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Local swimming sensation Elinah Phillip continues to make strides in the international swimming arena. Adding to her list of accomplishments, the competitive swimmer earned top spot at the British Winter Nationals after finishing second in the women’s 50m freestyle finals on December 18, with a time of 25.43.
To qualify for the finals, Elinah swam a time of 25.95 in the semi-finals conducted earlier that day.
Scoring high in this event is a major achievement for the swimmer, who is a student at the Bishop’s Stortford College in the United Kingdom, as only the top swimmers in the country participate in the event.
Both times clocked in the semi-finals and finals of the event trump her performance at this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil, where she swam a time of 26.26 while participating in the women’s 50m freestyle heats competition. She was ranked 48 out of 88 swimmers who competed.
Elinah has been swimming competitively since the age of 10. In 2014, she broke the CARIFTA record in the girls 13-14 50m fly with a time of 28.71.