As draftingthecaribbean continues to look back at the performances of the region’s best for the 2016-2017 we go back to the World Junior Championships on Day 3 on August 25 where Jack Kirby of Barbados became the fastest age group swimmer from his country in the 50 metre backstroke.
Jack accomplished this feat by swimming 26.88 in the event in Indianapolis.
That swim propelled him to place 23rd overall and the 3rd fastest in the CCCAN region.
Leading up to his record breaking feat on August 25 Jack was already having quite a successful season. Competing in the 15-17 age group CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas he broke the record twice in the heats and final of the event clocking 27.19 and then 27.08 to win the Silver. The previous record was held by Olympian Bradley Alley (2004, 2008,2012) set way back in 2002 with a time of 27.63.
He would follow up that success on June 29 to tie for Gold at the CCCAN championships in Trinidad and Tobago with French Guiana’s Steve Amiable in a time of 27.23.
On July 20 at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas he would make his first international final when he placed 7th in a time of 27.05. On his way to that historic final in the morning heats he came close to breaking the 27 seconds barrier when he set a then record time of 27.01.
Two years ago at the 2015 World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore Aruba’s Patrick Groters was 44th in a time of 59.88. Fast forward two years a much improved Groters crushed that time and placing with a good performance in Indianapolis today.
Patrick, who holds the 15-17 CARIFTA record and Aruban national record with a time of 57.17 bettered that time with a 57.01 clocking. That time placed him 17th overall. The top 16th time was 56.75. Mere 26th hundredths from a second swim Patrick earned the accolade of being the top CCCAN swimmer at the Global Championships.
Analysis of Groters swims in 2015 and 2017
CCCAN Champion in the 15-17 Jack Kirby of Barbados produced yet another sub 58 seconds clocking to win heat 4 convincingly in 57.63 (split time 28.27).That performance placed him 23rd overall and second overall from the CCCAN region
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.
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.
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.
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”
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
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.
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
CISC July 2016
Mesa April 2017
WC July 2017
CCCAN rankings for the 200 metre freestyle in Budapest
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”.