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Destiny seals it for Charles F. Broome

Charles F. Broome’s champion swimmer Destiny Harding (right) celebrating a victory with her mother Cicely Chase-Harding. Nkosi Dunwoody of St Cyprian’s cruising to the line in the 9-10 boys’ backstroke. Bayleys’ Nathan Haynes swimming to victory in the 11-12 boys’ butterfly.

By Justin Marville | Sat, November 24, 2012 - 12:03 AM

It was always Charles F. Broome Primary’s destiny to win the girls’ title.

Their other Destiny then won about everything else.

The girls’ crown of the Purity Primary Schools’ Swimming Championships is remaining in Government Hill after Destiny Harding’s latest big splash helped Charles F. Broome to retain their itle again at the Aquatic Centre yesterday.

The championship was the third in as many years for the unrivalled girls’ champs, who amassed 184 points – some 42.5 better than their closest rivals St Angela’s.

But there was no such repeat of fortunes on the boys’ side as perennial kings St Winifred’s (94) were forced to relinquish their title to St Cyprian’s (98) after finishing behind their Brittons X Road rivals in both relays and the open 50-metre freestyle.

That was no different from how each of Harding’s opponents ended up.

Competing in the 11-12 division, Harding looked likely to break a record every time she jumped into the pool after setting new individual marks in the 25-metre freestyle (13.80 seconds), backstroke (16.75), butterfly (15.36) and the open 50-metre freestyle (29.77).

She even spurred her 4x25 metres medley relay team to another record (1:11.35) to account for five of the eight marks set on the day.

And even when Harding didn’t break a record she came very close to doing such, as in the case of her victory in the 25-metre breaststroke (19.85) and the 4x25 metres freestyle relay (1:01.52).

However, Charles F. Broome’s title wasn’t fashioned on Harding’s results alone, as Zoya King added three runner-up finishes in that same division while placing third in the butterfly.

The performances of Ashley Weekes and Britney McCollin in the 9-10 category were just as pivotal, even if they had to continually settle for silver and bronze behind Danielle Titus of the People’s Cathedral.

Like Harding, she too swept her division’s races while going on to break records in the 25-metre backstroke (16.53) and breaststroke (18.92) before eventually losing out on the open 50-metre freestyle to Harding.

That loss, though, had nothing on the one St Winifred’s had to endure.

Up to the day’s last three events, the former champs were clinging to a narrow seven-point advantage over St Cyprian’s, who were trailing despite the heroic efforts of Nkosi Dunwoody.

But he wasn’t done just yet, winning the open 50-metre freestyle before guiding a pair of relay teams to second-place finishes ahead of St Winifred’s, who came third in both of those team events.

It proved the fitting cap to a championship-winning performance from Dunwoody in the 9-10 division, where the St Cyprian’s titan also won all his races for a perfect 36 points.

Bayley’s’ Nathan James had a similar effort in the boys’ 11-12 category, with his lone blemish coming in an open 50-metre freestyle event that he ceded to Dunwoody.

Dunwoody’s younger sister Aza was almost just as dominant in the 7-8 category after winning all but the 25-metre breaststroke to earn 34 points for St Paul’s.

Hill Top’s Zachary Taylor was the fifth person to tally over 30 points by winning three of his four division races in the 7-8 category for 32 points.

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