Zarek Wilson and Joy Blackett bagged a gold medal each at the 34th Carifta Swimming Championship yesterday evening at the Barbados Aquatic Centre, Wildey, Barbados.
Wilson was victorious in the 13-14 Boys 200m freestyle, stopping the clock at 2:00.09. He defeated Bermuda's Sam Williamson (2:01.81) and Martinique's Anthony Curton (2:02.21).
Blackett secured TT's fifth gold medal in the Girls 11-12 50m fly in 30.71. She defeated Jamaica's Giani Francis (30.81) and Guyanese Aleka Persaud (30.94).
Zoe Anthony added to the success with victory in the girls 13-14 400m individual medley.
TT captured a silver medal in the 11-12 girls freestyle courtesy Amelia Rajack (2:20.08). The winner of the race was Cayman's Harper Barrowman (2:16.30) and third was Guyanese Aleka Persaud (2:21.17).
In the 4x100m freestyle relay, TT captured three medals (one gold, one silver, one bronze). Nickolai Blackman anchored the TT 13-14 boys relay team to a gold medal after a commanding swim. The quartet stopped the clock in three minutes 47.95 secs. The twin-island team bettered silver medallists Jamaica (3:50.95) and Bahamas (3:51.18).
Gabriela Donahue led the TT team to a silver medal in the Girls 15-17 freestyle relay, clocking 4:07.67. Danielle Williams swam the first leg, followed by Anneliese Merry, Jada Chatoor and Donahue, who had a blistering last 50 metres to secure the medal.
The race was eventually won by Jamaica, with Cayman Islands grabbing bronze (4:10.33).
TT captured bronze in the 11-12 girls relay courtesy a total team effort of Amelia Rajack, Amari Ash, Lyla Browne and Joy Blackett. The quartet clocked 4:27.50, one second behind silver medallist Bahamas (4:26.68). Bermuda copped the top spot in 4:20.11.
The 15-17 TT boys (Malik Nelson, William Reyes, Gabriel Bynoe, Aqeel Joseph) placed 4th in their relay, narrowly missing out of a medal. The 13-14 girls (Gabrielle Vickles, Arielle Dickson, Neishelah Caseman and Zoe Anthony) placed sixth in their race.