The Wayland Baptist University pair of Junior Josiah Morales of Trinidad and Tobago and sophomore Deandre Small of Barbados made a big impact on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics NAIA rankings at the Tiger Invitational which took place from Nov 21 to 22 in San Antonio Texas.
Morales, who is studying molecular biology recorded 7 top ten NAIA times at the competition. His Pioneers A team recorded a season best time in the 200 yard freestyle relay of 1:25.33 to finish 2nd in the event. Morales started the relay for the San Antonio based team with a 20.90 which was the fastest lead leg of the relay teams. His previous season best lead time was 21.55. Morales lead leg performance has him ranked as the 3rd fastest man in the NAIA heading into the New Year. That relay performance has the team ranked 2nd in the NAIA.
The Wayland Baptist team would record a win in the 200 yard medley relay with a season best time of 1:33.88.The 6 foot Morales had the second fastest butterfly relay split with a time of 22.55.The A team’s previous season best time was 1:38.12 when Morales clocked a butterfly leg of 23.12. That will also stand as the 2nd fastest time in the NAIA heading into 2016.
The Wayland Baptist A team would place 2nd in the longer 400 medley relay as well in a time of 3:27.34.Morales again swam the butterfly and he split a time of 50.21.That performance ensured that Wayland Baptist would be ranked 2nd in both medley relays.
In the 50 yard freestyle the man from San Fernando registered a winning time of 20.93.He dropped almost a second off his season best in the 100 yard butterfly to finish 2nd in 50.84. That places him 5th overall in the NAIA. In the longer 200 yard butterfly he had a massive time drop from 2:05.55 to 1:56.25 to place 3rd at the Invitational and rank 6th in the NAIA. Morales who is a former student at Naparima College won a Silver and Bronze medals at the 2014 Caribbean Island swimming Championships in the 100 and 200 metre butterfly events in times of 57.14 and 2:10.42.He also represented the twin Island Republic at the 2012 World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in the 7.5km race.
Also having top ten NAIA year end rankings was Deandre Small of Barbados. Her Pioneers A team won the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:39.63.Small contributed to the victory with a 24.57 3rd leg split. She had the 4th fastest split of all the relays that competed. That performance places Wayland Baptist as the 4th fastest relay in the division.
Her 200 yard medley relay dropped 3 seconds off their season best to place 2nd in the relay with a time of 1:52.20.Small’s best leadoff backstroke split this season had been 29.12 but she lowered that to 28.57 in the runner up performance.Wayland is the 6th fastest relay team heading into the New Year.
Her 400 yard freestyle relay team placed 4th in a time of 3:42.40.Small was timed at 54.31 on her 3rd leg.
In the 100 yard breaststroke she moved from 1:10.73 to 1:07.81 to take the 100 yard breaststroke in the 9th fastest time in the NAIA. In the 200 yard backstroke the Exercise and Sport Science Major dropped more than 5 seconds to place 4th in 2:12.06 .That performance has her 13th in the 2015 year end rankings. In the 400 yard medley relay Small started the A team off with a 1:00.38 backstroke effort. That backstroke time ranks her 13th in the 100 yard event. The team would finish 4th and 13th overall in the NAIA with a timing of 4:14.67. In the individual 100 yard backstroke Deandre finished 6th in 1:00.50.Small who attended both Plymouth and Harrison Colleges represented Barbados at the 2014 World Short Course Swimming championships in Doha Qatar.
Also competing at the met was freshman Hadassah Morales sister to Josiah. Hadassah placed 3rd in the B final of the 100 yard backstroke in 1:06.95.She was 5th in the B final of the 50 yard freestyle in 26.22. Her 200 yard freestyle relay B team finished 9th overall in a time of 1:47.20. Morales provided an anchor split of 26.13. In the 100 yard freestyle she finished 19th in a time of 1:02.40. Both Pioneers men and women’s teams finished 4th with 476 and 634.5 points respectively.
The final day of the 2015 Christmas Open Swimming championships on Sunday Dec 20 at the National Stadium pool saw 5 meet records fall by the wayside. Of that 5 included a Jamaican national age group record in the 13 and over 200 metre butterfly by Jesse Marsh.
Marsh who represents Saint Andrews in Florida clocked 2:13.33 lowering the 13-14 age group record of 2:15.41 he set at CCCAN Championships this summer. He also crushed the meet record of 2:21.87 set by Dominic Walter (McMaster University)in 2009. The time posted by Jesse would have won the Gold medal in the 13-14 boys age group at CARIFTA 2015. He also completed a sweep of the 13 and over butterfly events as he also won the 50 metre event in 27.51.
DaVante Carey of Swift Swimming Bahamas had yet another emphatic win in the 10 -12 age group taking the 100 metre freestyle in 58.73. He took more than a second off the old standard of 59.93 by Marsh in 2013. His winning effort would have won the Gold medals at the Bahamian National Championships in June, CCCAN and CARIFTA. The winning time for those races was 1:00.43, 58.87 and 58.88 respectively.
Also in record breaking form was Angara Sinclair of the Y Speedos. She broke the 13 and over record in the 50 metre backstroke as she completed the backstroke sprint double. Sinclair won in a Championship record time of 31.50 in the process breaking the old meet standard of 31.77 held by Dartmouth senior Kendese Nangle. Sinclair has been undefeated in this event for the past 5 years .She has won the 13 and over age group race for three years .She also took the event in her last 2 years in the 10-12 age group.
With a record breaking sweep of his own was Sean –Douglas Gooden of the Tornadoes Swim Club in the breaststroke events. He broke his hours old meet record of 1:12.03 in the 100 yard breaststroke to clock a time of 1:11.11.Gooden broke all the breaststroke records at this year’s Christmas Open Championships.
The Marlins team which had in their line up Karci Gibson, UWI’s Stefani Webley and Octivia Gray and anchor woman Anjuii Barrett were responsible for the last record of the meet when they broke the 400 metre freestyle relay record. The four combined to set a time of 4:28.68 just under the 2011 Swimaz record of 4:29.16. That Swimaz team was comprised of Ivana Chang, Kimberly Stewart, Brittney Campbell and Auburn sophomore Breanna Roman.
Gray brought out the broom for her own breaststroke sweep as she won the 13 and over 100 metre breaststroke in 1:22.59.Dominic Mullings claimed the trifecta in the 10-12 boys backstroke events as he won the 50 metre backstroke on the final day in 34.41. In 2014 he was 15th in the 50 metre event in 41.89.
Emily MacDonald of Swimaz Aquatics won three Gold medals on the final day the 10-12 girls metre butterfly and as well as the freestyle sprint double. Emily won the 100 metre freestyle in 1:03.62 after previously finishing 4th in 2014 in 1:12.22.In the 50 metre freestyle up a place on the podium to win in 29.47. In 2014 she was runner up in 30.91.In the 50 metre butterfly she dropped more than 5 seconds and moved from 5th to 1st to win in a time of 32.51.
Other winners on the last day making major time drops from the 2014 Championships included Cameron Brown of the Y Speedos in the 10 -12 age group. He moved from 33.71and 3rd in 2014 to win the Gold medal this year in 30.80.Thandiwe McDonald of Swimaz Aquatics made a big jump as well moving from 1:34.88 in the 100 metre breaststroke to win the girls 10-12 100 metre breaststroke in 1:30.49.Adji Diouf of the Tornadoes Swim Club had a big time drop in the 10-12 age group as she moved from 16th place with a time of 44.08 in the 50 metre backstroke to win this year in 36.37.Still in the 10-12 age group Swimaz Aquatic’s Akeem Alleyne registered a more than 2 second drop in the 50 metre freestyle from 2014. At the 2014 Championships he was 6th in 30.77 but worked his way to the top of the podium this year with a clocking of 28.66.
The meet was won by Tornadoes Swim Club with 702.50 points. Y Speedos was 2nd with 692.50 points and Marlins Swim club 3rd with 426.50 points.
Gettysburg College’s Barbadian freshman Inayah Sherry had a number of season and personal bests for the Bullets as they ended 2015 with the school’s Invitational which ran from Dec 3-5 in Pennsylvania. Sherry started competition on a good note as she helped the Bullets A team to 2nd in the 200 yard medley relay in 1:47.86. That performance equalled the school record set in February of this year. It was also a big season best for the team. Before the Gettysburg Invite the team’s best had been 1:51.67 with Sherry contributing with a 28.90. En route to equalling the school record Inayah dropped more than half a second to have the second fastest backstroke split of the relay with a time of 28.12. She also improves her personal best in the 50 yard backstroke of 28.20 set in February of this year. It also puts the Bullets as the 23rd fastest team in that event for Division 3 heading into the new year.
The Bullets A team would drop more than 3 seconds from their season best time in the 200 yard freestyle relay to record a time of 1:42.22.That earned them another spot on the podium as they finished 2nd. In their previous season best effort Sherry had contributed a 3rd leg performance of 25.79. At the Invite she swam the 2nd leg in 24.46.
In the 400 yard freestyle the ladies of Gettysburg had previously produced a season best of 3:46.79 .Sherry handled the second leg duties with a 56.79 clocking. At the Invite they dropped more than 8 seconds to finish 2nd in 3:37.70.Inayah again swam second but this time she stroked her way to a split of 54.17.
Sherry would be a member of the podium party in an individual event as she medalled in the 50 yard freestyle. She dropped her season best of 25.57 to place 2nd in 24.86.She also beat her personal best of 25.21 set in December 2012.
Her last podium finish would be in the 400 yard medley relay as a part of the Bullets B team. They finished 3rd in a time of 4:05.27. Sherry started the relay with a backstroke effort of 1:01.11.
The 5’4 swimmer who attended the Peddie school had a 2 second season drop in the 100 yard backstroke to finish 6th in 1:00.50. Sherry was just off her personal best of 1:00.45 .Inayah was also 6th in the 100 yard freestyle in 54.97.She again just missed her personal best of 54.86.The Bullets won their Invitational tallying 919.5 points.
Britney Williams of Swimaz Aquatics was a double winner on the penultimate session of the 2015 Christmas Open Swimming Championships at Jamaica’s National Stadium Pool on Saturday Dec 19. In the afternoon session Williams won the 13 and over 200 metre backstroke event in 2:47.03 in her first year in this age category. In her last year of the 10-12 age group in 2014 she had won the event in 2:50.07. In the only other final on for the night she won the open 400 metre freestyle in 4:57.91. In 2014 Britney was 2nd in 5:15.67.
Two records fell by the wayside in the preliminaries of the 100 metre breaststroke. DaVante Carey of Swift Swimming Bahamas who is the Bahamian 11-12 National champion and reigning CARIFTA bronze medallist in the 100 metre breaststroke was again in top form. He shot down Sean –Douglas Gooden’s 2013 10-12 age group record of 1:15.24 with 1:14.80 effort. Carey’s time would have won the Gold medal as this year’s CARIFTA games in the 11-12 boys 100 metre breaststroke final. Gooden lost one record but gained another with his performance in the 13 and over age group. He edged the 2014 of 1:12.04 Kevaughn Campbell of Swimaz Aquatics by the slimmest of margins as he recorded a time of 1:12.03.
Swimmers who collected titles on the night included Marlins Swim Club’s Karci Gibson who won 10-12 200 metre backstroke in 2:48.04. She moved up a place on the podium after a 2014 effort of 2:54.42. The boy’s 10-12 age group was won by Dominic Mullings of the Y Speedos in 2:53.61. He made a major improvement from 2014 where he finished 5th in 3:28.25.Joel Wilkinson of the Marlins Swim club won the 13 and over boy’s event in 2:44.19. Jesse Marsh won the last event of the night taking the open 400 metre freestyle event in 4:34.22. He moved two places up the podium after finishing 3rd in 2014 in 4:41.62.
Tornadoes Swim Club’s Sean Douglas Gooden was the top performer on the third session of the 2015 Christmas Open Swimming Championships on Saturday Dec 19.In the morning session Gooden won 2 individual events and was a member of his club 200 freestyle relay win all of which were in meet record times. He started off the day by winning the 13 and over 200 metre breaststroke event. He took the event in 2:40.42 taking almost 5 second off the 2013 standard set Swimaz’s Kevaughn Campbell. He would also stand atop the podium in the 50 metre breaststroke when he stopped the clock in 31.71. He lowered former national representative Brad Hamilton’s 2007 record of 31.86. He closed the morning session another record swim the 200 freestyle relay. He teamed with Nicholas Haughton, Alex Mignott and Christian Alberga to set a new meet standard of 1:43.56. The former record of 1:45.86was set by the 2012 Tornadoes team of Kristoff Batson, Stephen Duhaney, Christian Alberga and Xavier Boland.
Also etching their names was the 10-12 duo of Cameron Brown and DaVante Carey of the Y Speedos Swim club and Swift Swimming of Bahamas. Brown shaved more than 3 seconds off the old 2011 meet standard of 2:54.42 Xavier Phillips to register a time of 2:51.10.At last year’s meet Cameron was 2nd in 3:05.20. Bahamian Carey had a convincing 2 seconds plus win margin in the 50 metre breaststroke. Carey took almost a second off the 2014 record of 34.21 by Gooden to register a time of 33.23 .That performance is a new personal best for Carey which would have won the Gold medal at this year’s CARIFTA and CCCAN Championships for 11-12 boys. DaVante was just outside of countryman’s Izaak Bastian national age group mark of 32.94.
Equalling his record from the preliminaries was Jesse Marsh who took the title in the 13 and 100 metre butterfly in 59.09. Last year Marsh had finished 2nd in the event in 1:03.03.
Marlins Swim Club ‘s Karci Gibson completed another trifecta as she took the 10-12 girls 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly in 1:18.83 and 1:15.69 respectively while also winning the open 400 metre individual medley in 6:09.10. Other double winners for that session included Marlins Swim Club’s Octivia Gray who swept the breaststroke races in times of 3:07.65 for the 200 metre event and 36.33 for the 50. Angara Sinclair of the Y Speedos won the 100 metre backstroke in 1:10.53 just missing the 2010 record of 1;10.44 by Kendese Nangle. She was the top performer in 13 and over 100 metre butterfly winning it in a time of 1:14.89. The last race for the girls saw Swimaz Aquatics barely missing the 200 metre freestyle record .The team of Emily MacDonald, Deandra Reynolds, Thandiwe McDonald Britney Williams clocked a total time of 1:59.82. The 2013 Marlins record of 1:59.75 barely survived to the 2016 Championships. The members of that 2013 Marlins team were Octivia Gray, Karci Gibson, Anjuii Barrett and Stefani Webley.
University of Tampa’s St Lucian Senior Jordan Augier was a part of the recording breaking 200 yard freestyle relay on the first day of the inaugural Spartan Invitational on Dec 18 in Clearwater Water Florida. Before the three day competition started the Division 2 record in the 200 yard freestyle relay belonged to the 2014 Drury team that had set the standard of 1:19.00. The Spartan A team lowered that to 1:18.82 and recorded a winning margin of more than 2 seconds. Augier, who is the most outstanding swimmer St Lucia has produced, had the fastest split of the relay with a blistering 19.57. All members of the Spartan quartet provided sub 20 second splits. The performance also doubles as the school record.
The Spartans would also set another Division 2 leading and school record time in the 400 yard freestyle relay. They lowered the programme standard of 2:55.11 to register a time of 2:54.73 .That performance automatically qualifies them for the NCAA Division 2 championships. This time their winning margin was almost 5 seconds. Augier made another big contribution with a 43.57 3rd leg split. That split bettered his previous best 400 yard freestyle relay performance of 44.52.
The Spartans added a third relay scalp when they won the 200 yard medley relay in 1:27.50. They just missed the school record of 1:27.45 as well as the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:26.93.Augier started the relay with a 22.75 backstroke split. The team won the event by more than 2 seconds. Their winning time puts the Spartans as the 3rd fastest team in Division 2.
In individual competition Augier was second in the 100 yard backstroke in a season best time of 49.22.With that swim he is ranked 10th in Division 2. In the 50 yard freestyle he dropped almost a half a second off his season best to post 20.23 for 4th . He continues to track the NCAA A standard of 19.92. Jordan is now ranked 9th overall in the event heading into the Christmas break. In the 100 yard freestyle Augier finished 5th in 44.58.In the morning heats he clocked 44.21 which puts him as the 8th fastest swimmer in Division 2. Jordan had an outstanding year for St Lucia in 2015 as he rewrote the national standards in the 50 metre backstroke, 50 metre butterfly, 50 metre freestyle, 100 metre backstroke and 100 metre freestyle.
Surinamese teammate Wayne Denswil recorded season bests in his specialty stroke breaststroke. Wayne was 3rd in the 100 yard breaststroke in 56.78. He won the 200 yard breaststroke B final in a time of 2:06.22. He also won the B final of the 200 yard individual medley in a time of 1:55.38. He was faster in the heats having recorded a time of 1:54.94. He was a member of the Spartan podium party in both the 400 and 200 yard freestyle relays. His B team finished 3rd in the 200 yard freestyle relay in 1:23.18. Wayne started the relay with a split of 21.36. He also started the 400 freestyle relay. His opening leg was 46.24.The B team again finished 3rd with a time of 3:02.27. In the longest relay of the meet, the 800 yard freestyle relay Denswil opened the race for the C team with a 1:45.24 leg. They eventually finished 5th in 7:00.62.
Also competing at the meet was Florida Southern College’s Jamaican freshman Nico Campbell. Nico who is the senior national record holder in the 200 metre freestyle recorded season bests at the meet as well as a win the 800 yard freestyle relay. Campbell split 1:40.88 on the second leg to help his school win the relay in 6:37.16 just out touching the Spartan relay team that was timed in 6:37.78. That 800 yard freestyle relay win places Florida Southern as the 5th fastest in Division 2. In the individual 200 freestyle race he dropped from 1:41.60 to place 3rd in the final in 1:40.32 a NCAA B qualifying time. He moved from 46.59 to clock 46.09 and win the B final of the 100 yard freestyle in another season best. He was also victorious in the 50 yard freestyle B final in a time of 21.23.His best effort in the 50 yard freestyle would come however be in the 200 yard freestyle relay. He put up a time of 21.15 to help the B team to 4th place. Campbell would clock sub 46 second splits in both the 400 yard freestyle and medley relays. In the medley relay Nico was timed at 45.23 to help the B team to 2nd in 3:21.22. In the 400 yard freestyle relay his B team finished 4th in 3:09.00 .This time his 2nd leg split was timed at 45.52.
The Spartans won the competition with 1468 points. Florida Southern College was runner up with 899 points.
Marlins Swim Club Karci Gibson won the most Gold medals on the second night of competition at the 2015 Christmas Open Swimming Championships. Gibson won three events on the night taking the 200 metre freestyle, 200 metre individual medley and was member of the victorious 400 metre medley relay team.
Gibson started the meet winning the 10-12 200 metre freestyle in record fashion clocking a time of 2:22.65 lowering the 2013 meet record of 2:23.08 by the Cayman Islands Samantha Bailey. In the process she lowered her personal best time of 2:23.00. Gibson shows major improvement from 2014 as she won the Silver medal last year in 2:33.34. She would go on to win the 10-12 200 metre Individual medley in a time of 2:47.16. She ended the night doing the backstroke leg of the Marlins A team which had Octivia Gray doing breaststroke, Anjuii Barret Butterfly and Chenille Haughton handling the anchor freestyle duties. The team won in a time of 5:12.00.
Cameron Brown of the Y Speedos Swim Club almost repeated Gibson’s performance of a hat trick of wins. Brown took the 10-12 boys 200 metre freestyle race in a new personal best of more than 3 seconds to clock 2:19.39. At the last Christmas Open in 2014 Brown had posted time of 2:33.88 for the Bronze medal. He had another 3 second plus drop to post a winning time of 2:40.00 in the 200 metre individual medley. Brown was 5th last year in a time of 2:52.32. His 400 metre relay team however finished 2nd preventing the hat trick.
Records would fall in the preliminaries of the 100 metre butterfly. Swimaz Aquatics Emily MacDonald took down the record 2013 of 1:14.66 by Anjuii Barrett with a 1:14.03 clocking. Jesse Marsh took down the 13 and over 2008 meet record of 59.60 by Tornadoes and Jamaican standout Brad Hamilton with a swim of 59.08. He also rattled his national age group record of 58.49 that he set on Dec 13.