Trinidad and Tobago: Liam Carrington’s of Trinidad and Tobago 13-14 CARIFTA backstroke sweeps put him on the cusp of being all-time best from the region in that stroke.
Lifespan 007 Open Water Swim took to Facebook and stated that before 2023 Trinidad and Tobago’s Liam Carrington had not won an individual regional Gold medal as an 11 and over competitor. That would all change in Curaçao in the pool named after iconic regional swimmer Enith Brigitha.
The bar in terms of times for the 13-14 age group were set by future Olympians and University of Southern California teammates Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter and Jamaican Timothy Wynter in 2011. Fast forward to 2023 and Carrington is set make new standards.
In the 50 metre race he broke the 2017 Championship record of 27.67set by Bahamian Davante Carey with a swim of 27.34. Carey is the fastest Bahamian of all time with his 2022 Commonwealth Games time of 25.86. It also beat the NAGR held by Carter of 27.41. The best 13-14 CARIFTA and CCCAN time is 26.96 when Wynter beat Carter for Gold at the 2011 CCCAN Champs.
In the 100 metre event Carrington barely missed Carter’s 2011 meet of 59.63 record . Liam recorded his first ever sub minute swim of 59.66 to take the victory. He will be chasing the 2011 CCCAN and NAGR of 58.70 set by Carter. The CARIFTA best is 58.13 by Guadeloupe’s K-Ryls from 2015.
In the 200 Carrington dropped over three seconds to win in 2:11.84. That was again a close record miss. The 2009 Championship mark belongs to Laurent Geran of Guadeloupe 2:11.48. To claim the title of the best of all time from the twin island Republic he will have to overtake the 2001 mark of Olympian Nicholas Bovell of 2:09.83. The CARIFTA best belongs Wynter who got the better of Carter in the 13-14 backstroke battle of an era 2:09.55 to 2:11.08.
Again Carrington has entered the chat as one of the best ever from the region as only four boys have ever swept the stroke in this age group. Olympian from then Netherland Antilles Rodian Davelaar 2005, Countrymen Walter Romany and Christian Homer 2006 and 2006 and Martinique’s Alexis Aricat in 2009.
To challenge for the overall CARIFTA and CCCAN supremacy Carrington and his team will be looking at the following times Timothy Wynter 26.96, K-Ryls Miatti 58.13a and Puerto Rican Olympian Jarod Arroyo 2016 swim of 2:08.34.
Look for Liam to push for regional excellence and the all time number one spot for the rest of the 2023 season.