EMILY MacDONALD LOWERS OLYMPIAN CLAUDIA POLL’S 100 FREESTYLE MEET STANDARD TO RECORD REGIONAL GOLDEN DOUBLE (CARIFTA AND CCCAN TITLES)

Day Four of the CCCAN Swimming championships saw Team Jamaica adding Four more medals to their tally One Gold , One Silver and Two Silver to have Eighteen medals Six Gold ,Four Silver and Eight Bronze medals.

Getting the Gold for the land of wood and water was Emily MacDonald in the girls 13-14 100 metre freestyle. She bounced back from illness on Day Three to win the freestyle title.

Emily Mac 13-14 100 free podium
13-14 100 metre freestyle medal podium from left to right Watson-Brown Bermuda, MacDonald and Libreros Bolivar Colombia Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

In the Championship final she recorded the only sub 28 seconds split at the halfway mark and then pulled away from the field to record a new personal best and CCCAN meet record of 57.95. It was also the fastest 100 metre freestyle time recorded by a girl at the Championship.

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Claudia Poll Photo courtesy of panamericanworld

That lowered the the more than three decades old standard of 58.34 byCosta Rican Olympic Gold medallist Claudia Poll (1996,2000 and 2004). MacDonald also is closing in on the national age group record of 57.54 held by Olympian Janelle Atkinson (2000,2004). It was Poll who held off Atkinson to win the Bronze in the 400 metre freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Games . That fourth place position at the Olympics is the joint highest placing at the Games along with Alia Atkinson’s fourth place at the 2012 London Games.

 

Winning the Silver was Bermuda’s Logan Watson-Brown in 58.82 and the Bronze to Colombia’s  Manuela Libreros Bolivar 1:01.38.

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13-14 100 metre freestyle medallists at CARIFTA 2018 in Kingston from left to right Watson-Brown Bermuda Silver ,MacDonald Gold, Alvaranga Bronze Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

 

It also  marked the regional Golden Double as she captured the same title at the CARIFTA Games in her hometown of Kingston in April . It marked the second time she is completing the double after doing so in the 11-12 age group in 2016

Regional record for the 100 metre freestyle

Date Meet Medal Time
March 2016 CARIFTA Gold 1:02.02 split 29.40
July 2016 CISC Gold 1:00.26 split 29.18
April 2017 CARIFTA Silver 59.28 split 28.33
July 2017 CCCAN Gold 58.83 split 27.89
April 2018 CARIFTA Gold 57.99 split 28.17
July 2018

 

CCCAN Gold 57.95 split 27.79

Emily spoke to draftingthecaribbean about her performance after the race

“Going the 100 I was a bit nervous at first. The meet has  not been great so far .In my 200 metre freestyle I got a cramp in my leg and ended up doing a bad time as I added 5 seconds to my personal best and I did not swim the Championship final of the 50 metre butterfly because of that injury and the 100 metre butterfly was not a good race overall.so going into this race I was very nervous as I did not know how I was going to perform because I had not done well so far but I was just going to try my best. That was my mindset heading into the final.I told myself I prepared for this meet and I have trained so hard for this and it does not make sense not swim my heart out. Going into the heats  said I am going to just try and hopefully come in the top 8 fand hopefully seed first for the final. That is what I did and ended up doing a 58.70 .Going into the final I was going up again Logan Watson-Brown from Bermuda who I know is a great swimmer and I was even more nervous.I knew I wanted to get a Gold medal but was still not sure because of how I was performing. Before I stepped on the blocks I knew I had done all that I can to get this far and I know that I have done all I could possibly do to achieve a best time in this race so I was going to do what my coach told me to do which was best time.As I swam the race I remembered doing the splits in training  and swimming the first 50 in a particular time and pushing hard on the last 25 metres into the wall which I did and recorded a personal best which I am very happy about and I got the Gold medal that I wanted”.

Cameron Brown 15-17 50 breaststroke medal ceremony
15-17 50 metre breaststroke medal podium from left to right Brown,Cheong and Russell Photo courtesy of CCCAN

In the Boys 15-17 50 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown ended a decade old medal drought for Team Jamaica when he secured the Silver in a new personal best of 30.23. He tied Brandon Cheong for the medal while the Gold was won by The Bahamas Tyler Russell in 30.16. The last time Jamaica got a medal in the 15-17 age group in this event was in 2007 in El Salvador when age group star Brad Hamilton won Silver in 30.59.

Cameron gave his thoughts to draftingthecaribbean about the swim

“I knew it was going to be straight line line heading to the wall.I pushed to the very last second.I was suprised to see a new PB of 30.23 when I looked at the scoreboard”.

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11-12 100 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Vickles Silver medallist,Crooks Gold medallist and Cogle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

11-12 dynamo Morgan Cogle secured  more precious metal at the Championship .She lowered her 100 metre freestyle from 1:03.11 to 1:02.59 to secure Bronze.The title went to Jillian Crooks of the Cayman Islands in a time of 1:01.72 and the Silver to Gabrielle Vickles of Trinidad and Tobago in 1:02.33.

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11-12 200 IM medallists from left to right Crooks, Anthony and Cogle Photo courtesy of CCCAN

In the 200 metre individual medley she ended a more than decade old drought when she won Bronze in 2:37.44.That medal winning swim puts her within sight of the age group record of 2:36.26 set by Annabella Lyn in 2012. Gold was won by the another 11-12 standout Zoe Anthony of Trinidad and Tobago in 2:32.91 and Silver to Crooks in 2:36.70.

 

Bronze was won by the 15-17 800 metre freestyle relay team of Annabella Lyn ,Gabrianna Banks, Bryanna Renuart and Naomi Eaton who stopped the clock in 9:07.22. Gold went to Aruba in 8:48.55 and the Silver to Honduras in 8:59.65.

The personal best tally moved from 28 to 47 at the end of Day Four

Name Event Personal Best Previous Best
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 200 IM 2:39.42 2:41.26
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 200 IM 2:37.44 2:39.42
Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 200 IM 2:37.13 2:41.26
Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 200 IM 2:39.06 2:40.93
Sabrina Lyn Girls 13-14 200 IM 2:37.06 2:44.98
Sabrina Lyn Girls 13-14 200 IM 2:35.25 2:37.06
Nathaniel Thomas Boys 13-14 200 IM 2:29.56 2:29.83
Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 50 metre breaststroke 36.52 37.23
Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 50 metre breaststroke 36.14 36.52
Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 50 metre breaststroke 36.23 36.45
Sean-Douglas Gooden Boys 15-17 50 metre breaststroke 31.35 31.43
Cameron Brown Boys 15-17 50 metre breaststroke 30.23 30.64
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:03.10 1:03.11
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:02.59 1:03.10
Adrian Balfour Boys 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:02.42 1:03.28
Emily MacDonald Girls 13-14 100 metre freestyle 57.95 57.99
Nathaniel Thomas Boys 13-14 100 metre freestyle 56.12 56.95
Daniel Mair Boys 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:02.60 1:06.15
Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 200 metre butterfly 2:46.50 2:51.11
Jordane Payne Boys 15-17 200 metre butterfly 2:17.58 2:18.43

 

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CARTER WINS RELAY GOLD IN THE 200 YARD MEDLEY RELAY , RECORDS THIRD FASTEST BUTTERFLY SPLIT EVER, MAKES ANOTHER 200 YARD FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

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.

 

 

 

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2017 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES BAHAMIAN JOANNA EVANS WINS HISTORIC MEDALS IN THE 400 AND 800 METRE FREESTYLE EVENTS LOWERS NATIONAL RECORDS IN THE 200 AND 800 METRE FREESTYLE EVENTS

Olympian Joanna Evans (Rio 2016) continued to make history for herself, The Bahamas and the CARIFTA and CCCAN regions with historic medal winning performances at the Summer Universiade in Taipei Taiwan this past August.

Before this year’s competition the last medal won in swimming from the CCCAN region had come from countryman Jeremy Knowles with his historic 200 metre butterfly Bronze medal winning performance in 1:59.21 at the 2003 Daegu South Korea Games .Jeremy was the first and only swimmer from the CARIFTA region to win medal at the Championships.

Evans with 800 metre freestyle medallists Bahamas Aquatics
800 metre freestyle medallists From left to right German Sarah Koehler Silver medallist,Italian Gold medallist Simona Quadarella and Bahamian Bronze medallist Joanna Evans

That all changed on August 25, 2017 at the Taiwan Sports University Arena when Evans touched the wall in a new National record of 8:31.18 to win the Bronze medal. That time lowered her previous record of 8:32.18 set at 2016 The Bahamas Nationals before her debut performance at the Rio Olympics. That medal win broke a 14 year medal drought for the CARIFTA and CCCAN regions. She also put more distance between herself and the other swimmers as she was already the fastest ever swimmer from a CARIFTA or CCCAN nation.

Analysis of Joanna’s top 800 metre freestyle swims

Date and venue First 200 Second 200 Third 200 Fourth 200 Final time
Atlanta May 2017 2:06.13 2:09.49 2:10.81 2:09.67 8:36.10
Nassau 2016 2:06.65 2:08.89 2:08.22 2:08.43 8:32.19
WUGs Aug 25 2:04.04 2:08.95 2:08.86 2:09.33 8:31.18

Gold went to Simona Quadarella of Italy in 8:20.54 and the Silver was won by Sarah Koehler of Germany in 8:21.67

Evans had given a hint before of what was to come when she lowered her national record in the 200 metre freestyle to 1:59.19 to make the Championship final. That record swim solidified her position as the fastest CARIFTA swimmer in the event as she had passed the previous CARIFTA best of 2:01.11 by Jamaican Olympian Janelle Atkinson (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) at the Atlanta Pro Swim Series  meet on May 6. At that meet she had performances of 2:00.37 and 1:59.91. In the final on August 25 she placed 8th in a time of 2:00.70 less than 30 minutes after winning Bronze in the gruelling 800 metre freestyle.

 

Analysis of Joanna’s top 200 metre freestyle swims

Date and venue 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
WUGS Aug 24 2017 58.23 1:00.83 1:59.19
WUGs Aug 25 58.05 1:02.65 2:00.70
Joanna Evans Bronze medal nassau Guardian
B medallists in the 400 metre freestyle from left to right American Sierra Schmidt Bronze medallist, German Sarah Koehler Gold medallist and Bahamian Joanna Evans Silver medallist Photo courtesy of nassauguardian

A day later of August 26 she would go one better on the medal podium when she won the Silver medal in the 400 metre freestyle with a time of 4:08.52.Gold went to Sarah Koehler in 4:03.96 and the Bronze to America’s Sierra Schmidt in 4:09.82.

With that performance Joanna became the FIRST and ONLY CARIFTA swimmer male or female to win TWO medals at the Championships, the ONLY CARIFTA swimmer male or female to win a SILVER medal. In the CCCAN region she became the FIRST and ONLY CCCAN woman to win TWO medals at the Championship, and the ONLY CCCAN woman to win a SILVER medal at the Championships.

 

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Atlanta 1996 100 metre backstroke medallists from left to right Rodolfo A. Falcón Cabrera Silver medallist,American Jeff Rouse Gold medallist and Neisser S. Bent Vázquez Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of gettyimages

She has also tied the Cuban Olympic duo of Rodolfo A. Falcón Cabrera  (Barcelona 1992 ,Atlanta 1996 , Sydney 2000) and Neisser S. Bent Vázquez ( Atlanta 1996 , Sydney 2000) for Most Medals won at Two.

Rodolfo had won Gold in the 100 and 200 metre backstroke events in times of 55.60 and 1:59.90 at the 1993 Buffalo Games. Neisser won Gold and Silver in the same events at the 1997 Sicily Italy Games with performances of 55.82 and 2:00.37. Both would win Silver and Bronze respectively in the 100 metre backstroke at the 1996 Olympics

When Draftingthecaribbean spoke the region’s best distance freestyler she gave the following thoughts about her performances

“I was pleased with them. The times weren’t excellent but given the circumstances and line-up I was very happy”

The best in the region over the middle to long distance freestyle events also placed 23rd in the 100 metre freestyle 56.99 split time 27.87 just off her best time of 56.74. In her sights will be the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne where the best CARIFTA region performance in her signature events are two Bronze medals.

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2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games 800 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Australian Amanda Pascoe Bronze medallist, England’s Rebecca Cooke Gold medallist and Jamaican Bronze medallist Janelle Atkinson Photo courtesy of gettyimages

Those medals were won by Jamaican Janelle Atkinson at the 2002 Manchester Games in the 400 (4:13.24) and 800 metre (8:36.18) freestyle races.

It would be hard not to see her medalling in those events with her form that consistently improves each season.

RIO OLYMPICS DAY THREE ATKINSON MAKES SECOND CONSECUTIVE BREASTSTROKE FINAL, BALMY AND EVANS TOP LIST OF CARIFTA REGION’S BEST IN THE 200 METRE FREESTYLE

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Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Jacophoto.com

 

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Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Adiimages.com

Day 3 of the 2016 Rio Olympics saw the CARIFTA region represented in another final. It was the turn of Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson in the 100 metre breaststroke. The final would be Atkinson’s second consecutive final after making the top 8 at the London 2012 Games. Atkinson finished 8th in the final with a time of 1:08.10.With her qualification for the final she joins a select group of swimmers to make two or more individual Olympic finals. Malia Metella (French Guiana/France) 50 and 100 metre freestyle 2004 Games in Athens, Coralie Balmy (Martinique/France) 400 metre freestyle Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016, Anthony Nesty (Suriname) 100 metre butterfly 1 Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 and 200 metre butterfly Seoul 1988, George Bovell III Trinidad and Tobago 200 metre individual medley Athens 2004 and 50 metre freestyle London 2012. Atkinson is the first swimmer from Jamaica to make two Olympic finals for Jamaica.

 

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Coralie Balmy Photo courtesy of Coralie Balmy

 

 

In the 200 metre freestyle Balmy and Joanna Evans of The Bahamas raced to the top of the standings for the best ever female Olympic performances from the CARIFTA region.  Balmy had splits of 58.37 and 1:00.46 for a total time of 1:58.83. She would place 23rd overall. That is the best ever Olympic performance ever by a woman from the CARIFTA region.

 

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Joanna Evans

 

Evans had splits of 59.23 and 1:02.04 for a total time 2:01.27 for a final place of 36th .That performance bettered her national record of 2:01.62. That swim moved to her to the 2nd fastest of all time in the CARIFTA region and the fastest English speaking woman. She beat the English speaking CARIFTA region best of 2:04.06 set Jamaica’s Janelle Atkinson at the Sydney 2000 Games.

RIO 2016 OLYMPICS DAY ONE CARIFTA REGION SWIMMERS MAKE OLYMPIC DEBUT AT THE RIO GAMES

The first day of the Rio 2016 saw a number of the CARIFTA region swimmers making their Olympic debut on the first day of action in the pool on August 6.

Oreoluwa Cherebin
Oreoluwa Cherebin in the heats of the 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Olympic Games Rio 2016

The first swimmer in the action was Oreoluwa Cherebin of Grenada. She created history by being the first swimmer to swim that event at the Olympics. She clocked 1:10.40 in the 100 metre butterfly to place 42nd overall. It is also the best finish for Grenada ever at the Olympic Games.

 

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Julian Fletcher Bermudan national record holder 100 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

The highest placing on the opening day came from Bermuda’s Julian Fletcher. He clocked 1:02.73, just off his national record of 1:02.47. That had him ranked 40th overall. Fletcher posted the best time by a Bermudan swimmer at the Olympics as he bettered the 1:04.93 done by Chris Flook at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

 

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Alex Sobers Photo courtesy of Barbados Aquatic Centre

Alex Sobers became only the second swimmer from Barbados to compete in the 400 metre freestyle at the Games when he clocked 3:59.97. Alex finished 44th overall in his Olympic debut. Sobers clocked his second sub 4 minute time for the second best time of his career.

 

Geoffrey Butler
Geoffrey Butler in the heats of the 400 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Olympic Games Rio 2016

Geoffrey Butler became the first swimmer from the Cayman Islands to compete in the 400 metre freestyle at the Olympics when he clocked 4:07.87 to finish 48th overall.
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Dustin Tynes Bahamas National Champion men 200 metre breaststroke

National record holder Dustin Tynes of the Bahamas posted a time of 1:03.71 in the 100 metre breaststroke. That swim puts him as the fastest ever swimmer from his country in the event at the Olympics. The previous Olympic best was 1:11.65 registered by Bruce Knowles at the 1972 Munich Games.

Corey Ollivierre
Corey Ollivierre Photo courtesy of http://www.rio2016.com

Corey Ollivierre of Grenada became the highest placed male swimmer from the Spice Island after he completed the heats of the 100 metre breaststroke. Corey stopped the clock in 1:08.68 to finish 46th overall. The previously highest placed male swimmer was Omar Hughes who was 57th in the 50 metre freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Games.