On the sixth day of competition (July 28) of the 2017 World Swimming championships in Budapest Hungary Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter (2016) topped the CCCAN and CARIFTA rankings in the 100 metre butterfly with a time of 52.73 (split time 23.98) to place 28th. He was the only one from both regional groupings to be under the 53 seconds barrier.
He had established himself as the joint fastest CARIFTA swimmer of all time in the event when he won Gold at the CCCAN Championships last month with a time of 52.73. He holds this accolade with Olympian Barbadian Bradley Ally (2004, 2008, and 2012) who recorded that time in 2009. When Carter touched the timing pads he bettered the best time by a CARIFTA region swimmer at the World championships.
The previous best time was 53.29 set by 1988 Olympic Gold medallist in the event Suriname’s Anthony Nesty (1984, 1988,1992). Nesty, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago won the event with that time at the 1991 Perth Australia World Championships.
Dylan’s placing of 28th is the best all time World Championships placing by a male swimmer from the twin island republic. The previous best placing was 41st by Joshua McLeod at the 2013 Barcelona, Spain World Championships. It is also the best placing for a CCCAN or CARIFTA swimmer since 2003.
Jamaican World record holder Alia Atkinson opened her 2017-2018 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup with her 25th career win in the 50 scm (short course metre) breaststroke (25 metre pool) today in Moscow Russia.
After cruising to make the make the final with a time of 29.73 she would face long time rival and former World Record holder Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte. In the final it would be the European who got the early advantage with a better reaction time to Alia 0.59 to 0.69.But as seen in the her build up to her European cluster campaign Atkinson has developed her back end speed . At the death it would be the fastest woman ever in the event Atkinson getting her hands to the wall first in a time of 29.46. Ruta won the Silver in 29.51. Russian Natalia Ivaneeva won the Bronze in a time of 29.87.
Atkinson competed at eight of the nine World Cup stops last season and was undefeated in all eight of her 50 metre breaststroke races.
In her final race of the day she competed in a stacked final of the 100 metre individual medley. The race would go to the World record holder in the event the “Iron lady” Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in 57.02.Sweden’s World record holder in the 100 scm butterfly Sarah Sjöström won the Silver in 54.61. Former World record holder in the event Australian Emily Seebohm won Bronze in 58.63. Atkinson, the CCCAN and CARIFTA’s standard bearer in the event was fourth in 59.55. Alia was 8th at the halfway mark but there was too much a gap for her to close to be on the podium.
On Day two she will be in action in the 200 scm breaststroke and 100 scm butterfly.
Jamaica’s fastest ever sprinter Justin Plaschka continues to etch his name further in the nation’s swimming history books. Already the quickest swimmer in short course yards (25 yards), short course metres (25 metres) and the long course pool (50 metres) he continues to solidify his top spot by recording the top time ever done by a Jamaican in all the meets he competes in. That trend started in his first meet, the 2015 CCCAN Championships in Barbados and continued at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships in The Bahamas and the 2016 World short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada. The 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest would just be a continuation of his hot streak.
He stroked his way to a time of 22.93 to place 49th overall. That performance is the fastest Jamaican time ever done at the World Championships. That bettered the 23.87 set by Brad Hamilton at the 2009 Rome Championships. The swim also marks the first time a Jamaican man has broken into the top 50 since 1994. Justin also ranks as the fastest CARIFTA swimmer in Budapest and the 4th fastest amongst CCCAN sprinters
Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Plaschka today and he gave his impressions on his performance and the Championship overall
“I was a little disappointed to not go a personal best but overall I executed my race strategy pretty well and was happy with that. My start wasn’t great which could have cost me a few tenths but other than that I could not complain. It was just an amazing experience to get to compete at world championships and all the experience it gave me is only going to help me hopefully in my future meets”.
Another promising athlete from the CARIFTA region Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands competed in the 2017 World Championships in Budapest Hungary and made her mark by giving her home nation the best placing it has ever had in the women’s 100 metre backstroke.
The reigning 15-17 CARIFTA Champion in the 100 metre backstroke Hew stopped the clock in in 1:08.38 for 50th position overall. That is the best a woman from the Cayman Islands has ever placed in the event surpassing the the 54th ranking by Lara Butler at the 2015 Kazan Championships. It was also the 4th fastest time from a CCCAN representative. In the 200 metre freestyle, an event which she is also the CARIFTA champion she placed 41st overall with a time of 2:08.91. She was again 4th among CCCAN swimmers at the global championships. Hew’s swim in the 200 metre freestyle is historic as it the first time a woman from the Cayman Islands has competed in the race at the long course World Championships.
When draftingthecaribbean spoke to her on Wednesday July 26 she gave her thoughts on her races and what experience she has gained from competing at the World Championships
“The 100 back was off but the 200 free was a better race. Although I added time in it as well, I was happy that I took the race out with a perfect easy speed and I just need to make sure I can make the second half where it needs to be. The atmosphere is definitely something special and one that is not often experienced. It is intimidating to race at this meet but of course it is an amazing experience and something to learn from. For this reason the focus isn’t greatly on my times but more on learning from the races. It’s very exciting and such an honour to be able to warm up and down in the same lanes as some of the world’s top swimmers. It’s also amazing to be able to train in the brand new facilities here surrounded by these amazing athletes for a few days before I head off to another competition”.
As it has been for the entire 2016 -2017 one name has stood out among the region’s elite male swimmer in the swimmers in the 200 freestyle event. Whether it was the 200 metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming championships or the 200 yard freestyle at the prestigious NCAA Division 1 Championships Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter has been region’s man to be the standard bearer. So it was no surprise when he again led the region with 200 metre freestyle at the World Long course swimming championships in national record time.
The national mark of 1:48.44 set at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships was on borrowed time from the Mesa Swim meet when Carter touched in a winning time of 1:48.45. At his home meet the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago he again got the job done in sub 1:50 this time 1:48.91.
In Budapest his intentions were made clear from the opening 50 metres with an opening split time of 24.93 that set the tone for the entire race. He would touch in 1:47.77 for 24th overall, the best time at the World championships for both CCCAN and CARIFTA region swimmers. It is also the best ranking at the Championship for the CCCAN region since 2011.
A very aggressive approach led to the new national record as seen through the analysis of his races below
CISC July 2016
Mesa April 2017
WC July 2017
CCCAN rankings for the 200 metre freestyle in Budapest
Michael Gunning competed in the grueling 200 metre butterfly event for Jamaica on the third day (Tuesday July 25) of the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest Hungary today. He completed the event in a time of 2:01.83 to place 35th overall.
This is the first time Jamaica has had a competitor in the event since Olympian Allan-Roy Marsh (1984) competed in the race at the 1982 Guayaquil Ecuador Championships. Michael’s time places him as the number one swimmer from the CARIFTA region and the second fastest from the CCCAN region.
He gave draftingthecaribbean his impressions of his race earlier today
“I felt amazing to 150M but something wasn’t there in the last length and I wasn’t as strong enough to push through. I might have gone out a little too fast in the moment. But I’m glad I’ll be racing that event again at the WUG (World University Games August 19-30) so hopefully I can put it right again”. Gunning holds the Jamaican standard which stands at 1:59.83 set the British Swimming Championships held April of this year.
Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders (2016) came to Europe off the strength of a good CCCAN campaign in Trinidad and Tobago. In the twin island republic he won the Bronze in the 18 and over category in the 200 metre freestyle. In the Caribbean he had stopped the clock in 1:51.76. That was just off his national record of 1:51.02 set in November at the 2015 Tennessee Invitational. It was natural to expect better was to come in Europe.
He would not disappoint as he crushed his old national record on Monday July 24 and broke the 1:50 barrier with a time of 1:49.66. That time placed him 39th overall, the best ranking by an Aruban in over a decade in the event. Schreuders is the fastest CARIFTA representative at the competition with that swim. It also ranks third amongst the CCCAN swimmers in Budapest.
Analysis of splits of old record and new record
A very happy Mikel spoke to draftingthecaribbean today about his achievement
“The first 50 I was trying to hold a nice pace and not go too hard on the legs. After the turn I realized i was back a bit so I started kicking more and I was thinking that I was out a little too slow. The third 50 I was just trying to hit my pace and go fast, and my last 50 I saw the guy from Jamaica (Michael Gunning) and I was going my fastest to get 1st in my heat”.
When asked if he was expecting this time he said
“This was my goal time and I have been training very hard this summer. I felt good during warm up. And my coaches Mark and Ismael told me that they thought I could go a 1:49”