Bahamian Kohen Kerr continued his good form this season for the West Virginia Institute of Technology with a strong performance at the 2016 CSU Magnus Cup in Cleveland Ohio. The meet which was held on the campus of Cleveland State at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium from Nov 18 to 20 saw the sophomore setting three school records.
In the 50 yard he continued his hot streak with his 3rd consecutive victory. In the championship final he was the only swimmer under the 21 seconds barrier to take the Gold in a time of 20.62.That bettered the school record of 20.84 and his personal best of 21.04. It also places him as the 2nd fastest swimmer in the NAIA. The top three swimmers in this event are from the CARIFTA region.
In the 100 yard freestyle the Nassau native won the Bronze in a time of 45.40 (split time 21.60). That bettered his personal best and school record of 45.64.He is now ranked the 2nd fastest NAIA swimmer in the event.
In the 400 yard medley relay the Golden Bears A team of Arthur Bertrand backstroke (51.93), Paulo Ignacio Jr breaststroke (56.50), Geoffrey Gauneau butterfly (50.30) and Kerr freestyle (45.84) won the Bronze in a new school record of 3:24.57. The performance beat the old standard of 3:25.11. It also places them 2nd in the NAIA.
The 200 yard freestyle saw him registering a big time drop. He moved his PB from 1:49.32 to 1:44.76. That would earn him a place in the B final where he finished 9th in yet another PB of 1:44.58(split time 48.92).
He provided the anchor freestyle leg for the 200 yard freestyle and medley relays as well as the 400 yard freestyle relay. In the 200 yard freestyle he clocked 20.85 to carry home the A team to 9th at the meet and 5th in the NAIA in a time of 1:25.53. The 200 yard medley relay saw the Golden Bears A team clocking a total time of 1:33.77 for 9th at the Championships and 3rd in the NAIA. His split was 21.23. The 400 yard freestyle relay saw Kohen helping the team to 8th with his anchor leg time of 45.82. That has the team ranked 3rd in the NAIA.
He also competed in the 50 yard butterfly where swam 24.64 ranking him5th in the NAIA.
When asked about the meet and his thoughts for the rest of the season he said
“I think that those swims were excellent swims, especially my 50. I didn’t rest as I should’ve for this meet so I will continue to do as I was doing for the past four months training hard working on the small things about my races and hopefully I can come back at nationals and swim faster. I want to take these next few months one at time, I’ve realized that I’ve been dropping a good amount of time LCM in both my 50 and 100. I just really working towards making my first senior meet whether it is World University Games or World Championships. If it can be both, which I’m working towards that would be the ultimate highlight to my swim season”.
For his efforts at the meet Kohen he was awarded Athlete of the Week honours.
The men’s team finished 7th with 472 points.