LILLY’S 200 YARD MEDLEY RELAY TEAM BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD AND QUALIFIES AUTOMATICALLY FOR NCAA CHAMPS

Last night on Day three of the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference ) Championships Lilly Higgs of the University of North Carolina and Team Bahamas qualified for the NCAA championships. She was a member of the record breaking 200 yard medley relay team that made the A time. The school record stood at 1:36.23 and the NCAA A time of 1:36.40.

Swimming the breaststroke leg the Tar Heels placed fourth in a new school record of 1:35.58. It also got under the 2021 school record. Lilly was a member of that team as well.

New School record holders in the 200 yard medley relay.Photo courtesy of the University of North Carolina Swimming and diving

Bronze was won by Florida State University in 1:35.40.The Silver medal was earned by North Carolina State University in 1:33.25. Victory went to the University of Virginia in a new NCAA record time of 1:31.81.

Higgs is getting closer to recording the fastest time done in college by a CARIFTA region swimmer. Few others have been faster. Those who would have dipped under the 27 second mark are the legendary Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson with her split of 26.79 from the 2009 NCAA championships .Atkinson was competing for Texas A & M. The other would be Alexandria Donahue representing Brown at the 2016 Ivy League Championships. She recorded a split of 26.98.

Lilly and Albury Higgs Photo courtesy of Bahamas Aquatics

Interestingly the 200 yard medley records for both North and South Carolina bear the name Higgs. This as older sister Albury was a member of the standard bearing Gamecocks team that recorded a time of 1:37.44. Albury had a recorded a split of 27.36.

Lilly will be looking to have matching school records in the 100 yard breaststroke as well. Albury’s Gamecocks record stands at 59.69 . Lilly ,who has a personal best of 59.77 will be gunning for the record of 59.29 set by Caroline Hauder .

LAMAR TAYLOR SIZZLES AT CONFERENCE CHAMPS!! HIS 50 BACK AND FREE SPLITS OF 21.72 AND 19.11 HAVE HIM AMONG THE BEST ALL TIME FROM THE CARIFTA REGION

Lamar Taylor of Henderson State University and Team Bahamas was in fantastic form on the opening day of the 2022 New South Intercollegiate Swim Championships.

200 yard medley relay Gold medallists.Photo courtesy of Henderson State Swimming and Diving

In the 200 yard medley relay he shattered his personal best in the 50 yard backstroke of 22.40 by splitting 21.72. He is now just the second Bahamian to break the 22 seconds barrier . The fastest time is held by friend and countryman DaVante Carey who swam 21.45 for McKendree University in 2020. He now number five on the all time CARIFTA region swimmers for this backstroke race.

That gave the team an insurmountable lead as he was almost a second faster than his nearest rival. That allowed the team to take the victory in a time of 1:28.14. An NCAA Division 2 B time. That shattered the old record of 1:28.48.

Record swim comparisons

Lamar 50 yard freestyle Gold medallist.Photo courtesy of Henderson State Swimming and Diving

Up next would be his signature race the 50 yard freestyle. Taylor ” The Cool Ruler” is experienced at relaxing while going at fast speeds and on February 16 on the opening day of the Conference would be no different. He already held the school record at 19.86 and is the only person in school history to go under the 20 seconds barrier.

Allan Murray Photo courtesy of macfit360.com

In 2021 he tied with Giulio Brugnoni of Delta State for the Gold in 20.01. There would be no sharing in 2022 as he blazed to a new PB , school record , Championship record and NCAA Division II automatic time of 19.58. The 2017 Championship record was set Lindenwood’s Serghei Golban at 19.71. The automatic qualifying time stands at 19.63. He is now rated at number three in Division II heading into the Championships. He looks to become the fastest Bahamian of all time in the 50 yard freestyle this season. He has now passed Olympian Elvis Burrows blast of 19.83. The only swimmer faster than him is another Olympian Allan Murray with his 1993 effort of 19.57.

200 yard freestyle relay gold medallists.Photo courtesy of Henderson State Swimming and Diving

There would be more speed on display from Taylor on the anchor leg duties of the 200 yard freestyle relay. Delta State tried to keep it close but a sizzling split of 19.11 by Lamar ensured the win . The team touched in 1:19.75. The question is after that leg is just how good is that split. Well it ranks number four all time from the CARIFTA region.

Records that fell by the wayside were the Reddies school record of 1:20.09 set at last year’s competition. That also doubled as the Championship record. Also downed was the 2017 pool record of 1:19.84 set by the 2017 Lindenwood team.

Taylor is a part of a very talented cadre of CARIFTA region swimmers who are shaking up the all time rankings this season.





FRESH(MAN)PRINCE NOW BECOMES THE EMPEROR!!JORDAN CROOKS IS NOW THE FASTEST CARIFTA REGION SWIMMER EVER WITH HIS BLAZING 50 YARD FREESTYLE TIME OF 18.53

On the first day of the SEC Championships we were raving about Jordan Crook’s amazing split in the 200 yard freestyle relay of 18.43 . That was the fastest of all time by a CARIFTA region swimmer. And as we keep saying we expected Crooks to be fast but not that this fast. Yesterday February 16 will live on history as the Fresh(man) Prince became the Fresh(man) Emperor

SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE CORONATION OF EMPEROR JORDAN

In November last year Jordan announced himself to the court of great regional sprinters with a time of 19.39 at his school , the University of Tennessee’ Invitational. With that swim he was now number six all time from the CARIFTA region. He also placed himself as the fastest Caribbean swimmer ever at the school bettering the time of 19.45 by Puerto Rican Olympian Ricky Busquets 19.45.

Ricardo-Busquets .Photo courtesy of primerahora

With the SEC Championships at his home pool the Allan Jones Aquatics Center he would defend his territory and enlarge his kingdom by going for the number one title. In his opening salvo in the relay he showed that he was ready for the challenge with a split of 18.43.

In the heats of the 50 yard freestyle he established himself as the greatest of all time . Outside of George Bovell no other CARIFTA region had dipped under the 19 seconds mark. Jordan crossed that barrier and proclaimed himself as the Emperor of the CARIFTA region sprinters with a sizzling 18.84. That set up the freshman as the number one seed. It also made him the fastest swimmer of all time at Tennessee. It bettered the 2019 mark of 18.95 set by Kyle DeCoursey . Kyle set that mark winning the Silver in the event at the Championships. He was also under the NCAA A standard of 18.96.

SEC 200 yard freestyle relay podium . from left to right Tennessee Silver ,Alabama Gold and Missouri Bronze .Photo courtesy of Florida Gators swimming and diving

The 200 yard freestyle relay saw him flexing his powers as the all time leader CARIFTA in the event. He put down another regional marker when he blazed to 18.72. That split helped the Volunteers to a time of 1:16.48 and the Silver medal. That is the second fastest time in school history. The school record stands at 1:16.00 set in the heats of the 2009 NCAA Championships.

SEC 50 freestyle medal podium. from left to right Curry, Crooks and Chaney. Photo courtesy of Florida Gators Swimming and Diving

The final would be the ultimate moment of the coronation of Emperor Jordan. He showed how we do it in the CARIFTA region. He went out in 8.93 and came back in 9.60. No one matched his speed on any of the 25’s. He claimed an emphatic victory in 18.53. That stands as a new PB, SCHOOL , CARIFTA REGION record. It is also currently the fastest time in America.

Silver went American Gold Medallist Brooks Curry of Louisiana State University in 18.67 and the Bronze to Adam Chaney of Florida, the 2021 Champion in 18.81.

IMPACT OF EMPEROR JORDAN’S EVOULTION OF SPEED

Jordan has now carried CARIFTA region swimming to a new level .What was not possible in over decade to break the 19 seconds barrier has happened in one day. Not once but three times

Crooks is not only the fastest swimmer in the America but he is the fastest freshman (now Emperor). And when you see that the list included Caeleb Dressel who displaced as the best of all time the impact is massive

Jordan receiving Gold from Coach Rich Murphy. Photo courtesy of Tennessee swimming and diving
Caeleb Dressel

For the uninitiated Dressel is the reigning Olympic Champion and the fastest man of all time in yards 17.63, the world record holder in the 50 in the 25 metre pool at 20.16 . He is also the third fastest man of all time with his swim of 21.04 in June 2021.

Enrico Linscheer Photo courtesy of http://www.dbnl.org

The SEC Championship title for the second won by the CARIFTA region in the event. The last time was by Surinamese Olympian Enrico Linscheer in 1993. Competing for the Florida Gators he won in 20.14.

It also marks the 12th victory for the Volunteers. The last time was when Busquets won for the second time in 19.76 in 1996. He had won a year earlier in 19.96.

Crooks also brings back the CARIFTA region to the winner’s circle after Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders won the 200 yard freestyle title. Mikel took the title in 1:31.96 representing the Missouri Tigers.

Jordan also ensures that the Cayman Islands maintains its dominance with SEC individual titles. They now have six with Shaune Fraser the all time leader with five.

Shaune Fraser

Jordan is now the the fifth fastest swimmer of all time in the event

Jordan continues to show that CARIFTA region is a force to be reckoned with in the NCAA with his outstanding performances.

FRESHMAN JORDAN CROOKS SIZZLES ON OPENING DAY OF SEC’S !!!DROPS BLAZING 50 YARD FREESTYLE ANCHOR LEG OF 18.43

As we have been saying all season with Jordan Crooks of Tennessee and Team Cayman Islands we knew that he would be fast but we just never expected him to be this fast.

The opening day of the South Eastern College conference got underway yesterday at the Jones Aquatics Center in Knoxville, Tennessee , the home pool of Jordan’s team , the Volunteers.

Entered as a member of the 200 yard medley relay the freshman was given the anchor leg freestyle duties at one of the best Conference in the NCAA. The question would be would the occasion overwhelm the Jordan or would he step up? He took the lyrics to the Sizzla hit “Rise to the Occasion” to heart

Rise to the occasion, look at yourself and say you are strong,no-one can stop can YPU.

Jordan Crooks Photo courtesy of Tennessee Swimming and Diving

He produced an awesome leg of 18.43. Let me write that again 18.43. Only Brooks Curry of LSU had a a faster split with his sensational 18.14.

Christian Homer Photo courtesy of floridagators.com

That fantastic anchor leg enabled Tennessee to win the the Bronze medal in 1:23.35. That is the third fastest time in Tennessee history. It also marks the return to the medal podium at the SEC’s for the CARIFTA region in the event. The last time was 2014 when Christian Homer of the University of Florida and Team Trinidad and Tobago was on the Gold medal winning Gators. They won in 1:24.53 aided by his backstroke leg of 21.79.Homer had won the first Caribbean Youth Olympics Gold medal in the 50 metre backstroke in 2010.

2022 SEC 200 yard medley relay podium. Photo courtesy of Florida Gaotrs

Silver went to Alabama in 1:22.28 . and the Gold to the University of Florida in 1:22.06. All the teams were under the NCAA A time of 1:24.22.

Tennessee Bronze medal winners from left to right Michael Houlie breaststroke (South Africa) Kayky Mota butterfly (Brazil),Björn Kammann backstroke (Germany) Crooks freestyle (Cayman Islands)

When we say that the time is fast in the SECs in only five other men have better relay splits. The list is headed by American Gold medallist Caeleb Dressel .


From the CARIFTA region we can now call him King Jordan as his splits would now top anything seen before.

Associate Coach Rich Murphy has these thoughts on Jordan’s freestyle split as reported by the school

“I think it is really a reflection of what we have seen in practice and throughout the year. It is another step in his progression. We are just thrilled with how we soaks up and sponges up the opportunities to learn and watch video to get better. He is really a student of his swimming and is curious about how to get better. We are trying to support that with the best of our ability and continue to challenge him to think big and continue to take the next step.”

The meet continues with Crooks in action today. in the 50 yard freestyle and 200 yard freestyle relay

LILA HIGGO MAKES BIG BACKSTROKE STATEMENT WITH PERSONAL BESTS AT 2022 SPEEDO SECTIONALS

Lila Higgo of the Bolles School made a statement with her backstroke swims at the recently held Speedo Sectionals in Orlando Florida.

Lila, who represents the Cayman Islands at the CARIFTA Championships had a 100 metre backstroke best of 1:08.43 from the 2021 Bahamas Nationals.  She crushed that with a heats swim of 1:06.83 with a split of time of 31.78.  Lila blew that away in the B final of the event to win in 1:04.97 (split time 32.00).  How good is that time?

Lila Higgo .Photo courtesy of caymaniantimes

At the last CARIFTA Championships in 2019 in the 11-12 age group she won Silver in 1:11.76 so a significant time drop. Additionally it is faster than the existing 13-14 age group record of which she is now in. The record currently stands at 1:05.17 to Danielle Titus of Team Barbados.  Titus is now a standout swimmer for Tulane University coached by her countrywoman, the legendary Olympian Leah Stancil (formerly Martindale)

In the 200 metre event she dropped from dropped three seconds to win another B final in 2:22.58. Higgo had won 11-12 Silver in 2019 in 2:36.58.  So yet another huge time drop. The record for the 13-14 age is 2:24.16 by the afore mentioned Titus.

In her 50 metre backstroke she registered a time of 31.88. But with her 100 metre split being faster than that time the CARIFTA 50 metre record could also be in danger. That standard was set by Gabriela Donahue of Team Trinidad and Tobago now swimming at the University of Nebraska She clocked 30.36 in 2017 in the heats before taking the Gold in 30.55. The Huskers head Coach is American Olympic Gold medallist Pablo Morales.

They were also personal bests in the 100 metre butterfly 1:06.96 and 200 metre freestyle 2:15.03.

Lila Higgo at the 2022 Florida 1A State championships Photo courtesy of Shenique Patton

She has been having a good season with Bolles. At the prestigious 1A State Championships she made finals in her debut.  In the 100 yard backstroke final she was sixth in a personal best of 56.81. The 200 yard individual medley saw finishing seventh in 2:07.69, another personal best.


If selected for the CARIFTA team. those backstroke times will make Lila Higgo one of those swimmers to watch in Barbados .

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2008 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS FLASHBACK!!BRADLEY ALLY AND SHAUNE FRASER DOMINATE 200 YARD IM

Bradley Ally struck gold at the Southeastern (SEC) Championships for the University of Florida at the University of Alabama pool when he took the 200 yard individual medley. Ally a medley specialist who is the Barbados national record holder ,CAC Champion and reigning Pan –American bronze medalist in the event did not have it all his way in the finals as he was given all he could handle by teammate and Cayman Islands swimmer Shaune Fraser.

Shaune Fraser Photo courtesy of shaunefraser.com

Fraser himself a medley swimmer and reigning Pan-American silver medalist in the 200 metre freestyle would provide tough opposition. On the first stroke butterfly it was Fraser over Ally 22.92 (26.41LCM long course metres) to 22.97(26.46). At the halfway mark Bradley made a move to take the lead and out split his younger rival on the backstroke 26.15(31.32) to 26.54(31.78) and the two Florida “Gators” had by now separated themselves from the field. Ally won the duel on the breaststroke clocking 29.96(35.00) to Shaune’s 30.45 (35.57). That breaststroke leg proved to be decisive. Like the Thriller in Manila Oct 1,1975 where a slightly more famous Ali (Muhammed) would beat Frazier (Joe) The thriller in Alabama Feb 21,2008 would have Ally holding onto to defeat Fraser 1:44.45 (2:01.88) to 1:44.96(2:02.47).

Ally Photo courtesy of swimpictures.com

Also like the boxers it avenged Ally’s first loss to Fraser in SEC championship when they clashed for the first time in 2007 where Fraser edged out Ally by one hundredth of a second for the silver medal. The win marked for Ally a pool record, breaking fellow Gator Duncan Sherrard’s 2001 time of 1:45.38, a NCAA automatic qualifying time and a nation leading time. Fraser also notched an automatic qualifying time in the event. These were Ally’s thoughts on the win as taken from the SEC website

“It’s a great feeling to come here and all and keep the winning streak. For the Gators, Ryan had it and now I have it. Hopefully we’ll pass it on and keep it going like that. It’s a great accomplishment and I’m happy.”

The SEC’s held from the Feb 20 -23, 2008 also saw Ally in action in the 400 yard individual medley where he looked for his fourth career title having won the event last year. But it was not to be as he could not resist the challenge of teammate Clark Burckle 3:45.00 and Georgia’s Sebastien Rouault 3:45.56(as he took the bronze in 346.00 (4:21.27). Burckle would again take another of Ally’s 2007 crowns this time in the 200 yard breaststroke as he stroked his way to 1:56.00 (2:15.20) while Ally lost the decision on a podium spot to Auburn’s Brad Craig 1:57.18 (2:16.57) to 1:57.20(2:16.60). Ally would also place fourth in the 200 freestyle relay where his third leg 19.70 (22.91) pushed the Gators to 1:19.22

Fraser came away from the Championships with a chest full of medals. Fraser repeated as SEC champion in the 200yard freestyle breaking the pool record and his personal best to record 1:34.29 (1:49.01) and the fifth fastest time in University of Florida history. Fraser who was third at the 50 and second at the 100 and 150 mark unleashed a 23.97(27.85) to take the victory where the first four places were decided by .21 of a second. This is what he had to say about the win as seen on the SEC website.

“I just wanted to go out there and race. That has been our main goal for the season. To win is always a plus so I was pretty happy with that time.”

The 200 butterfly saw Fraser losing his 2007 crown as well as he went from first to third clocking 1:44.38 (2:00.53) bettering his 2007 time but not enough to top Georgia’s Mark Dyalla who clocked 1:42.23 (1:58.05). He snapped up a bronze in the 200 yard medley relay clocking 20.84 (24.01) on the butterfly to help to 1:26.80. In the 800 freestyle relay his third leg time of 1:34.37 (1:49.10) to boost the Gators to the silver in an NCAA automatic qualifying time 6:22.84. His butterfly exploits extended to the 400 yard medley where he clocked 46.26 (53.29) to gain another bronze in an NCAA automatic time of 3:10.80. His final medal of the meet came in the 400 freestyle relay where he clocked 42.97(49.79) for bronze in 2:54.34.

Also making finals at the Championships was Auburn’s Bahamian sprint star Alana Dillette who made B finals in the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle. In the backstroke she used her characteristic quick start 26.34 (30.88) to win in an NCAA consideration time of 54.76 (1:04.20). She was sixth in the 100 fly improving upon her heats time to clock in another NCAA consideration time of 54.58 (1:02.23). In the 50 free she clocked 23.09 under the NCAA consideration time of 23.43.

Other former CARIFTA stars competing were Cayman Islands Heather Roffey representing the University of South Carolina and Bahamas Elvis Burrows competing for the University of Kentucky. Roffey placed 22nd in the 500 freestyle in 4:57.00 (4:27.09) 35th in the 200 freestyle 1:53.59 (2:09.97) and 27th in the 200 butterfly 2:06.99(2:24.14). Burrows scorecard read 50 free 23rd 20.55 (23.90), 100 butterfly 23rd 49.48 (57.00) and 100 freestyle 24th 45.55(52.78).

University of Florida Men finished second with 712 points, University of Kentucky men were fifth with 345 points. South Carolina women were 9th with 199 points. Auburn topped both men and women’s section with 806 and 716.5 points respectively.

NEW SCHOOL RECORD PUTS JERON IN ELITE CARIFTA REGION BACKSTROKE CLUB!!THOMPSON NOW ONLY FOURTH SWIMMER UNDER 47 SECONDS

Jeron Thompson of the University of Indianapolis and Team Trinidad and Tobago is now in an ultra exclusive club after winning the 100 yard backstroke Silver medal at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships in a new school record of 46.67.

He now gains sole ownership of the record and becomes the first Greyhound under the 47 seconds barrier. He previously shared the record with Rodrigo Codo Berti. Thompson set the mark at the 2021 Conference Championships where he won the Gold. Rodrigo set the mark at the 2015 Division 2 championships where he had placed fourth.

Only four swimmers have ever broken the 47 seconds mark from the CARIFTA region. This list is dominated by swimmers from the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

SUB 47 SECONDS CLUB

When his record splits are compared Jeron was half second faster on the second 50 yards

Jeron stands as the fastest in the region ever in the 50 yard backstroke.

CARIFTA REGION’S FASTEST 50 YARD BACKSTROKERS

With that obvious early speed and his endurance better can Thompson better his standing or even challenge to to be the best ever in both the 50 and 100 events. This year’s Division II Championships from March 16-19 in North Carolina may be the site for him to make that bid. Swimmers who will also staking their claim to be the best and join that group are the Bahamian duo of Lamar Taylor of Henderson State and DaVante Carey of McKendree University who have personal bests of 47.29 and 47.36. Also in the hunt will be the rapidly improving freshman Jordan Crooks of the Cayman Islands and the University of Tennessee with his personal standard of 47.25. Jack Kirby of the University of Southern California and Team Barbados should make it very interesting to see who is the best at the end of the collegiate season.

HAIL KING LUIS!! 100 YARD BREASTSTROKE CONFERENCE VICTORY BY WEEKES MAKES HIM THE FASTEST EVER AT KENYON,IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC CHAMPS AND BARBADOS HISTORY

Last night at the North Atlantic Conference Championships Luis Sebastian Weekes reminded everyone why he is one of the best breaststrokers from the CARIFTA region.

He took the victory in the 100 yard breaststroke in a new personal best , school record and Championship record time of 54.35.

Luis Sebastian Weekes celebrates winning the 100 yard breaststroke in a new PB,school,Conference and Barbados best time

That time bettered his personal best of 54.87 set by in 2019 at the West Virginia Invitational. He also lowered the school and Championship record marker swam by Humphrey Pruett of 54.58 .Pruett set that time during the heats of the 2019 Conference Championships . He would then go on to win in 54.88.

This is also the fastest time ever done by a swimmer from Barbados . The previous best was set by Olympian Bradley Ally of 54.72 in 2004.

Weekes , who is the reigning Conference Swimmer of the Year defended his title. He took the Crown in 2020 in 55.16.

Luis also owns the Conference record in the 200 yard individual medley at 1:47.82, 200 yard breaststroke 1:58.50 and the 200 yard medley relay at 1;27.42. All the records were set in 2020.

In the first session he blazed to the fastest breaststroke split of the 200 yard medley relay ,putting down a time of 24.29. That enabled the Lords to win the Silver in 1:29.68. Gold went to Denison in 1:28.01.

At his last CARIFTA in 2018 in Jamaica he won the Gold in the 200 metre individual medley in 2:08.97 Silvers in the 100 and 200 metre breaststroke in 1:06.37 and 2:23.63 respectively

WORLD SHORT COURSE CHAMPS REVIEW -JADON WUILLIEZ OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA BLAZES TO REGIONAL TOP TEN MARK IN THE 50 BREASTSTROKE

The swimmers of the Eastern Caribbean territory of Antigua and Barbuda have been producing performances that show their speed and and ever improving quality. Jadon Wuilliez put up his hand at the Abu Dhabi World Short Course Championships and made a statement of his own in the breaststroke events.

Jadon Wuilliez Photo courtesy of Texas Christian University

After posting the second fastest performance of all time by a swimmer from the CCCAN and Caribbean region in the 100 metre breaststroke on December 16,2021 his 50 metre event was highly anticipated. He surpassed those expectations with yet another sterling performance.

Jadon would leave the United Arab Emirates undefeated as he registered yet another crushing victory in heat 3 of the 50 metre breaststroke. He blazed to 26.98 to win by more than two seconds. That crushed his national record of 27.74 set in July 2021.

At that point only two swimmers from the region had ever gone under the 27 seconds barrier Jadon and the legendary George Bovell III from Trinidad and Tobago. In the very next heat the Dominican Republic’s Josue Dominguez Ramos broke his national record to take second place overall in the region with a swim of 26.91.

ALL TIME CCCAN AND CARIBBEAN RANKINGS

Jadon’s swim gave him his highest World Championship placing of 21st. In the 100 metre event he had placed 24th overall. It took a time of 26.81 to make the semi finals. With that performance there is a lot to look forward to for the 2022 World Short Course Championships to be held in Kazan Russia from December 17 to 22.

Draftingthecaribbean got Jadon’s thoughts about his World Short Course Swimming Championships experiences

“My experience at my first world championships was incredible. Performing at the big stage was a dream come true. I had high expectations going into the event because I knew I had put in the work to achieve the results I wanted. I am very pleased with how my races went, but there are many places to improve and I can’t wait to go back to practice and work on them. Overall my experience and performance here in Abu Dhabi has definitely been my best in terms of my short course racing. Walking away with all around PB’s and 2 national records after coming off of a very busy long course season earlier this year definitely gives me motivation and confidence leading into the new year in terms of further training and competition. Couldn’t ask for a better start and definitely looking forward to the long course season starting in January”.

Jadon is now the sole owner of all the breaststroke records for his nation

Look for all those national standards to fall in 2022 and for Jadon to challenge for the title of all time King of the Caribbean in the breaststroke events.

Jadon Wuilliez .Photo courtesy of TCU

His next big meet will be for Texas Christian University at the BIG 12 Conference Championships in Morgantown West Virginia from February 23-26. The talented freshman from St John’s is ranked third in the 100 yard breaststroke and eighth in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 19.83. He will be seeking to make the NCAA Division I Championships in what has been an outstanding first year in college.

CARIFTA OUTLOOK -BRADY MACPHERSON-LEWISON LOOKING TO MAKE MAJOR IMPACT FOR JAMAICA IN 2022

At the last CARIFTA in 2019 in Bridgetown Barbados Jamaican Brady Macpherson-Lewison won Gold in the 11-112 age group in the 400 metre individual medley. He took the title in 5:30.63 . It was the first time Jamaica had won been on the podium in more than two decades.

Brady Macpherson Lewison 400 IM Gold medallist Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

With CARIFTA scheduled to be in Barbados in 2022 he will be seeking to have further podium glory again . He enters the new year and the new age group fresh from a command performance at the Border City Invitational in Canada.

Competing in the 25 metre pool at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre Brady had no equal in the 13-14 age group.He won five Gold medals in dominating fashion .

All swims were new personal bests. He swept the backstroke races. In the 200 metre event he won in a time of 2:10.02.He was the only swimmer in his age group under 2:15. When all the age group times were combined 10and under 11-12, 13-14 and 15 and over he was second only to teammate in the 15 and over Owen Stoneburgh . Owen took Gold in that category in 2:07.29.

The 100 metre backstroke saw him winning by almost ten seconds in the event . He powered to the wall in 59.42 (split 29.11). That marked his first time under the minute mark. Again only teammate Stoneburgh was faster than him at the meet as he won his category in 57.79.

In the 50 metre backstroke there would be not let up for his rivals. Brady touched in 28.32 . He won the race by over a second in a sprint event . His time placed him fourth overall at the competition.In 2019 he had won Silver in the sprint backstroke events behind a dominant Marvin Johnson of The Bahamas.

Brady also proved to be peerless in the sprint freestyle events .The four lap event he took handily in 55.14 (split time 25.76). He was almost two seconds faster than the next best competitor in his age group. He posted the fourth fastest time at the meet.

He crowned himself the fastest 13-14 swimmer at the event touching in 24.48. The margin of victory this time was almost a second. He would have a faster time leading of the open 4 x 50 metre freestyle relay. The team of Macpherson-Lewison 24.45,Matthew Lawford 24.69,Alexander Rutherford -Parish 25.61 and Emerson Rutherford-Parish 23.65 touched in a winning time of 1:38.40.

The Golden Horseshoe Aquatic Club swept the relay by taking the 4 x 50 medley relay. The team of Stoneburgh backstroke 26.96, Jared Banta breaststroke 30.57, Brady butterfly 26.37 and Emerson Rutherford-Parish 23.99 took the top spot in 1:47.89.

The meet which ran from the December 11-12 saw a swimmer in form as seen by his improvement .

Brady is also a top performer in the Canadian club swimming as a 14 year old

Dominic Walter 2010 CISC 14-17 5k Open Water Silver medallist

Golden Horseshoe Aquatic Club was also home to national record holder Dominic Walter from 2013 to 2017. Walter who has been the best middle to distance freestyler holds five individual national. Three in in the 25 and two in the 50 metre pool.

Short Course Records

Long Course Records

Brady will be looking to emulate his fellow countryman’s efforts and put his name on the national record board. He will be looking to translate his current form to the Olympic sized pool and book his ticket to the April 16-20 CARIFTA Championship.