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.
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.
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.
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.
Olympian Joanna Evans (Rio 2016) continued to make history for herself, The Bahamas and the CARIFTA and CCCAN regions with historic medal winning performances at the Summer Universiade in Taipei Taiwan this past August.
Before this year’s competition the last medal won in swimming from the CCCAN region had come from countryman Jeremy Knowles with his historic 200 metre butterfly Bronze medal winning performance in 1:59.21 at the 2003 Daegu South Korea Games .Jeremy was the first and only swimmer from the CARIFTA region to win medal at the Championships.
That all changed on August 25, 2017 at the Taiwan Sports University Arena when Evans touched the wall in a new National record of 8:31.18 to win the Bronze medal. That time lowered her previous record of 8:32.18 set at 2016 The Bahamas Nationals before her debut performance at the Rio Olympics. That medal win broke a 14 year medal drought for the CARIFTA and CCCAN regions. She also put more distance between herself and the other swimmers as she was already the fastest ever swimmer from a CARIFTA or CCCAN nation.
Analysis of Joanna’s top 800 metre freestyle swims
Date and venue
Atlanta May 2017
WUGs Aug 25
Gold went to Simona Quadarella of Italy in 8:20.54 and the Silver was won by Sarah Koehler of Germany in 8:21.67
Evans had given a hint before of what was to come when she lowered her national record in the 200 metre freestyle to 1:59.19 to make the Championship final. That record swim solidified her position as the fastest CARIFTA swimmer in the event as she had passed the previous CARIFTA best of 2:01.11 by Jamaican Olympian Janelle Atkinson (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) at the Atlanta Pro Swim Series meet on May 6. At that meet she had performances of 2:00.37 and 1:59.91. In the final on August 25 she placed 8th in a time of 2:00.70 less than 30 minutes after winning Bronze in the gruelling 800 metre freestyle.
Analysis of Joanna’s top 200 metre freestyle swims
Date and venue
Olympics Aug 2016
Atlanta May 2017
Austin July 2017
WUGS Aug 24 2017
WUGs Aug 25
A day later of August 26 she would go one better on the medal podium when she won the Silver medal in the 400 metre freestyle with a time of 4:08.52.Gold went to Sarah Koehler in 4:03.96 and the Bronze to America’s Sierra Schmidt in 4:09.82.
With that performance Joanna became the FIRST and ONLY CARIFTA swimmer male or female to win TWO medals at the Championships, the ONLY CARIFTA swimmer male or female to win a SILVER medal. In the CCCAN region she became the FIRST and ONLY CCCAN woman to win TWO medals at the Championship, and the ONLY CCCAN woman to win a SILVER medal at the Championships.
She has also tied the Cuban Olympic duo of Rodolfo A. Falcón Cabrera (Barcelona 1992 ,Atlanta 1996 , Sydney 2000) and Neisser S. Bent Vázquez ( Atlanta 1996 , Sydney 2000) for Most Medals won at Two.
Rodolfo had won Gold in the 100 and 200 metre backstroke events in times of 55.60 and 1:59.90 at the 1993 Buffalo Games. Neisser won Gold and Silver in the same events at the 1997 Sicily Italy Games with performances of 55.82 and 2:00.37. Both would win Silver and Bronze respectively in the 100 metre backstroke at the 1996 Olympics
When Draftingthecaribbean spoke the region’s best distance freestyler she gave the following thoughts about her performances
“I was pleased with them. The times weren’t excellent but given the circumstances and line-up I was very happy”
The best in the region over the middle to long distance freestyle events also placed 23rd in the 100 metre freestyle 56.99 split time 27.87 just off her best time of 56.74. In her sights will be the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne where the best CARIFTA region performance in her signature events are two Bronze medals.
Those medals were won by Jamaican Janelle Atkinson at the 2002 Manchester Games in the 400 (4:13.24) and 800 metre (8:36.18) freestyle races.
It would be hard not to see her medalling in those events with her form that consistently improves each season.
Lilly Higgs of The Bahamas who has been the dominant swimmer in the sprint breaststroke events at the CARIFTA age group level for the last three years continued that good form at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis on August 25 when she lowered her 15-17 and senior national 100 metre breaststroke record for the second time this season.
Lilly recorded a time 1:11.18 to lower the mark she had set of 1:11.40 when she was a finalist at the Commonwealth Youth Games in July in The Bahamas. She was already the CARIFTA region’s best ever placed female performer in the event at the Global championships when she had placed 24th at the Singapore edition of the Championships. Higgs has raised the bar by moving the best placing to 22nd and is almost 2 seconds faster than that swim.
Analysis of Lilly’s 2015 and 2017 world Championship performances
First 50 metres
Last 50 metres
Lilly was also the 2nd fastest swimmer from the CCCAN region finishing just behind Mexico’s Maria Jimenez who placed 20th in a time of 1:11.01 (split time 33.08).
Rounding out the top three in CCCAN was Puerto Rico’s Marissa Lugo Mojica who placed 39th in a time of 1:17.14 (split time 35.35).
Two years ago at the 2015 World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore Aruba’s Patrick Groters was 44th in a time of 59.88. Fast forward two years a much improved Groters crushed that time and placing with a good performance in Indianapolis today.
Patrick, who holds the 15-17 CARIFTA record and Aruban national record with a time of 57.17 bettered that time with a 57.01 clocking. That time placed him 17th overall. The top 16th time was 56.75. Mere 26th hundredths from a second swim Patrick earned the accolade of being the top CCCAN swimmer at the Global Championships.
Analysis of Groters swims in 2015 and 2017
CCCAN Champion in the 15-17 Jack Kirby of Barbados produced yet another sub 58 seconds clocking to win heat 4 convincingly in 57.63 (split time 28.27).That performance placed him 23rd overall and second overall from the CCCAN region
As she did at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Singapore Lilly Higgs of The Bahamas was the CCCAN region’s top performer in the 50 metre breaststroke event today in Indianapolis.
Higgs, who is her country’s standard bearer in the event clocked 32.84 to be in place joint 20th overall with Australian Sarah Beale and be the top swimmer from the CCCAN region. For Higgs who has been unbeaten in this race for the last three years at the CARIFTA Championships this was an improvement in time and placing from 2015 where she finished 21st in 33.19. Lilly was not far off making the semi-finals as it took 32.59 to make the top 16.
Mexico’s Maria Jiminez was 28th in a time of 33.32. Guatemala’s Jimina Ximin clocked in at 36.56 for 39th. It was a keen battle for who would be the top Honduran in the event. That accolade went Paola Cwu who was marginally ahead of countrywoman Angie Vilorio 37.21 to 37.36 to finish 43rd and 44th respectively.
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.