The final day of the FINA World Cup tour in Singapore saw lightning striking twice for Jamaica in the 50 metre breaststroke Championship final. The ladies from the land, wood and water were history makers again on Day Two and decided to do it again on the final day of the tour.
In the morning heats of the 50 metre breaststroke Roman and Russia’s Yulia Efimova went head to head .Roman did well against the seasoned European with a personal best time of 31.06. Yulia took the win in a time of 30.42. Alia took the final heat with with a time of 29.96 , the only sub 30 seconds time of the morning qualifiers.
Singapore has been a happy hunting for Atkinson having never lost a 50 metre breaststroke race and in the sensational form she has been in was in no mood to lose that winning record. When the starter’s gun went off it would be as it had been all tour long Alia with the fastest reaction time of 0.64 .It would be a case of “last one fast one” and Alia turned it up again in the final to beat the field by over a second and win in a time of 28.93.Teammate Roman was just off her newly minted personal best with a 5th place performance of 31.41. Silver went to Australian Australian Emily Seebohm in 30.25 and the Bronze went to Russian Vitalina Simonova in 31.11. Efimova was disqualified.
Analysis of the Alia’s performances in Singapore
With the reign of Atkinson and the rise of Roman on the international stage and other female swimmers such as Emily MacDonald,Gabrianna Banks, Bryanna Renuart, Shaun Johnson among others making a name for themselves it would not be be improbable to see Jamaica push for a relay medal at the PAN AM Games .
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.
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
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.
First 50 metres
Second 50 metres
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.
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.
The afternoon session of the Dean Martin Memorial Swim meet on October 27 saw Jillian Crooks of Camana Bay Aquatics again breaking more Cayman Islands 11-12 national records. Joining her in the record breaking party was Zarek Wilson of the Blue Dolphins of Trinidad and Tobago who also lowered the English speaking record 11-12 butterfly record.
It would be Wilson who started the record breaking in the 200 metre butterfly. Zarek already held the fastest English speaking Caribbean mark in the 11-12 age group when he had set the bar at 2:20.25 at meet earlier in the month. As the race was open he would test his skills with older swimmers . He did not waste the opportunity as he and Jordane Payne of the Y Speedos battled for the majority of the race for supremacy. In the end it would Wilson prevailing and becoming the first 11-12 English speaking swimmer under 2:20. He touched in a time of 2:17.82 .
Records bettered on the way to his new mark was the meet standard of 2:33.52 set by Nathaniel Thomas and the fastest time set in Jamaica by an 11-12 boy of 2:22.71 in 2013 by Damon St Prix at CARIFTA 2013. Also downed was the fastest time recorded at the meet of 2:20.91 by Payne in 2017. When he was in Jamaica for the CARIFTA Championships and won this event he had recorded a time of 2:23.22. In his sights before he enters the 13-14 age group will be the all time 11-12 CCCAN record of 2:15.69 set by Mexico’s Joshua Laisequilla in 2011. Payne would top the 15-16 swimmers and better his own record with a clocking of 2:20.86.
Zarek would also record the fastest time for the meet when he won the 400 IM in a time of 5:18.30. That bettered the 2015 mark of 5:24.99 held by Zachary Moore of the Stingray Swim Club of the Cayman Islands.
Crooks would set her national marks in the 200 metre freestyle and 100 metre breaststroke. In the freestyle event would see Crooks, the 2018 CCCAN Bronze medallist in event battling with the CCCAN Gold medallist and national record holder Jamaican Morgan Cogle of Jupiter Dragons. Crooks would take the win in Kingston as both swimmer went under the 2016 record of 2:19.16 held by the former Jamaican national record holder in the event Emily MacDonald of Swimaz. Crooks would touch in 2:15.17 with Cogle second in 2:17.00. Crooks previous best and national record from CCCAN stood at 2:16.95.
In the 100 metre breaststroke she was not the first to wall as Kokolo Foster of the Tornadoes Swim club lead her to the pads in a time of 1:23.18. Jillian touched just behind in 1:23.60. Both swimmers bettered the 2008 record of 1:24.19 held by Octivia Gray of the Marlins Swim Club. Crooks bettered the 2015 national record of Alison Jackson of 1:24.96.
Brother Jordan , a 2018 Youth Olympics competitor and flag bearer would also set meet marks in Kingston . He took down the record in the 15-16 boys 100 metre freestyle of 55.48 with a time of 54.42. Battling him to the wall was Kyle Sinclair of the Y Speedos timed in 55.02. In the same race teammates from the Tornadoes Swim Club Jordan Hines and Sean -Douglas Gooden topped the 17-18 division with swims of 57.41 and 58.26 respectively and were both under the meet standard of 59.26.
The 200 metre freestyle would see Jordan lowering the 15-16 mark of 2:05.00 by Stingrays Jonathan Key and recording the best time ever done at Dean Martin with a 2:01.05 performance (split time 58.68).
Cogle would bounce back from the 200 freestyle to record the fastest time ever done by a girl at the meet when she stopped the clock in 5:39.56. that swim broke the 11-12 record of 5:47.56 by Ria Plunkett of the Stingrays Swim Club in 2015.It is also faster than the best mark ever at the meet , the 15-16 record of 5:39.99 by Breanna Roman of Swimaz Aquatics.
Other notable records on the day saw the Tornadoes duo of Sabrina Lyn and Sean -Douglas Gooden taking down the breaststroke records in the 13-14 and 17-18 age groups respectively with swims of 1:19.74 and 1:11.45.
Lyn also lowered the 200 metre butterfly record for good measure in a time of 2:41.67 .Last year she had set the 11-12 record with a time of 2:46.66.
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).
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)
CARIFTA Region All Time Rankings
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.