EMILY MacDONALD LOWERS OLYMPIAN CLAUDIA POLL’S 100 FREESTYLE MEET STANDARD TO RECORD REGIONAL GOLDEN DOUBLE (CARIFTA AND CCCAN TITLES)

Day Four of the CCCAN Swimming championships saw Team Jamaica adding Four more medals to their tally One Gold , One Silver and Two Silver to have Eighteen medals Six Gold ,Four Silver and Eight Bronze medals.

Getting the Gold for the land of wood and water was Emily MacDonald in the girls 13-14 100 metre freestyle. She bounced back from illness on Day Three to win the freestyle title.

Emily Mac 13-14 100 free podium
13-14 100 metre freestyle medal podium from left to right Watson-Brown Bermuda, MacDonald and Libreros Bolivar Colombia Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

In the Championship final she recorded the only sub 28 seconds split at the halfway mark and then pulled away from the field to record a new personal best and CCCAN meet record of 57.95. It was also the fastest 100 metre freestyle time recorded by a girl at the Championship.

Claudia Poll panamerican world
Claudia Poll Photo courtesy of panamericanworld

That lowered the the more than three decades old standard of 58.34 byCosta Rican Olympic Gold medallist Claudia Poll (1996,2000 and 2004). MacDonald also is closing in on the national age group record of 57.54 held by Olympian Janelle Atkinson (2000,2004). It was Poll who held off Atkinson to win the Bronze in the 400 metre freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Games . That fourth place position at the Olympics is the joint highest placing at the Games along with Alia Atkinson’s fourth place at the 2012 London Games.

 

Winning the Silver was Bermuda’s Logan Watson-Brown in 58.82 and the Bronze to Colombia’s  Manuela Libreros Bolivar 1:01.38.

100 free CARIFTA 13-14
13-14 100 metre freestyle medallists at CARIFTA 2018 in Kingston from left to right Watson-Brown Bermuda Silver ,MacDonald Gold, Alvaranga Bronze Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

 

It also  marked the regional Golden Double as she captured the same title at the CARIFTA Games in her hometown of Kingston in April . It marked the second time she is completing the double after doing so in the 11-12 age group in 2016

Regional record for the 100 metre freestyle

Date Meet Medal Time
March 2016 CARIFTA Gold 1:02.02 split 29.40
July 2016 CISC Gold 1:00.26 split 29.18
April 2017 CARIFTA Silver 59.28 split 28.33
July 2017 CCCAN Gold 58.83 split 27.89
April 2018 CARIFTA Gold 57.99 split 28.17
July 2018

 

CCCAN Gold 57.95 split 27.79

Emily spoke to draftingthecaribbean about her performance after the race

“Going the 100 I was a bit nervous at first. The meet has  not been great so far .In my 200 metre freestyle I got a cramp in my leg and ended up doing a bad time as I added 5 seconds to my personal best and I did not swim the Championship final of the 50 metre butterfly because of that injury and the 100 metre butterfly was not a good race overall.so going into this race I was very nervous as I did not know how I was going to perform because I had not done well so far but I was just going to try my best. That was my mindset heading into the final.I told myself I prepared for this meet and I have trained so hard for this and it does not make sense not swim my heart out. Going into the heats  said I am going to just try and hopefully come in the top 8 fand hopefully seed first for the final. That is what I did and ended up doing a 58.70 .Going into the final I was going up again Logan Watson-Brown from Bermuda who I know is a great swimmer and I was even more nervous.I knew I wanted to get a Gold medal but was still not sure because of how I was performing. Before I stepped on the blocks I knew I had done all that I can to get this far and I know that I have done all I could possibly do to achieve a best time in this race so I was going to do what my coach told me to do which was best time.As I swam the race I remembered doing the splits in training  and swimming the first 50 in a particular time and pushing hard on the last 25 metres into the wall which I did and recorded a personal best which I am very happy about and I got the Gold medal that I wanted”.

Cameron Brown 15-17 50 breaststroke medal ceremony
15-17 50 metre breaststroke medal podium from left to right Brown,Cheong and Russell Photo courtesy of CCCAN

In the Boys 15-17 50 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown ended a decade old medal drought for Team Jamaica when he secured the Silver in a new personal best of 30.23. He tied Brandon Cheong for the medal while the Gold was won by The Bahamas Tyler Russell in 30.16. The last time Jamaica got a medal in the 15-17 age group in this event was in 2007 in El Salvador when age group star Brad Hamilton won Silver in 30.59.

Cameron gave his thoughts to draftingthecaribbean about the swim

“I knew it was going to be straight line line heading to the wall.I pushed to the very last second.I was suprised to see a new PB of 30.23 when I looked at the scoreboard”.

Morgan 100 free Harold Wilson
11-12 100 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Vickles Silver medallist,Crooks Gold medallist and Cogle Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

11-12 dynamo Morgan Cogle secured  more precious metal at the Championship .She lowered her 100 metre freestyle from 1:03.11 to 1:02.59 to secure Bronze.The title went to Jillian Crooks of the Cayman Islands in a time of 1:01.72 and the Silver to Gabrielle Vickles of Trinidad and Tobago in 1:02.33.

Cogle 200 IM Bronze pict
11-12 200 IM medallists from left to right Crooks, Anthony and Cogle Photo courtesy of CCCAN

In the 200 metre individual medley she ended a more than decade old drought when she won Bronze in 2:37.44.That medal winning swim puts her within sight of the age group record of 2:36.26 set by Annabella Lyn in 2012. Gold was won by the another 11-12 standout Zoe Anthony of Trinidad and Tobago in 2:32.91 and Silver to Crooks in 2:36.70.

 

Bronze was won by the 15-17 800 metre freestyle relay team of Annabella Lyn ,Gabrianna Banks, Bryanna Renuart and Naomi Eaton who stopped the clock in 9:07.22. Gold went to Aruba in 8:48.55 and the Silver to Honduras in 8:59.65.

The personal best tally moved from 28 to 47 at the end of Day Four

Name Event Personal Best Previous Best
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 200 IM 2:39.42 2:41.26
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 200 IM 2:37.44 2:39.42
Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 200 IM 2:37.13 2:41.26
Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 200 IM 2:39.06 2:40.93
Sabrina Lyn Girls 13-14 200 IM 2:37.06 2:44.98
Sabrina Lyn Girls 13-14 200 IM 2:35.25 2:37.06
Nathaniel Thomas Boys 13-14 200 IM 2:29.56 2:29.83
Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 50 metre breaststroke 36.52 37.23
Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 50 metre breaststroke 36.14 36.52
Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 50 metre breaststroke 36.23 36.45
Sean-Douglas Gooden Boys 15-17 50 metre breaststroke 31.35 31.43
Cameron Brown Boys 15-17 50 metre breaststroke 30.23 30.64
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:03.10 1:03.11
Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:02.59 1:03.10
Adrian Balfour Boys 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:02.42 1:03.28
Emily MacDonald Girls 13-14 100 metre freestyle 57.95 57.99
Nathaniel Thomas Boys 13-14 100 metre freestyle 56.12 56.95
Daniel Mair Boys 11-12 100 metre freestyle 1:02.60 1:06.15
Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 200 metre butterfly 2:46.50 2:51.11
Jordane Payne Boys 15-17 200 metre butterfly 2:17.58 2:18.43

 

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2018 REV National Swimming Championships DaVante Carey makes Golden Debut with senior swimmers, wins 50 backstroke in national record time and takes 100 metre butterfly crown

DaVante Carey of Makos had a sensational debut on Day one of the  2018 REV Bahamian National Championships on Saturday June 16 as he won Gold in a new national record in his first individual senior final in the 50 metre backstroke.

Carey with CARIFTA 50 back Silver
Carey with 50 back Silver medal at CARIFTA 2018 Photo courtesy of Bahamas Aquatics

 

Carey had set the senior national record of 27.04 in the event at the 2018 CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Kingston Jamaica in a Silver medal winning performance in the 15-17 age group .

50 back podium
50 backstroke medal podium from left to right Albury Silver, Carey Gold and Russell Bronze

In the morning heats he saw that record fall to Miller Albury of Alpha Aquatics who stopped the clock in a time of 26.83.The final promised to be good and it  did disappoint as Carey took his first Gold medal as senior swimmer in a new national and Championship record of 26.75. Miller won Silver in 27.35 and Carey’s teammate Tyler Russell won Bronze in a personal best of 28.05. For DaVante his effort  saw him barely outside of the Youth Olympic Games A standard of 26.73. His time would also have placed him 7th in the 2014 edition of the CAC Games.

Carey and Kirby
Start of the 15-17 50 metre backstroke final from left to right Carey Silver medallist and Jack Kirby of Barbados Gold medallist Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn
Event Time YOG A Meet Record National record CARIFTA 2018
50 metre backstroke 26.75 26.73 27.72 27.04 27.04

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to him today he spoke about his standard setting swim

“In the race I got a good start where I kicked out to the 12 metre mark. I would say I was ahead of the competition well  into three quarters of the race and then I got good competition from Miller Albury  who started closing in on me. When the race was finished and I looked on the board I was quite shocked at my time because it really did not feel that fast. I got my Youth Olympics B cut but I was off the A cut by .02 of a second .Hopefully I will get the time at the upcoming CCCAN Championships in Aruba (June 29 to July 4).

 

In the 100 metre butterfly Carey had finished out the medals in Kingston with a then personal best time of 57.18 (split time 26.46) .That would not be the case in Nassau. He posted the only sub 58 second clocking 57.58 (26.57) to earn Lane 4 in the Championship final and put his personal best on notice. In the final he was the fastest to the half way mark with a time of 26.31 and was only swimmer under 30 seconds on the last lap to earn Gold in a new personal record of 56.26 . It helped to him close in on the Youth Olympics A time of 55.59. Makos teammate Ian Pinder won Silver in 57.82 with Samuel Gibson of Alpha Aquatics earning the Bronze in 58.25.

Event Time Split YOG A PAN AM B CARIFTA
100 metre butterfly 56.26 26.31 55.59 56.95 57.18

DaVante who became the youngest winner of the senior 100 butterfly in more than a decade said this about the race

“It was a really rough race because it was right after 50 backstroke and I did not know how I was going to complete that race. Basically what I did was go out as fast as could go and just tried to hold that pace coming back.I am really happy that strategy worked as I went a best time 56.26.It hurt coming back, the most it has ever hurt coming back in the 100 butterfly but I had to push through it. I will be trying to get my A cut for the Youth Olympics at CCCAN”.

2018 REV National Swimming Championships Miller Albury becomes first Bahamian under 27 seconds in 50 backstroke

Miller Albury 2
Miller Albury first Bahamian under 27 seconds in the 50 metre backstroke

Miller Albury became the first Bahamian under the 27 seconds mark in the 50 metre backstroke on Day One of the 2018 REV National Swimming Championships on Saturday June 16. In the preliminary heats of the event Miller who trains with Performance Aquatics in Florida but swims for Alpha Aquatics at home made a big breakthrough dropping from 27.99 to 26.83. That lowered the senior national record of DaVante Carey 27.04. DaVante had set the national mark in Silver medal winning performance at CARIFTA 2018 in Kingston Jamaica.

In the final Miller would record the second fastest time of his career as he won Silver in 27.34. Gold went to DaVante Carey of Makos who regained his record in a time of 26.75 to make it two swimmers for The Bahamas under 27 seconds and the Bronze  went to Tyler Russell also of Makos who stopped the clock in a personal best time of 28.05.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Miller we asked about his historic achievement on the same day cousin Margaret Higgs took the 200 metre breaststroke in a new national record

Miller and Albury
Record breaking family on Day One of Bahamian nationals Miller record breaker in the 50 metre backstroke and cousin Albury who set the national record in the 200 metre breaststroke

“It is always awesome coming home to swim in the Bahamas national swimming championship. The morning session was a solid swim for me in the 50 back, setting a new Bahamas and national record. I’ve been working hard with my backstroke so I was pleased with the PB in the 50”.

Alpha Aquatics
National Champions in the 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Perez Moss,Luke Kennedy Thompson standing in for Armando Moss, Miller and Jared Fitzgerald

Miller would also earn Gold in the 200 metre freestyle relay as he provided a game changing third leg split of 23.86 to help his team gain the lead and take the title of national sprint relay champions. The team that included Perez Moss 24.04, Jared Fitzgerald 23.65 and anchor Armando Moss clocked a total time of 1:35.53. Silver went Barracudas in 1:36.32 and Bronze to the Makos in 1:38.11.

 

 

SIAN LONGLEY SETS NEW SCHOOL RECORD AS THE BAHAMIANS MAKE THEIR PRESCENCE FELT AT 2017 EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Top  junior swimmers from The Bahamas made their presence felt at the 117th Annual Easter Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships held from February 24-25.The meet which was held at the Kunkel Aquatic Center, Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster Pennsylvania also saw other swimmers from the CARIFTA region such St Lucia, the Cayman Islands ,Jamaica and Barbados in action. The contingent from The Bahamas included Sian Longley from The Linsly School, Tyler Russell from Mercersburg Academy and Peter Morley and Alexander Encinar from Peddie School.

Sian Longley 2017
Sian Longley

Longley would set a new school record at the Championships in the 100 yard breaststroke. In the morning heats she set a new Linsly School best of 1:08.61(split time 32.09).Her time in 2016 for the event was 1:09.51.

She would qualify for the B final where she would place 4th in a time of 1:09.11 (split time 32.26).Her relay team would place 6th in the 200 yard freestyle relay B final in a time of 1:44.72.Longley’s 3rd  leg split was timed at 25.95.Her team would make another B final in the 200 yard medley relay. In that final they finished 7th in a time of 1:54.93.Sian’s contribution to the team effort was a 27.66 butterfly split. Last year they won the C final in 1:56.51 and Longley had a butterfly split of 27.86 .In the 100 yard butterfly she was 39th in a time of 1:04.13 (split time 28.89).

Sian had the following words about her performances at the Championships

“I am satisfied with my performance at this year’s Easterns swimming championship. I felt that the meet was great and the competition was fierce. This is my second time here and as a junior, I am pleased with my performance. I swam a personal best in the 100yd breaststroke with 1:08.61 which put me in the B cut finals and I also succeeded in breaking my school record”.

 

Her countryman Russell showed improvement since 2016.In the 200 yard medley relay last year Tyler had swum a backstroke split of 25.84.He beat that time with a heats split of 24.88. The team improved overall as well making the Championship final. In that final Russell went even faster turning in a time of 24.68 to help the team to 5th in a total effort of 1:34.71 much better than the 2016 time 1:40.36. The Junior also showed progress in the 200 yard individual medley. In 2016 he had swum 1:58.65 to place 2nd in the B final. This year in the morning heats he swam 1:56.64 (split time 55.38) to again make the B final. He would crush that time in the afternoon after to place 2nd in 1:55.07 (split time 55.28).

In the 100 yard breaststroke he would just miss doing his first sub 57 swim .He lowered his PB from 58.55 to 58.38 (split time 27.98)  in the heats. Russell would better that again in the B final where he 4th in 58.18 (split time 27.73).

In the 400 yard freestyle relay B final Tyler record a pb of 48.04 leading off the team that placed 2nd in a time of 3:11.13. Speaking after the Championships he said

This year the meet was very fast! I was excited that I swam PB’s in all four races that I swam in”.

Russell and Morley
Tyler Russell and Peter Morley

His countryman at Peddie Peter Morley would also see also great improvement from 2016. At last year’s Championships in the 100 yard backstroke Morley had made the C final posting a time of 55.22.He would record a time of 53.52 (split time 26.05) to make the B final .In that final he was just off his morning swim performance and stopped the clock in 53.66 (split time 26.12) for 4th.In the 200 yard Individual medley he registered 2:03.16 for 32nd and faster than his 2016 time of 2:03.16. He spoke of his mindset heading to the Championships

“It was just time to take the money out of the bank and trust all the training I have done to prepare myself for this meet”.

 

Three Bahamians
Tyler Russell,Alexander Encinar and Peter Morley

Alexander Encinar, also of Peddie School was also faster than times he posted last year. In 2016 he swam 58.84 for the 100 yard breaststroke. He bettered that performance in the heats of the event recording 58.59 (split time 27.51) to qualify for the B final. He was marginally off that time as he recorded 58.61(27.63) to place 6th. He was 27th in the 200 yard individual medley in a time of 2:00.38 (split time 58.99). He also recorded a breaststroke split of 26.74 on the Peddie B team that had a total time of 1:37.48.

 

Peddie Championships team
Eastern Champions The Peddie School Photo courtesy of peddie.org

The Linsly School finished 18th in the girls competition with 86 points. In the boys competition The Peddie School won with 554 points and Mercersburg was 10th with 595.points

 

JARED FITZGERALD AND JOSEPH BLACK STANDOUT FOR THE CARIFTA REGION ON DAY 1 OF EASTERNS AS MEMBERS OF RECORD BREAKING 200 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

Black,Fitzgerald,coach,Encinar,Sherry,Morley
Joseph Black.Jared Fitzgerald,Peddie Coach Greg Wriede,Alexander Encinar ,Sariyah Sherry,Peter Morley Photo courtesy of Joseph Black
Tyler,peter,Encinar,Fitzgerald
Tyler Russell,Peter Morley,Alexander Encinar,Jared Fitzgerald Photo courtesy of Milena Russell
Sian Longley
Sian Longley Photo courtesy of thenassauguardian.com
Miller Albury
Miller Albury Photo courtesy of theabaconian.com

 

The first day of the 2016 Easterns on February 19 at the La Salle University’s Kirk Natatorium in Philadelphia saw the CARIFTA region being a part of history. This as Bahamian Jared Fitzgerald and Jamaican Joseph Black were members of the Peddie School’s record breaking 200 yard freestyle relay.

Prior to the Championships the record in the event of 1:22.70 had been held by the 1992 Mercersburg Academy team. In the morning preliminaries the team had set the fastest time heading into the Championship final of 1:23.78.In the final they brought the heat to the final in pursuit for the win and the record. The team of lead leg Nathan Stern 21.07 2nd leg Michael Blank 19.89, Black 20.94 and Fitzgerald 20.71 blitzed the field to the to take the title and the record in a time of 1:22.61. Their margin of victory was over two and a half seconds.

Video of Final

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LblXYXTmk0Y&feature=youtu.be

Interview with Swimming World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-ZG5NQwDGo

Black and Fitzgerald join St Lucia’s Josh Daniel and Jamaica’s Brad Hamilton as title holders in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Daniel was a part of the 2013 Peddie team that won the event in a time of 1:23.84.Josh who now attends Brown University had led off the team in 21.66. Hamilton (University of North Carolina) was a part of the 2007 Baylor team that won in 1:24.12. Brad had started the race for Baylor with a split of 21.62.Interestingly the overall high school record of 1:19.27 by the 2012 Bolles team included Trinidad and Tobago swimmer Emiro Goossen who attends the University of Florida.

In individual action Fitzgerald had finished 4th in the Championship final of the 200 yard freestyle in a time of 1:41.66. In the morning heats he had lowered his season and personal best of 1:42.73 to 1:40.76.Black worked his way to the B final of the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 21.76. That lowered his season and personal best time of 21.80. He finished 4th in the B final with a time of 21.80.

Also winning a medal of the opening day was their teammate Barbadian Sariyah Sherry. Her team lost a close battle to Mercersburg Academy who took the title in 1:35.74. The Peddie team of Nika Blank 23.86, Sherry 24.08, Erin Fago 25.05 and Vanessa Ruiz 22.90 pushed Mercersburg all the way with their total time of 1:35.89.The overall Prep school record is held by the 2012 Baylor team with a time of 1:31.18.That team included Bermudan Ashley Yearwood (Denison), Kimberlee John-Williams (Georgia) of Trinidad and Tobago and Bahamian Bria Devaux (Nebraska).

In the 200 yard freestyle Sherry lowered her season of best twice on the day. She moved it from 2:03.42 to 2:02.13 in the morning .In the C final she lowered it again to 2:01.60 to finish 2nd.

Her countrywoman Sian Longley who represents the Linsly School was a member of the team that won the C final in the 200 yard medley relay. Longley split 27.86 for the butterfly leg as they won in a time of 1:56.51. She was 24th in the 100 yard butterfly in 1:03.59.

Mercersburg’s Bahamian swimmer Tyler Russell helped his school to 2nd place in the 200 yard medley relay B final. Tyler clocked 27.18 on his backstroke leg to help them to a time of 1:40.36. Russell was faster in the morning heats having clocked 25.84 In the 200 yard individual medley he lowered his season and personal best time of 2:02.76 to 1:58.82 and make the B final. He would register yet another sub 2 minute swim when he set another new personal best time of 1:58.65 to finish 7th.

His countryman Alexander Encinar of Peddie swam as on their exhibition team in the 200 yard medley relay. He clocked 27.03 as the team posted a total time of 1:37.16.Encinar lowered his season best of 2:02.84 and his personal best of 2:01.53 in the morning heats of the 200 yard individual medley to 2:00.18. He would make the B final with that performance .In the final he would register his first sub 2 minute swim with a 1:59.52 and place 8th.

His countryman Miller Albury of Cantebury School helped his school to 5th in the B final of the 200 yard medley relay. Miller split 25.18 on the opening backstroke leg to help them to a total time of 1:45.05. The overall high school record for the 200 yard medley relay is held by the 2014 Baylor School at 1:27.74. That team included Bahamian Dustin Tynes (Ohio State) and Christian Selby (Auburn) of Barbados. In the 50 yard freestyle he lowered his season best of 23.39 to 22.47 to progress to the C final. In his evening swim he clocked 22.57 to finish 3rd.

Another Bahamian recording a personal best on the opening day was Peddie’s Peter Morley. He lowered his season and personal best of 2:05.55 in the 200 yard individual medley to finish 18th in 2:03.89.