By Sharon Robb
LIMA, Peru, February 22, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks of Jamaica finished her first three events Friday and Saturday at the Union Americana De Natacion (UANA) Swimming Cup at Videna Aquatic Complex in Lima, Peru.
Banks’ highest finish was sixth in the 15-17 50-meter freestyle in 27.36, off her entry time of 26.65.
Banks was also 15th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:10.01 and 17th in the 50-meter breaststroke in 37.87.
Banks has two events remaining on Sunday, the third and final day. She will swim the 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly.
Banks is coming off an impressive outing last year in the FINA World Junior Championships where she posted her 50-meter freestyle best time becoming the fifth-fastest Jamaican female of all time on the short-course circuit.
Banks is a year-to-year national age group representative and multi-medalist at Carifta and CCCAN.
Banks is among a five-member all-female team from Jamaica. A field of 450 athletes from 25 countries are competing. It is the first international meet of the 2020 season.
Banks’ teammates are Brooke Hopkins, 14, Zaneta Alvaranga, 15, Kokolo Foster, 13, and Christanya Shirley, 12.
SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, a member of the UANA Swimming Technical Committee, is in Lima also.
UANA Swimming Cup is a biennial premier swimming event hosted by the Swimming Union of the Americas. UANA’s existence dates back to the 1948 Olympic Games in London.
UANA Swimming Cup is held in three age groups, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17, the same age categories as the Carifta and CCCAN Swimming Championships. It is in long course meters and timed finals.
Jamaica is 17th among combined teams and 11th among women’s teams with 23 points.
COMBINED: 1. Mexico 514.5, 2. Argentina 449.5, 3. Brazil 425.5, 4. Peru 188.5, 5. Colombia 154.5.
MEN: 1. Argentina 227, 2. Mexico 223, 3. Brazil 185, 4. St. Lucia 103, 5. Bahamas 100.5.
WOMEN: 1. Mexico 291.5, 2. Brazil 240.5, 3. Argentina 222.5, 4. Peru 114.5, 5. Colombia 87.5, 11. Jamaica 23.
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