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T&T on course for swim title

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Leanne McMaster wraps herself in the Jamaican flag while posing with the bronze medal she won in the girls 11-12 50-metre breaststroke, at the 25th Carifta Swimming Championships at the National Stadium Pool yesterday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer.

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Kevaughn Campbell and Leanne McMaster captured gold and bronze medals, respectively, to increase the host country's medal tally to 14 at press time last night during the Carifta Swimming Championships at the National Stadium pool.

The hosts' medal haul now include five gold, three silver and six bronze.

Jamaicans at sixth place

The Jamaicans have also moved into sixth place in the standings on 265 points behind leaders and defending champions Trinidad and Tobago (559), Guadeloupe (366), The Bahamas (315) and Martinique (278). Barbados (171) are seventh.

Campbell won the boys' 11-12 50m breaststroke in 34.54 ahead of Dionisio Carey of The Bahamas (34.90) and Che Sheldon Charlemag of Guadeloupe (35.99).

Meanwhile, McMaster captured the bronze medal in 39.98. Oreoluwa Cherebin of Grenada (38.39) won ahead of and Candis Pigue of Suriname (38.70).

Tyla Martin of the T&T won the girls' 11-12 200m individual medley (Im) in 2:32.06 ahead of the Coral Tomascik of Cayman Islands (2:39.40) and Sue-Gin Arends of Aruba (2:39.23).

Jabari Baptiste of T&T captured boys' 11-12 200m Im in 2:24.55, while Christian Selby of Barbados (2:31.09) ended second and Zach Moses of The Bahamas (2:33.68) ended third.

Barbados' Zabrina Holder won the girls' 13-14 Im in 2:29.49, ahead of Daniella van den Berg of Aruba (2:33.77) and Deandre Small of Barbados (2:35.36). Jamaica's Danielle Boothe finished sixth (2:38.33).

Jordy Groters of Aruba won gold in the 13-14 200m in 2:17.51 ahead of Keegan Boisson-Yates of T&T (2:20.01) and Joris Bouchaut of Guadeloupe (2:20.09). Antoine Young of Jamaica finished eighth.

Meanwhile, on Sunday's second day of the championships, Timothy Wynter won Jamaica's fourth gold medal. Competing in the boys 13-14 50m butterfly, Wynter won the event in 26.69 ahead of the Trinidad and Tobago's (T&T) pair of Dylan Carter (26.91) and Joshua Ramony (27.07).

Wynter returned to capture the silver medal in the 100m backstroke in 1:03.01 behind Romany, 1:02.91.

Kendese Nangle copped the silver medal in the girls' 50m butterfly in 29.99 behind Sonia Huseley of St Lucia 29.68.

Victoria Hoo of Jamaica won the bronze medal in girls' 15-17 200m freestyle in 2:10.22 behind Samantha Racheal of (T&T) 2:08.05.

Christian Selby of Barbados won the boys' 11-12 200m freestyle in 2:14.25, ahead of T&T's Jabari Baptiste (2:17.00). Jamaica's Robert Marshall finished seventh in (2:22.03).

Romany won his second gold medal the night when he captured the boys' 13-14 200m freestyle in a new championship record of 1:56.80, erasing the previous mark of 1:57.62, which was held by Shaune Fraser. Jamaica's Antoine Young (2:11.28) ended eighth.

Tyla Martin won the girl's 11-12 50 butterfly in 30.09, finishing ahead of Morghane Mazurier of Guadeloupe (31.40) and Sue-Gin Arends (32.10). Ivana Chang of Jamaica finished fifth in (32.46).

Dionisio Carey of The Bahamas won the boys' 11-12 50m butterfly in 29.31 ahead of Raichel Freitas Roque of the Netherlands Antilles (28.61) and Baptiste of T&T (30.61). Jamaica's Kevaughn Campbell (31.55) ended fourth.