ANNA LYN WINS MULTIPLE RELAY MEDALS IN NEW SCHOOL RECORD TIMES IN CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE DEBUT

Another member of CARIFTA’s class of 2018 has started to make their mark beyond junior waters .On this occasion it is Jamaica’s Annabella Lyn who had a great Conference Championships for her school Swarthmore College. Competing at the Centennial Conference NCAA Division III conference solely composed of schools from Pennsylvania and Maryland . Anna and her teammates re wrote the relay record books multiple times while earning podium spots .She also recorded top ten school times in her individual events.

Annabella dives off in 800 yard freestyle relay Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The meet which was held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania at the Gettysburg College Bullets Pool from February 21-24 saw Anna getting the meet off to a great start in the 800 yard freestyle relay with a Silver medal in her very first race. When Anna, who was the second leg went into the water her team was in fourth position. Throughout her career swimming for Jamaica Anna has been known to give fantastic relay performances and college would not make any difference to that. She unleashed the fastest leg of the relays of 1:53.23 to put The Garnet in first. The team would hold on for a podium position and better the 2018 school record of 7:41.18 to record a time of 7:40.88. Gold went to Ursinus in 7:39.24 and the Bronze to Gettysburg in 7:41.40.

First LegScout Clark1:55.51
Second LegAnnabella Lyn1:53.23
Third LegHannah Kloetzer1:56.05
Fourth LegSophia Lee1:56.09
Total Time7:40.88

In the 400 yard medley relay Anna would record the second fastest anchor leg of the relay 52.68 to earn another Silver medal in 3:54.72 in a new school record. The old record had belonged to the 2015 team that recorded a time of 3:55.24. This is also the first time that The Garnet team has medalled in the event since that 2015 team won the Gold. Ursinus won Gold in 3:47.67 and Gettysburg the Bronze in 3:56.43.

400 yard medley relay podium Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn
BackstrokeStephanie Tilneac59.11
BreaststrokeLiz Staton1:05.36
ButterflyLiz Gallagher57.57
FreestyleAnnabella Lyn52.68
Total Time3:54.72

The assault on the record books would continue in the 200 yard freestyle relay.Another 2015 standard of 1:38.13 would fall to the wayside as The Garnet took the Silver in 1:37.08.

First LegLiz Gallagher24.68
Second LegAnnabella Lyn24.66
Third LegSaya Vaules24.09
Fourth LegAnna Kottakis23.65
Total Time1:37.08

This is first podium finish in the event since 2017 and the highest since the 2015 team won the Silver in a then school record.

School record number four was in the 400 yard freestyle relay where the Garnet posted a time of 3:32.32 for yet another Silver medal. The record again belonged to the 2015 team that had set the mark at 3:33.77 to win Silver.That was also the last time the school had been on the podium in the event. Gold was won by Ursinus in 3:28.61 and the Bronze to Gettysburg in 3:33.83.

First LegSaya Vaules53.61
Second LegAnnabella Lyn52.34
Third LegScout Clark53.76
Fourth LegScout Clark52.61
Total Time3:32.32
Anna competing in the heats of the 200 yard freestyle Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

In the 200 yard freestyle Anna recorded the second fastest time of her career to stop the clock in 1:54.16 (split time 55.10) to win the Bronze. That swim puts her as the second fastest of all time in program history and she will have in her sights the 2015 school record of Supriya Davis of 1:53.15.

Williams and Lyn 2018 15-17 200 metre freestyle Gold and Bronze medallists Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Anna is the fastest Jamaican woman in the 200 yard freestyle this season.In her last year at the CARIFTA Championships Anna won Bronze in the 200 metre freestyle.

200 yard freestyle podium Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

In the 100 yard freestyle Lyn placed fifth in the Championship final in a season best of 53.10 (split time 25.54) to be the third fastest swimmer in school history. She was 19th in the 50 yard freestyle in the second fastest time of her career of 24.97.

Jason Adams Photo courtesy of Dickinson College

Jamaica and by extension the CARIFTA region has had great showings at this Conference as evidenced by the record book where the name Jason Adams is seen a number of times . When competing for Dickinson in 2014 Jason set the Championship record in the following events

50 yard freestyle19.80
100 yard freestyle44.34
100 yard backstroke48.19
100 yard butterfly48.49

All but the 100 yard freestyle also doubles as the overall Conference records. That 44.34 is the third fastest time ever in the Conference. He was never defeated in an individual event at the Conference Championships

Year2014201320122011
50 yard freestyle19.8020.1620.2320.36
100 yard backstroke48.1949.5648.7249.83
100 yard butterfly48.4948.6449.5049.07

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Lyn on March 2 she gave her thoughts on her debut Conference Championships

Anna Photo courtesy of swarthmore athletics

“Going into my Conference meet I thought I would have a chance at making NCAA’s in a relay and the first night was the 4 x 200 relays and that was our best shot.I ended up doing my best relay leg split with a of 1:53.2,By all means that should have made it but our relay was a bit off and we ended up not making it by around a second.that set the tone for the rest of the meet for me.I did have some really good swims by the way I executed them and the mindset I went into the races with.I did not get the times I wanted .I know that next year it will be a lot better and different and I can get to where I want.So overall I am very happy with what I did”.

2019 Conference team Photo courtesy of swarthmore athletics

Swarthmore finished second to Ursinus 676 to 816.5 points

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TEAM TTO’S RACINE ROSS LOWERS FREESTYLE PB AND EARNS BUTTERFLY BRONZE IN COLLEGE CONFERENCE DEBUT

The CARIFTA class of 2018 continues to perform well in the senior college ranks .One such swimmer doing well now that she has stepped from junior competition is Trinidad and Tobago’s Racine Ross.

Ross in action at CARIFTA 2018

A freshman at the Division III powerhouse Kenyon College Ross made her North Coast Athletic Conference debut in Granville Ohio. Competing in the 50 yard freestyle she qualified for the B final event with a time of 24.78. She blew that time away in the final in the afternoon when she stopped the clock in 23.93 for a new personal best. Her previous personal standard of 24.17 was recorded in November at the Kenyon Total Performance Invitational.

Ross celebrating on her podium with her 100 metre butterfly Gold medal at CARIFTA 2018 in Kingston Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

In what has to be considered her best event the 100 yard butterfly Racine qualified for the Championship final with a time of 56.82 (split time 26.51). The final saw her earning the Bronze medal in a time of 56.06 (split time 25.96). She was just outside her best of 55.93 recorded at the Total Performance Invitational. Gold and Silver went to the Denison duo of Maddie Hopkins and Katie Mesaros in times of 54.68 and 55.81. Ross closed out her CARIFTA career with the Gold medal in the girls 15-17 100 metre butterfly.

Start of the 100 metre butterfly in Kingston in 2018 Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The 200 yard butterfly saw her placing eighth in a time of 2:13.44. In the morning preliminaries saw recording a time of 2:12.36 (split time 59.31).

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Ross she gave her assessment of her performances and what is next in store for her

“I was very happy with my swims at this meet.I got a best time in my 50 free.I went under 24 seconds for the first time from a flat start. My 100 fly I was very impressed with it. I was 56.0 and my best time is 55.9, very close so I was very happy with that performance. My 200 fly was a little bit more difficult but considering where I am in the season I am pretty happy. Because coming into this meet I was one of a few persons who did not shave for it.We had a very small taper and not that much rest in the weight room.So considering all those factors I was very impressed with the outcome of the meet. My next meet would be Nationals (Division III Championships in Greensboro North Carolina) about the third week in March.That meet I will be more tapered and I will actually be shaved for it so I am hoping for an even better outcome. I am very happy about the overall Conference experience”.

Kenyon’s CARIFTA medallists Black,Ross and Weekes .Photo courtesy of Mary Ross

Her Kenyon teammates Joseph Black of Jamaica and Luis Sebastian Weekes of Barbados also had great college conference debuts as they both earned spots on the top of the podium

LYNVAL LOWE , COACH OF 2018 CARIFTA 200 METRE FREESTYLE CHAMPION BRITNEY WILLIAMS CONFIDENT OF SUCCESSFUL 2019 DEFENCE

2018 Carifta 15-17 Gold and Bronze medallists Williams and Lyn Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Lynval Lowe , coach of Jamaican Britney Williams is confident of her successfully defending her 15-17 200 metre freestyle title in Barbados in April.

Britney Williams Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

Lowe,the head coach of Swimaz Aquatics expressed this sentiment after his charge swimming for Wolmer’s Girls set the meet record twice in that event at the 2019 ASAJ High school & Tertiary Championships held Feb 8 -9. Williams recorded times of 2:14.95 in the heats then a season best of 2:13.10.Currently seeded second in the rankings Williams is a big meet performer and will use the Walter Rogers Age Group championships which the last local qualifier to gain pole position.

Britney Williams celebrating CARIFTA Gold with the hometown crowd in 2018 Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Coach Lowe he said ” Britney is really working hard. At the last meet she trained in the morning then she represented her school in the afternoon and did a season best of 2:13.10. We are looking to lower that time to 2:08 or 2:09 by Age Group championships.Her winning time at CARIFTA last year was 2:10.We are looking at 2:08 or 2:07 which will make her very competitive and would enable her to defend her 200 metre freestyle title.Right now she is in good shape and so far so good and we will continue the work and we expect to do very well at the age group championships coming up at the end of the month”.

Joanna Evans about to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics Photo courtesy of swimming world

Britney will be looking to be the first 15-17 female swimmer to defend the title since CARIFTA great and record holder in the event Joanna Evans of The Bahamas did so in 2015 in Barbados with the existing record 2:03.00. She took the title in 2014 in 2:05.52 outside of the then record of 2:03.72 of the legendary Janelle Atkinson of Jamaica.

Janelle Atkinson at the 2001 CCCAN Championships Photo courtesy of swimjamaica.com

The pool swimming segment of the CARIFTA Championships will be held from April 19 to 23.Championships is an approved qualifying meet for the 18th FINA World Championships 2019 – Gwangju, Korea, the Pan American Games 2019 – Lima, Peru and the XXXII Olympiad 2020 – Tokyo, Japan

TEAM TTO’S RISING STAR ZAREK WILSON RETURNS TO JAMAICA FOR 2018 DEAN MARTIN MEMORIAL MEET

 

 

Zarek Wilson in action at the October Classic Invitational Swimming classic
Zarek Wilson in action at the October Classic Invitational Swimming classic Photo courtesy of Harold Robert Wilson

Team (Trinidad and Tobago)  TTO’s Zarek Wilson who will be representing his club Blue Dolphins will return to Jamaica to compete at the 2018 edition of the Dean Martin Memorial Swim meet at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston from October 26 to 28.

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11-12 high point winners girls and boys Elan Daley of Bermuda and Zarek Wilson Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The last time Wilson was here for the CARIFTA championships he led a dominant 11-12 youth brigade from the twin island republic. Zarek dominated the competition winning 12 Gold and One Silver from 13 events , a near flawless winning percentage. During that competition from March 31 to April 3 he lowered the 400 metre freestyle record to 4:27.78.

Wilson will enter the competition having earned 21 Gold 6 Silver and 4 Bronze medals in the calendar year 2018 across the three major regional age group competitions UANA, CARIFTA and CCCAN. He will also be in good form for the three day meet having lowered the 11-12 national records at home in 3 events at the October Classic Invitational in at the Marlins Swim Pool in Westmoorings in early October.

400 metre freestyle 4:21.16
200 metre butterfly 2:20.25
1500 metre freestyle 17:46.74

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Kael Yorke diving off the blocks in the heats of the 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The previous records were  400 metre freestyle 4:23.66 by Joshua Romany in 2008  200 metre butterfly 2:21.68 and  1500 metre freestyle 17:50.31 by Kael Yorke in 2013.

The 1500 metre freestyle record was subsequently lowered  at the same meet by another 11-12 star Nikoli Blackman who took it to 17:36.90 at the same meet.

Zarek ,though untapered will have a much lighter work load swimming a mere “six” events.

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Zachary Moore Photo courtesy of caymansportsbuzz

The first event he will tackle is the 1500 metre freestyle where the meet record and fastest time ever recorded in Jamaica by an 11-12 boy is 18:51.65 set by the Cayman Islands’ Zachary Moore while representing the Stingray Swim Club in 2015 . So the fans on Friday will have a chance to see the first sub 18 minutes swim on local swim by an 11-12 swimmer.

 

Three events later he will  have his final race for the day the 200 metre individual medley. That meet record of 2:31.18  was set by another rising star from the Cayman Islands and the Stingray Swim Club Corey Fredrick- Westborg. The fastest ever 11-12 time  posted in Jamaica is 2:24.55  held by another member of Team TTO ,Jabari Baptiste. That time was set at CARIFTA 2010 when he won Gold. This past summer he was a member of Team TTO’s  CAC Games 400 metre freestyle relay team that won the Bronze in a new national record of 3:22.83.

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Team TTO at the 2018 CAC Games

On Saturday his first event will be the 200 metre butterfly.The 11-12 200 metre butterfly record stands at 2:33.52 by the Tornadoes Nathaniel Thomas and the fastest ever 11-12 time in Jamaica is 2:22.71 set by Damon St Prix of Barbados when he won Gold at CARIFTA 2013. With the event being open the sporting public may see Zarek be pushed to under the 2:20 mark.

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Weekes competing in the heats of the 200 individual medley at the 2017 CARIFTA championships Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The 400 individual medley, also an open event sees the 2015 Moore standard of 5:24.99 under threat. Zarek may also get the push needed to go under the Jamaica best mark of 5:09.20 set by  recent 2018 Youth Olympic Games competitor Luis Sebastian Weekes of Barbados. Weekes set that mark at CARIFTA 2013 when he topped the 11-12 field for the Gold.

 

The final day sees the 400 metre freestyle as the opening event. The meet record stands at 4:51.13 by the Tornadoes Sean- Douglas Gooden . It is no surprise that Zarek holds the fastest time ever swum in 11-12  as he set the CARIFTA Championship record of 4:27.78 earlier this year. As he prepares to go into the stronger 13-14 age group he will be using this meet to post a sub 4:20 time and set yet another national record. The fastest time ever swum across all age groups at the meet is 4:30.93 by John Bodden of the Stingrays Swim Club of the Cayman Islands in 2016.

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Dylan Carter at the 2013 CARIFTA swimming championships Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

His final race in Jamaica will be the 50 metre freestyle where he saw the a big improvement at his last meet from 27.03 to 25.67. The meet record of 26.16 is held by  Jamaica’s Nathaniel Thomas who dominated the region in 11-12 in the event when he both the CARIFTA and CCCAN titles.

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Nathaniel Thomas  2017 CARIFTA and CCCAN in the 11-12 boys 50 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

The best 11-12 time recorded in Jamaica is 25.90 by French Guyana’s Dilan Nunez Green at CARIFTA this year when he lowered the long standing record of 26.00 Team TTO’s Olympian Dylan Carter. The  11-12 national record for Team TTO is 25.58 held by Carter. So Wilson could end his Jamaican adventure with a national mark.

The 2018 Dean Martin Memorial meet with the  inclusion of  Wilson and other CARIFTA,CCCAN and Goodwill Games champions promises to be yet another exciting meet with many closes races and records set to fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANOTHER CARIFTA CHAMPION AND RECORD HOLDER RISES TO THE CHALLENGE AT CAC GAMES JACK KIRBY LOWERS BACKSTROKE AGE GROUP RECORD IN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Another of the region’s top junior swimmers showed the class of swimmer the CARIFTA region is producing by making a major senior international final. It was the turn of Jack Kirby of Barbados who qualified for the 100 metre backstroke final.

Jack morning heats
Kirby preparing to swim in the morning heats

Coming to the championships Kirby was a known quantity regionally  in the junior ranks .This was evidenced by his season where he set the Championship record at the UANA Cup with a national record of 56.34 and a Championship record and the fastest time ever at CARIFTA of 56.59.

Jack and DaVante on podium
Jack Kirby and DaVante Carey push off the blocks in the Championship final of the 15-17 50 metre backstroke at CARIFTA 2018. Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

He would break his 15-17 age group national record with a time of 56.22 to place second in heat 1 . His speed endurance was seen with the fastest second 50 metres of all the swimmers as he moved from fourth to second with a 28.64 clocking. The swim also moved him to the top of the list in terms of Barbadian 100 metre backstroke performances as he bettered the previous best time of CAC legend Nicky Neckles in his Silver medal winning performance at the 2010 Games.

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Nicky Neckles with Silver in the 100 metre backstroke at the 2010 Games Photo courtesy of swimbarbados.com

Neckles won a complete set of medals in the event Bronze in 2002, Gold in 2006 when he swept the 50, 100 and 200 events and Silver in 2010.

In the final he changed tactics and went out hard and was second at the turn in 26.77. He could not withstand the charge from the field and placed a creditable fifth in yet another national age record time 56.19.

NATIONAL AGE GROUP RECORD PROGRESSION

UANA 2018 CAC 2018 heats CAC 2018 Final
First 50 metres 27.40 27.58 26.77
Second 50 metres 28.94 28.64 29.42
Final Time 56.34 56.34 56.19

Draftingthecaribbean contacted Kirby and got his reaction about his swim

” I was hoping for 55 but my finals event wasn’t executed properly. The race was exciting though as everyone was close”. His record swims were all under the automatic A standard for the Youth Olympics of 56.96 ,and the 2019 PAN AM a standard of 56.49. It also brings him closer to the 2018  Hangzhou World Short Course Championships and 2019 Gwangju World Championships  (LCM)  B standard of 55.95 and the  2011 national senior record of 55.88 held by Olympian Bradley Ally.

 

Renzo Tjon A Joe seeks regional sprint hat trick at CAC Games after 50 metre freestyle wins at South American Games and CCCAN

Suriname’s Olympian Renzo Tjon A Joe will be looking for a regional tri fecta in the 50 metre. So far this season he claimed the FASTEST SWIMMER title at the 2018 South American Games in Bolivia and the CCCAN Championships in Aruba and will be seeking to do the same in Colombia. At the Rio Olympics he was the CAC region’s top sprinter placing 21st

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Renzo celebrating South American Games Gold in the 50 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of therenzotjonajoeofficial fan page

He started his hot streak at the G.A.M.C. Aquatics Center at Mariscal Santa Cruz Park in Cochabamba in May when he  topped the sprinters in a time of 22.65. Winning the Silver was Venezuela’s Cristian Quintero who touched in 22.71 and Brazilian André Calvelo took the Bronze in 22.80.

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18 and over 50 freestyle medallists Greene, Tjon A Joe and Reyes Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

He would strike more Gold at the CCCAN championships at Pisina Olimpico Roly Bisslik in  early July when he was the only sub 23 seconds swimmer as he clocked 22.88  after being 22.86 in the heats. Silver went to Gershwin Greene of The Bahamas in 23.52 and the Bronze was won by Franco Reyes of Panama in 23.65.

He will now set about the challenge of taking his first CAC Games title after winning Silver in Veracruz Mexico in 22.62.Winning on that occasion was legendary regional swimmer Olympic medallist George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago who won his third consecutive title. Defending the throne this time for the twin island republic will be Olympian Dylan Carter and Joshua Romany. He would be familiar with the duo swimming against them in the junior ranks at CARIFTA.

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Renzo Tjon A Joe reacts to winning Gold in the 15-17 metre freestyle in 2013 Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

They also finished in the order Renzo 23.44, Dylan 23.46 and Joshua 24.27 in  2013 in Kingston Jamaica when he set then fastest time for CARIFTA  23.37 in the heats before taking Gold.

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Bastian celebrates Record swim Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The swimmer that that took that record from him Izaak Bastian at CARIFTA 2018 also in Jamaica with a time of 23.25 will also be in the 50 metre freestyle lineup trying to deny him the triple.

In 2014 at the South American Games in Chile he finished with the Bronze with 22.88 and this year he upgraded it to Gold. After winning the Silver in  Veracruz Mexico will we see Renzo mining Colombian Gold? Will he also be able to break his own national record which is the same time as the 2010 Games record held by Bovell at 22.23 ?

 

2018 REV National Swimming Championships LAMAR TAYLOR CLOSES IN ON BECOMING THE FASTEST 13-14 SWIMMER IN THE ENGLISH SPEAKING CARIFTA REGION OF ALL TIME, LOWERS THREE NATIONAL RECORDS IN SIX GOLD MEDAL PERFORMANCE

When Lamar Taylor had been disqualified in the Championship final in the boys 13-14 50 metre freestyle at the 2017 CCCAN Championships after qualifying with a time of 25.18  in  July  he told draftingthecaribbean would be using that moment as inspiration to be even faster . Less than than a year later he has been true to his word by breaking the national record in the 50 metre freestyle and closing in on being the fastest 13-14 swimmer from the English speaking CARIFTA region OF all time.

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CARIFTA region’s top 13-14 boy at the UANA Cup Lamar Taylor of The Bahamas

Since last summer the Freeport Aquatics swimmer has blazed a trail to become the fastest regional swimmer this season in the 13-14 age category. At the inaugural  UANA Cup in Coral Springs Florida he was the top CARIFTA swimmer as he won Silver in a time of 24.57, the Gold went to Mexican Victor Salcedo Carrillo who out touched him with a 24.56.

At the CARIFTA Championships in Kingston Jamaica he took the Gold medal in a then personal best of 24.27 . He took the title convincingly as he was more than half a second ahead of the field . In that race he was just short of the national and CARIFTA record of  24.25 set by countryman Izaak Bastian.

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Bastian celebrates Record swim Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

At the 2018 Rev national he would make no mistake as he clocked a new PB, Championship record and age group national record of 24.06. In the final he was in scintillating form as he took the title in a time of 23.79. Lowered in the process was the Bastian’s 2016 meet record of 24.56.

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Joshua Romany

The next milestone is getting past the 23.77 of Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany which stands as the fastest performance by a 13-14 swimmer from the English speaking CARIFTA region.

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Crox Acuña Photo courtesy of rtve.es

 

Already the top seed in the race for the upcoming CCCAN Championships in Aruba he is now faster the meet record of 24.10 held by Venezuela’s  Olympian Crox Acuña (Beijing 2008 and London 2012).

Event CCCAN 2017 UANA CARIFTA Nationals
50 metre freestyle DQ 25.18 heats 24.57 Silver * 24.27 Gold 24.06,23.79 Gold

The national age group record in the 100 metre freestyle would not be spared as it went down as well. In the heats of the event he had splits of 26.24 and 27.72 for a total time  of  53.96 to go under 54 seconds for the first time. The old national and Championship record of 54.25 had belonged to Kevon Lockhart. In the final he even split the race 27.60 and 27.51 to win in a time of 55.11.

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John Bradley Photo courtesy of bahamasswimmingfederation

The 200 metre freestyle saw another easy win for Taylor as he took Gold in 2:03.33 (split time 1:00.47) to be just outside the Championship record of 2:03.28 by John Bradley .

Swimming for  exhibition he broke the 50 metre butterfly meet record and age group record of 26.16 and 26.18 respectively by Bastian with a blast of 26.09. His club mate Rommel Ferguson would lower that in the final with time of 25.98.

The 100 metre butterfly final would be a battle between the clubmates. Ferguson struck the first blow when he went out to a lead of 28.52 to Taylor’s 29.97. But in great display of negative splitting Lamar had the only sub 30 seconds split of 29.75 to lead his teammate to the wall 59.75 to 59.95. That would be the first time under the 1 minute mark for both swimmers.

Event UANA CARIFTA Nationals
100 metre butterfly 1:01.87 7th 1:00.01 Gold 59.72 Gold

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CARIFTA 13-14 100 metre backstroke medal podium from left to right Tristan Pragnell Barbaos Silver medallist, Taylor Gold and Youris Geran Guadeloupe Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Bahamas Aquatics

The sprint back stroke events the 50 and 100 metres saw him winning Gold in 28.05 and 1:01.57 respectively.

Event UANA CARIFTA Nationals
50 metre backstroke 28.62 Gold 28.38 Gold 28.05 Gold

The 100 metre backstroke effort lowered the Championship record of 1:01.82 held by DaVante Carey.  A sub minute performance in the event could be on the cards for Lamar as his splits at CARIFTA and REV nationals suggest that he could  be much faster

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Taylor reacts to coming from behind to win the 100 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Bahamas Aquatics

CARIFTA 30.94 and 30.47 Gold 1:01.41

Rev Nationals  30.11 and 31.46 Gold 1:01.57.

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Chris Vythoulkas Photo courtesy of Bahamas Olympic Commitee

The 1999 national record of 1:00.82 is held by Olympian Chris Vythoulkas (Athens 2004)  .

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Lamar he gave us his impression of nationals

“I feel really good about breaking the national records. I came to Nationals with the goals of setting the national marks in the 50 and the 100 freestyle and if I was lucky even more. It felt amazing to go 53 in the heats of the 100 metre freestyle. After my DQ in the 200 individual medley I felt I had to play it safe and that caused me to slow down a lot.So I just came up early (before the 15 metre mark and played it safe). In the 50 metre freestyle I knew that people were watching me on the 15 metre mark so in the heats I popped up early and went as fast as I could. In the final I stayed down a little longer and came up right before the 15 metre. I felt really good about the time and how I broke the record. In my mind during training for Nationals my goals were to better all my times and go under 24 and 54 for my 50 and 100 freestyle. I do have to say I was a little disappointed with my 50 freestyle time as I wanted to get the Youth Olympics Games A cut of 23.56″.