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Anthony splashes 12 gold medals
National swimmers, Zoe Anthony, Jahmia Harley, Ornella Walker, Jeron Thompson, Jadar Chatoor and Kael Yorke were all in record-breaking form as a flurry of national records were broken when the Amateur Swimming Association’s annual National Age-Group Short Course Championships concluded at the National Aquatic Centre, in Balmain Couva on Sunday.
Anthony of Marlins Swim Club not only established new records on the 11–12 girls’ 50 metres breaststroke and 50m butterfly, but emerged the top swimmer in the age group.
The Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) gold medallist touched the wall in 29.80 seconds in the final, eclipsing the 2007 mark of Kimberlee John-Williams of 30.04.
Anthony then went on to win the 50m breaststroke a record time of 36.34 to surpass the 2006 record of Rejan Chin of 36.66 seconds.
Overall, Anthony won 12 gold medals over the five days of competition.
The 15-17 girls 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke records were all broken during the meet, Jahmia Harley of Tidal Wave Aquatics and Walker of Tobago YMCA interchanging places and records.
In the 50m backstroke, Walker won the gold breaking records in both the heats and finals.
In the heats, Walker swam 29.42 seconds to surpass the 2010 record of John-Williams of 29.78.
She went even faster in the final to win in 29.30 to break her own record.
Harley earned silver in the 50m backstroke but went on to win gold in the 100m backstroke in 1:03.95 minutes. The 100m backstroke swims saw records fall twice as Walker (1:05.36 mins) broke the 2005 record of Ayeisha Collymore of 1:05.75 in the preliminary heat.
This record only lasted a few hours as Harley 1:03.95 became the new mark with Walker settling for silver in 1:04.30.
Harley got the better of Walker in the 200m backstroke, where Harley won in a new record of 2:21.38, to break another John-Williams record of 2:21.53 (2010).
Harley emerged as the High Point Age-Group winner in the 15-17 girls’ category.
Thompson, a Commonwealth Youth Games medallist of Atlantis Aquatics established new national records in the 15-17 boys’ 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. In the penultimate event of the meet, Thompson sped to the wall in 22.89 seconds pipping the 2011 record of Joshua Romany of 22.90.
Thompson swam a 50m backstroke Time Trial and set a new 15-17 record of 25.14, erasing Youth Olympic Medallist Christian Homer’s 2009 record of 25.38.
Yorke of Tidal Wave Aquatics established a new 15-17 boys’ national record in the 100m butterfly of 54.53 seconds.
Another Homer record was erased in the process as Yorke eclipsed Homer’s 2009 time of 54.79.
A member of this year’s Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games swimming contingent, Yorke won the final in 54.58 and won the 15-17 age group High Point trophy. Chatoor won the 15-17 girls’ 800m freestyle in a time of 9:18.20, to break the 2010 John-Williams record of 9:19.59.
The meet also served as the final qualifier for the Goodwill Swim Meet which will be held in Barbados from August 17 – 19.
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