Y Speedos' Nicolai Johnson clocked one hour, 20 minutes and 10.68 seconds to win the 15-17 male category at the first-ever Open Water Swimming CARIFTA Trial, which was held at Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay, St Ann, on Sunday.
Seven swimmers, five males and two females, representing four swim clubs turned out for the 5k event.
Second in that category was Nicholas Haughton of Marlins, who clocked 1:27:51.60, while Khaleel Williams of Blue Seals placed third in 1:27:53:62. Tornadoes' Don-Romario Watson was fourth in 1:42:09.74.
In the 15-17 female age group, Marissa Webber from Tornadoes won in 1:20:54:31. Interestingly, Webber's outstanding effort ensured that she finished second overall.
There was also competition in the 13-14 age group, among two swimmers.
Jada Brown finished first in 2:01:52.13, beating her Tornadoes boy club mate, Darius Smith. Both finished in just over two hours, with Smith clocking 2:02:20.60.
The event was used as a logistical test for the Open Water Swim competition at the XXVIII CARIFTA Swimming Championships, which will be held in Jamaica March 30 to April 3.
The event was also used a time trial to assist in the selection of the members of the national age group team to represent Jamaica in the Championships.