Jamaica’s fastest ever sprinter Justin Plaschka continues to etch his name further in the nation’s swimming history books. Already the quickest swimmer in short course yards (25 yards), short course metres (25 metres) and the long course pool (50 metres) he continues to solidify his top spot by recording the top time ever done by a Jamaican in all the meets he competes in. That trend started in his first meet, the 2015 CCCAN Championships in Barbados and continued at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships in The Bahamas and the 2016 World short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada. The 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest would just be a continuation of his hot streak.
He stroked his way to a time of 22.93 to place 49th overall. That performance is the fastest Jamaican time ever done at the World Championships. That bettered the 23.87 set by Brad Hamilton at the 2009 Rome Championships. The swim also marks the first time a Jamaican man has broken into the top 50 since 1994. Justin also ranks as the fastest CARIFTA swimmer in Budapest and the 4th fastest amongst CCCAN sprinters
Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Plaschka today and he gave his impressions on his performance and the Championship overall
“I was a little disappointed to not go a personal best but overall I executed my race strategy pretty well and was happy with that. My start wasn’t great which could have cost me a few tenths but other than that I could not complain. It was just an amazing experience to get to compete at world championships and all the experience it gave me is only going to help me hopefully in my future meets”.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter continued to lead the way for the CCCAN and CARIFTA regions with a 23.73 performance in the 50 metre butterfly the Budapest world Championships currently underway.
On the first day of competition Carter clocked 23.73 to place 19th overall . In 2015 at the Kazan Championships Dylan had made the semi- finals and touched in a national record of 23.60 to finish 15th overall. That performance was also the top performance for the CCCAN and CARIFTA regions.
Analysis of CCCAN performance in the 50 metre butterfly
Jamaica’s Justin Plaschka got the proceedings for the three man swim Jamaica contingent underway at the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships being held in Budapest Hungary from Sunday July 23 to Sunday July 30th when he competed in the Men’s 50 metre butterfly.
Justin who is the national record holder in the event with a time of 24.21 clocked a season best’s time of 24.63 to place 41st overall. That placed him as the second fastest person from the CCCAN region behind Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter who posted a time of 23.73.
Justin’s time ranks him as the fastest ever Jamaican to compete at the Long Course World Championships bettering the 25. 68 recorded by former national record holder Brad Hamilton at the 2009 World Championship. His performance also puts him as the best placed Jamaican man by passing Hamilton’s 77th placing at the 2005 Montreal Championship. He is also the best placed Jamaican ever in the event as the previous highest ranking was 46th by Olympian Alia Atkinson (2004,2008, 2012 ,2016) at the same competition.
Plaschka gave his thoughts on second senior international Championship following his debut at the 2016 World Short Course Championships held in Windsor Canada in December
“I was relatively happy with my times considering my circumstances. My flights were all delayed yesterday so I did not arrive in Budapest until 2:30 in the morning. I was very tired and getting my accreditation took longer than expected so I did not have a lot of time to warm up. I know that they are things that happen and I was glad I was able to stay as composed under the pressure and compete as I did. I know it will be much better in the 50 free. In terms of being at worlds I’m just extremely happy for the opportunity to be here and get to race and racing at the highest level is giving me more and more experience every time”.
The swim team is completed by Coach Chris Anderson, swimmer Michael Gunning who will be competing in the 200 metre freestyle and 200 metre butterfly. The full Aquatics delegation includes diver Olympian Yona Knight –Wisdom (2016).
Day 3 of the NCAA Division I Championships saw Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders and Jamaican Justin Plaschka achieving their best ever placings at the NCAA Division I championships in the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard butterfly respectively.
Competing in the heats of the 200 yard freestyle at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis the Oranjestad native Schreuders split 46.38 on his way to a total time of 1:34.26 for 23rd place. That is a better placing position than 2016 when he finished 27th overall in a time of 1:35.27 (split time 46.24). The improved time is clear indication of University of Missour improved sprint endurance. Mikel was also just off his personal best time of 1:34.06.
Plaschka’s best performance at the NCAA Division I championships was his 2016 debut effort of 47.26 9 (split time 21.73). That swim had placed him 41st overall. This year he was under the 47 seconds mark posting a time of 46.84 (split time 21.53). Plaschka is the fastest Jamaican of all time in the 100 butterfly in yards, short course metres (25 metre pool) and long course metres.
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The Fighting Irish 200 yard medley relay, with Justin on the butterfly leg (split 20.39) finished 24th in a time of 1:26.20. That is the fastest time by Notre Dame at the Championships in over 5 years.
Day 2 of the 2017 NCAA Division I Swimming Championships in Indiana saw a number of the CARIFTA region’s top sprinters in action including Jamaica’s number 1 sprinter Justin Plaschka. Justin who is a Junior at the University of Notre Dame was in record setting form on Thursday March 23.
The first standard to fall was the 200 yard freestyle relay mark in the morning heats .The team of Plaschka 19.66 (split time 9.38),Daniel Speers18.85,Reed Fujan 19.37 and Tabahn Afrik 19.41 recorded a total time of 1:17.29. That performance placed them 13th overall and bettered their previous standard of 1:17.37.
In the individual 50 yard freestyle event Plaschka went faster than his lead off leg to place 33rd in a time of 19.58 (split time 9.34).
The second record to fall would be in the 400 yard medley relay. The team of Robert Whitacre backstroke 46.67, Trent Jackson breaststroke 52.06,Plaschka butterfly 45.89 and Afrik freestyle 42.18 set a new school mark of 3:06.90.That bettered their old record of 3:07.99 set the ACC’s (Atlantic Coast Championships).Justin’s butterfly split then was 46.36.After the preliminaries in the event Notre Dame was 15th .
In the 200 yard freestyle relay B Finals in the afternoon Justin would set 2 records in one event. Leading off the relay Plaschka would lower his own school record of 19.38 with a time of 19.35 (split time 9.25). His teammates Speers 18.73, Fujan 19.50 and Afrik 19.39 helped Notre to a total effort of 1:16.97. It was also the best showing ever for the school at the Championships in the event as they placed 3rd .
The 400 yard medley relay team was disqualified in the B final.
The 4th morning of competition at the 13th World Short Course swimming Championships saw Alia Atkinson making her way to the semi-finals and Justin Plaschka breaking yet another butterfly record.
Alia Atkinson cruised in to the semi-final stage of the 100 metre breaststroke with a 1:05.27 .That ranked her 3rd going into the next round. Alia is the defending Champion and World record holder in the event with a time of 1:02.36.
Teammate Justin Plaschka accounted for the 7th national record to fall at these Championships when he took down the 50 metre butterfly record for the second time .During the heats of the 100 metre butterfly he established the record of 24.29 when he turned at the 50 metre mark with that split. In the heats of the 50 metre butterfly he became the first Jamaican under 24 seconds when he stopped the clock in a time of 23.92.It is also the best placing for a Jamaican swimmer in the event bettering the 56th spot by Brad Hamilton from the 2004 World Championships in the United States.
Keanan Dols placed 2nd in heat with a time of 25.58 to place 65th overall.
The Jamaican team has set a national record each day of the competition in Windsor.
The third day of the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada saw Team Jamaica in good spirits. Team manager Jacky Beckford-Henriques said of the squad.
“They have gelled nicely as group .They are very supportive of each other”.
That mood has been evident in the level of performance as national records have fallen each day of the competition so far.
Keanan Dols completed the medley record double when he set a new mark in the 100 individual medley. He took out the first 50 metres in 25.99. His second 50 metres was 31.46 for a total time of 57.45. He would be ranked 49th overall.
In the 50 metre backstroke Justin Plaschka set a new national record as well as becoming the best placed Jamaican man at the World championships. With a reaction time of 0.61 Plaschka went on to register a time of 25.01 to place 37th .That beat the national record of 25.98 by Timothy Wynter at the 2012 Championships in Turkey. It also beat Wynter’s placing of 42nd. Dols was 49th in a time of 26.33. Speaking after the race Justin said
“It was fun .I enjoyed it because it is not an event I swim too much”.
In the 100 metre individual medley Alia Atkinson who holds the 2nd fastest time in the world cruised through the heats to top the qualifying in a time of 58.47. She was slightly slower in the semi-finals with a time of 58.54 but qualified comfortably as the 2nd seed. The top qualifier is Hungarian World Record holder Katinka Hosszu with a time of 57.53. This Atkinson’s 2nd Championship final in the event after her 4th place finish in 2014 in a time of 58.58.
In the 50 metre freestyle Plaschka recorded the fastest time by a Jamaican when he touched in a time of 22.51.That bettered the 22.53 Sion Brinn recorded when he finished 8th at the 1995 Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Kelsie Campbell finished 44th in the 50 metre butterfly in a time of 28.27. In speaking about the race she said
“It was good. Could have been faster”.
Team Jamaica has won One Silver and set Six National records after three days of competition.