Jesse Marsh
Jesse Marsh


Izaak Bastian
Izaak Bastian


On Sunday Dec 13 a long course time trial was held at the SPEEDO Winter Juniors in Atlanta. On that day Jamaica’s Jesse Marsh (St Andrew’s Swimming) lowered the 13-14 100 metre butterfly record to 58.49. That performance marked the first time a 13-14 Jamaican swimmer had cracked the 59 second barrier.

The previous record was held by Timothy Wynter at the 2011 CARIFTA Championships held in Barbados. Wynter on his way to the old record had taken it out faster in 2011. Given that Marsh is also good at the 200 metre butterfly he took it home faster as seen by the analysis of the splits below

Wynter had finished second to Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter on that day. The two swimmers are now training partners in Southern California as they prepare to make qualifying bids for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Marsh also lowered his best time in the 50 metre freestyle clocking 25.96. At the 2015 CARIFTA Championships he was timed at 26.42.

His teammate at St Andrew’s Swimming Bahamian Izaak Bastian recorded 1:08.01 for the 100 metre breaststroke. At this year’s CARIFTA Championships Bastian won the Gold medal in his first year of the 13-14 age group 1:08.27. He continues to track the 13-14 Championship record by fellow Country man and Ohio State sophomore Dustin Tynes of 1:07.99. He is also targeting the national age group record of 1:07.22. Izaak came close this summer posting 1:07.51 at the Southern Zones Age Group championships. He also recorded a personal best in the 50 metre freestyle stopping the clock in 24.80.

Azura Aquatics Surinamese sprint star Raiz Tjon a Joe clocked 24.00 for the 50 metre freestyle.


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