T&T, Jamaica, Aruba shine at CISC
NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) won four gold medals but The Bahamas and Aruba dominated the second day of the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) here Thursday night.
In action at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre, T&T swept both 100 metres backstroke races in the 18-and-over age group and then followed up by winning two of the 400 metres freestyle relays to complete a satisfactory outing.
However, Aruba picked up seven gold on the night as they dominated the individual events, while the hosts snatched four of the 400m freestyle relays, to finish with eight gold overall.
Jamaica, who landed seven gold on Wednesday's opening day, could only manage three this time around.
Keanan Dols gave Jamaica one of their gold medals when he captured the boys 15-17 100 metres backstroke in a time of 57.77, and Justin Plaschka added to that success with victory in the boys 18-and-over 50m butterfly, clocking 24.21.
The third gold came through Emily McDonald who won the girls 11-12 200m backstroke in 2:15.29.
T&T's success started in the girls 18-and-over when Kimberlee John-Williams blew away her field in clocking one minute, 5.38 seconds to win the 100 metres backstroke.
Teammate Kristin Julien was second in 1:07.03, while Jamaris Washshah of the British Virgin Islands took bronze in 1:09.61.
Dylan Carter followed up in the boys equivalent when he clocked 56.05 to edge out Jamaican Timothy Wynter who was timed at 56.15. Barbadian Christopher Courtis finished third in 57.36.
T&T also found success when Danielle Williams, Jada Chatoor, Jada Chai and Gabriela Donahue teamed up win the girls 13-14 400 metres freestyle relay in 4:07.22.
Puerto Rico copped silver in 4:11.91, while The Bahamas took bronze in 4:24.04.
Carter then linked up with Jabari Baptiste, Caryle Blondell and Joshua McLeod to win the boys 18-and-over 400 metres freestyle relay in 3:27.09.
Jamaica were forced into second in 3:30.61, while Barbados was a distant third in 3:45.86.
Grenada had a lone victory on the day, thanks to Jenebi Benoit who picked up the boys 11-12 50m butterfly when he touched the wall first in a time of 28.77 seconds.