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Nangle, Hamilton get Carifta Swim awards

Posted by Dresonic on April 12, 2007

Kendese Nangle emerges from the pool after winning the Girls 11-12 50m backstroke in 32.80secs at the National Stadium Pool last Saturday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

TOP Jamaican swimmers Kendese Nangle and Brad Hamilton walked away with two performance-based awards at the end of the four-day 2007 Carifta Swimming Championships which ended at the National Stadium pool on Tuesday night.

Nangle, who won gold in the 11-12 girls 50m backstroke in 32.80, was given a high-performance award for clocking a meet record 32.43 in the preliminaries.

Hamilton was named the top 15-17 boy after winning gold medals in the 100m butterfly (57.23), 50m breaststroke (29.91 CR), 50m freestyle (24.54), and the 100m breaststroke (1:07.30 NR).

The Bahamas’ McKayla Lightbourn, who won 13 gold medals with eight records, also received an award for the 13-14 girls 200m IM after winning in a record 2:22.80.
Jamaica finished fourth at the meet after amassing 679 points and were also fourth in the medal table with 47, including 11 gold, 19 silver, and 17 bronze.

Defending champions French Antilles claimed their second consecutive lien on the title after totalling 998.5 points, despite finishing with one less medal than second-placed finishers The Bahamas.

The Bahamas ended with 943.5 points and topped the table with 79, including 42 gold, 17 silver, and 20 bronze. The French Antilles’ 78 medals included 28 gold, 27 silver and 23 bronze.

Trinidad & Tobago (849.5 points) and Suriname (302 points) round out the top five.

Jamaica added 14 medals to its tally on the final day of the championships, nine of which had been previously reported in the Observer.

The hosts’ other medals on the final day came in the 11-12 girls 200m backstroke as Nangle clocked 2:42.85 for gold, with teammate Brittany Kenney picking up bronze in 2:44.62.
The 11-12 girls 200m freestyle relay team claimed gold in 1:58.88, the 13-14 boys 200m freestyle relay team were third in 1:45.25, while the 15-17 girls 200m relay team was second in 1:52.91.

Meanwhile, president of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica, John Eyre, told the Observer he was pleased with Jamaica’s performance and was proud that 100 per cent of the young Jamaican swimmers had produced at least one personal best time at the meet.

“The number of swimmers winning medals was more than last year,” Eyre pointed out. “Our goal was to provide the best, I haven’t had any negative feedback and I would say of the four competition we have hosted since 1999 this one ran the smoothest in the end,” Eyre added.

Jamaica last hosted the Carifta Swimming Championships in 2003.

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