CHRISTOPHER COURTIS AND DOMINIC WALTER CONTINUE TO REWRITE NATIONAL RECORD BOOKS ON DAY 2 OF CIS CHAMPIONSHIPS.CAMERON CHOW MAKES FIRST CIS FINAL IN 100 BACKSTROKE

Christopher Courtis CIS 100 backstroke
Christopher Courtis
Dominic Walter CIS 400 free
Dominic Walter
Cameron Chow CIS 100 backstroke
Cameron Chow

The CARIFTA region continues to see improvement in the quality of its swimming as national records fell on day 2 of the CIS Championships in Quebec. Christopher Courtis of Barbados and Jamaican Dominic Walter continued to lead the assault on the record books in the 100 metre backstroke and 400 metre respectively.
The meet has the format of preliminaries being held in scm (25 metre) pool and the finals being held in lcm (50 metre) pool. University of Calgary’s Courtis had set the senior national record for Barbados last year with a 55.06 effort .This year would be no different as Courtis would become the first Barbadian swimmer to go sub 55 seconds. He had splits of 26.48 and 27.83 to crush his old national record and record a time of 54.31. In the Championship final he improved upon his position and time from 2015. Last year he was 8th overall in a time of 58.71. In a much better showing he placed 6th in a time of 57.27.
McMaster’s Dominic Walter came close to going 2 for 2 in terms of national records in the 400 metre freestyle. In the morning preliminaries he clocked 3:54.31 to make it to the B final. That was agonizingly off his national record of 3:54.26 set at the OUA Championships earlier this month. In the B final he would be chasing his own national record of 4:08.67 set in August 2015.In a closely contested race Walter went out in 2:02.08 to challenge for the lead. He was timed in 2:02.49 for the last 200 metres. He stopped the clock in 4:04.57 for 2nd destroying his old national record. His last 100 metres was the fastest of the field clocking 59.25.At last year’s Championships he did not get an evening swim as was 24th in a time of 4:00.91(scm).
Countryman and teammate Cameron Chow had a breakout swim at this year’s Championships as he made his first ever CIS final earning a spot in the B final. In 2015 he was 26th in 57.38 This time he was more than a second faster as he hit the pads in 56.28. In the long course B final he placed 5th in a time of 58.80.

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