Club Wolverine’s standout Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell III was the top Caribbean swimmer on Day 2 of the ARENA Pro Swim Series on Friday. Bovell lowered his morning heats time IN THE 50 METRE FREESTYLE of 22.81 to clock 22.44 and place 4th in the championship final of the 50 metre freestyle. That time was well under the Olympic B time of 23.05. Bovell has a personal best and national record of 21.20 set at the 2009 World Championships in Rome Italy . That time also stood as a Championship record.
The next best placed swimmer was Elvis Burrows of the Bahamas. Burrows who represents Trinity Prep Aquatics was eighth in the championship final with a time of 22.86. He had clocked 22.76 in the heats .Both occasions he swam under the Olympic B time of 23.05. Burrows is the fastest man ever from the Bahamas with a clocking of 22.39 from the 2009 World championships.
Also bettering the Olympic B standard twice was the fastest man from
Suriname Renzo Tjon A Joe. Renzo clocked 23.02 in the morning to make the B final. He went faster in the afternoon posting a time of 22.98 to finish 5th. Renzo who swims for Auburn Aquatics at the meet set the Surinamese national standard of 22.30 at the 2015 PAN AM Games.
Chinyere Pigot of Suriname and Athens Bulldogs swim team equaled the Olympic standard B of 26.17 in the 50 metre freestyle in the morning to earn a second swim in the evening in the C final. She bettered that time later in the day to record 26.04 and finish 5th. She is also the fastest woman ever from Suriname having the set the national standard of 25.76 at the 2015 PAN AM Games.
Caryle Blondell of Trinidad and Tobago was 5th in the men’s D final of the 50 metre freestyle. He posted 23.48 in the morning and the identical time in the evening. The former University of Louisville standout‘s best stands at 22.97 set in 2013.
Blondell‘s countryman Joshua Romany was 40th overall in the event with 23.70. Seeing a return to competition after injury was Bermudan record holder Roy Burch of SwimMac Carolina posted 24.67 for 83rd .Burch holds the national record of 22.47 set at the 2012 London Olympics.
Back in women’s action a trio of Bermudans were in action in the 50 metre freestyle Lisa Blackburn, Madelyn Moore and Rebecca Heyliger.After the morning heats Blackburn would be timed as the fastest. Blackburn, a teammate of Alia Atkinson at the South Florida Aquatic Club touched in 26.77 to place 50th overall. That time was just off Heyliger’s national mark of 26.58 set May this year. Moore was 61st in 27.03.She had won this event in the 13-14 age group at CARIFTA 2015 in Barbados in 26.99.Moore is also the record holder in the event setting the standard of 26.81 in 2014. Heyliger who swims for Trojan Swim club was 64th in 27.05.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter placed 8th in the B final of the 100 metre backstroke in 56.97 split time 27.40 .He was faster in the morning registering 56.82 split 27.29. He is sitting out this year with his school University of Southern California and training full time with Trojan Swim club to attempt to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Olympic B standard in this event is 56.26
Another Caribbean swimmer pushing Olympic qualification with Trojan is Bermudan breaststroke record holder Julian Fletcher. Fletcher was 8th in the D final of the 200 metre breaststroke with a time of 2:25.52 split time 1:09.22. He was faster earlier in the day swimming 2:24.66 split time 1:10.57. His national record stands at 2:18.77 set in April in Arizona. The Olympic B standard for the event is 2:16.27