BAHAMIAN RECORD HOLDERS EVANS AND VANDERPOOL-WALLACE MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS ON DAY 2 OF ARENA PRO SWIM SERIES IN ARIZONA

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Day 2 of the Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa in Arizona on Friday April 15 saw the national record holders from the Bahamas Joanna Evans and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace taking centre. Both ladies at different ends of the freestyle spectrum made Championship finals .Evans would make the 400 freestyle final and Vanderpool-Wallace the 50 freestyle final. The meet had been hit by heavy winds which seemed to have an effect on the times produced.

Joanna Evans
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Joanna Evans who is on course to become the best distance freestyler the CARIFTA region has produced had broken her national record in the 200 metre freestyle on the opening day and seemed on course to break her national record in the morning heats of the 400 freestyle. On August 22, 2014 Evans had set her country’s standard of 4:12.14 in Nanjing China at the 2014 Youth Olympics with her historic 5th place finish. In 2014 she had gone out in 2:04.46 for the first 200 metres. In 2016 she covered the first half of the race in 2:04.14 .She would finish with a 2:08.33 split for a total time of 4:12.47 just missing her national mark. That would crush her season best of 4:17.06 recorded in Texas in January and be easily under the 2016 Rio Olympics B time of 4:17.80.In a very competitive final which featured World Record Holder American Katie Ledecky, 2008 Olympic Silver medallist Denmark’s Lotte Friis, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu , 2012 Olympic 400 freestyle Silver medallist Allison Schmitt Evans finished 8th in a time of 4:18.73.

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace
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Her countrywoman Vanderpool-Wallace (SwimMac Carolina) who is ranked 20th in the world this season with her season best of 24.80 worked her way into the final of the one lap sprint with 25.22 clocking . In that final improved her morning time in what would be choppy waters due to the wind. With the same reaction time of .63 from the morning she lowered her time to 25.14 to place 6th overall.

Bermuda’s top breaststroker Julian Fletcher (Trojan Swim club) who recently lowered his 200 metre breaststroke record to 2:18.54 at the Canadian Olympic trials was another regional swimmer earning an evening swim. In the morning his split was 1:08.04 on his way to a time of 2:19.34. That earned him a place in the B final where he finished 7th in a time of 2:22.51.

Aruba’s breastroke standard bearer Jordy Groters earned a second swim when he  clocked 2:23.11 (split time 1:08.11).In the D final he finished 6th in a time of 2:25.37.

In the men’s 50 freestyle Trinidad and Tobago representative Caryle Blondell was the region’s top sprinter at the meet. After clocking 23.41 in the heats he would go on to win the D final in 23.23. A man working his way back to top form after a serious injury layoff was Bermuda’s Roy Burch. After clocking a season best of 23.78 at the Canadian Olympic trials he recorded another season best of 23.43. In the D final he was just off that time with 23.63 placing him 5th.

Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter competing in the 100 metre backstroke just missed his season best of 57.66 in the morning heats. He clocked a time of 57.97 (split 27.55) to make it to the C final. In that evening swim he finished 2nd in a time of 58.85.

Countrywoman Olympian Alia Atkinson posted a time of 2:38.11 (split 1:15.01) in the 200 metre breaststroke. In the D final she finished 8th in a time of 2:45.68.

Aruban national record holder in the 50 metre freestyle Mikel Schreuders finished 57th in a time of 24.66.

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ATKINSON WINS QUICK SILVER ON OPENING DAY OF PRO SWIM MEET IN ARIZONA, JOANNA EVANS AND JULIAN FLETCHER LOWER NATIONAL RECORDS

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Julian Fletcher
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Joanna Evans
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The opening day of the Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa in Arizona on Thursday April 14 saw the CARIFTA region’s stars in action. Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson was the lone swimmer to make a championship final. However two national records fell to Joanna Evans of the Bahamas and Julian Fletcher of Bermuda.

 

Atkinson who represents South Florida Aquatics   qualified easily for the final of her main event the 100 metre breaststroke when she touched the final wall in 1:08.47 (split time 32.55). In the final she would face a quality field which had a strong American contingent to include 2015 PAN AM Games Champion Katie Meili, World Record holder Jessica Hardy, and rising star Molly Hannis. The opening 50 saw Meili in Lane 4 and Atkinson in Lane 7 separating themselves from the field with their opening splits of 31.34 and 31.37. In the drive to the finish Meili would take the win in a time of 1:06.49, Atkinson would win the Silver medal in a time of 1:06.84. That is the 7th fastest time of Atkinson career .Since 2013 Atkinson has always finished in the top 2 at this stop of the Pro Swim Series. It was again easily under the 2016 Rio Olympics automatic qualifying mark of 1:07.85

Joanna Evans of the Bahamas who just completed a great debut collegiate season with the University of Texas had her first long course meet since the NCAA Division 1 Championships in March. Swimming only in the morning heats of the 200 metre freestyle she lowered her national record of 2:03.00 .At her last CARIFTA championships she had set a new 15-17 and senior national record of 2:03.00.In 2015 she took out the first 100 metres in 1:00.09.This time she covered the first half of the race in 1:00.09 and finished the last 100 metres in 1:02.47 to record a new senior national record of 2:02.51.Her performance was under the Rio 2016 Olympic B time of 2:03.13

Bermudan Julian Fletcher who represents Trojan swim club has been the standard bearer for his nation in the breaststroke events . At the Canadian Olympic trials held recently he came close to lowering his 2012 mark in the 100 metre breaststroke of  1:03.58 when he produced a time of 1:03.63. There would be no close miss in Arizona. In the morning heats his first 50 was timed at 29.95.He used that early momentum to touch the wall in a new national record of 1:03.51 .He would make it back for an evening swim in the C final. In that final He would go out faster with a split of 29.62 to lead the field coming home. He would be edged for the win by Steve Stumph who won in 1:03.02.Fletcher would drop time again to get second place in a time of 1:03.11 and yet another national record. Fletcher continues to get closer to the Rio 2016 Olympic B time of 1:02.69.

Other CARIFTA region swimmers in action included Aruban Jordy Groters who made the B final of the 100 metre breaststroke. Groters came close to his national record of 1:03.22 when he turned in a time of 1:03.47 (split time 29.53) in the morning heats. He finished 8th in the B final in a time of 1:03.80. Countryman and teammate at University of Missouri Mikel Schreuders posted 1:57.12 (split time 56.17) for 52nd overall in the 200 metre freestyle. Jamaican Timothy Wynter was 43rd in the 100 metre butterfly with a time of 58.04 (split time 27.43).Bahamian sprint star Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace  posted a time of 1:00.58 (split time 27.26) in the heats of the 100 metre butterfly. That performance was under the RIO 2016 B time of 1:00.80.

MacDonald, Williams, Sinclair, Mullings and UWI ladies set records at 2016 Mayberry High Schools and Universities meet

Britney Williams with a member of the Mayberry Marketing team

From left to right Stephanie Harrison Marketing officer at Mayberry Investements and Wolmerian Britney Williams new meet record holder in the girls 13-14 200 metre freestyle.Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

Emily after record breaking 100 freestyle performance
From left to right Emily MacDonald of Campion College after record breaking performance in the 12 and under girls 100 metre freestyle and marketing officer at Mayberry Investments Stephanie Harrison .Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Sinclair.Mullings 100 freestyle
From left to right Wolmerian Kyle Sinclair,Harrison,Dominic Mullings of Campion College Sinclair and Mullings went under the longstanding record 12 and under record held by Brad Hamilton of Kingston College
UWI 200 metre freestyle relay team
From left to right Renee Cooper,Shade Thaxter, Harrison,Stefani Webley,Octivia Gray The UWI team set a new meet mark in the 200 metre freestyle relay Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Medallists in the 13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Brown,Grant and Adams
Medallists in the boys 13-14 50 metre breaststroke From left to right Gold Medallist Cameron Brown Campion College,Adrian Grant Bronze Medallist and Silver Medallist Chester Adams both of Jamaica College Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Winners of the 100 metre freestyle in the 13-14 division Payne and Williams
Winners of the 100 metre freestyle in the 13-14 age group From left to right Wolmerians Jordane Payne and Britney Williams Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Winners of the 200 individual medley in the 15-16 category Gooden and Chin
Winners of the 200 individual medley in 15-16 age group From left to right Sean- Douglas Gooden of Jamaica College and Annstazia Chin of Immaculate Conception High School
Overall age cgroup champions Payne and MacDonald
From left to right Overall age group champions Wolmerian Jordane Payne and Emily MacDonald of Campion College Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Excelsior Eagles swim team
Excelsior Eagles swim team Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Alpha swim team
Convent of Mercy Academy Swim team Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe
Wolmers Boys Swim team
Wolmers Boys Swim team Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

The 2016 staging of the Mayberry Investments High Schools and Universities meet proved to be yet another exciting competition. The most anticipated   school meet on the Jamaican school calendar which was held on April 8 saw 7 records lowered.

 

New sprint sensation Emily MacDonald was responsible for 2 of the records to fall. In the very first event of the meet the Campionite lowered the 8 year old mark 2:23.44 in the 12 and under age group held by many national representative Alexia Royal-Eatmon of Immaculate conception High School .The new mark now stands at 2:21.99.It was an emphatic  victory for 20 second plus victory. She would also lower the championship record of 1:04.58 in the 100 metre freestyle held by D’Agaene Clarke also of Campion College. Emily , who is the reigning CARIFTA champion in this event took the victory and the record in a time of 1:03.84 .Her margin of victory was over 3 seconds. She completed her Golden hat trick in the freestyle when she won the 50 metre freestyle. Emily established herself as the fastest 11-12 girl Jamaica has ever produced when she set the new national record of 28.15 on her way to CARIFTA  Gold in Martinique last month won the event in 28.42.Her dominance would also extent to the 200 individual medley and 50 metre butterfly events . She won the medley in a time of 2:49.28 and the sprint butterfly in 31.67. In the 50 metre freestyle, 200 medley and 50 metre butterfly she produced the fastest times of the meet regardless of age group.She also received the most outstanding female performer of the meet.

Teammate Dominic Mullings was also a double record breaker .Competing in the 12 and under age group as well Dominic lowered another Dominic ‘s record .This record was held by Dominic Walter in the 200 metre freestyle .A decade ago Walter had set record of 2:15.84 while competing for Wolmer’s Boys. Mullings lowered the record to 2:15.23. Walter recently set the senior national record for Jamaica in the same event. In a close battle  in the 100 metre freestyle Mullings edged Wolmerian 1:01.48 to 1:01.57 for the Gold medal. Both swimmers were under the 13 year old mark of 1:01.59 set by Brad Hamilton of Kingston College. Hamilton is a many time national record holder and representative and would go on to represent Jamaica at the World Championships.

Sinclair would claim another 13 year old record held by Hamilton .This time it would be in the 50 metre freestyle .He lowered Brad’s mark of 27.86 to 27.53.Another Wolmerian who would be a part of the record breaking was Britney Williams of Wolmer’s Girls.Williams who captured the CARIFTA Silver medal in the 13-14 200 metre freestyle age group last month proved herself to be the class  in that age group and of the meet. She took down the 5 year old of Breanna Roman of 2:18.26.Roman that represented Immaculate at this meet is now swimming for Auburn University and was a member of the national record setting 400 metre medley relay at the 2015 PAN AM Games. Williams set a new mark of 2:15.86 to produce the fastest mark of the meet for the girls.

The ladies of the University of the West Indies Mona destroyed their meet mark from last year’s meet in the 200 metre freestyle relay. The team of Renee Cooper,Stefani Webley, Shade Thaxter and Octivia Gray lowered the record from 2:05.89 to 2:02.60.

Gray of UWI formerly maintained her excellent record at the meet in the meet in the 50 metre breaststroke. She has not lost in that event since her days at Holy Childhood High school in the 12 & under age group in 2008, 8 years ago. She won the race again this year in 36.36, the fastest time of the meet.

The most outstanding male performer of the meet went Jordane Payne of Wolmer’s Boys a member of the 2016 CARIFTA team to Martinique. He would have victories in the 13-14 boys 100 metre freestyle in 59.49, the fastest time done at the meet, the 50 metre butterfly in 28.48 , the 50 metre backstroke in 33.00 and the 50 metre freestyle in 27.40.He would win the Silver medal in the 200 metre freestyle in 2:12.45.

The University division was won by UWI Mona with 316 points followed by the Caribbean Maritime Institute with 121points.

The Girls high school division was won by Immaculate Conception High School with 634 points with Campion College in second with 354 points and ST Andrew High School For Girls third with 282.50. The boys category was won by Campion College with 419 points, followed by Wolmer’s Boys School with 362 points and Jamaica College on 300.

CARIFTA REGION NATIONAL RECORDS CONTINUE TO FALL BY THE WAYSIDE CARTER, TYNES AND GROTERS IMPROVE AS RIO LOOMS

Dustin Tynes
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Jordy
Jordy Groters Photo courtesy of mutigers.com
Dylan Carter
Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of usportt.com
George Bovell
Goerge Bovell III Photo courtesy of sportsmax.tv

As the final qualification date for Rio Olympic qualification gets closer the CARIFTA region swimmers continue to better their national records as they seek to book their tickets to Brazil. Jordy Groters of Aruba, Dustin Tynes of the Bahamas and Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago are the latest crop of swimmers to lead an assault on their countries record books.

The results we are seeing now from our top swimmers are the culmination of yards of hard work, training and dedication. In the breaststroke discipline two swimmers Jordy Groters and Dustin Tynes have honed their craft to the point where each year has seen improvement in the 100 metre event. Since 2009 both swimmers have competed through the 11-12 ranks to the 15-17 category at the CARIFTA championships along the way they have set Championship records. Both competed at the PAN Games in 2015 in Toronto and the World Long Course Championships in Kazan .After representing their schools Missouri (Groters) and Ohio State (Tynes) with distinction at the recent 2016 NCAA Division 1 Championships they would compete in a 2016 Georgie Tech Men’s Collegiate Invitational long course meet on Sunday March 27.

Tynes, already under the Olympic B qualifying time of 1:02.69 would  better his national record yet again .At the PAN Games in Toronto where he set both the 50 and 100 metre standards in one race he would do the same in Georgia. Going out in 28.39 at the 50 metre mark he bettered his July 2015 mark of 28.55. Coming home he would become possibly the first man from the region under 1:02 as he hit the wall in 1:01.56 .That time was under the Rio B time of 1:02.69 and less than a second away from the automatic qualifying time of 1:00.57. That performance would have placed him 28th at the 2012 London Olympic Games and 29th at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Groters would not be left out of the record breaking as he took out the race slower than his national record pace of 29.64 with a 29.78 split .But he would carry it home faster than he did in Kazan Russia with a 33.44 last leg. That put him at 1:03.22 under his old mark of 1:03.64 and ever closer to the Rio 2016 B time.

 

At the London 2012 Olympic Games George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago swimming in lane 8 won heat 2 of the 100 metre backstroke in a time of 55.22.With that performance he put up possibly the best time ever done by a swimmer from the CARIFTA region in that event. In 2013 countryman Dylan Carter came close to that at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai with a 55.36. At the senior World Championships in Russia in 2015 he would be tantalizingly close when he stopped the clock in 55.24.On Wednesday April 6 at the Canadian Olympic Trials at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre he made no doubt who is possibly the fastest man ever from the CARIFTA region in the event. Swimming only the morning heat Carter became the first swimmer from Trinidad and Tobago to go under the 55 seconds barrier. He touched in a new national senior record of 54.94 .That performance is well under the RIO B time of 56.26 and just off the automatic qualifying mark of 54.36.That swim would have placed him 26th at the London 2012 Olympics and 23rd at the Beijing Games.

BAHAMAS BREASTSTROKE STARS LAURA MORLEY, MARGARET AND LILLY HIGGS CONTINUE TO LOWER NATIONAL RECORDS AS RIO OLYMPIC BID BECOMES MORE LIKELY

Laura Morley Silver medallist at Geneva ,Ohio SPEEDO sectionals and new Bahamian record holder
Laura Morley 100 metre breaststroke Silver medallist at Geneva ,Ohio SPEEDO sectionals and new Bahamian record holder at 1:11.83 Photo courtesy of http://iuhoosiers.com/
Margaret Higgs
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Lilly Higgs
Lilly Higgs Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

Over the last year three names have come to dominate the headlines in the breaststroke events for the Bahamas .Those swimmers are Laura Morley (Indiana University) and the Higgs sisters Margaret and Lilly (SwimMac Carolina).

In 2009 on July 27 Alicia Lightbourne (Harvard) set the senior national record for the Bahamas at 1:12.60 at the World Championships held in Rome, Italy. It was not until almost 6 years later on July 17, 2015 that Lilly Higgs lowered the mark to 1:12.32. That record would last until March 4 when older sister Margaret, a South Carolina commit lowered it at the Southern Premeir meet on March 3. Competing in the A final she split 33.94 en route to a new senior national record of 1:12.07.Lilly would threaten that record when she won Gold at the recently concluded CARIFTA swimming Championships with a personal best of 1:12.12 (split time 33.97). The record would fall again but it would be lowered by Laura Morley in her Silver medal performance at the

Over the last year three names have come to dominate the headlines in the breaststroke events for the Bahamas .That trio are Laura Morley (Indiana University) and the Higgs sisters Margaret and Lilly (SwimMac Carolina).

In 2009 on July 27 Alicia Lightbourne (Harvard) set the senior national record for the Bahamas at 1:12.60 at the World Championships held in Rome, Italy. It was not until almost 6 years later on July 17, 2015 that Lilly Higgs lowered the mark to 1:12.32. That record would last until March 4 when older sister Margaret, a South Carolina commit lowered it at the Southern Premeir meet on March 3. Competing in the A final she split 33.94 en route to a new senior national record of 1:12.07.Lilly would threaten that record when she won Gold at the recently concluded CARIFTA swimming Championships with a personal best of 1:12.12 (split time 33.97). The record would fall again but it would be lowered by Laura Morley in her Silver medal performance at the SPEEDO Sectionals in Geneva Ohio on April 2. Morley would take out the race in 34.22 and come back in 37.61 to set a new Bahamas best of 1:11.83.

In the 200 metre breaststroke the Hoosiers freshman had set standard at 2:36.23 in December 2015.At the Southern Premeir Margaret had split the race at 1:14.41 and came home in 1:21.23 to record a new Bahamian record of 2:35.64. She would take that down even further when she put together a race with the splits of 1:13.13 and 1:22.20 to stop the clock in a time of 2:35.33.At the SPEEDO sectional Morley would regain control of the 200 breaststroke when she clocked 2:35.03 (split time 1:14.72). Lilly Higgs, the youngest of the trio is not far behind with her personal best of 2:37.93 recorded in March.

With the Rio 2016 Olympic B qualifying standards for the 100 and 200 metre breaststroke events set at 1:10.22 and 2:32.08 respectively it is not unreasonable to think any one of the trio can better those times and book a ticket to Brazil.

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FIVE FOR THE FUTURE.EVANS,GROTERS,SCHREUDERS,TYNES AND PLASCHKA REPRESENT THE CARIFTA REGION AT NCAA DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Joanna Evans
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Dustin Tynes Ohio State Swimming
Dustin Tynes Photo courtesy of Ohio State Swimming
Justin Plaschka und NCAA Division 1
Justin Plaschka Photo courtesy of und.com

 

The NCAA recently held their Division 1 Swimming championships for both men and women, 5 of the CARIFTA region’s best competing at the collegiate level were selected for this prestigious meet.

Those 5 were Joanna Evans (Bahamas) University of Texas, Jordy Groters (Aruba) University of Missouri, Mikel Schreuders (Aruba) University of Missouri, Dustin Tynes (Bahamas) Ohio State University Justin Plaschka (Jamaica) University of Notre Dame.

 

Evans, a Longhorns freshman had a fantastic debut season. In her main events during the regular season she never finished less than 5th in her strongest events the 500, 1000 and 1650 yard freestyle. Also that 5th place only occurred once. In the 500 yard freestyle she finished either won or finished 2nd 7times.In the  7 1000 yard freestyle races she contested  she won all but one race where she finished 2nd.In the 1650 yard freestyle she won 2 of her 3 races while she finished 2nd in the other.

At the NCAA Division championships which was held from March 16-19 at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology. Evans contested the 200, 500 and 1650 yard freestyle events.  In the 200 yard freestyle race she went out in 51.87 and came back to stop the clock in 1:46.26 for a new personal best .She would place 34th overall and be the highest placed Longhorn in that event.

The 500 yard freestyle saw the Evans splitting the race at 2:17.49 .She finished the race in a total time of 4:40.65.Joanna was just off her season and personal best of 4:39.97.The Bahamian distance standout missed the consolation finals by a mere 0.18 of second. She would finish 17th overall. She was yet again the highest placed swimmer from the University of Texas. The 1650 freestyle saw her placing 19th overall in the second fastest time in her career of 16:09.90.

 

Jordy Groters continues to raise the bar for Aruba swimming by lowering his breaststroke times in yards. The Missouri sophomore earned his first invite to this year’s NCAA Division 1 Championships held March 23-26 also in Georgia.

Prior to the Championships he had a career best of 52.85.In the morning heats he turned at the halfway mark at 25.16 slower than his split of 24.72 when he recorded his personal best. Jordy would however come home in 27.54 to touch the pads in a new personal standard of 52.70. It also earned him a place in the consolation finals in his first Championship swim. In the final in the evening he would finish 5th in the second fastest time of his career of 52.80. His preliminaries time of 52.70 places him as the third fastest Tiger in school history.

In his final event of the meet the 200 yard breaststroke Jordy’s personal best of 1:56.84 would be a target. Groters went out in 56.05, a split that was faster than when he did 1:56.84 at the SEC championships. It would prove to be a good indicator as he touched the final wall in a new personal best of 1:56.60.That swim puts as the 6th fastest swimmer in Missouri history.

Another top breaststroker from the CARIFTA swimmer making a name for himself, Ohio State and the Bahamas is sophomore Dustin Tynes. Dustin is at the forefront of great breaststroking talent coming from the Bahamas .He continued to demonstrate his leadership in this stroke at this year’s Championships. In his debut Tynes helped the Buckeyes qualify for the 400 yard medley relay consolation final with a 52.64 split. In the final Dustin went out in 24.09 to split a swift split of 51.94. His teammates Matthew McHugh backstroke (45.63), Ching Lim butterfly (46.65) and Andrew Appleby freestyle (42.20) also made sterling contributions to record a total time of 3:06.42.That placed the team 3rd and also broke the school record of 3:06.63 by the 2014 team of Connor McDonald, DJ MacDonald, McHugh and Michael DiSalle. In the 100 yard breaststroke he was just outside his career best of 52.93 when he touched in 53.16 (split 25.16) for 25th overall.

 

When Justin Plaschka made his first NCAA Division Championships as freshman he competed for Notre Dame only in the 200 medley relay. Since that time he went on to represent Jamaica internationally and be the sprint leader in an increasingly competitive cadre of talent from the land of wood and water. He would carry over that national success into the 2015-2016 NCAA season by qualifying for the Championships in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle, 100 yard butterfly and 400 yard freestyle and medley relays.

In the 50 yard freestyle he crowned himself the Fighting Irish sprint king as lowered his personal best of 19.69 and the 2014 school record of Frank Dyer of 19.57. Swimming in the morning heats he went out in 9.35 and powered through the last 25 yards to record a time of 19.56. He finished 20th overall missing the consolation final by .08 of a second.

In the 200 yard freestyle relay he put up the 3rd fastest time of his career of 19.74 to start off the Notre Dame team. The total time for the team was 1:18.62 for 18th overall. Justin was also the lead swimmer in the 400 yard freestyle relay. He went out in 43.34 just off his personal best of 43.05 to help the team to 2:53.72.In the individual 100 yard freestyle he recorded the 5th fastest time of his career of 43.58 to place 38th overall. In the 100 yard butterfly he recorded the 3rd fastest of his career when he clocked 47.26 for 41st overall.

Mikel Schreuders has made a big impact at the University of Missouri in the regular season and the NCAA Division 1 Championships would not be any different. In the very first event, the Tigers team of Michael Chadwick 1:33.64 ,Schreuders 1:34.60, Carter Griffin 1:34.52 and Fabian Schwingenschlogbian 1:35.49 lowered the 800 yard freestyle relay school record from 6:19.17 to 6:18.25.It also placed them 11th overall.

In 400 freestyle relay he clocked 43.28 to help the Tigers to the consolation final. In that final he went a bit faster splitting 43.26 to help the team to 6th in a time of 2:52.26.In the individual 200 yard freestyle he recorded the 2nd fastest time of his life of 1:35.27 to finish 27th overall. He finished the season as the 2nd fastest Tiger all time in that event.