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.