LOOKING BACK AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ALEX SOBERS OF BARBADOS JUST MISSES NATIONAL RECORD IN THE 200 METRE FREESTYLE OPENS SEASON AS NUMBER 1 IN 100 YARD FREESTYLE IN DIVISION 2

Rio 2016 Olympian Alex Sobers has established himself as the go to man for Barbados in the freestyle events in recent years from the 100 metres upwards.

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Alex Sobers with Gold after winning the 15-17 boys 400 metre freestyle in a meet and Barbados senior national record of 3:57.30

 

Having already captured the 400 metre national record with a time of 3:57.30 at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships it would be natural that the 200 metre national standard of 1:52.30 held by Olympian Bradley Ally (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008,  London 2012) would be a target heading into the World Championships in Budapest.

On June 30 in the Men’s 18 and over at the CCCAN Championship final in Trinidad and Tobago he placed fourth in a then personal best time of 1:53.00. That swim put the record on notice that it would be a matter of time before he lowered it.

Less than a month later he would fall agonizingly short of the mark when he hit the pads in a time of 1:52.50 ranking him 44th overall. That performance was the best time ever done by a swimmer from Barbados at the World Championships. It was also the best placing by a man from Barbados at the global competition. The previous best time and placing was 1:57.74 and 68th spot by Christian Selby at the 2015 Kazan Championships.

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Damian Alleyne Barbados Olympian (2000,2004) Photo courtesy of Khalil Goodman for Better Health Magazine June 2011

That swim put him ahead of the former national record holder Olympian Damian Alleyne (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) who had set the record at 1:52.75 winning heat 3 of the event at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games on Sep 17, 2000.

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Bradley Ally Photo courtesy of PanamericanWorld.com

 

Ally lowered that mark almost seven years later leading off the Pine Crest 800 freestyle A team at the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis. That team which would place fifth overall in 7:31.23 included Cayman Islands Olympian Shaune Fraser (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012) handling second leg duties.

Analysis of the fastest three swims by a swimmer from Barbados

Name Date Meet First 50 Second 50 Third 50 Fourth  50 Final time
Damian Alleyne Sep 17,2000 Olympics 27.04 28.48 28.81 28.42 1:52.75
Alex Sobers July 24,2017 World Champs 26.82 28.38 28.75 28.55 1:52.50
Bradley Ally Aug 2,2007 US Nationals 26.14 28.27 28.62 29.27 1:52.30

Sobers, who is now sophomore at Emmanuel College made a huge impact for the Franklin Springs Georgia based institution in the 2016 -2017. see link below

https://draftingthecaribbean.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/olympian-sobers-undefeated-at-2017appalachian-swim-conference-wins-7-gold-from-7-events-all-swim-were-meet-records/

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500 freestyle medal podium from left to right Silver medallist Stanislas Raczynski (Emmanuel),Gold medallist meet record holder Alex Sobers (Emmanuel),Bronze medallist Erwin Ortiz Torres(Mars Hill) Photo courtesy of http://www.goeclions.com

He set three individual records and was a part of four record breaking relay teams.

Event Time
100 yard freeestyle 44.26
200 yard freestyle 1:35.95
500 yard freestyle 4:27.56
200 yard freestyle relay 1:22.55
400 yard freestyle relay 3:00.26
800 yard freestyle relay 6:42.23
400 yard medley relay 3:18.77

He got the 2017 -2018 to a winning start as Emmanuel won their Invitational on Saturday Oct 7. Sobers won the 100 yard freestyle by almost four seconds touching the clock in 45.29.That swimis also the fastest time in Division 2 so far.He also had the fastest 50 freestyle split of all relay legs as he anchored the A team to 1:27.53 with his split of 21.10.

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MATTHEW MAYS OF THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS MAKES WINNING START TO COLLEGIATE CAREER

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Matthew Mays Photo courtesy of Bryantbulldogs.com

Bryant University US Virgin Islands freshman Matthew Mays had a winning start for the Bulldogs as they beat Boston College 161-137. Competing at the Chace Athletic Center Pool on October 6 in Smithfield Rhode Island Mays was undefeated in all four events that he competed in.

In his very first race, the 200 yard butterfly Matthew came from fifth place after the first 50 to win the race in 1:52.94 topping the field by more than a second and setting a new pool record in the process.

The 200 yard backstroke saw the Business Major ahead from the start and he never relinquished that lead to win in a time of 1:54.63.

The St Croix native’s win in the 100 yard butterfly win was more emphatic as he stopped the clock in 51.04 more than two seconds ahead of the next best placed finisher.

His final race on Friday saw him anchoring the Bulldogs 400 yard freestyle relay in with the fastest of all splits 47.22 .That gave them the victory in a time of 3:12.93.

Matthew  won the Silver medal in the 200 metre backstroke 2:07.07 and Bronze medal in the 200 metre butterfly 2:08.05 in the 18 and over category at the 2017 CCCAN Championships in Trinidad.

DYLAN CARTER RECORDS FASTEST TIME BY A CARIFTA SWIMMER AT THE FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of usctrojans.com

On the sixth day of competition (July 28) of the 2017 World Swimming championships in Budapest Hungary Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter (2016) topped the CCCAN and CARIFTA rankings in the 100 metre butterfly with a time of 52.73 (split time 23.98) to place 28th. He was the only one from both regional groupings to be under the 53 seconds barrier.

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Bradley ally Photo courtesy of gettyimages

He had established himself as the joint fastest CARIFTA swimmer of all time in the event when he won Gold at the CCCAN Championships last month with a time of 52.73. He holds this accolade with Olympian Barbadian Bradley Ally (2004, 2008, and 2012) who recorded that time in 2009. When Carter touched the timing pads he bettered the best time by a CARIFTA region swimmer at the World championships.

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Olympic Gold medallist Anthony Nesty Photo courtesy of the olympians.co

The previous best time was 53.29 set by 1988 Olympic Gold medallist in the event Suriname’s Anthony Nesty (1984, 1988,1992). Nesty, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago won the event with that time at the 1991 Perth Australia World Championships.

Dylan’s placing of 28th is the best all time World Championships placing by a male swimmer from the twin island republic. The previous best placing was 41st by Joshua McLeod at the 2013 Barcelona, Spain World Championships. It is also the best placing for a CCCAN or CARIFTA swimmer since 2003.

 

 

 

JESSE MARSH AND EMILY MacDONALD RECORD BEST TIMES BY JAMAICAN SWIMMERS AT 2017 COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES IN THE BAHAMAS

The recently concluded Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas saw swimmers Jesse Marsh and Emily MacDonald recording the best times ever swum by Jamaicans at the competition in their respective events.

Competing in the 200 metre butterfly Marsh lowered his personal best from 2:11.47 to 2:10.31 to place 13th overall. That bettered the previous Jamaican best time of 2:22.06 at the competition set by Dominic Walter at the 2008 Pune India Games. It is also the second fastest time recorded by a Jamaican at the Commonwealth Games at either the senior or junior level. The top time by a Jamaican is held by Jesse’s father Allan-Roy at the senior level . Allan-Roy recorded 2:06.89 at the 1982 Brisbane Australia Games.

When asked about his experience Jesse, who holds the 13-14 200 metre butterfly national record had the following thoughts

“Well the experience wasn’t really what I expected because of all the challenges we faced getting to the games and not being able to stay at the hotel with the rest of the team among other things. As for my performances I was disappointed not being able to swim the 50 and 100fly as I thought I had a pb in me in the 50 and in the 100 I had a good chance of being in the top 8. The 200fly I was satisfied but not entirely pleased with my performance as I knew if I was more mentally there I could’ve been a lot faster but I got a pb and now I’m looking forward to racing the events that I missed and the 200fly again in a few days. I will be racing at the Florida  Gold Coast Senior Champs in Coral Springs this weekend July 28-30 and then at the Futures championships in Nashville, TN on the following weekend August 3-6”.

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Jesse Marsh and Emily MacDonald at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre

Emily who competed in the 50 metre freestyle recorded a time of 27.60 to place 15th overall. That is the best time and placing for Jamaica at this level for the Commonwealth Games. The previous best was 29.02 and 25th place by Annabella Lyn at the 2015 Samoa Games. Her performance also doubles at the best placing for a Jamaican woman at both junior and senior level in the event as the previous best was 22nd by Angela (Dawn) Kane at the 2002 Manchester Games.  Her 27.60 is also the third fastest by a Jamaican woman at either the senior or junior. The list is headed by times recorded at the senior level at the 2002 Manchester Games .Olympian Angela (Dawn) Kane (2000,2004)  tops the list with a time of 27.09 .Kane is followed on the chart by Tamara Swaby with her effort of 27.25 at the same Games.

MacDonald who is the reigning CCCAN Champion in the 13-14 girl’s 50 metre freestyle gave her impression of the experience to draftingthecaribbean recently

“It was definitely a thrill to compete against athletes from countries that have such big reputations in swimming.  It is a joy for me to compete against people who are always going to push me.  I felt I could have done better but some accreditation issues had me quite anxious until the night before my race. Overall though I’m pleased because my time was still within my normal range”

 

This is the fourth contingent of swimmers Jamaica has sent to the Games

Year Country Swimmers
2008 Pune India Dominic Walter
2008 Pune India Alexia Royal-Eatmon
2008 Pune India Kendese Nangle
2011 Isle of Man Matthew Chen
2011 Isle of Man Breanna Roman
2015 Samoa Annabella Lyn
2015 Samoa Joseph Black

DYLAN CARTER CONTINUES TO DOMINATE REGIONAL RANKINGS IN BUDAPEST WITH NATIONAL RECORD IN THE 200 METRE FREESTYLE

As it has been for the entire 2016 -2017 one name has stood out among the region’s elite male swimmer in the swimmers in the 200 freestyle event. Whether it was the 200  metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming championships or the 200 yard freestyle at the prestigious NCAA Division 1 Championships Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter has been region’s man to be the standard bearer. So it was no surprise when he again led the region with 200 metre freestyle at the World Long course swimming championships in national record time.

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Dylan Carter at the Mesa Grand Prix Swim meet Photo courtesy of swimmingworldmagazine

The national mark of 1:48.44 set at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships was on borrowed time from the Mesa Swim meet when Carter touched in a winning time of 1:48.45. At his home meet the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago he again got the job done in sub 1:50 this time 1:48.91.

In Budapest his intentions were made clear from the opening 50 metres with an opening split time of 24.93 that set the tone for the entire race. He would touch in 1:47.77 for 24th overall, the best time at the World championships for both CCCAN and CARIFTA region swimmers. It is also the best ranking at the Championship for the CCCAN region since 2011.

A very aggressive approach led to the new national record as seen through the analysis of his races below

Date 50 100 150 200
 CISC July 2016 25.45 53.00 1:20.79 1:48.44
25.45 27.55 27.79 27.65
Date 50 100 150 200
 Mesa April 2017 25.40 52.70 1:20.97 1:48.45
25.40 27.30 28.27 27.48
Date 50 100 150 200
 WC July 2017 24.93 51.99 1:20.02 1:47.77
24.93 27.06 28.03 27.75
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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy off ttoc.org

CCCAN rankings for the 200 metre freestyle in Budapest

Name Country CCCAN ranking  Overall ranking Time
Dylan Carter Trinidad and Tobago 1 24th 1:47.77 (51.99)
Cristian Quintero Venezuela 2 33rd 1:48.22 (51,86)
Mikel Schreuders Aruba 3 39th 1:49.66(53.66)
Michael Gunning Jamaica 4 43rd 1:50.00(53.20)
Marcelo Acosta El Salvador 5 48th 1:50.92 (54.99)
Alex Sobers Barbados 6 56th 1:52.50(55.20)
Noah Mascoll-Gomes Antigua& Barbuda 7 62nd 1:55.32(55.62)
Matthew Lowe The Bahamas 8 63rd 1:55.71 (55.50)

GROTERS LOWERS YET ANOTHER NATIONAL BREASTSTROKE RECORD AT THE BUDAPEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Jordy Groters Photo courtesy of mutigers.com

At  the 2015 Kazan World Championships Jordy Groters had clocked an Aruban national record time of 28.64 in the 50 metre breaststroke. The mark stood untroubled until the recently held CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago. At that competition he lowered it to 28.57 in a Silver medal winning performance.

In Budapest he continued his record breaking form. He lowered the national standard yet again hitting the pads in 28.40. The breaststroke record makes it two national records from two swims as he had broken his own 100 metre breaststroke record earlier at the meet. That performance places him as the fastest from the CARIFTA region at World championships. It also ranks him as fourth fastest from the CCCAN region.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to him today he elaborated on his record breaking feat

I was extremely excited to swim. Maybe a bit too excited which probably came back to bite me in the end. I was fast off the blocks, not as fast as I was in the 100, but still respectably fast for a 50. My pull out was wonderful, probably as strong as it had ever been. I was about 5.8s to the 15m marker, according to my coach’s watch. In past practices, with and without racing suits, I’ve only been 6.2s to the 15m marker. Obviously I did not know this during the race. All I knew was that I felt good and I felt fast. What my coach and I have also been working on this past year was having a consistent stroke rate. For the 100, we wanted about 1.15s per stroke, which we hit dead on. For the 50, however, our goal was to be 0.90s to 1.00s per stroke. In practice, I would hit it most of the time. This morning, my first couple strokes were indeed 0.95s per stroke, again, according to my coach’s watch. But as I said, my overexcitement probably came back to bite me. I was clocking 0.85s per stroke rate for the last 30m of the race. Of course, if I were used to that kind of speed, it probably would have been an amazing thing. Unfortunately, it was a bit too fast and I was essentially just spinning my arms, not grabbing any water. We still did a best time, lowering my National Record set at CCCAN a couple of weeks back by 0.17. For a 50m, that’s a pretty respectable drop in time. Now, in the reflection phase of my meet, I am thinking it could have been better if I kept my 0.95s stroke rate.

Nonetheless, I was extremely pleased with my time because it was under the B-qualifying standard for this meet, which I had never been before in the past. Of course I understand I didn’t swim this time during the qualifying period, but it’s a step in the right direction.  It shows that I can definitely start making some qualifying standards before the period ends.

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Jordy Groters Photo courtesy of http://www.mutigers.com

Fortunately, Aruba will be swimming in the Mixed 400 Medley relay tomorrow morning, whereof I will be doing the breaststroke leg. This will give me a really unique and awesome opportunity to get a quick time in my 100 with a relay swing and to also improve on my turn that I didn’t do so well in my individual 100. Relays being so crucial and exciting in NCAA swimming, tomorrow’s swim will certainly give my coaches at Mizzou (University of Missouri) a good idea of what I’m capable of doing in relays alongside my individual swims.”

SCHREUDERS SHATTERS NATIONAL RECORD IN 200 METRE FREESTYLE AT BUDAPEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Mikel Schreuders Photo courtesy of sportskidsaruba

Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders (2016) came to Europe off the strength of  a good CCCAN campaign in Trinidad and Tobago. In the twin island republic he won the Bronze in the 18 and over category in the 200 metre freestyle. In the Caribbean he had stopped the clock in 1:51.76. That was just off his national record of 1:51.02 set in November at the 2015 Tennessee Invitational. It was natural to expect better was to come in Europe.

He would not disappoint as he crushed his old national record on Monday July 24 and broke the 1:50 barrier with a time of 1:49.66. That time placed him 39th overall, the best ranking by an Aruban in over a decade in the event. Schreuders is the fastest CARIFTA representative at the competition with that swim. It also ranks third amongst the CCCAN swimmers in Budapest.

Analysis of splits of old record and new record

Date 50 100 150 200
Nov 2015 25.66 54.09 1:23.03 1:51.02
25.66 28.43 28.94 27.99
July 2017 26.15 53.66 1:21.78 1:49.66
26.15 27.51 28.12 27.88
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Mikel Schreuders Photo courtesy of mutigers.com

A very happy Mikel spoke to draftingthecaribbean today about his achievement

“The first 50 I was trying to hold a nice pace and not go too hard on the legs. After the turn I realized i was back a bit so I started kicking more and I was thinking that I was out a little too slow. The third 50 I was just trying to hit my pace and go fast, and my last 50 I saw the guy from Jamaica (Michael Gunning) and I was going my fastest to get 1st in my heat”.

When asked if he was expecting this time he said

“This was my goal time and I have been training very hard this summer. I felt good during warm up. And my coaches Mark and Ismael told me that they thought I could go a 1:49”