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Bajan swimmers book spots in tonight’s finals

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Bajan swimmers book spots in tonight’s finals

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THIS MORNING’S SESSION of the 30th CARIFTA Swimming Championships was all about securing a spot in this evening’s finals at the Aquatic Centre, and the members of Team Barbados took care of business for the most part.

After showing athletes a clean pair of heels last week at the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships in the middle distance events, Ashley Weekes hit the pool and was just as dominant.

She threw down the gauntlet in the 11-12 girls’ 200M breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes 56.77 seconds and has the fastest qualifying time.nkosi-dunwoody

Also going in with the fastest time was Nkosi Dunwoody (right) with 2:41.93 among the 11-12 boys. McCallum Clarke also booked his pot in the final, but he will have to fight to get on the podium, seventh overall. Dunwoody also qualified sixth overall in the 100m butterfly.

Danielle Titus was first among the qualifiers in the 11-12 girls’ 50M backstroke in 32.01 seconds, but Danielle Treasure did not make the cut with a time of 36.61. Titus also has the fastest qualifying time of 1:10.16 in the 100M butterfly.

Jack Kirby will be hunting gold after qualifying with the fastest time of 29.04 seconds in the 13-14 boys’ backstroke. Marco Bagnasco of Grenada is in second place with 29.14.

Rebecca Lashley did not reach the final with 34.01, but was fifth overall with 2:53.55 in the 13-14 girls’ breaststroke. Luis Sebastian Weekes (2:34.36) and Jumar Walrond (2:36.35) were second and third overall in the boys’ event behind Bahamian Izaak Bastian, with a time of 2:34.03.

Sariyah Sherry was fifth overall with 32.41 seconds in the 15-17 girls’ 50M backstroke.

In the 100m butterfly, Kendi Bynoe is third overall with 1:07.68 in the 13-14 girls’ age group, but Destiny Harding was 16th with 1:14.83. Damon St Prix (1:01.43) and Weekes (1:02.03) are in the final of the 13-14 event, but captain Alex Sobers (60:31) missed the cut for the 15-17 boys.

Over the longer events, McKayla Treasure currently sits in third place in the 13-14 girls’ 800m freestyle, six seconds off the top and Kobi Talma is seventh in the 1500M free, while the girls’ 13-14 400M freestyle relay team has the second fastest time overall. (SAT)