Courtis in action at U Sports 2017
Christopher Courtis in action at the 2017 U Sports Championships Photo courtesy of Rick Pelletier

The CARIFTA region was again represented at the U Sports (Canadian College) Swimming Championships which was held in Quebec from the Feb 24-26. The meet which is contested in short course metres saw Calgary’s Barbadian swimmer Christopher Courtis leading the way for the region with a new national record and Silver medal in the 50 metre backstroke.

U Sports 2017 50 metre backstroke medal podium
2017 U Sports 50 metre backstroke medal podium from left to right Christopher Courtis (Calgary) Silver medallist, Gold Medallist Pascal-Hugo C.Cantin (Laval) and Markus Thormeyer (UBC)

Courtis won the Silver in a time of 24.73.He finished just behind Laval’s Pascal-Hugo C.Cantin who took the Gold in a time of 24.67.That Silver medal winning performance bettered the time and old national record of 24.79 Courtis swam win the heats on the 2016 Championships .He would win Bronze in the 2016 final which was contested in a 50 metre pool. Christopher has improved each time he has contested the event in the 25 metre pool as his record below shows

2017 24.73
2016 24.79
2015 26.00
2014 26.16

In the 100 metre event he was 4th in a time of 54.02 (split time 26.13) his best time ever at the Championships.

2017 54.02
2016 54.31
2015 55.06
2014 56.49

He was just off his national record of 53.94 set at the World Short Course Swimming Championships held in Windsor Canada in December. He placed 19th in the 200 metre event in a time of 2:01.85 (split time 59.07)

When draftingthecaribbean caught up with Courtis he gave his estimation of the meet.

I was very pleased with the 50 back and knew going into the final that I could be faster. I just needed to clean up my breakouts and turn. Setting a new Barbados national record and winning a silver medal was fantastic, I couldn’t be happier. I was also happy with my 100 back, being just 0.08 seconds off my best time. The 200 wasn’t quite what I was hoping for but overall I’m very pleased with the way I swam”.

When asked about his plans for the summer  the Economics Major said

“ I will definitely be swimming through the summer and will be competing next month at the Canadian Swimming Trails in Victoria. Here I hope to qualifying for Long Course Worlds in July and if all goes to plan, I’d be delighted to be representing Barbados once again on the world stage”.

Also in action at the meet was the University of Waterloo duo of Trinidad and Tobago’s Jonathan Ramkissoon and Jamaica Aidan Chow.

Ramkissoon made the final in the 50 metre breaststroke .In the final he recorded the 2nd fastest time of his career 28.08 to place 6th overall. The breaststroke ace would also make the Championship final in the 100 metre event where he stopped the clock in 1:00.93 for 7th overall. He was 23rd in the 200 metre event in a time of 2:19.23.

His Jamaican teammate Chow who was competing in his first Championships  placed 32nd in the 100 metre butterfly in a time of 56.43 (split time 27.06). In the 50 metre butterfly event for which he was the former national record holder he placed 22nd in a time of 25.33.

The Calgary men’s team placed 3rd with 405 points. Waterloo was 17th with 25 points.







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