Kimberlee John-Williams broke a meet record en route to two gold medals when the 19th Caribbean Islands Swimming Championship (CISC) continued at the Roly Bisslik Olympic Pool, Savaneta, Aruba on Sunday night. The US-based John-Williams broke the 2004 record set by Dominica’s Laura A Rodriguez when she stopped the clock at one minute, 05.94 seconds in the 15-17 girls 100m backstroke ahead of Bahamian Bria Deveaux (1:07.54) and Jamaica’s Alexia Royal-Eatmon (1:07.54) while Rebecca Marshall of T&T was fifth in 1:09.93. Eight events later, John-Williams bagged a second gold medal when she touched the wall first in the 100m butterfly in 1:05.47. The trio of Caryle Blondell, Dylan Carter and Sharntelle Mc Lean were able to add to their gold medal haul from Saturday’s opening night.
Blondell outswam his rivals in the 18 & Over boys 100m backstroke in 58.97 while Anthony Edwards of T&T was fifth in 1:02.24.
Carter also continued his good form as he won the boys 100m butterfly in 56.31 beating Netherlands Antilles Jursil Chirino (57.35) and fellow T&T swimmer, Joshua Romany (57.65) into second and third, respectively. Mc Lean was first to the wall in the 18 & Over girls 100m butterfly in 1:04.76 while teammate Simone Maundy was sixth in 1:11.08. Debutante, Alexandria Donahue got her gold in the 15-17 girls 200m breaststroke in 2:42.44, and the 11-12 boys 400m freestyle team of Osaze Riley, Johnpaul Pedro, Kael Yorke and anchor James Gillette raced home for gold in 4:08.75 well ahead of Puerto Rico (4:13.34) and Aruba (4:18.88). There were also five silver medals and four bronze medals for T&T, who lead the 16-team table with 32 medals, 13 gold, ten silver and nine bronze, four more medals than host Aruba (13 gold, nine silver, six bronze). Among the silver medal winners, Levar Goossen took second in the 18 & Over boys 200m freestyle (1:58.74); Jabari Baptiste was second in the 13-14 boys 50m freestyle (24.73 seconds); Arielle Downes, in the 11-12 girls 200m butterfly (2:42.68); Kael Yorke, 11-12 boys 200m butterfly (2:30.43) and Syriah David, 13-14 girls 100m butterfly (1:07.59).
Abraham Mc Leod got bronze in the 18 & Over boys 200m breaststroke (2:28.55); Jessica Gay, in the 13-14 200m breaststroke (2:57.25); Dario Omiss, in the 11-12 boys 200m breaststroke (2:53.94) and Levar Goossen in the 18 & Over boys’ 100m butterfly (58.15 seconds). On Saturday, Carter broke the record in the 50m butterfly held by Bahamian Vereance E Burrows (25.39) when he won gold in 24.53. Fellow T&T swimmer and second placed Joshua Romany (25 seconds) also surpassed Burrows’ record while Timothy Wynter of Jamaica copped bronze in 25.55. The 18 & Over boys 400m freestyle relay squad of Strasser Sankar, Goossen, Mc Leod and anchor Blondell established a new record of 3:30.22 minutes to erase the 2004 mark (3:35.33) which was held by Barbados. Bahamas was second (3:39.09) and host country Aruba third (3:52.89).
Other T&T CISC medal winners:
Sharntelle Mc Lean: Girls 18 & Over 50m butterfly – 28.24 secs
Carlyle Blondell: Boys 18 & Over 100m freestyle – 50.79 mins
Amira Pilgrim: Girls 11–12 50m butterfly – 30.43 and bronze in 100m Free – 1:03.95.
Dylan Carter, Emiro Goossen, Kareem Baptiste, Joshua Romany: Boys 15–17 400m freestyle relay – 3:37.01
Strasser Sankar, Levar Goossen, Abraham Mc Leod, Caryle Blondell: Boys 18 & Over 400m freestyle relay – 3:30.22
Jabari Baptiste: Boys 13–14 200m freestyle – 1:59.59
Alexandria Donahue, Rebecca Marshall, Jenique Duval, Kimberlee John-Williams: Girls 15–17 400m freestyle relay – 4:09.83
Sharntelle Mc Lean: Girls 18 & Over 100m freestyle – 58.72.
Syriah David: Girls 13–14 200m freestyle – 2:13.73
Kimberlee John-Williams: Girls 15–17 100m freestyle – 59.34
Kimberlee John-Williams: Girls 15–17 50m freestyle – 29.56
Amira Pilgrim: Girls 11–12 100m freestyle – 1:03.95.