Justin Plaschka Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn


The second day of the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor saw another 2 national records falling in the morning session.

Competing in Heat 5 of the event Justin Plaschka had the 3rd   fastest reaction time of all 87 competitors . He went out in the first 50 metres in a time of 24.29. That broke the national 50 metre record set by Aidan Chow of 25.25. He completed the final 50 metres in 28.02 to win the heat in a time of 52.31.That final time broke the 100 metre butterfly record of 55.74. Justin placed 22nd overall. That was not far off the 16th place time required to make the semi finals. It is also the best performance in the event by a Jamaican man at the World Short Course Swimming Championships. The previous best placing was 62nd.

When asked about his swim Justin had the following thoughts

“I was very happy with the race and how it went because it’s my first time competing at such a big meet and also my first time swimming short course metres. I wasn’t expecting too much because I only had a short drop taper beforehand but was very pleased with the swim and the time. There were still things I could fix though to go even faster”.

Teammate Keanan Dols who was responsible for 2 senior national records placed 56th in the event with a time of 56.05 (split time 26.05). He was just outside off the previous national mark off 55.74.


Kelsie Campbell finished 59th in the 100 metre freestyle in a time of 57.18 (split time 27.40). Campbell was just outside the best performance by  a Jamaican woman in the event of 57.07 set by Angela Chuck at the 2004 edition of the Games in the US.


Dominic Walter set a season best in the 200 metre freestyle of almost 3 seconds to place 73rd in a time of 1:52.43 (split time 54.32)

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