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New Criteria for Selection of National Squads

At the September Council meeting, new criteria were ratified for the selection of the National Squads. These criteria were used to select the Squads for the period September 2019 to February 2020. The old criteria states:

Development Squad (10 Year Olds)

  •     Two ‘A’ Times in 50m events
  •      One ‘A’ Time in 100m or above events

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Juniors take heart despite failing to progress at FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

Despite failing to progress from the preliminary rounds so far, Jamaica's young swimmers continue to take heart from their performances at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Jamaica's presence at the event this year is one of historic significance, as it marks the first time that the country is being represented by more than two swimmers at this championship. It is also the first time that the country has fielded a male and female relay team at any global meet.

The Wendy Lee-coached eight-member swimmers have been holding their own against more established swimmers and by all indications have taken crucial lessons from the outing as part of their continued growth and development.

With Emily MacDonald, Sabrina Lyn and Kyle Sinclair being out of competition on yesterday's fourth day of action, the other members — Cameron Brown, Zaneta Alvaranga, Nathaniel Thomas, Gabrianna Banks and Nicholas Vale — took to the pool inside Duna Arena, where they again made a splash in their own right.

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Improved performances for Jamaica at swimming champs in Hungary

Jamaica's wait to make a final at the seventh FINA World Junior Swimming Championships continued, but yesterday's penultimate day of action was lined with improved performances by young sensations inside the Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

The fifth day of competition saw the girls' 400-m freestyle relay team of Zaneta Alvaranga, Sabrina Lyn, Gabrianna Banks and Emily MacDonald, putting in a top-20 performance after registering a time of 4:00.09, which ranked them 19th overall.

Alvaranga's lead-off time of 58.57 was another personal best, bettering her previous mark of 59.71 set in April at the Carifta Championships in Barbados.

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