The CARIFTA class of 2018 continues to perform well in the senior college ranks .One such swimmer doing well now that she has stepped from junior competition is Trinidad and Tobago’s Racine Ross.
A freshman at the Division III powerhouse Kenyon College Ross made her North Coast Athletic Conference debut in Granville Ohio. Competing in the 50 yard freestyle she qualified for the B final event with a time of 24.78. She blew that time away in the final in the afternoon when she stopped the clock in 23.93 for a new personal best. Her previous personal standard of 24.17 was recorded in November at the Kenyon Total Performance Invitational.
In what has to be considered her best event the 100 yard butterfly Racine qualified for the Championship final with a time of 56.82 (split time 26.51). The final saw her earning the Bronze medal in a time of 56.06 (split time 25.96). She was just outside her best of 55.93 recorded at the Total Performance Invitational. Gold and Silver went to the Denison duo of Maddie Hopkins and Katie Mesaros in times of 54.68 and 55.81. Ross closed out her CARIFTA career with the Gold medal in the girls 15-17 100 metre butterfly.
The 200 yard butterfly saw her placing eighth in a time of 2:13.44. In the morning preliminaries saw recording a time of 2:12.36 (split time 59.31).
When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Ross she gave her assessment of her performances and what is next in store for her
“I was very happy with my swims at this meet.I got a best time in my 50 free.I went under 24 seconds for the first time from a flat start. My 100 fly I was very impressed with it. I was 56.0 and my best time is 55.9, very close so I was very happy with that performance. My 200 fly was a little bit more difficult but considering where I am in the season I am pretty happy. Because coming into this meet I was one of a few persons who did not shave for it.We had a very small taper and not that much rest in the weight room.So considering all those factors I was very impressed with the outcome of the meet. My next meet would be Nationals (Division III Championships in Greensboro North Carolina) about the third week in March.That meet I will be more tapered and I will actually be shaved for it so I am hoping for an even better outcome. I am very happy about the overall Conference experience”.
Her Kenyon teammates Joseph Black of Jamaica and Luis Sebastian Weekes of Barbados also had great college conference debuts as they both earned spots on the top of the podium