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Charles F. Broome Primary won their first ever girls’ title at the Purity Bakeries Primary Schools’ Swimming Championships, but it was St Winifred’s which won the boys’ title and the overall crown recently at the Aquatic Centre.
Charles F. Broome topped the girls with 144 points, followed closely by St Stephen’s with 142.4. St Angela’s were a distant third with 84.5, with defending champions St Winifred’s (71) and St Gabriel’s (42) rounded out the top five.
For the first time since 1996, St Winifred’s took top honours among the boys with 149 points, their stiffest challenge coming from Luther Thorne with 106 points. St Gabriel’s (82), St Angela’s (61) and Providence (56) took the next three spots, as defending champions St Cyprian’s plummeted to sixth with 54 points.
St Winifred’s also amassed a commanding 220 points for the overall title, Charles F. Broome second with 184.
But it was Luther Thorne’s Damon St Prix who excelled on an individual level. Competing in the 9 to 10 age group, St Prix emerged champion with 45 points, erasing three of Olympian Bradley Ally’s 1997 records in the process.
In the 25m freestyle, St Prix clocked 14.22 seconds inside the existing 14.40, followed by the St Winifred’s pair of Luis Sebastien Weekes (14.96) and Kobi Talma (15.21).
More than a second was taken off the 25m backstroke, replacing the 17.33 with 16.66; again followed by Weekes (17.52) and Talma (18.07), while the new mark of 15.61 in the 25m fly, was just inside the old time of 15.61.
St Prix also won the 50m free in 30.91. His only defeat (20.68) came in the 25m breaststroke which was won by Weekes in 19.66, no threat to Ally’s 18.21 in his pet stroke.
St Stephen’s Shannon Smith was the top female individual swimmer, also with 45 points in the same age group. She won the 25 freestyle in 14.72;
the 50 free in 33.03; the back in 18.16; the fly in 16.96 and the breast in 21.08.  
In the girls’ 7 to 8 group, Ashley Weekes of Charles F. Broome also had a good day, as did teammate Ryco Tudor in the boys’ 11 to 12 and St Stephen’s Beviny Payne in the girls’ division. (SAT)


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