NICO WINS FIVE MEDALS AT SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS,BUTLER SETS NEW PB’S

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Nico Campbell Silver medallist 200 yard freestyle Photo courtesy of Jim Hogue

Jamaica was represented by Florida Southern College sophomore Nico Campbell and Florida Institute of Technology freshman Bryce Butler at the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Championships in Orlando Florida from February 16 to 19.

Campbell would come away with 5 medals at his 2nd Conference Championships and all personal bests in his individual events.

The 200 yard freestyle saw the former national record holder in the 200 metre freestyle winning Silver. He went from a season and personal best of 1:39.08 to new personal best of 1:38.24 (split time 48.66). The final saw him shaving off .01 of a second to record a time of 1:38.23 to finish just behind winner Franco Lupoli of Nova Southeastern University 1:37.91.

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800 yard freestyle Silver medallists from left to right Luka Planic,Matthew Holmes,Noah Franz and Nico Campbell Photo courtesy of Jim Hogue

He would defeat Lupoli in the 800 yard freestyle relay .Both men would lead off their respective A teams. In that opening stanza it would be Nico who would get his hand to the wall first and have the fastest opening leg 1:38.20 to 1:38.22, yet another personal best. Nova would however win the event in 6:30.97. Nico’s teammates Noah Franz 1:38.56, Matthew Holmes 1:37.25 and Luka Planic 1:38.65 contributed to Silver medal winning effort of 6:33.55.

The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Diego Gimenez 20.44, Marco Palacios 19.94, Franz 20.10 and Campbell 20.09 helped the Moccasins to the Silver medal in a time of 1:20.57.

There would be yet another Silver medal in the 200 yard medley relay. This time the team composition would be Palacios backstroke 21.83, Sean Kim 25.43, Gimenez butterfly 21.35 and Campbell freestyle 20.16. The clock would register an overall team effort of 1:28.82.

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400 yard freestyle relay Bronze medallists from left to right Diego Gimenez ,Nico Campbell, Noah Franz and Matthew Holmes Photo coourtesy of Jim Hogue

The 400 yard freestyle relay team of Franz 44.56,Campbell 44.58,Holmes 45.07 and Gimenez 43.48 accounted for the Bronze medal in the event with a total team time of 2:57.69.

In the 100 yard freestyle ,the Exercise Science Major lowered both his season best of 45.48 and personal record of 45.28 in the morning heats to 45.03 (split time 21.66). That earned him a second swim in the B final .In that race he was able to record his first sub 45 time with a 3rd place finish of 44.96 (split time 21.44).

In the 50 yard freestyle Campbell recorded a personal best of 20.72 in the heats. That bettered his season best of 20.84. It also beat personal record of 20.81 that he registered when he placed 17th at the 2016 edition of the Conference Championships. That time put him in the B final where he was again faster. He finished 5th in a time of 20.59 well under the NCAA Division II B time of 20.83.

Nico spoke to draftingthecaribbean about his performances at the Conference Championships

Overall it was a good meet for me. I made finals in every event I swam, which scored points for the team, and I achieved best times in all my events, which was one of my meet goals. I knew there was a chance to be in the top 5 in the 200 freestyle but I didn’t think I would finish second by a close amount. I am now part of the Florida Southern Mocs national team that will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama for the Division II NCAA championships to be held from March 8-11”.

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CARIFTA region teammates at FIT from left to right Jamaican Bryce Butler and The Bahamas Drew Bastian

His countryman and teammate on the 2015 CARIFTA team that competed in Barbados, Bryce Butler competed in his Conference for the FIT Panthers. Swimming exhibition only Butler, a Biomedical Engineering student recorded personal best times in the in 50 yard freestyle 23.06, 100 yard butterfly 56.80 and 200 yard breaststroke 2:21.73. In the 100 yard breaststroke he was just off his personal best of 1:01.72 with a 1:02.01 clocking.When Butler spoke to draftingthecaribbean he had the following thoughts

“Coming off an injury of fractured toes I didn’t expect to do best times..I’m looking forward to next year where I hope to post better times”.

The Moccasins finished 2nd in the men’s competition with 841 points. The Panthers were 4th with 603 points.

 

 

 

 

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BARBADIAN CHRISTOPHER COURTIS SETS TWO NATIONAL RECORDS AND WINS BRONZE IN THE 50 METRE BACKSTROKE.JAMAICAN DOMINIC WALTER SETS TWO NATIONAL RECORDS IN THE 200 METRE FREESTYLE

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Christopher Courtis Photo courtesy of swimbarbados.com
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Dominic Walter Photo courtesy of Tedra Bolger-Daoussis
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The first night of the Canadian Interuniversity Sports championships  got under way at Université Laval in Quebec City Quebec on Friday Feb 26. The format of the meet is to have the heats swum in short course metres (25 metre pool) and the final in long course metres (50 metre pool).The CARIFTA region is represented at the meet and continues to raise the bar in terms of quality swimming.
Twenty two year old Christopher Courtis of Barbados had a fantastic morning swim in the 50 metre backstroke when he lowered the record of legendary Barbadian Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004) Nicky Neckles. The record of 25.45 was set by Neckles in December 2009 while Courtis had a season best of 25.79. He crushed both times to set a new senior national record of 24.79. The University of Calgary student was the top seed heading into the long course metre final.
The long course record in the 50 metre backstroke also belonged to Neckles with a time of 26.26 set in August 2005. Courtis would go on to erase that standard from the books when he won Bronze in a time of 26.21. This is a major improvement for Courtis from 2015 when he finished 4th in the B final .Last year his times were 26.00 scm (short course metres) and 27.29 lcm (long course metres).
Also doing the national record double was Jamaican Dominic Walter of McMaster University. Walter had been on a record breaking spree having set national short course metres records in the 400 and 1500 freestyle. Competing in the 200 metre freestyle the Wolmer’s Boys graduate had a personal best of 1:50.62 in the 200 scm freestyle. The national record prior to the meet belonged to Nico Campbell at 1:49.63 set at the World Short Course Championships in 2014 in Doha. At the end of the morning heats it would Dominic with yet another national record of 1:49.11. See analysis of splits of Walter and Campbell.

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25.80 25.80
27.46 27.76
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That performance propelled Walter to 11th overall and into the B final.
The national lcm record also belonged to Campbell .That record was also set in 2014 and stood at 1:53.95. In the B final which had ten competitors Dominic was 7th with a split time of 56.39. At this point Walter decide to make his move and turn up the heat on his competitors. He unleashed a last 100 metres with his distance background that the field could not handle. He split 56.94 which was the fastest last 100 metres by over a second. He stopped the clock at 1:53.33, a new national record by more than half a second. This is another major improvement for Walter who was 34th last year having posted 1:53.69 scm.
Teammate and country man Cameron chow was the best McMaster swimmer in the 50 metre backstroke. He clocked 26.32 scm for 24th overall.

In the 400 metre freestyle relay Walter split the fastest time of 51.66 lcm on the 2nd leg to help the Marauders to 8th in 3:30.90.

JORDAN AUGIER WINS GOLD IN 400 FREESTYLE RELAY ON FINAL DAY OF SSC CHAMPIONSHIPS. CAMPBELL, DENSWIL AND BASTIAN RECORD PERSONAL BESTS

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St Lucia’s Jordan Augier made his last swim at the SSC championships count as his Tampa Spartans won the 400 freestyle relay for the second time in the last 4 years on Sunday Feb 21. The team of Martin Hammer 44.77, Augier 43.85, Khalid Aldaboos 44.24 and Jeremy Parker 43.98 won Gold in 2:56.84. That brought his medal count for the conference Championships to four. This as he had won titles in the 200 yard medley and freestyle relays as well as the Silver medal in the 400 yard medley relay. In individual action Jordan was a Championship finalist in the 100 yard freestyle where he finished 6th in 44.41.

 

His teammate Suriname’s Wayne Denswil lowered his personal best in the 200 yard breaststroke from 2:06.22 to 2:05.46 in the morning heats. In the B final he was marginally off that personal best as he placed 2nd in 2:05.51.Wayne would also place 2nd in the B final of the 400 yard freestyle relay. He started off the Spartans B team with a 45.74 split in a 3:02.76 performance.

Nico Campbell swam under the 46 second barrier twice to better his 100 yard freestyle personal best of 46.04. His personal standard stands at 45.28 from the morning heats. That performance made him progress to the B final. He placed 2nd in a time of 45.44. In the 400 yard freestyle relay his Florida Southern College finished 4th in a time of 2:58.51. Nico’s split on the second leg was 44.52.

FIT Panther’s Bahamian freshman also recorded a personal best. Swimming in the 200 yard breaststroke he lowered his from 2:11.28 to 2:10.75 to finish 20th overall.

 

Campbell’s Florida Southern College were crowned men’s Champions for a fourth consecutive year with a total of 792.5 points. Tampa finished third with 722.5 points while Florida Institute of Technology was fourth with 541 points.

 

JAMAICA’S NICO CAMPBELL WINS BRONZE IN 800 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY ON PENULTIMATE DAY OF SSC CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Florida Southern College 800 yard freestyle Bronze medal winning team From left to right Antonio Nunez-Alvarez,Nico Campbell,Jesus Marin and Mathew Holmes Photo courtesy of http://sunshinestateconference.com

Jamaica’s Nico Campbell earned his first medal of the SSC Championships as a member of the Florida Southern College 800 yard freestyle relay on Saturday. Swimming on the second leg Campbell clocked 1:39.24 to help the team to a total time of 6:35.75. His teammates on the Moccasins A team were lead leg Jesus Marin 1:37.69, third leg Antonio Nunez-Alvarez 1:39.09 and anchor Mathew Holmes1:39.70. Campbell bettered his relay performance in this event as his best prior to the championships was 1:40.88 done in December.

 

Earning his way to a championship final was Tampa’s Surinamese Spartan Wayne Denswil in the 100 yard breaststroke. He downed his season best 56.78 with his morning swim of 56.27. He would lower that further in the evening when he clocked 55.90 for 5th place. Drew Bastian of the FIT Panthers also competed in the event making it to the B Final. Having clocked 58.14 in the morning he earned an evening swim. He recorded a new personal best time of 57.49 to win the B final.

 

Tampa’s St Lucian Spartan Jordan Augier also won a B final as he took the 100 yard backstroke B final in 49.94.He was the only swimmer in the field to crack the 50 second barrier.

JORDAN AUGIER WINS HIS SECOND GOLD MEDAL AS THE SPARTANS BREAK THE 200 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY RECORD ON DAY 2 OF SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

University of Tampa Spartan Jordan Augier continued to add to his medal collection on the second day of swimming action at the

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Spartan Bronze medal winners in the 400 yard medley relay From left to right Jordan Augier,Wayne Denswil,Jeremy Parkerand Runar Borger Photo courtesy of http://tampaspartans.com/

. The 6’4 St Lucian swimming on the third leg 19.69 teamed with Khalid Aldaboos 20.34,Jeremy Parker 19.52 and anchor man Martin Hammer 19.45 to  combine for a total time of 1:19.09.That performance is a new Championship record lowering the 1:19.80 set by the Spartans in 2015.It was also under the NCAA Division 2 automatic qualifying mark of 1:19.49.

Augier would again be among the medals in the 400 yard medley relay. With Augier clocking 49.82 for the backstroke he teamed with Suriname’s Wayne Denswil (breaststroke) 55.38, Runar Borgen (butterfly) 48.43 and Jeremy Parker (freestyle) 43.50 to win the Bronze medal in 3:17.13.Augier had also won Bronze in this event in 2015.

Florida Southern’s Jamaican freshman Nico Campbell lowered his lifetime best in the 200 yard freestyle twice. In the morning he lowered it from 1:40.32 to 1:39.81. Making it to the Championship final of the event he lowered it to 1:39.23 to place 7th . His performances were under the NCAA Division 2 B time of 1:41.44. Campbell’s relay team in the 200 yard freestyle relay would place 5th in a time of 1:21.58.Nico’s 3rd leg split was timed at 20.35

Denswil’s Spartans B team would top the B final of the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:23.17.Wayne started the relay with a 21.14 split.

Bahamian Drew Bastian’s Panthers team would place 4th in the 400 yard medley relay B final with a time of 3:25.03.The Florida Institute of Technology freshman clocked 57.07 for his breaststroke leg.

JORDAN AUGIER AND WAYNE DENSWIL WIN GOLD IN THE 200 YARD MEDLEY FOR THE SPARTANS ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE 2016 SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Sunshine State Conference Champions in the 200 yard medley relay From left to right Jordan Augier,Martin Hammer,Runar Borgen and Wayne Denswil Photo courtesy of tampaspartans.com
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The CARIFTA region swimmers worked their way to the podium at yet another collegiate Conference Championships. This time it was the University of Tampa duo of St Lucia’s Jordan Augier and Suriname’s Wayne Denswil at the Sunshine State Conference Championships which got under way yesterday at the YMCA of Central Florida Aquatic Centre.

Augier backstroke 23.17, Denswil breaststroke 24.99, Runar Borgen butterfly 20.87 and Martin Hammer 19.60 brought home the win in a time of 1:28.63. That betters the 2015 placing for Jordan and Wayne when they had finished with the Bronze medal.

Augier who also make his way to the final of the 50 yard freestyle where he clocked NCAA Division 2 B cuts in both the heats and the Championship final .His morning swim was timed at 20.43 and he finished 8th in the final in 20.45.His previous best at these Championships was 20.62 done in 2015.Teammate Denswil was 29th in the 200 yard individual medley in a time of 1:56.86.

Jamaican freshman Nico Campbell set a new personal best in the 50 yard freestyle clocking 20.81. It beats his previous lifetime best of 21.15 and was also under the NCAA Division 2 B standard of 20.91.His Florida Southern College B team would win the B final of the 200 yard medley relay. Nico clocked an anchor leg freestyle time of 20.47 as they took the race in 1:31.00.

Florida Institute of Technology’s Bahamian freshman Drew Bastian lowered his lifetime best in the 50 yard freestyle from 22.29 to 21.93 to finish 29th.His Panthers B team finished 3rd in the B final of the 200 yard medley relay in a time of 1:32.33. Drew’s breaststroke split was timed at 25.59.

JAMAICA’S NICO CAMPBELL HELPS FLORIDA SOUTHERN TO TURN BACK EMORY IN FIRST MEET OF 2016

 

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Jamaican freshman Nico Campbell’s Florida Southern started the New Year with a win over Emory on Friday. Campbell who holds the senior national record in the 200 metre freestyle finished 2nd in the 200 yard freestyle in a time of 1:42.11.The event was won by team mate Jesus Marin. At the 2014 and 2015 CARIFTA swimming championships Nico won consecutive Silver medals in the 15-17 boys 200 metre freestyle events. That broke a more than 5 year medal drought in that age group as the last time a Jamaican had won a medal was at the 2006 Championships when Brad Hamilton won Gold.
In the 100 yard freestyle Campbell placed 3rd in 47.21.Nico ended the meet on top of the medal podium as his A team of Edson Lima, Campbell, Marin and Antonio Nunez won in a time of 3:07.80. Nico’s 2nd leg split was timed at 46.80.Florida Southern triumphed with a scoreline of 151 to 94.