Timothy Wynter
Timothy Wynter Photo courtesy of jamaica-gleaner.com


The University of Southern California’s Jamaican freshman Timothy Wynter had a good debut at the PAC 12 championships. The conference championships which were held in Federal Way Washington from March 2 to 5 saw Wynter competing in 4 individual events and setting personal bests in all.


Timothy who is best known for his backstroke prowess as he at one point in his career held all the 50 ,100 and 200 metre in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 age groups. He had his best finish in the 200 yard backstroke. Heading into the Championships Timothy had a personal and season best of 1:47.35.The Trojan freshman had also not been under the NCAA B standard of 1:46.29. All that would change after the morning heats as destroyed his personal best to record 1:44.79 with a split time of 51.13.Having made the B final he would lower his personal standard even further. Taking the race out in 50.55 he would stop the clock in 1:44.29 to beat the field by almost a second.

In the 100 yard backstroke he would better his season and personal best of 48.15 and the NCAA B standard of 48.49 in the preliminaries. He raced to the first 50 in a time of 22.76 and used that early momentum to hit the final wall in 47.64. That performance earned him evening swim. In the B final he was the first to the halfway point with a 22.54. He would however be out touched at the wall by teammate Jonathon Knox 47.09 to 47.21 to record his second sub 48 swim.

In the 100 yard butterfly he lowered his 2014 personal best of 49.68 by almost two seconds. He stroked his way to 47.75 (split time 22.03).It was also under the NCAA Division B time of 48.29. That performance earned him 18th place overall but he did contest the C final.

In the 200 yard medley relay Wynter led off the Trojans exhibition B team in a personal best 50 yard backstroke time of 21.68.The team clocked 1:27.24 to have the 7th fastest time of the day. Swimming exhibition only in the 50 yard freestyle he raced to 20.64 with an opening split of 10.07.

His Trojan team finished 2nd with 700 points. Stanford won the overall men’s title with 808 points.

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