In a major SEC (South Eastern Conference) clash between conference heavyweights o Auburn Tigers and the Florida Gators saw the final result being a split decision .This as the Auburn won their contest 154.5 to 145.5. The Gator women won their competition 192 to 108.Contributing to an exciting contest in Gainesville Florida on Saturday January 23 was Trinidad and Tobago sophomore Emiro Goosen who lowered his season best in the 200 metre freestyle.
Emiro lowered his time of 1:58.21 by almost a second to place 6th overall in the event in a time of 1:57.12.He also put in a strong performance in the 100 metre freestyle where he swam as an exhibition swimmer posting a time of 52.69. Goosen went even faster leading off the 400 metre freestyle relay. Emiro split 52.30 (split time 25.36) to be just off his season best of 52.24 set in October. Goosen is the nephew of 1988 Olympic Gold medallist in the 100 metre butterfly Suriname’s Anthony Nesty.Nesty who was actually born in Trinidad and Tobago but went on to represent Suriname internationally is the Assistant Head Coach at the University of Florida which is his alma mater.
Tyla Martin who represents Trinidad and Tobago internationally also swam at the meet but as an exhibition swimmer. She competed in the 100 metre butterfly clocking a time of 1:06.96. In the 200 metre butterfly she stopped the clock in a time of 2:28.46 to narrowly miss her season best of 2:28.23 recorded in October against Georgia.
Competing for Auburn was Jamaica’s Breanna Roman and Christian Selby of Barbados. Roman had her best finish in the 100 metre breaststroke where she placed 5th in a time of 1:16.05 (split time 34.32). Roman placed 8th in the 100 metre freestyle with a time of 1:02.21.Selby was 8th in the 200 metre freestyle in a time of 1:59.53. In the 200 metre medley relay his D team placed 7th in a time of 1:47.73. Selby handled the anchor leg freestyle duties with a 24.50 split. In the 400 metre freestyle relay his C team finished 7thth in a time of 3:37.59.His 3rd leg effort was timed at 54.22.
Big Green senior Kendese Nangle swimming in her last Dartmouth Invitational reset her own meet record in the 50 yard freestyle at the competition held from January 22 to 23 at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.
Nangle lowered the meet record which she set as a freshman of 23.87 to 23.83.She was also the only sub 24 second swimmer in the race. Kendese would also return to the top of the podium in the 400 yard freestyle relay. Her Big Green A team of Megan Crook, Olivia Samson and Charlotte Kamai won by over 2 seconds for a total time of 3:31.37. Nangle had the 2nd fastest opening leg of 53.40.
In the 400 yard medley relay Nangle’s A team of Crook, Emily Holt and Kamai were 2nd in a time of 3:55.52. Nangle, a graduate of Peddie had the 2nd fastest backstroke split as she was timed at 58.35. In the individual 100 yard backstroke she went out slower 28.25 compared to her relay split of 28.11 but finished faster. She placed 2nd in a time of 58.15 .The event was won by Northeastern’s Christine Leon in 57.78.
In the 100 yard freestyle she placed 5th in a time of 53.15.She was again 5th in the 200 yard backstroke where she recorded a season best. The Big Green senior lowered her season best from 2:10.12 earlier this month to record a time of 2:07.35.
Dartmouth won the Invitational tallying 1140 points. Northeastern was 2nd with 1030, Boston College 3rd with 674 and the University of Massachusetts 4th with 643 points.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Josiah Morales was among the top performers for Wayland Baptist in their clash with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin on Saturday January 23 in Midland Texas.
Morales had a hat trick of victories. He started off the competition with victory in the 200 yard medley relay as his Pioneers A team of Nathan McCormick, Bjoern Globke and Hugo Gallegos won the event in 1:38.37. Josiah had the fastest butterfly split which was timed at 23.12. He went on to win the individual 50 yard butterfly in 23.35. His final victory was the 200 yard freestyle relay where his A team comprising of the same team in the medley relay won in 1:28.76. Morales swam his fastest freestyle relay split of the season as he was timed in 20.82 on anchor leg duties. In the 50 yard breaststroke he was still a part of the podium party as he placed 3rd in 28.35
Team mate Deandre Small of Barbados also tasted success as she won the 50 yard backstroke .Small won the race in 27.82. That performance betters her season best of 28.27 she set in the leading off the 200 yard medley relay team in November. At the 200 yard medley relay at this competition she swam 28.86 to help the Pioneer women to 2nd in 1:55.58. Her B team in the 200 yard freestyle relay finished 3rd in a time of 1:44.36. Small had the 2nd fastest split of the relays as her 2nd leg was timed in 24.92.
Also swimming on that relay team was Hadassah Morales of Trinidad and Tobago. She started the team off with a 25.98 split which was season and personal best. In the individual 50 yard freestyle race earlier in the meet she placed 3rd in a time of 26.32. In her third 50 yard freestyle race of the day which was a time trial she lowered her personal standard to 25.91.
She would also record a personal best in the 50 yard backstroke. Swimming the first leg of the 200 yard medley relay Hadassah clocked 30.24 as her
B team finished 3rd in 2:05.10.That performance bettered the 30.28 she clocked earlier this month leading off the medley relay team. She swam as an exhibition swimmer in the 100 yard freestyle where she touched the pads in 1:03.46.
The Pioneers went down in both men and women’s competition. The men lost 118 to 128 while the women lost 80 to 143.The next competition for the Pioneers will be the NAIA championships in March.
The Brown Bears battled the Columbia Lions in a Division I Ivy League clash at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday January 23. One of the big performers for the Bears was Trinidad and Tobago’s swimmer of the year in the 18 and over category Alexandria Donahue.
Donahue took an emphatic win in the 100 yard breaststroke winning by over 3 seconds .It was also her 2nd fastest time of the season of 1:02.57 and her 4th win in the event for the season. Her Brown Bears 200 yard medley A team of Jenna Zagoren, Caroline Vexler and Reia Tong had a close win over the Lions squad 1:44.48 to1:44.66. Donahue had the fastest breaststroke split by more than as she was timed at 28.46. In the 200 yard breaststroke she led from start to finish to win in 2:19.89.In the 200 yard individual medley she moved from 5th place at the halfway mark to challenge the leaders. This was based off the strength of a game changing 34.60 breaststroke split. In the end she was just held off by Columbia’s Jessica Antiles 2:05.25 to 2:05.80.
Also competing at the meet was Jamaican junior Trudi Patrick. Her best finish on the day was 3rd in the 200 yard medley relay. Her Lions B team stopped the clock in a time of 1:48.34 with Patrick contributing with a 25.98 butterfly leg. In the 100 yard butterfly she was 4th in 58.04. The 200 yard butterfly saw her placing 7th in 2:09.40.
Another CARIFTA region swimmer in action was St Lucia’s Joshua Daniel. He recorded his 2nd fastest time of the season in the 50 yard freestyle when he finished 8th in 21.96.He again 8th in the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 52.38. In relay action his Brown Bears C relay teams finished 4th in both the 200 yard medley and the 400 yard freestyle. In the medley relay their time was 1:34.53 with Daniel doing anchor freestyle duties with a split of 21.53. He started the 400 freestyle relay with a 49 flat split as the team finished in a total time of 3:11.83.
The final scores had Brown beating Columbia 157 to 143 for their first win over their Ivy League rivals in more than 8 years. The Lions however triumphed over the Brown Bears in men’s action 166 to 134.
On Saturday January 23, 2016 Delta State University (Division 2) battled Emory University (Division 3) at the University of West Florida Aquatic Centre.
In the ranks of the Delta State was Bahamian freshman Keith Lloyd. The Nassau native recorded a season best in the 50 yard freestyle. He dropped his time from 22.75 to 22.21 and finished 6th in the event. The 6’0 ft Lloyd also placed 8th in the 100 yard freestyle stopping the clock in 48.72.Lloyd who is majoring in Business Management was 5th in the 100 yard butterfly in 54.13.
The Statesmen won their contest against Emory beating them narrowly 157 to 137.
Brown sophomore Alexandria Donahue got 2016 to winning start as her Brown Bears team faced off against Harvard and Penn in an all Ivy League clash at the Harvard pool in Cambridge Massachusetts on Saturday January 16.
Donahue got a victory in the very first event as the Brown A team won the 200 yard medley. The team of Jenna Zagoren, Donahue, Caroline Vexler and Reia Tong won the race in 1:43.83. Alexandria had the fastest breaststroke with a 28.04 effort. That was her fastest relay performance for the season beating the 28.23 recorded at the Big Al invitational in December.
She would go on to win the 100 yard breaststroke by more than 2 seconds. Alexandria won the event in 1:02.89 which is her second fastest time for the season. Geordie Enoch of Harvard was 2nd in 1:05.28.
The margin of victory in the 200 yard breaststroke was a much closer affair. She out touched Harvard’s Sonia Wang 2:20.14 to 2:20.42 to complete her trifecta.
In the 400 yard freestyle relay her Brown Bear C team finished 8th . The team of Donahue Kendall Crawford, Tiffany Zhao and Ellyn Vitek recorded a total time of 3:37.80.Alexandria started off the relay with a split of 53.48
Recently Donahue was recently honoured by the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad & Tobago at its dinner and awards ceremony on January 9 as its most outstanding female swimmer in the 18 and over category for 2015. She also copped the award for attaining the highest FINA points last year.
Also in action at the meet was St Lucian record holder Joshua Daniel. He competed in the 400 yard freestyle relay where his Brown Bear’s B team finished 6th in a time of 3:09.71.Daniel contributed with a 48.14 split on the 2nd leg. In the 200 yard medley relay his C team placed 9th in a time of 1:35.81.Daniel had an anchor freestyle leg of 21.69. In individual competition Joshua was 11th in both the 50 and 100 yard freestyle. In the 50 yard freestyle he stopped the clock in 22.12.His time in the longer sprint was 48.11.
The Brown Bears men team were beaten by 90.50 to 207.50. They also lost 63 to 237 to Harvard. The women’s were also defeated .They lost 124 to 176 to Penn. They tallied 124.50 to Harvard’s 174.50.
The Ohio State Buckeyes welcomed Michigan State for a dual meet on Saturday January 16, 2016. Competing for the Buckeyes was Bahamian senior national record holder in the breaststroke events Dustin Tynes.
Tynes would have two top 3 finishes on the day. The sophomore would finish 3rd in the 200 yard breaststroke in a time of 2:08.56. The event was won by team mate Daniel MacDonald in a time of 2:03.77.His Buckeyes B team would finish 3rd in the 200 yard medley relay. The team of Mark Belanger, Tynes, Peter Lyon and Nathan Christian would touch the wall in a time of 1:31.93. Dustin’s breaststroke split was 25.78. In the 100 yard breaststroke Dustin placed 7th in 59.18.
The Buckeyes would prevail over Michigan State 186 to 101.