The first day of competition at the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) saw a number of season bests by CARIFTA region swimmers. The top performer on the day would be Jamaica’s Dominic Walter who smashed his national record in the 400 metre freestyle. The meet which is hosted by Western University is contested in a short course 25 metre pool.
In the morning Walter who represents the McMaster Marauders eased to 4th place and into the Championship final with a swim of 3:57.94. It easily beat his season best of 4:00.67 and was within striking distance of his national mark of 3:57.18 and the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sports) standard of 3:57.69 qualifying .In the final he would make no mistake in moving Jamaican swimming to new heights. The final which was quite close saw the medallists within a second of a second with each other. Dominic had splits of 1:56.29 and 1:57.97 to crush his old national record to produce a time of 3:54.26 for the Silver medal. Gold went to Oliver Straszynski of Toronto in 3:53.31 with his teammate Osvald Nitski getting the Bronze in 3:54.28. This is Walter’s first medal in the event at the Championships.
Dominic would earn another medal in the 800 metre freestyle relay. His Marauders team won bronze in a time of 7:25.09. That effort was just .01 off the school record .Walter had the fastest anchor leg of the relay clocking 1:50.74.
Also having a strong opening day performance was Dominic’s national and college team mate Cameron Chow. Swimming in the 100 metre backstroke Chow crushed his season best time of 58.02 as well as his best time as a collegiate athlete of 57.24 with a 56.29 performance. His split time was 27.44.With that morning swim getting him in to the championship final Chow would find another gear in the evening. Going out in 27.14 Cameron stopped the clock in 8th place in a new personal best of 55.92 which marked his second time under the CIS standard of 56.53. It also brings him closer to the national standard of 55.55.That standard was set by Timothy Wynter at the 2012 World Short Course Swimming championships in Turkey.
Also earning an evening swim was Cameron’s brother Aidan Chow (University of Waterloo) in the 200 metre butterfly .Aidan smashed his season best of 2:09.40 with a 2:07.48 (split time 1:00.99) effort. He made it into the B finals. In the evening he was .03 slower at the 50 metre mark with a 1:01.02 split and finished 2nd with a time of 2:07.50.
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was represented by Jonathan Ramkissoon (University of Waterloo) and Ross Phillips (Toronto) in the 200 metre breaststroke. Both Ramkissoon made his way to the Championship final with a time of 2:17.91. It bettered his season best time of 2:26.80. In the final he would finish 6th in a time of 2:16.67 just under the CIS mark of 2:16.70.Countryman Phillips would make the B final with a time of 2:19.71.He was a close 2nd in the B final with a time of 2:19.59.In the 200 freestyle relay Chow (23.62) 2nd leg and Ramkissoon (23.51) 3rd leg helped the Warriors to 4th in a total time of 1:34.94.
Jamaican Linda Ferguson who represents Laurentian swam to a time of 27.46 in the 50 metre freestyle for 26th. It represents the best time Linda has done as a collegiate swimmer bettering her old time of 27.57.Her Voyageurs A team finished 5th in the 200 metre freestyle relay with a total time of 1:46.74. Linda’s split on the second leg was 27.13. Team mate and country man David MacSporran was 27th in the 200 metre butterfly with a time of 2:26.26.He also anchored the Voyageurs 800 freestyle relay with a split time of 2:03.41. They finished 8th overall in a time of 7:57.41.