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.

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