Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Timothy Wynter and Breanna Roman will head a strong Jamaica team for this month's Carifta Swimming Championships, which will be held at the National Stadium pool from March 30-April 1.
Wynter, who represented Jamaica in the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul, Turkey, last December, is down to compete in the 15-17 category. He will be joined in the event by Sidrell Williams and Kevon Campbell.
Roman, who is one of most talented young swimmers in the country, is down to participate in the 15-17 section. She will be joined in the section by Zara Bailey and Daniel Booth.
Angara Sinclair, Annastazia Chin, D'Agaene Clarke will compete in the girls' 13-14 section while Xavier Phillips and Bryce Butler will participate in the boys' equivalent.
Allan Marsh, vice-president of the Jamaica Swimming Association, told The Gleaner yesterday that the remainder of the team will be announced on Thursday, but these persons have already selected themselves for the championships, based on their performances at various trial meets.
"We will announce the rest of the team by Thursday, but these are some of main persons who should be on the team," said Marsh. "I think that all of the persons mentioned above should do well because they are medal contenders for Jamaica.
"Most of them have been doing well in their preparations for the championships. I know that they have been putting in a lot of hard work and I have seen a steady improvement in their times," Marsh said.
Jamaica won 32 medals at the last Carifta Games, which was held in The Bahamas last year, and Marsh said he is expecting a much better performance at home.
"I think we should be able to improve on last year's fifth-place finish," he said.
Marsh also disclosed that Jamaica's team for the open water competition, which will be held in Discovery Bay, will also be selected on Thursday.