RECORD SETTING MEDLEY BRONZE MEDAL FOR ALIA AT HANGZHOU WORLD CHAMPS

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson reaffirmed her iconic status in the region and the World with yet another medal at the  14th FINA World Swimming Championships in Hangzhou China. This time she created history in the 100 metre individual medley when she won her second consecutive Bronze medal.

Atkinson made her way to the Championship final with heats and semi finals swims of of 59.69 and 58.20 respectively.

Alia Atkinson preparing for yet another date with destiny.
Photo courtesy of FINA.org/Istvan Derencsenyi

In making the Championship final she would be seeking to break the tie with Trinidad and Tobago’s legendary swimmer George Bovell III as the only swimmers from the CCCAN region to win a medal in the event. Bovell was the pioneer, winning Bronze at the 2012 Championships in a time of 51.66. Atkinson matched this feat in 2016 in Windsor Canada with a Bronze medal of her.

Goerge Bovell III Photo courtesy of sportsmax.tv

When the gun sounded this morning for the final it was heavy favourite and World record Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and America’s Kathleen Baker that took the race out and were the early leaders after the butterfly and backstroke legs with times of 26.36 and 26.44 . Atkinson trailed badly and was last at the half way mark with her medal hopes seemingly in tatters.

Alia launching her come back Photo courtesy of FINA.org/Istvan Derencsenyi

Bestowed with a national award this year on Heroes in October Commander Alia seemingly drew upon the strength of Jamaican national heroine Nanny of the Maroons in the face of such adversity and decided to kick her race into another gear .An excellent pullout from backstroke to breaststroke and Atkinson went to work chasing down her rivals. Clearly the best breaststroke sprinter in the world she gained momentum into the final wall overhauling one rival. Another fantastic turn and she passed a competitor based on the strength of her underwater work. After that she was ticking off the swimmers one by one in the freestyle. The distance to c cover everyone was a bit too much on this occasion and she ran out of water. However she had worked herself onto the podium again to win the Bronze medal in 58.11,a season best and the third fastest time of her career. In her amazing comeback she also created  history by swimming the fastest ever second half of the 100 metre individual medley in the 11 editions of 30.20. Gold went to Hosszu in 57.26 and the Silver medal to Runa Iamai in 57.85.

Alia smiling after the greatest comeback in 100 medley Championships history.
Photo courtesy of FINA.org/Istvan Derencsenyi

Atkinson would tie with the Katinka for the second most appearances in the this event with four. The record for Championship appearances is held Slovakian legend Martina Moracova. Katinka has not been in a Championship final without Atkinson.  Alia now has the regional record for the most medals in the event with two Bronze medals.


Martina Moracova Photo courtesy of pinterest

Head coach of Team Jamaica Chris Anderson described the race “Alia’s 100 IM she had a great back half. The fastest back half of the meet as far the 100 IM is concerned.Her breaststroke split was great on the thrid 25 and had an amazing last 25.We are really hoping this carries over into tomorrow into the 100 breaststroke and finals.I am really looking forward to great performance”.

The next generation of swimmers who would undoubtedly be inspired her performance in the event Sara Pastrana of Honduras and Alex Maclaren of the Turks and Caicos placed 34th and 38th respectively.

HondurasSara Pastrana1:07.9634th
Turks and CaicosAlex Maclaren1:19.8338th

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GOLD AT LAST !! ALIA WINS 50 METRE BREASTSTROKE WORLD TITLE

Alia Atkinson making a surge for the the lead Photo courtesy of fina.org

Signed, Sealed ,Delivered!! Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson finally captures the 50 metre breaststroke World Title at the  14th FINA World Swimming Championships in Hangzhou China. Atkinson won the event in which she set the world record this season in a time of 29.05.Somewhat fittingly she would the take  title from her rival in the early years of the FINA World Cup Tour Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte  and the woman who denied her the Gold twice in 2012 and 2014 . 

The race itself saw the European taking the lead from the start with a reaction time of 0.60 to Atkinson’s 0.62. On the two occasions that the two ladies battled for the World Title in the 50 metre breaststroke Ruta had the faster reaction time and won the race . 

Analysis of Reaction times in Championship finals

2014 50 metre breaststroke podium from left to right Atkinson,Meilutyte and Nijuis .photo courtesy of FINA.org
VenueRutaAlia
World champs 2012 Turkey0.610.66
World Champs 2014 Qatar0.600.66
Atkinson off to a fast start in the heats of the 50 metre breaststroke

The story would not be the same in China as Alia put on another display of excellent underwater work at the 25 metre mark to pull away and win her first global title in the 50 metre breaststroke in 29.05. Ruta won the Silver in 29.38. Italy’s Martina Carraro won the Bronze in 29.59.

In the words of  Jamaican superstar Buju Banton “It is not an easy road many see the glammer and glitter so dem tink  a bed of rose”. The path to Gold has not been easy and has been one where she has overcome many struggles since her debut at the 2004 Indianapolis Championships  to earn the title as the fastest sprint breaststroker in the world

THE ROAD TO GOLD

World champs 2004 Athens33.1717th
World Champs 2010 United Arab Emirates30.22Sixth
World champs 2012 Turkey29.67Silver
World Champs 2014 Qatar28.91Silver
World Champs 2016 Canada29.11Silver
World Champs 2018 China29.05Gold

Now taking Command of the 50 metre breaststroke she has charted a new course for the region’s swimmers to follow. Atkinson now  has the most medals for either men or women from the CCCAN at the World Short Course swimming Championships with eight to her name. 


Cameron van der Burgh .Photo courtesy of The South African

No other woman has won as many medals as Atkinson in the event as she now has four medals. Ruta trails her on that medal count with three. She is also tied with South Africa’s  Cameron van der Burgh  and the Ukraine’s Oleh Lisohor as all time top medallists in World Championships history in the event.


Rodolfo Falcón 

DATE WITH DESTINY

Alia is half way en route to Matching Cuba’s Rodolfo Falcón who won World Championships backstroke sprint Gold in the 50 and 100 metres at the 1999 Hong Kong Championships. With her current form and mindset forged by the steel of many tough Championships it would be hard to bet against her doing the Golden Double in the breaststroke sprint events.

Chris Anderson and Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Tweedsmuir Atkinson

Alia’s coach and coach of the Jamaican delegation Chris Anderson had the following thoughts about her historic win shortly after the race 

‘It was a sweet swim by Alia Atkinson. The 50 metre breaststroke has always been a difficult race to start off the World Championships. By having a great turn and solid finish I think it is really going to build confidence for the 100 metre breaststroke. Great swim for her and looking forward to more swimming at Worlds”

ALIA’S IMPACT

Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of straitimes

Team Leader Dr Brian James spoke to draftingthecaribbean about Alia’s impact “All the swimmers in Hangzhou appear to really love her. When her name is called there is a resounding cheer and everyone is encouraging her and pushing her to do her best.At the training venue people come up to her all the time, all the swimmers from all the countries not confined to to the Caribbean islands everyone loves Alia”.

Jamaica and the CCCAN region’s once in a generation athlete Alia Atkinson promises to deliver more in China as the competition continues.

ALIA ATKINSON MAKES FIFTH CONSECUTIVE 50 BREASTSTROKE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL, MARCELO ACOSTA LEADS NATIONAL RECORD BREAKERS ON DAY ONE OF WORLD CHAMPS

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson was the regional standard bearer on the first day of competition of the 14th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships underway in Hangzhou China. Atkinson made her fifth consecutive World Championship final in the 50 metre breaststroke.A feat no other woman has ever achieved.

Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of fina.org

This morning local time Atkinson progressed to the final  with a time of 29.54 but what was different this occasion is that she will contest the final as the fastest seed. This looks to be a good indicator that she will take the Global title in this event after winning three consecutive Silver medals.She has always made the final in the event five of the six times she has entered the event. In her debut in Athens in 2004 she had placed 17th in a time of 33.17.

Analysis of Atkinson’s semi final performances

World Champs 2010 United Arab Emirates30.194th seed
World champs 2012 Turkey29.622nd seed
World Champs 2014 Qatar28.992nd seed
World Champs 2016 Canada29.092nd seed
World Champs 2018 China29.541st
Anahi posing with 50 metre breaststroke Silver at the CCCAN Championships Photo courtesy of C.C.C.A.N

Other ladies representing the region in that race were Victoria Russell of The Bahamas who registered a time of 32.94 for 34th. Anahi Schreuders lowered her own national record of 34.46 to place 39th in 33.90.

Marcelo Acosta Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

The region’s top middle and long distance freestyler El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta solidified that position with a new national record of 3:42.74 (split time  that shattered his old national record set in 2014 in Qatar of 3:53.11. That swim ranked Acosta 13th overall a big jump from 2014 when he placed 51st .Antigua and Barbuda’s Stefano Mitchell placed 40th with a swim of 4:06.94.

Elisbet Matos Photo courtesy of desdeesteladodelaisla

Elisbet Gamos of Cuba was the region’s top swimmer in the women’s 200 metre freestyle placing 21st with a time of 1:58.37 (split time 58.33).

Other regional 200 metre freestyle results

GuatemalaGabriela Santis2:05.7640th
USVILidia Boguslawska2:13.8948th
Antigua and  BarbudaBianca Mitchell2:15.1751st

Bryan Alvarez Photo courtesy of diario extra

In the 200 metre butterfly there were national records for Cuban Luis Vega Torres (27th) 1:57.45(split time 56.51),Bryan Alvarez of Costa Rica (34th) 2:01.57 (split time 57.96), Guatemala’s Fernando Ponce (35th) 2:04.91 (split time 59.71)

Puerto RicoJarrod Arroyo1:58.2230th
Dominican RepublicZeniel Guzman2:05.5437th
Cadell Lyons Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

Cadell Lyons was the top swimmer for the men in the 100 metre backstroke placing 36th in a time of 54.92 (split time 26.07). He was just off his national record of 54.36

Other regional 100 metre backstroke results

CubaArmando Barrera55.0738th
US Virgin IslandsMatthew Mays56.0940th

In the 400 metre individual medley Costa Rica’s Daniela Alfaro lowered the 1986 national record of 5:12.86 by Olympian Sylvia Poll to 5:01.36. That swim placed her 30th overall.

Edgar Crespo Photo courtesy of La Prensa

In the men’s 100 metre breaststroke Panama’s Edgar Crespo led the region with a sub minute performance of 59.40 (split time 27.40). Costa Rica’s Arnoldo Herrara lowered his own national record from 1:02.39 to 1:02.20 to place 51st overall.

Photo courtesy of Northern Michigan University

Other regional results

US Virgin IslandsAdriel Sanes1:01.8747th
CuracaoSerginni Marten1:01.8747th
ArubaBrandon Cheong1:05.4864th
St Vincent and the GrenadinesShane Cadogan1:05.7866th
Krystal Lara Photo courtesy of womenintheworld

It was Krystal Lara of the Dominican Republic that had the region’s top time in the 100 metre backstroke. She stopped the clock in a time of 1:00.28 (split time 29.17) to finish 32nd overall

Other regional results

CubaAndrea Becali1:03.9641st
PanamaNimi Murua1:05.0945th
BarbadosDanielle Treasure1:06.7447th
GrenadaKimberly Ince1:07.6849th
HaitiBritheny Joassaint1:09.5852nd
Jarrod Arroyo

2018 CAC Champion Jarrod Arroyo of Puerto Rico was the top performer in the 200 metre individual medley with a time of 2:00.97 placing 32nd , just missing the national record of 2:00.49 (split time 57.12).  Patrick Groters of Aruba shattered the Aruban national record of 2:17.86 when he finished 35th in a time of 2:02.16 (split time 55.77).

Patrick Groters courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Other regional results

Cuba Luis Vega Torres 2:03.61 36th

 

JAMAICA TAKES ON THE WORLD AT SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN CHINA, ATKINSON LOOKS TO DEFEND 100 BREASTSTROKE TITLE AND CAPTURE THE 50

The 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25 metre) will get underway in Hangzhou China with Jamaica making its ninth showing at the global event.

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Sion Brinn 1997 Photo courtesy of diomedia.com

Olympian Sion Brinn opened the World Championships account for Jamaica as its only swimmer at the 1995 Rio de Janeiro  Brazil Championships. In 1995 he made the first ever final for the country placing 8th in the 50 metre freestyle in 22.53 and won the 100 metre freestyle B final in a time of 49.41.In 1997 he was again the island’s sole entrant in  Gothenburg Sweden and won both B finals of the 50 and 100 metre freestyle in times of 48.66 and 22.35 respectively.

Team Jamaica 2016
From left to right
Dominic Walter,Kelsie Campbell, Alia Atkinson and Justin Plaschka

Dominic Walter of the 2016 Team that competed in Windsor Canada recounted to draftingthecaribbean what representing the nation meant to him

Dominic Walter gets ready to race
Dominic Walter gets ready to race.

“Representing Jamaica at any level in swimming has always provided some of the most enjoyable experiences that the sport has given me. The feeling of representing your nation with your teammates on one of the highest stages is comparable to none. At the 2016 Short Course World Championships I had the opportunity to watch Alia Atkinson win a gold medal and hear the Jamaican national anthem played on a world stage, what an incredible motivation”.

Team Jamaica in 2018 will be represented by defending 100 metre breaststroke World Champion Alia Atkinson and World Short Course Championships debutante Sidrell Williams. The coach is Chris Anderson and the team leader Dr Brian James.

Alia with medals
Alia Atkinson Photo taken courtesy of es.klear.com

Alia Atkinson who will be competing in her sixth World Championships will be chasing history after another fantastic World Cup Campaign. She leads the World in both the 50 metre breaststroke where she set the World record at 28.56 and the 100 metre breaststroke where she is the only sub 1:03 seconds clocking at 1:02.74. In her other event the 100 metre individual medley she has third fastest entry time .

In the 100 metre breaststroke she will seek to make become the first swimmer to win three consecutive titles.She will also be seeking to bring Jamaica level with the United States of America for the country with most titles won in the event as the Americans had a winning streak from 2006,2008 and 2010. She also has the individual medal count lead with three medals and will be seeking to extend that advantage in Hangzhou.

In the 50 metre breaststroke Alia has won the most medals in the event of all time with three consecutive Silver medals from 2012,2014 and 2016.

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Rodolfo Falcon Photo courtesy of columnadeportiva.files.wordpress.com

In terms of total medals won at the Championships she will be seeking to break the deadlock with Cuba’s Rodolfo Falcón  who has seven medals.

1999 Cuba Rodolfo Falcón 50 metre backstroke Gold
2000 Cuba Rodolfo Falcón 50 metre backstroke Bronze
1993 Cuba Rodolfo Falcón 100 metre backstroke Bronze
1995 Cuba Rodolfo Falcón 100 metre backstroke Gold
1999 Cuba Rodolfo Falcón 100 metre backstroke Gold
2000 Cuba Rodolfo Falcón 100 metre backstroke Silver
1995 Cuba Rodolfo Falcón 200 metre backstroke Gold

Sidrell Williams Mike C Lyn
Sidrell Williams Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Teammate Sidrell Williams will become  the 16th  Jamaican swimmer  to compete World Short Course championships debut is no stranger to national representation having represented the country at the regional level at the CARIFTA , CISC and CCCAN Championships . On the international stage he has represented the Black,Green and Gold at the 2013 Junior World Championships, 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the 2015 World Championships. He will be seeking to make his mark in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events.

The Competition Venue is The Tennis Centre at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo. Centre where a temporary competition pool and pool deck will be constructed on top of the main arena of the Tennis Centre.The venue is  between 15-20 minutes from the  “Grand New Century Hotel’ where Team Jamaica is housed.The competition will run from Tuesday December 11th to Sunday, December 16th. Local start times for heats in Jamaica are 8:30 pm  for heats and 6am for the finals. The competition will start at 8.30 pm today Monday Dec 10. Atkinson will start Jamaica’s campaign on her birthday Dec 11 with the 50 metre breaststroke.

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Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Grace Kennedy Money Services

Schedule for Team Jamaica

Monday  Dec 10 8:30 pm Women 50 metre breaststroke heats
Tuesday Dec 11 6am Women 50 metre breaststroke semi finals
Wednesday Dec 12  6am Women 50 metre breaststroke  final
Wed  Dec 12 8.30 pm Women 100 metre individual medley heats
Men 50 metre freestyle heats
Thursday Dec 13 6am Women 100 metre individual medley semi finals
Men 50 metre freestyle semi finals
Thursday Dec 13 8.30pm Women 100 metre breaststroke heats
Friday Dec 14 6am Women 100 metre individual medley final
Men 50 metre freestyle final
Women 100 metre breaststroke semi finals
Friday Dec 14 8.30 pm Men 100 metre freestyle heats
Saturday Dec 15 6am Men 100 metre freestyle semi finals
Women 100 metre breaststroke final
Sunday Dec 16 6am Men 100 metre freestyle final

SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPS -EAST DAY 3 REPORT JACK KIRBY MAKES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL IN 100 BACKSTROKE

The third day of competition on Friday Dec 7 at the 2018 SPEEDO Winter Junior Championships in North Carolina saw Jack Kirby of Barbados and the Baylor Swim Club as the highest ranked swimmer from the CCCAN region.

Jack UANA
Jack Kirby UANA Gold medallist and Barbadian age group in the 100 metre backstroke

Kirby recorded a big personal best in the 100 yard backstroke heats. This as he dipped below the 48 seconds barrier for the first time in his career to record a time of 47.88. It also puts as him only the third swimmer from Baylor to break 48 seconds.

Baylor 100 backstroke Top Three All Time

Luke Kaliszak  March 2014 46.47
Sam McHugh March 2014 47.74
Jack Kirby Dec 2018 47.88

That time would propel him to the Championship final as he had the second fastest time from the morning swim. In that final he would challenge the 48 second barrier to place 48.13. That bettered his 2017 performance where he had placed sixth in a time of 48.67.His heats time was the 10th fastest time produced at both the East and West competitions.

Analysis of 100 back personal bests

100 back Dec 2018 Feb 2018
First 50 23.13 23.46
Second 50 24.75 24.59
Final Time 47.88 48.05

There would be another big time drop for Kirby in the 100 yard butterfly. He dropped more than a second in the event to set his first sub 50 seconds swim of 49.30.  That bettered the 50.68 he did in a time trial at last year’s Championships. It also moved him from 16th to third  overall in Baylor history.It also places him as the fastest ever Caribbean swimmer from Baylor beating Jamaican Brad Hamilton’s time of 50.36 in 2008.

Bayor 100 butterfly Top Three All Time

Sam McHugh March 2014 48.24
Greg Roop Feb 2009 48.92
Jack Kirby Dec 2018 49.30

That earned him a spot in the C final . He recorded the second fastest time of his career when he placed 8th in a time of 49.66.

100 butterfly Dec 2018 Dec 2017
First 50 22.93 23.88
Second 50 26.37 26.88
Final Time 49.30 50.68

Vale on way to record swim
Nicholas  Vale Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale representing Pine Crest Swim club continued to close in on a sub 49 seconds swim when he recorded a personal best and club record of 49.37. That beat his previous team record set in the the heats of Florida 1A State Championships in November and placed him 28th overall. The 100 yard backstroke saw him stopping the clock in 52.14.

Jan Collazo Torres Trinity Prep aquatics
Jan Collazo Torres Photo courtesy of Trinity Prep Aquatics

Puerto Rico’s Jan Collazo Torres representing Trinity Prep Aquatics recorded a personal best in the 200 yard freestyle of 1:41.26 (split time 48.26) to place 53rd overall. That bettered his PB of 1:42.50 set in Dec 2017. It is also a major improvement on his performance at the 2017 Championships where he placed 100th in 1:44.59.

Also recording a big time drop was Curaçao’s Chadé Nersicio who represents East Coast Aquatics. She moved from a best time of 57.46 in the 100 yard butterfly done at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in March to a time of 55.82 (split time 25.96) to finish 67th overall. In the 100 yard breaststroke she improved upon her 2017 performance where she touched 1:05.72 to stop the clock in 1:05.57 this year.

Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald of Bolles recorded a personal best of 58.08 (split time 27.07) in the 100 yard butterfly.

In the 200 yard freestyle relay the region was represented by three swimmers Gabrianna Banks of South Florida Aquatics, MacDonald and Nercisio.

Banks anchored her team with a split of 23.55 to help them to 15th overall in 1:34.13. MacDonald also had anchor leg duties for Bolles A team. She finished the relay with a leg of 23.86 to help them to a total time of 1:34.41 and 18th place. Nersicio broke the anchor leg trend by starting the relays. She posted the eighth fastest opening time of 23.01 of 43 competing teams to help the East Coast Aquatics to a total time of 1:35.04.

 

 

 

 

DAY ONE 2018 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS EAST REPORT

The first day of the SPEEDO Winter  Junior Championships East in Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina on Wednesday December 5 saw CARIFTA region representation in the 4 x 50 medley and 4 x 200 freestyle relays.

Emily preparing to race
Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Art Kozel

Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald and her Bolles Sharks team placed 19th in the 4x 50 medley relay with a time of 1:44.00.Emily contributed a 25.35 butterfly leg to the team effort.Last year Bolles placed 23rd in 1:44.89.

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Chadé Nercisio Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Curaçao’s Chadé Nersicio and  her East Coast Aquatics Team placed 30th overall with a time of 1:45.02. Nersicio anchored the team with a freestyle split of 22.75. Her time was the seventh fastest freestyle split of the 41 competing teams. It also represents an improvement in time for Chadé and her time since 2017 as she anchored the team in 22.92 when they had a total team effort of 1:45.52.

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Gabrianna Banks in flight during a relay takeover at the UANA Cup Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Gabrianna Banks of Jamaica ,who represents the South Florida Aquatic Club home of World Record holder Alia Atkinson anchored the 4 x 200 yard freestyle relay team with a split of 2:01.68 . The team placed 32nd in a total time of 7:39.25.

2018 WALTER LOWI RETURNS TO SPRINT ROOTS WITH A BANG,CHRISTANYA SHIRLEY LOWERS NATIONAL FREESTYLE RECORD,THOMAS SCARES 13-14 BUTTERFLY RECORD

The 2018 edition of the Walter Lowi Swim meet returned after a one year hiatus .It also returned to its original sprint origins which comprised of 50 and 100 metre races. The swimmers took to this return with great relish as the age group swimmers stroked their way to 33 meet records.

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Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

One of the swimmers that stood out on the meet on November 17 at the National Aquatic Centre was young Christanya Shirley of the Marlins Swim club in the 9-10 age group. Shirley who will be eligible for CARIFTA selection in January put in yet another great showing  winning four Gold  medals and all in meet record times. The most impressive of which was the 100 metre freestyle. She crushed the field by more than 10 seconds to win a new national record of 1:06.12. In stopping the clock at that time she lowered the 2015 record of 1:07.33 by Zaneta Alvaranga set back in Dec 2015.Alvaranga also held the meet record at 1:08.65 also set in 2015. There would almost be another national record effort in the 50 metre backstroke as she won by 7 seconds to touch the pads in 36.21 breaking the 2007 meet record of 36.75 by fellow Marlins swimmer Stefani Webley but just missing Webley’s national record of 35.75 set in December of the same year. Shirley’s other meet records would be in the 50 metre butterfly where she won by five seconds lowering Kendese Nangle’s 2005 standard of 34.39. In the 50 metre breaststroke she won by four seconds to lower Gabrielle Black’s 2010 standard of 42.13 to 41.33.

Nathaniel Thomas
Nathaniel Thomas 13-14 record breaker in the 50 and 100 metre butterfly and 50 and 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Another swimmer who provided a four star performance on the day was Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes Swim Club who competed in the 13-14 age group. Thomas recorded all personal best for his wins. In the 50 metre butterfly he won by over a second to claim the Gold in 26.71 , a time that would have won  Gold in that age group at this year’s CARIFTA Championships held in Kingston. It was also the fastest 50 metre butterfly time on the day.He took more than a second off the 2010 standard of 27.78 set by Sidrell Williams and has more than a year left in the age group to go after the national record of 26.22 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter in 2011. In the 100 metre freestyle he took nearly three seconds off another 2010 Williams standard of 58.55 when he recorded his first sub 56 time of 55.97.  The 100 metre butterfly saw him breaking the minute mark and crushing the 2006 standard of Ramon Walton of 1:03.33. That effort would have won him the Gold at CARIFTA this year. He closed out the meet with almost his first sub 25 seconds performance in the 50 metre freestyle as he touched the wall in 25.09. That broke Williams’ 2010 standard of 26.03. His effort would have also won the Bronze at CARIFTA this year. In speaking to draftingthecaribbean yesterday Thomas gave this assessment of his performances

“My performances at Walter Lowi this weekend was very good .I achieved a lot of best times and I think this meet compared to CARIFTA this year was much better mainly because I think I got fitter and faster.I think CARIFTA was a little rough because I still adjusting to the new age group and also I was sick.This meet was a very good opportunity for me to get all my sprint times down and I think the next meet I can do even better. I have been improving a lot since CCCAN (July in Aruba) and in terms of training it has gotten hard and more intense and I think that has been a big factor in my improvement. I am looking forward to CARIFTA and CCCAN in 2019 to do a lot better than this year”.

The Y Speedos remained unbeaten for the calendar year 2018 as they won the meet with 710 points, Second went to the Tornadoes with 575 points and third to Swimaz with 252. The top five was rounded out by Marlins and Aquamarine Riplles with 208 and 168 points respectively.

Records broken at 2018 Walter Lowi Meet

Event Name Time Year Club Name Time Club
11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Raynae Hall/Ivana Chang 32.99 2007/2010 Y Speedos/Swimaz Aliyah Heaven 31.28 Tornadoes
13-14 girls 50 metre butterfly Alexcia Royal -Eatmon 31.39 2008 Unattached Zaneta Alvaranga 28.60 Kaizen
13-14 boys 50 metre butterfly Sidrell Williams 27.78 2010 Marlins Nathaniel Thomas 26.71 Tornadoes
15 and over girls 50 metre butterfly Kendese Nangle 30.64 2010 Unattached Paris Clare 30.41 Kaizen
9-10 girls 50 metre butterfly Kendese Nangle 34.39 2005 Blue Seals Christanya Shirley 33.16 Marlins
9-10 boys 50 metre butterfly Sidrell Williams 33.64 2007 Marlins Josh Johnson 31.89 Marlins
15 and over girls 100 metre backstroke Dominique Dawson 1:15.47 2007 Tornadoes Brianna Anderson 1:10.68 Y Speedos
15 and over boys 100 metre backstroke Ramon James 1:06.14 2006 Tornadoes Kyle Sinclair 1:03.19 Y Speedos
9-10 girls 50 metre backstroke Stefani Webley 36.75 2007 Marlins Christanya Shirley 36.21 Marlins
9-10 boys 50 metre backstroke Timothy Wynter 38.57 2007 Tornadoes Josh Johnson 37.26 Marlins
11-12 girls 50 metre breaststroke Leanne McMaster 38.93 2010 Y Speedos Kokolo Foster 37.48 Tornadoes
13-14 girls 50 metre breaststroke Breanna Roman 36.58 2010 Swimaz Zaneta Alvaranga 36.27 Kaizen
13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Matthew Hilton 32.23 2005 Y Speedos Kito Campbell 31.91 Y Speedos
11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Breanna Roman 1:04.56 2007 Blue Seals Safiya Officer 1:03.75 Blue Seals
11-12 boys 100 metre freestyle Sidrell Williams 1:01.46 2009 Marlins Adrian Balfour 1:00.88 Tornadoes
13-14 girls 100 metre freestyle Victoria Ho 1:03.07 2007 Unattached Paig’e Lewis 1:02.46 Y Speedos
13-14 boys 100 metre freestyle Sidrell Williams 58.55 2010 Marlins Nathaniel Thomas 55.97 Tornadoes
15 and over girls 100 metre freestyle Kendese Nangle 1:03.35 2010 Unattached Britney Williams 1:02.44 Swimaz
15 and over boys 100 metre freestyle Alford Green 57.94 2007 Y Speedos Kyle Sinclair 55.91 Y Speedos
13-14 girls 100 metre butterfly Alexcia Royal -Eatmon 1:11.53 2008 Unattached Sabrina Lyn 1:07.24 Tornadoes
13-14 boys 100 metre butterfly Ramon Walton 1:03.33 2006 Y Speedos Nathaniel Thomas 59.98 Tornadoes
15 and over girls 100 metre butterfly Dominique Dawson 1:09.74 2007 Tornadoes Brianna Anderson 1:09.62 Y Speedos
10 and under girls 100 metre freestyle Zaneta Alvaranga 1:08.65 2015 Y Speedos Christanya Shirley 1:06.12 Marlins
13-14 boys 50 metre backstroke Timothy Wynter 30.00 2010 Tornadoes Rin Gyles 28.95 Sailfish
15 and over girls 50 metre backstroke Kendese Nangle 32.17 2010 Unattached Brianna Anderson 31.21 Y Speedos
9-10 girls 50 metre breaststroke Gabriella Black 42.13 2010 Tornadoes Christanya Shirley 41.33 Marlisn
11-12 girls 100 metre breaststroke Leanne McMaster 1:25.40 2010 Y Speedos Kokolo Foster 1;22.41 Tornadoes
9-10 boys 50 metre freestyle Robert Marshall 31.11 2008 Y Speedos Josh Johnson 31.05 Marlins
11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle Kendese Nangle 29.41 2007 Blue Seals Safiya Officer 28.33 Blue Seals
13-14 girls 50 metre freestyle Victoria Ho 28.84 2007 Unattached Paig’e Lewis 28.44 Y Speedos
13-14 boys 50 metre freestyle Sidrell Williams 26.03 2010 Marlins Nathaniel Thomas 25.09 Y Speedos
15 and over girls 50 metre freestyle Kendese Nangle 29.11 2010 Unattached Brianna Anderson 28.33 Y Speedos
15 and over boys 50 metre freestyle Steven Moodie 25.67 2010 Tornadoes Kyle Sinclair 24.96 Y Speedos