Record-breaker Titus leads swimming surge for Barbados
SPEARHEADED BY record-breaker Danielle Titus, Barbados enjoyed another successful outing in the pool to claim 12 medals and push their tally to 20 after the second day of the XXXII CARIFTA Swimming Championships in the Bahamas on Sunday.
Titus won two gold medals and set three new records while Nkosi Dunwoody followed up a win on the opening day with another gold medal performance at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre in Nassau.
Competing in the 13-14 Girls’ age-group, Titus put in a sensational performance in the 100 metres backstroke to win the event in a time of 1 minute, 5.61 seconds and set a new CARIFTA record, a new Barbados age-group record and a new national open Barbados record.
Titus returned in the gruelling 400 metres individual medley to claim another gold, winning the race in 5:17:92 to capture her third medal of the championships.
Dunwoody, who took gold in the 13-14 Boys’ 200 metres breaststroke on the first day, tasted further success by spectacularly winning the 400 metres individual medley that produced a 1-2 finish for Barbados.
The time for Dunwoody was 4:54:47, finishing more than three seconds ahead of teammate Roan Baker, who put up a great breaststroke leg to close the gap and secure the silver medal.
Barbados won seven silver medals, with some of their first day medallists finding themselves on the podium again.
Jack Kirby, who won silver in the 15-17 Boys’ 50 metres backstroke on Saturday, also finished second in the 100 metres backstroke, the same position that first day bronze medallist Zachary Taylor claimed in the 11-12 event.
Left to right: Luis-Sebastian Weekes, Kobi Talma, Jack Kirby and Damon St Prix won silver in the 4x100M medley relay.
Luis Sebastian Weekes improved on his third place finish in the 15-17 Boys’ 200 metres breaststroke on Saturday to win silver in the 400 metres individual medley in a personal best time of 4:45:41.
The other three silver medals came in the 4×100 metres medley relays through the 11-12 girls’ team of Aza Dunwoody, Ti-Juana Welch, Keilani Talma and Adia Deane; the 11-12 boys’ team of Chris Pollard, Zachary Taylor, Omari Sealy and Kai Trotman; and the 15-17 boys’ team of Kirby, Weekes, Kobi Talma and Damon St Prix.
Hannah Gill, the gold medallist in the 15-17 Girls’ 800 metres freestyle on Saturday, finished third in the 200 metres freestyle, while Barbados’ other bronze medallist was Tristan Pragnell in the 13-14 Boys’ 100 metres backstroke. (HG)