CISC gold for Gill, Cabrera
Barbadian swimmers enjoyed a successful second day of the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) at the Aquatic Centre on Friday night with two gold medals from Lani Cabrera and Hannah Gill.
There were also six silver medals and two bronze as Barbados moved into third position in the points table behind Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
In the 200 metres freestyle, Zabrina Holder stopped the clock at 2:10:62 minute to take the silver medal in the 15-17 age group. Gold went to Aruba’s Daniella Van den Berg in 2:09:02 while Tyla Martin of Trinidad (2:10.66) took bronze.
In the 18-and-over age group, Cabrera was the clear winner in a time of 2:07:70, well ahead of Joharis Carrion of Puerto Rico (2:10:17) and Zulyanette Cordero, also of Puerto Rico (2:12:98).
Gill continued to dominate the freestyle events earning her second gold medal of the meet with a time of 2:10:78. Florence Kock of Aruba got the silver (2:12:43) while Sasha Klein of the USVI took bronze (2:13:20).
Christopher Courtis gained a bronze for Barbados in the 18 and over backstroke event in 1:01:23 behind Jordan Augier of St. Lucia (59:46). The gold went to Rex Tullins of USVI in 57:46.
Local girl Kendi Bynoe earned her second silver medal in two days, finishing second in the 13-14 100-metre butterfly. Bynoe posted 1:08:81 while Keeley Maduro of Aruba captured gold (1:06:58). In the 15 to 17 race, Holder also earned a silver for Barbados in 1:05:18 as the gold medal went to Tyla Martin of Trinidad in 1:04:27. There was a two-way tie between Danielle Boothe of Jamaica and Priscilla Cuevas of Puerto Rico for the bronze.
In the 100 metres breaststroke, young Ashley Weekes was impressive as she came home in 1:22:45 to take the silver medal behind Chade Nersicio of Curaçao, who posted a new meet record time of 1:17:13.
Luis Sebastian Weekes and Fausto Huerta of the Dominican Republic appeared to be swimming in sync for the better part of the 200m breaststroke but Huerta pulled ahead just before the 15-metre mark to take gold in 2:28:70 with Weekes touching just behind in 2:30:98 for silver.
The final two medals of the evening for Barbados came from the 13-14 relay teams in the 400m freestyle relay. The girls team captured silver in 4:12:68 behind Aruba (4:07:24) with Puerto Rico earning the bronze.
The boys’ team finished in bronze medal position with a time of 3:50:98 minutes which is just outside of the Barbados age group record of 3:50:49. The gold and silver medals went to Puerto Rico and Trinidad respectively. (PR/EZS)