Bahamas: The Bison 800 yard freestyle relay with Bahamian World Short Course representative Luke-Kennedy Thompson and Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Games medallist Mark-Anthony Beckles set a new school rand championship record of 6:35.84.
The first day of Northeast Conference Championships got off to the best possible start for the CARIFTA region men at Howard University.
The team got underway with a record swim US Olympic Trials qualifier Miles Simon. He went 1:36.29 (split time 48.18. That broke his school record of 1:39.59 set leading off last year’s relay. He also went under the championship record of 1:37.69 set by Daniel Matheus Santos of St Francis.
He got good support from Beckles 1:38.53,Reese Samuels 1:41.53 and Thompson 1:39.55.That was well under the meet record of 6:39.50 set by the 2022 Bryant University team and the Bison standard of 6:42.35 set at last year’s Championships.
Earlier, Lifespan 007 open water swim shared the update on the Mighty Chin from Mobay who strikes again. Leah lowers 14 year old meet record by Kendese Nangle with 1:08.86 swim.
Leah Chin from Montego Bay has made her intentions clear for the up coming CARIFTA Championships in Curaçao with a record backstroke performance. Competing in the 13-14 age group , the 2022 Pan Am Age group Champion crushed her personal best 1:10.15 to win the Gold in new Championship record of 1:08.86.
The fast swim took place at the National Aquatic Centre on Tuesday night at the 2023 Walter Rogers Age Group National Championships. Her performance saw her knocking the old meet record of 1:10.15 set way back in 2009 by Kendese Nangle off the books. That same year Nangle would the 13-14 CARIFTA Silver medal so Leah is on a good path. She was the fastest female swimmer in the event on the opening night. The national age group record of 1:07.69 is held by her club mate from Montego Bay Leanna Wainwright from 2021. Last year in Barbados it took 1:10.03 or faster to be on the medal podium.