Jamaica’s national swim team have secured in its second day at the 26th Goodwill Swimming Championships 2022 in Trinidad and Tobago, a massive accomplishment of 40 medals. This includes 14 gold, 19 silver and 7 bronze.
The Championship is a three-day event that is expected to end on Sunday and so far, Team Jamaica has totalled 64 medals. This figure is merely away from the athletes creating history and on track to surpass its largest accumulation of medals (65), which was achieved in 2019.
On the second day of the competition, meet records were broken by the female swimmers. Team captain, Giani Francis set a new meet record in the 15 – 17 girls 50-metre butterfly with a time of 29.36 seconds. Aliyah Heaven clocked a time of 27.18 seconds to win the Girls 15 – 17 50-metre freestyle, as well as placing second in the 50-metre butterfly in a time of 30.16. Jada Latibeaudiere also set a new meet time of 27.52 seconds.
Additionally, for the 400-metre freestyle relay team in the age group 15-17, team members Lia Forrester, Latibeaudiere, Francis and Heaven clocked a time of 4:14:19, breaking the previous record of 4:14.84 which was set in 2018.
The Jamaican team is set to compete on the final day of the Goodwill Swimming Championships tomorrow, which has competitors from countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Grenada, Suriname, Guyana, Barbados, and the Bahamas.