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Swimming: Embury-Brown, Crooks bring record count to 18 at Nationals finale

14-year old Raya Embury-Brown and 12-year old Jillian Crooks both swam to their sixth Cayman Islands amateur short course records Sunday (10 March) on the fourth and final day of competition at the 2019 CIASA National Championships held at the Camana Bay Aquatic Centre.

After smashing Olympian Heather Roffey’s CIASA & National record in the Girls 13-14 800-metre freestyle on day one, Embury-Brown took down the 200-metre free duel record in one of the meet’s most competitive races on day two. The Stingray would claim her fifth and sixth record on day four clocking a 4:26.53 in the Girls 13-14 400-metre free to best Roffey’s time of 4:28.90 from the 2001 Island Games.

“It was harder than the 800 because I didn’t have Avery (Lambert) to race,” said Embury-Brown. “I’m proud of how I swam. I started kicking earlier than I did in the 800, so I was happy about that too.”

Not to be outdone was 12-year old Jillian Crooks. The Camana Bay Aquatic Club standout also took down her fifth and sixth record of the championships Sunday, clocking a 4:42.47 in the Girls 11-12 400-metre freestyle to best her own record of 4:48.92.

“I feel good about myself,” said Crooks. “Starting from Friday, I was feeling a little tired. Coach said if I worked through it, I’d feel good, and I could see how good I am if I can swam tired.”

In total, 18 amateur short course records were broken over four days of swimming, with seven swimmers hitting one or more CARIFTA qualifications during the national championships. In total, 27 swimmers have hit two or more CARIFTA qualifications this season.

To view all the results from day four of the CIASA National Championships, click here. To view the 2019 CARIFTA Championships summons, click here.

Here are the 27 swimmers that qualified for the 2019 CARIFTA Championships in Barbados.

Allyson Belfonte, SSC
Jake Bailey, SSC
Raya Embury-Brown, SSC
Corey Frederick-Westerborg, SSC
Liam Henry, SSC
Alison Jackson, SSC
Zachary Moore, SSC
Kyra Rabess, SSC
Stephanie Royston, SSC
Elana Sinclair, SSC
Jake Alberga, SSC
Gabriella Royston, SSC
Finn Bishop, CBAC
Stefano Bonati, CBAC
Jillian Crooks, CBAC
Jordan Crooks, CBAC
Sabine Ellison, CBAC
Sofia Bonati, CBAC
Tabitha Hawkins, CBAC
Lila Higgo, CBAC
Avery Lambert, CBAC
Sophie Ackerley, SMS
Harper Barrowman, SMS
Will Sellars, SMS
Grace Beighton, SMS
Kaitlyn Sullivan, SMS
Brianna Fiscetti, SMS
Note: CBAC’s Sabine Ellison broke her own record of 2:41.94 in the Senior 200 Breaststroke on day one (7 March) with a time 2:41.69, bringing the record count to 19. This information was added after the publication of this report.

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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