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.

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