Trinidad and Tobago’s Jonathan Ramkissoon had all podium finishes at the 2016 OUA deBray Divisional Championships in Sudbury, Canada. The meet which was contested in short course metres (25 metres) on saw the University of Waterloo swimmer setting a meet record in the 100 scm breaststroke.
Jonathan took the event in a season best time of 1:01.73 (split time 28.61). It was a convincing win for the Warriors swimmers as at the 50 metre mark he was almost a second faster than anyone. With that swim he went well under the qualification time of 1:03.29 for the 2016 U Sport Champs ( formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport CIS) in Sherbrooke in February. It also ranks him as the 2nd fastest swimmer in the Canadian University rankings. Ramkissoon is also the school standard bearer in the event with his PR of 1:00.18.
He would complete the breaststroke sprint double when he won the 50 scm breaststroke in a time of 28.68.He was the only swimmer under the 29 seconds mark. He made bettered another U Sport Champs qualifying time as the standard is 29.23.It also places the 4th year student 8th in Canada. In this event Ramkissoon is again the best ever swimmer for the University of Waterloo as he holds the record at 28.26.
He just missed out on capturing the breaststroke trifecta as he was out touched at the finish in the 200 scm breaststroke by Warriors team mate Mackenzie Goodwin 2:20.17 to 2:20.90 (split time 1:06.50).
In the 200 scm freestyle relay the Warriors team of Danyon Chu (23.86),Jamaican Aidan Chow (23.18),Ramkissoon (23.78) and Mitchell Krafczek ( 23.48) won Silver in a time of 1:34.30. The same quartet set the school record of 1:34.94 earlier this year. The relay performance places the Warriors as the 7th fastest in Canada.
Jonathan would make his way to the top of the podium again , this time in the 200 scm medley relay. He turned the fastest breaststroke split of 28.07. That along with efforts from teammates Leon Ouyang backstroke (27.08) ,Chow butterfly (24.57) and Chu freestyle (23.22) contributed to a total time of 1:42.94. That was the 5th fastest time in Canada this season.
When asked about the meet and the outlook for the rest of the season Ramkissoon said
“It was nice to get the meet record and the win, more importantly 1:01.7 is a great in season time for me so I’m excited to go back to training and how good I can be at OUA’s and U Sport Champs. I’d like to be 59.5 and 27.5 in CIS. It’s a short course meet this year and I’m much better short course than long course so hopefully I stay healthy and continue good training to be able to get those times.”
The Warriors topped the 7 team competition with 1057.5 points.