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Jamaican Swimmer Hamilton Wins Four Gold At Easterns, February 22 – 23, 2008

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Jamaican senior Brad Hamilton took an impressive four gold medals from four events at the 108th Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships at the LaSalle University Kirk Natatorium from Feb 22-23.

Hamilton was unbeaten in the 200 yard medley relay, 100 yard butterfly, 200 yard freestyle relay and 100 yard breastroke. The 100 butterfly saw Hamilton taking the title in 50.36. The 100 breastroke saw him taking the win in 57.15 the best time in seven years at this meet bettering the 59.18 (1:09.14) by former Tornadoes and Jamaica teammate and national record holder in the 100 metre Dominic Lee when he placed third in that event representing Mercersburg Academy in 2004. In the 200 medley Baylor lowered their school record and took top honours with a time of 1:32.64 down from the 1:33.00 set at the Tennessee State Champs recently .With one change in the lineup the Baylor team impressed with Reese backstroke 23.65 (28.32 LCM), Brad breastroke 25.22 (29.46LCM) ,Roop butterfly 22.88 (26.36 LCM) and freestyle Nathan in for Sosna 20.89(24.29LCM).

This time betters the best placing a team featuring Jamaicans this millennium as Lee and another former Tornadoes and national team member Timmy Wong helped Mercersburg to silver in 2003 in 1:35.72. In the 200 freestyle relay the Baylor team took top honours in 1:24.16 with a lead off leg of 21.62 by Hamilton. Hamilton with teammates (taken from Baylor Swimming website) Timmy and Dominic Lee Results can be found at the following address http://www.germantownacademy.org/swimming/ Contributed by Anthony Morrison-Vincent

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