump in 1996 lowering it from 59.94 to 58.88 for a new 13-14 challenge. Holder’s record was among the 5 more records which fell by the wayside on Day 3 of the CAVE SHEPHERD & CO LIMITED SHORT COURSE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP.
On this occasion AMARA GIBBS & SARIYAH SHERRY joined the ranks of the trend setters and set one new mark each among them. Sherry lowered Zabrina Holder’s 11-12 age group mark established in 2009 in the 100 SCM freestyle to 1:01.10 and Gibbs erased her own record in the 50 SCM backstroke set last year to 31.08 for new records in the 11-12 and 13-14 age groups respectively.
DANIELLE TITUS continued her record breaking rampage and in the 100 SCM freestyle refined her own record in the girls’ 8 & under to 1:12.76. DAMON ST PRIX in likewise fashion set a new mark in the boys’ 9-10 in the 100 SCM backstroke erasing Jack Kirby’s record of 1:14.00 set in 2011 to rewrite this event’s new goal to 1:11.35. This brings the records established so far to 11 with three more days to go in the Championships.
DANIELLE TITUS established the lone record in the CAVE SHEPHERD & CO LTD SHORT COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP on Day 2 of the competition. Posting 36.29 in the 50 SCM butterfly event she lowered the previous record established by team mate Ashley Weekes in November from 37.70.
At the opening ceremony on Wednesday, the BOA’s Representative Mr David Farmer commended the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association for ensuring that the Championships take place each year and Cave Shepherd & Co Ltd for its continued sponsorship of the event. He noted that success of sports depended significantly on assistance from corporate entities and thanked Cave Shepherd & Co Ltd for its good work.
Mr Farmer, Director of the Olympic Academy also confirmed that the BOA will continue to assist Bradley Ally in his quest for an Olympic medal and will be working with him towards London 2012. Mr Ian Stewart, 2nd Vice President of the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association also commended the swimmers for their outstanding performances on Day 1 and indicated that this tone should continue throughout the championships.
The Swimming Championship continues over the next 4 days.
The 2011 Cave Shepherd & Co Ltd 2011 short course national swimming championships began with a BANG as 5 new records were established on the opening night.
ZABRINA HOLDER made her presence felt in the 100 SCM IM and posted 1:07.38 to set a new mark for the 13-14 girls down from her old record of 1:07.57 in 2007. Not only did Holder set a new age group record she also lowered the women’s open national record and became the nation’s fastest female swimmer in this event since 2007.
The junior end of the pool also made outstanding contributions. DANIELLE TITUS stunned the field in the 200 SCM IM for the 8 & under girls to post 2:55.92 erasing Amara Gibbs old record of 3:07.69 reducing it by 1.77 seconds.
KENDI BYNOE of the 9-10 girls also made her contribution in the 100 SCM Fly rewriting Zabrina Holder’s old record of 1:14.87 to 1:14.75 and DAMON ST PRIX also of the boys’ 9-10 lowered his previous record in the 100 SCM fly from 1:11.59 to 1:10.19.
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