Bahamas' Johnson, Jamaica's Alvaranga star in the pool on Sunday

By April 22, 2019

Marvin Johnson won four of the Bahamas nine gold medals on Sunday at the Carifta Swimming Championships currently underway in the Bahamas.

Johnson won three individual medals including the Boys 11-12 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke on a day when the defending champions pushed their medal tally up to 39 medals consisting of 18 gold medals, 11 silver and 10 bronze.

Not far behind are Jamaica who have 11 gold, 16 silver and seven bronze medals thanks largely on Sunday to the efforts of their star performer Zaneta Alvaranga.

Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago are third with 17 medals comprising eight gold, four silver, and five bronze.

Johnson won the 200m free in 2:07.92 ahead of compatriot Tristin Ferguson 2:10.18 and Jaydon Croes of Aruba who claimed the bronze medal in 2:11.36.

In the 50m butterfly, Johnson held off the challenge of Jamaica’s Nathaniel Thomas to win in 28.26s to Thomas’ 29.20. Jamaica’s Brian Lewinson McPherson was third in 29.77s.

Johnson won his third gold medal in the 100m breaststroke touching first in 1:08.44 ahead of Jamaica’s Lewinson-McPherson 1:09.90 and Bermuda’s Elijah Daley 1:09.95s.

Nigel Forbes claimed another gold for the Bahamas when he took the 13-14 Boys 50m butterfly in 26.47s ahead of Nathaniel Thomas 26.73 and Suriname’s Feranto Stuger 26.81.

Davante Carey won the 15-17 100m backstroke in 59.63s well clear of his teammate Lamar Taylor (1:00.17) and  Barbados’ Tristan Pragnell (1:01.15).

Luke Kennedy won gold in the 15-17 400m individual medley while Izaak Bastian copped gold in the 15-17 50m butterfly in 25.10.

For Jamaica, the night belonged to Zaneta Alvaranga

She led the way the 50m butterfly with the gold medal in a championship record time of 27.84 to beat the previous mark of 27.94 seconds she set last year.

Meantime, it was a one-two finish for Jamaica as Sabrina Lyn came home second for the silver medal, well behind in 29.13.  Bermuda’s Elan Daley finished third for the bronze medal in 29.59.

Alvaranga’s 27.84 clocking in the final also represents a new personal best and national age group record. The time was also the fastest recorded by a female on the night.

Leanna Wainwright secured a second medal on her international debut for Jamaica by winning the Girls’ 11-12 100m backstroke in a personal best time of 1:11.65 to add to the bronze she won in the 50m backstroke on Saturday.

Wainwright held her nerve when the Cayman Islands Lila Higo made a late charge but the Caymanian had to settle for the silver medal in 1:11.76.

 Bermuda’s Imojen Judd, the 50m backstroke champion, took the bronze medal in 1:12.84.  Wainwright’s countrywoman Giani Francis placed fourth in 1:13.41.

Wainwright won a third medal as she teamed up with Kokolo Foster (breaststroke), Giani Francis (butterfly) and Christanya Shirley (freestyle) to take gold in the Girls’ 11-12 400m medley relay.

 The Jamaicans won in national and championship record of 4:49.77, which erased the old mark of  4:52.00 set by the quartet of  Gillian Stewart, Tamari Farquharson, Kheri Ann Robinson and Rene Wright at the 2002 games.

Bermuda took the silver medal in 4:52.93, while the Cayman Islands finished third for the bronze medal in 4:59.98.

Jamaica also secured two other girls’ relay gold medals. Those gold medals came in the 15-17 4x100m medley and the 13-14 4x100m medley.

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