2022 CARIFTA - Record Medal Haul for Team Jamaica

Congratulations Team Jamaica!

When the curtains came down on the 35th CARIFTA Swimming Championship held in Barbados from April 16 -19, 2022, Jamaica recorded its largest medal haul with 64 medals:17 gold, 25 silver and 22 bronze and finished 2nd in the overall points standing with a total of 833.5 points behind Bahamas' 975 points. Prior to this Championship, the largest medal haul was in 2019 when Jamaica bagged 59 medals.

On Day 4, the final day of competition, Jamaica demonstrated its continued strength in the sprint events winning it highest daily tally of 18 medals.

Jamaica's highest medal tally came on the final day amassing 18 medals across the 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and the 4 x 50m freestyle relays. The 50m freestyle medalists included Christanya Shirley (Gold), Mackenzie Headley (Bronze), Zaneta Alvaranga (Silver) and Nathaniel Thomas (Bronze). Those who medalled in the 100m breaststroke were Kai Radcliffe (Gold), Sabrina Lyn (Gold) and Mackenzie Headley (Silver). In the 200m backstroke series, the team won gold in the 13 - 14 boys  by Brady Macpherson-Lewison, silver in the 13 -14 girls by Carolyn Levy-Powell, bronze in the 13 - 14 boys by Zack-Andre Johnson and bronze in the girls 15 - 17 by Leanna Wainwright. The lone medal in the 400m freestyle series came courtesy of Davia Richardson who won bronze in the 13 - 14 girls.

Jamaica secured medals in all 6 of the 4 x 50m freestyle relays on offer for the evening. Of note was the performance by the 15 - 17 girls, (Headley, Cogle, Wainwright & Lyn), who won in a Championship Record of 1:47.91. And in the final event of the evening the 15 - 17 boys relay team, (Thomas, Robe, Denny & Jackson-Blaine), brought the house down with its bronze medal performance, setting a new National Age Group Record and a National Senior Record in a time of 1:37.79.