Immaculate, Campion win titles at Mayberry Swim Champs

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Immaculate Conception High maintained their stranglehold on the top spot, while Campion College captured the boys' title at the prestigious Mayberry High Schools and Tertiary Institutions Swim Classics at National Aquatic Centre on Friday.

Immaculate, who amassed a whopping 689 points, topped the scoreboard followed by Campion College on 335, St Andrew High School for Girls (310), Wolmer's Girls' (142) and Holy Childhood High School (74).

In the boys' division, the top five school were Campion College (556.5), Wolmer's Boys' (454), Kingston College (246), Jamaica College (106) and Victory Academy (77).

Caribbean Maritime Institute accumulated 198 points to top the tertiary section ahead of GC Foster College on 41 points.

A total of 10 records were broken at the meet with Immaculate's Zaneta Alvaranga accounting for most, with Nathaniel Thomas of Campion College accounting for two.

Annastazia Chin of Immaculate and Jordon Hines of St George's Colleges had one each, while the other belonged to Campion College's 12 and under boys' 200m freestyle relay team.

In the first event of the morning Alvaranga, fresh off her Carifta exploits, raced from start to finish to win the four-lap 200m freestyle, in 2:19.16 to lower the old record of 2:21.99 set by Emily MacDonald in 2016.

She was followed by Ireland Hunter (2:38.26), also of Immaculate, and Khiara Roomes (2:47.84) of St Andrew High School.

Alvaranga's next invasion of the record books came in the 12 and under girls' 50m freestyle where she clocked a blistering 27.37 to erase her old mark of 28.15 set last year. Silver went to Safiya Officer (29.75s) followed by Isabella Sierra (29.92).

In the 13-14 boys' 50m freestyle Thomas clocked a 25.48s to dip below the previous record of 25.59 set last year by Kyle Sinclair. Silver went to Rajiv Redhi (26.33s) of Wolmer's Boys' and bronze to Ralph Thomas (27.35), also of Campion.

In the 17 and over 50m freestyle, Chin of Immaculate was in fine form when she clocked 28.88 to blow pass the old record of 29.12 set by Dominique Dawson back in 2008. She was trailed to the finish by Jada Newell (32.19s) of St Andrew High with Kimberly Stewart (32.73s) of Immaculate in third.

Hines won the 17 and over boys' 50m freestyle in 24.79 to erase the old mark of 25.68 set by Steven Moodie back in 2011. He was followed to the touchpad by Andrew Paul (26.39s) of Campion College and Joel Parnell (28.09s) of Wolmer's Boys'.

Alvaranga later sped to 36.54 in the girls' 12 and under 50m breaststroke, where she again lowered the old record of 38.89 set by Breanna Roman back in 2009. Second on the podium was Brooke Hopkins (39.04) of Immaculate with Rihanna Gayle (42.42).

It was then time for the 50m butterfly and Alvaranga again made most of the swimming to win in a fast 28.97, beating her own record of 29.18 from last year. Isabella Sierra (33.04) of Hillel Academy and Rihanna Gayle (36.87) of Excelsior High took the minor share.

The boys' 13-14 version was won in record-breaking fashion by Thomas in 27.27, surpassing the old record of 27.86 held by Sidrell Williams in 2011. Rin Gyles (29.46) of Cornwall College and Ralph Thomas (29.75) of Campion were the runners-up.

Campion College's 12 and under 200m freestyle relay quartet of Alexander Taylor, Joshua Mignott, Joshua Mair and Daniel Mair were impressive in victory, clocking 1:58.91 to erase the old time of 1:59.41 set last year by another Campion College team.

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