SAVANETA, Aruba, April 23. SURINAME’s Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw, 12, is definitely making a mark on the 11-12 age division at the Carifta Games, which features the best age groupers out of the Caribbean. So far, Tjouw has won four individual events in just two days of action.
Bahamas’ Joanna Evans notched a win in the girls 200-meter free with a 2:05.52, while Arbua’s Daniella van den Berg clipped Guadelupe’s Charlotte Backovic, 2:09.23 to 2:09.25, for second overall. Barbados’ Christian Sebly snared the boys 200-meter free crown in 1:53.58 with Jamaica’s Nico Campbell claiming second in 1:55.22. Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders rounded out the top three in 1:55.91.
Martinique’s Sandrine Fanchonna won the girls 50-meter fly in 28.98 with Trinidad and Tobago’s Kristin Julien taking second in 29.02. Barbados’ Zabrina Holder earned third in 29.19. French Guyana’s Dorian Pedro-Leal and Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot tied for the boys 50-meter fly title with matching 25.32s. Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams placed third in 25.71.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Kristin Julien snatched the girls 100-meter back title in 1:06.39 with Suriname’s Brienne Renfurm placing second in 1:07.85. Jamaica’s Danielle Boothe earned third in 1:08.02. Trinidad and Tobago’s David McLeod (58.72) and Jabari Baptiste (59.82) took first and second in the boys 100-meter back, while Jamaica’s Keanan Dols earned third in 1:01.16.
Bahamas’ Joanna Evans grabbed the girls 400-meter IM title in 5:06.47 with Aruba’s Daniella van den Berg earning second in 5:11.61. Jamaica’s Danielle Boothe claimed third with a 5:16.89. Aruba’s Jordy Groters captured the boys 400-meter IM in 4:39.83 with Jamaica’s Keanan Dols taking second in 4:40.14. Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders touched third in 4:40.39.
Barbados’ Hannah Gill nearly clipped the meet record in the girls 200-meter free with a 2:09.99. That swim just missed Kimberlee John Williams’ 2009 mark of 2:09.51. Bahamas’ Albury Higgs placed second in 2:11.18 with Guadelupe’s Mathilde Jean earning third in 2:11.46. Gudaelupe’s Samuel Marinette snagged the boys 200-meter free crown in 1:57.98 with Bermuda’s Jesse Washington taking second in 1:58.16. Aruba’s Patrick Groters wound up third in 1:59.53 with Antigua and Barbuda’s Noah Mascoll-Gomes also breaking 2:00 with a 1:59.90 for fourth.
A trio of swimmers beat the meet record in the girls 50-meter fly as British Virgin Islands’ Elinah Phillip (28.71), Aruba’s Keeley Maduro (29.26) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Amira Pilgrim (29.41) all undercut Tyla Martin’s 29.49 from 2012. Suriname’s Irvin Hoost nipped Trinidad and Tobago’s Kael Yorke, 26.46 to 26.48, in the boys 50-meter fly. Bermuda’s Jesse Washington placed third in 26.55.
Cayman Islands’ Lauren Hew broke a historic meet record in the girls 100-mete back with a 1:07.21, upended the 1:07.68 set by Sangeeta Puri way back in 1995. Bermuda’s Madelyn Moore took second in 1:09.18, while teammate Shannon Hassell earned third in 1:09.30. Aruba’s Patrick Groters won the boys 100-meter back in 1:01.99. Trinidad and Tobago’s Justin Samlalsingh (1:02.53) and Antigua and Barbuda’s Noah Mascoll-Gomes (1:03.89) rounded out the podium.
Bahamas’ Albury Higgs won the girls 400-meter IM in 5:12.19, while Guadelupe’s Alice Marsau (5:22.02) and Lesy Celini (5:22.32) finished well behind in second and third. Groters doubled up with a 4:49.31 to win the boys 400-meter IM. Barbados’ Luis Sebastian Weekes took second in 4:56.02 with Guadelupe’s Samuel Marinette earning third in 4:56.66.
Bermuda’s Ashley Irby clinched the girls 200-meter free title in 2:16.76 with Aruba’s Elisabeth Timmer earning second in 2:18.54. Trinidad and Tobago’s Jada Chai wrapped up the top three in 2:18.78. Suriname’s Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw continued his strong meet with his third title thus far as he posted a 2:07.17 in the boys 200-meter free. Martinique’s Hendrick Champrobret finished well back with a second-place 2:12.76, while Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale earned third in 2:13.22.
The first meet record of the night fell in the girls 50-meter fly with Curacao’s Chade Nersicio edging Bermuda’s Emma Harvey at the wall, 29.37 to 29.55. That swims both eclipsed the 2009 record of 29.97 set by Danielle Boothe. Trinidad and Tobago’s Jada Chai raced to third in 30.29. Bahamas went 1-2 in the boys 50-meter fly with Samuel Gibson (28.72) and Darren Laing (29.51) taking the top two spots in the sprint. Martinique’s Hendrick Camprobert took his second podium with a third-place 29.54.
Barbados’ Danielle Titus topped the girls 100-meter back in 1:08.82, while Bermuda’s Emma Harvey and Curacao’s Tiareth Cijntje battled for second, 1:12.01 to 1:13.02, respectively. Touw Ngie Tjouw won his fourth title of the meet with a record time of 1:05.25 in the boys 100-meter back. That effort smashed Dylan Carter’s 2009 record of 1:06.44. Guadelupe’s Anthony Mercury placed well behind with a second-place 1:09.55, while Suriname’s Kenzo Simons took third in 1:10.52.
Barbados’ Danielle Titus doubled up tonight with a 5:36.13 in the girls 400-meter IM, while Jamaica’s Laura Limsang placed second in 5:38.86. Guadelupe’s Franely Angele wound up third in 5:43.31. Guadelupe’s Anthony Mercury earned the boys 400-meter IM in 5:22.51, while Bahamas’ Peter Morley (5:26.04) and Martinique’s thomas Bourdon (5:30.27) completed the top three.