The second day of the final stop of the FINA World Cup in Singapore saw history being created for Jamaica at the OCBC Aquatic Centre as two Jamaicans made it through to the final of the same event in the women’s 100 metre breaststroke.

Alia and Breanna
Alia Atkinson and Breanna Roman

In the morning preliminaries it was in the last heat of five in the morning it was Commander Alia Atkinson in lane 4 with First Lieutenant Breanna Roman in Lane 5 .They would have the final say in how the top eight places would be decided for the Championship final. The Commander led the way with a split of 30.80 with Roman just in her wake at 31.80 . Roman put on a final push in the last 50 metres with a split of 35.75 which resulted in both Jamaicans successfully navigating their way to the final in times of  1:07.00 and 1:07.55 respectively. Roman’s effort was  a new personal best .

Video of the 100 metre breaststroke heats

Alia making a move on medley
Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of

As was to be expected the larger the team at international competitions the better the  swimmers do with their individual efforts for Jamaica and the region as a whole . The Championship final was yet another example of this.  In the final Alia took the early initiative and took the race away from the field with a scorching first 50 metres of 29.87 , the only sub 30 seconds swim of the final. She was also displayed her considerable speed endurance to also have the fastest second 50 metres of the final of 32.87 to punch the clock in 1:02.74 , a World leading time and fourth fastest performance of her career.Atkinson has also put her World record of 1:02.36 which  she has done twice in her career on notice.

Top swims Dec 2014 Aug 2016 Aug 2017  Nov 2018
First 50 metres 29.46 29.33 29.32 29.87
Second 50 metres 32.90 33.03 33.35 32.87
Final Time 1:02.36 1:02.36 1:02.67 1:02.74
Bree Roman Jamaican
Breanna Roman

Roman would have splits of 31.78 and 35.86 to touch in 1:07.74 and be just off her new PB of 1:07.55 to place a creditable 6th in her first Championship final. Silver and Bronze went to the Russian duo of Yulia Efimova and Vitalina Simonova in 1:03.58 and 1:05.53 respectively.

2015 PAN AM Games 400 metre medley relay from left to right Trudiann Patrick, Alia Atkinson, Breanna Roman and Danielle Boothe

The last time this Jamaican duo were together they joined teammates Trudi -Ann Patrick and Danielle Boothe to set a new Jamaican record in the 400 metre medley record at the 2015 PAN AM Games. Earlier this year in March at Roman’s final collegiate swim for the Auburn Universityat the NCAA Division I Championships she joined Alia as the only female swimmers to have swum under 59.60 in the 100 yard breaststroke.

More history could be in store for tomorrow’s final day of action as both ladies will be competing in the 50 metre breaststroke.



On Friday  Breanna Roman recorded yet another personal  breaststroke event when she stopped the clock in 59.50 (split time 27.79) in the heats of the 100 yard breaststroke.

That swim bettered her personal best and earned her a second swim in the event. It was also her first B final at the prestigious collegiate meet. The B final saw her recording yet another sub minute swim of 59.92(split time 28.12).

Breanna Roman in action
Breanna Roman

That preliminary swim pushed to her number two all time on the Auburn rankings and is the second fastest performance CARIFTA all time . Only CARIFTA legend Alia Atkinson and Micah Lawrence have posted faster times for the CARIFTA region and Auburn respectively.

This is a major improvement from 2017 where she placed 39th in a time of 1:00.95 (split time 28.79)

Alia making a move on medley
Alia Atkinson  Photo courtesy of

CARIFTA Region All Time Rankings

Name Time Split Year
Alia Atkinson 59.43 27.97 2009
Breanna Roman 59.50 27.79 2018
Micah Lawrence pinterest
Micah Lawrence Photo courtesy of Pinterest
Name Time Split Year
Micah Lawrence 59.29 27.95 2010
Breanna Roman 59.50 27.79 2018

The 200 yard medley relay saw Tigers saw the team placing 18th in 1:37.50. Roman’s split for the breaststroke leg was 27.56. The 200 yard breaststroke saw her placing 46th in a time of 2:12.79 (split time 1:02.03).The Tigers finished 16th overall with 82.5 points.



Auburn’s Jamaican senior Breanna Roman is making her final competitive days at the NCAA level memorable as she competes at the NCAA Division I Championships in Columbus Ohio. She ensured that on her first day of action on Thursday in the 400 yard medley relay with a new school record.

Breanna Roman in action for Auburn University

At the SEC Championships the Auburn Tigers were just off the 2012 record of 3:30.32 when they won Bronze in 3:30.93. In the heats of the event they were just again off that time when they earned a second swim in the B final as the team had a total time of 3:31.47.

Relay record Auburn B
Breanna Roman celebrating with teammates a new school record in the 400 yard medley relay Photo courtesy of

In the final the quartet of Erin Falconer backstroke, Roman breaststroke ,Haley Black butterfly and Alyssa Tetzloff freestyle took the B final by almost a second and were the only team under 3:30 to take the win in a new school record of 3:29.83.Michigan placed second in the race in 3:30.79 and Wisconsin third in 3:30.96. The old record was set by the Auburn NCAA championship team of Emily Bos, Lauren Norborg, Olivia Joan Scott and CARIFTA legend Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace.At the SEC’s Roman’s leg was timed at 59.83 in the B final she was more than half a second faster in 59.25

Name Stroke Time Split Year
Erin Falconer backstroke 52.42
Breanna Roman breaststroke 59.25
Haley Black butterfly 50.73
Alyssa Tetzloff freestyle 47.43 3:29.83 2018


Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace Photo courtesy of
Name Stroke Time Split Year
Emily Bos backstroke 52.88
Lauren Norborg breaststroke 59.45
Olivia Joan Scott butterfly 51.22
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace freestyle 46.77 3:30.32 2012




























Persistence and Determination can be the two words used to describe the season Auburn’s Jamaican senior Breanna Roman has had for 2017-2018. A season marred by injury setbacks did not deter from her from earning a second consecutive invitation to the NCAA Division I championships.

Breanna Roman in action for Auburn University

At the SEC Championships in Feb she recorded a season best time 1:00.41 , In recording that time she had her best ever SEC placing as she topped the B final. Not satisfied with her swims she would make her way to the Georgia last Chance meet.

She gave her views of her accomplishment

“I was very excited to once again be so close to qualifying for the NCAA championships. I didn’t go in with high expectations, rather I went in wanting to make the most of the remainder of my college career. I overcame many challenges throughout the year up until this point and these challenges have changed me in many ways. I’ve learnt to swim happy and relaxed. At the last chance meet, I was very relaxed and ready for my race. I was confident that I was going to swim faster than I did at SECs, and so was my coach, Sergio Lopez. He has believed in me more than anyone else has, including myself. He told me before the finals that I will go 59.8. After swimming the finals with a disappointing time of 1:00.4.I immediately asked to do a time trial because I know that I didn’t give my 100% and that I could do better. Fifteen minutes after my race, I swam the time trials with a 59.77. After a generally disappointing season, I couldn’t have been more excited. It is an overwhelming feeling to know that I still have more fast swimming ahead. I’m very happy that I can end my college swimming career at NCAA championships”.

That swim  solidifies her position as the second fastest CARIFTA swimmer of all time at the NCAA level with the third fastest performance of all time .It also qualified her for the Championship

Name Time Split Year
Alia Atkinson 59.43 27.97 2009
Alia Atkinson 59.69 28.06 2009
Breanna Roman 59.77 28.33 2018

The NCAA Division I women’s competition starts tomorrow March 14 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavillion at the Ohio State University and will be competing in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke.


Jamaica’s Breanna Roman won a Bronze medal last night Saturday Feb 17 in the 400 yard medley relay for Auburn at the SEC Southern Eastern Conference championships.

Breanna Roman in action for Auburn University

Competing at the Texas A&M Natatorium the Auburn Tigers relay team of Erin Falconer backstroke 52.48, Roman 59.83, Haley Black 50.69 and Julie Meynen freestyle 47.93 touched in 3:30.93. Silver went to Texas A&M in 3:29.40 and the Gold to Tennessee in 3:29.26. The team performance by Auburn is under the automatic qualifying standard of 3:32.67.It is also just off the Auburn school record of 3:30.32 set in the heats of the 2012 NCAA. That team included Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace on freestyle anchor leg duties.

Breanna Roman 2017

Roman gave a sign of things to come  earlier in the day when she made the B final for the second straight year She posted 1:00.98 (split time 28.46) to be the number one seed, just 0.38 outside of a second from making the final. Breanna who qualified for her first SEC Championships in 2017 had placed second then in the B final in 1:00.84 (split time 28.59). This year she would leave no doubts as to her intentions as she went out in 28.41 for the first 50 yards. There would be no catching her as she touched in a season best and NCAA B time of 1:00.41. That performance is the second fastest of her career. Her best stands at 59.99 from 2017.






Auburn’s Jamaican senior Breanna Roman opened her 2017-2018 season with a win in the 100 yard breaststroke yesterday Saturday October 14. Roman recorded the win at home at the Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn Alabama as Auburn beat Wisconsin and Tennessee.


Breanna, who is a student at the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering separated herself from the field with a 50 yard split of 29.43 .She would use that early advantage to take the win in 1:02.60.Placing second and third were the Tennessee duo of Katie Armitage and Nikol Popov who touched in times of 1:02.83 and 1:03.08 respectively. That performance ranks as the 10 fastest time in the NCAA so far this season.

Patrick Atkinson Roman Boothe
Jamaica’s record breaking 400 medley relay team from left to right Trudi ann Patrick,Alia Atkinson ,Breanna Roman, Danielle Boothe

Breanna who was a part of Jamaica’s record setting 400 medley relay team at the 2015 PAN AM Games started the season with a win in the very first event, the 400 yard medley relay. The Auburn Tigers A team of Alyssa Tetzloff backstroke , Breanna breaststroke, Haley Black butterfly  and Julie Meynan freestyle topped the field with a time of 3:30.79.Breanna contributed a 1:02.60 split which helped the Auburn team post the fastest time in the NCAA so this season.

She would have another top three performance in the 200 yard breaststroke when she touched in 2:16.97 (split time 1:05.90) for third spot. The win went to Alexis Yager of Tennessee in 2:15.90 and second went to Roman’s teammate Carly Cummings in 2:16.58.

Breanna Roman in action for Auburn University

For the 2016-2017 season Breanna was the fastest swimmer from the CCCAN region in the US collegiate system in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 59.99.

Final scores

Auburn  205 Wisconsin 146

Auburn 181 Tennessee 172.

The Tigers will next be in action on October 21 when they take on Texas &M  at home.


Breanna Roman checking scoreboard after qualification for NCAA Division I championships

On Saturday February 25 Auburn  Junior Breanna Roman  joined the elite ranks of Jamaican women who have qualified for the prestigious NCAA Division I Swimming Championships. That list includes Olympians Janelle Atkinson the University of Florida 2001, 2002, 2003 and  2004 )Dawn Kane  (nee Chuck) Brown University 2002, Alia Atkinson Texas A& M 2007,2008, 2009 and 2010).

The Computer Science Major sealed her place when she swam 59.99 (split 28.23) to win the 100 metre breaststroke at the 2017 University of Georgia Last Chance Meet which was held from February 25 to 26 in Athens Georgia.

Breanna’s improvement can be tracked be from her qualification for her first SEC (Southeastern Championships which were held from February 14-18 in Knoxville Tennessee. At that meet she lowered her personal best in the heats of the 100 yard breaststroke moving from 1:01.57 to 1:00.95 (split time 28.65) qualifying for the B final. She would lower that further in evening’s final as she touched the wall in 1:00.84 (split time 28.59) for 2nd place. It was also well under the NCAA B time of 1:02.49. Breanna would set a season best in the 50  yard freestyle in a time 23.66 for 47th . In the 20 yard breaststroke she was just off her season best when she stopped the clock in a time of 2:17.27 (split time 1:04.68) for 36th . When draftingthecaribbean spoke to her on the following Monday she spoke about her achievement. Roman first elaborated on training up to her the SEC (Southeastern) Championships and the 100 yard breaststroke

Breanna Roman in action for Auburn University

Training for the 100 yard breaststroke went well. Warmup was exactly how I had done it all season and in training. I was happy with the execution in the 100 yard breaststroke but not with the time”.

When she spoke about the 200 yard breaststroke she revealed she actually had picked up an injury

I actually got a groin injury which made it really difficult to kick. I did not have a great swim but I was pleased that I gave everything to try to help my team”.

The 2016 CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships) 18 and over girls champions in the 100 metre described the time period leading up the Last Chance meet

After SECS it was about taking care of the injury and putting the pain behind me to prove to everyone I could make it. I was not happy with my performances in my freshman and sophomore years and knew I could better”

In Athens Georgia she would lower her personal best yet again in the heats with a time of 1:00.45 (split time 28.45). That ranked her as the fastest swimmer heading in to the A final. She described to draftingthecaribbean how she felt in that final

Breanna on deck after her first sub minute in the 100 yard breaststroke

In the final I felt great for the first 50 yards (split time  28.23 and over half a second ahead of the field). I felt numb in the last 50 yards. I felt all the pain hit me in the last 10 yards but just kept thinking I need to throw my arms forwards and I have to do it”.

When she touched the wall she had registered her first sub minute swim in the event of 59.99 and beat the field by more than .50 of a second. Breanna is the 2nd fastest Jamaican female at the NCAA level in the event behind Olympian Alia Atkinson’s 59.43 from the 2009 NCAA Division I Championships in College Station Texas. They are also the only two women to have dipped below the 1 minute mark in the event

When Breanna was asked about the improvement in her performances in her junior year she offered this explanation

“After not qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016 I started to reevaluate my life and started to focus on what made  me happy . I also put a more positive approach to what I did in life and applied that to my training. I did not just train hard greater self-belief”.

At the Last Chance meet she would also crush her 200 yard breaststroke time taking almost 4 seconds off her previous best to record a time of 2:12.73 (split time 1:03.78).That time was also significantly under the NCAA Division I B time of 2:15.99.

When the NCAA released their heats sheet for the Championships Roman was ranked 26th.The cut off time for qualification in the event was 1:00.34.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Championships will take place from March 15-18 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana.