Day 2 of the GASA National Short Course Swimming Championships yesterday afternoon saw Aleka Persaud breaking the 50m freestyle record in a time of 36.94 in the Girls 8 and Under category. She was in dominant form, also breaking the 50m butterfly with a time of 43.51 and then smashed Telena Smith’s record of 1.41.38 in a time of 1.38.11 in the 100 IM.
Raekwon Noel swimming in the Boys 8 and Under 50m freestyle, romped to victory with a time of 33.31. He also took the 50m butterfly in a time of 39.11and then demolished the long standing record of Ronaldo Rodrigues 100m IM of 1.31.46 with a perfect swim time of 1.30.
In the Boys 9-10 Leon Seaton broke his own record of 32.47 in the 50m freestyle with a new time of 31.78. In the Girls 11-12 category Amy Grant broke her idol Britany Van Lange’s butterfly record time of 34.86, in a time of 34.25, with her unique side breathing style which no other swimmer uses in this country.
Other winners in the day’s events were Omar Adams who won the 50m and 200m freestyle, swimming in the Boys 15-17 category; Jadyn George collected three titles in the Girls 9-10 category with wins in the 50m and 200m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke. Lian Winter also captured three championship titles in the same category with wins in the 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke and the 200IM.
Her brother Alex Winter also won the 50m butterfly in the Boys 11-12 category. Accalia Khan in the Girls 13-14 age group won the 50m and 200m freestyle. The Boys 18 and over 50m freestyle was won by Earlando McRae who represented Guyana in the 2013 FINA World Championship.
Action continues tomorrow the final day, with the 1500m and 800m events.
The outstanding young champs will all be headed to the Schools championship set for this week looking to continue their impressive form.
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