By Sharon Robb
LIMA, Peru, February 24, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks of Jamaica wrapped up her final day action at the Union Americana De Natacion (UANA) Swimming Cup Sunday at Videna Aquatic Complex in Lima, Peru.
Banks, 16, was eighth in the 15-17 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.54, off her entry time of 59.50. She was seeded tenth in the event.
Banks was also 13th in the 50-meter butterfly in 30.47.
Jamaica’s five-member women’s team finished tenth overall with 39 points. Mexico won the combined and women’s team titles and Argentina won the men’s team title.
On her first day of competition on Saturday, Banks’ highest finish was sixth in the 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 had 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.
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.
COMBINED: 1. Mexico 718.5, 2. Brazil 618, 3. Argentina 599.5, 4. Peru 269.5, 5. Colombia 215.00.
MEN: 1. Argentina 300, 2. Mexico 293, 3. Brazil 239.5, 4. Bahamas 158.5, 5. St. Lucia 148.
WOMEN: 1. Mexico 383.5, 2. Brazil 334.5, 3. Argentina 265.5, 4. Peru 153.5, 5. Colombia 122.5, 10. Jamaica 39.
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