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CARIFTA Championships: Day Two Prelims Recap

CARIFTA Championships: Day Two Prelims Recap
Photo: © Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
​By Lani Cabrera

Day two of the XXXII CARIFTA Swimming Championships got underway Sunday morning in Nassau, Bahamas, with preliminaries for the 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 400m IM, and the 400m medley relay.

In the girls 11-12 200m free, Avery Lambert (2:15.27) of the Cayman Islands took the top seed after posting a time almost three seconds ahead of the field. The second-place seed for Sunday night's final is Payton Zelkin (2:18.01) of Bermuda. In the 11-12 boys event, it was Cayman again, with Corey Frederick-Westerborg leading the field going into the finals with a time of 2:10.35.

The 13-14 girls 200m free will be a race to watch Sunday night with top seed Ali Jackson (2:14.31) of Cayman and second seed Logan Watson-Brown (2:14.32) of Bermuda separated by 0.01 of a second. In the boys' side of things, this time it's Guadeloupe with the 1-2 seeds with teammates Romeo Boileau and Mitch Bourgeois going 2:02.49 and 2:03.97 in their morning swims, respectively.

Bahamian Lilly Higgs, who was runner-up in both the 15-17 800m free and 200m breast events on Saturday night, will be looking for a title after touching the pads in prelims in top seed time of 2:11.63. The Cayman Islands' Lauren Hew and Jamaica's Britney Williams will also be tough contenders, after posting preliminary times of 2:11.70 and 2:11.78, respectively. Antiguan Olympian Noah Mascoll-Gomez will take lane four (top seed) in the 200m free final, after posting 1:58.40 in the morning swim.

In the 11-12 girls 50m fly, Zaneta Alvaranga had a standout swim, shattering the 30-second barrier, as well as the previous Jamaican age group record (29.97), after touching in a time of 29.70, just shy of the CARIFTA record of 29.09. In the 11-12 boys, Bahamian Nigel Forbes and Jamaican Nathaniel Thomas posted the top times of the morning, with 29.03 and 29.05, respectively.

For the 13-14 girls, Watson-Browne returned to the pool for her second event of the morning, posting the top seed time of 29.58. And for the boys, it was Antiguan Lleyton Martin (26.41) who will have lane four, with Bahamian Ian Pinder (26.91) and Davante Carey (27.00) on either side of him.

Elinah Phillip of British Virgin Islands touched the pads with the top time of 28.47 in the girls' 15-17 event. For the boys, it was Bermuda's Jesse Washington, the third-place finisher in the 100 fly on Saturday night, who took top seed in a time of 25.38.

Lambert took her second top seed of the morning, after posting a best time of 1:13.07 in the 11-12 100m backstroke. In the boys' event, Max Wilson of U.S. Virgin Islands was the only swimmer to break the 1:10 barrier in the morning, clocking in at 1:09.30, ahead of Barbados' Zachary Taylor (1:10.26) and Christopher Pollard (1:11.72).

In the 13-14 age group, Danielle Titus was just shy of her CARIFTA record (1:06.58), when she posted a prelims time of 1:07.09, more than three seconds ahead of the field. In the 13-14 boys 100m back, it was Carey who will take lane four after clocking in at 1:04.32, just ahead of Tristin Pragnell of Barbados, who finished in 1:04.38.

Hew of the Cayman Islands returned for another event and grabbed the top seed for Sunday night's final by more than three seconds with a time of 1:05.94. The 15-17 boys had an eventful preliminaries, when both Patrick Groters of Aruba, brother of the University of Missouri's Jordy Groters, and Jack Kirby of Barbados finished under the one-minute barrier, clocking in with times of 58.25 and 59.82, respectively.

The top eight seeded times for the 400m IM swim in finals only, but a standout swim came in the 15-17 preliminary from Eddie Weber of the Cayman Islands, who touched the pads in 4:49.19, knocking almost 10 seconds off of his entry time.

Sunday night's relays will also be ones to watch, with the top eight teams of every age group competing for the title.
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