University of Tampa Spartans St Lucia’s Jordan Augier and Suriname’s Wayne Denswil recorded big time drops in their dual meet against Nova Southeastern on November 21.
Augier dropped from 47.82 to a new season best of 44.78 in the 100 yard freestyle to place 4th in the A final. He was even faster in the heats clocking 44.63. That betters the NCAA division 2 B standard of 46.16. In the 100 yard backstroke he dropped from 51.01 in October to register 49.63 for 3rd place .Again Augier who hails from Gros-Islet St Lucia was under the NCAA B standard of 50.32. He got his 3rd B standard in the 50 yard freestyle when he hit the pads in 20.76 for 3rd in the B final. The B standard is 20.96. Augier finished 7th in the B final of the 100 yard butterfly in 51.44. Jordan recorded a faster time earlier in day posting 50.56. He provided a 44.52 second leg split to help the Spartans A to a total time of 2:57.62 and 1st place. In the 200 yard freestyle relay Augier was on the B team and clocked 20.16 on the second leg to help them to 4th in 1:22.16. In the 200 yard medley relay with Augier doing backstroke 23.25 and Denswil on breaststroke duties 25.15 helped the Spartans A to second in a time of 1:29.51.
Denswil got his NCAA B mark in the 100 yard butterfly as he touched in a time of 50.15 to finish 2nd in the B final. That is under the standard of 50.33. Wayne would go on to crush his 200 yard individual medley time of 2:02.23 in October to win the B final in 1:53.24. Denswil equalled his best time as a Spartan of 2:06.86 in the 200 yard breaststroke to win the B final. He led off both freestyle relays. In the 200 yard freestyle he swam 21.11 to help the B team record a time of 1:22.42 and finish 4th. In the 400 yard freestyle relay he record 45.88 as the B team finished 4th in 3:01.16. The Spartan men went down 93 to the Sharks.
Florida Gulf Coast Barbadian senior Lani Cabrera has been on fire since the season started on Sep 18 and at the Eagles final meet for 2015 the Georgia Tech Invite saw her turning up the fire.
In the 500 yard freestyle she blasted her season best of 4:53.18 to record a new personal best and school record of 4:47.43 to finish 4th .Her old personal record stood at 4:49.72 set at the same meet in 2013.The old school record of 4:48.22 stood to Leah Daniel since Feb 17, 2011 .It also bettered the NCAA B standard of 4:47.79.
In the 800 yard freestyle relay Cabrera and her Eagles A team took down the school record of 7:18.38 when they finished 3rd with a new standard of 7:21.08.
The Bridgetown native lowered her season and personal best in winning the 200 yard freestyle B final. Lani shattered her season best of 1:50.12 to clock 1:49.09. She also bettered her personal best of 1:49.73 set at the 2014 CCSA Coastal Collegiate Sports Association championships.
She capped of the meet by setting two records in one race .Competing in the 1650 yard freestyle she was going after the Daniels standard of 16:36.14. At the 1000 yard mark she was on her to breaking the record. This as Lani bettered Daniels Eagles 1000 yard standard of 9:59.62 by splitting at 9:59.27. Her old personal best in the 1000 yard freestyle of 10:11.92 set against Notre Dame in October was also destroyed. Cabrera covered the distance in 16:35.50 to be the new school standard bearer in the event .It also bettered her old personal best of 16:36.63 set at the 2014 CCSA championships.
Swimming exhibition only her Eagles B team clocked 3:24.26 with Cabrera leading off in 50.86.
Also ending 2015 with a bang was her Eagles teammate from Trinidad and Tobago Kristin Julien. The San Fernando native got the competition off on the right note when her Eagles A team won the 200 yard freestyle in a season best time of 1:30.61.Julien also produced her best relay split of the season clocking 22.85.Previously she was timed at 23.40 as her best.
Julien recorded a season best in the 50 yard freestyle .She lowered her season best time of 23.87 and her personal best of 23.26 to stop the clock at 23.09 to win the B final. She narrowly missed her first sub 23 clocking and the NCAA B mark of 22.99.Heading into the three day meet which ran from November 19 to 21 in Atlanta Julien’s season best in the 100 yard backstroke stood at 59.43.At the end of the B final where she finished 2nd she blasted that mark to record 56.23.Kristin finished 89th in the 100 yard freestyle in 55.32.
Another Eagle from the twin island Republic Samantha Rahael also registered a personal best. She lowered her 500 yard freestyle record of 5:09.53 set at the 2013 Georgia Tech Invite to stop the clock in 5:05.02 and place 28th . The Eagles senior finished 3rd in the B final in the 400 yard individual medley in a time of 4:27.57.
Eagles Surinamese junior Evita Leter would not be left out of the breaking of personal records. Leter beat her 50 yard freestyle mark of 24.37 set at the 2013 edition of this meet to finish 49th in 24.22.
Leter swam exhibition in all her relays but they were also season bests for teams she has been a part of. In the 400 yard medley relay her B team’s best was 3:49.84 with her best split on the breaststroke leg 1:03.45. At the meet the team finished 3:45.65 with Leter clocking 1:02.20. In the 200 yard medley relay the Eagles B team’s season best was 1:43.95 with Leter’s best breaststroke contribution 28.06. At the Invite they clocked 1:43.53 with Leter posting 28.00. For the 200 yard freestyle relay the fastest team Leter had been on clocked 1:37.86 with Evita’s best contribution 24.46. At the Invite her team clocked 1:35.80 with Leter going 23.38.
Leter posted her 2nd fastest time of the season in the 100 yard breaststroke of 103.46 to finish 2nd in the B final. Her 2:26.36 in the 200 yard breaststroke where she finished 37th was also her 2nd fastest time of the season.
The Eagles finished 3rd at the Invite with 850 points.
Notre Dame’s Jamaican sophomore Justin Plaschka made the most of his last dual meet, for the year the Boiler maker Invite by recording 7 season bests. Three of those times at the meet which was held from Nov 20 to 22 were NCAA B qualifying times.
Plaschka dropped from 49.17 to 47.85 to win the 100 yard butterfly .That bettered the NCAA B time of 48.28. He would work his way to the top of the podium this time in the 400 yard freestyle relay. His Fighting Irish team A team won in a season best time of 2:56.60. The Jamaican had the fastest split of the relay posting 43.37 for second leg duties. The team is poised to be much faster this year as the Notre Dame team best last year was 2:56.03.
In the 50 yard freestyle final Plaschka posted 20.05 for 2nd place .That time was also under the NCAA B time of 20.19. He had set a new season and personal best in the 50 yard freestyle leading off the A team to second place in the 200 yard freestyle. He did his first sub second time of 19.92 to help the team to a season best time of 1:20.08.
Other time drops were seen in the 400 medley relay where the Irish A team clocked 3:16.65 for second .The team’s previous best was 3:21.62. The contribution by Plaschka was a 48.28 his best relay split of the season and the third fastest of the relay.
The shorter 200 yard medley saw an almost three second drop in time as they posted 1:28.91 for another second place position. This time Justin posted the fastest butterfly split and his season best on that relay of 21.07.
The B final of the 100 yard freestyle final saw him winning the race by over a second in 44.13. He crushed his previous season best of 45.86 .His time was fast enough to have placed 2nd in the A final. It also bettered the NCAA Division I B time of 44.29.
He made his season debut in the 100 yard backstroke .He stopped the clock at 49.80 to finish 3rd in the B final. It betters his best time for Notre Dame last season of 49.93. Notre Dame finished 3rd at the Invite totalling 557.5 points.
Medhy Metella CN MARSEILLE was the top performer from the CARIFTA region at the recently held French Short Course swimming championships held in Angers from Nov 19 to 22.
Metella was at the top of the podium in three events. He won the 100 metre butterfly in 50.86 that ranks as the 3rd fastest time in the world. The 100 metre freestyle in 46.89 a time places him as the fastest in the world and the 50 metre butterfly in 22.90, the 2nd fastest time in the world. He also had strong performances in the 200 metre freestyle finishing 4th in 1:44.36 which places him 6th on the global charts and 6th in the 50 metre freestyle in 21.96
Metella won Gold 400 freestyle relay, Silver 200 medley relay and Bronze 400 medley at the 2014 World Short Course Swimming championships.
Joris Bouchat DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC won a full slate of medals in the longer freestyle events. Bouchat struck Gold in the 800 metre freestyle in 7:39.38 for the fastest time in the world for the 2015-2016 season. He then took the Silver in 1500 metre freestyle in 14:35.08 which is the 4th fastest time in the world .His Bronze was earned in the 400 metre freestyle as he clocked 3:43.18 which is the 7th fastest global mark. In an off event he placed 35th in the 100 metre butterfly in 56.23.
Bouchat owns the CARIFTA 15-17 records in the 1500 metre freestyle 15:45.02 and 400 metre freestyle 3:59.79 .Both records were set at the 2012 Championships in Nassau Bahamas
Coralie Balmy MONTPELLIER 3MUC NATATION was the next best placed swimmer from the region .She took the 400 metre freestyle in 3:59.57 that is the fastest time in the world. Balmy was runner up in the 800 metre freestyle in 8:23.76. Balmy placed herself 7th in the world with that performance. Coralie was just off the podium in the 200 metre freestyle in 1:56.07 that puts her 11th in the world. She is the former world record holder in the 200 metre freestyle.
Medley specialist Ganesh Pedurand DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC won bronze in the 400 individual medley in 4:10.61. That performance places him 14th in the world. He was 4th in the 100 individual medley in 54.75 which places him 22nd in the world.
Nosy Pelagie EMS BRON had his highest placing of 5th in the 50 metre freestyle. He clocked 21.99. In the heats he had tied Metella with a clocking of 21.96 good for 21st in the world. He clocked 48.33 to finish 7th in the 100 metre freestyle .Pelagie won the B final of the 50 metre butterfly in 23.97
Lorys Bourelly DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC made a hat trick of B finals. He was 2nd in the B final of the 50 metre freestyle in 22.38. In the 100 metre freestyle B final he was 3rd in 48.94.He posted 3:51.48 to finish 8th in the B final of the 400 metre freestyle.
Dorian Pedro-Leal MEGAQUARIUS CLUB GUYANE was 3rd in the B final of the 100 metre butterfly in 54.16 and 28th in the 200 metre butterfly in 2:06.19.
Howard University’s Caribbean freshmen Bahamian Farion Cooper and Jamaican Nicholas Haughton continue to make an impact on the school record books as the season progresses. On Friday November 14 the Bison travelled to meet Loyola and Virginia Military Institute in Baltimore Maryland.
Cooper competing in the 100 yard individual medley became the second fastest swimmer in Howard history in that event. He clocked 57.52 to place 4th overall.
Haughton dropped almost 7 seconds in the 1000 yard freestyle to record 10:26.64 for 4th overall. Nicholas is now the 4th fastest swimmer in this event for the Bison. The Jamaican freshman showed his range by also making his collegiate debut in the 100 yard freestyle finishing 4th in 50.16.
The duo combined on the A team in the 200 yard freestyle relay to post the fastest time done by the Bison this season of 1:29.53.Cooper started the relay with a split of 23.40 while Haughton swam third. Haughton clocked 22.71 for his leg.
Cooper’s Bison A team in the 200 yard medley relay finished 3rd in the 200 yard medley relay in 1:40.67. Cooper was timed at 29.28 on his breaststroke leg.
University of Missouri’s Aruban freshman Mikel Schreuders brought the heat to the Tennessee Invite which ran from Thursday November 20 to Sunday November 22 at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. The meet which had the format of long course metres for heats and yards in the finals saw the Tigers freshman rewriting the Aruban record books in the morning.
He lowered the 200 metre freestyle record of 1:54.77 countryman Jemal LeGrand (Florida State University) to an impressive 1:51.02. That time was under the Olympic B standard of 1:51.75 but unfortunately this meet was not designated as an Olympic qualifying event by the World Governing body FINA. Buoyed by his great performance in metres he brought the intensity to the 200 yard freestyle final which he won in 1:36.00.That is a new season and personal best smashing his previous season best of 1:39.91 set in early October. It will also stand as the third fastest time in school history.
He swam in the 200 metre individual medley clocking 2:09.13 breaking teammate Jordy Groters standard of 2:09.35 set at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai in 2013.He did not contest the finals.
Schreuders equalled his national record in the 50 metre freestyle posting 23.63 .That is the same time he posted in April this year at the Campeonato Sudamericano Juvenil de Natacion XXV. In the yards B final he was 6th in 20.69.
His Tigers A team in the 400 yard freestyle relay set a new school record of 2:52.21 en route to victory. It betters the old standard of 2:52.40 and is an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Added to that great performance Schreuders swam an NCAA B mark on the opening leg clocking 43.99 as the lead leg. The B standard stands at 44.29.
Another school mark almost fell to Schreuders this time in the 800 yard freestyle relay. The Tigers A team again won this time in 6:23.12 just off the school record of 6:22.93.It is under the NCAA B time of 6:25.06. Schreuders contributed with a 1:35.94 second leg.
In the 100 metre freestyle Schreuders threatened his national standard of 51.13 by clocking 51.34. In the yards final he destroyed his season best of 45.82 by registering 44.46 for 5th place. A time which he bettered leading off the 400 yard freestyle relay team.
In the 200 yard freestyle relay the Tigers B team placed 3rd in 1:20.50 Schreuders clocked 19.95 for his second leg after his countryman Jordy Groters lead off the team in 20.44.
Groters would not be left out of the re writing of national standards. Groters lowered his standard of 1:03.92 set at the 2015 PAN AM Games to 1:03.64. It is now less than a second away from the Olympic B standard in the event of 1:02.69.He too would crush his season best of 56.85 in the yards final by posting a personal best of 54.03 for 4th place. That is well under the NCAA B standard in the event of 55.39.
He would make another NCAA B cut in the 200 yard breaststroke. After making the championship final based on a 2:21.22 200 metre breaststroke Groters smoked both his season best of 2:04.37 and personal best of 1:58.77 to finish 3rd in 1:57.70.
In the 50 metre freestyle Groters was just off his personal best of 23.79 when he clocked 23.86.In the yards B final he clocked a season best of 20.34 to finish 3rd.
The 200 yard medley relay saw the sophomore’s C team finishing 3rd in 1:28.10 aided by his breaststroke split of 24.36.
Jamaica’s Keanan Dols had his best ever performance at the Florida High School Athletic Association 4A state championships on Saturday November 14 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center. Dols copped two Gold and two Silver medals.
Dols started the meet with Gold in his first event the 200 yard medley relay. His Riverview school won the event in 1:33.30 .Dols contributed the second fastest butterfly leg of the relays with a 22.15 split.
In 2014 Riverview had won the Silver medal in 1:36.04 with Dols again doing the butterfly clocking 23.25.
His Riverview team stroked their way to Gold as well in the 400 freestyle relay .They took the event in 3:06.02 .Keanan swam 46.05 on the second leg. His time of 46.05 was the 3rd fastest split of the A and B finals.
In 2014 Riverview had finished in 2nd place in a time of 3:09.65 with Dols providing second leg duties with a split of 46.97.
In individual action Dols, who is the fastest Jamaican age group swimmer in backstroke events won Silver in the 100 yard backstroke in 50.40. He was faster in the preliminaries clocking 49.95.
In 2014 Keanan was 4th in this event in a time of 51.42. Dols represented Jamaica at the World Junior Championships this summer in Singapore and set a new 15-17 and senior national record in the 200 metre backstroke clocking a new standard of 2:05.08.
In the championship final of the 200 yard individual medley Dols worked his way to Silver in a time of 1:50.11.He was slightly faster in the morning heats stopping the clock in 1:50.08. He has continued to show tremendous improvement in this event. In 2013 he was 2nd in the B final in1:55.43 .In 2014 he was 4th in 1:52.50.
At the World Junior Championships he lowered his own age group record in the 200 metre individual medley to 2:07.82. He is closing in on the senior national standard of 2:05.60 by Andrew Phillips .Phillips set the record at the 1984 Olympics when he finished in 6th in the then A finals. Phillips is now a Head Coach at Big Gator Swimming in Miami. Dols is also nearing the Olympic B standard in this event of 2:04.39.
Also competing at the Meet was his countryman Xavier Phillips representing Atlantic. Phillips finished 20th in the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:00.75. Xavier betters his placing of 22nd in 2014 when he registered 1:02.53.Xavier was finalist in the 50 metre breaststroke at 2014 CARIFTA championships in Aruba. He was also a part of the Bronze medal winning 15-17 400 medley relay team of Dols, Sidrell Williams and Nico Campbell that set the age group record of 4:02.77.
Aruban Andrea Van Den Berg‘s Cypress Bay finished 8th in the B finals of both the 200 yard freestyle and 400 yard freestyle relay. In the 200 yard freestyle relay Andre split 26.08 on the third leg to help them to a time of 1:43.66. In the 400 yard freestyle relay she again swam the penultimate leg clocking 56.95.Cypress Bay finished in a total time of 3:46.57. Andrea recorded top 8 finishes in the 200 and 400 metre freestyle events at this year’s CARIFTA championships in Barbados in the 15-17 age group.
Riverview won the boys section with 324 points. Cypress Bay was 43rd in the girl’s category with 4 points.