Carifta swim team reaps best medal haul in 13 years

Jamaica’s team is back home from the just-concluded Carifta Swimming Championships in Barbados, having recorded the country's best medal tally at the meet in 13 years. The 33 member team led by captain Brithney Williams, garnered 59 medals, comprising 22 gold, 25 silver and 12 bronze to finish second in the overall medal table behind the Bahamas who tallied 63 medals. Jamaica was also second on the points chart with 748 as the Bahamas also came out on top with 889 points.
Jamaica's total, which had 10 more medals than last year, was the country's best tally since the 2006 staging where they gained 50 medals. Among the standout performers were Sabrina Lyn and Nathaniel Thomas and who each captured 8 medals. Lyn's tally included 6 gold in the girls 13 - 14 age group. Thomas' haul included 3 gold, 4 silver and a bronze in the 13 - 14 boys category.

With the Bahamas and Jamaica occupying the top two places, Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands and host nation Barbados rounded out the top five. The 2020 Carifta Swimming Championships will also be held in Barbados as Trinidad and Tobago who had won the bid to host this year's staging, were found to be unprepared at the time of inspection and the 2019 version awarded late last year to Barbados.

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