On Day one of the 13th edition of the World Short Course Swimming Championships the Barbados contingent of Chris Courtis, Alex Sobers, Lani Cabrera ,McKayla Treasure and Danielle Titus . It would be Courtis and Titus who would set new national marks in Windsor Canada.
Chris Courtis, who is based at the University of Calgary, had made history for his country by becoming the first swimmer to go under 55 seconds in the 100 metre backstroke when he clocked 54.31 at the CIS (Canadian College Championships) in February of this year. 2016 is proving to be his breakout year as he raised the bar for Barbados by lowering his national record and becoming the first swimmer under 54 seconds posting a time of 53.94. The progress can be made see in the comparisons in the splits from Feb to now in Dec where he was more aggressive in the first 50 metres
When asked about the race he said
“Coming into Short Course Worlds, my goal was to be faster than the times I posted at Canada West Championships a week ago. Going a personal best time is always a great achievement and I was beyond thrilled. The fact that it was also a new National Record is huge a bonus”.
Teammate Danielle Titus was responsible for the other national record to fall in the morning heats.She lowered the 13-14 national record in the 100 metre backstroke. The old standard of 1:06.46 belonged to Amara Gibbs from Dec 2010. Titus lowed that considerably when she touched the wall in a time of 1:04.82 (split time 31.14 ). That performance is not far off the senior national record of 1:04.58 set by Lee- Ann Rose in Dec 2012. Speaking after the race Titus said
“ I came into meet just looking for personal best and in my 100 back I did just that. I did not achieve the time I was looking for but I was satisfied with my swim. Knowing that I broke a record makes me feel better about my swim”.
Also in action on Day one was Alex Sobers in the 400 metre freestyle . He clocked a time of 3:58.13 (split time 1:55.81) to finish 54th overall.That is the best time done by swimmer from Barbados at the World Championships. Sobers beat his 2014 time of 4:08.54 and the previous best Barbados time of 4:00.36 by Damian Alleyne in 2002.
In the 200 metre freestyle Lani Cabrera and McKayla Treasure finished 58th and 67th respectively with times of2:08.44 (split time 1:01.73) and 2:12.32 (split time 1:03.96).