Carifta Swimming: Broadbelt proves to be levels above her competition

Continuing to establish herself among the top 13-14 swimmers in the Caribbean, Caymanian Sierrah Broadbelt raced her way to several gold podium spots during day 1 of the 36th annual Carifta Swimming Championships.

The unassuming swimmer from East End, Grand Cayman entered the 100-metre butterfly finals as the top seed on Thursday night.

Broadbelt swam 1:05.78 to win gold, ahead of Bahamas’ silver medalist Zoe Williamson by over two seconds. Her time would have earned her a bronze medal in the 15-17 division on the day – a race won by two Cayman athletes; Jillian Crooks and Lila Higgo.

Sierrah Broadbelt. Photos: CIASA

2023 Carifta 100-metre butterfly results

(CAY, 15-17) Jillian Crooks – 1:02.67

(CAY, 15-17) Lila Higgo – 1:04.25

(CAY, 13-14) Sierrah Broadbelt – 1:05.78

(BAR, 15-17) Adara Stoddard – 1:06.48

Watch the 2023 Carifta swimming championships here.

Broadbelt swam 31.52 seconds during the 50-metre backstroke, edging Jamaica’s Leah Chin to win gold.

She closed the night with a spectacular first leg in the 4×100 freestyle relay, giving her team a two-second lead. However, the gap closed in as the race progressed and Cayman settled for fourth.

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