Sevenoaks Swimming Club swimmer, Jaedon Lynch, 12 yrs, was selected to represent Jamaica in the 2018 Caribbean Swimming Championships which was held in Kingston, Jamaica over March 29th to April 3rd as part of the wider CARIFTA Games 2018.
Jaedon started swimming at the age of five and joined Sevenoaks from Dartford Swimming Club in March 2017. He was ranked in the top three for all the events he had qualified for at the CARIFTA’s and was in a strong position to bring home medals in many events. He was the fastest qualifier for 100 Back, 50/100/200 Breast, 50/100/200 fly and 200 IM. Jaedon competed in the 11-12 year old category against swimmers from 27 Caribbean countries. He qualified through his parents as he holds dual nationality for Jamaica and the UK.
Unfortunately for Jaedon, this was not his year as he failed to make a number of finals, and with such a packed four days of swimming he was unable to meet his expectations. He did make the final of the 200m breaststroke though, where he finished a respectable 6th with a time of 2:54.47.
All is not lost
We have done our own calculations from the event and have learnt one interesting statistic: Jaedon finished as the top competitor for Jamaica in his age group with only second place to his fellow countryman in the 50m backstroke and the 100m IM.
The Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica‘s president, Martin Lyn, believes the 36 chosen swimmers represented the best swimmers to compete in all events, as the selection committee had a very difficult task of narrowing the list.
A swimmer qualifies for national selection by achieving AA time standard or higher in at least two events and must be ranked first or second place in those events.
“Jamaica has proposed one of the strongest teams that we have ever fielded for a CARIFTA Swimming Championships; the fact that we will be hosts allows us to name a lot of swimmers this time around… so that is good for us,” Lyn told the Jamaica Observer.
“Our younger age group indicates that we definitely have depth in Jamaican aquatics and the objective of swimming at home is to ensure that we use home court to our advantage. That, coupled with the fact that we have some strong members on the team, means we can look forward to positive results from our athletes.”