Joanna Evans, already the standard bearer for the English speaking Caribbean in the freestyle middle distance to distance events added to her legacy at the Southern Zones Sectionals (July 6-9) in Austin.
When Evans swam the 200 metre freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympics she clocked a then national record of 2:01.27 (split time 59.23 and 1:02.04). That performance was just off the English speaking regional best 2:01.11 by Jamaica’s Olympian Janelle Atkinson (2000, 2004). At the Atlanta meet on May 6 she secured the number one for the spot with a new national record of 2:00.37 (59.22 and 1:01.15).
A little more than a month later she won Gold in the event in the first sub 2 minute swim for the English speaking CARIFTA region. When the race got underway Texas Longhorns teammate Quinn Carrozza and Joanna broke away from the field with identical splits of 58.89 at the 100 metre mark. Evans would make a break on the 3rd 50 metre with a 30.80. That decisive move would help her to top the field with a new national record of 1:59.91. Carrozza would place second in a time of 2:00.99. Kathryn Portz of the Aggie Swim Club would finish third in 2:01.03.
Analysis of Joanna’s record swims
|Meet||First 100||Second 100||Final time|
|Olympics Aug 2016||59.23||1:02.04||2:01.27|
|Atlanta May 2017||59.22||1:01.15||2:00.37|
|Austin July 2017||58.89||1:01.02||1:59.91|
Evans would also win the 400 metre freestyle in a time of 4:10.86.
In speaking to draftingthecaribbean Evans spoke about her performances in the buildup up to her debut at the World University Games in Taipei from Aug 19 to 30.
“The fast swim (200 metre freestyle) was a pleasant surprise. I hadn’t decided if I was going to swim the meet or not until the night before. My coach and I thought it might be fun to race in the middle of hard training. I am glad I did it and it will provide some good momentum going into WUGs”
When asked about her race schedule she said “I’m entered in the 100 metre freestyle up to the 800 metre freestyle but I may not swim all”.