LOOKING BACK AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ALEX SOBERS OF BARBADOS JUST MISSES NATIONAL RECORD IN THE 200 METRE FREESTYLE OPENS SEASON AS NUMBER 1 IN 100 YARD FREESTYLE IN DIVISION 2

Rio 2016 Olympian Alex Sobers has established himself as the go to man for Barbados in the freestyle events in recent years from the 100 metres upwards.

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Alex Sobers with Gold after winning the 15-17 boys 400 metre freestyle in a meet and Barbados senior national record of 3:57.30

 

Having already captured the 400 metre national record with a time of 3:57.30 at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships it would be natural that the 200 metre national standard of 1:52.30 held by Olympian Bradley Ally (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008,  London 2012) would be a target heading into the World Championships in Budapest.

On June 30 in the Men’s 18 and over at the CCCAN Championship final in Trinidad and Tobago he placed fourth in a then personal best time of 1:53.00. That swim put the record on notice that it would be a matter of time before he lowered it.

Less than a month later he would fall agonizingly short of the mark when he hit the pads in a time of 1:52.50 ranking him 44th overall. That performance was the best time ever done by a swimmer from Barbados at the World Championships. It was also the best placing by a man from Barbados at the global competition. The previous best time and placing was 1:57.74 and 68th spot by Christian Selby at the 2015 Kazan Championships.

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Damian Alleyne Barbados Olympian (2000,2004) Photo courtesy of Khalil Goodman for Better Health Magazine June 2011

That swim put him ahead of the former national record holder Olympian Damian Alleyne (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) who had set the record at 1:52.75 winning heat 3 of the event at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games on Sep 17, 2000.

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Bradley Ally Photo courtesy of PanamericanWorld.com

 

Ally lowered that mark almost seven years later leading off the Pine Crest 800 freestyle A team at the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis. That team which would place fifth overall in 7:31.23 included Cayman Islands Olympian Shaune Fraser (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012) handling second leg duties.

Analysis of the fastest three swims by a swimmer from Barbados

Name Date Meet First 50 Second 50 Third 50 Fourth  50 Final time
Damian Alleyne Sep 17,2000 Olympics 27.04 28.48 28.81 28.42 1:52.75
Alex Sobers July 24,2017 World Champs 26.82 28.38 28.75 28.55 1:52.50
Bradley Ally Aug 2,2007 US Nationals 26.14 28.27 28.62 29.27 1:52.30

Sobers, who is now sophomore at Emmanuel College made a huge impact for the Franklin Springs Georgia based institution in the 2016 -2017. see link below

https://draftingthecaribbean.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/olympian-sobers-undefeated-at-2017appalachian-swim-conference-wins-7-gold-from-7-events-all-swim-were-meet-records/

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500 freestyle medal podium from left to right Silver medallist Stanislas Raczynski (Emmanuel),Gold medallist meet record holder Alex Sobers (Emmanuel),Bronze medallist Erwin Ortiz Torres(Mars Hill) Photo courtesy of http://www.goeclions.com

He set three individual records and was a part of four record breaking relay teams.

Event Time
100 yard freeestyle 44.26
200 yard freestyle 1:35.95
500 yard freestyle 4:27.56
200 yard freestyle relay 1:22.55
400 yard freestyle relay 3:00.26
800 yard freestyle relay 6:42.23
400 yard medley relay 3:18.77

He got the 2017 -2018 to a winning start as Emmanuel won their Invitational on Saturday Oct 7. Sobers won the 100 yard freestyle by almost four seconds touching the clock in 45.29.That swimis also the fastest time in Division 2 so far.He also had the fastest 50 freestyle split of all relay legs as he anchored the A team to 1:27.53 with his split of 21.10.

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MATTHEW MAYS OF THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS MAKES WINNING START TO COLLEGIATE CAREER

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Matthew Mays Photo courtesy of Bryantbulldogs.com

Bryant University US Virgin Islands freshman Matthew Mays had a winning start for the Bulldogs as they beat Boston College 161-137. Competing at the Chace Athletic Center Pool on October 6 in Smithfield Rhode Island Mays was undefeated in all four events that he competed in.

In his very first race, the 200 yard butterfly Matthew came from fifth place after the first 50 to win the race in 1:52.94 topping the field by more than a second and setting a new pool record in the process.

The 200 yard backstroke saw the Business Major ahead from the start and he never relinquished that lead to win in a time of 1:54.63.

The St Croix native’s win in the 100 yard butterfly win was more emphatic as he stopped the clock in 51.04 more than two seconds ahead of the next best placed finisher.

His final race on Friday saw him anchoring the Bulldogs 400 yard freestyle relay in with the fastest of all splits 47.22 .That gave them the victory in a time of 3:12.93.

Matthew  won the Silver medal in the 200 metre backstroke 2:07.07 and Bronze medal in the 200 metre butterfly 2:08.05 in the 18 and over category at the 2017 CCCAN Championships in Trinidad.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S DYLAN CARTER LEADS THE NCAA DIVISION I RANKINGS 200 YARD FREESTYLE

Three meets deep into the 2017-2018 season the University of Southern California remain unbeaten. Their efforts have been aided by Trinidad and Tobago senior Dylan Carter whose record is almost as good as his team. He has won four of the five individual  races he has competed in so far. He has also established himself as the fastest swimmer in the NCAA Division in the early segment of the season in the 200 yard freestyle.

Date Opponent Score
September 29,2017 University of California Santa Barbara 136-125
September 30,2017 California Polytechnic State University 153-141
October 6,2017 California State University ,Bakersfield 201-94

On Sep 30 in the Trojans win over California Polytechnic State University he recorded 47.10 (split 21.86) in the 100 yard butterfly to win the race by over two seconds and become in the top ten in the NCAA.

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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy off ttoc.org

On October 6 when racing against California State University, Bakersfield he dropped exactly two seconds from his season opener on September 29 to record the best collegiate time in the 200 yard freestyle of 1:36.66.

Event Time split
100 yard butterfly 47.10 21.86
200 yard freestyle 1:36.66 46.70
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Dylan Carter Texas Invite Photo courtesy of Walt Middleton/usctrojans.com

The Trojans with Dylan in their ranks has also established top five performances in the 200 and 400 yard medley relays with Carter doing butterfly duties

Event Time  butterfly split
200 yard medley relay 1:29.00 20.80
400 yard medley relay 3:16.89 46.86

 

Carter who holds four individual school records will be back in action from October 22-22 when Team USA which will include in its lineup Olympic Gold medallists Ryan Murphy and Matt Grevers  will compete against the PAC-12 conference in the 2017 USA vs. College Challenge.

 

Event Time
50 yard freestyle 19.32
100 yard freestyle 42.14
200 yard freestyle 1:31.98
100 yard butterfly 45.27

LOOKING BACK AT THE WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS Jack KIRBY BECOMES FIRST AGE SWIMMER FROM BARBADOS UNDER 27 SECONDS IN THE 50 METRE BACKSTROKE

As draftingthecaribbean continues to look back at the performances of the region’s best for the 2016-2017 we go back to the World Junior Championships on Day 3 on August 25 where Jack Kirby of Barbados became the fastest age group swimmer from his country in the 50 metre backstroke.

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Jack Kirby Photo courtesy of Barbados Aquatic Centre

Jack accomplished this feat by swimming 26.88 in the event in Indianapolis.

That swim propelled him to place 23rd overall and the 3rd fastest in the CCCAN region.

Leading up to his record breaking feat on August 25 Jack was already having quite a successful season. Competing in the 15-17 age group CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas he broke the record twice in the heats and final of the event clocking 27.19 and then 27.08 to win the Silver. The previous record was held by Olympian Bradley Alley (2004, 2008,2012) set way back in 2002 with a time of 27.63.

He would follow up that success on June 29 to tie for Gold at the CCCAN championships in Trinidad and Tobago with French Guiana’s Steve Amiable in a time of 27.23.

On July 20 at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas he would make his first international final when he placed 7th in a time of 27.05. On his way to that historic final in the morning heats he came close to breaking the 27 seconds barrier when he set a then record time of 27.01.

The road to sub 27 seconds

Date Meet Time Heats Placing
April CARIFTA 2017 27.08 AGR 27.19 Silver
July CCCAN 2017 27.23 27.76 Gold
July CYG 27.05 27.01 AGR 7th

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MITCHELL RECORDS BEST TIME AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR A SWIMMER FROM ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA IN THE 50 METRE BUTTERFLY AND FREESTYLE

 

As the entire Caribbean remembers those nations from the region affected by the passage of the recent hurricanes draftingthecaribbean celebrates the performances of a swimmer from an island impacted greatly by the adverse weather activity Antigua and Barbuda’s Stefano Mitchell.

At the Budapest World Championships which ran from July 23 to 30 Stefano established himself as the fastest ever performer from his country at the global championships in the 50 metre butterfly and the 50 metre freestyle.

Competing in the 50 metre butterfly Mitchell stopped the clock in 25.98 to place 57th overall and record the 5th fastest time by a swimmer from the CCCAN region. It also blew away the fastest time done by a swimmer at the World Long Course swimming championships which he set at the 2015 Kazan competition of 27.72. It also doubled as the best placing in the event which Stefano also held at 60th position.

In the freestyle race he eclipsed the time of 24.79 set by teammate Noah Mascoll-Gomes as the fastest ever by a swimmer from Antigua and Barbuda. Noah had recorded that time at the Kazan meet two years earlier. The new standard is now 24.15 which enabled Mitchell to finish 80th overall and 8th in the CCCAN region.

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Stefano moments after winning his Bronze medal in the 50 metre freestyle in Trinidad and Tobago Photo courtesy of the Antigua and Barbuda Olympic Association

Mitchell is also the reigning CCCAN bronze medal winner in the 15-17 category after setting a new senior national record of 23.81 in Trinidad and Tobago on July 2

Draftingthecaribbean got Stefano’s thoughts on the competition on July 30 and he said

“Overall it was a good experience. Being able to compete the way top athletes do is very different compared to the regional events I usually attend”

Coach of the delegation to Budapest that included Noah Mascoll –Gomes ,Gabby Gittens, Bianca Mitchell and manager Cleopatra Gittens gave his impressions as well about the competition

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Team Antigua and Barbuda at the World Championships from left to right Cleopatra Gittens,Stefano, Gabby Gittens,Noah Mascoll-Gomes,Bianca Mitchell and Wayne Mitchell

“Thrilled to be a part of this sport and to see that its growing. It will always be in my memory as a highlight to the event, witnessing Adam Peaty clocking in sub 26 on the 50m breaststroke. On a personal note I would like to thank FINA for continuing their support to developing countries. It was a fantastic experience for our athletes to compete next to the very best in our sport. The Hungarian people were extremely welcoming and helpful in every aspect. The venue was spectacular and well supported with encouraging fans.  A huge thank you to the host country for an experience.

 

DYLAN CARTER RECORDS FASTEST TIME BY A CARIFTA SWIMMER AT THE FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of usctrojans.com

On the sixth day of competition (July 28) of the 2017 World Swimming championships in Budapest Hungary Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter (2016) topped the CCCAN and CARIFTA rankings in the 100 metre butterfly with a time of 52.73 (split time 23.98) to place 28th. He was the only one from both regional groupings to be under the 53 seconds barrier.

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Bradley ally Photo courtesy of gettyimages

He had established himself as the joint fastest CARIFTA swimmer of all time in the event when he won Gold at the CCCAN Championships last month with a time of 52.73. He holds this accolade with Olympian Barbadian Bradley Ally (2004, 2008, and 2012) who recorded that time in 2009. When Carter touched the timing pads he bettered the best time by a CARIFTA region swimmer at the World championships.

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Olympic Gold medallist Anthony Nesty Photo courtesy of the olympians.co

The previous best time was 53.29 set by 1988 Olympic Gold medallist in the event Suriname’s Anthony Nesty (1984, 1988,1992). Nesty, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago won the event with that time at the 1991 Perth Australia World Championships.

Dylan’s placing of 28th is the best all time World Championships placing by a male swimmer from the twin island republic. The previous best placing was 41st by Joshua McLeod at the 2013 Barcelona, Spain World Championships. It is also the best placing for a CCCAN or CARIFTA swimmer since 2003.

 

 

 

DYLAN CARTER CONTINUES TO DOMINATE REGIONAL RANKINGS IN BUDAPEST WITH NATIONAL RECORD IN THE 200 METRE FREESTYLE

As it has been for the entire 2016 -2017 one name has stood out among the region’s elite male swimmer in the swimmers in the 200 freestyle event. Whether it was the 200  metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming championships or the 200 yard freestyle at the prestigious NCAA Division 1 Championships Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter has been region’s man to be the standard bearer. So it was no surprise when he again led the region with 200 metre freestyle at the World Long course swimming championships in national record time.

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Dylan Carter at the Mesa Grand Prix Swim meet Photo courtesy of swimmingworldmagazine

The national mark of 1:48.44 set at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships was on borrowed time from the Mesa Swim meet when Carter touched in a winning time of 1:48.45. At his home meet the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago he again got the job done in sub 1:50 this time 1:48.91.

In Budapest his intentions were made clear from the opening 50 metres with an opening split time of 24.93 that set the tone for the entire race. He would touch in 1:47.77 for 24th overall, the best time at the World championships for both CCCAN and CARIFTA region swimmers. It is also the best ranking at the Championship for the CCCAN region since 2011.

A very aggressive approach led to the new national record as seen through the analysis of his races below

Date 50 100 150 200
 CISC July 2016 25.45 53.00 1:20.79 1:48.44
25.45 27.55 27.79 27.65
Date 50 100 150 200
 Mesa April 2017 25.40 52.70 1:20.97 1:48.45
25.40 27.30 28.27 27.48
Date 50 100 150 200
 WC July 2017 24.93 51.99 1:20.02 1:47.77
24.93 27.06 28.03 27.75
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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy off ttoc.org

CCCAN rankings for the 200 metre freestyle in Budapest

Name Country CCCAN ranking  Overall ranking Time
Dylan Carter Trinidad and Tobago 1 24th 1:47.77 (51.99)
Cristian Quintero Venezuela 2 33rd 1:48.22 (51,86)
Mikel Schreuders Aruba 3 39th 1:49.66(53.66)
Michael Gunning Jamaica 4 43rd 1:50.00(53.20)
Marcelo Acosta El Salvador 5 48th 1:50.92 (54.99)
Alex Sobers Barbados 6 56th 1:52.50(55.20)
Noah Mascoll-Gomes Antigua& Barbuda 7 62nd 1:55.32(55.62)
Matthew Lowe The Bahamas 8 63rd 1:55.71 (55.50)