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Blue Waves swimming impresses in Jamaica

The St. Anne’s School Blue Waves took a swim team to participate in the Hillel Caribbean Invitational Swim Meet in Kingston, Jamaica, last weekend. The team won several medals including a few golds.

Jayda Mackey picked up the first gold of the meet for the Blue Waves as she won it in the age 7-8 category 50 meters(m) backstroke event. She swam the race in 58.99 seconds. Winning silver was Hillel Preparatory with a time of 58.99 seconds. Swimming 59.24 seconds to secure the bronze medal was St. Hugh’s Rachel Swaby.

Another gold for the Blue Waves was picked up by Chloe Rolle in the 100m intermediate race. Her time of 1:36.85 was enough to beat out silver medalist Jesse Ripol Preparatory’s Zaviya Cameron. She recorded 1:39.43. Rounding out the podium finish was Hillel’s Noire Hunter, who swam 1:40.30.

The Blue Waves boys age 7-8 secured a gold medal in the 200m freestyle relays. They swam the race in 2:43.97. Hillel won silver as they finished with a time of 2:44.03. The bronze was won by Jesse Ripol as they swam 3:24.00.

Chloe Rolle of St. Anne’s finished second in the girls 200m freestyle with a time of 3:02:70. Noire Hunter from Hillel Preparatory won the event with a time of 3:02.32. Hunter’s teammate, Imani-Leigh Hall, finished third, recording a time of 3:12.74.

Rolle was not finished yet as she picked up another gold medal on Sunday in the girls 200m intermediate race. She swam it in 3:34.17. Jesse Ripol’s Quandra Meredith won the silver medal as she swam it in a time of 3:36.97. Hillel’s Charleen Davis was third as she finished the race in a time of 3:37.36.

The boys age 7-8 50m butterfly gold medal was scooped up by the Blue Waves’ Dijon Simmons who swam in 42.39 seconds. Jesse Ripol’s Geonico Bennett won the silver in a time of 43.83 seconds. Hillel’s Nixon was third with a time of 47.36 seconds.

Tiara Simmons upped the Blue Waves’ gold medal count as she recorded a time of 43.85 seconds in the girls 7-8 50m freestyle race. The silver medal went to Jesse Ripol’s Zoya Hawes. She swam 44.28 seconds. Hillel’s Kia Albert was third with a time of 46.81 seconds.

On the boys’ side, St. Anne’s Tahje Johnson won the silver medal after swimming his 200m race with a time of 3:03.96. Hillel’s Dmitry Peshkov won gold in a spectacular time of 2:44.78. His teammate, Jayson Grant, was the bronze medalist in a time of 3:06.46.

Johnson was back in the pool for the boys 100m intermediate as he swam 1:37.93 to win the bronze medal. Winning that race was Grant in a time of 1:36.03. Liberty Academy Preparatory’ Matthew Roomes won silver as he finished the race in 1:36.62.

The Blue Waves won bronze in the boys age 7-8 category in the 50m breast stroke as Gerard Rolle swam it in 51.27 seconds. Jesse Ripol Preparatory’s Bennett and Xander Sandcroft won the gold and silver respectively. Bennett finished in 48.24 seconds and Sandcroft’s time was 49.26 seconds.

Rolle returned to the pool to pick up a silver medal in the same age category but in the 50m backstroke. His time was 46.39. Hillel’s Cameron Brown swam it in 42.40 to win the gold medal. His teammate, Adlai, was the bronze medalist with a time of 47.29 seconds.

Chloe Rolle had to swim hard for the silver medal in the girls 100m freestyle. Her time was 1.24.45. Hillel’s Noire was the gold medalist in this race as she swam 1.21.87. Jesse Ripol’s Meredith was third with a time of 1:24.70.

Simmons settled for the silver medal in the same age category of the 50m freestyle. His time was 38.69 seconds. Nixon won the gold as he swam 37.81 seconds. Bennett’s 38.81 seconds was enough to land him the bronze medal.

In the team event, the Blue Waves boys age 9-10 team won silver in the 200m freestyle in a time of 2:34:10. Jesse Ripol’s team won that race in a time of 2:33.21. Hillel got the bronze medal in a time of 2.38.55.

It was another gold medal for the Blue Waves in the team event as they won the boys age 7-8 200m medley relay. Their time of 3:04.93 was enough to hold off second place Hillel’s 3:08.16. Jesse Ripol won the bronze in 3:27.72.

The Blue Waves’ girls ages 10 and 11 200m medley relay team was the only competitors in that event. They recorded 3:23.97.

The boys 9-10 team placed third in the 200m medley relay finishing in a time of 3:07.00. Hillel won gold as they swam 2:55.72. Jesse Ripol finished the race in 3:02.18 to win the silver medal.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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