CARIFTA region swimmers at TISCA
CARIFTA region swimmers at TISCA From left to right Jack Kirby,Hannah Gill,Gershwin Greene,Tremaine Allen ,Barak Goren In front Leanne McMaster Photo courtesy of Leanne McMaster
Hannah Gill
Hannah Gill Photo courtesy of Leanne McMaster


Leanne McMaster Photo courtesy of Gillian Haughton


Coach Stan Corcoran  and Barak Goren
Coach Stan Corcoran and Barak Goren Photo courtesy of Nadav Goren



The 2016 TISCA (Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association) was held February 12-13 in Nashville with a number of good performances from swimmers from the CARIFTA region. Gershwin Greene of the Bahamas who represented the Baylor was the most outstanding performer winning Gold and Bronze.

Greene won his Gold medal as a member of Baylor’s 200 yard freestyle relay. The team of Matthew Boyer 21.74, Greene 20.67, Jack Best 20.78 and Trey Freeman 19.99 combined for a time of 1:23.18.In the 200 yard medley relay Greene anchor 20.02 combined with Zach Althoff backstroke 23.65 ,Matthew Boyer breaststroke 25.99 and Peter Lochmaier butterfly 22.33 to win the Bronze .In a race where the first 3 teams finished with 1 :31’s Baylor clocked 1:31.99.

In the individual events 50 yard freestyle Gershwin lowered his personal best twice. He moved from 21.28 to 21.14 in the heats. Gershwin dropped it further to 21.13 to place 5th in the Championship final. In the 100 yard freestyle he lowered his 100 yard freestyle personal best to 46.59.In the final he recorded 47.11 for 8th in the final.

His team mates Barbadian Hannah Gill and Jamaican Leanne McMaster won Bronze in the 200 yard freestyle relay. The team of Emily Gill 25.03, Hannah Gill 24.53,Sam Suer 25.10 and Leanne McMaster 24.35 recorded a total time of 1:39.01.

Gill made her way into two championship finals. In the 500 yard freestyle she lowered her personal best twice. In the heats she moved from 4:59.00 to 4:58.88.In the final she lowered again in the final to 4:58.77 to finish 4th .Hannah lowered her season best of 1:57.94 to 1:55.80 in the morning preliminaries. In the final she clocked 1:54.30 for 8th overall. Her Baylor team would finish 5th in the 400 yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:36.29.Gill’s split on the second leg was timed at 53.87

McMaster’s 200 yard medley relay finished 4th with a time of 1:47.95. Her anchor leg freestyle split was 24.18.In the 50 yard freestyle she finished 6th in the B final in a time of 24.96 .she had been faster in the morning heats with a time of 24.92. Leanne finished 21st in the 100 yard freestyle in a time of 54.55.

Jamaican Barak Goren who represents McCallie had strong performances at the meet. Goren lowered his personal best in the 200 yard freestyle from 1:46.43 to1:45.59 in the morning preliminaries. Making his way to the B final he would lower it again to 1:44.30 for 6th.  The 500 yard freestyle saw him again bettering his personal best in the morning and the evening .His best heading into the Championships was 4:55.70. Goren crushed that time with a 4:50.12 clocking. Earning a spot in the B final he would register another big time drop as he stopped the clock in a time of 4:47.12 for 4th. In the 400 yard freestyle relay action Barak recorded 49.30 to help McCallie win the B final in a time of 3:14.48.In the 200 freestyle relay McCallie was 7th in a time of 1:29.39 .Goren clocked 22.79 for 3rd leg duties. Head Coach of McCallie Stan Corcoran was quite happy with Goren’s performances over the weekend. He said that last year he was unwell last year but this season he has been healthy and had been training well .He also said Barak’s underwater work has really improved. If selected for the Jamaican team to the CARIFTA Games in Martinique he expects Barak to be under the 2minute mark for the 200 metre freestyle and near 4:12 for the 400 metre freestyle.

Barbadian Jack Kirby also smashed his personal bests at the Championships. In the 100 yard backstroke he moved from a lifetime best of 53.59 to 51.13 to make the Championship final. That performance is a Baylor freshman school record. Kirby finished 8th in the final in a time of 53.22. He broke the 2 minute barrier in the 200 metre individual medley as he recorded 1:58.20 to make it to the B final. He would finish 8th in a time of 1:58.28.His Bahamian teammate Tremaine Allen had season bests in the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard breaststroke with times of 2:29.45 and 1:14.44 respectively.

Baylor finished 2nd in the boys competition with 295 points .McCallie was 4th with 132 points. On the girls side Baylor was 3rd with 163.5 points.

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