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Jamaica's swimmers win seven medals on Carifta first day

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2016 | 3:00 AM

Jamaica won seven medals on the opening day at the 31st staging of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Martinique.

The Jamaicans earned one gold, three silver and three bronze medals on Tuesday, a performance that carried 24 personal bests.

First-time national representative, Kelsie Campbell, led the way with gold in the 15-17 girls 100-metre butterfly in 1:04.99.

The last time a Jamaican won this event was when Jamaica hosted the event in 2013 and Zara Bailey prevailed in 1:04.87.

Campbell's teammate, Shaun Johnson, finished seventh in the event in a personal best 1:06.78.

Another national debutant, Rajiv Redhi, won Jamaica's first medal, a silver in the 11-12 boys' 200m breaststroke, in a personal best 2:45.69. This is the first medal Jamaica has won in this event since 2011 when Xavier Philips won bronze.

Cameron Brown placed sixth in the 13-14 boys' 200m breaststroke in a personal best 2:39.48.

Emily MacDonald, also representing Jamaica for the first time, won bronze in the 11-12 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 33.46 and Shaun Johnson, also making her debut at the meet, won silver in the 15-17 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 31.06. Angara Sinclair placed fourth in the same event, in 31.67.

SILVER FOR DOLS

The 15-17 boys' 100m butterfly saw Olympic hopeful, Keanan Dols, returning after a one-year absence to win silver in 56.80, while Jesse Marsh finished eighth in 58.95.

Dols also placed fourth in the 15-17 boys' 50m backstroke in 28.07.

Simone Vale ended a long drought for Jamaica in the 11-12 girl's 100-metre butterfly, securing bronze in 1:12.17. Bryanna Renuart ended an even drier spell when she won the bronze in the girl's 13-14 200-metre breaststroke in 2:44.51.

Jamaica had not won a medal in this event since Gabrielle Hopkins claimed silver in 2012 in 2:54.90.

Nicholas Vale, brother of Simone, finished sixth in the 13-14 boys' 100m butterfly in a personal best time of 1:00.57.