SO CLOSE!KEANAN DOLS JUST .06 OFF ANOTHER TOKYO B TIME IN THE 200 METRE BUTTERFLY

Buoyed by a national record and Tokyo B qualifying time in the 200 individual medley on the opening day of the 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series – Mission Viejo (March 8 to 11) Jamaican Keanan Dols was bubbling with confidence to get another mark in the 200 metre butterfly.

Keanan Dols

He carried that energy to the heats of the 200 metre butterfly and he powered his way to the Championship final with a new personal best of 2:00.03 crushing his old personal best of 2:01.32 and a mere .06 from the B qualifying standard of 1:59.97. Dols also is closing in on the 2017 national record of 1:59.83 by countryman Michael Gunning .Dols set his previous personal record mark en route to the Championship final at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla , Colombia.

Comparison of personal bests

200 metre butterfly20182021
First 50 27.5926.63
Second 5030.7430.71
Third 5031.9830.92
Fourth 5032.1031.77
Total time2:01.322:00.03

In the final The Gator Swim club athlete recorded the second best time of his career to place seventh in 2:01.00. The Gold went to Nicolas Albiero , the 2021 NCAA Champion from the University of Louisville in the 200 yard butterfly in a time of 1:57.86. Silver was won by Chase Kalisz, the 2016 Olympic Silver medallist in the 400 individual medley in 1:58.16 and the Bronze to Zach Harting in 1:59.38. Harting had placed sixth in this event at the 2019 World Championships.

Dols at 2016 CISC Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Keanan spoke to draftingthecaribbean about that race and what is store for him for the rest of the season

“I was really happy with the 200 fly. It was a super emotional and tiring day having swam the IM earlier in the morning. It would have been awesome to have gotten under the 2:00 barrier but I’m still very happy with a 2:00.03. I didn’t quite close out the last 50 meters perfectly but it was a significantly better swim than 2 weeks ago at the ISCA championships. I think I’m capable of a 1:59 low or even a 1:58 high and I’m looking forward to racing it again when I get the opportunity. The next meet on the schedule will be the Atlanta Classic in mid May and now the major focus is on getting back to heavy training to be even better than this past week in Tokyo”.

CARIFTA ALL TIME PERFORMERS IN THE 200 METRE BUTTERFLY

The BahamasJeremy Knowles1:58.252006 Pan Pacific Championships
Guadeloupe/FranceMatthias Marsau1:58.452016 Marseiile March 2016
JamaicaMichael Gunning1:59.832017 British championships
JamaicaKeanan Dols2:00.03Mission Viejo 2021
SurinameAnthony Nesty 2:00.171988 Olympic Games
Cayman IslandsShaune Fraser2:01.58CCCAN 2005
Nesty receiving his Gold medal in the 100 metre butterfly at the 1998 Olympic Games

The personal best moves to number four on the all time best performers in the 200 metre butterfly swimmers from the CARIFTA region. He moves ahead of Surinamese Olympic Gold medal medallist and icon Anthony Nesty. Nesty ,who will now lead both swimming programmes at the University of Florida set his national record at the 1988 Seoul Games where he finished eighth in 2:00.17.

Matthias Marsau

Matthias Marsau who last swam at CARIFTA in 2012 where he won the Silver in the 13-14 age group. Four years later he rocketed to 1:58.45 at the French National Championships.

Jeremy Knowles Photo courtesy of Bahamas swimming

The regional all time leader is Olympian Jeremy Knowles of the Bahamas who set his national record of 1:58.25 at the 2006 Pan Pacific Games in Victoria ,British Colombia Canada. He finished 7th in the race. At the age group level before the advent of the 50 stroke events and the 800 metre freestyle relay Knowles dominated CARIFTA 1999 in Kingston Jamaica. He won all 16 events offered in the 15-17 age group.

Sion Brinn 1997 Photo courtesy of diomedia.com

With Keanan confident in his abilities to hit the tough Olympic standards it will not be too long before he hits another qualifying mark. This would make him the first Jamaican man to make more than one Olympic qualifying mark since Sion Brinn who achieved the feat for the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events for the 1996 Atlanta Games.

CARIFTA REGION SWIMMERS GET IT DONE IN 24 HOUR BLITZ.EVANS,CARTER,DOLS AND SIMONS HIT TOKYO OLYMPIC B TIMES

The youth of the CARIFTA region were treated to an excellent performance by Alex Sobers of Barbados who hit three Tokyo Olympic B times at the ISCA International Senior Cup. In a 24 hour time span on April 9 more B cuts were added by former age group stars Joanna Evans of The Bahamas, Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago ,Keanan Dols of Jamaican and Kenzo Simons of Suriname now representing the Netherlands putting down their long course season markers before the Games in the Asian continent.

Joanna Evans of The Bahamas

Joanna Evans , the fastest English speaking woman in the 200 freestyle from the CARIFTA region of all time blazed during the heats of the events at the 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series – Mission Viejo. The meet has the format of heats in the evening and finals in the morning saw the Bahamian rocking to 1:58.43 (split time 57.76). It marked the fastest time she had done in years . That swim actually marked the second time she has dipped under 1:59.00.Her best time actually stands at 1:58.03 in a Championship record swim at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. The Tokyo Olympic B time is 2:00.80.

200 metre freestyle20212018
First 5028.0728.13
Second 5029.6930.05
Third 5030.5830.01
Fourth 5030.0929.84
Total time1:58.431:58.03

Clearly the national record as well as the Tokyo A time of 1:57.28 are in danger of being eclipsed in the near future. Returning to swim the final the next morning the Longhorns Aquatics swimmer punched the clock in 1:59.41 for seventh overall. Evans has consistently been the fastest woman in the event from the CARIFTA region since 2017 .

Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago

Shortly afterwards in the 100 metre butterfly it was the turn of Team Elite’s Trinidad and Tobago star Dylan Carter. He took to the water in the event in the heats and got home in a time of 52.94. Carter put down a time that is close to his national record of 52.64 which he set at the 2019 US Open.

COMPARISON OF SWIMS

100 metre butterfly20212019
First 5024.6624.33
Second 5028.2928.31
Total time52.9552.64

The time was well under the Tokyo B time of 53.52.In the morning final the following day he was again under that standard competing in the B final. He placed sixth in a time of 53.34. Carter along with Frenchman Mehdy Metella have reigned the 100 butterfly kingdom as the best products from the CARIFTA region for the seven years. Carter , despite the pressures brought by the worldwide pandemic persevered and competed at a high standard in 2020 and continues to be recognized for his hard work by his country. In December of last year he was named the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee’s Sportsman of the Year. In January he named the ” Youth of the Year” by the Daily Express. Recently he was awarded the Sportsman of the Year at the 58th annual First Citizen’s Sports Foundation awards.

Legendary coach Gregg Troy and Keanan Dols of Jamaica

In a time trial after the heats were swum Jamaican Keanan Dols had a date with destiny in the 200 metre Individual medley. After taking down the national record of Andrew Phillips in 2018 in the Championship final of the Central American and Caribbean Games Keanan had not done faster time since. In California, the same state that Phillips had become the first swimmer from the CARIFTA region to make the Olympic final in the event at the 1984 Los Angeles Games he would become the first Jamaican under 2:03. The nation’s standard now stands at 2:02.15.The Tokyo Olympic B time stands at 2:03.26

COMPARISON OF RECORD SWIMS

200 metre IM20182021
Butterfly26.7825.93
Backstroke31.5530.85
Breaststroke35.5535.30
Freestyle29.7830.07
Total Time2:03.662:02.15

Buoyed with the confidence of a new national record Dols will swim the race proper on Sunday with another shot of bettering his time.

Kenzo Simons

In Europe it would be the turn of Kenzo Simons of Suriname who now represents. Recognized by FINA and the world as the fastest youth swimmer with his world record in the 50 freestyle in short course metres of 20.98 in December 2019. At Eindhoven Meet at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Stadium he put a time of 22.05 in the Olympic sized pool. That placed him second to teammate Jesse Puts 21.87. The B time is 22.67 and the A time is 22.01. Simons is faster in the 50 metre freestyle than the icon in which the Stadium is named as Pieter’s best time is 22.03. Kenzo has been knocking on the door of the sub 22 seconds club after sprinting to his personal best of 22.02 in December of 2020. Only legendary Olympian George Bovell III has ever swum under 22 seconds from the region and he broke that barrier more than ten times.

The CARIFTA region has a lot to be proud of with their swimming representatives. Also they serve as an inspiration to the next wave of swimmers of the time standards that can be met and bettered.

JAMAICAN DOLS DOES IT! KEANAN SWIMS TO TOKYO OLYMPIC B TIME IN THE 200 INDIVDUAL MEDLEY WITH NEW NATIONAL RECORD OF 2:02.15

April 9,2021 will mark a special day for Keanan Dols , his family , his club Gator Swim Club and the country of Jamaica as he bettered the Olympic B time of 2:03.26. Swimming in a time trial today at 2021 Pro Swim Series -Mission Viejo he swam to a new national record of 2:02.15.

The new national record on the cards from his first long course meet for 2021 when on March 24 at the ISCA International Senior Cup he had raced to a time of 2:03.74 for fifth place. Keanan who is the most dominant swimmer in the medley events since former Olympian and national record holder Andrew Phillips (1984 LA Games)1984 saw what was possible with a few changes.

Keanan and Mom at the ISCA International Senior Cup

The Pro Swim Series meet which is having heats being swum in the event and the finals at the Marguerite Aquatics Center in Mission Viejo to mimic the situation at the Olympics would be the site of the Jamaican’s breakthrough. He did a time trial to go after the Olympic B time. Dols certainly approached the race like a man on a mission. This is demonstrated by his splits were he was more aggressive in the early segments of the race. When he touched the wall the scoreboard registered MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, New National record and Olympic B time of 2:02.15.His Old record was set in a fourth place finish at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean in Barranquilla Colombia.

COMPARISON OF RECORD SWIMS

200 metre IM20182021
Butterfly26.7825.93
Backstroke31.5530.85
Breaststroke35.5535.30
Freestyle29.7830.07
Total Time2:03.662:02.15

Draftingthecaribbean got the opportunity to speak to Dols about his fantastic achievement and he gave his thoughts about his swim and his journey

Legendary Coach Gregg Troy and Keanan

” The 200 metre individual medley was a really special swim .I was really happy with it and it has been a long time coming. It is my first long course best time since the summer 2018 and it feels really good to be that far under the B standard and to be in the position I am in now. I am really grateful to be part of the training group that I am down in Florida there are a lot of great teammates that push me to better every single day and I learn a lot from everyone and I am really looking forward to the rest of this meet the 200 metre butterfly and the 200 metre individual medley .I think I can be really good the rest of this meet .It is a very good start to the summer and I am looking forward to the push towards Tokyo”.

That swim puts Dols as the sixth fastest swimmer ever from the CARIFTA region in the event

Bradley Ally Photo courtesy of PanamericanWorld.com
CountryNameTimeMeet
BarbadosBradley Ally1:58.572008 Beijing Olympics
Trinidad and TobagoGeorge Bovell II1:58.802004 Athens Olympics
France/GaudeloupeGanesh Pedurand2:00.522016 French National Champs
The BahamasJeremy Knowles2:01.352008 Beijing Olympics
ArubaPatrick Groters2:01.622019 US OPEN
Trinidad and TobagoNicholas Bovell2:03.022007 PAN AM Games
Ganesh Pedurand Photo courtesy of fr.linkedin.com

When swimmers make a breakthrough like this it usually the case the time drops will continue as the weight of making the time is gone. Interestingly the fastest swimmer ever Bradley Ally of Barbados was under the tutelage of Gregg Troy who was the head Coach who was the head Coach of the University of Florida at the time along with the Olympic regional standard bearer Gold medallist Anthony Nesty of Suriname as his assistant. Dols is in the right environment and is producing what has be seen of his great talent at the youth level.

Legendary coach Gregg Troy and Keanan

THE MAX FACTOR!NATIONAL RECORDS FALL TO WILSON OF THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS AT ISCA INTERNATIONAL SENIOR CUP

On Friday March 26 the CARIFTA region celebrated three victories at the ISCA International Senior Cup in St Petersburg Florida. A sensational victory by Alex Sobers of Barbados in the men’s 200 metre freestyle and Gold by Bermudan standout in the women’s 50 metre backstroke. The first top podium place was taken by Max Wilson of the US Virgin Islands in the 50 metre backstroke in national record time.

Representing the Saint Thomas Swimming Association in the 16 and under division Wilson made the Championship final with a 23.08 swim in the 50 yards event. The format for the competition was heats in the 25 yards pool before competing in the finals in the 50 metre pool. The morning swim positioned him as the number one seed. He underlined his favorite’s tag with a dominant win in the evening.

2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships 15-17 50 metre backstroke medla podium from left to right Mays Bronze , Justin Samlalsingh Gold (Team TTO) and Patrick Groters (Team Aruba) Silver.Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

He stopped the clock in a new personal best of 26.63 to be the only sub 27 seconds swimmer in the race. That swim makes Max the fastest ever swimmer in the 50 metre backstroke in the 15-17 age group. This as he lowered the mark of 27.53 set by Matthew Mays at the now defunct Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships. Mays had set the mark during the heats of the event in before taking the Bronze in the final .

Mays is currently a standout performer for Bryant University and owns the programme records for the 50, 100 and 200 yard backstroke races for the Smithfield Rhode Island Institution.

It was a huge time drop for Wilson who had a previous personal best of 27.64 from the 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest Hungary.

In his last regional competitions CARIFTA and CCCAN he had won the Silver in times of 28.19 and 28.05 in the 13-14 age group. In what is his second year of the 15-17 age group he is closing in on the CARIFTA Championship record of 26.27 held by Jack Kirby of Barbados.

In the race in Florida Silver went to Brendan Conners in 27.13 and the Bronze to Erik Seicean in 28.24.

Max Wilson get ready for the start of the 100 metre freestyle

Another national record would fall in the 100 metre freestyle. He would make the B final in the event after posting a time of 46.82 in yards in the morning. The race saw him going out hard with the fastest split of 25.07. He would not relinquish the lead and touched first in a time of 52.56. This makes him the first 15-17 swimmer from the US Virgin Islands under 53 seconds . The previous national record stood at 53.13 to Olympian Branden Whitehurst (London 2012).

Branden Whitehurst. Photo courtesy of texassports.com

Branden, who is University of Texas graduate had set the mark just under 14 years ago the 2007 edition of the CARIFTA Championships in Kingston Jamaica when he took the 15-17 title.

2019 CARIFTA 13-14 100 metre freestyle medal podium from left to right Nathaniel Thomas (Team Jamaica) Silver medallist , Wilson Gold and Sam Williamson (Team Bermuda) Bronze medallist. Photo courtesy of Bermuda CARIFTA Swim Team 2019

It was another massive personal best for Max as his old time had stood at 54.76 when he won the 13-14 crown in Barbados in the 2019 edition of CARIFTA.

He was the only swimmer in that race under 53 seconds.

Second went to Andrew Hudson of the Hudson Area Swim Association in 53.00 and third to Stone Miller of Kamehameha Swim Club in 54.08.

Wilson reflects just before the 200 metre backstroke race

There would be Gold for Wilson in the 200 metre backstroke. His personal best had stood at 2:11.64 from the 2019 World Junior Championships. He crushed that mark to register a new personal best of 2:08.22 (split time 1:00.31). That made significant progress on reaching the 15-17 national mark of 2:07.57 set by Mays on Aug 9,2016 at the National Club Swimming Association Summer Championships.

200 metre backstrokeMar 2021 WilsonAug 2016 Mays
First 5028.5229.48
Second 50 31.7932.90
Third 50 34.3333.10
Fourth 50 33.5831.89
Total Time2:08.222:07.37

The 100 metre backstroke mark set by Mays of 58.98 is also under threat as Wilson registered a time of 59.23 to finish fourth in the event. He had set his past best time of 59.28 in February in a winning performance at the Plantation Senior qualifier. The national record was set at the 2015 World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore.

100 metre backstrokeMar 2021August 2015
First 5028.7328.45
Second 5030.5030.53
Total Time59.2358.98
Adriel Sanes

Also under notice is the 15-17 50 metre freestyle record of 24.37 set by Adriel Sanes at the 2016 CISC. He dipped under the 25 seconds barrier for the first time as he posted a mark of 24.87 to place 10th in the Championship final.

Sanes is a star performer for the University of Denver and holds school records in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke with times of 52.32 and 1:55.70.

Max 50 metre freestyle start

With Wilson breaking new ground with his age group national records the US Virgin Islands can look seriously at senior medley and sprint freestyle relay teams making a big impact at regional and international competitions.

HAITI’S DAVIDSON VINCENT TAKES DOWN 200 METRE BUTTERFLY RECORD AT ISCA INTERNATIONAL SENIOR CUP

Team Haiti at the Paraguay Olympic qualifier in December 2020. From left to right Raphael Grand’Pierre, Coach Stacey Blitsch ,Davidson Vincent, Dr Evenel Mervilus,President of theHaitian Water Sports Federation and Alexandre Grand’Pierre

As Team Haiti continues to gain greater prominence in world swimming one of their top swimmers that continues to aid in gaining greater spotlight is Davidson Vincent. At the recently concluded ISCA International Senior Cup he continued to raise the bar for his nation by lowering his national record in the 200 metre butterfly You would be forgiven for thinking he is just a sprinter but his performance in the 200 metre event has continued to make promising strides.

Davidson Vincent .Photo courtesy of Azura Florida Aquatics

In the meet’s format which had preliminaries were swum in yards and the finals in long course metres . In the 200 yard butterfly the Azura Florida Aquatics swimmer had a big time drop moving from 1:52.83 which he did November last year to 1:50.70. That earned him a place in the B final. That evening’s swim of 2:09.86 saw him becoming the first swimmer from Haiti under 2:10 in the 200 metre butterfly. Vincent has lowered the record three times since the start of 2021.

ANALYSIS OF RECORD SWIMS

200 metre butterflyFeb 14,2021March 7,2021March 27,2021
First 5027.8828.1227.28
Second 50 32.7132.0731.49
Third 50 34.2633.9133.52
Fourth 50 37.3736.2437.57
Total Time2:12.192:10.342:09.86

Coach Gianluca presenting Davidson with the 2021 Grand’Pierre Perseverance Award winner.Photo courtesy of Haiti Swimming Fans

Draftingthcaribbean spoke to Head Coach of Azura Gianluca Alberani about this swim in the 200 metre butterfly

“Davidson’s improvement in his 200 has been amazing and he still has a lot of improvement to make once he will accept it as a race he that he can perform well in. He dropped over 15 seconds in in just over a year and this is building confidence for his 100 metre butterfly as well. We are very pleased with Davison’s development and looking forward to seeing his future successes”.

In the 100 yard butterfly he again set a new personal best moving from 48.98 to 48.69. That earned him yet another B final berth. A fast opening 50 of 25.50 earned him a time of 55.10 and third in the race. He was not far off his national record and personal best of 54.57 set at the Paraguay Olympic qualifier in 2020.

In the fastest butterfly event , the 50 metre race he would be the victor in the C final. After posting a yards time of 22.78 he topped the field by more than half a second to win in 25.25 . Again he was just off his national record of 25.08.The swim brings the 2021 World Short Course Championships and 2022 World Long Course Championships of 24.46 in sharper focus. Those global meets will be held in UAE, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi from Dec 16-21 and Fukuoka, Japan from May 13 -29 respectively.

Vincent will be back in action to seek more glory for Haiti at the UANA meet in Clermont Florida from April 29 to May 2.

EASTERN CARIBBEAN SWIMMING CONTINUES TO GET BETTER!JAYHAN ODLUM -SMITH LOWERS BUTTERFLY RECORD AGAIN AS REGIONAL SWIMMERS SET NEW PB’S

The quality of swimming from the Eastern Caribbean swimming continues to get better. The final days of the ISCA International Senior Cup gave those swimmers yet another opportunity to show their quality and the progress of the sport.

Jayhan Odlum -Smith.Photo courtesy of Azura Florida aquatics

Leading the way was St Lucia’s Jayhan Odlum-Smith.Competing in the 100 butterfly he was initially an alternate but got the oppportunity to swim in the evening’s C final. With the meet’s format of yards in the morning and long course metres in the afternoon he would swim in the Olympic sized pool later that day. He made great use of the second swim with a winning time of 55.49. His aggressive first 50 metres which saw him take the lead ensured the win as he was able to come home in under 30 seconds. It was also a new national record as he lowered his own mark set in November.

100 metre butterflyNov 2020March 2021
First 5026.3425.56
Second 5029.5229.93
Total Time55.8655.49

The Azura Florida Aquatics continues to get closer to the Olympic B standard time in the event of 53.52. Head Coach Gian Luca Albernai spoke about Jayhan’s record swim

” It has been a great learning meet with a number of high level swimmer and big names he able to keep focused and overcome any nervous emotions because of the size and importance of the meet and he was able to leave everything in the water and enjoy the swim from the beginning to the end and the time reflected that. We are moving in the right direction .He has been improving constantly. This is really giving him and us confidence to continue working hard towards the next meets and for the Olympics”.

In the 100 metre freestyle he also set a new personal standard. At the 2019 CCCAN Championships in Barbados he had placed fourth in a time of 52.82. He bettered that time with a swim of 52.75 in the B final of the event to finish eighth.

Stefano Mitchell. Photo courtesy of Azura Florida Aquatics

His teammate from Antigua and Barbuda Stefano Mitchell also made improvements. Following a best time in the 50 yard freestyle he lowered his best in the 100 metre freestyle. Competing in the C final his personal standard moved from 52.52 to 52.41. He had set his previous record in February at the Southern Zone Championships. He placed second in the race to Olympian Andrea D’Arrigo who took the top spot in 51.96.

Noah Mascoll-Gomes .Photo courtesy of Azura Florida Aquatics

Finishing third in that final was his teammate and countryman Noah Mascoll-Gomes. Noah stopped the clock in 52.54. That is the fastest time he has done since the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. He also returned to that World Championships form in the 200 freestyle. In the morning heats he lowered his yards time from 1:39.36 to 1:38.72. In the B final he swam to fifth place in 1:54.99 (split time 55.92). That time is his fastest since 2019 and the fourth fastest of his career.

OFF TO A GREAT START!KEANAN DOLS BACK TO HIS BEST IN ISCA INTERNATIONAL SENIOR CUP SEASON OPENER

Jamaican Keanan Dols has made his Olympic intentions very clear with his best showing in years at the ISCA International Senior Cup in St Petersburg Florida. The meet which ran from March 23 to 27 had a competition format of heats being swum in yards and finals being held in the 50 metre pool.

Keanan swam all personal bests in yards for the morning preliminaries

EventNew PBOld  PB
200 yard IM1:46.771:48.69
200 yard backstroke1:44.451:45.25
200 yard butterfly1:45.771:48.49
100 yard butterfly47.9549.45
200 yard freestyle1:38.381:40.75
50 yard freestyle21.1621.21
Keanan Dols at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

After the 200 IM record scare. Dols came close to taking down his senior national 200 metre backstroke record .Keanan had set the mark when he won Gold and Championship record in the 15-17 age group at the now defunct Caribbean Islands Swimming championships in The Bahamas. It is also the fastest time ever record at the competition. In that year he completed the Championship record Golden Double in the event. This as he had won the CARIFTA title in Martinique in a then record 2:07.26.

After qualifying first with the top yards time in the 200 backstroke Dols put down the best time in the event since that record swim in Nassau. He split 1;00.42 before stopping the clock in 2:04.62 to earn a spot on the podium taking the Bronze.

Yeziel Morales.Photo courtesy of http://www.rumboalcamerino.com/

Silver was won by American Ethan Beach , an Olympic Trials qualifier in this event won the Silver in 2:02.75. The Gold was won by Puerto Rican star Yeziel Morales of Azura Florida Aquatics in 2:01.13.Morales set a new national record a week earlier at the South American Championships in Buenos Aires in 1:59.38.

In the 200 metre butterfly Keanan posted his fastest time since 2018. He swam to a time of of 2:01.71 (split time 57.35) to finish fourth. In his first long course swim in the event for 2021 Dols just missed his personal best time of 2:01.32. That personal record was set during the heats of the event at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Barranquilla Colombia where en route to the championship final.

200 metre butterfly20212018
First 50 26.4827.12
Second 50 30.8730.94
Third 5031.1331.40
Fourth 5033.2331.86
Total Time2:01.712:01.32

The Gold was won by Keanan’s Gator swim Club teammate American Caeleb Dressel in a meet record of 1:58.74. Jace Crawford , unattached took the Silver in 2:01.07. Another Gator Grant Sanders took the Bronze in 2:01.57.

Keanan Dols

With a great start to 2021 on the road to Olympic qualification draftingthecaribbean spoke Dols about his impression of the meet and the way forward

“For the 200 fly I was happy with the time but I know it could have been significantly better. I set my self up well up to the 150 but didn’t close out the race as I am capable. For the meet as a whole I was extremely happy with the short course results but not quite satisfied with the long course results. I know the long course times could have been faster and I’m looking forward to getting chances to race again as the year goes on. I’m getting ready for the Mission Viejo Pro Swim Series April 8 -11 and hope to do well there”.

MOORE SCARES NATIONAL RECORD AT ISCA INTERNATIONAL SENIOR CUP

Bermuda’s Madelyn Moore made a statement when she competed in her long course season opener at the ISCA International Senior in St Petersburg Florida recently. The meet which ran from March 23 to 27 saw her best finish in the 50 metre backstroke where she topped the field.

Madelyn Moore

At the meet which was contested in the 25 yard pool for the morning heats and the finals in the Olympic sized pool saw Moore qualifying for the Championship final with a 50 yard backstroke time of 25.28, the second fastest time of her career . In the 50 metre final she took the title in 29.48, a new personal best time.

The Silver was won by Addie Rose Bullock of Stingrays in 29.76 and the Bronze to Yulduz Kuchkarova in 29.80

It marked the first time Moore dipped under the 30 seconds mark. Her previous best was 30.09 in placing second in the B final of the event at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla , Colombia.

Jeserik Pinto medalla de Oro en los XI Juegos Suramericanos Cochabamba 2018 Edixon Gamez

In her last regional outing at the CCCAN championships in 2019 in Barbados she had won the Silver in the 18 and over category in 30.65. Krystal Lara of the Dominican Republic Had Won Gold in 30.12. The CCCAN record if it is held this year is in danger as it stands at 29.98 to Venezuelan sprint star Jesserick Pinto in 2009 .

Kiera Aitken . Photo courtesy of dalnews.dal.ca

Also on borrowed time is the senior national record for Bermuda. The time of 29.31 was set by Bermudan Olympian Keira Aitken while competing for Club Natació Barcelona in Spain at the Spring Spanish championships in Málaga Spain.

There would be another Championship final for Moore in the 100 freestyle. She made the final posting time of 50.44 in yards to be ranked 9th overall in the 10 woman field. In the night’s final . The reigning Western Athletic Conference Champions would move up to 7th overall to post a new personal record of 57.22 with splits of 27.41 and 29.81. That swim crushed the 58.06 she recorded when placing fifth in the B final of the event at the Central American and Caribbean Games. The Gold was won Egyptian star Farida Osman in 55.63.

Farida Osman .Photo courtesy of ARENA

The University of Northern Colorado star made another Championship final in the 50 butterfly. She raced to 24.65 in the 25 yard pool. In the 50 metre final she was sixth in 27.90 , not far off her personal best of 27.81 set in 2019. The title was won by Osman in 26.08. The Egyptian has won the Bronze in this event at the the last two World Championships in 2017 and 2019.

Madelyn Moore

The 50 freestyle saw her posting posting 23.03 in yards to be seeded sixth for the Championship final. She would again move up placing fourth in 26.12 and close to her personal best of 25.90. Her swim also puts the Olympic B time of 25.51 closer to being reality. The Gold again went Osman . She took the win in 25.12.

THREE OLYMPIC B TIMES IN THREE SWIMS!SOBERS BECOMES FIRST SWIMMER FROM BARBADOS UNDER 50 SECS IN 100 FREESTYLE

Alex Sobers of Barbados continued his awesome streak of hitting Olympic B standards at the ISCA Senior International. This time on the last day of competition on March in St Petersburg Florida he completed the freestyle trifecta when the Eagles Aquatics swimmer made the standard in the 100 metre freestyle after made the mark in the 400 and 200 metre metre freestyle races previously.

He cruised to make it to the Championship final after posting a 100 yards time of 44.36 (split time 21.51).The morning swim was the seventh fastest in his career. In that race he went out in 24.31 and came back in 25.47 to record a new personal best of 49.78.

Caeleb Dressel

The race went to the defending World Champion in the event American Caeleb Dressel representing the Gator Swim club in 48.84. The silver was won by North Carolina State bound Arsenio Bustos of Woodbridge Aquatic Club in 49.25.

That effort by Sobers saw him setting a new personal best and national record and bettering the Olympic B standard.

The Olympic B standard stands at 50.03.

Alex Sobers

His old personal mark had stood at 50 .51 from his swim in the Championship final at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla ,Colombia .

The old record had been set more than a decade when Shawn Clarke led off the national team in 50.40 at the 2009 World Championships in Rome. That team which Martyn Forde 51.85 on the second leg ,Terrence Haynes 50.67 as the third man and Vaughn Forsythe 54.23 set the relay mark of 3:27.15 which still stands today.

Comparison of personal bests and national record splits

100 metre freestyleSobers 2018Clarke 2009Sobers 2021
First 50 metres24.0024.4824.31
Second 50 metres26.5125.9225.47
Final Time50.5150.4049.78

With better conditioning Sobers has been able to finish almost a second faster now than compared to 2018.

That swim also places Alex in the top ten fastest swimmers in the event from the CARIFTA region.

Mehdy Metella
Mehdy Metella47.5620171
Shaune Fraser48.4720092
Dylan Carter48.5220193
Brett Fraser48.5420124
Lorys Bourelly49.0320155
Mikel Schreuders49.0820196
Renzo Tjon A Joe49.2920197
Kenzo Simons49.6720208
Alex Sobers49.7820219
Julien Sicot49.90200310
Sobers powering to another national record

These early season performances by Sobers augurs well for the rest of the season. The lowering of more national records and Olympic A standards swims cannot be far off with the quality shown by Alex in Florida.

CONQUERING LION,ALEX CRUSHES NATIONAL RECORD AND RECORDS VICTORY IN ANOTHER OLYMPIC B TIME IN STAR STUDDED 200 METRE FREESTYLE FINAL

The finals on Friday night of the ISCA International International saw the CARIFTA region stars recording three wins. Max Wilson of the US Virgin Islands started the streak with a new 15-17 and open record in the 50 metre taking Gold in the 16 and under boys 50 metre backstroke. Madelyn Moore of Bermuda who has been on fire since her Conference domination took the women 50 metre backstroke. The night was punctuated in the final event by the scintillating win by Alex Sobers in the men’s 200 metre freestyle. The win saw him crushing his national record in event and recording his second Olympic B cut in as many long course swims.

Alex Sobers holder of four individual and a member of all five record relay teams. Photo courtesy of goeclions.com

Sobers, who is a graduate of the Emmanuel College known as the Lions cruised to the the final with his yard heats time of 1:36.64. He still holds the school record of 1:34.76. The final which would be contested in long course metres would see Sobers seeded eighth.

2011 World Championship medallists from left to right Michael Phelp Silver,Lochte Gold, Paul Biedermann Bronze. Photo courtesy ofsports.ndtv.com

The final would feature Americans Ryan Lochte 2011 World Champion and the eighth fastest man in history in the event and a member of all the winning 4 x 200 metre freestyle Olympic teams from 2004 to 2016, and Caleb Dressel reigning World Champion and national record holder in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle.

Caeleb Dressel

Also adding to the quality of the race were Olympian Khader Baqlah of Jordan the 2020 SEC Champion in the 200 yard freestyle and a member of the ISL team the Cali Condors, Hungarian Norbert Szabo ,Chilean Gabriel Araya and Peruvian Joaquin Vargas.

Khader Baqlah

When the race got under way it was Szabo and Baqlah that held the early advantage with sub 26 second splits of 25.63 and 25.71. At the 100 metres say Sobers moving in to second with time of 53.73 but Khader now had the lead with a time of 53.23 and Vargas within striking distance at 53.78. At the 150 Baqlah and Sobers separated themselves turning at 1:21.09 and 1:21.24 respectively. It was on this last 50 metres that the Lion roared. Sobers pulled away from the Jordanian with a split of 27.11 to take an impressive in 1:48.35. He crushed his old national record of 1:50.87 set when he won the B final of the event at the 2019 PAN AM Games in Lima Peru.

Alex Sobers

The Conquering Lion from Barbados was well under the Tokyo Olympic B time of 1:50.23. Now in his sights will be on the A time of 1:47.02.

Silver went to Khader in 1:48.62. The Bronze went to Dressel who attempted a rear guard fightback with a closing 50 metres of 26.26 to touch in 1:49.26.

Joaquin Vargas with yet another record breaking swim at the ISCA International Senior Cup.Photo courtesy of Azura Florida Aquatics

Vargas who has been on fire this month missed the national record at the South American Swimming Championships with a fourth place finish of 1:50.83 on March 17 in Buenos Aires .This time the record would go as he became the first swimmer from his nation under 1:50 and also achieved the Olympic B time as he clocked 1:49.71.

Szabo placed fifth in 1:50.88 missing his personal record of 1:50.35 . Lochte sixth in 1:51.87 and Araya seventh in 1:51.90 , just off his personal best of 1:51.78 set in 2019.

Results of 200 metre freestyle Championship final.Photo courtesy of Azura Florida Aquatics

Comparison of National Record Swims

200 metre freestyleAugust 7,2019March 26,2021
First 5026.2126.14
Second 5028.2227.59
Third 5028.3227.51
Fourth 5028.1227.11
Total Time1:50.871:48.35
Alex starting the 200 metre freestyle en route to a famous victory

With this victory Sobers has again proved that Barbados and the CARIFTA region cannot be overlooked when stepping behind the blocks and getting ready to race.