AFTER TWO DAYS MORE THAN 10 PAN AM GAMES B STANDARDS REGISTERED AT CARIFTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The CARIFTA Championships are underway in beautiful Barbados and the region’s junior swimmers are putting on a show with great swims. Since the meet got started on Saturday at the Aquatic Centre in Wildey,St Michael the athletes have been also knocking on the door for senior representation at the PAN AM Games later this year in Lima Peru.

Jada Chatoor Photo courtesy of Bertram Blackman

In the 800 metre freestyle it was Jada Chatoor who threw down the first marker with a time of 9:19.12 under the PAN AM B standard of 9:24.97.She won the Gold medal in the 15-17 age group .This continues the family tradition of distance freestyle excellence .Her older brother Graham won the 1500 metre freestyle in his final year of junior competition at the 2018 edition in Kingston Jamaica. He is also making a name for himself in the collegiate ranks this season as a freshman at NYU.

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Interestingly since being eligible to swim the distance event she has only contested the race twice and has never been defeteated. First in 2017 in The Bahamas when she won in 13-14 in 9:24.69 and now in the Bahamas.It is also the fastest winning time since a certain Joanna Evans of The Bahamas and Texas Longhorns fame contested the event in 2015. Jada has now put the national record of 9:14.78 on notice.

1500 metre freestyle medal podium from left to right Jake Bailey Silver,Luke -Kennedey Thompson Gold and brother Mark-Anthony Thompson Photo courtesy of Alcindor Bonamy

The 1500 metre freestyle for the boys in the 15-17 age group saw Bahamian Luke Kennedy Thompson dipping under the PAN AM B mark .He swam under the time standard of 16:39.97 with a 16:37.95 effort.That is major improvement from his 2018 showing in Kingston Jamaica when he placed fifth in 17:05.64.Leader for most of that race Jake Bailey just got under the B time with a Silver medal performance of 16:39.20

Bastian opening up a lead in the 200 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

In the 200 metre breaststroke overwhelming favourite from the Bahamas ,Izaak Bastian was easily under the B standard and gave his championship record of 2:17.78 and PAN AM A standard of 2:17.56 a scare with a 15-17 Gold medal winning effort of 2:18.03. The Florida State swimmer made a name for himself this NCAA season by making the Division I Championship final in the 200 yard medley relay.Bastian has only lost this race once in his CARIFTA career.

Age GroupYearTimePlace
11-1220132:57.427th
11-1220142:39.63Gold
13-1420152:28.15Gold
13-1420162:24.99 heats 2:2378 CRGold
15-1720172:21.14Gold
15-1720182:17.78CRGold
15-1720192:18.03Gold
Alexander Grand’Pierre Photo courtesy of Haiti’s Swim team

Also making a push for senior representation was Silver medallist in the 15-17 age group was Haiti ‘s Alexander Grand’Pierre.He stopped the clock in 2:25.40 just under the B standard of 2:25.79.

15-17 100 metre butterfly podium from left to right Jayhan Odlum-Smith Silver,Ian Pinder Gold and Davante Carey Bronze Photo courtesy of Alcindor Bonamy

In the 100 metre butterfly it was another Bahamian who topped the podium who held up his name to be put on the plane to Lima. Ian Pinder registered a winning mark of 56.80 to better the B standard of 56.95.

Sabrina Lyn 13-14 CCCAN Gold medallist 100 metre butterfly and age group record holder Photo courtesy of CCCAN

It was in the 13-14 age group that the 100 metre butterfly standard was bettered.Jamaica’s fastest ever junior female swimmer in the event Sabrina Lyn bettered the B time of 1:04.93 twice.In the heats she clocked 1:03.47 and then 1:03.19 in the Championship final for new PB,age group record and Championship record and the fastest female time of the meet.

15-17 200 metre freestyle podium from left to right Macdonald,Watson-Brown and Williams Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

In the 200 metre freestyle the entire podium party of Bermuda’s Logan Watson-Brown and the Jamaican duo of Emily McDonald and Britney Williams who bettered the PAN AM B mark.The 15-17 trio finished with times of 2:07.86,2:08.72 and 2:08.79 respectively.

Elan Daley Photo courtesy of islandstats.com

The quickest time in the 200 metre freestyle on the day belonged to Bermuda’s Elan Daley .She registered a new 13-14 Championship record of 2:08.03 before crushing that time with a final swim of 2:06.13

15-17 100 backstroke champion and new senior natior record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados

It was almost the case in the 15-17 girls 100 metre backstroke as local girl Danielle Titus won the event in a new Championship record and senior national record of 1:04.60.She broke her old Barbados record of 1:04.79 set in 2018 in Jamaica.

Gabriela Donahue Photo courtesy of floridaswimnetwork.com

Titus was pressed to the wall by Gabriela Donahue of Trinidad and Tobago who also set a new 15-17 and senior national record of 1:05.09.She lowered the mark of 1:05.38 by Kimberlee John -Williams of 1:05.38. Gabriela joins mother Olympian Karen Dieffenthaller Donahue (Seoul 1988) and sister Alexandria as senior national record holders for the twin island republic

EventNameTimeYearMeet
200 freestyleKaren Donahue2:07.031988Olympics
100 breaststrokeAlexandria Donahue1:12.332013CARIFTA
100 backstrokeGabriela Donahue1:05.092019CARIFTA

If Gabriela chooses to go to Brown she can continue the family tradition of becoming an Ivy League champion

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Davante Carey Photo courtesy of Bahamas Aquatics

Double sprint backstroke champion at these championships Davante Carey continued the strong showing by the defending champions The Bahamas with his effort in the 100 metre backstroke.He stopped the clock in 59.83.That time was under the B mark of 59.99.

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ZANETA ALVARANGA AND GIRLS 11-12 MEDLEY RELAY BLAST THEIR WAY TO NEW NATIONAL MARKS ON NIGHT 2 OF CARIFTA 2019

Night two of the 2019 CARIFTA 2019 swimming Championships provided yet another session of medals, records and excitement for Team Jamaica.The team at the end of Day Two had recorded 40 new personal bests and were in second place with 690 points and had 34 medals 11 Gold,16 Silver and Seven Bronze medals

The top performance again came from the 13-14 girls . This time it was Zaneta Alvaranga leading the way in the 50 metre butterfly.She gave Team Jamaica and fans on hand a signal of what was to come in the final when she eased to a time of 28.32 ,the fastest female time of the morning heats regardless of age group.

Zaneta Alvaranga Jamaica’s fastest ever female junior 50 metre butterfly swimmer displaying her Gold after recording the fastest female time at CARIFTA Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

SPEED AND POWER

In her signature event , the one lap butterfly sprinted she demonstrated why she is Jamaica’s fastest junior swimmer ever in the event.When the starter’s gun fired Zaneta worked her underwaters utilizing almost all of the 15 metres allowable to gain a tremendous advantage when she surfaced. After her breakout it was all about the clock as the field was well beaten. When she hit the pads it revealed a new personal best and national age group record of 27.84. Zaneta lowered her regional mark as the 13-14 fastest English speaking girl in the event. It would prove also be the fastest time by a girl on the night. That performance stands as the second fastest time ever done at CARIFTA by a girl as the 13-14 mark is held by Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe in 2018.She set that mark in Kingston in an epic championship final with Alvaranga where both young ladies recorded sub 28 seconds times of 27.78 and 27.94 respectively for Gold and Silver.In another podium dominated by Jamaica ,Sabrina Lyn won the Silver in a time of 29.13. The outstanding Bermudan swimmer Elan Daley , who broke Zaneta’s CARIFTA 11-12 record in 2018 and is of Jamaican parentage won the Bronze in 29.59.

11-12 girls 100 metre backstroke podium from left to right Higo Cayman Silver, Wainwright Jamaica Gold,Judd Bermuda Bronze Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

HOW THE WEST WON

Leanna Wainwright showed no fear in her international outing and Championship final on Day one of these CARIFTA Championships to earn Bronze in the 50 metre backstroke. That confidence from winning that medal carried over to the morning heats of the 100 metre backstroke .She topped the girls 11-12 qualifiers with a morning effort and new PB of 1:12.23. In the evening she displayed that fearless attitude once again when she opened an early lead on the field heading into the turn.Displaying a level of determination well beyond her years Leanna held her nerve when the Cayman Islands Lila Higo made a late charge to win in another PB of 1:11.65. Higo won the Silver in 1:11.76. Imojen Judd, the 50 metre backstroke champion took the Bronze in 1:12.84. Leanna’s countrywoman Giani Francis placed fourth in 1:13.41.

Leanna Wainwright with 100 metre backstroke Gold Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

Wainwright,who is a product of Western Jamaican swimming put Jamaica back on top of the medal podium 12 years after age group record holder Kendese Nangle (1:08.49) who in front of a home crowd in 2007

GIRLS RELAY GOLD RUSH

On the 11-12 400 medley relay team only the very confident Kokolo Foster (breaststroke) had previous CARIFTA experience . The other members Leanna Wainwright (backstroke) Giani Francis (butterfly) and Christanya Shirley (freestyle) swam as the uninitiated do , with no inhibitions and not in awe of the occasion. That proved to pay great dividends as they dominated the final to win in a national and Championship record of 4:49.77. That crushed the old mark of 4:52.00 set by the 2002 CARIFTA team of Gillian Stewart,Tamari Farquharson,Kheri Ann Robinson and Rene Wright .Bermuda took the Silver in 4:52.93 with Cayman winning the Bronze in 4:59.98.

That sparked a chain reaction and the girls relay team went on a Golden hot streak.In the 13-14 Championship final Morgan Cogle gave the team a solid start with her backstroke split of 1:15.08. Sabrina Lyn recorded the fastest breaststroke split of her life of 1:15.23 to have Jamaica challenging for the lead. Alvaranga dropped the hammer on the field with her butterfly split of 1:04.23 give Safiya Officer an insurmountable lead . Bahamian Delaney Mizell turned on the jets on the anchor leg but Officer had too much of an advantage as Jamaica won in 4:38.85. Team Bahamas took the Silver in 4:39.15 with Barbados taking the Bronze in 4:41.99.This is the second consecutive Gold for Jamaica in the event.

.Simone Vale backstroke 1:10.37 and Naomi Eaton breaststroke 1:23.27 gave Jamaica the platform for the second half of the relay to challenge for the medals. Emily MacDonald ‘s 1:04.42 butterfly leg ran down all the teams except for Trinidad and Tobago. It was left up to Britney Williams to keep the streak alive and she did not disappoint. She recorded the fastest 100 freestyle of her life of 58.77 to take the win in a total team time of 4:36.83.The swimmers from the twin island republic were second in 4:37.55 and Barbados third in 4:40.55.

Brady Macpherson Lewison 400 IM Gold medallist Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

MEDLEY MORNING GLORY

When debutante Brady MacPherson Lewison won the 11-12 boys 400 metre individual medley he created history for himself .He had won his first Gold medal in a time of 5:30.63, a time drop of over ten seconds. It was also the first time Jamaica had been been on podium in over two decades much less winning the Gold. The fastest time recorded by a Jamaican boy in the event was in recent years was 2010 when Kevaughn Campbell placed fourth in 5:37.89.

PUTTING UP RESISTANCE

The boys also swam well out of their comfort zones to land podium places in the medley relays.In the 13-14 boys relay legs done Nathaniel Thomas backstroke 103.73, Jaedon Lynch breaststroke 1:14.77,Jaleel Samms 1:05.34 seemed to have Jamaica outside of medal contention. Cometh the moment,cometh Daniel Mair. Known primarily for his distance and open water freestyle exploits Mair presented his sprint credentials on the anchor freestyle leg .He swam a lifetime best split 56.42 to give Jamaica the Bronze medal edging French Guiana by mere .09 of a second 4:20.26 to 4:20.35. Team TTO won in 4:13.76 with Bahamas taking the Silver in 4:16.65.

In the 15-17 category it was always going to be an uphill task against the mighty Bahamians who had the 100 metre backstroke champion in Davante Carey,CARIFTA record holder in the 100 metre breaststroke Izaak Bastian, 100 metre butterfly champion Ian Pinder and Kevon Lockhart. Nicholas Vale gave Jamaica a good shot a medal with his opening 100 metre backstroke split of 1:01.33, almost a new PB. What made the difference for Jamaica to break out the the chasing pack was a lifetime best effort of 1:06.62 by Cameron Brown on the breaststroke leg.That allowed Jordane Payne butterfly 1:00.66 and Kyle Sinclair freestyle 54.08 to push for the Silver with no real challenge in a total team time of 4:02.69. That was just off the national record of 4:01.27.

Nathaniel Thomas Silver medallist 100 metre backstroke Photo courtesy of Mike Critchlow

Other medals won on Day Two

15-17200 metre freestyleEmily MacDonald2:08.72Silver
15-17200 metre freestyleBritney Williams2:08.79Bronze
15-17200 metre freestyleNicholas Vale1:58.09Silver
11-1250 metre butterflyGiani Francis30.86Silver
11-1250 metre butterflyBrady Macpherson-Lewison29.77Bronze
13-1450 metre butterflyNathaniel Thomas26.73Silver
15-1750 metre butterflyEmily MacDonald28.96Silver
13-14100 metre backstrokeNathaniel Thomas1:02.88Silver

SABRINA LYN LEADS 18 JAMAICAN INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES INTO DAY ONE FINALS WITH PB,AGR, CR AND PAN AM B MARK

Sabrina Lyn 13-14 CCCAN Gold medallist 100 metre butterfly and age group record holder Photo courtesy of CCCAN

The morning session of qualifying heats was highlighted by Sabrina Lyn’s new personal best, 13-14 national record and CARIFTA Championship record and PAN AM GAMES B time of 1:03.47 in the 100 metre butterfly. She bettered her old national record and personal best of 1:03.82 , the Championship record of 1:03.50 set in 2016 held by Bermuda’s Emma Harvey and the PAN AM Games B standard of 1:04.93. She is now the fastest ever female age group swimmer from Jamaica as the 15-17 record of 1:03.48 set by Kelsie Campbell in 2016.

Jamaica will occupy 18 lanes in individual finals tonight. There will be a national age record watch in the girls 50 metre backstroke event for all three age groups 11-12,13-14 and 15-17.Britney Williams topped the early morning heats in the 15-17  800 metre freestyle for girls  with a season best of 9:39.41.Countrywoman Naomi Eaton recorded a personal best of 10:02.80.Daniel Mair had a personal best of more than 10 seconds in the 13-14 boys 1500 metre freestyle of 18:34.56  There were 15 personal best times recorded this morning.

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EventAge groupNameTimeRankings
200 metre breaststroke11-12Kokolo Foster3:00.691st  
200 metre breaststroke11-12Emma Marston3:16.118th
200 metre breaststroke15-17Naomi Eaton3:06.278th
50 metre backstroke11-12Giani Francis32.742nd
50 metre backstroke11-12Leanna Wainwright33.983rd
50 metre backstroke13-14Zaneta Alvaranga32.565th  
50 metre backstroke13-14Nathaniel Thomas28.261st
50 metre backstroke15-17Brianna Anderson30.661st
50 metre backstroke15-17Simone Vale32.468th
100 metre butterfly11-12Giani Francis1:12.295th
100 metre butterfly11-12Saidah Brown1:11.034th
100 metre butterfly11-12Brady Macpherson Lewison1:06.223rd
100 metre butterfly13-14Sabrina Lyn1:03.471st
100 metre butterfly13-14Zaneta Alvaranga1:05.772nd
100 metre butterfly13-14Nathaniel Thomas1:00.082nd
100 metre butterfly15-17Emily MacDonald1:05.121st
100 metre butterfly15-17Simone Vale1:09.028th
100 metre butterfly15-17Nicholas Vale57.952nd

KENYON DUO OF JOSEPH BLACK AND RACINE ROSS LEAD THE WAY ON DAY 2 OF DIII CHAMPS WITH FREE AND MEDLEY RELAY BRONZE MEDALS

The second day of the 2019 NCAA DIII Championships in
Greensboro, North Carolina saw the Kenyon College duo of Racine Ross of Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaican Joseph Black earning relay medals in the 400 yard medley and 200 yard freestyle relays respectively.

Ross, who was brought in for the Championship final of the event recorded a butterfly split of 55.19 to help the Gambier ,Ohio based institution to the Bronze in a time of 3:42.22 . The Gold went to Emory in a time of 3:40.66 and The Silver to Denison in 3:40.77.

Kenyon Ladies Bronze medallists in the 400 yard medley relay from left to right Ross,Perttula,Hart and Orbach-Mandel Photo courtesy of North Coast Athletic Conference
BackstrokeCrile Hart54.52
BreaststrokeAndrea Perttula1:02.24
ButterflyRacine Ross55.19
FreestyleHannah Orbach-Mandel50.27
Total Time3:42.22

This performance by the Kenyon Ladies is a season best and the fifth fastest performance in school history.

Racine Ross competing in the heats of the 100 yard butterfly Photo courtesy of

Earlier in the meet Ross, who won the 15-17 100 metre butterfly title in her last year junior year at CARIFTA in 2018 set a new personal best of 55.74 in the 100 yard butterfly to earn a lane in the B final of the event. In the night’s final she was even faster stopping the clock in 55.22 . She finished just behind Amy Socha of Tufts who won in 55.22.

First 50 25.9025.74
Second 50 29.8429.55
Total time55.7455.29
Racine powering way to new PB in Fly Photo courtesy of

Teammate Jamaican Joseph Black recorded his fastest 50 yard freestyle time of the meet, a 20.78 leading off the Lords 200 yard freestyle relay in the morning heats.The time qualified the team for the Championship final punching their ticket with a time of 1:20.65. In the final later on that day Joseph was given second leg duties . He was timed at 20.46. The team won the Bronze in a time of 1:20.67. The Lords were edged by the slimmest of margins for the Silver by Tufts 1:20.66. Gold went to Emory in 1:19.99.

First LegDavid Fitch20.16
Second LegJoseph Black20.46
Third LegThomas Weiss19.88
Fourth LegAJ Reid20.17
Total Time1:20.67

The medal performance marks a return to the medal podium after a one year hiatus where they had finished fifth in 1:20.94.

Kenyon Lords 200 freestyle relay Bronze medallists from left to right Fitch,Black,Reid and Weiss Photo courtesy of North Coast Athletic Conference

In the 400 yard medley relay the Lords barely missed the Bronze medal and a new school record when they placed fourth in a 3:14.97. The 2015 school record stands at 3:14.69. Bronze was won by Emory in 3:14.79,the Silver to Denison in 3:14.29 and the Gold to University of Washington St Louis in 3:14.17 . Black had anchor leg freestyle splits of 44.38 and 44.49 in the heats and Championship final respectively.

Graham Chatoor Photo courtesy of gonyuathletics.com

Graham Chatoor of NYU won his heat in the 200 yard freestyle in a new personal best of 1:41.60 to place 31st . The freshman from Glencoe Trinidad is the second fastest swimmer in the school this season with that performance.

First 50 24.0223.19
Second 50 26.0425.55
Third 50 26.4126.67
Fourth 5025.5126.19
Total time1:41.981:41.60

TYLER RUSSELL WINS RELAY SILVER, WEEKES MAKES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL AS CARIFTA REGION FRESHMEN MAKE DIII CHAMPS DEBUT

The first night of the NCAA Division III Championships in North Carolina proved to be a successful outing for the CARIFTA region freshmen making their debuts at the NCAA DIII debut. It would be Tyler Russell of The Bahamas and Emory who would get the first medal for the CARIFTA region , a Silver in the 200 yard medley relay.Luis Sebastian Weeks of Barbados and Kenyon College would make it to the Championship final of the 200 yard individual medley. Others getting their first taste of swimming at Nationals included Graham Chatoor, Joseph Black and Racine Ross.

Tyler Russell bringing the heat in the 100 yard breaststroke Photo courtesy of D.B Cooper

Russell, who was entering the Championships from a strong showing at his UAA Conference Championships continued his good form with the Eagles in the 200 yard medley relay. He recorded a breaststroke split of 25.37 to help them to fifth overall in the morning heats with a time of 1:29.38. In the night’s final he brought the same energy from the morning to split 25.38 to help Emory place second in a season best time of 1:28.48

BackstrokeSage Ono22.44
BreaststrokeTyler Russell25.38
ButterflyColin LaFave21.16
FreestyleTrey Kolleck19.50
Total Time1:28.48
Luis Sebastian Weekes

Weekes , who left his junior years behind in 2018 as the CARIFTA and CCCAN Champion paced himself well to make his first individual Championship final with a time of 1:49.45. In the final he placed seventh in a time of 1:49.44 to finish seventh in his DIII Championships debut.

Butterfly24.25
Backstroke27.76
Breaststroke31.27
Freestyle26.16
Total Time1:49.44

That is Weekes’ third fastest time of his career and he ends the season as the fastest Kenyon Lord for the season and the fourth fastest performer in the event in school history.

Graham Chatoor Photo courtesy of gonyuathletics.com

Graham Chatoor of Trinidad and Tobago and New York University clocked the third fastest time of his career in the 500 yard freestyle 4:32.48 .He to placed just outside the top 16 times to finish 18th.

His countrywoman and Kenyon swimmer Racine Ross also recorded the third fastest time of her career in the 50 yard freestyle. She placed 52nd in a time of 24.30. Her teammate Jamaican Joseph Black coincidentally recorded the third best time of his career in the 50 as well recording a time of 20.96 to finish 40th.

ALEX SOBERS WINS 200 FREE SILVER AND KOHEN KERR WINS FREESTYLE RELAY BRONZE ON DAY TWO OF NCAA D2 CHAMPS

The second night of action at the NCAA Division II championships saw the CARIFTA region nations of Barbados,The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica all involved in finals. Medals were earned by Alex Sobers of Barbados and Emmanuel College and Kohen Kerr of The Bahamas and Delta State University.

In the morning heats the Statesmen team of Giulio Brugnoni,Alex Zolotuhkin,Mattia Schirru and Kerr lowered the school record of 1:19.98 to 1:19.36. The same quartet had finished fourth in the 2018 Championship final in a time of 1:20.33. The final would prove to memorable as the team from Cleveland,Mississippi went even faster to claim the Bronze in a tight final in a new school record of 1:19.11. That is the best result for Delta State for more than a decade.

LegNameheatsfinal
First legGiulio Brugnoni20.0719.83
Second legAlex Zolotuhkin19.7819.84
Third legMattia Schirru19.5519.77
Fourth legKohen Kerr19.9619.67
Total time1:19.361:19.11

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Kerr this morning about his team’s record breaking feats

Kohen Kerr Photo courtesy of gostatesmen.com

” My relay teammates and I really enjoyed our morning swim.We did not expect to go that fast as we did in the morning.Not all of our relay team swam as fast as they could.In the night we decided we were going to do better.We tried to come second but unfortunately it did not happen but we all went close to our best times in our 50 splits. We came third which is a school record and the third fastest time in the nation so we were pretty happy about that”.

In the 200 yard freestyle Championship final Sobers created history for Emmanuel College Lions as he became the first swimmer from the Franklin Springs Georgia based team to win a medal in the event . Alex lowered his personal best and school record from 1:35.32 to 1:34.76 to win the Silver medal.

Alex Sobers receiving award for Silver medal performance Photo courtesy of goeclions.com
First 50 22.4021.78
Second 50 24.0123.76
Third 50 24.6224.23
Fourth 5024.2924.99
Total time1:35.321:34.76
Alex and Coach Allen Gilchrest Photo courtesy of goeclions.com

Gold was won by Alex Kunert of Queens in 1:33.56 and the Bronze to his teammate Alec Mosic in 1:36.00. Sobers is the fastest ever swimmer from Barbados in this event.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Sobers he had the following thoughts on his medal winning performance
“I was really excited to swim the 200 freestyle yesterday .I knew I had to push with the guy from Queens (kunert) as he is a really good competitor.Overall it was a really good race and I improved my time.This is my team’s first time at Nationals so we are really here to do our best and have fun”.

Kael Yorke

Kael Yorke’s Greyhounds rattled their school record in the 400 yard medley Championship final when the recorded a time of 3:12.87 for fifth place. Yorke had split 48.02 and then 48.05 in the morning heats and Championship final respectively for his butterfly leg.

Nico Campbell Photo courtesy of fscmocs.com

Jamaica’s best 200 yard freestyler Nico Campbell equalled his best ever placing in the event at the National championships with a third place finish in the B final. Campbell’s best time at these Championships stood at 1:38.09. He was faster than that in the heats and final with times of 1:37.24 and 1:37.43 , the third and sixth fastest performances of his career. No other Jamaican swimmer has dipped under the 1:38 barrier other than Nico. In the 200 freestyle relay his Florida Southern College placed sixth in the B final with a time of 1:21.72 .In the morning heats they had recorded a time of 1:21.29. Nico’s splits in the morning and evening were 20.03 and 19.83 respectively.

Jordan Augier Photo courtesy of tampaspartans.com

The record in the 200 yard freestyle relay belongs to Tampa at 1:17.27 set in 2016 . Included in that lineup was St Lucia’s Jordan Augier who had a game changing leg to propel the Spartans to the Gold and the Division II record

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BIG IMPROVEMENT FROM JAMAICAN MATTHEAU BONNER EARNS HIM SCHOOL RECORDS AT CCSA CHAMPS

What a difference a year makes ! This can be said of Jamaican sophomore Mattheau Bonner and his performances at the CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association) Conference Championships. This year’s conference saw a change in Bonner’s fortunes for the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders as he competed at the Liberty University pool from Feb 20 to 23.

Bonner powering his way to a new school record Photo courtesy ofnjithighlanders.com

In the 100 yard butterfly Mattheau entered the competition with a best time of 50.82 , just off the school record of 50.79 set in 2015 by Colin Moore. He ensured that he would become the fastest Highlander of all time from the morning heats. He set a new school record of 50.81 (split 23.56) to earn a second swim in the evening. This is a marked improvement from 2018 where he placed in 51.79. There would be more left in the tank in the B final as he placed third in a new PB and school record of 50.48.

Bonner 800 freestyle relay Photo courtesy of njithighlanders.com

He would again write his names in the school record books as he joined teammates Joshua Franco (1:41.84),Edward Madrigal (1:42.69) and Jake Haefner (1:45.81) in setting a new school mark in the 800 yard freestyle relay of 6:52.15 for a fifth place finish. Bonner had the fastest split on the second leg of 1:41.81.The old school record had stood at 6:53.35 from 2015.In 2018 the Highlanders had recorded a time of 6:54.62.

Bonner just missed the school record in the 200 yard butterfly.Photo courtesy of njithighlanders.com

It was nearly a hat trick of school records for Bonner with another career best placing in the 200 yard butterfly. He took off nearly a second off his personal standard to earn a lane in his first Championship final with a time of 1:51.87. The Biomedical engineering major would better that time again with a sixth place time of 1:51.79 (split time 52.79) . In 2018 he was 18th in 1:53.83. He is now close to taking down the Highlander’s programme mark of 1:51.18, which is another 2015 Moore record.

He would lower his personal best in the 200 yard IM from 2:00.27 to 1:57.62. In the 200 yard medley relay the Highlanders with Bonner doing butterfly duties placed fifth in a time of 1:32.84.Last year they recorded a time of 1:33.44.The longer 400 yard medley relay saw them fifth again with Bonner recording a split of 50.10 to help them to a total time of 3:25.06. This is much better than the 3:31.75 they recorded in 2018.The 200 yard freestyle relay team placed sixth with a time of 1:25.02 and Mattheau providing a second leg timed at 21.57.

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Bonner about his record breaking exploits and his improvement in performance

“Before Conference I really expected to break 50 in the 100 fly and go sub 1:50 in the 200 fly which would be really big improvements.I just felt really good in all my practices leading up to the meet.I was training a lot harder than last year.I really felt that was attainable. I felt the training sets that I got from my coach really helped me to push myself.He helped me to push harder than last year.In the 100 fly I went 50.4 coming down from 50.8.It was not the drop that I expected because I really expected to go sub 50.But it was still really good.I broke the school record.I felt good o on all parts of the race except my last turn was a bit off.My 200 fly I dropped a whole second and that made me feel really good because I made the A final as opposed to the 100 fly where I made the B final. Also I placed sixth in 1:51.7.I really expected sub 1:50 .I had a really good race in the morning but I may have taken it out too fast in the night but a best time is a best time.I am not too worried about not hitting my expectations because I still have another meet that is right before my spring break March 14 to 16 National Invitational championships. That is where I think will be able to go sub 50 and 1:50.As a whole my meet was amazing because I went a best time in everything. My 200 yard IM I dropped three seconds plus my splits on all my relays I dropped a lot of time.Big thanks to my coach Ron Farina because he really pushed me and he told me before the meet that if anyone should do be going really fast and lots of best times it should be me because of the way I have been training.That got me in the mentality to race fast”.