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Yorke secures Carifta swimming spot
Kael Yorke of Tidal Wave Aquatics led a final night rush of Carifta Swimming Championship qualifiers when the National Age-Group Long Course Swimming Championship ended at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva on Sunday night.
The 17-year-old Yorke achieved the Carifta ‘A’ qualifying time of 56.82 seconds in winning the 15-17 boys 100m butterfly in 55.97 seconds with Mark Anthony Beckles second in 58.18, and Aqeel Joseph, third in 59.40.
Zarek Wilson raced home in two minutes, 27.32 seconds in the 11-12 boys 200m backstroke, well under the Carifta A time of 2:31.72 and ahead of Nikoli Blackman (2:37.55) and Stachys Harley (2:43.22)
He then topped his field in the 100m butterfly in 1:04.36 which was well within the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (1:05.47) and Carifta A (1:06.08) qualifying times.
Josiah Changar’s (1:05.38) also qualified him for both meets as well while Blackman was third in 1:08.13, to better the Carifta B mark of 1:08.47.
Blackman (26.89) then turned the tide on his rival when he led a 1-2-3 Carifta B (27.78) qualification field ahead of Wilson (27.16) and Changar (27.32) in the 50m freestyle.
Zoe Anthony’s concluded her impressive five days of competition by qualify in Carifta B times for the 11-12 girls 50m freestyle andf 100m butterfly splashes, to end with 14 wins over the five days.
Some athletes also attained the B qualifying standards. In the 50m freestyle, Anthony touched the wall in 29.06, well inside the qualifying B mark of 29.27. In the butterfly swim, Anthony’s time of 1:10.47 and Caitlyn Look Fong’s (1:11.99) dipped under the B time of 1:12.67 set.
Jahmia Harley attained a Carifta B qualifying standard time (2:32.41) when she won the 15-17 girls 200m backstroke in 2:31.61.
Harley also won the 100m butterfly in 1:07.67 ahead of Vrisnelit Faure (1:09.79) and Jada Chatoor (1:14.16).
Danielle Williams bettered the Carifta B (27.72) qualifying mark when she touched the wall first in the 15-17 girls 50m freestyle in 27.38.
The final swimmer on the night to secure a spot in a Carifta swim event was Jeron Thompson when he won the 15-17 boys 50m freestyle in 24.25, under the Carifta B mark of 24.51 second set.
The trio of Kadon Williams, Zachary Anthony and Rylan Thomas each picked up two wins on the final night of competition as well.
Tomorrow at Couva, the national team to represent this country at next month’s 38th edition of the Carifta Swimming Championships carded for Kingston, Jamaica from March 31 to April 3 will be ratified at the Amateur Swimming Association of T&T (ASATT) Council meeting.
Team T&T will be hoping to improve on its fourth placed finish in Bahamas last year, while T&T last captured the title in 2010 in Jamaica, after victory in Aruba a year earlier as well.
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