The curtains came down on the 2023 instalment of the Carifta Aquatic Championships in Curacao this evening with an exciting finish for team Antigua & Barbuda. Four more medals were picked up.
The races started off with the 400 m Freestyle events and we immediately captured 2 silver medals in both the 11-12 girl’s and boy’s events with swimmers Anya DeGannes and Reuben Edwards.
Reuben was poised for the gold but miscounted his laps thinking he had finished. He lost some momentum returning to complete the final two laps which cost him the gold to his close competitor from the Bahamas.
Ellie Shaw brought home gold in the 13-14 girl’s 100 breaststroke in fine style clocking a new Carifta record and also established a new National Record in a time of 1:14.28.
She also broke the old Carifta record in the 50 Breast the day before but the new record is now held by Martinique who won that event.
When we thought it couldn’t get any better, 13-14 age grouper Madison MacMillan, a Carifta first timer, clocked a personal best in the 200m backstroke in a time of 2:33.97 to bring home bronze and broke the old national record of 2:39.63 held by Gabriella Gittens since 2016.
Other finalists included Tivon Benjamin in the 15-17 boys 400 Freestyle in 8th place; Selah Wiltshire in the 13-14 girl’s 100 breaststoke in a PB time of 1:23.72 resulting in a 5th place finish; Reuben Edwards in 11-12 boy’s 50 Freestyle finishing in 8th place.
Bahamas once again won the championship with 1113 points, over the Cayman Islands 752 points and Trinidad & Tobago with 534 points.
In total Antigua captured 10 medals; 2 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze
Anya DeGannes (11) – 1 silver, 2 bronze (400 Free, 100 Fly & 200 Free)
Reuben Edwards (12) – 2 silver (200 & 400 Free)
Ellie Shaw (14) – 2 gold, 1 silver (200 & 100 Breast, 50 Breast)
Selah Wiltshire (14) – 1 bronze (50 Breast)
Madison MacMillan (14) 1 bronze (200 Back)
Seven (7) new Age Group Records & National Records we established at the meet.
Kudos to our coaches and all our swimmers for their hard work and to our parents who tirelessly support their children.
Congratulations Team Antigua Barbuda!!! We are proud of you!!! There is room at the top for you.
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Congrats to the team. Well done.
Great job team Antigua and Barbuda. And especially the medal winners and Kudos to the double gold winner Ellie Shaw. You did your country proud.
May I suggest that as soon as the government finishes building the new pool that the Swimming Federation put in a bid to hold the CARIFTA Swim Meet in Antigua, so that our swimmers can compete on home turf. And the ministry should consider holding a name competition for the new pool. Should it be called after one of our swimmers? Not a bad idee if I say so myself. But who should it be?
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