Alpha Biig in short course championships
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).
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.