Swimming takes centre stage

Published: Saturday | March 30, 2013 Comments 0
Captain of Trinidad and Tobago Kryztien Sharpe preparing to take a penalty during his team's 14-5 demolition of Bahamas as Carifta Swimming Championships water polo action started at the National Stadium pool yesterday. Trinidad and Tobago defeated Bahamas 14-5. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Captain of Trinidad and Tobago Kryztien Sharpe preparing to take a penalty during his team's 14-5 demolition of Bahamas as Carifta Swimming Championships water polo action started at the National Stadium pool yesterday. Trinidad and Tobago defeated Bahamas 14-5. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

A total of 34 Jamaicans will take to the pool in 14 individual events as competitive swimming gets under way on today's second day of the 28th staging of the Carifta Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water Championships at the National Stadium pool.

The day's action is slated to commence at 9 a.m., with the preliminaries for the 28 events down to be contested. Things will heat up at 6:30 p.m. when it will be time for the finals.

The afternoon session will be preceded by the opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The females in 800m freestyle for the 13-14 and 15-17 age groups will be the first set of competitors, with the event being contested as a time final. Jamaica will be represented in the race by Breanna Roman, who is unranked.

Three of Jamaica's swimmers who are set to feature today are the top-ranked competitors entering their events.

Zara Bailey, competing in her first Carifta Games, leads the field going into the girls' 15-17 200m breaststroke. Bailey, who is based in London, comes in with the leading time of 2:37.52 minutes. Bailey is also ranked at number two in the girls 15-17 100m butterfly, with a time of 1:04.88 minutes.

Jamaica could finish one-two in the girls' 15-17 200m breaststroke, as Roman, who has the second-fastest time (2:41.52), will also line up in the event.

Angara Sinclair, who is looking to make her mark at the 13-14 age group having won last year in the 11-12 category, has the fastest time of 32.26 seconds going into the girls' 13-14 50m backstroke.

Jamaica's other representative in the race, Annastazia Chin, is ranked at number five with a time of 33.13 seconds.

Keen rivalry

United States-based Timothy Wynter is the quickest going into the boys 15-17 50m backstroke, with a time of 26.58 seconds. His compatriot, Cameron Chow, is ranked fourth with his time of 27.98 seconds.

Wynter is also expected to continue a keen rivalry that developed with the Trinidadian pair of Dylan Carter and Joshua Romany in the boys 15-17 100m butterfly. Wynter's time of 56.61 seconds ranks him third behind Carter (55.79) and Romany (56.51).

Four relay events are also slated to be contested, as both the female and male teams will line up in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 400m freestyle.

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com

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