NICHOLAS VALE LOWERS NATIONAL RECORD IN THE 15-17 BOY’S 400 METRE FREESTYLE

On Saturday August 5 at the 2017 Futures Championships in Nashville Tennessee while representing the Pine Crest Swim Team Nicholas Vale became the fastest age group 400 metre freestyler Jamaica has ever produced when he clocked a time of 4:10.52.

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Dominic Walter Photo courtesy of Tedra Bolger-Daoussis

That performance by Vale lowered the 15-17 boys’ record of 4:11.31 held by distance standout Dominic Walter when he competed at the 2010 CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships) in Cuba.

Nicholas lowered his personal best of 4:15.57 that doubles as the 13-14 national record that he set at the 2016 CISC in the Bahamas. He now holds five individual national records

Age Group Event Time
11-12 1500 metre freestyle 18:50.18
11-12 400 metre individual medley 5:13.78
13-14 400 metre freestyle 4:15.57
13-14 200 metre individual medley 2:16.17

Vale has been a regular fixture in the Jamaican swimming lineup since making his national debut at the 2013 CARIFTA Championships held in Kingston Jamaica.

Analysis of Vale’s 13-14 and 15-17 freestyle records

Meet Date First 100 metres Second 10 metres Third 100 metres Fourth 100 metres Final time
CISC July 4,2016 1:02.03 1:05.67 1:04.98 1:02.89 4:15.57
Futures Aug 5,2017 59.77 1:04.47 1:03.43 1:02.85 4:10.52
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Nicholas Vale Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

At the same competition he registered the top times this season for the 15-17 Jamaican boys when he stopped the clock in 57.36 in the 100 metre butterfly and 2:13.03 in the 200 metre individual medley.

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Vale in relay action at Futures Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the relays Nicholas had two top 10 finishes with Pine Crest.

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Sixth Placed Pine Crest 400 metre freestyle relay team From left to right Vale,Nico Ferrara Elvis Kotikovski and Aruban Daniel Jacobs Photo courtesy of Pine Crest Swimming

His 400 metre freestyle relay team placed 6th overall in 3:36.05  while the 400 metre medley team was 5th in 3:57.65

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Fifth placed Pine Crest 400 metre medley relay from left to right Kotikovski,Ferrara,Jacob Silberman and Vale Photo courtesy of Pine Crest Swimming

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Nicholas he spoke about his achievement

“I actually didn’t know what the 15-17 400 free Jamaican National record was prior to the race. I found out afterwards that I had broken it by a second. I was very pleased with the swim considering that I still have two years left in the 15-17 age group to lower that 400 free record and hopefully break many more.

During the race I felt very controlled and smooth. My goal going into the race was to keep my splits as close as possible and I was successful in doing so. I was very pleased to have finally dropped my time of 4:15.57 from a year ago at the 2016 CISC Championships. I believe that all of my technique work along with the grueling distance sets have attributed to my success in this event. After this swim I plan on doing a lot more 400 specific pace”.

 

 

JESSE MARSH AND EMILY MacDONALD RECORD BEST TIMES BY JAMAICAN SWIMMERS AT 2017 COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES IN THE BAHAMAS

The recently concluded Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas saw swimmers Jesse Marsh and Emily MacDonald recording the best times ever swum by Jamaicans at the competition in their respective events.

Competing in the 200 metre butterfly Marsh lowered his personal best from 2:11.47 to 2:10.31 to place 13th overall. That bettered the previous Jamaican best time of 2:22.06 at the competition set by Dominic Walter at the 2008 Pune India Games. It is also the second fastest time recorded by a Jamaican at the Commonwealth Games at either the senior or junior level. The top time by a Jamaican is held by Jesse’s father Allan-Roy at the senior level . Allan-Roy recorded 2:06.89 at the 1982 Brisbane Australia Games.

When asked about his experience Jesse, who holds the 13-14 200 metre butterfly national record had the following thoughts

“Well the experience wasn’t really what I expected because of all the challenges we faced getting to the games and not being able to stay at the hotel with the rest of the team among other things. As for my performances I was disappointed not being able to swim the 50 and 100fly as I thought I had a pb in me in the 50 and in the 100 I had a good chance of being in the top 8. The 200fly I was satisfied but not entirely pleased with my performance as I knew if I was more mentally there I could’ve been a lot faster but I got a pb and now I’m looking forward to racing the events that I missed and the 200fly again in a few days. I will be racing at the Florida  Gold Coast Senior Champs in Coral Springs this weekend July 28-30 and then at the Futures championships in Nashville, TN on the following weekend August 3-6”.

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Jesse Marsh and Emily MacDonald at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre

Emily who competed in the 50 metre freestyle recorded a time of 27.60 to place 15th overall. That is the best time and placing for Jamaica at this level for the Commonwealth Games. The previous best was 29.02 and 25th place by Annabella Lyn at the 2015 Samoa Games. Her performance also doubles at the best placing for a Jamaican woman at both junior and senior level in the event as the previous best was 22nd by Angela (Dawn) Kane at the 2002 Manchester Games.  Her 27.60 is also the third fastest by a Jamaican woman at either the senior or junior. The list is headed by times recorded at the senior level at the 2002 Manchester Games .Olympian Angela (Dawn) Kane (2000,2004)  tops the list with a time of 27.09 .Kane is followed on the chart by Tamara Swaby with her effort of 27.25 at the same Games.

MacDonald who is the reigning CCCAN Champion in the 13-14 girl’s 50 metre freestyle gave her impression of the experience to draftingthecaribbean recently

“It was definitely a thrill to compete against athletes from countries that have such big reputations in swimming.  It is a joy for me to compete against people who are always going to push me.  I felt I could have done better but some accreditation issues had me quite anxious until the night before my race. Overall though I’m pleased because my time was still within my normal range”

 

This is the fourth contingent of swimmers Jamaica has sent to the Games

Year Country Swimmers
2008 Pune India Dominic Walter
2008 Pune India Alexia Royal-Eatmon
2008 Pune India Kendese Nangle
2011 Isle of Man Matthew Chen
2011 Isle of Man Breanna Roman
2015 Samoa Annabella Lyn
2015 Samoa Joseph Black

SPIRITS HIGH ON DAY 3 OF WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIM CHAMPS AS ALIA MAKES 2ND CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL AND PLASCHKA SETS BACKSTROKE RECORD, DOLS SETS SPRINT MEDLEY MARK

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Team Jamaica From left to right Dominic Walter,Kelsie Campbell, Alia Atkinson and Justin Plaschka

The third day of the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada saw Team Jamaica in good spirits. Team manager Jacky Beckford-Henriques said of the squad.

“They have gelled nicely as group .They are very supportive of each other”.

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Team Jamaica From left to right Dominic Walter,Kelsie Campbell,Keanan Dols,Alia Atkinson and Justin Plaschka

That mood has been evident in the level of performance as national records have fallen each day of the competition so far.

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Keanan Dols Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Keanan Dols completed the medley record double when he set a new mark in the 100 individual medley. He took out the first 50 metres in 25.99. His second 50 metres was 31.46 for a total time of 57.45. He would be ranked 49th overall.

 

 

 

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Justin Plaschka

In the 50 metre backstroke Justin Plaschka set a new national record as well as becoming the best placed Jamaican man at the World championships. With a reaction time of 0.61 Plaschka went on to register a time of 25.01 to place 37th .That beat the national record of 25.98 by Timothy Wynter at the 2012 Championships in Turkey. It also beat Wynter’s placing of 42nd. Dols was 49th in a time of 26.33. Speaking after the race Justin said

“It was fun .I enjoyed it because it is not an event I swim too much”.

In the 100 metre individual medley Alia Atkinson who holds the 2nd fastest time in the world cruised through the heats to top the qualifying in a time of 58.47. She was slightly slower in the semi-finals with a time of 58.54 but qualified comfortably as the 2nd seed. The top qualifier is Hungarian World Record holder Katinka Hosszu with a time of 57.53. This Atkinson’s 2nd Championship final in the event after her 4th place finish in 2014 in a time of 58.58.

In the 50 metre freestyle Plaschka recorded the fastest time by a Jamaican when he touched in a time of 22.51.That bettered the 22.53 Sion Brinn recorded when he finished 8th at the 1995 Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

Kelsie Campbell finished 44th in the 50 metre butterfly in a time of 28.27. In speaking about the race she said

“It was good. Could have been faster”.

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Team Jamaica from left to right Dominic Walter,Kelsie Campbell,Keanan Dols,Alia Atkinson and Justin Plaschka

Team Jamaica has won One Silver and set Six National records after three days of competition.

TEAM JAMAICA DAY ONE MORNING HEATS ALIA CRUISES TO SEMI FINALS, KEANAN DOLS LOWERS TWO NATIONAL RECORDS

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Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Jamaica Olympics

 

Jamaica’s team to the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships started off their campaign on a good note yesterday morning Dec 6.

National and global standard bearer Alia Atkinson cruised to the semi finals of the 50 metre breaststroke with a time of 29.48. She topped the morning qualifiers this morning with that swim .Atkinson, the reigning Silver medallist also equalled her fastest heats swim as she posted 29.48  in the heats at the 2014 Championships .Only 4 women broke the 30 seconds barrier this morning.

Keanan Dols in his World Championships debut broke two senior national records. In the 100 metre backstroke he set a new mark of 55.39 (split time 26.79) .That bettered the 2012 mark of 55.55 by Timothy Wynter set at the world championships that year. He equalled the best placing by a Jamaican of 43rd in the event. That was achieved by Wynter in 2012. The 17 year old Dols would also lower the 200 individual medley record. He bettered team mate Dominic Walter’s mark of 2:08.88. Keanan swam to a new record of 2:02.06 (split time 56.85).It was also historic in that it was the first time a Jamaican man has swum this event at these World Championships.

Dominic Walter also became the first Jamaican man to swim the 400 metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming Championships. He clocked a season best of 4:03.16 (split time 1:56.94) to finish 61st.

Kelsie Campbell set a new personal best in the 200 metre freestyle . She hit the wall in a time of 2:04.93 (split time 1:00.13).That placed her 47th overall. When asked about the race she said

“Not a bad start. Felt good first 150. Think I got a little nervous”.

Teammate Justin Plaschka will get his campaign underway today starting with the 100 metre butterfly.

JUSTIN PLASCHKA SETS TWO NATIONAL RECORDS IN ONE RACE ON DAY 2 OF WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Justin Plaschka Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

 

The second day of the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor saw another 2 national records falling in the morning session.

Competing in Heat 5 of the event Justin Plaschka had the 3rd   fastest reaction time of all 87 competitors . He went out in the first 50 metres in a time of 24.29. That broke the national 50 metre record set by Aidan Chow of 25.25. He completed the final 50 metres in 28.02 to win the heat in a time of 52.31.That final time broke the 100 metre butterfly record of 55.74. Justin placed 22nd overall. That was not far off the 16th place time required to make the semi finals. It is also the best performance in the event by a Jamaican man at the World Short Course Swimming Championships. The previous best placing was 62nd.

When asked about his swim Justin had the following thoughts

“I was very happy with the race and how it went because it’s my first time competing at such a big meet and also my first time swimming short course metres. I wasn’t expecting too much because I only had a short drop taper beforehand but was very pleased with the swim and the time. There were still things I could fix though to go even faster”.

Teammate Keanan Dols who was responsible for 2 senior national records placed 56th in the event with a time of 56.05 (split time 26.05). He was just outside off the previous national mark off 55.74.

 

Kelsie Campbell finished 59th in the 100 metre freestyle in a time of 57.18 (split time 27.40). Campbell was just outside the best performance by  a Jamaican woman in the event of 57.07 set by Angela Chuck at the 2004 edition of the Games in the US.

 

Dominic Walter set a season best in the 200 metre freestyle of almost 3 seconds to place 73rd in a time of 1:52.43 (split time 54.32)

DOUBLE WORLD RECORD HOLDER ALIA ATKINSON READY FOR THE WORLD SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WINDSOR CANADA

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When Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson ended the 2016 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup tour in Hong Kong in late October she had just completed the best tour of her career. In November when asked about competing on the tour this season Atkinson had the following thoughts

“I feel pretty good now that the World Cup series has ended. I had started in Paris in August and was pretty surprised with equaling the World Record so early. In the back of my mind I knew that it was possible to break it but to equal it so early in the season was a surprise.  It showed me that my body was still very well prepared coming out of the intensive training for Rio16.  I had been focusing on improving the reaction time off the blocks and efficiently streamlining after the turns in particular and I realized that this gave me an increase in my sprint speed particularly for the 50 short course meters event. This resulted in a low time of 29.25 seconds to a NWR time of 28.64 seconds and remaining unbeaten throughout the series. I feel pretty good about that.  The 100 SCM event wasn’t that bad either. I had four times below the 1:03 mark and actually won six of the eight finals with a best time of 1:02.36, as I said earlier of equaling the WR. So the 2016 World Cup for me was indeed successful and I feel that the repetitive nature of the events has put me in good stead to go into the 2016 World  Short Course Championships in Windsor, Canada later this year”.

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Alia Atkinson Photo taken courtesy of es.klear.com

Her  2016 World Cup Record in the sprint breaststroke events as follows

50 metre breaststroke

AUG. 26-27 PARIS,  FRANCE 29.25 GOLD
AUG 30-31 BERLIN, GERMANY 29.00 GOLD
SEPT. 30-OCT 1 BEIJING, CHINA 29.15 GOLD
OCT. 4 – 5 DUBAI, U.A.E. 29.02 GOLD
OCT 8-9 DOHA, QATAR 28.98 GOLD
OCT 21-22 SINGAPORE 28.91 GOLD
OCT 25-26 TOKYO, JAPAN 28.64 WR GOLD
OCT 29-30 HONG KONG 29.20 GOLD

100 metre breaststroke

AUG. 26-27 PARIS,  FRANCE 1:02.36WR GOLD
AUG 30-31 BERLIN, GERMANY 1:03.10 SILVER
SEPT. 30-OCT 1 BEIJING, CHINA 1:03.42 GOLD
OCT. 4 – 5 DUBAI, U.A.E. 1:03.32 SILVER
OCT 8-9 DOHA, QATAR 1:03.18 GOLD
OCT 21-22 SINGAPORE 1:02.40 GOLD
OCT 25-26 TOKYO, JAPAN 1:02.91 GOLD
OCT 29-30 HONG KONG 1:02.68 GOLD

Now in Windsor Atkinson prepares to compete in her 5th World Short Course Championships. Her record at the Championships in the sprint breaststroke events are seen below

50 metre breaststroke

2014 Doha 50 metre breaststroke 28.91 Silver
2012 Turkey 50 metre breaststroke 29.67 Silver
2010 Dubai 50 metre breaststroke 30.22 6th
2004 Indianapolis 50 metre breaststroke 33.41 17th

100 metre breaststroke

2014 Doha 100 metre breaststroke 1:02.36 Gold
2012 Turkey 100 metre breaststroke 1:03.80 Silver
2010 Dubai 100 metre breaststroke 1:06.05 9th
2004 Indianapolis 100 metre breaststroke 1:12.12 19th

 

In Windsor she will seek to extend her record as Jamaica’s most decorated swimmer at these Championships whilst helping to usher in the new era of Jamaican swimmers.

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Dominic Walter Photo courtesy of Tedra and Elise Bolger
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Kelsie Campbell
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Keanan Dols Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn
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Justin Plaschka

 

She will be joined by teammates all making their senior debut at this level Dominic Walter , Kelsie Campbell , Keanan Dols and Justin Plaschka. The competition runs from Dec 6-11, 2016.

 

 

DOMINIC WALTER SCORES HAT TRICK OF VICTORIES IN BUILD UP TO 2016 WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Dominic Walter Photo courtesy of Tedra Bolger-Daoussis

Jamaica’s Dominic Walter continued his build up to the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships to be held  in Windsor Canada Dec 6-11 with a hat trick of wins at the 2016 Brantford Swim International in Ontario.

The meet which was held at the Wayne Gretzky Centre from Friday Nov 11 to Sunday Nov 13 saw Walter, who is a student at McMaster University, taking individual wins in the 50, 200 and 400 metre freestyle. The meet which was contested in a 25 metre pool saw Dominic, who represented Golden Horseshoe Aquatics, lowering his personal best of 25.88 in the 50 freestyle in the heats with a 25.29 performance. He would break the 25 second barrier for the first in the final to take the win in a time of 24.82.

In the final of the 200 metre freestyle he dropped 2 seconds from his preliminaries time to take the win in 1:55.14.His margin of victory was more than 2 seconds.

In the 400 metre freestyle the gap between Walter and the field would be even greater as he won by over 5 seconds to hit the wall first in a time of 4:08.35.

Dominic who owns the national records in the 25 metre pool in the 200,400,800 and 1500 metre freestyle events along with 200 metre butterfly will be making his third foray in senior international waters .His other senior assignments for Jamaica include the 2010 CAC Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He had the following thoughts about his swims.

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Dominic Walter Photo courtesy of Tedra and Elise Bolger

“I think I am on the right track to perform in December. It is a new experience to try and peak mid-season of the school year so my coaches had to put a few different steps in place to get in shape faster. I think this weekend is just a point where I see what the smaller stuff I need to fix are such as turns and an idea of how my pacing should go. So at this point my coaches are happy with what the weekend showed and should be ready come December”