THE BARBADOS EFFECT SEEN AT BAYLOR. KIRBY, WEEKES AND GILL ALL MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS HIGHLIGHTED BY KIRBY’S GOLD AND RELAY MEET RECORD.

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Top Barbados age group swimmers repesenting the Baylor School at the 2017 Tennessee State Championships Photo courtesy of Barbados Aquatic Centre

The Barbados effect at the Baylor school was seen in the quality performances of Jack Kirby, Luis Sebastian Weekes and Hannah Gill at the recently concluded   2017 TISCA (Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association). The meet which was held from February 10-11 at the Allan Jones Aquatic centre at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville saw the trio making Championship finals in all their events. The highlight was the Gold and Championship record by Jack Kirby in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

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Jack Kirby Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

In the 400 yard freestyle relay championship final Kirby was drafted in to swim the last leg. In the race the team of Trey Freeman Jr 44.24,Zach Althoff 45.59,Peter Lochmaier 45.72 and Kirby 45.66 produced a new Championship and .  The State Championship record of 3:04.00 was held by the 2015 Baylor team that had another age group standout from Barbados Christian Selby as anchor . It narrowly missed the school record set last December of 3:01.21.

Kirby would make it to another Championship final when in the morning heats of the 200 yard individual medley he stopped the clock in the 1:54.68 .That beat his previous personal best of 1:54.77. He again would be faster in the final when he placed 6th in a time of 1:54.58 (split time 52.84). That is a major progress from 2016 when he placed 8th in the B final in 1:58.28.

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Jacky Kirby in action in the backstroke at the 2017 Tennessee State Championships Photo courtesy of Baylor Swimming

The 100 yard backstroke would see even great improvement .In the preliminaries he posted a time of 50.74 (split time 24.74) beating his old pb of 51.13.In the championship final he went out even faster 24.48 and came back in 25.66 to register yet another personal best of 50.14 for 6th place. Last year he had placed 8th in the Championship final after registering 51.13 in the preliminaries. Jack is now ranked 5th all-time in Baylor history.

In speaking to draftingthecaribbean’s reporter on location Tastey Blackman Kirby described the meet

“It was awesome. All best times and that last race (the 400 yard freestyle relay) was the best one. That was a best time (split) by 2 seconds for me”.

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Luis Sebastian Weekes Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Fellow countryman and teammate Luis Sebastian Weekes qualified for the 200 yard individual medley posting a time of 1:53.39 (split time 53.36),That easily beat his personal standard of 1:54.77. In the final he was 6th at half way mark with a split of 53.91 but used a strong back half of 58.26 to hit the pads in 4th place. That performance ranks Luis as the 7th fastest in Baylor history.

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Luis Sebastian Weekes Photo courtesy of Baylor Swimming

In the 100 yard breaststroke Weekes crushed his pb of 58.99 to post a morning heats time of 58.15(27.29). The final saw him taking out the first 50 yards more than half a second faster than in the preliminaries 26.68. That early speed helped him to his first sub 58 second time of 57.56 and 6th place overall. That moves Luis from 15th to the 8th fastest Baylor swimmer in Baylor history. Additionally he is the 3rd fastest CARIFTA swimmer at Baylor behind Bahamian Dustin Tynes 55.77 and Jamaican Brad Hamilton 57.12.

In speaking to draftingthecaribbean’s reporter Tastey Blackman after the 100 yard breaststroke described the race

It was amazing. Best experience of my life especially with all my teammates cheering me on”.

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Hannah Gill Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Countrywoman Hannah Gill repeated her good from 2106 when she made Championship finals in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle as well as the 400 yard freestyle relay. In the 200 yard freestyle she placed 7th in a time of 1:53.61. In the heats she had challenged her pb of 1:53.35 when she posted 1:53.40. That is an improvement in position when she was 8th in the final in 1:54.30.Hannah was 7th in the 500 yard freestyle in a time of 5:02.03. The final of the 400 yard freestyle saw Gill posting an anchor leg split of 52.46 to help Baylor to 7th in a time of 3:36.53.Hannah registered a much faster split than 2016 when she was timed in 53.87.

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Victorious Baylor Team Photo courtesy of Baylor Swimming

Baylor won the boys’ competition with 377 points. McCallie finished 3rd with 165 points. In the girls’ competition Baylor was 3rd with 207 points. The combined team rankings saw Baylor victorious with 584 points.

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KEANAN DOLS’ RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL CAPTURES FLORIDA 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

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Keanan Dols Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Jamaica’s Keanan Dols was a member of the Riverview High school team that captured the boys’ titles at Florida 4A Championships title at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida on Saturday Nov 5.

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Victorious Rams 200 yard medley relay team from left to right Keanan Dols, Tyler Carmichael,Austin Katz and Brett Riley Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Dols, who will be making his senior team debut at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada next month had podium finishes in 3 of the 4 events that he contested. He was atop the podium in the first final contested in the evening, the 200 yard medley relay. His Rams team of Austin Katz backstroke (22.54), Brett Riley breaststroke (26.82), Keanan butterfly (22.29) and Tyler Carmichael freestyle (21.87) took top honours in a total team time of 1:33.52. This is the second consecutive title for the Rams in this event.

The influence of the CARIFTA region is seen in this event as the fastest ever medley relay in high school history was set by the 2014 Baylor team that included Olympian Dustin Tynes from The Bahamas and Christian Selby of Barbados that has the standard at 1:27.74.

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Keanan Dols race start Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

It was in the 200 yard freestyle relay where Dols who is a senior had his best executed race. He clocked 21.44 to lead off his team that included Katz (20.69), Brendan Firlie (21.29) and Aye-Chan San Tun (21.70).The team’s final Silver medal winning time was 1:25.12.The winners were Fleming Island who won in 1:24.53.

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Keanan Dols backstroke start Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

He would win yet another medal this time in the 100 yard backstroke. In the final he had the fastest 2nd 50 yards of 25.57 but was just out touched for the Gold by Mason Wilby 50.22 to 50.28. That time is the best ever for Keanan in a Championship final.

At the World Short Course Championships in the 25 metre pool he will be chasing the 100 metre backstroke record of 55.55 set by Timothy Wynter at the 2012 Istanbul Championships.

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Keanan on breaststroke leg of 200 yard individual medley Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

In the 200 yard individual medley in a very tight finish Dols clocked a personal best of 1:49.74 to finish 4th overall. The top 4 finishers all dipped under the 1:50 mark with 1:49’s across the board. Robert Finke (Countryside), 1;49.34 Gold ,John Fulginiti (Hagerty) 1:49.53 Silver and John Hutton (Fleming Island) 1:49.55 Bronze.

The CARIFTA region has a say in the record books as the state record is held by Olympian Bradley Ally (St Thomas Aquinas) at 1:46.31 set in 2004.When he set that standard it was the fastest time ever by a high school swimmer.

In Windsor Keanan will be challenging the 200 metre individual medley record of 2:08.88 set by Dominic Walter in 2015.

 

Riverview took the male title with 276 points, Fleming Island 2nd with 189 points and Countryside 3rd with 160 points. When asked about the win Keanan had the following thoughts

“It’s pretty exciting to win our 3rd straight championship. It’s something we sometimes take for granted with how successful both our men’s and women’s teams have been but it’s still pretty meaningful”

JARED FITZGERALD MAKES FREESTYLE FINAL ON DAY 2 OF JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS, BASTIAN SOLIDIFIES PLACE AS FASTEST 13 -14 100 BREASTSTROKER IN THE ENGLISH SPEAKING REGION

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Jared Fitzgerald 100 metre freestyle finish Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

Day 2 of the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii of Friday August 25 saw the region’s male swimmers in action in the 100 metre freestyle and 100 metre breaststroke.

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Jared Fitzgerald start of 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

 

 

Jared Fitzgerald of The Bahamas qualified for a lane in the afternoon in the 100 metre freestyle event when he posted a time of 52.13 (split time 24.96). Fitzgerald’s earlier efforts in the season saw him winning Silver medals in the 15-17 boys category both at CARIFTA and CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming championships). He was also a member of a record setting Peddie School’s 200 yard freestyle relay team that broke a standard that lasted over a decade. In the evening’s B final he had 50 metre splits of 25.01 and 27.21 to place 7th in a time of 52.06. That barely missed his lifetime best of 52.05 set at CISC. After the swim he had the following words

“Overall I am happy with my results so far.I am really enjoying the experience I am getting here. I am enjoying racing against the top swimmers who are my age.This is really motivating me to get back in the pool and train harder for next season.”

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Izaak Bastian Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

 

Teammate Izaak Bastian has been in great form in the boys 13-14  100 metre  breaststroke for the year  2016 .At CARIFTA he captured Gold in a championship record time of 1:07.24. At his national championships he took the Gold again in a new meet record of 1:07.22. AT CISC he raised the bar for 13-14 boys when he became the first swimmer to go under 1:07.00. In the process he also lowered the Bahamian record of 1:07.22 by 2016 Olympian Dustin Tynes. In Hawaii the regional standard was set even higher. Competing in the heats he posted a time of 1:05.86 (split time 30.95 and 34.91) to finish 21st in yet another English speaking CARIFTA region best. He had the following thoughts

“ I have been having a good meet so far. It is good exposure for me. It is my first big international meet. I have been having a good time swimming against the top juniors  in the world and it has been great to have this experience.

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N’nhyn Fernander Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

Also in action in the 100 metre freestyle at the high quality junior meet on Friday August 25 were Bahamians N’nhyn Fernander, Gershwin Greene and Bermudan rising star Jesse Washington. Fernander took almost a second off his lifetime best when he clocked 53.01 (split time 25.43) to place 33rd. Greene was just off his personal best of 53.28 when he clocked 53.41 (split time 25.78) for37th overall. Washington finished just behind Greene when he registered a time of 53.65 (split time 25.54).

RIO 2016 OLYMPICS DAY ONE CARIFTA REGION SWIMMERS MAKE OLYMPIC DEBUT AT THE RIO GAMES

The first day of the Rio 2016 saw a number of the CARIFTA region swimmers making their Olympic debut on the first day of action in the pool on August 6.

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Oreoluwa Cherebin in the heats of the 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Olympic Games Rio 2016

The first swimmer in the action was Oreoluwa Cherebin of Grenada. She created history by being the first swimmer to swim that event at the Olympics. She clocked 1:10.40 in the 100 metre butterfly to place 42nd overall. It is also the best finish for Grenada ever at the Olympic Games.

 

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Julian Fletcher Bermudan national record holder 100 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

The highest placing on the opening day came from Bermuda’s Julian Fletcher. He clocked 1:02.73, just off his national record of 1:02.47. That had him ranked 40th overall. Fletcher posted the best time by a Bermudan swimmer at the Olympics as he bettered the 1:04.93 done by Chris Flook at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

 

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Alex Sobers Photo courtesy of Barbados Aquatic Centre

Alex Sobers became only the second swimmer from Barbados to compete in the 400 metre freestyle at the Games when he clocked 3:59.97. Alex finished 44th overall in his Olympic debut. Sobers clocked his second sub 4 minute time for the second best time of his career.

 

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Geoffrey Butler in the heats of the 400 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Olympic Games Rio 2016

Geoffrey Butler became the first swimmer from the Cayman Islands to compete in the 400 metre freestyle at the Olympics when he clocked 4:07.87 to finish 48th overall.
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Dustin Tynes Bahamas National Champion men 200 metre breaststroke

National record holder Dustin Tynes of the Bahamas posted a time of 1:03.71 in the 100 metre breaststroke. That swim puts him as the fastest ever swimmer from his country in the event at the Olympics. The previous Olympic best was 1:11.65 registered by Bruce Knowles at the 1972 Munich Games.

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Corey Ollivierre Photo courtesy of http://www.rio2016.com

Corey Ollivierre of Grenada became the highest placed male swimmer from the Spice Island after he completed the heats of the 100 metre breaststroke. Corey stopped the clock in 1:08.68 to finish 46th overall. The previously highest placed male swimmer was Omar Hughes who was 57th in the 50 metre freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Games.

BERMUDA’S EMMA HARVEY LEADS RECORD BREAKERS WITH SPRINT BUTTERFLY AND BACKSTROKE DOUBLE ON DAY ONE OF CISC

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Bermudan Emma Harvey CISC record holder in the 13-14 girls 50 metre backstroke 30.12 and 100 metre butterfly 1:04.20 Photo courtesy of islandstats.com

 

Emma Harvey of Bermuda competing in the 13-14 girls age group lead the record breakers on Day one of the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships taking place in Nassau Bahamas. The age group standout started her record breaking from the morning heats as she lowered the record of 31.50 set by Jamaican Kendese Nangle in 2008 to 30.38. In the final she would better that time and her age group record of 30.22 to take the title in 30.12.

For the 100 metre butterfly she bested an even older record. Trinidad and Tobago’s Sangeeta Puri had set the standard in 1994 of 1:04.99. It would not survive the morning as Harvey clocked 1:04.68. That time would not last long either as she stopped the clock in the final in 1:04.20.

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Sade Simons of Suriname the 11-12 CISC record holder and Champion in the 50 metre backstroke 31.98 Photo courtesy of De Dolfijn

In the girls 11-12 50 metre backstroke Sade Simons of Suriname set a new mark of 31.98.She became the first 11-12 girl under the  32 second mark as the old record had belonged to Inayah Sherry of Barbados at 32.45.

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Kelsie Campbell new Jamaican age group and CISC record holder 15-17 girls 100 metre butterfly 1:03.48

Another longstanding record would fall in the 15-17 girls 100 metre butterfly. The 1990 standard of Cuba’s Niuvis Rosales fell to Jamaica’s Kelsie Campbell. She swam to a new personal best, age group record and Championship record time of 1:03.48 in the morning heats. She would take the title in the evening in a time of 1:03.63.The previous Jamaican record was set by Zara Bailey at the 2013 CARIFTA Games in Kingston.

Another butterfly record set in Kingston also fell .The standard that was lowered was set at the 2004 edition in the 18 and over men’s age group by Bahamian Olympian Nicholas Rees .He had set a time of 56.02. Bettering that was Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot. In the morning Pigot clocked 55.56 before becoming the swimmer under 55 seconds at CISC with 54.48 clocking.

The Bahamas home crowd saw its top swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace demolish the 18 and 100 metre butterfly record .She took more than 2 seconds off the old record to register a time of 1:00.01.

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CISC Champions and record holders in the 800 and 1500 metre freestyle From left to right Joanna Evans and Matthew Lowe Photo courtesy of Lynne Fraino

The host country Bahamas swept the senior distance freestyle titles when Joanna Evans and Matthew Lowe won the 800 and 1500 metre freestyle races respectively in Championship record times.

The Rio Olympics bound Evans bettered another Janelle Atkinson standard. This time it was 8:48.71 that the Olympian had set in 2002. Janelle would later that summer win 2 bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. The best distance freestyle performance by a female swimmer from the CARIFTA region. Evans in her commanding win was yet again under the Olympic B standard of 8:51.96.  Lowe smashed the 2006 record of Trinidad and Tobago’s John Littlepage of 16:57.24. He was more than 30 seconds better as he took the CISC standard to 16:22.01.He was pushed to the record by Bermuda’s Tyler Mazurek who crushed his national record by more than ten seconds to post 16:23.44.

Another event where records were smashed was the 200 metre breaststroke.

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McCallum Clarke of Barbados 11-12 national age group , CISC Champion and record holder in the 200 metre breaststroke 2:36.83 Photo courtesy of barbadostoday

In the 11-12 boys age group McCallum Clarke continued his dominance at the regional level with Gold in Championship and national age group record time. This time he stroked his way to 2:36.83 with a winning margin of over ten seconds.

The home fans would again have championship records to cheer on. Izaak Bastian won the 13-14 age group in 2:23.94.His teammate Albury Higgs took the 15-17 girls race in a time of 2:36.83.

Following up on his 15 -17 boys CARIFTA win in Martinique was the USVI Adriel Sanes. In the French territory he was timed in 2:22.86 .In the Bahamas he would be much faster as took the Gold in a record time of 2:19.50.

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18 and over medallists in the 200 metre breaststroke from left to right Bermudan Julian Fletcher Bronze medallist,Aruban Jordy Groters Gold medallist and Championship record holder 2:20.39,Bahamian Dustin Tynes Silver medallist Photo courtesy of CCCAN

 

 

In the 18 and over category the leading senior breaststroker Jordy Groters of Aruba , Dustin Tynes of the Bahamas and Bermudan Julian Fletcher  all battled for the Gold and finished in that order on the podium. All three went under Fletcher’s 2014 record of 2:22.71. Groters won in 2:20.39. Tynes took the Silver in 2:20.97 while Fletcher copped the Bronze in 2:21.24.

 

SPRINT MONARCHS ELVIS BURROWS AND ARIANNA VANDERPOOL –WALLACE RETAIN 50 FREESTYLE TITLES IN CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD TIMES

Elvis Burrows 2016 50 metre freestyle National Champion
Elvis Burrows 2016 50 metre freestyle National Champion Photo courtesy of Lynne Fraino

 

The final day of the 2016 RBC National Swimming Championships on Sunday June 26 saw the sprint monarchs Olympians Elvis Burrows and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace retaining their titles in the 50 metre freestyle.

Burrows beat the field convincingly to crown himself the Fastest Man in the Bahamas in a time of 23.26. Earlier in the heats he took the longstanding Championship record of 23.21 set by fellow Olympian Allan Murray in 2000 when he was timed in 23.01.That performance was under the 2016 Rio Olympics B standard time of 23.05 The victory by Burrows marked his 8th senior national title since 2008.

The title wins were as follows

2015 23.67
2014 23.90
2012 23.37
2011 23.59
2010 23.66
2009 23.22
2008 23.69

 

 

The 26 year old sprinter who represented Freeport Aquatics at the Championships had the following thoughts about his performances.

“My training has been going well for the last year and a half .I got the B cut back in November and I am swimming very close to that time right now. I expect to go much faster at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships. Overall at Nationals I got two meet records that was my goal and I achieved it so I am happy with my performance”.

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Men’s 50 freestyle medal podium from left to right Gershwin Greene Barracudas Bronze medallist, Gold medallist and Championship record holder Elvis Burrows 23.01 Freeport Aquatics ,Perez Moss Alpha Aquatics Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

Winning the Silver medal was Perez Moss of Alpha Aquatics and the Bronze went to Gershwin Greene in 23.71.

 

Sprint queen Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace marked her 8th senior title in emphatic fashion. She broke her championship record 25.10 with her morning heats swim of 25.05.In the final she would lower it even further and become the first Bahamian woman under 25 seconds at nationals with a 24.94 clocking. That performance was her 3rd best effort of the season and both swims were under the 2016 Rio Olympics A standard time of 25.28.

Her previous title wins were as follows

2015 25.10
2014 25.40
2012 25.57
2011 25.75
2010 26.17
2009 25.80
2008 26.31

 

Winning Silver was team mate Joanna Evans in 27.07 and Alpha Aquatics took the Bronze in 27.83.

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100 metre breaststroke medal podium from left to right Olympian Jeremy Knowles Bronze medallist, Dustin Tynes Gold medallist and championship record holder 1:03.03 and Silver medallist Joshua Wong Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

In the men’s 100 metre breaststroke Dustin Tynes recorded a hat trick of wins when he took the event in 1:03.03. He broke the Championship record of Jeremy Knowles set back in 2008 of 1:03.78. Tynes headed a Swift Swimming sweep as team mates Joshua Wong and former record holder Knowles won Silver and Bronze in 1:08.49 and 1:08.78 respectively.

The women’s race saw Albury beating sister Lilly for the Gold 1:13.81 to 1:14.41. The Bronze went to Victoria Russell of Alpha Aquatics in 1:17.23.

 

Joanna Evans led another Swift Swimming trifecta in the 400 metre freestyle when she stroked her way to a time of 4:17.37. Teammates Lilly Higgs and Brianna Nesbitt were timed in 4:52.09 and 4:53.20 respectively. The win by Evans was under the 2016 Rio Olympic B standard time of 4:17.80.The win marks her 4th victory as a senior.

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2016 RBC Bahamas National Champions in the 400 metre freestyle relay Alpha Aquatics from left to right Jared Fitzgerald ,Perez Moss,Miller Albury ,Armando Moss Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

The national senior relay title went to the team of Perez Moss, Miller Albury, Jared Fitzgerald and Armando Moss from Alpha Aquatics. They crushed the championship record of 3:36.47 set by Barracudas team Matthew Lowe, Gershwin Greene, N’Nhyn Fernander and Kohen Kerr with their total time of 3:31.54. That winning performance threatened the national record of 3:31.46 set by the 1999 PAN AM Games team of Christopher Murray, Jeremy Knowles, Christopher Vythoulkas and Allan Murray. The previous Championship record holders the Barracudas went under their 2015 time with a 3:35.70 swim. Swift Swimming won the Bronze medal in 3:51.15.

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13-14 boys 100 metre breaststroke medal podium from left to right Andre Walcott Dolphins Swim Club Bronze medallist,Izaak Bastian Barracudas Gold medallist and Championship record ,holder 1:07.52 ,Bronze medallist DaVante Carey Swift Swimming Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

In the 13-14 age group Izaak Bastian set a new record in the 100 metre breaststroke with a 1:07.52 clocking. He would join teammates Kevon Lockhart, Benjamin Lundy and Benjamin Lundy in setting new Championship mark of 3:49.68 in the 400 metre freestyle relay.

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13-14 boys 50 metre freestyle podium from left to right Shimon Lopez Bronze medallist, Izaak Bastian Gold medallist and Championship record holder 24.56, Samuel Gibson Alpha Aquatics Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

Izaak’s record breaking exploits would extend to the sprint freestyle as he became the first 13-14 swimmer under 25 seconds when he registered 24.56 to take the 50 freestyle title.

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13-14 boys 200 metre backstroke medal podium From left to right Kevon Lockhart Barracudas Bronze medallist, Gold medallist and Championship record holder Peter Morley 2:16.88 Swift Swimming,Silver medallist DaVante Carey Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

Peter Morley of Swift Swimming gave the 13-14 200 metre backstroke national record of 2:16.56 a scare when he touched in a new championship record of 2:16.88. That crushed the old standard of 2:19.58.

 

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11-12 50 metre freestyle medal podium from left to right Remez Lockhart Blue Marlins Bronze medallist,Lamar Taylor Gold medallist and Championship record holder 26.79 ,Taro Sears Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

Lamar Taylor of Freeport Aquatics completed the freestyle championship record sprint double. This as he took the win and set a new standard in the 11-12 boys 50 freestyle in a time of 26.79.

 

Swift Swimming took the team title with 1768.50 points.Second went to Barracudas Swim club with 1611.50 and third to Alpha Aquatics with 860 points.

BAHAMAS NATIONALS DAY ONE JOANNA EVANS MAKES AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING TIME IN 800 METRE FREESTYLE BECOMES FASTEST EVER WOMAN IN ENGLISH SPEAKING CARIFTA REGION IN THE 800 METRE FREESTYLE.BARRACUDAS MEN’S TEAM SETS NEW NATIONAL RECORD IN THE 200 METRE FREESTYLE RELAY

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Joanna Evans 800 metre freestyle Champion Olympic qualifier Fastest woman ever from the English speaking CARIFTA region

The 2016 RBC Bahamas Nationals Swimming Championships got off to a fantastic start at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in Nassau on Thursday June 23. The region’s most impressive distance freestyler Joanna Evans provided the highlight for the day when she made the automatic qualifying mark in the 800 metre freestyle by swimming a sensational 8:32.19 to be crowned national champion.Her performance now ranks her 40th in the world for the 2015-2016 season. That time blew away the Rio Olympics A standard of 8:33.97. She also destroyed her personal best and national record of 8:37.18. With that incredible swim the Swift Swimming competitor now passes CARIFTA legend Jamaican Janelle Atkinson’s 8:34.51 as the fastest English speaking woman from the region.  Atkinson clocked her national record in a 9th place finish at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. The University of Texas standout who is not tapered for the meet raced stroke for stroke with exhibition swimmer Guatemalan Valerie Gruest who also went under the Olympic A standard` when she stroked 8:33.28.

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Joanna Evans

 

Joanna had the following thoughts about the race “I’m thrilled to have made my Olympic A cut in my home pool and in front of my Bahamian fans. I am not tapered for this meet and just went out and raced”

BARRACUDAS 200 FREESTYLE RELAY CHAMPIONS
New Bahamas 200 metre freestyle relay record holders 1:34.77 from left to right Keith Lloyd,Gershwin Greene,Kohen Kerr and N’Nhyn Fernander Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

The Barracudas men team were responsible for setting a new senior national record in the 200 metre freestyle relay. The old record of 1:36.35 had stood to the Freeport Aquatic Club since 2011 when the team of Elvis Burrows,Evante Gibson,Ashton Knowles and Michael McIntosh had set the standard.The new standard is now 1:34.77 set by the team of Gershwin Greene,N’Nhyn Fernander,Keith Lloyd and Kohen Kerr

 

 

 

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Dustin Tynes Bahamas National Champion men 200 metre breaststroke

Another collegiate standout who claimed a national Championship was Dustin Tynes . The Ohio State swimmer claimed senior title in a time of 2:23.00 . Tynes said “it was a great race for this point in my summer season being unshaved and untapered. This was my best in season 200 breaststroke ever .At this  meet last year I was two seconds slower. It sets the tone for the rest of the season and that I’m in relative great shape relative to last year”.

 

The boys 13-14 title was claimed by Izaak Bastian in a time of 2:27.32. In a much anticipated race in the 15 and over girls 200 metre breaststroke Laura Morley won in 2:35.24. Silver and Bronze went to sisters Albury and Lilly Higgs in times of 2:37.16 and 2:41.93.

The senior 50 metre backstroke boys title went to Miller Albury in 28.19 with Dionsio Carey in 28.20 and N’nhyn Fernander the Bronze in 28.60.

The senior title in the 100 metre butterfly went to N’nhyn Fernander 57.87 ,Silver Evante Gibson 58.33 and Keith Lloyd 59.42.The women’s crown went to Bria Deveaux in 1:02.75. Albury won another Silver in 1:06.15 while Jasmine Gibson earned the Bronze 1:08.44.