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Anthony, Wilson lead Carifta swim qualifiers
Zoe Anthony and Zarek Wilson continued to add to their winning tally as action in the 2018 Carifta qualification events continue at the National Age Group Long Course Championships hosted by the Amateur Swimming Association of T&T at the National Aquatic Centre, Balmain, Couva on Friday night.
The 12-year-old Anthony of Marlins won three finals for the second night in-a-row to improve her tally to eight wins in three nights, while 14-year-old Wilson of Blue Dolphins also recorded two wins as both swimmers continued to dominate the meet which serves as the last qualifier for the Carifa Swimming Championships carded for Kingston, Jamaica from March 31 to April 3.
Already a member of the national team, Anthony won the the 11-12 girls, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m butterfly.
She won the 100m freestyle in one minute, 03.55 seconds, which was under the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN ) qualification mark of 1:03.64 and the Carifta B time of 1:04.90, while Savannah Chee-Wah also achieved the standard in 1:04.49 with Gabrielle Vickles, third in 1:04.93.
Her breaststroke win came in 1:24.97 well under the Carifta B mark of 1:25.29 with second placed finisher Joy Blackett in a Carifta C qualifying time of 1:26.61 while Daniella Blackman took bronze in 1:30.28.
And in the butterfly swim, Anthony touched the wall first in 2:40.74 a Carifta C qualifying time while Caitlyn Look Fong (2:53.67) and Soriyah Alfonso (3:11.75) were second and third respectively.
Wilson of Blue Dolphins won the 11-12 boys 100m freestyle in a Carifta A standard qualifying time of 58.24 with Josiah Changar (59.52) second, and Nikoli Blackman (59.98), third.
He also earned his qualification in the 50m backstroke in 29.84 just shy of Dylan Carter’s 2009 record mark of 29.76 and well under the qualifying time of 31.74 for Carifta A qualification.
Blackman was second this time out in 33.18 and Sheni St Hillaire, third in 34.43.
Wilson’s third Carifta A qualifying swim on the night came in the 200m butterfly in two minutes, 25.62 seconds well ahead of ‘B’ qualifier Blackman (2:32.07), and Stachys Harley (2:46.14).
Kael Yorke of Tidal Wave Aquatics won the 15-17 boys 200m butterfly in 2:08.13, a Carifta A standard time with Mark Anthony Beckles (2:19.13) and Josiah Parag (2:23.79) well beaten as the other podium finishers.
Yorks also won the 100m freestyle in 53.82 ahead of Graham Chatoor (54.60) and Jeron Thompson (54.96).
Vickles achieved the CCCAN ‘B’ mark when she won the 11-12 girls 50m backstroke in 33.88 followed by Anthony (34.29 and Chee-Wah (35.34).
Ileana Bocage was a Carifta ‘B’ qualifier in the 15-17 girls 100m breaststroke in 1:18.60 with Vrisnelit Faure a distant second in 1:24.40 and Jada Chatoor, third, in 1:25.48.
Another Carifta B qualifier was Jeron Thompson in the 15-17 boys 50m backstroke when he touched the wall first in 28.17 with Kael Yorke (28.60) and Aqeel Joseph (29.26) second and third respectively.
While he did not attained any qualifying time on the night, Malik Nelson of Atlantis Aquatics was still impressive with a trio of wins in the 13-14 boys 100m freestyle (56.43); 50m backstroke (30.01), and 200m butterfly (2:27.66) splashes.
The meet which splashed off on Wednesday concludes today at the same venue with heats in the morning from 9am and finals at 6pm.
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