Bajans seeking more Carifta swim medals
After securing two medals last night in the pool, team Barbados will hunt more glory tonight when the 34th CARIFTA Swimming Championships continue at the Aquatic Centre.
And the local contingent will depend heavily on golden girl Adara Stoddard who delivered Barbados’ first gold medal in the 200 metres breaststroke for 13-14 girls.
Looking to pick up where she left off, Stoddard taking to the pool in event number 35 came third in the 13-14 girls 50 metre butterfly with a time of 30.61 seconds behind Grenada’s Gabrielle Hyson (32.41) and Stephanie Royston (31.31) of the Cayman Islands.
Captain Danielle Titus, a student of the St Michael School will have the lead role in tonight’s 15-17 girls 100m backstroke final , after she qualified with the fastest time of 1.05.21 dipping under the Pan American qualifying time of 1.08.64.
Titus emerged from under water first and led from start to finish in heat two, sprinting home ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Gabriela Donahue who won silver in the 50 metre event for the same age group yesterday.
Her fellow Barbadian teammate Danielle Treasure also had an impressive start but faded in the final 50 meters before taking the third spot in 1.08.69.
Jo-milli MacDonald will also hope to put Barbados on the podium following her second place finish in heat two of the 13-14 girls 100 metre backstroke event.
MacDonald touched the wall with 1.11.96 on the clock, the fifth fastest qualifying time, just behind Grenada’s Kimberly Ince.
Toni Walrond and Kenyah Deanne have advanced to the finals of the girls 11-12, 200 metre freestyle with times of 2.24.02 and 2.24.94 respectively.
Following a splendid splash in the boys 15-17, 100 metre backstroke heat two, Tristan Pragnell is also expected to medal.
Pragnell will enter the final with the fastest time of 1.00.48 which means he met the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Federation (CCCAN) standard of 1.01.06.
Three other Bajans are in the finals, with Heidi Baker going into the girls 11-12 , 100 metres backstroke . (1.17.84) Ethan Roachford barely squeezed through to the boys 11-12 , 200 metres freestyle (2.16.82) while Christopher Pollard advanced to the boys , 13-14 , 50 metres in 28.18 seconds.