Emma Harvey of Bermuda competing in the 13-14 girls age group lead the record breakers on Day one of the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships taking place in Nassau Bahamas. The age group standout started her record breaking from the morning heats as she lowered the record of 31.50 set by Jamaican Kendese Nangle in 2008 to 30.38. In the final she would better that time and her age group record of 30.22 to take the title in 30.12.
For the 100 metre butterfly she bested an even older record. Trinidad and Tobago’s Sangeeta Puri had set the standard in 1994 of 1:04.99. It would not survive the morning as Harvey clocked 1:04.68. That time would not last long either as she stopped the clock in the final in 1:04.20.
In the girls 11-12 50 metre backstroke Sade Simons of Suriname set a new mark of 31.98.She became the first 11-12 girl under the 32 second mark as the old record had belonged to Inayah Sherry of Barbados at 32.45.
Another longstanding record would fall in the 15-17 girls 100 metre butterfly. The 1990 standard of Cuba’s Niuvis Rosales fell to Jamaica’s Kelsie Campbell. She swam to a new personal best, age group record and Championship record time of 1:03.48 in the morning heats. She would take the title in the evening in a time of 1:03.63.The previous Jamaican record was set by Zara Bailey at the 2013 CARIFTA Games in Kingston.
Another butterfly record set in Kingston also fell .The standard that was lowered was set at the 2004 edition in the 18 and over men’s age group by Bahamian Olympian Nicholas Rees .He had set a time of 56.02. Bettering that was Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot. In the morning Pigot clocked 55.56 before becoming the swimmer under 55 seconds at CISC with 54.48 clocking.
The Bahamas home crowd saw its top swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace demolish the 18 and 100 metre butterfly record .She took more than 2 seconds off the old record to register a time of 1:00.01.
The host country Bahamas swept the senior distance freestyle titles when Joanna Evans and Matthew Lowe won the 800 and 1500 metre freestyle races respectively in Championship record times.
The Rio Olympics bound Evans bettered another Janelle Atkinson standard. This time it was 8:48.71 that the Olympian had set in 2002. Janelle would later that summer win 2 bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. The best distance freestyle performance by a female swimmer from the CARIFTA region. Evans in her commanding win was yet again under the Olympic B standard of 8:51.96. Lowe smashed the 2006 record of Trinidad and Tobago’s John Littlepage of 16:57.24. He was more than 30 seconds better as he took the CISC standard to 16:22.01.He was pushed to the record by Bermuda’s Tyler Mazurek who crushed his national record by more than ten seconds to post 16:23.44.
Another event where records were smashed was the 200 metre breaststroke.
In the 11-12 boys age group McCallum Clarke continued his dominance at the regional level with Gold in Championship and national age group record time. This time he stroked his way to 2:36.83 with a winning margin of over ten seconds.
The home fans would again have championship records to cheer on. Izaak Bastian won the 13-14 age group in 2:23.94.His teammate Albury Higgs took the 15-17 girls race in a time of 2:36.83.
Following up on his 15 -17 boys CARIFTA win in Martinique was the USVI Adriel Sanes. In the French territory he was timed in 2:22.86 .In the Bahamas he would be much faster as took the Gold in a record time of 2:19.50.
In the 18 and over category the leading senior breaststroker Jordy Groters of Aruba , Dustin Tynes of the Bahamas and Bermudan Julian Fletcher all battled for the Gold and finished in that order on the podium. All three went under Fletcher’s 2014 record of 2:22.71. Groters won in 2:20.39. Tynes took the Silver in 2:20.97 while Fletcher copped the Bronze in 2:21.24.
Three Jamaicans Timothy Wynter ,Sidrell Williams and Jesse Marsh were in action at the recently concluded 2016 RBC Bahamas National Championships in Nassau at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre from June 23 -26. It would be Wynter who was in national record breaking form as he again lowered the national standard in the 100 metre backstroke. A little over a month ago at the Bermudan National Championships he became the first Jamaican under 57 seconds in the event with a 56.98 performance. He would crush that mark in the preliminaries of the event with a 56.28 clocking. That time was a mere .02 of a second off the 2016 Rio Olympic standard of 56.26. In the B final of the event (as non – nationals cannot compete in the Championship final) .He recorded the fastest time of the evening but was off his morning time as he stopped the clock in 56.45. He would also register a 27.23 in the 50 metre backstroke.
Sidrell Williams recorded season bests in all the events that he competed in. In the heats of the 100 metre freestyle he recorded the second fastest time of his career when he clocked a season best time of 52.30. He would return in the evening to post a time of 53.47. In the 50 metre butterfly he hit the wall in 26.25 to earn a second swim. In the evening session he produced a sub 26 clocking and the third best time of his career of 25.91. The 100 metre butterfly saw him posting a series of season bests. The morning swim saw him stroking his way to 58.31. In the B final he was even faster with a final time of 57.83. He ended the competition with a season best time in the 50 metre freestyle of 24.21
Both Wynter and Williams will be using the upcoming Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships at the same venue in the Bahamas as an opportunity to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The youngest member of the contingent , Jesse Marsh recorded a personal best in the 100 metre freestyle of 55.94.He came close to his personal best in the 50 metre butterfly when he produced a series of swims of 27.68 and 27.31 in the B final.
The other members of the Jamaican team are
11-12 Girls — Emily MacDonald, Simone Vale,
11-12 Boys Rajiv Redhi
13-14 Girls Laura Lim Sang, Britney Williams
13-14 Boys Chester Adams, Cameron Brown, Adrian Grant, Jordane Payne, Nicholas Vale
The final day of the 2016 RBC National Swimming Championships on Sunday June 26 saw the sprint monarchs Olympians Elvis Burrows and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace retaining their titles in the 50 metre freestyle.
Burrows beat the field convincingly to crown himself the Fastest Man in the Bahamas in a time of 23.26. Earlier in the heats he took the longstanding Championship record of 23.21 set by fellow Olympian Allan Murray in 2000 when he was timed in 23.01.That performance was under the 2016 Rio Olympics B standard time of 23.05 The victory by Burrows marked his 8th senior national title since 2008.
The title wins were as follows
The 26 year old sprinter who represented Freeport Aquatics at the Championships had the following thoughts about his performances.
“My training has been going well for the last year and a half .I got the B cut back in November and I am swimming very close to that time right now. I expect to go much faster at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships. Overall at Nationals I got two meet records that was my goal and I achieved it so I am happy with my performance”.
Winning the Silver medal was Perez Moss of Alpha Aquatics and the Bronze went to Gershwin Greene in 23.71.
Sprint queen Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace marked her 8th senior title in emphatic fashion. She broke her championship record 25.10 with her morning heats swim of 25.05.In the final she would lower it even further and become the first Bahamian woman under 25 seconds at nationals with a 24.94 clocking. That performance was her 3rd best effort of the season and both swims were under the 2016 Rio Olympics A standard time of 25.28.
Her previous title wins were as follows
Winning Silver was team mate Joanna Evans in 27.07 and Alpha Aquatics took the Bronze in 27.83.
In the men’s 100 metre breaststroke Dustin Tynes recorded a hat trick of wins when he took the event in 1:03.03. He broke the Championship record of Jeremy Knowles set back in 2008 of 1:03.78. Tynes headed a Swift Swimming sweep as team mates Joshua Wong and former record holder Knowles won Silver and Bronze in 1:08.49 and 1:08.78 respectively.
The women’s race saw Albury beating sister Lilly for the Gold 1:13.81 to 1:14.41. The Bronze went to Victoria Russell of Alpha Aquatics in 1:17.23.
Joanna Evans led another Swift Swimming trifecta in the 400 metre freestyle when she stroked her way to a time of 4:17.37. Teammates Lilly Higgs and Brianna Nesbitt were timed in 4:52.09 and 4:53.20 respectively. The win by Evans was under the 2016 Rio Olympic B standard time of 4:17.80.The win marks her 4th victory as a senior.
The national senior relay title went to the team of Perez Moss, Miller Albury, Jared Fitzgerald and Armando Moss from Alpha Aquatics. They crushed the championship record of 3:36.47 set by Barracudas team Matthew Lowe, Gershwin Greene, N’Nhyn Fernander and Kohen Kerr with their total time of 3:31.54. That winning performance threatened the national record of 3:31.46 set by the 1999 PAN AM Games team of Christopher Murray, Jeremy Knowles, Christopher Vythoulkas and Allan Murray. The previous Championship record holders the Barracudas went under their 2015 time with a 3:35.70 swim. Swift Swimming won the Bronze medal in 3:51.15.
In the 13-14 age group Izaak Bastian set a new record in the 100 metre breaststroke with a 1:07.52 clocking. He would join teammates Kevon Lockhart, Benjamin Lundy and Benjamin Lundy in setting new Championship mark of 3:49.68 in the 400 metre freestyle relay.
Izaak’s record breaking exploits would extend to the sprint freestyle as he became the first 13-14 swimmer under 25 seconds when he registered 24.56 to take the 50 freestyle title.
Peter Morley of Swift Swimming gave the 13-14 200 metre backstroke national record of 2:16.56 a scare when he touched in a new championship record of 2:16.88. That crushed the old standard of 2:19.58.
Lamar Taylor of Freeport Aquatics completed the freestyle championship record sprint double. This as he took the win and set a new standard in the 11-12 boys 50 freestyle in a time of 26.79.
Swift Swimming took the team title with 1768.50 points.Second went to Barracudas Swim club with 1611.50 and third to Alpha Aquatics with 860 points.
The national marks continued to fall on the third day of the 2016 Bahamas RBC National Swimming championships.
The senior national record fell in the very last event on Saturday as the Swift swimming men took the senior 200 medley relay title and national record. The championship record which doubled as the national standard was set last year by the Barracudas team of Matthew Lowe, Utoy Wong, N’Nhyn Fernander and Kohen Kerr when they had stopped the clock in 1:48.86. The Swift team of Dionisio Carey, Dustin Tynes, Jeremy Knowles and Joshua Roberts took more than a second off that time to register 1:47.57. Second was Alpha aquatics in 1:49.78 and the Bronze was won by Barracudas in 1:50.26.
The Barracudas however would claim a national record in the 13-14 boys age group in the same event. This as the team of Kevin Lockhart, Izaak Bastian, Ian Pinder and T’Lez Foulkes shattered the old national and championship o mark of 1:56.59 to win convincingly in 1:53.97. Also under the record winning the Silver medal was the Swift Swimming team of Peter Morley , DaVante Carey, Darren Laing and Joshua Murray. The record was set last year by the Alpha Aquatics team of Joshua Murray, William Russell, Alex Encinar and Michael Hernandez.
Samuel Gibson of the Alpha Aquatics just missed becoming the first Bahamian 13-14 boy under 55 seconds in the 100 metre freestyle when he took the age group title in a new national mark of 55.07. By claiming the Gold medal with that performance he bettered the Championship record of 56.12 set by Elvis Burrows in 2004 and the national mark of 55.37 Christopher Vythoulkas almost 20 years ago in 1998 in Bridgetown Barbados. Also under the both the Championship and national record was Izaak Bastian who took the Silver in 55.13.The Bronze went to Darren Laing of Swift Swimming in 56.41.
Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of Swift Swimming took her 8th senior title in the 100 metre freestyle in emphatic style when she won in the race by over 5 seconds in a championship record time of 54.52. That performance bettered her 2012 Nationals record of 55.12 and was also yet under the Rio Olympics a standard of 54.43.It was also just off her season best of 54.14. Her previous title wins were as follows
The Silver medal was won by Bria Devaux of Barracudas in 59.64 .she was followed to the wall by Maya Thompson of Swift Swimming who clocked 1:01.12.
Collecting his 3rd national senior crown in the 50 metre breaststroke was Dustin Tynes of Swift Swimming .He broke his own Championship record of 29.52 when he clocked 28.79 for his third straight win in the event. Teammate Joshua Wong was runner up in 30.50 in close battle with Fernander of Barracudas who won Bronze in 30.51.
Also setting a championship record in the ladies race was Laura Morley .She clocked 33.88 to better the previous championship record of 34.17. Second went to her teammate and the previous record holder Albury Higgs in 34.38. Third went to Victoria Russell of Alpha Aquatics in 34.70.
Izaak Bastian of Barracudas would get his own championship record in the 50 metre breaststroke as well. The 13-14 CARIFTA champion broke Tynes’ 2011 meet record of 30.93 with a 30.87.His club mate T’Lez Foulkes was second in 32.88.Luke Kennedy Thompson of Alpha Aquatics won the Bronze in 32.95.
In the 11-12 age Lamar Taylor of Freeport Aquatics produced the first sub 59 performance ever done in the boy’s 100 metre freestyle when he won in a record 58.78. In the 11-12 girls 50 metre breaststroke Jamilah Hepburn produced the first sub 37 second clocking with her meet record swim of 36.97.
In the senior 200 individual medley final Albury Higgs 2:29.16 held off younger sister Lilly 2:30.36 to retain her title. Alpha Aquatics Zoe McCarroll was third in 2:38.10.
In the men’s equivalent Matthew Lowe of the Barracudas 2:09.09 won convincingly ahead of the Swift pair of Tynes 2:15.76 and Alec Sands 2:15.96.
In the 100 metre freestyle Kohen Kerr of the Barracudas won his first national title with a swim of 52.65. Battling him all the way to the finish was Jared Fitzgerald of Alpha Aquatics who was timed in 52.91.Gershwin Greene won Bronze in 54.25.
The senior title in the women’s 200 medley relay went to Swift Swimming as the team of Celia Campbell, Laura Morley, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Maya Thompson touched the wall first in 2:05.94. Second went to Alpha Aquatics in 2:09.47 and the Bronze went to Barracudas in 2:14.18.
It was yet another night of exciting swimming action at the 2016 RBC National Championships in Nassau where Joanna Evans continued ton lower her senior national records and Elvis Burrows maintained control of the 50 metre butterfly.
Evans of Swift Swimming continued her record breaking form on Friday night when she took the senior title in the 200 metre freestyle in a new Bahamian record time of 2:01.62.This bettered her less than month old record of 2:01.73 set at the Longhorn Elite Invite on June 4. It was also well under the Olympic B standard time of 2:03.13. Her win marked her 4th consecutive senior crown in the race .Her winning times were as follows
She is also closing in on becoming the fastest English speaking CARIFTA region in the event. The region’s best time is held by legendary Jamaican swimmer Janelle Atkinson when she won Silver at the 1999 PAN AM Winnipeg Games in a time of 2:01.11.Silver and Bronze were awarded to her teammates Lilly and Albury Higgs in times of 2:13.16 and 2:17.86 respectively.
Exhibition swimmer Venezuelan Andreina Pinto had the fastest time of the day of 2:00.64.
The men’s title went to Matthew Lowe of the Barracudas Swim club in a season best time of 1:55.43. The win marked his 3rd career title following wins in 2013 and 2012.Second to the wall was Jared Fitzgerald of Alpha aquatics in 2:00.02.Third spot went to Barracudas Swim club’s Kerr Kohen in 2:01.47.
The fastest time of the day was recorded by exhibition swimmer Venezuelan Cristian Quintero in 1:48.50 just off the automatic Rio Olympics A standard of 1:47.97.
Also in excellent form on the night was Elvis Burrows of Freeport Aquatic Club who took the yet another 50 metre butterfly title. Since entering the senior ranks (15 and over age group) in 2005 Burrows has won this event on 8 occasions. Last night he added that 8th crown in a time of 24.38.
His title wins have been as follows
The fastest time of the meet was by exhibition swimmer Venezuelan Albert Subirats who clocked 24.34. N’Nhyn Fernander of Barracudas was send to the wall in the 25.22.The Bronze medal was won by Evante Gibson of Freeport Aquatics in 26.05.
The ladies senior title went to Victoria Russell of Freeport in the only sub 30 second swim of 29.55. Silver and Bronze went the Swift Swimming duo of Celia Campbell and Jasmine Gibson in 30.28 and 30.58 respectively.
In the junior ranks Izaak bastion of the Barracudas swim club lowered his 13-14 boys record 50 metre butterfly record. At the 2016 CARIFTA Championships in Martinique he had set the record at 26.24 .He took it down to 26.18 in the final of that event.
The longest race on offer on the day the 400 metre individual medley saw Swift Swimming sweeping the podium. Winning her first senior title in the event in a tight race was Albury Higgs 5:27.77.The University of South Carolina bound athlete had the following thoughts about the race “the race felt smooth and strong, and I used it to help me prepare for CISC next weekend. It’s always great to come home and swim with the teammates that I’ve had since 8 & under ” .Silver went to Evans in 5:27.77 and the Bronze went to Lilly Higgs in5:28.41. Lilly’s thoughts on the race were “I tried to stay as relaxed as possible while still holding a good pace since I am also preparing for CISC next weekend. I always enjoy racing my teammates, especially my sister for these last couple of races before she heads off to college.”
The men’s title saw another Swift sweep with Alec Sands being crowned Champion in 5:04.87.he was followed to the wall by Joshua Roberts in 5:06.39 .The Bronze went to Olympian Jeremy Knowles in 5:12.28. Knowles at CARIFTA 1999 before the advent of the 50 races in backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke won all the races in the boys 15-17 age group to include all the relays on offer the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and the 400 medley relay.
The fastest time of the day was done by exhibition swimmer Venezuelan Carlos Omaña in a time RIO Olympic B time of 4:19.37.
The senior title in the women’s 100 metre backstroke went to Barracudas Swim club’s Bria Devaux in 1:08.11.Evans was second in 1:10.79 and her teammate Celia Campbell took the Bronze in 1:11.59.
Miller Albury of Alpha Aquatics Swim club won his second senior title in a s many years in the senior ranks in the same event. He dropped from his time of 1:02.39 from 2015 to claim the title in 1:00.59. He won the decision over Matthew Lowe 1:00.78.the Bronze went to Tyler Russell in 1:01.93. Albury’s thoughts on his second senior title were “I felt I did what I need to do in practice leading up to the race to prepare properly .I worked every individual detail with my coach with a lot of repetitions” I just came out and executed my race properly”
The fastest time of the day went to Jamaican Timothy Wynter who stroked his way to a new national record of 56.28 a mere .02 off the Rio Olympic b time.
The ladies of Swift Swimming won the 400 metre medley relay in 4:42.14.Alpha Aquatics won the Silver in 4:55.18 while the Barracudas won the Bronze in 4:55.19.
The final event of the night saw the The Barracudas men’s team taking the Gold in 4:00.37.Placing second was Swift Swimming in 4:01.31 and Bronze was won by Alpha aquatics in 4:20.06.
The 2016 RBC Bahamas Nationals Swimming Championships got off to a fantastic start at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in Nassau on Thursday June 23. The region’s most impressive distance freestyler Joanna Evans provided the highlight for the day when she made the automatic qualifying mark in the 800 metre freestyle by swimming a sensational 8:32.19 to be crowned national champion.Her performance now ranks her 40th in the world for the 2015-2016 season. That time blew away the Rio Olympics A standard of 8:33.97. She also destroyed her personal best and national record of 8:37.18. With that incredible swim the Swift Swimming competitor now passes CARIFTA legend Jamaican Janelle Atkinson’s 8:34.51 as the fastest English speaking woman from the region. Atkinson clocked her national record in a 9th place finish at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. The University of Texas standout who is not tapered for the meet raced stroke for stroke with exhibition swimmer Guatemalan Valerie Gruest who also went under the Olympic A standard` when she stroked 8:33.28.
Joanna had the following thoughts about the race “I’m thrilled to have made my Olympic A cut in my home pool and in front of my Bahamian fans. I am not tapered for this meet and just went out and raced”
The Barracudas men team were responsible for setting a new senior national record in the 200 metre freestyle relay. The old record of 1:36.35 had stood to the Freeport Aquatic Club since 2011 when the team of Elvis Burrows,Evante Gibson,Ashton Knowles and Michael McIntosh had set the standard.The new standard is now 1:34.77 set by the team of Gershwin Greene,N’Nhyn Fernander,Keith Lloyd and Kohen Kerr
Another collegiate standout who claimed a national Championship was Dustin Tynes . The Ohio State swimmer claimed senior title in a time of 2:23.00 . Tynes said “it was a great race for this point in my summer season being unshaved and untapered. This was my best in season 200 breaststroke ever .At this meet last year I was two seconds slower. It sets the tone for the rest of the season and that I’m in relative great shape relative to last year”.
The boys 13-14 title was claimed by Izaak Bastian in a time of 2:27.32. In a much anticipated race in the 15 and over girls 200 metre breaststroke Laura Morley won in 2:35.24. Silver and Bronze went to sisters Albury and Lilly Higgs in times of 2:37.16 and 2:41.93.
The senior 50 metre backstroke boys title went to Miller Albury in 28.19 with Dionsio Carey in 28.20 and N’nhyn Fernander the Bronze in 28.60.
The senior title in the 100 metre butterfly went to N’nhyn Fernander 57.87 ,Silver Evante Gibson 58.33 and Keith Lloyd 59.42.The women’s crown went to Bria Deveaux in 1:02.75. Albury won another Silver in 1:06.15 while Jasmine Gibson earned the Bronze 1:08.44.
Timothy Wynter is a part of the next wave of Jamaican swimmers aiming to qualify for the RIO 2016 Olympics. Competing recently in the 2016 Validus Bermuda National Championships which ran from May 19 to 22 he set a new personal best and national record in the 100 metre backstroke. Wynter, a freshman at the University of Southern California lowered the national standard from 57.06 to 56.98 in a time trial. It marked the first time a Jamaican has bettered the 57 mark and brought him closer to the Rio B standard of 56.26. Timothy also recorded times of 57.30 and 57.42 in the heats and final of the event.He won the event by over 5 seconds.
In the 200 metre backstroke he recorded a personal best in both the heats and the final with times of 2:06.88 and 2:06.69. The margin of victory was over 15 seconds.The Rio B standard in that event is 2:02.36.
Competing only in the heats of the 50 metre backstroke he recorded a time of 28.00 .That performance would have won the final by over a second. Earlier this season in November he had lowered his national record from 26.71 to 26.52.He stopped the clock in 25.53 in the 50 metre freestyle but did not contest the B final.
The twenty year old swimmer who is a freshman at the University of Southern California is training during the college off season with South Florida Aquatics , club of national team mate Alia Atkinson. He had spent a college gap year with that team before entering University. Timothy at one point in his career held all the records in the backstroke events 50,100 and 200 metre events in the 11-12,13-14 , 15 -17 and senior national records. Wynter has donned the national colours at the CARIFTA Games , Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships, CCCAN, World Junior Championships and Youth Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. In 2015 saw him representing the island at the PAN American Games in Canada and the senior World Championships in Kazan Russia He had the following thoughts about his performances in Bermuda.I am very happy with my swim because it was a best time, but there are technical things I would like to work on to improve and hopefully get the B cut for the Olympics. An adjustment I would like to make is having a faster tempo into my turn and finish. I am also focusing on the 200 meter backstroke to hopefully qualify.
The final stops in the ARENA PRO Swim Series were held recently in Santa Clara California from June 3 to 6 and Indianapolis from June 3 to 5. The CARIFTA region’s performances at these meets were highlighted by the good performances turned by Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and the US Virgin Islands Rex Tullius.
In Indianapolis Vanderpool-Wallace reaffirmed why she is not only one of the best sprinters in the Caribbean but also the World. In the shortest sprint on offer, the 50 metre freestyle she claimed lane 4 for the final with a 25.03 performance. In the final after a fairly even start for the field Arianna broke from the pack at 25 metres with terrific top end speed to punch the clock in 24.84. That time was the only sub 25 clocking of race. That performance equalled her second fastest time of the season done in Austin Texas and is just off her 24.80 which has her ranked 22nd in the world this season.
In the 100 metre freestyle she cruised into the final with her third fastest swim of the season of 54.85. In the final she unleashed a 25.99 first 50 metres for which the competition had no answer. They would have no solution to her closing speed and split of 28.19 , again the fastest of the final as she touched in for the win in a season best time of 54.18.With that season best she is now ranked 26th in the world.
Also in good form heading into the Rio in Indianapolis was Rex Tullius of the US Virgin Islands. Tullius recorded a season best time to win the Silver medal in the 100 metre backstroke. Putting up splits of 26.61 and 28.46 he posted a time of 55.07 bettering the 55.12 he swam in March. He continues to close in on the automatic qualifying mark of 54.36. In the longer race the 200 metre backstroke he again copped Silver. This time he just missed setting another season best. With splits of 59.58 and 1:00.69 he produced a Championship final time of 2:00.27. He just missed dipping under the 2 minute barrier again for the season after posting a season best of 1:59.52 in March. It was still well under the Rio B time of 2:02.36.
Laura Morley of the Bahamas earned an evening swim in the 200 metre breaststroke when she placed 4th in the D final. Her time was 2:37.20 (split 1:14.87). In the shorter breaststroke, the 100 metres she ranked 36th with 1:13.50 (split 34.71) performance.
Also in action at the meet was Jamaican Justin Plaschka .Still in heavy training and not tapered he used the meet to remain race sharp. He clocked 57.28 (split 26.13) for 39th in the 100 metre butterfly. He was 38th in the 50 metre freestyle in 23.88.In the 100 metre freestyle he was 64th in a time of 53.22 (split 25.58).
Meanwhile in Santa Clara Julian Fletcher of Bermuda was getting back to his preparations for Rio after making his target time of 1:02.69.Fletcher attained the B standard with his national record swim of 1:02.47 at the Validus Bermuda National Long Course Championships in May. In California Julian won the D final of the 200 metre breaststroke in a time of 2:22.86 (split time 1:09.86).Fletcher was 4th in the C final of the 100 metre breaststroke with a time of 1:04.18(split time of 30.15)
There was another successful staging of the Neville Alexander Memorial swim meet at the National Aquatic Centre in Jamaica from May 27 to 29.The event saw three national marks falling amongst a host of meet records.
Yet again making their mark in the history books were Christanya Shirley of the Marlins Swim Club, Emily MacDonald of Swimaz Aquatics and the Y Speedos relay team of Kyle Sinclair, Cameron Brown, Jordane Payne and Chester Adams.
Shirley of the Marlins who seemingly breaks a record every time she swims set another national mark in the 50 metre breaststroke. This time she lowered the 1995 mark of another exceptional age group swimmer Allison Bardowell from 44.47 to 43.65. Her fantastic swimming this season would also see her setting meets marks in the 50 metre breaststroke 43.65 and 50 metre freestyle 34.45.
Not content with having the national mark in the 50 metre freestyle Emily MacDonald of Swimaz would add the freestyle sprint double to her growing list of accolades. After a few words on encouragement from the soon to be former record holder Breanna Roman the young sprinter attacked the event and succeeded in lowering Roman’s record from 1:01.86 to 1:01.71.Both swimmers were coached to the national record by Swimaz head Coach Lynval Lowe
The Y Speedos quartet of Kyle Sinclair, Cameron Brown, Jordane Payne and Chester Adams continued to lower the 13-14 national mark in the 200 metre medley relay. At the Tornadoes meet in April the team combined for a new national standard of 2:02.86.They would shatter that mark with a new combined effort of 2:01.61.
The Olympic qualifier saw other high quality performances across the age groups. A standout performer from the United States was young Morgan Cogle of Jupiter Dragons team from Florida. She set three meet records in the 10 and under category at the competition .She lowered the 200 individual medley record from 2:59.52 to 2:58.62. In the 100 metre freestyle she swam her way to 1:11.08 bettering the old time of 1:11.77 .In the 50 metre breaststroke she demolished the old time of 41.34 to record an incredible 37.13.
Local swimmer Safiya Officer of the Blue Seals Swim club etched her name ion the record books by taking down the 50 metre freestyle mark of current sprint sensation Emily MacDonald. Safiya will be the new record holder with a time of 31.33 undercutting the standard of 31.39.
The boys would not be out done as the Tornadoes 9-10 boys lowered meet record in both relays. In the 200 metre medley relay the team of Daniel Mair, Joshua Mair, Israel Allen, Jomo McMayo took exactly one second off the meet record to post a time of 2:42.31.In the freestyle relay the line up would be Daniel Mair, Joshua Mignott, Joshua Mair, and Israel Allen. That team would lower the meet record by almost 2 seconds when they stopped the clock in 2:19.70.
In this age group there was a fantastic match up of the best young sprinters in the island Emily MacDonald and Zaneta Alvaranga of the Y Speedos. The old standard of 31.60 had belonged to Kendese Nangle of Blue Seals since 2007. The mark would not last the competition as in the head to head clash both swimmers would break the 31 second barrier and record personal bests. Finishing first was Zaneta in a new meet record of 30.63. In the Silver medal position and well under the record was Emily in a time of 30.89.The national record of 29.97 should go by the end of the calendar year if both swimmers continue in their current upward trajectory.
Emily would take the sprint freestyle meet record double as she added the 50 metre freestyle title on the final day of competition. She would take down the 2011 mark of 28.48 of D’Ageane Clarke and win the event in a time of 28.08.
Western Jamaica had their top swimmer put in his name in the books. Rin Gyles of Blue Marlins swim club lowered the 2008 mark of Timothy Wynter of 33.50 when he hit the pads in 33.15.
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In the senior category it was 2016 Olympic hopeful and current Auburn University student Breanna Roman who did the most damage to the record books as she set five. Roman who swam for Swimaz aquatics locally before moving overseas took down the 200 metre freestyle by 3 seconds when she won in a time of 2:12.33. In the 200 metre breaststroke the record was lowered by over 7 seconds she touched in a time of 2:43.46. Breanna became the first woman under the minute at this meet when she was timed in 59.73 lowering her 2011 mark of 1:00.06. She took down another of her 2011 records and completed the freestyle trifecta when she crushed the mark of 27.95 to register 27.23.The 100 metre breaststroke saw similar destruction as she mover her mark from 1:17.97 to 1:14.13.
Jamaica seems likely to have another distance standout in the form of Joseph Cardozo from Flying Fish USA . That team based in Florida is headed by 1984 Olympian and iconic swimmer Andrew Phillips . Cardozo shattered the meet marks of current national distance standard bearer Dominic Walter in both the 400 and 1500 metre freestyle events. In the 400 metre he moved from 4:26.90 to 4:19.80. In the 1500 metre freestyle he became the first swimmer at this meet to crack 17:30 as he won handily in 17:26.85 bettering the old meet standard of 17:35.10.
Jesse Marsh who is conditioned at Saint Andrews also in Florida lowered another of Walters’s records. This time it was in the 200 metre butterfly. He bettered the open record of 2:18.53 on his way to becoming the new record holder in a time of 2:16.60.
The Y Speedos team of Brianna Anderson, Angara Sinclair, Paris Clare, Sage Sinclair set the final meet mark of the competition when they took the title in the 13 and over 200 metre freestyle relay. They bettered the Marlins standard of 1:58.95 set by Marlins Brittany Bartley, Stefani Webley, Shade Thaxter, and Octivia Gray to record a new time of 1:58.12.
The meet saw Olympians Belinda Phillips (1972 Munich) and Andrew Phillips and Allan-Roy Marsh (1984 Los Angeles) offering advice and best wishes to the 2016 Rio Olympic Hopefuls Breanna Roman and Sidrell Williams.