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)

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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
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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.

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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.






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.

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

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.


Gunning on way to breaking national freestyle mark
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


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.

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.