The recently concluded Dean Martin Memorial swim meet in Kingston Jamaica saw the continued rise of Cayman’s Jordan Crooks.
The only swimmer with senior level international meet credentials to his resume he showed his class with a six Gold medal performance all in meet record time.
In the land of the sprinters Jordan crossed the 24 seconds barrier in the 50 metre freestyle to be the fastest ever swimmer at this meet in 23.87. He easily crushed his 2018 record in the 15 -16 age group of 24.60. The swim takes on even greater significance as this is his season opener in the 50 metre pool and he was battling illness at the time of his 50 metre blast.
The Camana Bay Aquatics swimmer started his Gold medal run at the meet in the 100 metre backstroke lowering both the meet record of 1:03.75 and his personal best of 1:02.27 to 1:01.70 .
The reigning CARIFTA Champion in the 200 metre freestyle Crooks crushed the meet record of 2:01.75 to become the first person under 2 minutes at the meet with a time of 1:58.98.
He smashed his meet record and his old personal best of 52.36 set at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju South Korea to stop the clock in 52.26.At the 2019 CARIFTA Championships in Barbados earlier this year he won the Silver medal in this event in 53.24.
There would be a big personal best in the 100 metre butterfly when he took more than a second off his personal best to land the Gold in 57.60 destroying his meet record of 59.83.
In an event he rarely competes in the 400 metre freestyle Jordan set a new personal best and meet record of 4:30.30.The last time he swam it was in 2017 at this meet where he was was timed in 4:46.58.
Draftingthecaribbean got his reaction to his efforts over the weekend
“I was very satisfied with my races this weekend.My results were better than I initially expected.I think my stamina has room for improvement in races like the 100 and 200 metre freestyle.The 50 metre freestyle was my favorite race of the meet and I was happy with the result”.
The 50 metre freestyle series proved to be quite quick as Zaneta Alvaranga of the Kaizen swim club set yet another sprint national record when she lowered the 13-14 standard in the 50 metre freestyle held by Emily MacDonald to 26.34 .She bettered the 26.44 set at the CAC Games in 2018. With the swim she now assumes the mantle of the fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region. Zaneta had won the 13-14 CARIFTA sprint title in 26.76. Her swim this past weekend would have won her the Gold in the 15-17 age group and puts her in touching distance of the 15-17 record of 26.12 by Olympian Chinyere Pigot of Suriname.
Fastest CARIFTA region 13-14 Girls
|Trinidad and Tobago||Sobahn Cropper||26.66||1993|
|The Bahamas||Delany Mizell||26.96||2019|
|St Lucia||Naima Hazell||27.47||2019|
In the 13-14 boys 2019 CARIFTA and CCCAN Champion Nathaniel Thomas beat his meet record of 25.12 with a swim of 24.72. That also bettered the 24.87 he produced to win the CARIFTA title in Barbados earlier this year. It speaks to the possibility of a sub 24 seconds swim in 2020. Nathaniel was also faster than his CARIFTA Gold medal performance in the 100 metre butterfly 59.10 compared to 59.22. He was also joined under the minute mark by Kaheem Lozer of Kaizen who produced a huge personal best to touch in 59.92.
In the 11-12 girls race Jillian, sister of Jordan took the event in 27.71.That swim would have won the Gold medal in Barbados in her age group.
With her victories as this meet she has put a number of her national records on notice if given the chance to swim in the Olympic sized pool again before 2020.
One of the swimmers from the West making a name for his name at the meet was Nathan Wright of the Sailfish Swim Academy. He won the splash and dash in 29.76 lowering the meet standard of 29.83. In his sights for the the rest of the calendar year will be the national record of 29.27.
Over 20 meet records were set
|Name||Club||Event||Age group||New Record||Old Record|
|Britney Williams||Swimmaz||100 metre backstroke||17-18||1:17.88||1:20.99|
|Nathaniel Thomas||Tornadoes||100 metre backstroke||13-14||1:01.49||1:04.89|
|Jordan Crooks||Camana Bay Aquatics||100 metre backstroke||15-16||1:01.70||1:03.75|
|Jordan Crooks||Camana Bay Aquatics||200 metre freestyle||15-16||1:58.98||2:01.05|
|Britney Williams||Swimmaz||200 metre freestyle||17-18||2:13.82||2:44.16|
|Kokolo Foster||Tornadoes||100 metre breaststroke||11-12||1:22.06||1:23.18|
|Kito Campbell||Y Speedos||100 metre breaststroke||15-16||1:11.80||1:12.26|
|Waldon McIntosh||Aquamarine Ripples||400 metre IM||10 and under||6:33.21||7:38.57|
|Jillian Crooks||Camana Bay Aquatics||100 metre freestyle||11-12||1:00.06||1:01.66|
|Britney Williams||Swimmaz||100 metre freestyle||17-18||1:01.61||1:10.20|
|Nathaniel Thomas||Tornadoes||100 metre freestyle||13-14||55.01||55.77|
|Jordan Crooks||Camana Bay Aquatics||100 metre freestyle||15-16||52.26||54.42|
|Amore Hunter,Sabrina Lyn,Aliyah Heaven,Ireland Hunter||Tornadoes||200 metre medley relay||13 and over||2:11.38||2:11.72|
|Jillian Crooks||Camana Bay Aquatics||400 metre freestyle||11-12||4:54.90||4:55.28|
|Nathan Wright||Sailfish Swim Academy||400 metre freestyle||10 and under||5:35.82||5:42.98|
|Jordan Crooks||Camana Bay Aquatics||400 metre freestyle||15-16||4:30.30||4:30.93|
|Waldon McIntosh||Aquamarine Ripples||50 metre breatstsroke||9-10||39.34||40.02|
|Kokolo Foster||Tornadoes||200 metre breaststroke||11-12||2:59.68||3:00.88|
|Zaneta Alvaranga||Kaizen||200 metre breaststroke||13-14||2:59.86||3:00.23|
|Nathaniel Thomas||Tornadoes||100 metre butterfly||13-14||59.10||1:00.54|
|Kaheem Lozer||Kaizen||100 metre butterfly||13-14||59.92||1:00.54|
|Jordan Crooks||Camana Bay Aquatics||100 metre butterfly||15-16||57.90||59.83|
|Morgan Cogle||Jupiter Sea Dragons||200 metre backstroke||13-14||2:37.58||2:37.70|
|Britney Williams||Swimmaz||200 metre backstroke||15-16||2:41.54||2:54.95|
|Nathan Wright||Sailfish Swim Academy||50 metre freestyle||9-10||29.76||29.83|
|Jillian Crooks||Camana Bay Aquatics||50 metre freestyle||11-12||27.71||27.78|
|Zaneta Alvaranga||Kaizen||50 metre freestyle||13-14||26.34||27.23|
|Nathaniel Thomas||Tornadoes||50 metre freestyle||13-14||24.72||25.12|
|Jordan Crooks||Camana Bay Aquatics||50 metre freestyle||15-16||23.87||24.60|
|Kyle Sinclair||Y Speedos||50 metre freestyle||15-16||24.32||24.61|
|Safiya Officer,Britney Williams,Paris ClareBrooke Hopkins||Swimmaz||200 metre freestyle relay||13 and over||1:54.84||1:56.45|
|Jada Latibeaudiere,Amore Hunter,Sabrina Lyn,IrelandHunter||Tornadoes||200 metre freestyle relay||13 and over||1:54.94||1:56.45|
When the final race was swum Tornadoes Swim Club emerged victors with 802 points. Second went to the Y Speedos with 725 points and the Sailfish Swim Academy third on 215 points.