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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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Jamaican junior swimmers holding their own in Hungary

Though they are yet to hit the podium, Jamaica's young swimming sensations continue to perform creditably at the FINA World Junior Championships, registering personal best times on day three in Budapest, Hungary, yesterday.

Jamaica's performance on the day was highlighted by another top-20 finish in the relay, as the team of Nicholas Vale (54.27), Kyle Sinclair (53.67), Emily MacDonald (59.19) and Gabrianna Banks (59.91), registered 3:47.04 to place 18th overall out of 29 teams entered in the mixed 400-metre freestyle event.

Zaneta Alvaranga recorded a personal best of 1:17.60 in heat two of the 100m breaststroke, slashing 3.16 seconds off of her previous personal best to place 49th, while Carifta gold medallist in the girls' 13-14 age group, Sabrina Lyn, was 54th in 1:18.45. Approximately 69 swimmers contested the event.

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Tough going for Jamaica at World Junior Swimming Championships

The boys' 4x100-metre freestyle team had the best placing of the Jamaican performances on the first day of the global World Junior Swimming Championships, which took place in Hungary, yesterday.

The team of Nathaniel Thomas (54.84 secs), Cameron Brown (56.87 secs), Nicholas Vale (53.80 secs) and Kyle Sinclair (53.69 secs) recorded a total time of 3:39.20 minutes to place 15th out of the 22 teams that completed the race.

The day started with Carifta silver medallist in the 15-17 age group, Vale, placing 57th in the 400-metre freestyle in a time of 4:16.02 minutes.

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Jamaica’s World Junior Championships History

As a number of Jamaican swimmers  get set to take part in the 7th World Junior Championships in Budapest Hungary we look at other swimmers who have donned the Black, Green and Gold . Jamaica never made their appearance until the 2nd World Championships when the country sent two  locally based swimmers Stefan Brown and Kendese Nangle to represent the island . At those Championships in Monterey Mexico which ran from July 8 to 12 in 2008.

Nangle’s best performance was in the 50 metre backstroke where she was 31st in 31.92. Brown’s best showing was in the 200 metre butterfly placing 39th in 2:26.81.At the 2008 CARIFTA Games in Aruba in March of that year she was in great form winning Gold and setting new championship marks in the 50 metre events for the butterfly and backstroke.

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