By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Elinah Phillips closed the 30th annual Carifta Games Swimming Championships on Tuesday nigh with the British Virgin Islands’ first medal, a 13-14 Girls 50m Freestyle bronze, during the championships held in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Her medal came on the heels of the territory earning two silver and one bronze medal in the Carifta Games track championships held in Bassetrre, St. Kitts and marked the second year BVI swimmers and track and field athletes have earned medals at their respective championships.
Phillips, who won the territory’s first swimming medals in the championships last year in Aruba, had a time of 27.80 seconds for the bronze. She had the fourth best time of 28.32 after the prelims heading into the finals.
Her sister Amarah—competing in the 15-17 division did not advance to the final after her 50m Free of 29.61.
Elinah finished just outside the medals in the 50m Fly, with a mark of 29.51, good for fourth. She was second in her prelims in 29.63.
In the 100m Free, Elinah recorded a qualifying time of 1:01.26 to place third in her heat and qualified for the final, where she was fifth in 1:01.32. Amarah had turned in a non advancing time of 1:04.18 in the prelims.