Jahmia Harley and Keryn Burke won their respective age group events in recording-breaking fashion on Saturday evening at the National Age-Group Short Course Championship at the National Aquatic Centre in Balmain, Couva.
Harley of Tidal Wave Aquatics (TWA) put together a fine race to touch the wall first in the Girls 15-17 100 metre backstroke one minute and 03.59 seconds to better her own national record of 1:03.95 established last year.
The 16-year-old's effort also met the "A" qualifying standard (1:13.80) for the Goodwill Swimming Meet which will be held in Paramaribo, Suriname from August 16-18. Also meeting the standard were second-place finisher Terri Yates (15) of Blue Dolphin with 1:11.06 and Sierra Robinson (15) of Marlins with 1:13.72.
Burke broke Harley’s records in the girls 9 - 10 50 meter butterfly on Thursday in a time of 31.61 and the girls 9-10 100m freestyle on Saturday in a time of 1.02.32 in the five-day event, which began on Wednesday and was to conclude yesterday.
Swimmers from several swim clubs all came out to challenge the opportunity to sit on the national team for the Goodwill Swimming Meet in Paramaribo, Suriname from August 16-18. A team of 40 swimmers will comprise four in each age group for both boys and girls, 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, and 15 -17.
Swimmers will know the succession results after deliberation is done this week.