Trinidad and Tobago’s Josiah Morales had an outstanding meet for Wayland Baptist University at the Trinity Shootout in San Antonio Texas .The quality of meet which ran from Nov 18 to 20 which was enhanced by the presence of Division II team Henderson State saw Josiah breaking 3 individual school records en route to 5 NAIA leading performances.
His first record breaking performance would happen in the 200 yard freestyle relay. He gave his Pioneers Men’s team the early advantage in the race with the fastest opening split of 20.46. That gave the team a lead of more than half a second. It also broke his school record and PR of 20.73. He set that standard when he won the Silver medal at the 2016 NAIA Championships in March. Teammates Henri Günther 20.86, Hugo Gallegos 21.27 and Mihovil Bakovic 21.18 all contributed to a 2nd place performance of 1:23.77. That relay performance was a school record and the fastest in the NAIA.
That 50 yard freestyle record would not last beyond the Championship final of the event as Josiah won in a time of 20.30.That puts the senior at the top of the NAIA rankings. The top 3 NAIA times in the event are held by swimmers from the CARIFTA region.
He would also earn the top ranking in the 100 yard butterfly when he was the only swimmer to break the 49 seconds barrier. He stopped the clock in new PR of 48.95 (split time 23.04).He would again top the standings in the NAIA along with breaking the school record of 49.55 set in March 2014.
The 400 yard medley relay saw the San Fernando native producing the fastest butterfly split of 48.75. His teammates Nico Ruiz-Rojas backstroke 51.81, Bjoern Globke breaststroke 55.42 and Günther freestyle 46.18 all helped in placing 2nd to Henderson State in a total time of 3:22.16. That places as the number 1 team in the NAIA and betters the school record of 3:24.67.
The Pioneers A team would again place 2nd to Henderson in the 200 yard medley relay in another NAIA leading performance of 1:32.04. The same line up from the longer medley had splits 24.11, 25.02, 21.73 and 21.18 respectively.
In the 200 yard butterfly Morales was 2nd in the 200 yard butterfly in a PR of 1:52.98 (split time 54.06). That swim broke his school record of 1:54.41.It places him 4th in the NAIA.
In the 400 yard freestyle relay the team of Bakovic 46.55, Günther 45.94, Gallegos 47.51 and Morales was 2nd in a time of 3:05.84 .That took exactly 1 second off the school record and has them leading the NAIA.
In a time trial in the 800 freestyle the Pioneers posted a time of 7:25.57 with Morales anchoring the team in a time of 1:53.31.
When asked about the meet he said
“Personally I thought I had a better meet than expected. My goal was to make close to my personal bests. There were somethings in my sprinting I was working on for Dec/Jan and it seemed to be coming together at this meet. The rest of the season is up to me basically now not to be complacent and make some new goals. The main goal is hitting 19 in 50free at nationals. I’m very hopeful for the rest of the season and it looks like it might be my best season yet if I can keep this up”.
The Pioneer finished 3rd in the men’s category with 479 points.