BERMUDA’S EMMA HARVEY LEADS RECORD BREAKERS WITH SPRINT BUTTERFLY AND BACKSTROKE DOUBLE ON DAY ONE OF CISC

Emma Harvey
Bermudan Emma Harvey CISC record holder in the 13-14 girls 50 metre backstroke 30.12 and 100 metre butterfly 1:04.20 Photo courtesy of islandstats.com

 

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.

Sade Simons
Sade Simons of Suriname the 11-12 CISC record holder and Champion in the 50 metre backstroke 31.98 Photo courtesy of De Dolfijn

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.

Kelsie Campbell new age group and CISC record holder 15-17 girls100 metre butterfly
Kelsie Campbell new Jamaican age group and CISC record holder 15-17 girls 100 metre butterfly 1:03.48

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.

Bahamas 200 freestyle champions
CISC Champions and record holders in the 800 and 1500 metre freestyle From left to right Joanna Evans and Matthew Lowe Photo courtesy of Lynne Fraino

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.

McCallum Clarke
McCallum Clarke of Barbados 11-12 national age group , CISC Champion and record holder in the 200 metre breaststroke 2:36.83 Photo courtesy of barbadostoday

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.

Fletcher Groters Tynes
18 and over medallists in the 200 metre breaststroke from left to right Bermudan Julian Fletcher Bronze medallist,Aruban Jordy Groters Gold medallist and Championship record holder 2:20.39,Bahamian Dustin Tynes Silver medallist Photo courtesy of CCCAN

 

 

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.

 

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TIMOTHY WYNTER BREAKS 100 METRE BACKSTROKE RECORD AGAIN .NOW JUST .02 AWAY FROM RIO OLYMPICS B STANDARD

 

Timothy with teammates at USC
Timothy Wynter (far left) with team mates at USC

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 in Bahamas
Sidrell Williams Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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.

Jamaicans at Bahamas nationals
Jamaicans at the 2016 RBC Bahamas Nationals from left to right Mrs Florence Williams,Jesse Marsh, Sidrell Williams Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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

15-17 Girls Kelsie Campbell, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart, Angara Sinclair

15-17 Boys Joseph Cardozo, Keanan Dols

18 & over Girls Michelle Dols, Trudi-Ann Patrick, Breanna Roman

18 & over Boys  Justin Plaschka, Dominic Walter.

They arrived in Nassau today. Competition splashes off tomorrow Wednesday June 29.

SPRINT MONARCHS ELVIS BURROWS AND ARIANNA VANDERPOOL –WALLACE RETAIN 50 FREESTYLE TITLES IN CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD TIMES

Elvis Burrows 2016 50 metre freestyle National Champion
Elvis Burrows 2016 50 metre freestyle National Champion Photo courtesy of Lynne Fraino

 

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

2015 23.67
2014 23.90
2012 23.37
2011 23.59
2010 23.66
2009 23.22
2008 23.69

 

 

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”.

men 50 metre freestyle podium
Men’s 50 freestyle medal podium from left to right Gershwin Greene Barracudas Bronze medallist, Gold medallist and Championship record holder Elvis Burrows 23.01 Freeport Aquatics ,Perez Moss Alpha Aquatics Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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

2015 25.10
2014 25.40
2012 25.57
2011 25.75
2010 26.17
2009 25.80
2008 26.31

 

Winning Silver was team mate Joanna Evans in 27.07 and Alpha Aquatics took the Bronze in 27.83.

15 and over 100 metre breaststroke medal podium
100 metre breaststroke medal podium from left to right Olympian Jeremy Knowles Bronze medallist, Dustin Tynes Gold medallist and championship record holder 1:03.03 and Silver medallist Joshua Wong Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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.

Alpha Aquatics 400 freestyle relay
2016 RBC Bahamas National Champions in the 400 metre freestyle relay Alpha Aquatics from left to right Jared Fitzgerald ,Perez Moss,Miller Albury ,Armando Moss Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

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.

13-14 boys 100 metre breaststroke podium
13-14 boys 100 metre breaststroke medal podium from left to right Andre Walcott Dolphins Swim Club Bronze medallist,Izaak Bastian Barracudas Gold medallist and Championship record ,holder 1:07.52 ,Bronze medallist DaVante Carey Swift Swimming Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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.

13-14 50 freestyle podium
13-14 boys 50 metre freestyle podium from left to right Shimon Lopez Bronze medallist, Izaak Bastian Gold medallist and Championship record holder 24.56, Samuel Gibson Alpha Aquatics Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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.

13-14 200 backstroke podium
13-14 boys 200 metre backstroke medal podium From left to right Kevon Lockhart Barracudas Bronze medallist, Gold medallist and Championship record holder Peter Morley 2:16.88 Swift Swimming,Silver medallist DaVante Carey Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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.

 

11-12 50 freestyle medal podium
11-12 50 metre freestyle medal podium from left to right Remez Lockhart Blue Marlins Bronze medallist,Lamar Taylor Gold medallist and Championship record holder 26.79 ,Taro Sears Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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.

SWIFT SWIMMING MEN SET SENIOR NATIONAL RECORD IN 200 MEDLEY RELAY. SAMUEL GIBSON AND THE 13-14 BARRACUDAS SET LOWER NATIONAL AGE GROUP MARKS

 

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 100 freestyle record holder
Bahamian 13-14 100 metre freestyle record holder Samuel Gibson

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

2015 55.65
2014 56.24
2012 55.17
2011 55.55
2010 56.14
2009 55.80
2008 56.01

 

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.

Kerr Kohen
Kohen Kerr National champion in the 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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.

BAHAMAS NATIONALS DAY TWO Joanna Evans sets National record in 200 metre freestyle Elvis Burrows wins 8th career title in the 50 metre butterfly,Izaak Bastian lowers 13-14 boys butterfly record

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.

 

Joanna Evans 1 Nationals
Joanna Evans

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

2015 2:06.20
2014 2:10.85
2013 2:11.60

 

 

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.

 

Bahamas 200 freestyle champions
Bahamas national champions in the 200 metre freestyle From left to right Joanna Evans and Matthew Lowe Photo courtesy of Lynne Fraino

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

2015 24.98
2014 25.41
2011 24.90
2010 25.47
2009 24.47
2008 25.22
2006 26.11

 

 

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.

Izaak Bahamas Nationals
Izaak Bastian 13-14 boys 50 metre butterfly record holder 26.18 Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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.

 

400 Im podium
400 IM medal podium from left to right Lilly Higgs Bronze medallist, Albury Giggs Gold medallist,Joanna Evans Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Lynne Fraino

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
National champion in the 100 metre backstroke Miller Albury Photo courtesy of Lynne Fraino

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.

BAHAMAS NATIONALS DAY ONE JOANNA EVANS MAKES AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING TIME IN 800 METRE FREESTYLE BECOMES FASTEST EVER WOMAN IN ENGLISH SPEAKING CARIFTA REGION IN THE 800 METRE FREESTYLE.BARRACUDAS MEN’S TEAM SETS NEW NATIONAL RECORD IN THE 200 METRE FREESTYLE RELAY

Joanna Evans Day 2 Nationals
Joanna Evans 800 metre freestyle Champion Olympic qualifier Fastest woman ever from the English speaking CARIFTA region

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 Evans 1 Nationals
Joanna Evans

 

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”

BARRACUDAS 200 FREESTYLE RELAY CHAMPIONS
New Bahamas 200 metre freestyle relay record holders 1:34.77 from left to right Keith Lloyd,Gershwin Greene,Kohen Kerr and N’Nhyn Fernander Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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

 

 

 

Tynes 2016 Nationals
Dustin Tynes Bahamas National Champion men 200 metre breaststroke

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 BREAKS NATIONAL RECORD IN BERMUDA GETS CLOSER TO RIO OLYMPICS QUALIFYING TIME

Alia and Timothy
Timothy Wynter and Alia Atkinson at the 2015 PAN AM Games

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.

Timothy with teammates at USC
Timothy Wynter (far left) with team mates at USC

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.