‘Y’ Speedos top Dean Martin Clas­sic

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE ‘Y’ Speedos Swim Club came out over­all win­ners with 615 points at this year’s Dean Martin Memo­rial AB Long Course Swim Clas­sic, which was held at the Na­tional Aquat­ics Cen­tre on Satur­day.

The meet was the sea­son opener for the Am­a­teur Swim­ming As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica (ASAJ) and scored us­ing the 2013-16 Mo­ti­va­tional Age Group Time Stan­dards.

A num­ber of swim­mers sig­nalled their in­ten­tion to join the na­tional age group swim team by post­ing AA and higher times. These time stan­dards guide the con­tes­tants from just start­ing out in their age group to reach­ing their high­est po­ten­tial.

The stan­dard is de­signed to en­cour­age age group swim­mers to step up their swim­ming to Caribbean and in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Mean­while, Chris­tanya Shirley of the Mar­lins Swim Club was a stand­out among the re­spec­tive age groups. A to­tal of 27 records were bro­ken, with Shirley ac­count­ing for five and post­ing five AAAA times in as many events. She was awarded the high achiever award for her age group.

Other AAAA per­form­ers in­clude Josh John­son of Mar­lins Swim Club, Emily Mac­Don­ald of Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club and Zaneta Al­varanga of ‘Y’ Speedos Swim Club.

The ‘Y’ Speedos Swim Club 13-14 boys also set a na­tional age group record in the 200m med­ley re­lay on Satur­day.

Other lo­cal swim­mers who at­tained the Carifta qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard AA and above are Orane Gar­icks of Mar­lins Swim Club, Brit­ney Wil­liams of Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club and Keith-Jor­dan Wilkin­son of Mar­lins Swim Club.

The next event on the ASAJ’s cal­en­dar will be the Wal­ter Lowi Swim Meet on Novem­ber 19, where swim­mers will have another chance to bat­tle for the cov­eted times to make the na­tional de­vel­op­ment squad.

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