Day 2 of the OUA championships on Friday February 12 proved to be a good day for the swimmers of the CARIFTA region. Waterloo’s Trinidad and Tobago swimmer Jonathan Ramkissoon started off the day’s competition with his eyes on a new personal best in the 100 metre breaststroke. His personal best at the start of the competition stood at 1:02.13. The 5’11 Financial Analysis & Risk Mgt student blew that out the water with a 1:00.81 clocking. In the process he also lowered the 2011 Championship record of 1:01.17 set by Western Bryn Jones. He would not leave the record breaking only for the morning session. In the heats his split time was 28.80 .In the night he went out hard clocking 28.19 at the half way more than a half a second ahead of the field .He would go on to win the title in a new record time of 1:00.18 easily under the CIS qualifying standard of 1:03.51.The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago would also be represented in the championship final by Ross Phillips (Toronto).Ross finished 5th in 1:04.03.
For McMasters’ Jamaican distance freestyle King Dominic Walter it was the case of another day another national record. Having not swum the event this season, Walter, a graduate of Wolmer’s Boys’ proceeded to become the first Jamaican under 16 minutes. He clocked 15:58.43 for 6th place. It was under his 2013 national mark of 16:02.94 and the CIS qualifying standard of 16:02.06.
Not to be left out of the record breaking was Aidan Chow of Waterloo. The national mark in the 50 metre butterfly had stood at 25.28 set by Nico Campbell on December 5, 2015 at the World Championships in Doha Qatar. After the morning heats it was lowered by the narrowest of margins to 25.27.A time that enabled Aidan to qualify for the B finals. In the B finals the 5’8 Chemical Engineering student finished 7th with another record breaking swim of 25.25.That time matched the 25.25 needed to qualify for the CIS Championships.
Older brother Cameron of the McMaster Marauders was 8th in the B final of the 200 metre backstroke in 2; 21.98.He was much faster in the heats having clocked a season best time of 2:05.65.
In relay action The Warriors team of Graeme Kemp backstroke (56.63), Ramkissoon breaststroke (1:00.17) ,Aidan Chow butterfly (54.36) and Danyon Chu freestyle (51.22) earned the Bronze medal in the 400 metre medley relay with a total time. Ramkissoon had the fastest breaststroke split of the relays while Aidan’s time was the third fastest butterfly leg.
The Marauders medley relay was led off by Cameron with a backstroke split of 56.25 the third fastest of the relays. They finished 4th in a time of 3:43.24.
The Laurentian team had Jamaican David MacSporran handing the butterfly duties for the team .He clocked 1:02.07 to help the team to 9th in a total time of 4:03.16.
MacSporran had finished 32nd in the 200 metre individual medley in 2:23.66. He swam to a personal best time of 28.54 in the 50 metre butterfly for 37th overall.
His Jamaican teammate Linda Ferguson was 8th in the B final of the 50 metre butterfly in 29.51.