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.

Justin Plaschka Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

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.



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

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”.

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

That mood has been evident in the level of performance as national records have fallen each day of the competition so far.

Keanan Dols Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

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.




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Justin Plaschka

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 from left to right Dominic Walter,Kelsie Campbell,Keanan Dols,Alia Atkinson and Justin Plaschka

Team Jamaica has won One Silver and set Six National records after three days of competition.


Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Jamaica Olympics


Jamaica’s team to the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships started off their campaign on a good note yesterday morning Dec 6.

National and global standard bearer Alia Atkinson cruised to the semi finals of the 50 metre breaststroke with a time of 29.48. She topped the morning qualifiers this morning with that swim .Atkinson, the reigning Silver medallist also equalled her fastest heats swim as she posted 29.48  in the heats at the 2014 Championships .Only 4 women broke the 30 seconds barrier this morning.

Keanan Dols in his World Championships debut broke two senior national records. In the 100 metre backstroke he set a new mark of 55.39 (split time 26.79) .That bettered the 2012 mark of 55.55 by Timothy Wynter set at the world championships that year. He equalled the best placing by a Jamaican of 43rd in the event. That was achieved by Wynter in 2012. The 17 year old Dols would also lower the 200 individual medley record. He bettered team mate Dominic Walter’s mark of 2:08.88. Keanan swam to a new record of 2:02.06 (split time 56.85).It was also historic in that it was the first time a Jamaican man has swum this event at these World Championships.

Dominic Walter also became the first Jamaican man to swim the 400 metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming Championships. He clocked a season best of 4:03.16 (split time 1:56.94) to finish 61st.

Kelsie Campbell set a new personal best in the 200 metre freestyle . She hit the wall in a time of 2:04.93 (split time 1:00.13).That placed her 47th overall. When asked about the race she said

“Not a bad start. Felt good first 150. Think I got a little nervous”.

Teammate Justin Plaschka will get his campaign underway today starting with the 100 metre butterfly.


Justin Plaschka Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn


The second day of the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor saw another 2 national records falling in the morning session.

Competing in Heat 5 of the event Justin Plaschka had the 3rd   fastest reaction time of all 87 competitors . He went out in the first 50 metres in a time of 24.29. That broke the national 50 metre record set by Aidan Chow of 25.25. He completed the final 50 metres in 28.02 to win the heat in a time of 52.31.That final time broke the 100 metre butterfly record of 55.74. Justin placed 22nd overall. That was not far off the 16th place time required to make the semi finals. It is also the best performance in the event by a Jamaican man at the World Short Course Swimming Championships. The previous best placing was 62nd.

When asked about his swim Justin had the following thoughts

“I was very happy with the race and how it went because it’s my first time competing at such a big meet and also my first time swimming short course metres. I wasn’t expecting too much because I only had a short drop taper beforehand but was very pleased with the swim and the time. There were still things I could fix though to go even faster”.

Teammate Keanan Dols who was responsible for 2 senior national records placed 56th in the event with a time of 56.05 (split time 26.05). He was just outside off the previous national mark off 55.74.


Kelsie Campbell finished 59th in the 100 metre freestyle in a time of 57.18 (split time 27.40). Campbell was just outside the best performance by  a Jamaican woman in the event of 57.07 set by Angela Chuck at the 2004 edition of the Games in the US.


Dominic Walter set a season best in the 200 metre freestyle of almost 3 seconds to place 73rd in a time of 1:52.43 (split time 54.32)




When Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson ended the 2016 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup tour in Hong Kong in late October she had just completed the best tour of her career. In November when asked about competing on the tour this season Atkinson had the following thoughts

“I feel pretty good now that the World Cup series has ended. I had started in Paris in August and was pretty surprised with equaling the World Record so early. In the back of my mind I knew that it was possible to break it but to equal it so early in the season was a surprise.  It showed me that my body was still very well prepared coming out of the intensive training for Rio16.  I had been focusing on improving the reaction time off the blocks and efficiently streamlining after the turns in particular and I realized that this gave me an increase in my sprint speed particularly for the 50 short course meters event. This resulted in a low time of 29.25 seconds to a NWR time of 28.64 seconds and remaining unbeaten throughout the series. I feel pretty good about that.  The 100 SCM event wasn’t that bad either. I had four times below the 1:03 mark and actually won six of the eight finals with a best time of 1:02.36, as I said earlier of equaling the WR. So the 2016 World Cup for me was indeed successful and I feel that the repetitive nature of the events has put me in good stead to go into the 2016 World  Short Course Championships in Windsor, Canada later this year”.

Alia with medals
Alia Atkinson Photo taken courtesy of

Her  2016 World Cup Record in the sprint breaststroke events as follows

50 metre breaststroke

AUG. 26-27 PARIS,  FRANCE 29.25 GOLD
OCT. 4 – 5 DUBAI, U.A.E. 29.02 GOLD
OCT 29-30 HONG KONG 29.20 GOLD

100 metre breaststroke

AUG. 26-27 PARIS,  FRANCE 1:02.36WR GOLD
OCT. 4 – 5 DUBAI, U.A.E. 1:03.32 SILVER
OCT 8-9 DOHA, QATAR 1:03.18 GOLD
OCT 21-22 SINGAPORE 1:02.40 GOLD
OCT 25-26 TOKYO, JAPAN 1:02.91 GOLD
OCT 29-30 HONG KONG 1:02.68 GOLD

Now in Windsor Atkinson prepares to compete in her 5th World Short Course Championships. Her record at the Championships in the sprint breaststroke events are seen below

50 metre breaststroke

2014 Doha 50 metre breaststroke 28.91 Silver
2012 Turkey 50 metre breaststroke 29.67 Silver
2010 Dubai 50 metre breaststroke 30.22 6th
2004 Indianapolis 50 metre breaststroke 33.41 17th

100 metre breaststroke

2014 Doha 100 metre breaststroke 1:02.36 Gold
2012 Turkey 100 metre breaststroke 1:03.80 Silver
2010 Dubai 100 metre breaststroke 1:06.05 9th
2004 Indianapolis 100 metre breaststroke 1:12.12 19th


In Windsor she will seek to extend her record as Jamaica’s most decorated swimmer at these Championships whilst helping to usher in the new era of Jamaican swimmers.

Dominic Walter
Dominic Walter Photo courtesy of Tedra and Elise Bolger
Kelsie Campbell
Keanan Dols Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn
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Justin Plaschka


She will be joined by teammates all making their senior debut at this level Dominic Walter , Kelsie Campbell , Keanan Dols and Justin Plaschka. The competition runs from Dec 6-11, 2016.




Keanan Dols Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

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

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

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

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

Keanan Dols race start Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

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

Keanan Dols backstroke start Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


15-17 100 backstroke medallists
15-17 100 backstroke medallists From left to right Patrick Groters Aruba Bronze,Keanan Dols Jamaica Gold,mascot,Matthew Mays of the US Virgin Islands Silver Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
Emma Harvey Bermuda
Emma Harvey of Bermuda Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
15-17 200 metre butterfly Champion Trinidad and Tobago's Emil Goin
15-17 200 metre butterfly Champion Trinidad and Tobago’s Emil Goin Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
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Bradley Ally Photo courtesy of panamerican world
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Team St Lucia
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Team Barbados
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Team Cayman Islands
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15-17 800 freestyle relay champions Martinique
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13-14 200 butterfly Bronze medallist Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

Day 3 of the 2016 CARIFTA CHAMPIONSHIPS saw meet records falling to the swimmers from the Bahamas, Bermuda and Jamaica. Izaak Bastian from the Bahamas set his record in the 13-14 boys 50 breaststroke. Emma Harvey from Bermuda has set a record on every day so far set the new championship standard in the 100 metre freestyle .Jamaica’s age group star Keanan Dols set a new meet record in the 200 metre backstroke.


Izaak Bastian (Saint Andrews) added record win on his goal to completing the breaststroke trifecta. After erasing countryman Dustin Tynes name from the record books on the opening day .He took out another Tynes record when he won the final of the 50 metre breaststroke in 30.41 lowering Tynes 2011 standard of 30.66.He just missed Dustin’s national mark of 30.23. Finishing with the Silver medal in the vent was Brandon Cheong who clocked 31.55 and the Bronze was awarded to Jeremie Delbois of St Maarten in 31.63.

Emma Harvey has come to these Championships to swim with a purpose and so she did in the 13-14 girls 100 metre freestyle. She split the only sub 29 second opening 50 metres of 28.86 on her way to recording a new Championship record of 59.39.In the process she lowered the 21 year old record Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Siobhan Cropper (1996, 2000).Cropper, a graduate of Stanford was also a World Short Course championship finalist in the 50 metre freestyle at the 1997 Games. Harvey also lowered her age group record of 59.39 set last year. She has been doggedly consistent at these Championships. On each of the first 3 days she has won 2 gold medals and set 2 national age group records.

She would complete the medley double when she took the 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:26.69.She would shatter her age group record of 2:30.70 set last year. The win would not come easy as she was pushed all the way to the wallaby Barbados star swimmer Danielle Titus who touched in a time of 2:26.84.Titus just missed establishing herself yet again as she missed the 13-14 and senior age group record of Zabrina holder of 2:26.79 set in 2011.The Bronze was won by Elisabeth Timmer of Aruba in 2:33.27.

Keanan Dols continued to show the special athlete he is when he struck Gold for Jamaica in the 15-17 boys 200 metre individual medley. In the preliminaries of the event he lowered the 2004 record of 2:08.15 by legendary Barbadian Olympian Bradley Ally to 2:07.80.  Ally in his career would hold many age group records in the Caribbean and the USA and also held NCAA records in the 200 yard individual medley .He is still the fastest ever CARIFTA region swimmer with his 2008 Olympic time of 1:58.57 In the final Dols   clocked the only sub minute split of 58.45 and went on to win emphatically in yet another championship record of 2:07.27.Silver and Bronze went to the US Virgin Islands duo of Adriel Sanes and Matthew Mays in 2:11.50 and 2:13.50 respectively.

Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw of Suriname has now collected 8 Gold medals so far in the competition. After 2 days of competition he completed sprint doubles in the backstroke and butterfly events and won the 400 individual medley. At the end of day 3 he completed the butterfly sweep, completed the medley double and won the 100 metre freestyle.

He won the 200 butterfly in the 13-14 age group in a time of 2:15.23 ahead of Silver medallist Darren Laing of the Bahamas in 2:18.83 and Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale who won bronze in a personal best of 2:20.76.

He just missed the Championship record of Aruban Mikel Schreuders (Missouri) when he was timed in 2:13.89.The record is 2:13.56.Silver went to Bastian of the Bahamas in 2:17.19 and the Bronze to Luke Gillette of Trinidad and Tobago in 2:20.56.

He also barely missed Trinidad and Tobago representative
Joshua Romany‘s (Tennessee) standard of 53.64 when he touched the wall in 53.82. Heindrick Champrobert of Martinique won the Silver in 54.27.Kenzo Simons of Suriname won the Bronze in 54.66


In 11-12 age group Mccallum Clarke was another double winner. He completed the medley double when he captured the 200 metre individual medley in 2:27.67.Silver and Bronze went Mitch Bourgeouis of Guadeloupe and the Cayman Islands Corey Fredrick-Westerborg in 2:30.88 and 2:37.31 respectively.

Clarke collected 2 out of a possible 3 breaststroke titles when he won the 50 metre breaststroke in 33.45.He won ahead of Alexander Joachim of St Vincent and the Grenadines 35.49 and Sam Williamson of Bermuda 35.90.

Sweeping the butterfly events in that age group was Mitch Bourgeouis of Guadeloupe .he took the 200 metre event in a time of 2:29.31 ahead of teammate Tom Lerno 2:30.62.The Bronze went to Mccallum Clarke in 2:31.76.

Lamar Taylor of the Bahamas won the 100 metre freestyle in 59.68.Silver and Bronze went to Leandro Berenstein of Suriname in 1:00.15 and Bronze to Youris Geran of Guadeloupe in 1:00.18


In the 11-12 girls age group Anouk Kamise of Guadeloupe turned the tables on 400 IM winner Sabine Ellison of the Cayman Islands to eke out a 2:36.56 to 2:36.87 victory. Adriana Gooding of Trinidad and Tobago would again claim bronze in 2:37.22.

Ellison would bounce back to win the 50 metre breaststroke to add to her 200 victory in 37.98. Zaylie-Elisabeth Thompson of the Bahamas won the Silver in 38.38 while Oceane Deshagette of Guadeloupe was third in 38.44.

Emily MacDonald set herself up for the freestyle sprint double when she held off Logan Watson-Brown of Bermuda 1:02.02 to 1:02.97. Bronze went to Deshagette in 1:04.06.

Naele Portecop of Guadeloupe swept the butterfly events when she took the 200 in 2:32.68.Teammate Kamise won silver in 2:40.30 and Olivia Fuller of Antigua and Barbuda won the bronze in 2:43.85.

In the 13-14 girls category Chade Nercisio of Curacao (Saint Andrews) is another swimmer en route to completing the breaststroke sweep. She captured the 50 metre breaststroke in a time of 35.08.she won ahead of Martinique’s Willi-insha-marie Jules-Marthe 35.19 and Angelique Minors of Grenada 35.66.

Guadeloupe swept the top two positions in the 200 metre butterfly Kathalyna Bagassien and Yasmina Frederic touched in 2:31.79 and 2:33.69 respectively.Bronze went to Natalia Kuipers in 2:35.76.

In the 15-17 girls Lilly Higgs prevented older sister Margaret from a possible breaststroke sweep by out touching her 33.44 to 33.89.The Higgs household is still on course for a top sweep of the breaststroke races.

Margaret would not finish the day without a win as she took the 200 metre butterfly in a time of 2:25.87.Rebecca Maduro of Aruba won the silver in 2:28.40 .Bronze went to Elodia Sinapin of Guadeloupe in 2:28.65.

Margaret to ensure a 1 2 sweep of the medley races when she won 2:23.66 to 2:26.14.Jamaica’s Bryanna Renuart was third in a personal best of 2:28.36.

Renuart’s teammate Kelsie Campbell continued her unbeaten individual run at the championships when she topped the field in the 100 metre freestyle with a 58.57 clocking.Madelyn Moore of Bermuda won Silver in 59.06 while Mika Heideyer of Martinique copped bronze in 59.16.

In the senior boys races the top 3 swimmers cracked the 30 second barrier in the 50 metre breaststroke. Touching first was N’nhyn Fernander of the Bahamas in 29.57.Second went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Jeron Thompson in 29.78 while Curacao’s Rainier Rafaela won Bronze in 29.84.

The 100 metre freestyle saw all the medallists going sub 53 seconds. First place went Alex Sobers of Barbados in 52.25.The Silver went to Jared Fitzgerald of the Bahamas in 52.29 and the Bronze to Bermuda’s Jesse Washington 52.49.Washington broke his national 15-16 record of 53.16.

Trinidad and Tobago got the Gold and Bronze medal in the 200 metre butterfly. Emil Goin touched first in a time of 2:08.74 while teammate Kael Yorke was timed in 2:10.82.

In the 800 freestyle relay Guadeloupe won the 13-14 girls category with a time of 9:18.55.Silver went to Trinidad and Tobago in 8:25.80 and the Bronze to Barbados in 9:29.86

In the senior girls race Aruba won in 8:53.66.Jamaica touched in a new age group record of 8:56.38 for the Silver medal. The Bronze went to Martinique in 8:57.10.The fastest split of the relays was 2:08.15 by Bahamas anchor Lilly Higgs

In the 13-14 boys relay home team Martinique won in 8:17.17.Second place went to Guadeloupe in 8:25.80 and the Bronze to Suriname in 8:30.07.

The final race in the senior ranks went to Martinique again in a time of 8:02.32.Silver went to Cayman islands in 8:06.33 and the Bronze medal to Jamaica in 8:08.26.The fastest split of the meet was by Trinidad and Tobago’s anchor leg Emil Goin at 1:58.61.