EMILY MacDONALD’S GOLD MEDAL HIGHLIGHTS CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIP 100 METRE FREESTYLE MEDAL RUSH ON DAY FOUR

 

The fourth day of competition at CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago saw Team Jamaica winning One Gold , Three Silver and One Bronze for an overall total of Seven Gold, Six Silver and Three Bronze. The Jamaican contingent was in ninth position with 232 points. The overall tally of personal bests now stands at 34.  All the medals won on Day Four were in the 100 metre freestyle event. The Gold came from Emily MacDonald in the girls 13-14 race.

Emily MacDonald 100 freestyle Gold
Emily MacDonald 13-14 100 metre freestyle

For the second straight summer Emily MacDonald has crowned herself regional Champion in the 100 metre freestyle. At the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in the 11-12 100 metre freestyle she struck Gold in a then national record of 1:00.26. One year later in the 13-14 age group she has won CCCAN title in a time of 58.83. In the process she also lowered her personal best of 59.20 that she established in the heats. This is the first medal for Jamaica in the event in over a decade. The longstanding 1997 record of 57.54 set by Olympian Janelle Atkinson has been put on notice as Emily still has a year and a half in the age group.

Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 100 freestyle Silver
Zaneta Alvaranga 11-12 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

 

Emily’s 11-12 national record would not survive Day Four. The 11-12 final pitted the Bermudan star duo of Elan Daley and Payton Zelkin against Jamaican speedster Zaneta Alvaranga to see how the medals would be decided. After speaking with her coach about working the last half of her race Zaneta dug deep in the last 15 metres to challenge Daley for the Gold and win Silver in 1:00.24 in a new national age group record. Daley would win Gold in a new Bermudan record of 59.65. Zelkin would take the Bronze in 1:00.56. That is the same order that the medals were won at CARIFTA earlier this year. The last time Jamaica last won a medal in this event was 2013 when Anjuii Barrett won the Bronze.

Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 100 free Silver
Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Nathaniel Thomas added another medal to his haul when he won Silver in the boys 11-12 race. He lowered his personal best set in the morning of 59.04 to 58.37. The medal is a set up the podium from CARIFTA where he had won the Bronze medal. No Jamaican had won a medal in the event for more than a decade. Thomas is now less than a second away from the 2002 national record of 57.43 set by Brad Hamilton.  The Gold was won by Bermuda’s Sam Williamson in 58.20.Bronze went to Gabriel Martinez of Honduras in 58.65.

Kelsie Campbell 100free Silver
Kelsie Campbell 18 and over 100 metre freestyle Silver medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

Kelsie Campbell the only Jamaican female representative in the 18 and over at CCCAN Championships keeps adding to her personal medal account in Trinidad and Tobago. She won her fourth medal so far in the 100 metre freestyle stopping the clock in a time of 58.28. This is the first time Jamaica is medalling in the event since 2001 when Olympians Janelle Atkinson and Angela Chuck won Gold and Silver. Gold went Jumar Avila of Honduras in 57.79. Santis Gabriela of Guatemala won Bronze in 59.12.

Kyle Sinclair 100 metre freestyle Bronze
Kyle Sinclair 13-14 100 metre freestyle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

In the boys 13-14 race Kyle Sinclair dipped below the 56 seconds barrier for the first time to set a new personal best of 55.77 and establish himself as the number one seed heading into the final. In the Championship final he had to over a bad start and work overtime in the last 25 metres to come from behind to win the Bronze in 55.04. This is a big improvement for Sinclair who had failed to make to the final at CARIFTA placing 11th in 57.43. It also breaks a decade long medal drought in the event. Also making up for a disappointing CARIFTA 2017 where he was disqualified in the event was Trinidad and Tobago’s Aqueel Joseph who won gold in 54.85. Kevon Lockhart of The Bahamas won the Silver in 54.97.

Other finalists on the day were

Age Group Event Name Time heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
13-14 girls 200 metre IM Gabrianna Banks 2:36.90 8th 2:37.88 7th
15-17 girls 200 metre IM Bryanna Renuart 2:29.61 6th 2:29.26 5th
11-12 girls 200 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn N/A N/A 2:47.29 7th
15-17 boys 200 metre butterfly Jesse Marsh 2:11.94 7th 2:11.55 6th
15-17 girls 800 metre freestyle relay N/A N/A 9:03.51 5th

JAMAICAN CONTINGENT HEADS TO CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TODAY WITH NATIONAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS UNDER THREAT

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Members of Jamaica’s team to the CCCAN Swimming Championships

A   17 member Jamaican delegation will be in action in the swimming pool from the 28th of June to July 2 at the Aquatic Centre, Balmain, Couva in Trinidad.  The Championship which membership comprises federations from the Central American and Caribbean region has seen a number of outstanding performances from Jamaican athletes. Seven existing records at the meet are held by swimmers from the land of wood and water.

Janelle Atkinson 2001 CCCAN
Janelle Atkinson at the 2001 CCCAN Championships Photo courtesy of swimjamaica.com

Leading the record tally is Olympian Janelle Atkinson with three. She holds marks in the 18 and over 800 metre freestyle 8:39.16, 400 metre freestyle 4:13.11 and 200 metre freestyle 2:02.57. All of those Championship standards were set at the 2001 edition of the meet in the Dominican Republic where she won Six Gold, One Silver and One Bronze.

Alia Atkinson
Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Aurelien Menuuier/Getty Images Europe

Olympian Alia Atkinson has two 15-17 records from the 2005 Championships still standing. As expected they are in the breaststroke events. In the 50 metre race it is 33.12 and the 100 metre breaststroke race 1:13.93.The meet was again held in the Dominican Republic. Alia won an impressive Seven Gold ,One Silver and one Bronze.

Timothy Wynter with his medal won at the 2011 Championships Gleaner
Timothy Wynter on his return to Jamaica from a successful 2011 CCCAN campaign Photo courtesy of The Jamaica Gleaner

Yet another Olympian Timothy Wynter has two records in his favoured backstroke events at the 2011 Puerto Rico meet in the 13-14 age group. His 50 metre standard stands at 26.96 and his 200 metre record at 2:09.55.His medal haul would consist of Two Gold, Two Silver and a Bronze.

In 2017 the Jamaican team  have 24 individual medal chances based upon the heat sheet.

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Kelsie Campbell Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

In the 18 and over girls Kelsie Campbell has five good chances in the 50,100 and 200 metre freestyle events as well as the 50 metre butterfly races. In the 100 metre butterfly  she is seeded first. Her time of 1:03.48 is in striking range of the Championship record of 1:03.18 by Puerto Rico’s Debra Rodriquez.

Thomas and Alvaranga
Nathaniel Thomas and Zaneta Alvaranga Photos courtesy of Cheser Adams

Next up for a potentially large medal haul are the 11-12 sprinters Nathaniel Thomas and Zaneta Alvaranga. Both are in medal winning positions based on their entry times in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle races and 50 and 100 metre butterfly events. In the 50 metre butterfly in which both swimmers are ranked number 1 they will be seeking to lower their respective national records of 28.32 for Thomas and 28.95 for Alvaranga. Zaneta’s best time is almost a full second faster than the championship record of 29.85 by Venezuela’s Ángela Ciccenia.

Other swimmers in medal contention and aiming to break national records are

Sabrina Lyn the 2017 CARIFTA Champion who will be looking to lower her mark of 1:07.22 in the 100 metre butterfly.

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Sabrina Lyn 11-12 record holder in the girls 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Brianna Anderson will be looking to break the girls 13-14 50 metre backstroke record of 31.02

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Brianna Anderson  Photo courtesy of Yvonne Anderson

Emily MacDonald will be looking to better her national mark of 1:06.19 in the 13-14 100 metre butterfly

Emily MacDonald 11-12 100 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke Champion
Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

Gabrianna Banks will be racing  for the 13-14 record of 26.86

Gabrianna Banks 50 free Bronze
Gabrianna Banks Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The full delegation reads

11-12 girls 11-12 boys
Zaneta Alvaranaga Nathaniel Thomas
Sabrina Lyn Joshua-Daniel Alleyne
Isabella Sierra
P’aige Lewis

 

13-14 girls 13-14 boys
Emily MacDonald Kyle Sinclair
Brianna Anderson
Gabrianna Banks
15-17 girls 15-17 boys
Britney Williams Jesse Marsh
Anjuii Barrett
Brynanna Renuart
Angara Sinclair
18 and over girls 18 and over boys
Kelsie Campbell Sidrell Williams
Coach
 Mrs Wendy Lee
Team Doctor
 Dr Jacqueline James
Team Physiotherapist
Miss Sophia Brown
Team Manager
Miss Tastey Blackman

 

BAHAMIAN GOLDEN GIRL! JOANNA EVANS WINS 4 EVENTS FOR TEXAS AT BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Joanna Evans 1 Nationals
Joanna Evans

Bahamian Olympian Joanna Evans was in sparkling form for the University of Texas at the recently concluded BIG 12 Championships winning 4 Gold medals. The meet which was contested from February 22 to February 25 at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas saw the sophomore ascending to the top of the podium in the 800 yard freestyle relay and the 200, 500 and 1650 yard freestyle.

Joanna Evans and members of the victorious 800 yard freestyle relay
Evans and members of the 800 yard freestyle relay Photo courtesy of texassports.com

In the 800 yard freestyle relay the Longhorns won in a time of 7:00.70.That relay performance was the 6th fastest in the Texas history. The relay team of Madisyn Cox 1:45.09, Evans 1:44.27, Claire Adams 1:44.95 and Karosas Tasija 1:46.39 crushed the competition as they won by over 10 seconds. In 2016 Joanna swam on the B team for exhibition purposes only and split 1:45.92. Her 2017 split of 1:44.27 was the fastest split at the BIG 12’s since 2012.

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Joanna en route to victory in the 500 yard freestyle in a new PB, school ,Championship and CARIFTA region best time of 4:36.97

That relay performance would be a precursor for her win in the 500 yard freestyle. She would repeat as the BIG 12 Champion in the event in a new Championship record adding to her crown won in her freshman year. That year she took the title in 4:39.97 and won by a margin just over 2 seconds. This year she won by almost 4 seconds in 4:36.97. Evans was faster over  each 100 yards as seen in the splits below

2017 splits 2016 splits
52.78 53.33
55.82 56.51
55.94 56.50
56.08 56.84
56.35 56.79

With her victory a number of milestones were achieved. She bettered her personal best of 4:39.51 set in December 2016. She bettered the 2011 championship record of Olympian Camille Adams (2012, 2016) of Texas A& M of 4:37.81. Also lowered was the  1992 school record of 4:37.73 by Olympian Erika Hansen (1988,1992).Bettered as well was the CARIFTA region’s best time in the event at the collegiate level set in 2001 by Jamaican Olympian Janelle Atkinson (2000 and 2004) when competing for the University of Florida. The Freeport native is now the region’s best in the 500 yard freestyle as 400 metre freestyle (50 metre pool).

The 200 yard freestyle saw her stepping up from the Silver to take the Gold in a time of 1:44.41.That bettered her personal best of 1:45.07 set in January. Evans was again faster on both 100’s from last year as seen below

2017 splits 2016 splits
50.72 51.67
53.69 55.28

Her last event of the competition saw her putting clear water between herself and the field and winning in a new personal best of 16:05.11.The winning margin was more than 15 seconds. Joanna had won the 2016 title in a time of 16:13.39.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Evans she spoke about her wins and the expectations heading into the Conference Championships

“So basically we hadn’t really tapered because NCAAs are right around the corner, so we had decided to take it one day at a time. I was most happy with my 500, that was a sweet time drop, but my other races were best times which you can never complain about”.

She also spoke about the mindset heading to the NCAA Division I Championships which will be held from March 15-18 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana and the events she will be competing in

“I just want to lower my times from this meet and see how high it can take me. I’ll be in the 200, 500 and mile (1650 yard) freestyle events”.

With the publication of the psych sheet by the NCAA Joanna is ranked  8th in the 500 yard freestyle,18th in the 200 yard freestyle and 22nd in the 1650 yard freestyle.

She also elaborated on the team spirit heading into the Championships in Indiana

“Everyone is excited. This meet has definitely given everyone some momentum heading into the last couple weeks of the season”.

Big 12 champs by Anelise Diener
Victorious BIG 12 Women’s Champions The University of Texas Longhorns Photo courtesy of Anelise Diener

 

The Longhorns won the competition with 991 points.

 

 

 

 

BREANNA ROMAN’S QUALIFICATION FOR THE NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS A TALE OF PERSISTENCE

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Breanna Roman checking scoreboard after qualification for NCAA Division I championships

On Saturday February 25 Auburn  Junior Breanna Roman  joined the elite ranks of Jamaican women who have qualified for the prestigious NCAA Division I Swimming Championships. That list includes Olympians Janelle Atkinson the University of Florida 2001, 2002, 2003 and  2004 )Dawn Kane  (nee Chuck) Brown University 2002, Alia Atkinson Texas A& M 2007,2008, 2009 and 2010).

The Computer Science Major sealed her place when she swam 59.99 (split 28.23) to win the 100 metre breaststroke at the 2017 University of Georgia Last Chance Meet which was held from February 25 to 26 in Athens Georgia.

Breanna’s improvement can be tracked be from her qualification for her first SEC (Southeastern Championships which were held from February 14-18 in Knoxville Tennessee. At that meet she lowered her personal best in the heats of the 100 yard breaststroke moving from 1:01.57 to 1:00.95 (split time 28.65) qualifying for the B final. She would lower that further in evening’s final as she touched the wall in 1:00.84 (split time 28.59) for 2nd place. It was also well under the NCAA B time of 1:02.49. Breanna would set a season best in the 50  yard freestyle in a time 23.66 for 47th . In the 20 yard breaststroke she was just off her season best when she stopped the clock in a time of 2:17.27 (split time 1:04.68) for 36th . When draftingthecaribbean spoke to her on the following Monday she spoke about her achievement. Roman first elaborated on training up to her the SEC (Southeastern) Championships and the 100 yard breaststroke

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Breanna Roman in action for Auburn University

Training for the 100 yard breaststroke went well. Warmup was exactly how I had done it all season and in training. I was happy with the execution in the 100 yard breaststroke but not with the time”.

When she spoke about the 200 yard breaststroke she revealed she actually had picked up an injury

I actually got a groin injury which made it really difficult to kick. I did not have a great swim but I was pleased that I gave everything to try to help my team”.

The 2016 CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships) 18 and over girls champions in the 100 metre described the time period leading up the Last Chance meet

After SECS it was about taking care of the injury and putting the pain behind me to prove to everyone I could make it. I was not happy with my performances in my freshman and sophomore years and knew I could better”

In Athens Georgia she would lower her personal best yet again in the heats with a time of 1:00.45 (split time 28.45). That ranked her as the fastest swimmer heading in to the A final. She described to draftingthecaribbean how she felt in that final

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Breanna on deck after her first sub minute in the 100 yard breaststroke

In the final I felt great for the first 50 yards (split time  28.23 and over half a second ahead of the field). I felt numb in the last 50 yards. I felt all the pain hit me in the last 10 yards but just kept thinking I need to throw my arms forwards and I have to do it”.

When she touched the wall she had registered her first sub minute swim in the event of 59.99 and beat the field by more than .50 of a second. Breanna is the 2nd fastest Jamaican female at the NCAA level in the event behind Olympian Alia Atkinson’s 59.43 from the 2009 NCAA Division I Championships in College Station Texas. They are also the only two women to have dipped below the 1 minute mark in the event

When Breanna was asked about the improvement in her performances in her junior year she offered this explanation

“After not qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016 I started to reevaluate my life and started to focus on what made  me happy . I also put a more positive approach to what I did in life and applied that to my training. I did not just train hard greater self-belief”.

At the Last Chance meet she would also crush her 200 yard breaststroke time taking almost 4 seconds off her previous best to record a time of 2:12.73 (split time 1:03.78).That time was also significantly under the NCAA Division I B time of 2:15.99.

When the NCAA released their heats sheet for the Championships Roman was ranked 26th.The cut off time for qualification in the event was 1:00.34.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Championships will take place from March 15-18 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

RIO 2016 OLYMPICS DAY SIX METELLA MAKES BUTTERFLY SEMI FINALS, TJON A JOE , BOVELL , AUGIER BEST AMONG SPRINTERS, EVANS 3RD FASTEST OF ALL TIME IN 800 METRE FREESTYLE

Mehdy Metella Rio 100 butterfly final
Mehdy Metella Photo courtesy of Mehdy Metella

The 6th day of swimming saw Mehdy Metella (French Guiana/France) becoming the fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region with his heats swim in the 100 metre butterfly .Going out in 24.10 he came home in 27.61 to record a time of 51.71. That bettered the Gold medal winning time of 53.00 by Suriname’s Anthony Nesty done in 1988 Seoul Games. He would be just off that time in the semi-finals when he clocked 51.73 split time 24.17 to qualify for the final. He became the first swimmer to qualify for the 100 metre butterfly since Nesty accomplished that feat at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

 

Renzo rio
Renzo Tjon A Joe photo courtesy of Renzo Tjon A Joe

Renzo Tjon A Joe became the fastest swimmer from Suriname ever at the Olympics when he clocked a national record of 22.23. With his placing of 21st he also became the highest placed swimmer from his country in the event. Renzo was just 0 .13 of a second outside of qualification for the semi finals. The previous Olympic best was 23.74 by Enrico Linscheer who placed 33rd at the 199s Barcelona Games. Enrico was the youngest athlete for Suriname at the Games being 17 years 283 days.

George Bovell
Goerge Bovell III Photo courtesy of sportsmax.tv

George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago was 27th with a time of 22.30. George remains the fastest swimmer ever from the region in the race with times of 21.77 done at the London 2012 Games and the 2008 Beijing Games.

Jordan Augier D2 400 free relay
Jordan Augier Photo courtesy of Jamie Peterkin

Jordan Augier became the fastest swimmer from St Lucia with his time of 23.28. His placing of 45th also makes him the highest placed male swimmer from that nation. The fastest time and ranking was held by Jamie Peterkin who was 59th in the 2000 Sydney Games with a time of 25.33.

Joanna Evans Day 2 Nationals
Joanna Evans 800 metre freestyle  Fastest woman ever from the English speaking CARIFTA region

In the 800 metre freestyle Joanna Evans became the 3rd  fastest swimmer from the region at the Olympics. Evans stopped the clock in 8:42.93 (split time 4:15.93) to finish 23rd overall.  The overall record is held by Coralie Balmy with her time of 8:27.15 done at the London 2012 Games. The fastest English speaking time is held by Jamaica’s Janelle Atkinson who clocked 8:34.51 at the Sydney Games.

Nikolas Sylvester
Nikolas Sylvester Photo courtesy of http://www.bosvg.com

Nikolas Sylvester became the fastest swimmer from St Vincent and the Grenadines when he clocked 25.64 for 61st  in the 50 metre freestyle . He bettered the time of 26.27 done by Tolga Akcayli at the 2012 Games.

 

Hannibal Gaskin
Hanniabl Gaskin Photo courtesy of guyanachronicle.com

Guyana’s Hannibal Gaskin clocked 58.57 in the 100 metre butterfly for 42nd place. That tied the best placing at the Olympics by a Guyanese swimmer at the Games. In 2012 Britney Van Lange placed 42nd in the 100 metre freestyle.

 

 

 

 

RIO 2016 OLYMPICS DAY TWO METELLA WINS SILVER , BALMY MAKES THIRD CONSECUTIVE 400 FREESTYLE ,ATKINSON QUALIFIES FOR 100 METRE BREASTSTROKE FINAL

 

Metella and teammates in 400 freestyle relay
France Silver medal winning 400 metre freestyle relay team from left to right Mehdy Metella,Florent Manaudou,Fabien Gilot and Jérémy Stravius Photo courtesy of Mehdy Metella

The second day of swimming action saw Mehdy Metella who comes from Cayenne, French Guiana earning the first medal of the Rio Olympics Games for a swimmer from the CARIFTA region. Mehdy won Silver as a member of the French 400 freestyle relay team. In the morning heats he had the 9th fastest leg with a time of 47.75 (split 22.79). In the final the 6 ft 3 in swimmer started the relay and showed great closing speed as he moved from 6th at the 50 metre mark with a time of 23.23 to give the French the early advantage with a time of 48.08.Their total time for the Silver medal was 3:10.14.

Coralie Rio
Coralie Balmy Photo courtesy of Coralie Balmy

 

Coralie Balmy who hails from La Trinité Martinique cemented her place as the best 400 metre freestyle swimmer from the region when she qualified for her 3rd consecutive Olympic final. In the heats of the event the French swim team captain registered the best time of her Olympic career when she hit the touched the timing pad in 4:03.40. That is the best performance by a swimmer from the CARIFTA region . Her splits were 2:00.10 and 2:03.30.She beat her CARIFTA region best of 4:03.60 set at the 2008 Beijing Games when she placed 4th. In the final she finished 8th in a time 4:06.98 split time 2:01.85. She is tied with Janelle Atkinson for the best placing in the region in this event. Atkinson finished 4th at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Alia Atkinson AliAtki
Alia Atkinson Photo taken from@AliAtki

 

In the heats of the 100 metre breaststroke Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson who qualified for her 4th Olympics following on Games in London 2012, Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004 bettered the best Olympic performance by a Jamaican ,either male or female in the heats when she registered 1:06.72. That bettered the 1:06.79 she swam to make the 2012 final. She would be even faster in the semi-final when touched the final wall in a time of 1:06.52.

Joanna Evans Day 2 Nationals
Joanna Evans 400 metre freestyle Champion Olympic qualifier Fastest woman ever from the English speaking CARIFTA region

Joanna Evans of the Bahamas has established herself as the fastest English speaking Caribbean swimmer in the 400 metre freestyle of all time when she swam 4:07.60.That crushed her old national mark of 4:12.14 and placed her 13th overall. The previous best was 4:08.79 done by the Jamaica’s Janelle Atkinson at the Sydney 2000 Games.

Lani Cabrera
Lani Cabrera Photo courtesy of barbadostoday.bb

Lani Cabrera became the second female Olympian for Barbados when she swam the heats of the 400 metre freestyle. She is also the only female swimmer to swim the event at the Games. Lani placed 30th with a time of 4:28.95

Lara Butler
Lara Butler Photo courtesy of http://www.ciasa.ky

The Cayman Islands Lara Butler became the second female swimmer to compete at the Olympics Games when she contested the 100 metre backstroke. She set a new national record in the event with a time of 1:04.98. With her brother Geoffrey contesting the 400 metre freestyle the day before made it the 3rd consecutive Games the Cayman Islands have sent siblings to swim following on the Fraser brothers Shaune and Brett representing in 2008 and 2012.

Caylee Watson
Caylee Watson Photo courtesy of Shannon Scovel for theeagleonline.com

The Us Virgin Islands Caylee Watson became the fastest woman in Olympic history for her country in the 100 metre backstroke when she clocked 1:07.19 for 30th  overall. It also made her the highest placed female swimmer in the event. The best placing and time previously was Tricia Duncan who swam 1:10.37 for 34th at the 1998 Seoul Games.

Noah Mascoll-Gomes
Noah Mascoll-Gomes Photo courtesy of espn.uol.com.br/

In the men’s 200 metre freestyle Antigua and Barbuda’s Noah Mascoll-Gomes set a national record with his time of 1:53.16 to place 44th.He is the first person to compete at the Games in an event other than the 50 metre freestyle.

 

Mikel Nov 23
Mikel Schreuders Photo courtesy of collegeswimming.com

Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders became the first swimmer from his country to race the 200 metre freestyle at the Olympics when he finished 45th in 1:55.10.

Evita Leter Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
Evita Leter Photo courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving

Suriname’s Evita Leter became the 4th woman to compete at the Games when she raced in the 100 metre breaststroke. She is the first woman to swim the event and finished 37th with a time of 1:14.96.

Izzy Joachim
Izzy Joachim Photo courtesy of http://www.rio2016.com

Izzy Joachim of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines became the first swimmer to contest a race other than the 50 metre freestyle when she placed 39th in the 100 metre breaststroke with a time of 1:17.37.

Timothy Wynter
Timothy Wynter Photo courtesy of jamaica-gleaner.com

The lone regional competitor in the men’s 100 metre backstroke Timothy Wynter became the fastest swimmer at the Games for Jamaica. His time of 57.20 which placed him 34th bettered the 1:00.04 Allan-Roy Marsh registered in 1984 at the LA Games.

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

Emma Harvey
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.

Sade Simons
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.

Kelsie Campbell new age group and CISC record holder 15-17 girls100 metre butterfly
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.

Bahamas 200 freestyle champions
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.

McCallum Clarke
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.

Fletcher Groters Tynes
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.