Since 2014 no other nation other than The Bahamas has won a breaststroke event in the 15-17 girls age group. Thanks to sweeps by Laura Morley in 2014, Albury Higgs in 2015 and the joint efforts of the Higgs sisters Albury and Lilly in the years 2016 and 2017 all other nations have been kept out.

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Albury Higgs Photo courtesy of gamecocksonline
Laura Morley Indiana University Swimming and Diving
Laura Morley Photo courtesy of Indiana Swimming and Diving

With Laura and Albury now navigating in senior water the defence of the Bahamian streak is left to Lilly and  teammate Victoria Russell.

Victoria Russell
Victoria Russell finalist in the women’s 100 metre breaststroke at the  2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

Russell who made her first international final at last summer’s Commonwealth Youth Games will be looking to make her mark at her final year at CARIFTA. She is ranked second in the 50 and 100 metre events and fourth in the 200.

Lilly Higgs 15-17 100 metre breaststroke champion
Lilly Higgs looks back at the clock after capturing the 15-17 100 metre breaststroke title at the 2016 CARIFTA Championships

Lilly who has committed to swim for the University of North Carolina this September will be looking to lower the Championship record in all three races. Higgs who has is undefeated at these Championships will be looking to lower her records in the 50 and 100 as well as her sister’s in the 200.

Year Stroke Time
2016 200 2:35.33
2017 100 1:11.70
2017 50 32.70

Higgs and Russell will be looking to turn back the expected challenges of Aruba’s Anahi Schreuders, Curacao’s Chade Nercisio and Jamaica’s Bryanna Renuart along with other outstanding swimmers from around the region. After competing in Kingston, Higgs will jet off to make her senior international debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in GoldCoast Australia. Currently she is the only Bahamian swimmer to medal at the Commonwealth Games when she copped the Silver medal at the Youth Games at home in 2017.



In 2017 Kael Yorke of Trinidad and Tobago swept the butterfly titles at the  CARIFTA Championships at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in the Bahamas he will be chasing history as he will seek to the be the first male swimmer in the 15-17 age group to sweep the 50,100 and 200 butterfly crowns twice . The mission starts today at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston Jamaica starting 9am local time .

Kael Yorke Gold medallist
Kael Yorke

Yorke has put himself in good stead for a rewrite of the history books with strong performances at the UANA Cup and his National championships. At UANA Championships in Florida he was the top CARIFTA performer in the butterfly with times 56.53 in the 100  which won him the Bronze and a Silver medal winning performance in the 50 of 25.52.

At his National championships all but the 50 were faster than his Gold medal winning exploits in Nassau.

Stroke CARIFTA Nationals
200 2:09.98 2:08.13
100 56.51 55.97
50 25.23 25.54
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Izaak Bastian  Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

He will not have things his own way and should expect strong challenges from teammate Jeron Thompson, Florida state commit and 2018 Commonwealth Games Izaak Bastian of The Bahamas , Jamaica’s Jesse Marsh and Curacao’s Mauricio Payne to name a few of the competitors in what is a competitive age group .At the moment Yorke is tied Martinique’s Matthias Bellance who had the swept the events at the 2011 Championships in Barbados with winning times of 25.13, 56.47 and 2:07.95. The question to be answered is will Yorke be able to fend off all rivals and be the first to achieve the butterfly triple double.


On Friday March 23,2018 Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter (Rio 2016) and his University of Southern California team won the school’s first ever 200 yard medley relay title in school record time.On the way to that maiden relay title Carter established himself as the second fastest performer on the butterfly leg in that event.

The then record stood at 1:23.90 from the preliminaries of the 2015 NCAA Division I championships. The personnel at that time  included Carter and fellow Olympian Canadian Santo Condorelli (Rio 2016)

backstroke Luca Spinazzola 20.99
breaststroke Morten Klarksov 24.00
butterfly Dylan Carter 20.03
freestyle Santo Condorelli 18.88

In the final that year the Trojans finished sixth in 1:24.08 and Dylan narrowly missed breaching the 20 seconds barrier again on the butterfly leg with 20.04 effort.

Fast forward to 2018 and that landmark would be breached as the 2018 team crushed the school standard with a total time of 1:22.76 to be the number one seed heading into the Championship final. The returning members of the record team would be Carter and Condorelli

backstroke Ralf Tribuntsov 20.93
breaststroke Carsten Vissering 23.38
butterfly Dylan Carter 19.97
freestyle Santo Condorelli 18.48

In the final there would be a change in the lineup with Robert Glinta doing lead off backstroke duties. The race started with Glinta touching in 21.15 to see the Trojans in sixth place. Breaststroker Vissering provided a game changing leg of 22.58, the fastest ever to put the Trojans ahead. Carter responded with the third fastest butterfly leg of all time 19.60 and fastest on the night to  give Condorelli the lead he needed to seal the win in a new school and pool record of 1:21.82. That was just enough to hold off California in 1:21.88 and Florida with a rampaging Caleb Dressel of Florida who recorded a mind boggling 17.37 split for a total time of 1:22.33.

backstroke Robert Glinta 21.15
breaststroke Carsten Vissering 22.58
butterfly Dylan Carter 19.60
freestyle Santo Condorelli 18.49
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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of usctrojans.com

That butterfly split has the Dylan as the second fastest performer behind Singaporean Olympic Gold medallist Joseph Schooling who owns the top 2 times from the 2016 and 2017 Championships

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Joseph Schooling Photo courtesy of businessinsider.com
Date Swimmer split
March 2016  Joseph Schooling 19.36
March 2017 Joseph Schooling 19.45
March 2018 Dylan Carter 19.60

That relay win also moves Carter

2014 Dylan Carter 800 yard freestyle relay 6:13.09
2015 Dylan Carter 400yard  freestyle relay 2:47.06
2015 Dylan Carter 800 yard freestyle relay 6:11.64
2018 Dylan Carter 200 yard medley relay 1:21.82

from a tie with the Cayman Islands’ Olympian Shaune Fraser (Beijing 2008, London 2012) for the most NCAA crowns .

Shaune Fraser
Shaune Fraser Photo courtesy of shaunefraser.com
Date Swimmer event Time
2009 Shaune Fraser 200 yard freestyle 1:31.70
2009 Shaune Fraser 200 yard butterfly 1:40.75
2010 Shaune Fraser 200 yard butterfly 1:41.45
Anthony Nesty
Anthony Nesty Photo courtesy of olympic.org

He is now equal with Suriname’s 1988 Olympic Gold medallist in the 100 metre butterfly Anthony Nesty( LA 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992)  with four titles. Both  swimmers represented Florida.

1990 Anthony Nesty 100 yard butterfly 46.62
1991 Anthony Nesty 100 yard butterfly 47.00
1992 Anthony Nesty 100 yard butterfly 46.78
1990 Anthony Nesty 200 yard butterfly 1:43.46
George Bovell
Goerge Bovell III Photo courtesy of sportsmax.tv

The record is held by another legendary regional swimmer, his countryman 2004 Olympic Bronze medallist in the 200 IM George Bovell III (Sydney 2000,Athens 2004,Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016) ,who competed for Auburn.

2003 George Bovell III 200 yard IM 1:42.66
2004 George Bovell III 200 scm freestyle relay 1:23.75
2004 George Bovell III 400 scm freestyle relay 3:08.85
2004 George Bovell III 200 scm IM (former World record) 1:53.93
2006 George Bovell III 200  yard freestyle relay 1:16.15

The 200 yard freestyle saw the outgoing senior making yet another Championship final. He made his way to the medal  race with a season best time of 1:32.30 (split time 44.56). In that final he would finish seventh in a time of 132.68 (split time 44.29) . He still remains however the third fastest performer of all time with a time of 1:30.95(split time 43.79 ) leading off the Trojans 800 yard freestyle relay team last year.





Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders (Rio 2016) registered a career best placing in the 200 yard freestyle on Night Three of the 2018 NCAA Division I Championships.

Before the Championships got underway on Wednesday Mikel’s best placing in the event was 23rd  from the 2017 Championships. He ensured a second swim on Friday March 23 when he stopped the clock in 1:33.21 during the heats.That got him a lane in the B final.

That race proved to be very close even up to the 150 yard as six swimmers flipped between 1:09.23 and 1:09.90. That is when  Jeff Newkirk of Texas , Schreuders and Paul Delakis of Ohio State broke away from the pack. At the end it was the 6’5 Newkirk winning in 1:33.15 out touching the 6’2  Schreuders 1:33.16 . Delakis was just behind in 1:33.17.With those swims Schreuders has the top six fastest times in the event for the Tigers

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Mikel Schreuders in action Photo courtesy of mutigers.com/Mike Krebs
Date Time split Place
March 23,2018 1:33.16 45.81 2nd B final
March 23,2018 1:33.21 heats 45.69
March 24,2017 1:34.26 46.38 23rd
March 25,2016 1:35.27 46.24 27th


Jamaica’s Justin Plaschka continued to blaze a path for his countrymen to follow at his final NCAA Division I Championships in Minnesota on Friday May 23.

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Justin Plaschka in action  Photo courtesy of http://www.und.com

Already the only Jamaican man to qualify for the prestigious elite Championships in the 100 yard butterfly back in March 2016 he has now done it three times.Each time he has gone faster and placed higher. In the morning heats he produced his a time of 46.02 to place 23rd overall. Justin holds the school and Jamaican best time in yards at 45.41. He also owns the 100 metre butterfly standards in the 25 metre and Olympic sized pools at 52.31 and 54.71 respectively.

Date Time split Place
March 2018 46.02 21.28 23rd
March 2017 46.84 21.53 37th
March 2016 47.26 21.97 41st
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Justin Plaschka Photo courtesy of und.com

In the 200 yard medley relay he had been flirting with the 20 seconds barrier for the butterfly leg since the 2017 NCAA Championships. Last year he recorded a split of 20.39. In the heats of the event he came close again with a split of 20.09 to help the Fighting Irish earn a B final berth with a total time of 1:25.17 .

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Justin Plaschka with his teammates on the 200 yard medley relay after the morning heats Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Swimming on Instagram

In that race he would break through with the fastest split of the B final in a time of 19.94. It was the third fastest time overall as only two swimmers in the Championship final produced faster times. The team finished 7th in a time of 1:25.21. It is the best relay position for the Jamaican as his teams in 2015 and 2017 placed 24th overall.

Date   TeamTime  butterfly split
March 2017 1:26.20 20.39
Jan 2018 1:27.40 20.87
Feb 2018 1:25.37 20.21
March 2018 1:25.17 heats 20.09
March 2018 1:25.21 19.94


Night two of the NCAA Division I championships on Thursday March 22 in Minnesota  saw Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter earning a Bronze medal in the 400 yard medley relay in school record time as well as setting another school record in the 200 yard freestyle relay. He would also set a season best in the 50 yard freestyle.

The 2018 University of Southern California 400 yard medley relay championship team finished one place better than 2017 to earn the Bronze. In a very tight battle for the medals the quartet of Ralf Tribuntsov backstroke 45.01, Carsten Vissering breaststroke 50.90,Carter butterfly 44.71 and Santo Condorelli freestyle 41.21 swam to a time of 3:01.83. That beat the old record of 3:02.20 set in last year’s Championship final. At that time Carter had split 44.81 on the butterfly leg. Indiana won the event in a pool record of 3:01.07 with Silver going to North Carolina State in 3:01.76.

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New Trojan school record holders in the 200 yard freestyle relay from left to right Grissom,Carter,Tribuntsov and Condorelli Photo courtesy of uscswim on Instagram

In the morning heats of the 200 yard freestyle relay the Environmental Studies Major lowered his season best of 19.40 (split time 9.37) to register 19.29( split time 9.33) to help guide the Trojans to the Championship final . The team recorded a preliminaries time of 1:16.05. In the final he was handed the second leg duties. The team of Condorelli 18.98,Carter 18.69,Tribuntsov 18.84,and Kyle Grissom 19.21 bettered the school record of 1:15.85 with a swim of 1:15.72 to place fifth. That equaled Carter’s best placing with the 400 medley relay team in 2015.Dylan also lowered his best freestyle split at the meet. His previous best was 18.74 on the second leg in the Championship final.

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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of uscswim on Instagram
Date Time split Leg Place
2015 1:16.55 18.74 2nd 5th
2015 1:15.85 heats 18.82 2nd
2018 1:15.72 18.69 2nd 5th
2018 1:16.05 heats 19.29 1st


Aruban  Olympian Mikel Schreuders (Rio 2016) threatened his 50 yard freestyle PB leading off the Missouri 200 yard freestyle relay on Thursday March 22 at the Division I Championships in Minnesota.

Schreuders recorded the second fastest time of his career  when he registered a lead leg of 19.59. That just missed his personal standard of 19.55. The team placed 24th in 1:18.70. In 2017 swimming in the heats of the event Mikel split 19.61 to anchor the team.That was the joint fifth fastest time in school history.

The 400 yard medley relay saw him anchoring the team in 41.90 to give the Tigers 17th overall in 3:06.66.