Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell III was the top CARIFTA performer on the opening day of the 2015 AT& T Winter Nationals taking place in Federal Way Washington.
Bovell clocked 22.81 to place 6th in the B final of the 50 metre freestyle. He was faster in the morning heats having clocked 22.66 .Both swims were under the Rio Olympics B standard of 23.05. Joining him in the final was Suriname’s Renzo Tjon A Joe who clocked matching 22.83s in both the heats and final to place 8th in the B final. It betters the B standard time as well as his 2015-2016 season best of 22.98.
Jamaica’s Keanan Dols continued his demolition work on the 15-17 boys 200 Individual medley record for Jamaica. Dols lowered his old mark of 2:07.82 to 2:07.26 to finish 41st .The old record was set in August at the World Junior Swimming championships in Singapore. Dols who is the best medley swimmer Jamaica has produced in many years continues to track the senior national record of 2:05.60 set by Andrew Phillips in the final of that event at the 1984 Los Angles Games. He also has in his sights the 2016 Rio Olympics B qualifying mark of 2:04.39.
Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago clocked 23.09 narrowly missing the B time in the 50 metre freestyle to finish joint 24th with two other swimmers .He beat his season best of 23.15 but elected not to contest the swim off required for the C final.
His countryman Joshua Romany also did a season best in the sprint lowering his time of 23.70 to 23.62 to finish 67th . Bahamian Armando Moss opened his long course season with a 24.20 to finish 96th overall.
In women’s action Bermuda’s Rebecca Heyliger lowered her season best of 27.05 to clock 26.93 for 70th overall in the one lap sprint.