Day 3 of the NAIA Championships saw the CARIFTA region being ably represented by the Wayland Baptist duo Barbadian Deandre Small and Josiah Morales of Trinidad and Tobago.
Small whose personal best in the 100 yard breaststroke had stood at 1:07.81 set early in the season at 1:07.81.After the morning preliminaries she knocked off more than a second to head into the Championship final with a 1:06.49 performance (split time 30.74) .In that final in the evening she would go out a bit slower in 31.01 but would work the last 50 yards to record a new personal standard of 1:06.47 and finish 6th overall. In the 200 freestyle relay Small’s best split was 24.57 but on Friday she dropped an anchor leg split of 24.06 in the heats .That propelled Wayland Baptist to the Championship final with a time of 1:38.19. In that final Small had a lot in reserve as she turned on the jets to record a split of 23.16 the 2nd fastest of the all relay teams. Her sterling anchor leg helped the Pioneers to 5th overall in a time of 1:37.14. This was the programme’s best ever placing.
Junior Josiah Morales continued to show his worth for the Pioneers making yet another individual Championship final .His times for the 100 yard butterfly before Nationals stood at PB 49.96 and SB 50.84.He would lower his season best to 50.07 (split time 23.19). In the final he would again go under the 50 second mark. He would stroke his way to the first 50 yards in 23.36 and powered his way to 49.69 for 4th overall. Josiah has shown improvement from 2015 where he won the B final in 49.96. his butterfly skills would be drawn upon again in the 400 yard medley relay .Morales split 48.99 to push the Pioneers to 5th up a position from 2015 .The team’s overall time was 3:24.67. In the 200 yard freestyle the Molecular Biology student clocked 20.38 for anchor leg duties to push the Pioneers to the Championship final in a time of1:24.25. That performance was better than the 1:25.24 the Wayland had done in finishing 8th. In the final Morales powered his way to the fastest split of the relays with a time of 20.14 . With his fast anchor leg the Pioneers placed 5th in a time of 1:23.94.That is the highest placing by Wayland in the short 3 year existence of the programme.