Keanan Dols
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Renzo Tjon A Joe
Renzo Tjon A Joe Photo courtesy of



Jamaica’s Keanan Dols continued to enhance his reputation as one the best age group swimmers the country has ever produced with another sterling senior national record performance in the 200 metre backstroke. Before the final day of the AT&T Winter championships on Saturday Dec 5 Dols held the 15-17 and senior national record at 2:05.08. In the heats of the event Keanan produced a time of 2:05.96 rattling his personal and national standard.

Qualifying for the C final the Florida based teenager made his intentions known from the first 50 metres splitting at 29.15 much faster than the 29.77 opening 50 metres he did in Singapore at the World Junior Championships when he set the record. With the tone set for the race Dols held 50 metre splits of below 32 seconds finish 3rd in a new senior national and 15-17 age group record of 2:04.01. Dols continues to get closer the Rio 2016 Olympics B standard of 2:02.36.The 200 metre backstroke record is the 2nd 15-17 record to fall to Dols in Washington following his 15-17 standard breaker of 2:07.26 on the first day.

Also performing well on the day was Suriname’s Renzo Tjon a Joe. The national record holder in the 100 metre produced a season best time of 49.72 to qualify for the B final. He almost produced an identical time with a 3rd place performance of 49.76. Renzo was well under his previous season best of 50.27 done at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Minneapolis and yet again under the Rio 2016 Olympics B standard of 50.70.

Also registering season best in the 100 metre freestyle were the Trinidad and Tobago duo of Dylan Carter and Joshua Romany. Carter improved upon his 51.27 to finish 37th in 50.87. Romany moved down from 51.94 to finish in 51.17 and finish 51st.

Timothy Wynter of Jamaica swam his first 200 metre race of the 2015-2016. He stopped the clock in 2:07.60 not far off the 2:07.17 he registered at the 2015 PAN AM Games when he was fully tapered and rested.

In time trial results Dols clocked a personal best of 57.14 in the 100 metre butterfly.Wynter stopped the clock in 24.98 in the 50 metre freestyle faster than the 25.14 he recorded last season. Bahamian Armando Moss put up a time of 24.54. Bermuda’s Rebecca Heyliger sprinted to 26.75 in the women’s equivalent faster than what she did in the heats of the event. She contested another time trial and was even faster touching in 26.66.  Moss swam 53.45 in the 100 metre freestyle.

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