Lauren Hew Photo courtesy of caymanreporter.com

On day 4 of the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada Lauren Hew completed the sprint backstroke record double.


Hew had already established anew mark in the 100 metre backstroke by edging Lara Butler’s mark of 1:03.36 to 1:03.35. In the 50 metre event she would lift the standard of swimming from the Cayman Islands by lowering her own personal best and national record of 29.82. In the morning heats Lauren had the 7th fastest reaction time of 0.56 of the 81 competitors that assisted greatly in producing a time of 28.86 to place 42nd  .That performance bettered the old record by almost a second .In the process she bettered  her own Cayman Islands best placing and time at the World Championships of 29.82 and  43rd .Lauren was also the highest placed Caribbean swimmer at the competition. Her performance also moves the Cayman Islands to 4th fastest English speaking national record in the event as seen in the table below.


Rank Country Name Time
1 Jamaica Alia Atkinson 27.37
2 Bermuda Kiera Aitken 27.72
3 Bahamas Alana Dillette 28.36
4 Cayman Islands Lauren Hew 28.86
5 Trinidad and Tobago Kristin Julien 28.87

Speaking after her record performance Hew said

“My backstroke start and finish didn’t go how I planned however, I was still happy with my time in the race but I know with fine tuning I could have been faster. 50 back is always a fun race especially in such a nice pool that is deep enough and has the backstroke ledge”.

Alison Jackson in her debut World Short Course Swimming championships was 63rd in the event in a time of 31.25.  Her thoughts about her swim were as follows

“50 back is always exciting to swim, even though I was only slightly under my personal best I was happy with my time. It wasn’t what I hoping for but it’s still an improvement”.

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