While both the Bahamas Swimming Federation and the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago have not yet made available official results of yesterday’s five-kilometer Open Water dual-gender race, both organizations are in glee about their competitors’ performances in the 32nd edition CARIFTA Swim championships ended Tuesday night.
The championships, started last Saturday at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic facility in Nassau, Bahamas featured swimmers from 26 countries between ages 11 to 17.
The Bahamas topped the championship, their third lead position in the past four events with last year’s champions Guadeloupe second and the Cayman Islands and Trinidad and Tobago following ahead of Jamaica.
Trinidad and Tobag’s positioning was best since 2013 when the team placed 2nd. T & T last won the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in 2010 in Kingston Jamaica.
Results of the Open Water swim in the Long Wharf Beach in Nassau will not affect overall team placings but Trinidad and Tobago will be hoping to improve on the one medal haul of 2016 where Christian Marsden won bronze.
Teresa Otero, William Reyes, Chisara Santana, Sabrina David, Gabriel Bynoe, Josiah Parag and Celine Baboolal were the TT Open Water tea.
Starlet of Trinidad and Tobago’s game challenge in the pool was 14-year-old Gabriela Donahue who was named the Most Outstanding 13 to 14 Age Group female swimmer following her 5 individual gold medals.
Donahue who won the 50, 100 and 200 metres breaststroke finals, the 50m butterfly, and the 50 metre backstroke was also a member of TT’s 400-metre medley relay gold-medal team.
Donahue was also a silver medallist in the 50 metre freestyle final and she earned a bronze as the TT team finished third in the 200-metre freestyle Relay.
Jada Chatoor was another top TT swimmer with two gold medals from her exploits in the 13-14 age group’s 400 and 800 metres freestyle.
Amira Pilgrim and Jeron Thompson led T & T competition in the Girls and Boys 15 to 17 years age groups – both comfortable gold medal winners in the 50-metre freestyle finals.
Pilgrim also set a new national age-group 50-metre butterfly record when third in the final in Nassau. She was also a silver medallist in the 100m freestyle.
Thompson also won three individual medals in total as he won gold in the 50metre breaststroke and silver in the 50m butterfly. Kael Yorke was a dual gold medalist in the age group after winning the 50 and 200 metre Butterfly finals.
Zoe Anthony ended the 11-12 girls medal drought winning a bronze in the 100m breaststroke in a personal best 1:24.09.
Nikoli Blackman won his first individual medal in the 11-12 boys 400 free in a personal best of 4:38.48.
Jahmia Harley was first home in the Girls 13 to 14 200-metre Butterfly final and later added the silver in the 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m backstroke.
T & T had a good relay night with four medals – the gold coming from the 11-12 male 200 freestyle relay team of Kadon Williams, Nikoli Blackman, Zarek Wilson and Riquelio Joseph , silver from the girls 15 to 17 foursome of Danielle Williams, Jada Chai, Racine Ross and Pilgrim, bronze from the Boys 15 to 17 quartet of Kael Yorke, Justin Samlalsingh, Gabriel Bynoe and Jeron Thompson and from the 13-14 girls unit of Donahue, Harley, Regan Allen and Chatoor.
Other TT individual finalists were Luke Gillette (7th: 15-17 100 breast), Kadon Williams (6th: 11-12 50 free ), Aqeel Joseph (6th: 13-14 50 free , Jonathan Constantine (7th: 13-14 50 free ), Riquelio Joseph (8th: 11-12 100 breast ), Zarek Wilson (4th: 11-12 200m backstroke ) and Ornella Walker (8th: 15-17 200m back