UANA CUP DAY TWO 15-17 AGE GROUP JACK KIRBY OF BARBADOS WINS GOLD IN 100 METRE BACKSTROKE IN AGE GROUP AND YOUTH OLYMPICS A TIME,BAHAMIAN BASTIAN WINS 50 METRE BREASTSTROKE, KAEL YORKE OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COPS BUTTERFLY BRONZE

Day Two of the UANA Cup saw outstanding performances from the CARIFTA region’s swimmers in the 15-17 age group. The names Jacky Kirby of Barbados Gold 100 metre backstroke, Izaak Bastian of The Bahamas Gold 50 metre breaststroke and Kael Yorke of  Trinidad and Tobago Bronze 100 metre butterfly were the headline acts.

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Jack Kirby UANA Gold medallist and Barbadian age group in the 100 metre backstroke

Kirby, who was named Junior Athlete of the Year for 2017

 

was sensational in winning the 100 metre backstroke in a time of 56.34.That broke his age group record of 57.01 set at the Commonwealth Youth Games in July in The Bahamas.

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Bradley Ally Photo courtesy of panamerican world

It also brings him closer the senior national record of 55.88 Olympian Bradley Ally (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008,London 2012) set at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai China .Ally splits then were 27.38 and 28.50. Not only did Jack establish a meet record for the event he also beat the Youth Olympics A qualifying mark of 56.96. He went out in 27.40 and came back in 28.94. No other swimmer at the meet had Jack’s back end speed in the event as he recorded the only sub 30 seconds second 50 metre split. Silver went to Guillermo Cruz Zuniga of Mexico who clocked 58.80 and the Bronze to Anthony  Rincón Velasco of Colombia  who was timed in  59.25.Jack gave his impressions of the race to draftingthecaribbean after the race

“The goal for the 100 metre backstroke was to make the 56 low.I had no idea about the senior national record I was just really focusing on the 56 low. I really wanted to get that time because by summer I want to get into the 55 range.Also in terms of competing in 2020 this helps in getting me to 53”.

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Izaak Bastian  Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

Also winning Gold and establishing a  new meet record was Izaak Bastian of The Bahamas who touched in a time of 29.23 just out touching Cruz Zuniga of Mexico won another Silver in 29.32. Andre Martijena Díaz of the Dominican Republic took the Bronze in 30.19.Izaak gave his thoughts about the race after his win

“The 50 breaststroke was much better than I expected it to be.I did not expect to feel as good as I did in the water.There were a few small things I felt I could fix.I felt I was rushing my stroke a little bit but that just comes with more practice and experience in the race and getting up and going in the morning.That was what this meet was all about for me trying to go as fast as I can in the morning so I can get used to those other big meets like the Commonwealth Games coming up where I am used to swimming fast at night and not in the morning.I am trying to change that to swimming fast in the morning so those swims actually count for something instead of just holding back for the night.I know when I go those bigger meets I wont be able to hold back and maybe not even get a second swim.The race itself was pretty good I got to race some really fast guys.It was a close one this morning I don’t know how I pulled it off my last 5 metres I tried to hold it all together and come in as I fast as I could and finish on a full stroke”.

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Kael Yorke Bronze medallist in the 100 metre butterfly

Kael Yorke won the Bronze in the 100 metre butterfly. He spoke to draftingthecaribbean about his races

“ For my first event the 50 freestyle it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be because I added on time and I wasn’t feeling myself in the water I didn’t let it get to me because I have not been training for while. I took a long break for the Christmas holidays and I only started back training nine days ago so it was a good attempt at the 50 freestyle. I put the focus on my 100 metre butterfly today and tried to do my best. For training for only nine days I thought I did well I swam a 56 not far from my personal best off 55 which was a tapered time. Overall the UANA Cup experience has been a good one so far.The weather conditions are not what my teammates and I are used to because we are accustomed to warmer weather but  just being able to compete at this level with the Mexicans, the Colombians and Central Americans is a great experience and I continue to strive to do better in my other events”

Other top CARIFTA region swimmers for the day included

 

 

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Sam Bailey of the Cayman Islands Top CARIFTA 15-17 swimmer in the 400 IM Photo courtesy of Cayman Swimming
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Britney Williams top CARIFTA 15-17 swimmer in the 200 metre freestyle

 

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Ileana Bocage top 15 -17 CARIFTA swimmer in the 50 metre breaststroke
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Sam Bailey Cayman Islands 400 metre IM 15-17 5:23.05 7th
Chadé M. Nersicio Curacao 100 metre butterfly 15-17 1:05.97 8th
Britney Williams Jamaica 200 metre freestyle 15-17 2:09.74 7th
Graham Chatoor Trinidad and Tobago 200 metre freestyle 15-17 1:59.43 12th
Ileana Bocage Trinidad and Tobago 50 metre breaststroke 15-17 34.70 4th
Danielle Titus Barbados 100 metre backstroke 15-17 1:06.30 5th
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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S ZAREK WILSON’S TRIPLE LEADS THE CARIFTA REGION’S EIGHT MEDAL HAUL ON DAY ONE OF UANA CUP

The CARIFTA region’s swimmer performed well on the opening day of the UANA Cup . The meet which being held in Coral Springs Florida is designed for athletes from Central America, South America, and the Caribbean that are in UANA Zones 1 and 2. Despite  the temperature reaching as low as 14 degrees Celsius the Regions swimmers still brought the heat winning EIGHT medals on the day Three Silver and Four Bronze medals. Leading the way in the 11-12 age group was Zarek Wilson who won a Silver and Two Bronze medals.

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Zarek Wilson winner of Three medals on opening Day of UANA Cup

Zarek became not only the first medallist  from Trinidad and Tobago  but the Region when he won the Bronze in the 400 metre freestyle in a time of 4:33.49.He would also win  the Region’s second medal when he won yet another Bronze in the 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:31.50. He would complete the medal hat trick  when he won the Silver in the 50 metre freestyle in a time of 27.32. He had the following thoughts about his performances

“The first day was a bit tough because the weather was colder than what I am accustomed to. I am happy to have won medals for Trinidad and Tobago. The competition was stiff, which is what Coach Edmund Pouchet wanted me to face. The UANA Cup is a chance to face quality swimmers so I can see all the areas I have to improve. I am looking forward to the rest of my races where I hope to challenge my best times.”

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Lamar Taylor of The Bahamas Silver medallist in the 13-14 50 metre freestyle

Zarek’s Silver lead to a medal rush with the region winning medals as well in the 13-14 and 15-17 races. In the 13-14 race it was The Bahamas Lamar Taylor who also took the Silver in a time of 24.57 and earned The Bahamas first medal of the competition.He was edged by the narrowest of margins by Mexican Victor Salcedo Carrillo who clocked 24.56. Lamar spoke to draftingthecaribbean about his performance

“After the disappointment at CCCAN (he was disqualified in the final) I basically just wanted to regain my title and swim my heart out.The race went pretty well .My start was not the best but it was good enough for me to get enough momentum.During the race I looked once and saw  the boy in Lane 3 and swam harder . I was kind of disappointed by the one hundredth defeat but to be honest I wasn’t really focused on the place I was focused on the time”.

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Izaak Bastian Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

There would be another medal for The Bahamas as Izaak Bastian won the Bronze in the 15-17 age group.He won Bronze in a time of 24.08.That swim was under the Youth Olympic B qualifying time of 24.38. He gave his analysis of his race

“The 50 was a pretty good race for where I am in my training.I took some more time off than I usually do because I knew coming into the next 2 or 3 years in my training I know I will have to be very focused and not take off that much time.This winter break I took off 18 days so I could mentally reset before going into the next 2 years and decompress from 2017.This was only my second week back in training so to get up and go 24.0 with only two weeks of training was pretty impressive for me so I was really happy with the time.It was also great to see the swimmers I don’t normally race from Argentina and Brazil.I felt I had a good race the breakout was good I felt like I getting on it in my first couple of strokes which is something I have been working on a lot in practice”

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Silver medallist in the 13-14 200 metre Individual medley Roan Baker of Barbados

Roan Baker of Barbados in the 13-14 age group earned his country’s first medal when he won the Silver in the 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:18.23.

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UANA Cup Bronze medallists and new national record holders in the 15-17 200 metre medley relay from left to right Luis Sebastian Weekes,Nkosi Dunwoody,Damon St Prix and Jack Kirby

Barbados would earn the last medal for the region when the Boys 15-17 200 metre medley relay team of Jack Kirby backstroke 27.47,Nkosi Dunwoody breaststroke 31.93 ,Luis Sebastian Weekes butterfly 27.16 and Damon St Prix freestyle freestyle won the Bronze in a new senior national and 15-17 age group record of 1:51.99. That lowered decades old record of 2:02.88 set back April 1993.That team had in their line up Dean Durant doing backstroke and Chris Moseley doing anchor leg duties.

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Jamaica’s first Bronze medallist at the UANA Cup Emily MacDonald 13-15 50 metre freestyle Bronze medallist

The young ladies  winning  medals on the day included Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald who won the Silver in the 13-14 50 metre freestyle in 27.42.She gave draftingthecaribbean an assessment of her performance on Day One

“Medalling at UANA was a very big accomplishment for me especially swimming against the best swimmers from Central and South America who I am not used to competing against. Winning the very first medal for Jamaica at this meet was also a big accomplishment for me”.

 

Winning the only medal for the Region’s 15-17 girls

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UANA Cup 15-17 Silver medallist Chadé M. Nersicio.Photo courtesy of Curacao national swimming team

was Curacao sprint princess Chadé M. Nersicio. She won the Silver in the event in 26.72 under the Youth Olympics B qualifying time of 27.39

Top CARIFTA Region performances for Day One

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Zoe Anthony top CARIFTA region performer in the 11-12 age group in the 400 metre freestyle and 200 metre individual medley
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Zoe Anthony Trinidad and Tobago 400 metre freestyle 11-12 5:04.30 4th
Avery Lambert Cayman Islands 400 metre freestyle 13-14 4:45.18 5th
Sam Bailey Cayman Islands 400 metre freestyle 15-17 4:45.76 9th
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Top Carifta performer in the 11-12 and 15-17 age group Zoe Anthony , Graham Chatoor top performer in the 15-17 400 metre freestyle and Zarek Wilson
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Zarek Wilson Trinidad and Tobago 400 metre freestyle 11-12 4:33.49 Bronze
Brian Desmond Bermuda 400 metre freestyle 13-14 4:29.25 9th
Graham Chatoor Trinidad and Tobago 400 metre freestyle 15-17 4:15.18 12th
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Zoe Anthony Trinidad and Tobago 200 metre IM 11-12 2:46.12 10th
Sabine Ellison Cayman Islands 200 metre IM 13-14 2:34.57 8th
Sam Bailey Cayman Islands 200 metre IM 15-17 2:31.70 12th
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Zarek Wilson Trinidad and Tobago 200 metre IM 11-12 2:31.50 Bronze
Roan Baker Barbados 200 metre IM 13-14 2:18.23 Silver
Luis Sebastian Weekes Barbados 200 metre IM 15-17 2:13.97 4th
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Keina Moss Top CARIFTA performer in the 11-12 50 metre freestyle
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Keiana Moss The Bahamas 50 metre freestyle 11-12 29.50 4th
Emily MacDonald Jamaica 50 metre freestyle 13-14 27.42 Bronze
Chadé M. Nersicio Curacao 50 metre freestyle 15-17 26.72 Silver
Name Country Event Age Group Time Place
Zarek Wilson Trinidad and Tobago 50 metre freestyle 11-12 27.32 Silver
Lamar Taylor The Bahamas 50 metre freestyle 13-14 24.57 Silver
Izaak Bastian The Bahamas 50 metre freestyle 15-17 24.08 Bronze

RECORD BREAKING SUNDAY NATHANIEL THOMAS AND THE GOLDEN GIRLS OF THE MARLINS SWIM CLUB GIANI FRANCIS, KOKOLO FOSTER, SAIDAH BROWN AND CHRISTANYA SHIRLEY SET NEW NATIONAL MARKS

Sunday December 17 will be known as record breaking Sunday as the nation’s youngsters continued to excel in their last competitions for 2017 as they have done all throughout the year. Competitions in two different meets in two different islands yielded national age group records . In Jamaica at the ASAJ Christmas Open and Christmas Breezer Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes swim club lowered his national mark in the 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly twice in the morning heats and final . While the Golden Girls from the Marlins Swim Club Giani Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley continued their awesome record breaking run in the 9-10 200 metre freestyle relay at the Republic Bank Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational.

At his first CARIFTA in The Bahamas in April Nathaniel was 5th    in the 11-12 50 butterfly  in 29.22 .

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Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Later in May in Jamaica Nathaniel would lower the 11-12 50 butterfly to 28.32. That just edged the old standard of 28.33 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter (Rio 2016) when he won the Silver medal at the 2009 CARIFTA Championships held in Aruba. At the CCCAN competition in Trinidad and Tobago in July he would top the region taking the Gold in 28.53. He would join the elites among the region when he became the first Jamaican  11-12 boy to break the 28 seconds barrier.

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Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the morning he was fantastic in breaking the meet record also set by Wynter in 2009 of 29.39 and lowering the national mark to 27.95. He would continue his record breaking feats in the final as he dropped time again to set a standard of 27.86.

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Head Coach of the Tornadoes Swim Club and her record breaking swimmer Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

He now joins the likes of Evante Gibson of the Bahamas 27.77, Aruban Jordy Groters 27.85 as regional standouts under the 28 seconds barrier in the 11-12 age group.

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President of the Aquatics Sports Association of Jamaica Martin Lyn congratulating Nathaniel on his record breaking exploits Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

On the day he would also set new meet record in winning the 200 metre freestyle with a personal best of 2:12.77 and taking the Gold with the Tornadoes A team in the 400 metre medley relay.

The Golden Girls of the Marlins Swim club Gianna Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley have dominated the sprint freestyle relay this season and their last meet in Trinidad and Tobago would be no different.

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Marlins Girls 9-10 team at the Neville Alexander meet from left to right Giani Francis,Kokolo Foster,Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

At the Neville Alexander meet they set a new national mark of 2:14.66 .That lowered the national record of 2:15.37 set way back on Aug 1, 1988. That mark was set by the national team of Kezia Stewart, Kerone Peat, Joanna Lee and Nicole Lowe at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships held in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic when 9 and 10 year olds were allowed to participate.

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National record holders in the 9-10 girls freestyle relay from left to right Back row Kokolo Foster,Gianna Francis Front row Saidah Brown ,Christanya Shirley

At the Dean Martin Memorial Meeting in October they crushed that mark with a swim of 2:10.52. In the twin Island Republic they would be even that much faster with a time of 2:05.52 .That performance takes almost ten seconds off from the 1988 record. That swim is among one of the fastest ever done by an English Speaking Caribbean team in that age group.

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Marlins 9-10 Golden Girls from left to right Giani Francis, Saidah Brown, Kokolo Foster and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Suzette Whyte

 

Three of the young ladies Francis, Foster will be pushing to make their first CARIFTA team in Kingston next year while Shirley has one more year in the 9-10 age group.

In 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships in the Bahamas the Jamaican ladies won the swept the 200 metre freestyle relays taking wins in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 age groups

 

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2017 CARIFTA Gold medallists 11-12 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Paig’e Lewis,Sabrina Lyn , Isabella Sierra and Zaneta Alvaranga Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
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CARIFTA 2017 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale, Brianna Anderson and Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
15-17 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 15-17 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart , Shaun Johnson and Anjuii Barrett Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

ARUBA’S PATRICK GROTERS ENDS HIGH SCHOOL CAREER WITH 2ND CONSECUTIVE 100 BACKSTROKE GOLD AT FLORIDA STATE 1A CHAMPS

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Patrick Groters warming up at the Woodson Invitational in Sep Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The year 2017 will remain in Aruban Patrick Groters mind as one of his best at the age group level with top performances at the CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas and a strong showing at the World Junior Championships. The run of good performances would continue in his final year of high school in Florida where he would repeat as the 100 yard backstroke champion in the 1A State Championships on November.

In 2016  he ended a more than decade long drought for the CARIFTA region when he took the victory in the event.

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George Bovell III Photo courtesy of theunbreakablebody.com

The last swimmer to win the event was the legendary Olympian George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago when he won the title for the Bolles School in 2000.

It would be a Golden path to double success in the event for the University school student at the State Championships in Stuart Florida. He would take the race on September 23 at the Woodson Invitational easily in a time of 51.77 (split time 25.80).

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Top male and female performer at the 2017 Woodson Invitational Groters of the University School and Jessica Nava of Westminster Academy Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

He would also earn the accolade of top male performer of the meet for winning the 200 yard individual medley as well.

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Top male performer at the 2017 CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas from left to right Algernon Cargill President of The Bahamas Swimming Federation presenting the award to Patrick Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Receiving the top performer award is not a new experience for Patrick who earned that honour as well at CARIFTA 2017.

 

He would take the district title on October 20 in 52.86 (split time 26.54) and a week later the regional title in 50.80 (split time 24.93).

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In the Championship final held at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center Patrick lay in 3rd place at the 50 yard mark with a split of 24.58.

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The University of Denver commit then turned out a back half of 25.65 to which the field could not respond and he took the title again in 50.23.

The 200 yard individual medley saw him earning the Silver in a time of 1:49.02 (split time 49.56).That performance made it three consecutive medal winning performance for Groters after winning the title in 2015 and 2016.

 

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University School top performers Arubans Daniel Jacobs and Patrick Groters Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the relays it was the powerful combination of Groters and countryman Daniel Jacobs that aided the team to strong positions. In the 200 yard freestyle relay Patrick had the fastest opening leg split of both the preliminaries and finals of 20.51. The unit of Groters and Jacobs had the 2nd fastest 100 yards of the competition and that propelled their school to 3rd in the  B final in a total time of 1:29.42.It would be that same Aruban one –two punch at the front half of the 400 yard freestyle that pushed the University school to 6th in the Championship final in a time of 3:15.38. Patrick’s first leg split was timed at 45.97 (split time 22.28).

The University School boys finished 6th overall with 108 points.

WILLIAMS SIGNALS RETURN TO FORM WITH TWO SCHOOL RECORDS FOR HOWARD AND ALL PERSONAL BESTS AT YELLOW JACKET INVITATIONAL

At the two day Yellow Jacket Invitational which ran from Dec 1-2 Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams put up his hand up to get attention of  the selection panel for overseas international competition with a strong return to form setting two school records for Howard and recording personal bests in all his events.

 

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Sidrell Wiliams Photo courtesy of hubison.com/Lawrence Johnson

The meet which was contested in a 25 yard pool at the Randolph-Macon College in Chesterfield Virginia saw Sidrell on the medal podium 7 times and breaking the school record in the 100 yard freestyle and as a member of the 400 yard medley relay team.

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Kazan 2015 World championship representatives from left to right Williams, member of Russian organizing committee Axinya Melekhova, Olympian Timothy Wynter Photo courtesy of Axinya Melekhova

In the 100 yard freestyle, Sidrell a 2015 World Championships representative bested the field by over a second to win the event in a time of 45.22 (split time 21.82). That crushed his personal best of 46.43 and lowered the Bison school record of 45.31 set by Jared Miller when he placed 3rd in the B final at the 2017 CCSA (Coastal College Sports Association Championships).

Williams, a graduate of the Wolmer’s Boys’ School would combine with Don Brazelton backstroke 53.21, William Smith breaststroke 58.19 and Alex Barnes butterfly 50.89 to place 2nd in the 400 yard medley relay in a time of 3:27.38. Sidrell provided the fastest anchor freestyle leg of 45.09. That downed the old school record of 3:27.84.

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Xavier Philips Photo courtesy of hubison.com

The old record stood at 3:27.84 set the 2017 CCSA and included on breaststroke leg duties Wolmer’s alumnus Xavier Phillips. In 2016 Williams was member of the CISC ( Caribbean Islands Swimming championships) team in the 18 and over category that set new national record in the 400 metre (50 metre pool )  medley relay of 3:58.77.

The freestyle sprint double would be completed when he took the win in the 50 in time of 20.79. It would be his first time under the 21 seconds barrier and just off the 1989 school record of 20.79 set by Chris Gayle. His previous personal standard stood at 21.33.

His Bison A team would place second in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:26.01. It is the 3rd fastest time in school history .

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200 metre freestyle relay record holders from left to right Wynter, Jason -Craig Burnett, Cameron Chow and Williams

In 2013 Williams was a member of the CARIFTA team that set the 200 metre freestyle relay national record of 1:39.21.

His A team would post another top ten school time in the 400 yard freestyle relay. The team stopped the clock in 3:10.09 with Sidrell anchoring the team with the fastest time of the relays of 45.09.It would earn the Bison squad the runner up spot and the 3rd falsest time in programme history. In 2016 the 6’3 sophomore was member of the national record breaking team in the 400 metre freestyle relay that set the standard of 3:30.61.

Another 2nd place position would be earned in the 100 yard butterfly when he stopped the clock in a personal best of 50.47 (split time 23.60). He is now within sight of the school record of 49.80 set by Miller at the 2017 CCSA.

The 800 yard freestyle relay saw Williams recording the fastest opening leg and personal best of 1:44.21. That places him the 5th fastest Bison swimmer in the 200 yard freestyle of all time.

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Nicholas Haughton courtesy of Howard University Swimming and Diving

The team which included Jamaican Nicholas Haughton on second leg duties has total time of 7:06.57 that placed them 3rd and 4th overall in school history.

For his great performances in the pool Sidrell was named CCSA athlete of the week

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Howard University Head Coach Nic Askew Photo courtesy of hubison.com

Coach Nic Askew’s men topped the competition with 1333.5 points just edging out Washington College. The Bison ladies placed 5th overall.  Askew’s team which includes Caribbean student athletes Xavier Phillips, Orane Garrick, Keith –Jordan Wilkinson , Nicholas Haughton, Leanne Mc Master from Jamaica, Kegan Ford from Trinidad and Tobago, Farion Cooper and Andreas Weech from the Bahamas set 5 school records,12 overall personal bests, 91 season bests and one meet record.

 

 

 

RAMKISSOON CAPTURES FIVE GOLD MEDALS AT 2017 deBRAY DIVISIONAL CHAMPS, SETS MEET RECORD IN 50 METRE BREASTSTROKE

The flag of the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago was proudly flown by yet another swimmer in a different part of the globe. This time the swimmer raising the swimming stocks of his country and the CARIFTA region was Jonathan Ramkissoon. While competing for the University of Waterloo at the 2017 deBray Divisional Championships he captured 6 medals, 5 of which were Gold .Included in those wins was a meet record in the 50 metre breaststroke.

The meet which was contested in a 25 metre pool was hosted by Brock University from November 25 to 26. In his 5 Gold medal rush Ramkissoon, a Mathematics student swept the breaststroke events. He won the 50 metre event in a time of 28.37 beating the competition by more than a second and lowering his 2016 meet record of 28.68. The performance also ranks him 5th in the Canadian collegiate system.

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Jonathan Ramkissoon Photo courtesy of varsity.uwaterloo.ca

The 100 metre breaststroke saw him crushing the field by more 3 seconds as he took the victory in 1:01.77(split time 28.98). Such was his dominance in the race his midway split in the 100 would have won the silver in the 50 metre event. He now ranks 8th in Canada with that swim.

The longest breaststroke on offer, the 200 metre event saw him producing a last 100 metres of 1:12.95 to which the field could not find an answer to. The 5’11 Ramkissoon took the event in a time of 2:23.15 with another 3 seconds plus victory margin.

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Jonathan Ramkissoon Photo courtesy of Jon Halpenny and Waterloo Warriors Athletics

In the 200 medley relay Jonathan as expected produced the best breaststroke split of 28.05.His teammates Leon Ouyang backstroke 27.54, Alex Lojko butterfly 25.41 and Danyon Chu freestyle 23.47 contributed to total winning effort of 1:44.47, the 9th fastest time in Canada so far and the 4th fastest in school history.

The 400 metre freestyle relay saw Chu 52.06, Lojko 52.83, Ramkissoon 52.23 and Hohyun Ryu 52.06 tallying a time of 3:29.18 for a close Warriors victory over Laurentian. The Voyageurs touched in 3:29.55 for the Silver. The relay win was the 3rd fastest in Warrior school history.

The 200 metre freestyle relay saw Jonathan providing a 3rd leg of 23.65 to help the Warriors to Silver in 1:34.17 and the 10th fastest Canadian collegiate of the year.

The Warriors took the men’s title with a score of 936 points.

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Swimmers of the week Ramkissoon and Jocelyn Van Leeuwen Photo courtesy of Waterloo Athletics

For his efforts Jonathan was awarded Waterloo Athlete of the Week Honours along with teammate Jocelyn Van Leeuwen.

BRITISH UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGES SHORT CHAMPIONSHIPS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S STRASSER SANKAR LEADS CARIFTA REGION REPRESENTATION WITH 4TH PLACE FINISH

The British University and Colleges Short Course Championships held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from November 10 to 12 saw Jamaica’s Michael Gunning lowering national marks in the freestyle and butterfly events.

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Gunning would not be the only regional competitor at the meet. Strasser Sankar from Trinidad and Tobago as well as Gunning would lead the region with 4th places performances at the Championships.

The meet which was swum in a 25 metre pool saw the Graduate student who competes for Nottingham Trent University earning a second swim in the 50 metre freestyle when he clocked 22.31.

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Strasser Sankar Photo courtesy of linkedin

Sankar, who is reading for Masters in Sport Science, returned in the evening he posted a slightly faster time of 22.30 to place 4th overall in a tie with Jack Thorpe from Edinburgh. Sankar was marginally outside a podium spot as Sam Irvine of Loughborough won the Bronze in 22.28.Calum Bain of Stirling won the Silver in 22.04 and Gold went David Cumberlidge of Heriott –Watt in 21.51. The 26 year old would contest only the heats of the 50 metre breaststroke where he recorded a time of 28.91.

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Jean Luc Zephir Photo courtesy of marjon.ac.uk

St Lucia’s 2017 World Championship representative Jean-Luc Zephir earned a second swim as well in the 50 metre freestyle. In the morning Jean-Luc clocked 23.09 to earn a spot in the B final. That final saw the Plymouth Marjon University student bettering  his preliminary time with a 23.02 clocking that earned 4th .He would place 16th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.11 (split time 24.62).The 200 metre freestyle saw Zephir with a 24th ranking after recording a time of 1:53.62 (split time 53.62).

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The Cayman Islands Iain McCallum would also earn a second swim competing in the 50 metre butterfly. The 20 year Edinburgh student would be timed at 25.30 in the morning heats. In the B final he would place 5th in a time of 25.15.He would place 30th in the 200 metre butterfly in a time of 2:11.86 (split time 1:02.96).

Matt Courtis Fast off the block
Matthew Courtis Photo courtesy of Fast off the block

Mathew Courtis of Barbados had a top finish of 14th in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:40.19 (split time 2:15.51). The Cambridge Graduate student would also compete in the 100 and 200 metre butterfly and 200 metre individual medley.

Event Time Place Split
100 scm butterfly 57.28 29th 27.15
200 scm butterfly 2:08.61 22nd 1:01.45
200 scm IM 2:12.76 23rd 1:03.33

 

Hannibal Gaskin
Hannibal Gaskin Photo courtesy of http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com

Guyanese Olympian Hannibal Gaskin (Rio 2016) had a top performance of 30th in the 50 metre butterfly with a time of 25.83. The Exeter student also placed 45th in the 100 metre butterfly with a time of 58.43 (split time 27.38).