Florida International University Jamaican freshman Keslie Campbell made two finals in her first Conference USA championships held from Feb 21 to 24 at the McAuley Aquatic Center.
Campbell would make the finals in the 100 yard butterfly and 200 yard backstroke. Though known regionally for her sprint butterfly and freestyle prowess she proved that she is versatile athlete that Jamaica can call upon for upcoming events in 2018 to include CCCAN,CAC Games and the World Short Course Swimming championships.
The 200 yard backstroke would be the event that saw the greatest time drop. Entering the meet with a personal best of 2:04.14(split time 1:00.58) she blew that away in the preliminaries with a new personal standard of 2:00.34 (split time 58.45). That put her in the A final. That race saw her just off her morning swim’s time as she stopped the clock in 2:00.50 (split 58.14) to finish fifth.
The 100 yard butterfly saw the Biochemistry Major lowering her time from 55.63 to 55.19( split time 25.88) to earn a Championship final .That race saw her registering the third best time of her career when she placed eighth in 55.72 (split time 25.28).
There would be more time drops in the 200 yard individual medley. She threatened her lifetime time best of 2:02.42 with a swim of 2:02.84 (split time 55.36) in the morning to earn a second swim in the final. She would use that second opportunity to post new personal mark when she placed second in the B final in a time of 2:01.84 ( split time 56.87)
When draftingthecaribbean spoke the 2016 World Short Course swimming championships representative on Feb 25 she gave her impressions of her first Conference championships
“It was an amazing first conference for me. The atmosphere created by my team was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. At FIU we are all a family. We love each other and we want the best for every one of our team mates. I had a couple of disappointing swims which I believe were below my potential, but my teammates and coaches were behind me all the way encouraging me to take on my next swim. I couldn’t not ask for a better support group and I am excited to see what the rest of this season and the rest of my college season holds”.
The FIU Panthers won the meet tallying 1,031 points