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.
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 Leg||Scout Clark||1:55.51|
|Second Leg||Annabella Lyn||1:53.23|
|Third Leg||Hannah Kloetzer||1:56.05|
|Fourth Leg||Sophia Lee||1:56.09|
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.
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 Leg||Liz Gallagher||24.68|
|Second Leg||Annabella Lyn||24.66|
|Third Leg||Saya Vaules||24.09|
|Fourth Leg||Anna Kottakis||23.65|
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 Leg||Saya Vaules||53.61|
|Second Leg||Annabella Lyn||52.34|
|Third Leg||Scout Clark||53.76|
|Fourth Leg||Scout Clark||52.61|
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.
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.
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.
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 freestyle||19.80|
|100 yard freestyle||44.34|
|100 yard backstroke||48.19|
|100 yard butterfly||48.49|
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
|50 yard freestyle||19.80||20.16||20.23||20.36|
|100 yard backstroke||48.19||49.56||48.72||49.83|
|100 yard butterfly||48.49||48.64||49.50||49.07|
When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Lyn on March 2 she gave her thoughts on her debut Conference Championships
“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”.
Swarthmore finished second to Ursinus 676 to 816.5 points