MICHAEL GUNNING CONTINUES TO REWRITE NATIONAL RECORDS AT STOCKPORT METRO MEET

Jamaica’s Michael Gunning continued to show that he is one of the next wave of Jamaican stars looking to impress in senior international waters at the Commonwealth Games, CAC Games and World Short Course Championships in 2018 with another series of record breaking performances over the weekend.

 

Competing at the Stockport Metro November Open Meet this past weekend contested over short course metres (25 metre pool) he took down the  400 metre freestyle record and crushed his 200 metre butterfly set a little over week ago . He has set those records in the midst of heavy training schedule which means when he is fully shaved, rested and tapered one can expect him to go much faster in both the 25 metre pool and 50 metre pool when called upon to represent the island in international competitions.

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Michael representing Jamaica at the World University Games in Taipei

Gunning, who has represented Jamaica in at the 2017 World Championships and the 2017 World University Games placed 3rd in the 400 metre freestyle in a time of 3:53.08

Analysis of swim

First 100 54.83
Second 100 58.40
Third 100 59.37
Fourth 100 1:00.48
Total time 3:53.08

That lowered the 3:54.26 by distance King Dominic Walter when he represented the McMaster University in a Silver medal winning performance at the 2016 Ontario University Athletics Championships. Gunning completed yet another national record double as he now owns both the short course and national records in the event.

Event SCM LCM
400 metre freestyle 3:53.08 3:57.70

Michael only participated in the Saturday session of the  three day meet as he revealed to draftingthecaribbean “I only swam as I’m so broken from training I did not want to run myself into the ground” which speaks to the intensity of his workouts at this time of the season.

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Michael Gunning 200 metre butterfly record swim

Despite that he managed to crush his 200 metre butterfly national record of 2:05.12 with a Silver medal winning performance of 2:00.07. Michael was just edged for the Gold by Jacob Jackson of Ellesmere who recorded a time of 1:59.75.

Comparison of national record swims

First 100 58.00 59.28
Second 100 1:02.07 1:05.84
Total time 2:00.07 2:05.12
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Michael Gunning

Draftingthecaribean spoke to Michael and got his thoughts about his performances

“I’m absolutely tired from racing every weekend but it’s great to see all my hard work is paying off and I’m managing to transfer all my skills from training and see the benefits coming together when I race. I was overjoyed to see how much I had broken those new Jamaican Records by as I didn’t expect to be swimming too fast right now in this block of work. It’s great to see that the Jamaican Swimming History is getting stronger and I’m so honoured that I get to be a part of it. It’s truly heart-warming to see how much encouragement and support I’ve received over the past year I can’t wait to see what’s to come leading into next year, as it’s a really exciting  time for both me and Jamaican swimming”.

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Michael Gunning Photo courtesy of funkytrunks.com

The Stockport swimmer owns the national records in the 50 metre pool in the 200 metre butterfly and 200 metre freestyle at 1:59.83 and 1:50.00. He boasts a personal best of 55.10 in the 100 metre butterfly since donning the Jamaican national colours. Those times would give him the following placings at the last three Commonwealth Games.

Event 2014 2010 2006
200 metre freestyle 12th 13th 7th
400 metre freestyle 18th 15th 13th
100 metre butterfly 17th 12th 12th
200 metre butterfly 12th 11th 5th

Michael is a part of a Jamaica’s next generation of swimmers that includes and is not limited to names such as Nico Campbell, Justin Plaschka, Keanan Dols, Kelsie Campbell, Breanna Roman and Bryanna Renuart. Queen of the pack remains Alia Atkinson and she will seek to lead the Jamaican delegation for the third time. The country continues to improve in the quality and depth of swimming at the senior level.  In 2006 the island sent 3 swimmers to the Melbourne Games, in 2010 3 went to Delhi India and in 2014 6 went to Glasgow Scotland.

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MICHAEL GUNNING PUSHES FOR COMMONWEALTH GAMES QUALIFICATION WITH TWO NATIONAL RECORDS AT BRITISH UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Michael Gunning on his way to a new national record in the 200 scm freestyle

 

Michael Gunning pressed his case for inclusion on the 2018 Commonwealth Games team when he lowered the national records in the 200 metre butterfly and 200 metre freestyle at the British University and College Sports Short Course Swimming Championships held from November 10 to 12.

The meet held in a 25 metre pool at the Ponds Forge in Sheffield saw the University of East London student qualifying for the 200 metre freestyle with a time of 1:50.71. The final would see him finishing 4th in a new personal best time of 1:48.28.

Gunning reacts to setting new national record
Gunning reacts to his new national record

 

That swim, which is his best placing at the Championship, bettered the previous national record of 1:49.11 by distance king Dominic Walter. Dominic had set the previous mark at the Canadian Inter university Championships on February 26, 2016.

Analysis of national records swims by Gunning and Walters

Gunning Walter
25.40 25.80
27.09 27.46
27.85 28.06
27.94 27.79
1:48.28 1:49.11

 

With that championship final performance Gunning now owns the national records in the both the short course and long course (50 metre pool) .The long course record stands at 1:50.00  set at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest Hungary this past summer.

 

Michael would not be finished with his record breaking exploits as he lowered another Walter standard, this time in the 200 metre butterfly. He finished 11th in the event in a time of 2:05.12 (split time 59.28). His swim lowered the 2:05.55  Walter recorded on Feb 7, 2013 at the Ontario University Championships. With that swim he again achieved the national record double in both 25 metre and long course formats.

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Michael Gunning in his record breaking swim in April

Michael’s long course metre record stands at 1:59.83 from the British Championships held on April 19 of this year.

He also competed in the 100 metre butterfly where he placed 21st in a time of 56.61 (split time 26.48)

When draftingthecaribbean spoke the Early Childhood Studies Major today he spoke about his record swims and his quest for Commonwealth Games qualification

“I’m over the moon to break those records last weekend!!I’m still in the middle of my hardest cycle yet and to break those records whilst feeling this tired and fatigued it makes me super excited to see what’s to come. My coach and I have sat down and we are trying to compete at lots of different competitions and race in different events whilst I’m tired as it’s all to get my body use to stepping up when it matters most no matter how tired I am, so when it comes to the Commonwealth Games next year when I am fresh and rested it will come natural to me”.

Michael is seeking to be a part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Team. In 2014 Jamaica was represented by Six swimmers Three women and Three Men .That squad had Eight top 16 performances  including medals  a Silver and a Bronze won by Atkinson in the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke races. With Jamaican swimming improving since 2014 a team of the same size at least should be expected . The 2018 squad should see  Commonwealth Games record holder  Alia Atkinson in action in Melbourne . Other hopefuls for the team include

Women Men
Breanna Roman Nico Campbell
Kelsie Campbell Xavier Phillips
Sidrell Williams
Bryce Butler
Joseph Black
Keanan Dols

JAMAICAN BREANNA ROMAN OPENS SEASON WITH 100 YARD BREASTSTROKE WIN 10TH FASTEST TIME IN THE NCAA

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.

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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.

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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.

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

11-12 MIXED 400 FREESTYLE RELAY AND 15-17 GIRLS 800 METRE FREESTYLE RELAY TEAMS WIN GOLD MEDALS IN NEW CARIFTA RECORD TIMES ON DAY 3 OF 2017 CARIFTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

RECORDMonday April 17 saw the Jamaican team setting Two Championship records and adding to their overall medal haul. The third day of competition at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in The Bahamas saw Team Jamaica winning Two Gold, Three Silver and Two Bronze medals to have an overall medal count of Eight Gold, Six Silver and Seven Bronze medals. With 21 medals in hand Jamaica was Sixth overall with 392 points.

11-12 400 freestyle mixed relay
cARIFTA and National record holders in the 400 mixed freestyle relay from left to right Nathaniel Thomas,Paig’e Lewis,Zaneta Alvaranga and Joshua Alleyne Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

It would be the strong 11-12 age group that would get Jamaica’s first Gold medal of the evening’s championship finals. The team of Zaneta Alvaranga, Paig’e Lewis, Joshua Alleyne and Nathaniel Thomas held off a spirited challenge from Team Bahamas to take the Gold medal in a time of 4:10.28 to the home nation’s 4:10.87. As it was the inaugural event it will stand as the CARIFTA record and Jamaican national record.  The team had set the regional standard in the morning heats with a time of 4:14.25 .That made it Three Championships Records for the team and the Sixth national age group record. Anchor leg Thomas had the following words on behalf of the team about setting the record twice

“It feels exciting to set a record and then break it again in the finals.I think the team did very well overall and next time we can do better”.

800 metre freestyle relay 15-17 girls CARIFTA and National
CARIFTA and National record holders in the 15-17 girls 800 metre freestyle relay from left to right Angara Sinclair,Annabella Lyn, Britney Williams and Bryanna Renuart Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The 15-17 girls have been on fire in the relays winning all the relays since the Games started and yesterday’s finals they continued their hot streak. The team of Britney Williams, Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart and Annabella Lyn flexed their muscles to win the 800 metre freestyle relay in a new National and CARFITA record time of 8:50.53. That Gold medal winning performance made it a perfect 3 for 3. The old national record of 8:56.38 was set in 2016 by the team of Kelsie Campbell, Bryanna Renuart, Shaun Johnson and Annabella Lyn at the CARIFTA Championships. That was also the last time the 15-17 girls topped the event. The old regional record was held by the 2014 Aruban team of Ginayla Arends, Olympian Daniella Van Den Berg, sister Andrea Van Den Berg and Rebecca Maduro. The 15-17 girls accounted for CARFITA record number Four and National record  number Seven with their win. Speaking on behalf of her team anchor Lyn had the following thoughts

“I am really proud of myself and the whole team. We went in the race with little expectations we just expected to try our hardest and everyone  do what we had to. In the race we realized we could we win this .It was an amazing feeling to have all those people behind you pushing you on. Doing the anchor leg I knew all my teammates were behind me pushing me to the record and the Gold medal”.

13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke medallists
13-14 boys medal podium from left to right Cameron Brown Silver medallist Jamaica, Nkosi Dunwoody Gold medallist , Bronze medallist Davante Carey The Bahamas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the 50 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown added another breaststroke Silver medal to his 2017 CARIFTA tally after taking the Silver in the 200 metre event. He was second in a new personal best time of 31.43. It is the first medal in the event since 2012 when Kevaughn Campbell won gold in 2012. Brown continues to track the 2004 national record of 31.05 set by Brad Hamilton.

Zaneta 11-12 100 metre freestyle Silver
Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Zaneta Alvaranga won Silver in the girl’s 11-12 100 metre freestyle in a new personal best time of 1:01.25.

Emily 13-14 100 metre freestyle Silver
Emily MacDonald 13-14 girls 100 metre frestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Teammate Emily MacDonald won Silver in the 13-14 girls equivalent in a new personal best time of 59.28. That was the first Silver in this event in over five years.

Nathaniel thomas 11-12 100 metre freestyle Bronze
Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas won Bronze in a new personal best time of 59.45.It was Nathaniel’s first time under a minute. It was also the first medal in over 15 years. Alford Green won the last medal in 2003 when he won Bronze in 1:01.72.

Annabella Lyn Bronze 15-17 100 metre freestyle
Annabella Lyn 15-17 girls 100 metre freestyle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Countrywoman Annabella Lyn also won Bronze in the 15-17 girls 100 metre freestyle. She won her medal in a personal best time of 59.28.

Team Jamaica had 21 top eight swims in yesterday’s finals.The squad also had swimmers establishing 32 new personal best times for an overall total of 75 best times.

Name Event Age Group heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
1 Simone Vale 200 metre IM 11-12 girls 2:38.35 6th 2:33.49 5th
2 Bryanna Renuart 200 metre IM 15-17 girls 2:30.66 4th 2:26.39 4th
3 Annastazia Chin 200 metre IM 15-17 girls 2:35.51 7th 2:35.07 7th
4 Nicholas Vale 200 metre IM 15-17 boys 2:16.31 5th 2:15.31 5th
5 Gabrianna Banks 50 metre breaststroke 13-14 girls 36.76 7th 37.42 8th
6 Cameron Brown 50 metre breaststroke 13-14 boys 31.96 4th 31.43 Silver
7 Bryanna Renuart 50 metre breaststroke 15-17 girls 35.02 4th 34.93 5th
8 Zaneta Alvaranga 100 metre freestyle 11-12 girls 1:02.13 2nd 1:01.25 Silver
9 Paig’e Lewis 100 metre freestyle 11-12 girls 1:05.78 8th 1:05.54 8th
10 Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre freestyle 11-12 boys 1:01.22 6th 59.45 Bronze
11 Emily MacDonald 100 metre freestyle 13-14 girls 59.61 2nd 59.28 Silver
12 Gabrianna Banks 100 metre freestyle 13-14 girls 1:01.71 4th 1:01.2 5th
13 Cameron Brown 100 metre freestyle 13-14 boys 57.12 8th 56.95 7th
14 Annabella Lyn 100 metre freestyle 15-17 girls 59.92 4th 59.30 Bronze
15 Dominc Mullings 200 metre butterfly 13-14 boys 2:27.96 4th 2:26.29 6th
16 Matthaeu Bonner 200 metre butterfly 15-17 boys 2:12.27 3rd 2:11.48 5th
17 Jesse Marsh 200 metre butterfly 15-17 boys 2:14.02 4th 2:11.47 4th
18 Zaneta Alvaranga, Paig’e Lewis, Joshua Alleyne, Nathaniel Thomas 400 mixed freestyle relay 11-12 4:10.28 Gold NR CR
19 Gabrianna Banks,Brianna Anderson,Simone Vale,Emily MacDoanld, 800 freestyle relay 13-14 girls 9:20.94 5th
20 Britney Williams,Angara Sinclair,Bryanna Renuart, Annabella Lyn 800 freestyle relay 15-17 girls 8:50.53 Gold NR CR
21 Nicholas Vale,Adrian Grant,Jesse Marsh, Mathaeu Bonner 800 freestyle relay 15-17 Boys 8:15.30 6th
Day 3 April 17,2017
Personal Bests Age Group Event Name Time
1 11-12 Girls 200 metre IM Zaneta Alvaranga 2:45.89
2 11-12 girls 50 metre breaststroke Isabella Sierra 42.50
3 13-14 girls 50 metre breaststroke Gabrianna Banks 36.76
4 13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown 31.96
5 13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Akeem Alleyne 33.53
6 11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 1:02.13
7 11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Paig’e Lewis 1:05.78
8 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas 1:01.22
9 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Joshua Alleyne 1:04.04
10 13-14 girls 100 metre freestyle Emily MacDonald 59.61
11 13-14 boys 100 metre freestyle Cameron Brown 57.12
12 11-12 boys 200 metre butterfly Jaleel Samms 3:03.39
21 13-14 boys 200 metre butterfly Dominic Mullings 2:27.96
22 13-14 girls 200 metre IM Simone Vale 2:33.49
23 15-17 girls 200 metre IM Annastazia Chin 2:35.07
24 13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown 31.43
25 11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 1:01.25
26 11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Paig’e Lewis 1:05.58
27 11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas 59.45
28 13-14 girls 100 metre freestyle Emily MacDonald 59.28
29 13-14 boys 100 metre freestyle Cameron Brown 56.95
30 15-17 girls 100 metre freestyle Annabella Lyn 59.30
31 13-14 boys 200 metre butterfly Dominic Mullings 2:26.29
32 15-17 boys 200 metre butterfly Jesse Marsh 2:11.48

ZANETA ALVARANGA SETS NEW NATIONAL AND CARIFTA BUTTERFLY RECORD , 15-17 GIRLS RELAY WIN 2ND RELAY GOLD IN NATIONAL RECORD TIME

Zaneta 11-12 CARIFTA fly record holder
Zaneta Alvaranga CARIFTA 11-12 50 metre butterfly Gold medallist ,Games and National record holder Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The second full day of competition on Sunday April 16 at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in Nassau, Bahamas saw Jamaica capturing Two Gold, One Silver and Two Bronze medals to carry the team’s overall total to Six Gold, Three Silver and Five Bronze medals for a total of Fourteen medals.

Leading the medal charge was Zaneta Alvaranga in the girls 11-12 50 metre butterfly. After expressing disappointment with her start in the morning heats when she clocked a national record time of 29.74. She had no such problems in the Championship final of the event yesterday. She crushed her old national record by more than half a second to beat the field convincingly and touch the pads in a new personal best, NATIONAL record and CARIFTA record time of 29.05. That bettered the old Championship record of 29.09 .Guadeloupe’s Naele Portecop. That is the first Games record of the Championships for Team Jamaica and was the 3rd age group record for the squad. Putting her record swim in context it would have just missed out on the Gold medal in the older 13-14 age group as Trinidad and Tobago’s Gabrielle Donahue won the event in in 29.02.The last time Jamaica won Gold in this event was in 2009 when Danielle Boothe topped the field.

400 metre medley relay gold 15-17 girls
15-17 400 metre medley relay Gold medallists and new national record holders from left to right Angara Sinclair,Annabella Lyn,Shaun Johnson and Bryanna Renuart Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The next Gold medal to be garnered was by the 15-17 Girls 400 medley relay team that took the senior girls title in a time of 4:30.62.That accounted for the 4th age group record of the Games. The team of Shaun Johnson, Bryanna Renuart ,Angara Sinclair and Annabella Lyn lowed the old national standard of another powerful quartet of Danielle Boothe , Breanna Roman, Zara Bailey and Ivanna Chang of 4:30.65 . That team won the Gold in the event at the Kingston Championships in 2013 the last time Jamaica won the event.

13-14 boys medallists
13-14 boys 400 medley relay Silver medallists From left to right Kyle Sinclair,Dominic Mullings,Akeem Alleyne and Cameron Brown Photo courtesy of Rory Alvaranga

The 13-14 boys quartet of Kyle Sinclair, Cameron Brown ,Dominic Mullings and Akeem Alleyne stroked their way to the Silver in the 400 metre medley relay .They had a total time of 4:17.12.That is the first Silver medal won by Jamaica in the event since 2011.

Shaun Johnson 100 metre backstroke Bronze medallist
Shaun Johnson 15-17 girls 100 metre backstroke Bronze medallist.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Shaun Johnson won a Bronze for Jamaica in the girls 15-17 100 metre backstroke in a new personal best time of 1:08.14. The record in the event held by Kendese Nangle of 1:06.00 was broken by the Cayman Islands Lauren Hew in the preliminaries with a time of 1:05.94. Timothy Wynter’s 15-17 100 metre backstroke record of 57.32 would also fall to Aruban standout Patrick Groters would clocked 57.17.

Kendese Nangle CARIFTA 2011
Former record holder in the 15- 17 girls 100 metre backstroke Kendese Nangle in 2011 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Timothy Wynter CARIFTA 2012
Former record holder in the boys 15-17 100 metre backstroke Timothy Wynter in 2012 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Bryanna Renuart 15-17 400 IM
Bryanna Renuart 15-17 girls Bronze medallist in the 400 metre Individual medley Photo courtesy of Michael c Lyn

In the grueling 400 individual medley Bryanna Renuart repeated her 15-17  Bronze medal performance from Martinique in 2016. She stopped the clock in a new personal best time of  5:12.45. She is the first Jamaican girl to win consecutive medals in this event in the 15-17 age group in more than 15 years.

Team Jamaica were in 6th position at the end of Day 2 with 270 points. They had 20 top eight performances and 27 additional personal best times.

Name Event Age Group heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
1 Gabrianna Banks 200 metre freestyle 13-14 girls 2:17.92 8th 2:15.94 2:15.49
2 Britney Williams 200 metre freestyle 15-17 girls 2:11.78 3rd 2:09.69 4th
3 Annabella Lyn 200 metre freestyle 15-17 girls 2:12.65 5th 2:09.93 5th
4 Nicholas Vale 200 metre freestyle 15-17 boys 1:59.23 3rd 1:58.32 5th
5 Zaneta Alvaranga 50 metre butterfly 11-12 girls 29.70 1st 29.05NR Gold
6 Sabrina Lyn 50 metre butterfly 11-12 girls 32.34 7th 30.99 4th
7 Nathaniel Thomas 50 metre butterfly 11-12 boys 29.05 2nd 29.22 5th
8 Emily MacDonald 50 metre butterfly 13-14 girls 30.39 8th 29.74 5th
9 Shaun Johnson 50 metre butterfly 15-17 girls 29.52 6th 29.24 8th
10 Joshua Alleyne 100 metre backstroke 11-12 boys 1:14.66 7th 1:13.12 7th
11 Brianna Anderson 100 metre backstroke 13-14 girls 1:12.66 8th 1:12.75 8th
12 Kyle Sinclair 100 metre backstroke 13-14 boys 1:05.48 5th 1:04.08 4th
13 Shaun Johnson 100 metre backstroke 15-17 girls 1:09.03 4th 1:08.14 Bronze
14 Bryanna Renuart 400 metre IM 15-17 girls 5:12.16 Bronze
15 Nicholas Vale 400 metre IM 15-17 boys 4:55.19 5th
16 Joshua Alleyne,Nikolos Gordon somers,Nathaniel thomas ,Jaleel Samms 400 metre medley relay 11-12 boys 4:50.19 5th
17 Brianna Anderson,Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale, Emily MacDonald 400 metre medley relay 13-14 girls 4:46.69 5th
18 Kyle sinclair,Cameron Brown,Dominic Mullings,Akeem alleyne 400 metre medley relay 13-14 boys 4:17.12 Silver
19 Shaun Johnson,Bryanna Renuart,Angara Sinclair,Annabella Lyn 400 metre medley relay 15-17 girls 4:30.62 NR Gold
20 Nicholas Vale, Sean douglas-Gooden,Jesse Marsh, Matthaeu Bonner 400 metre medley relay 15-17 boys 4:08.18 5th
Day 2 Wednesday April 16,2017 Personal bests
Age Group Event Name Time
1 11-12 girls 200 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 2:25.47
2 15-17 girls 200 metre freestyle Britney Williams 2:11.78
3 15-17 boys 200 metre freestyle Nicholas Vale 1:59.23
4 11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga 29.70
5 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly Nathaniel Thomas 29.05
6 13-14 boys 50 metre butterfly Cameron Brown 28.43
7 13-14 boys 50 metre butterfly Kyle Sinclair 28.77
8 15-17 girls 50 metre butterfly Shaun Johnson 29.52
9 15-17 girls 50 metre butterfly Annastazia Chin 30.77
10 15-17 boys 50 metre butterfly Jesse Marsh 26.49
11 11-12 girls 100 metre backstroke Paig’e Lewis 1:28.54
12 11-12 boys 100 metre backstroke Joshua Alleyne 1:14.66
13 13-14 boys 100 metre backstroke Akeem Alleyne 1:08.44
14 13-14 boys 100 metre backstroke Kyle Sinclair 1:05.48
15 15-17 girls 100 metre backstroke Shaun Johnson 1:09.03
16 15-17 boys 100 metre backstroke Jesse Marsh 1:04.36
17 11-12 girls 400 metre IM Sabrina Lyn 6:27.82
18 11-12 girls 400 metre IM Paig’e Lewis 7:02.03
19 13-14 girls 200 metre freestyle Gabrianna Banks 2:15.49
20 15-17 girls 200 metre freestyle Britney Williams 2:09.69
21 15-17 girls 200 metre freestyle Annabella Lyn 2:09.93
22 15-17 boys 200 metre freestyle Nicholas Vale 1:58.32
23 11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga 29.05
24 11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn 30.99
25 15-17 girls 50 metre butterfly Shaun Johnson 29.24
26 11-12 boys 100 metre backstroke Joshua Alleyne 1:13.12
27 15-17 girls 400 metre IM Bryanna Renuart 5:12.16

BREANNA ROMAN’S QUALIFICATION FOR THE NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS A TALE OF PERSISTENCE

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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

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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

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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.