Brown’s Trinidad and Tobago sophomore Alexandria Donahue was the highest placed CARIFTA region swimmer at the recently concluded Big Al Invite hosted by Princeton University from Dec 4-6.
Donahue placed 2nd in the 100 yard breaststroke in a time of 1:02.98. But it was her preliminary performance of 1:02 .39 which will stand as her season best crushing her previous best performance of 1:04.36. It is also under the NCAA division 1 B standard of 1:02.49. In her last year at CARIFTA at the 2013 championships in Jamaica she won the 15-17 girls 100 metre breaststroke in 1:12.33.
Donahue whose concentration at University is cognitive neuroscience also had a podium finish in the 200 yard medley relay .Her Brown Bears A team finished third in 1:42.28. That is significantly faster than the time of 1:44.61 they posted against Yale in November. Donahue also posted the fastest breaststroke leg of the relays with a time of 28.23 .She bettered her November relay split of 28.36. Alexandria copped another third place with the A team but this time in the 400 yard medley relay. The team clocked 3:45.41 with Donahue posting a 1:03.77 breaststroke split. Donahue won the 200 yard breaststroke C final in 2:17.08 destroying her November time of 2:23.13. Alexandria placed 7th in the B final of the 200 yard individual medley in a time of 2:06.71.She posted a faster heats time of 2:05.54. She was 34th in the 50 yard freestyle in 24.28. Jamaica’s two time Olympian (2000, 2004) Dawn Kane was a member of the Brown Bears from 1998 to 2002. Mrs Kane is now the Associate Head Coach at Duke University.
Donahue’s teammate and fellow sophomore Joshua Daniel of St Lucia had his best performance in the 200 yard freestyle relay with the A team. They clocked 1:22.21 for 4th place with Daniel splitting 20.70 for his 3rd leg duties. That performance betters the time done in November. The Economics major had another top 8 performance with the B team in the 400 yard freestyle relay. Daniel lead off the team in 46.45 to help them to a total time of 3:04.60. Joshua lowered his personal best by more than a second to register a time of 49.71 to finish 2nd in the c final of the 100 yard butterfly. He was third in the C final of the 50 metre freestyle in 21.09 .He had posted 21.06 in the heats yet another personal best. Daniel finished 6th in the C final of the 100 yard freestyle in 46 .40. His season best mark was made in the heats when he touched in 46.16 shattering his previous season standard of 48.02 and his personal best of 47.43.
Jamaica’s Dartmouth Senior Kendese Nangle lowered her season bests in a number of races. In the 100 yard backstroke she dropped from 58.87 to 56.08 and just missed the podium in 4th place. She was faster in the heats with a time of 56.05.Nangle holds the school record at 54.78. Nangle a former student of Campion College in Jamaica and Peddie in New Jersey registered another massive time drop in the 50 yard freestyle moving from 24.36 to 23.12 placing 4th. Her school record stands at 22.94.Her Big Green A team posted a big time drop in the 200 yard medley posting 1:43.68 for 5th with Nangle handling the backstroke duties with a split of 26.33. In November they stopped the clock in 1:48.12 with Kendese posting a 27.46 backstroke split. Nangle was the backstroker on the 2013 team that set the school record of 1:42.88. Kendese stroked her way to 23.24 to help the A team to 1:33.04 and 4th in the 200 yard freestyle relay. That team performance was not far off the 2013 record that Nangle helped record a performance of 1:32.48. The 400 yard medley A team finished 9th in 3:49.90 with Nangle posting her fastest 100 yard backstroke time of 55.58. The school record of 3:44.30 set in 2013 saw Nangle’s involvement yet again as the backstroker. She finished 28th in the 100 yard butterfly in 57.93
Brown’s women team finished 4th overall with 544 points the Big Green ladies were 5th tallying 330 points. The Brown Bears men’s team finished 3rd with 646.5 points.