Barbados: The Barbados Swim team finished fifth with 474 points from a total of 10 gold, 10 silver and 15 bronze medals when the 36th CARIFTA Aquatics Championships ended in Curacao over the last weekend.
Barbados Children Directory took to Facebook and stated that most outstanding for Barbados was Heidi Stoute who won five individual gold medals, three gold from three relays swimming in the 13-14 age group and she was also the winner of the Open Water 5k event. Stoute also broke a CARIFTA record and set a new national record in the 13-14 girls 100m Freestyle with a time of 59.84. The St. Winifred’s School student was second in her age group and she also won the High Point Trophy.
In her final CARIFTA showing, Adara Stoddard from the Foundation School was also impressive winning 2 gold, 2 bronze and one silver medal. Stoddard dropped 2.89 seconds off her 200m freestyle performance and she did a personal best in the 100m breast stroke.
Harrison College student Amiya Harrison competing in the 11-12 age group collected five individual medals which came in three silvers in the girls’ 200m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke and two bronze in the 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly to place 3rd in her division overall with 43 points.
Jaiya Simmons also from Harrison College and swimming in the 13-14 age group, clinched the gold medal in the girls’ 50m freestyle in a time of 27.28 seconds, a silver in the girls’ 50m butterfly and a bronze in the 100m butterfly.
Toria Alleyne collected a bronze in the 13-14 girls’ 200m freestyle in a time of 2:16.67 while Amelie Baker took the bronze medal in the 15-17 Girls’ 800m Freestyle and Kenyah Deane won a bronze medal in the girls’ 15-17 age group in the girls 1,500m freestyle.
Zachary Burke of Dolphin Swim Club was the most outstanding boy on the team. He won six individual medals which came in 4 silvers in the 11-12 boys 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 50m butterfly, the 200 metres and two bronze in the 50m breaststroke and the 50m freestyle.
His wins amassed 52 points to position him in 2nd place in his age group.Some of the talented swimmers who did not collect individual medals collected some on the relay teams. The 11-12 girls relay team made up of – Khalia Springer, Naomi Als, M’Rya Maycock and Amiya Harrison produced some good results. They won bronze in the 400m freestyle, the 200m freestyle relay and the medley relay.
The 400m Freestyle relay team in the girls’ 13-14 age group won the gold medal with the team made up of Sarah Bartlett, Toria Alleyne, Jaiya Simmons and Heidi Stoute.
Another relay team in the girls’ 13-14 age group and made up of Heidi Stoute, Toria Alleyne, Sarah Bartlett, and Isabella Mayers won the gold medal in the 800m Freestyle event. In the 200m freestyle relay, Isabella Mayers teamed up with Toria Alleyne, Jaiya Simmons and Heidi Stoute to win that event.