Al­pha Biig in short course cham­pi­onships

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 5 -

Bar­ba­dos’ most pro­lific swim club is dom­i­nat­ing yet an­other meet.

Al­pha Sharks are re­ally mak­ing their pres­ence felt in the pool af­ter win­ning more than half of the races on the sec­ond night of Wed­nes­day’s Biig Short Course Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Led by out­stand­ing per­for­mances from Danielle Ti­tus and Omari Sealy, Al­pha ac­counted for 13 vic­to­ries at the Aquatic Cen­tre, not in­clud­ing sev­eral other podium fin­ishes.

The 12-year-old Sealy de­stroyed an 1112 boys’ field with big wins in the 200 me­tres In­di­vid­ual Med­ley (2:31.95), 100 me­tres but­ter­fly (1:05.95) and the 200 me­tres freestyle (2:13.43).

Olympic hope­ful

He had noth­ing on Ti­tus, though, as the Olympic hope­ful beat club and school­mate Ash­ley Weekes in the 15-17 girls’ equiv­a­lent of the same 200 IM, 100 fly (1:05.98) and 200 free (2:08.80).

Yet it was Ti­tan’s Jay­den Lavine who re­ally left tongues wag­ging af­ter he came close to eras­ing Da­mon St Prix’s mark in the 9-10 boys’ 50 fly.

Es­sen­tially swim­ming against the clock, Lavine touched the pad in 32.14 sec­onds, just short of the record of 32.00 set in 2011.

The ten-year-old also won the 200 free in 2:27.17.

CARIFTA swim­mers Mccal­lum Clarke and Christo­pher Pollard con­tin­ued their ri­valry af­ter split­ting the first two races of the 13-14 boys’ cat­e­gory.

Al­pha’s Clarke won the 200 IM in 2:14.46 be­fore Pollard of Pi­rates evened the score in the 100 fly.

But Pollard’s club­mate Zachary Taylor got the last laugh when he up­ended both boys to win an ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive 200 free in which the top four swim­mers were sep­a­rated by less than a sec­ond.

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