Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace was in action for her SwimMac Carolina club in Italy over the weekend at the 42nd Nico Sapio International Swimming Trophy in Genoa. The meet ran from Saturday October 31 to Sunday November 1. The meet that was contested in short course metres (25 metre pool) saw the two time Olympian in action in the 100 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle.
The final of the 100 metre freestyle saw her go out fast .She was clocked at 25.09 at 50 metres. That was .01 faster than she was at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha in 2014 when she clocked 52.34. She was almost two seconds ahead of the field. When Vanderpool-Wallace touched the wall the time was 52.98. That stands as the third fastest time of the 2015-2016.
In the 100 metre butterfly she had her usual explosive start splitting 26.40 at the half way mark. Shadowing her was Italian Ilaria Bianchi who split 26.70. The Italian was too strong over the last two laps and clocked 57.04. Vanderpool-Wallace finished second in 58.40.That performance places her fifth in the world for the 2015-2016 season.
Arianna Vanderpool –Wallace is currently the best sprint butterfly and freestyle swimmer from the Caribbean. The region has a strong tradition of producing female sprinters. Other standouts throughout the years include Leah Martindale from Barbados who finished 5th in the 50 metre freestyle at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and Malia Metella France/French Guiana who won silver in that event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens