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.

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