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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.





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Venezuela ‘s standard bearer in the 200 metre butterfly at the last two World Championships (Kazan and Barcelona)  Olympian Marcos Lavado (2012) continued to be the man to call on at 2017 Budapest World Championships as he again recorded the regional best time of 1:57.37 for 19th overall.

Not only did he better his best World Championship time and placing from 2013 of 1:58.69 and 22nd position he also recorded the fastest time ever done by a Venezuelan swimmer at the World Championships.


Lavado’s performance should come as no surprise as he broke the national record of 1:57.51 by Olympian Rafael Vidal when he won the Bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games with a swim of 1:56.98 at the Aquatic International Invitational in Barbados.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Lavado he spoke about his performances and his plans

“I think it was a great meet for me, I was in good shape and I felt confident that I could drop my times… I swam 200 and 100 butterfly where I got 19th and (53.97) 45th place respectively. They weren’t my best times but I can take them and I know that I can do better with my coach Gianluca Alberani who has supported me since I arrive to this swimming club (Azura Florida Aquatics) in January 2016. Now I’d like to take a little break and start a new plan and talk with my coaches what are the most important meets to be focus on for next year”


Justin Plaschka Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Jamaica’s fastest ever sprinter Justin Plaschka continues to etch his name further in the nation’s swimming history books. Already the quickest swimmer in short course yards (25 yards), short course metres (25 metres) and the long course pool (50 metres) he continues to solidify his top spot by recording the top time ever done by a Jamaican in all the meets he competes in. That trend started in his first meet, the 2015 CCCAN Championships in Barbados and continued at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships in The Bahamas and the 2016 World short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada. The 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest would just be a continuation of his hot streak.

He stroked his way to a time of 22.93 to place 49th overall. That performance is the fastest Jamaican time ever done at the World Championships. That bettered the 23.87 set by Brad Hamilton at the 2009 Rome Championships. The swim also marks the first time a Jamaican man has broken into the top 50 since 1994.  Justin also ranks as the fastest CARIFTA swimmer in Budapest and the 4th fastest amongst CCCAN sprinters

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Justin Plaschka Photo courtesy of newsday.com

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Plaschka today and he gave his impressions on his performance and the Championship overall

“I was a little disappointed to not go a personal best but overall I executed my race strategy pretty well and was happy with that. My start wasn’t great which could have cost me a few tenths but other than that I could not complain. It was just an amazing experience to get to compete at world championships and all the experience it gave me is only going to help me hopefully in my future meets”.


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)



The second day of the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships on Monday July 24 saw Christopher Courtis registering the best 100 metre backstroke ranking for Barbados since 2005.

Courtis who recently crowned himself CCCAN champion in Trinidad and Tobago in the 18 and over age group clocked 57.23 (split time 27.37) to place 35th overall. That is the best position for Barbadian swimmer at the World Championships since the 2005 Montreal competition when Nicky Neckles placed 23rd.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to him after the race he gave his thoughts about the race

“Overall I am satisfied with my 100 back. At first thought I was hoping for a best time and was disappointed that that did not happen. However, it was my best ever heat swim and I am very happy with that. I am always grateful to be able to represent my country and look forward to doing that again on Saturday in the 50 back”.

Jesse Washington, Jack Kirby and Lilly Higgs represent for CARIFTA region by making Championship finals at 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

The first day of competition of the Commonwealth Youth Games at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre in the The Bahamas saw three swimmers from the CARIFTA region making it to the prestigious Championship final, Jesse Washington of Bermuda, Jack Kirby of Barbados and Lilly King of The Bahamas. The competition will see young swimmers aged 15 to 18 for the boys and girls 14-17 for the girls in action from Wednesday July 19 to Saturday July 22.

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Jesse Washington Photo courtesy of the Bermuda Sun

Bermuda’s Jesse Washington made the first Championship final for the region when he placed 6th in the 50 metre butterfly .He recorded a personal best and new 17-18 national record time of 25.17. The race was won by Scott McLay of Scotland in 24.53. Silver went to Dylan Koo of Singapore in 24.55 and the Bronze was won by Welsh swimmer Lewis Fraser in 24.66.

Washington has gotten progressively faster throughout the season and is now in sight of the senior national record of 24.77 by Olympian Roy-Allan Burch(2008,2012)

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Bermudian Olympian Roy-Allan Burch and national record holder in the 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of swimbrain.com

Analysis of Washington’s 100 metre butterfly races for the region

Competition Date Venue Time Medal/Position
CARIFTA 2017 April 16 The Bahamas 25.38 6th
CCCAN 2017 June 30 Trinidad and Tobago 25.23 Silver
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 25.17 6th
Jacky Kirby in action in the backstroke Photo courtesy of Baylor Swimming

In the 100 metre backstroke it was Jack Kirby from Barbados who made the first Championship final . In the heats of the event Kirby set a new 15-17 national record and personal best when he clocked 57.01. That bettered the old mark of 57.91 set by Olympian Nicky Neckles (1996, 2000,2004,) at the 1996 Atlanta Games. In the final he posted 57.26 to place 6th overall.

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Nicky Neckles Photo courtesy of barbadostoday.com

The race was won by Francis Fong of Singapore in 56.42.The Silver went to  Mclay of Scotland 56.53 and the Bronze to Kennard Campbell of Australia in 56.85.

Kirby has being having a great season so far winning Silver at CARIFTA, winning Gold at CCCAN and now making a final at major international competition.

Kirby’s 100 metre backstroke results for the region

Competition Date Venue Time Medal/Position
CARIFTA 2017 April 16 The Bahamas 58.20 Silver
CCCAN 2017 June 30 Trinidad and Tobago 58.12 Gold
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 57.01 heats
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 57.26 6th
Lilly Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

Also making a major international final was hometown girl Lilly Higgs who completed the CARIFTA Region Championship final trifecta on Day one .Lilly stopped the clock in a new personal best of 2:36.43 to place 6th as well. The winner of the event was England’s Layla Black in a time of 2:31.00. Silver went to Mya Rasmussen of New Zealand in 2:31.49. Bronze was won by South Africa’s Hanim Abrahams with a clocking of 2:32.32.

Higgs has also enjoyed success in the event this season as she won the Silver medal in the event at CARIFTA when her country hosted the event earlier this year.

Competition Date Venue Time Medal/Position
CARIFTA 2017 April 16 The Bahamas 25.38 6th
CCCAN 2017 June 30 Trinidad and Tobago 25.23 Silver
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 25.17 6th

Other regional swimmers who finished just outside of the top eight to make a Championship final included

Name Country Event Time Place
Madelyn Moore Bermuda 50 metre butterfly 28.91 9th
Victoria Russell The Bahamas 50 metre butterfly 28.93 10th
Jeron Thompson Trinidad and Tobago 50 metre butterfly 25.69 10th
Danielle Titus Barbados 100 metre backstroke 1:05.70 9th
Peter Morley The Bahamas 100 metre backstroke 1:00.40 10th
Izaak Bastian The Bahamas 200 metre breaststroke 2:22.91 9th


The total tally of World Championship qualifying performances achieved at the CCCAN Championships stands at 16 as Day 5 came to an end at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday July 2.The swimmers helped in running up the score on Sunday included Valerie Gruest of Guatemala, Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, Luis Flores of Puerto Rico, Joshua Romany of Trinidad and Tobago and Edgar Crespo of Panama.

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Valerie Gruest Photo courtesy of guatemala.com

Olympian Gruest in the 15-17 400 metre freestyle won her race convincingly in a time of 4:16.42 well under the B standard of 4:19.34.That was her seventh Gold medal of the Championship and her second World Championship qualifying mark.

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Marcelo Acosta Photo courtesy of swimmingworld.com

Marcelo Acosta won the 18 and over boys 400 metre freestyle in a Championship record time of 3:55.54. That bettered the Hungary World Championship B standard of 3:56.14. His swim was also faster than the 2011 meet record of 3:59.06 by Puerto Rico’s Raul Martinez. Silver went to Aruban Mikel Schreuders in a new national record of 3:58.38.The Bronze went to the English speaking fastest ever swimmer in the event Alex Sobers of Barbados in 4:00.17.

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Luis Flores Photo courtesy of Florida Southern College

In the battle to decide the fastest man at CCCAN the morning heats saw two men under the 50 metre freestyle B standard of 23.26.Luis Flores of Puerto Rico 22.85 to top the qualifiers heading into the final. Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany was the second seed with a time of 23.01.

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Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

In the final the positions remained the same with both men just off their morning swims. Flores took Gold in 22.85 and Romany the Silver in 23.06 with Schreuders winning Bronze in 23.49 in a new national record.

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Edgar Crespo Photo courtesy of La Prensa

Bettering the World Championship B cut was Panamanian Edgar Crespo. In the morning preliminaries of the 18 and over men’s 100 metre breaststroke he lowered his 2009 Championship record of 1:03.83 by clocking 1:02.79. That performance topped the qualifiers and just missed the B standard of 1:02.46. In the final he underlined his number one seeding with Gold medal winning time and new Championship record of 1:02.37. Silver was won by Aruba’s Jordy Groters in 1:04.07 and the Bronze went Coast Rica’s Arnoldo Herrera in 1:04.89.

Albury Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

Also doing the Championship record double was Bahamian Albury Higgs. In the morning she lowered Jamaica Olympian Alia Atkinson’s (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)  2005 15-17 girls 100 metre breaststroke record of 1:13.93 with a 1:12.93 effort. Higgs would lower that mark in the afternoon with a Gold medal winning time of 1:12.79.She was followed to the wall by Curaçao’s   Chadé   Nercisio who clocked 1:14.27. Marissa Lugo of Puerto Rico was timed in 1:15.58 and won the Bronze.

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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of http://www.royalgazette.com

Also in Championship record mode was one half of the Bermudan 11-12 super duo Elan Daley. In the final of the 11-12 50 metre freestyle she lowered the 1995 Championship record of 27.55 set by another 11-12 star of yester year, Trinidad and Tobago’s Cerian Gibbes. Daley won in a new national record and English speaking Caribbean best of 26.82.No other English speaking Caribbean girl has ever swum faster than 27 seconds. Jamaican speedster Zaneta Alvaranga placed second in 27.78.The other half of the super duo Payton Zelkin won the Bronze is 28.01.

13-14 50 backstroke champion and senior natior record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados
13-14 100 backstroke champion and new senior national record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados

In the 13-14 girls 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus of Barbados set a new Championship, age group and senior national record with her swim of 2:22.39. Titus lowered the 1985 record of 2:22.50 of Costa Rican Olympian Sylvia Poll (1988, 1992). Second went to Vanegas Yanci of Guatemala in 2:24.41 and the Bronze Jahmia Harley to 2:27.05.

Swimmers who achieved the regional Golden Double on the final day included

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Regional Golden Double medallists in the 50 metre freestyle from left to right Elan Daley of Bermuda 11-12 girls Nathaniel Thomas of Jamaica 11-12 boys Amara Pilgrim of Trinidad and Tobago 15-17 girls Photos courtesy of Royal Gazette Bermuda,Cheser Adams and swimtt.com
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle Elan Daley Bermuda
11-12 boys 50 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas Jamaica
15-17  girls 50 metre freestyle Amara Pilgrim Trinidad and Tobago


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Regional Double Golden Double medallist Sam Williamson of Bermuda 11-12 boys Photo courtesy of Bernews
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12  boys 100 metre breaststroke Sam  Williamson Bermuda
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Regional Double Gold medallist in the 13-14 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus of Barbados Photo courtesy of Barbados Nation
Age Group Event Name Country
13-14  girls 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus Barbados