ATKINSON WINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE 50 METRE BREASTSTROKE SILVER,CARTER RECORDS BEST FINISH BY ENGLISH SPEAKING CARIBBEAN SWIMMER IN THE 200 METRE FREESTYLE.

Alia Atkinson
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Alia Atkinson

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson and Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter had historic swims last night on Day 2 of the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada in the 50 metre breaststroke and 200 metre freestyle respectively.

 

Alia Atkinson won Silver in the 50 metre breastroke in 29.11. The gold was won by Lilly King in a time of 28.92. World Record Holder Atkinson extends her record as the most decorated swimmer from Jamaica and the English Speaking Caribbean at the World Short Course Swimming Championships. Her overall medal count stands at One Gold and Four Silver medals. With her historic swim in the event she becomes the only swimmer ever to win THREE consecutive medals in the event. She, at this point is the only swimmer from Jamaica to medal at the World Short Course Swimming Championships.

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Dylan Carter 13th World short Course Swimming Championships Windor Canada Photo courtesy of Gregory Shamus/gettyimages

Carter placed 4th in the Championship final of the 200 metre freestyle in a time of 1:42.48 (splits 49.97 and 52.51). That bettered his national record of 1:42.90 set in the morning heats. With that performance Dylan has become the best placed English speaking Caribbean swimmer ever at these World Championships in the event.  Carter bettered the previous national best placing and time of 14th when George Bovell III clocked 1:47.62 at the 2002 Championships in Moscow. The previous best English speaking CARIFTA region  placing in the event was the Cayman Islands Shaune Fraser’s 8th spot at the 2010 Championships .At those Championships Fraser clocked 1:43.91 in the final. In the heats he had set a mark of 1:42.8.

Through the efforts of these standard bearers the quality of swimming from the region is lifted and our reputation enhanced.

CAYMAN ISLANDS SENIOR AND JUNIOR RECORDS FALL IN THE 100 METRE FREESTYLE AT WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

13-14 and senior national 100 metre freestyle record holders
From left to right Alison Jackson and Lauren Hew

 

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13-14 and senior national 100 metre freestyle record holders From left to right Alison Jackson and Lauren Hew

The national record count after two days of competition at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada stands at 4 for the Cayman Islands. Teammates Lauren Hew and Alison Jackson accounted for new national and junior standards in the 100 metre freestyle.

 

Hew became the first woman from Cayman Islands under 57 seconds when she recorded a time of 56.99 (split time 27.09). That performance placed her 57th overall. It also considerably lowered the national record of 58.07 set by Lara Butler in 2015.speaking after the race Lauren said

“I had no idea what the record was going into the event, I was just focused on swimming my own race . It felt great because I knew I was set up well to lower my time”.

Teammate Alison Jackson lowered her 13-14 record in the event set in Feb from 59.67 to 59.24 (split time 28.08). Jackson had the following thoughts about the race

“ I knew what the record was beforehand because it was my old record and my current personal best. After the race even though it wasn’t what I had hoped for it was still a pb so I was happy”.

THREE MORE NATIONAL RECORDS FALL FOR ARUBA ON DAY 2 OF THE WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Allyson Ponson

The records continued to tumble for Aruba on Day 2 of the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada on Wednesday Dec 7.All members of the three member team set new standards.

The first person to etch their name in the record books was Allyson Ponson. She set a new mark of 56.34 (split time 26.99). Her thoughts after the race were

“My plan was to enjoy the race and focus on my turns. Unfortunately I don’t think that my turns were as good as they could have been. But I am happy with the time”.

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Jordy Groters

Countryman Jordy Groters would set a new national standard in the 100 metre butterfly. His splits were 25.38 and 29.49 for a final time of 54.87 and 48th overall. Speaking after the race he said

“It was a different experience to race a fly event. This was my first time at such a high level meet swimming fly, and I enjoyed it. I didn’t have any pre-race expectations, just jumped in and went for it, and I was happy with the results”.

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Daniella van den Berg

Daniella van den Berg in her first race of the Championships placed 26th in the 800 metre freestyle. The Aruban national record in the event is 8:58.72 (400 split 4:25.07). When asked about the race she said

“I was excited to get going after watching everyone swim yesterday. This was my first time ever doing 800 in scm, and I did not know what to expect. Now I know, it is a whole bunch of turns and a lot less swimming. I am satisfied with the actual time I did”.

CHRIS COURTIS SETS BACKSTROKE NATIONAL RECORD ON DAY ONE OF WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Christopher Courtis
Photo courtesy of swimbarbados.com
Christopher Courtis
Christopher Courtis Photo courtesy of swimbarbados.com

On Day one of the 13th edition of the World Short Course Swimming Championships the Barbados contingent  of Chris Courtis, Alex Sobers, Lani Cabrera ,McKayla Treasure and Danielle Titus . It would be Courtis and Titus who would set new national marks in Windsor Canada.

 

Chris Courtis, who is based at the University of Calgary, had made history for his country by becoming the first swimmer to go under 55 seconds in the 100 metre backstroke when he clocked 54.31 at the CIS (Canadian College Championships) in February of this year. 2016 is proving to be his breakout year as he raised the bar for Barbados by lowering his national record and becoming the first swimmer under 54 seconds posting a time of 53.94. The progress can be made see in the comparisons in the splits from Feb to now in Dec where he was more aggressive in the first 50 metres

Splits CIS WSC
50 26.48 25.90
100 27.83 28.04
54.31 53.94

When asked about the race he said

“Coming into Short Course Worlds, my goal was to be faster than the times I posted at Canada West Championships a week ago. Going a personal best time is always a great achievement and I was beyond thrilled. The fact that it was also a new National Record is huge a bonus”.

13-14 50 backstroke champion and senior natior record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados
13-14 100 backstroke champion and new senior natior record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados

Teammate Danielle Titus was responsible for the other national record to fall in the morning heats.She lowered the 13-14 national record in the 100 metre backstroke. The old standard of 1:06.46 belonged to Amara Gibbs from Dec 2010. Titus lowed that considerably when she touched the wall in a time of 1:04.82 (split time 31.14 ). That performance is not far off the senior national record of 1:04.58 set by Lee- Ann Rose in Dec 2012. Speaking after the race Titus said

“ I came into meet just looking for personal best and in my 100 back  I did just that. I did not achieve the time I was looking for but  I was satisfied with my swim. Knowing that I broke a record makes me feel better about my swim”.

Also in action on Day one was Alex Sobers in the 400 metre freestyle . He clocked a time of 3:58.13 (split time 1:55.81) to finish 54th overall.That is the best time done by swimmer from Barbados at the World Championships. Sobers beat his 2014 time of 4:08.54 and the previous best Barbados time of 4:00.36 by Damian Alleyne in 2002.

In the 200 metre freestyle Lani Cabrera and McKayla Treasure finished  58th and 67th  respectively with times of2:08.44 (split time 1:01.73) and 2:12.32 (split time 1:03.96).

 

 

ALIA ATKINSON AND DYLAN CARTER TO CHALLENGE FOR GOLD ON DAY 2 OF THE WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of swimmingworldmagazine.com
Alia on her way to 50 metre gold in Berlin
Alia on her way to 50 metre Gold in Berlin Photo courtesy of FINA
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Dylan Carter Texas Invite Photo courtesy of Walt Middleton/usctrojans.com

The CARIFTA region will have two representatives in Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson and Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter Championship finals on Day 2 of the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada today Wednesday Dec 7, 2016. Alia will have the first chance to win Gold when she competes at approximately 7:11pm Jamaica time in the 50 metre breaststroke final. She will be followed immediately by Carter who will contest the final of the 200 metre freestyle at 7:23 Jamaica time.

 

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For the 5 time World Championships veteran Atkinson this will be her 4th consecutive 50 metre breaststroke Championship Final .

2014 Doha 50 metre breaststroke 28.91 Silver
2012 Turkey 50 metre breaststroke 29.67 Silver
2010 Dubai 50 metre breaststroke 30.22 6th

After medalling in the last 2 Championships she will be looking to be atop the podium tonight. She entered the meet with # 1 ranking and World Record of 28.64. Throughout qualifying she has topped the field with heats and semi-finals times of 29.48 and 29.09 respectively. She will be  in Lane 4 in the final. She will be flanked by Americans Lilly King and Molly Hannis who qualified with times 29.17 and 29.88.

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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of usportt.com

Dylan Carter came to these World Championships from a very impressive Texas Invitational and in great form. The coaching decision to scratch from the 100 metre backstroke and focus on the 200 metre freestyle today proved a very wise one as he topped the qualifiers heading into the final with national record breaking performance of 1:42.90.

splits by 50 cumulative time
1 24.24 24.24
2 26.15 50.39
3 26.41 1:16.80
4 26.10 1:42.90

That broke the record of 1:44.81 that George Bovell III recorded when leading off the Auburn University to 4th place at the 2004 NCAA finals when meet was contested in short course metres. It is also the 5th fastest performance of the year. He was the only swimmer to break 1:43 seconds this morning. He will swim from Lane 4 tonight he will be flanked by South African Myles Brown and Russian Aleksandr Krasnykh. He has already made history for his nation by becoming the first Championship final qualifier in the event.

Tonight promises to be a very special night not only Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago but the wider Caribbean.

LAUREN HEW SETS TWO NATIONAL RECORDS AS CAYMAN ISLANDS BEGIN WORLD SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS CAMPAIGN

Team Cayman Islands
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Cayman Islands 2016 World Short Course Swimming Championships team From Left to right Alex McCallum,Lauren Hew and Alison Jackson

The Cayman Islands Swim team of Lauren Hew, Alex McCallum and Ali Jackson started their campaign at the 13th edition of the World Short Course Swimming Championships on Dec 6 in Windsor Canada.

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Lauren Hew Senior national record holder in the 200 metre freestyle and 100 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of caymansportsbuzz.com

Lauren Hew took down 2 national senior records in the morning heats. In the 200 metre freestyle she lowered the national record of 2:04.61 to 2:03.46 (split time 59.07). The previous standard was held by Lara Butler set at the 2010 World championships in Dubai. With that performance she placed 43rd  the best placing by a swimmer from the CARIFTA region. She would also better the 100 metre backstroke mark by the narrowest of margins. Hew stopped the clock in 1:03.35 (split time 30.11) .She just edged the record of 1:03.36 set by Butler at the 2013 Island Games. When asked about the her records and outlook for the rest of the Championships Lauren said “

I think that I have had a great start to the meet so far with a great time improvement in my 200 free which will set me up for a fast 100 free tomorrow. I was glad to grab 2 new CIASA and national records on the first day of racing  and think that Ali, Alex and I have a great opportunity to swim fast in all of our upcoming events this week.

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Alex McCallum Photo courtesy of caymansportsbuzz.com

Teammate Alex McCallum competing in the 100 metre backstroke placed 56th in a time of 58.38 (split time 28.21). Alex had the following thoughts about his swim

“It was a fantastic experience racing in my first world championships race and the atmosphere was incredible. Being surrounded by the world’s best swimmers helps to inspire everyone to swim better”.

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Alison Jackson Photo courtesy ofcaymansportsbuzz.com

The third member of the team Alison Jackson competing the in 200 metre freestyle and 100 metre backstroke had the following respective times and placings 2:12.57 split time 1:03.88 (68th) and 1:07.30 split time 32.26 (59th). Her thoughts about her swims and the rest of the meet to come were as follows

“Being behind the blocks and looking around knowing that people all over the world are watching made me a bit nervous but it was amazing. Also looking up at the score board and seeing your name next to your countries flag is really great”.

Alison and Lauren will compete in the 100 metre freestyle today.

TEAM JAMAICA DAY ONE MORNING HEATS ALIA CRUISES TO SEMI FINALS, KEANAN DOLS LOWERS TWO NATIONAL RECORDS

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Photo courtesy of Stephane Kempinaire and  Courtesy of the Federation Francaise Natation.
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Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Jamaica Olympics

 

Jamaica’s team to the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships started off their campaign on a good note yesterday morning Dec 6.

National and global standard bearer Alia Atkinson cruised to the semi finals of the 50 metre breaststroke with a time of 29.48. She topped the morning qualifiers this morning with that swim .Atkinson, the reigning Silver medallist also equalled her fastest heats swim as she posted 29.48  in the heats at the 2014 Championships .Only 4 women broke the 30 seconds barrier this morning.

Keanan Dols in his World Championships debut broke two senior national records. In the 100 metre backstroke he set a new mark of 55.39 (split time 26.79) .That bettered the 2012 mark of 55.55 by Timothy Wynter set at the world championships that year. He equalled the best placing by a Jamaican of 43rd in the event. That was achieved by Wynter in 2012. The 17 year old Dols would also lower the 200 individual medley record. He bettered team mate Dominic Walter’s mark of 2:08.88. Keanan swam to a new record of 2:02.06 (split time 56.85).It was also historic in that it was the first time a Jamaican man has swum this event at these World Championships.

Dominic Walter also became the first Jamaican man to swim the 400 metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming Championships. He clocked a season best of 4:03.16 (split time 1:56.94) to finish 61st.

Kelsie Campbell set a new personal best in the 200 metre freestyle . She hit the wall in a time of 2:04.93 (split time 1:00.13).That placed her 47th overall. When asked about the race she said

“Not a bad start. Felt good first 150. Think I got a little nervous”.

Teammate Justin Plaschka will get his campaign underway today starting with the 100 metre butterfly.