Jamaican Olympian Sion Brinn (Atlanta 1996) made it 3 Championships in 3 years as his Indian River State College had emphatic wins for both men and women at the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association Championships.
The Championships which were held were from Wednesday March 2 to Saturday March 5 at the Anne Wilder Aquatic Complex, Ft. Pierce, Florida saw both men and women’s doubling the points tally by the second placed schools. The women took the title with 1302 points. Second went to South Georgia State College with 612 points and third to Monroe Community college with 435 points. In the men’s category Indian River totalled 1386 points. Runner up went to South Georgia State College with 635.5 points and Iowa Central Community College 497.
Of the 34 individual events Brinn’s swimmers won all but 4 races. And of the 102 medals were on offer Brinn’s Pioneers won 89. All 9 records that fell during the competition were broken by swimmers coached by Sion.
Among his charges at Indian River are the Curacao duo of Jairo Emer and Serginni Marten. Emer swam his to Gold in the 100 yard individual medley in a new Championship record of 50.54 bettering his personal best of 52.85.He would be atop of the medal podium in the 200 yard medley relay. He would help the pioneers to Gold with 22.91 Personal best on the backstroke leg. Teammates Craig Emslie 23.75 breaststroke, Nicholas Loomis 21.21 butterfly and Gavin Erdmann 19.66 contributed to the total time of 1:27.53.In the 100 yard butterfly he would lower his personal best of 49.23 to 48.65 in the heats before winning Silver in the final in 48.81.He would also take Bronze in the 200 yard backstroke in a time of 1:50.90 more than 5 seconds ahead of his previous season best.
Countryman and fellow Pioneer Serginni Marten won Bronze in the 100 yard breaststroke in a time of 55.69. He would record a personal best of 25.78 in the 50 yard breaststroke .that crushed his previous personal standard of 27.37.He would place 4th in the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:02.02. He just missed his personal best of 2:01.45 with a morning performance of 2:01.48.
Sion Brinn who in his three seasons as the Head coach of Indian River has never lost a National championship and was named Men’s Coach of the meet in 2014 and 2015.Brinn who is an alumnus of the school was 1993 NJCAA Swimmer of the year and former record holder in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle. He still holds the national record for Jamaica in the 100 LCM freestyle.