Jamaica’s team to the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships started off their campaign on a good note yesterday morning Dec 6.
National and global standard bearer Alia Atkinson cruised to the semi finals of the 50 metre breaststroke with a time of 29.48. She topped the morning qualifiers this morning with that swim .Atkinson, the reigning Silver medallist also equalled her fastest heats swim as she posted 29.48 in the heats at the 2014 Championships .Only 4 women broke the 30 seconds barrier this morning.
Keanan Dols in his World Championships debut broke two senior national records. In the 100 metre backstroke he set a new mark of 55.39 (split time 26.79) .That bettered the 2012 mark of 55.55 by Timothy Wynter set at the world championships that year. He equalled the best placing by a Jamaican of 43rd in the event. That was achieved by Wynter in 2012. The 17 year old Dols would also lower the 200 individual medley record. He bettered team mate Dominic Walter’s mark of 2:08.88. Keanan swam to a new record of 2:02.06 (split time 56.85).It was also historic in that it was the first time a Jamaican man has swum this event at these World Championships.
Dominic Walter also became the first Jamaican man to swim the 400 metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming Championships. He clocked a season best of 4:03.16 (split time 1:56.94) to finish 61st.
Kelsie Campbell set a new personal best in the 200 metre freestyle . She hit the wall in a time of 2:04.93 (split time 1:00.13).That placed her 47th overall. When asked about the race she said
“Not a bad start. Felt good first 150. Think I got a little nervous”.
Teammate Justin Plaschka will get his campaign underway today starting with the 100 metre butterfly.