CARTER WINS 200 YARD FREESTYLE SILVER IN SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL OF CAREER.

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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of swimmingworldmagazine.azureedge.net

On Friday March 24, 2017 Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter earned his first ever medal at the NCAA Division I Championships when he won Silver in the 200 yard freestyle. In Indianapolis the University of Southern California Junior won his first medal in second individual Championships final.

In the final he had race splits of race 44.00 and 47.16 to tie for the Silver in a time of 1:31.16 with Indiana’s Blake Pieroni. The Gold went to Townley Haas of Texas in 1:30.65.  Carter’s previous best showing at the Championships was 7th on the B final in 2014.

Dylan joins the Fraser brothers of the Cayman Islands and the University of Florida as the only CARIFTA region swimmers to have won medals in this event at the Championships. Shaune won Gold in 2009 then won Silver in 2010. Brett won Gold in 2011.

Carter also continues a strong tradition at USC of producing Championship finalists. The Trojans have medalled in this event 5 of the last 6 years.

DAY ONE NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS CARTER BECOMES THIRD FASTEST SWIMMER EVER IN THE 200 YARD FREESTYLE

Yesterday Wednesday March 22,2017 Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago  established himself as the 3rd fastest swimmer in the 200 yard freestyle at the NCAA Division I championships being held in Indiana. Carter swam to a new school record of 1:30.98 as the lead off leg for the University of Southern California during heat 2 of the 3 timed finals of the 800 yard freestyle relay.

Dylan has been in superb form this season in the event established a personal best and season at the Texas Invite in November 2016 with a time of 1:32.61 see splits below

Intervals Texas Invite splits by 50
50 21.80 21.80
100 45.21 23.41
150 1:08.88 23.67
200 1:32.61 23.73

He would lower that time at the PAC 12 Conference championships a time of 1:31.98 . That time helped to better the 1:32.21 set in 2011 by the Cayman Islands Brett Fraser (University of Florida) and become the 2nd fastest swimmer all from the CARIFTA region in the event .See PAC 12 splits below

Intervals Pac 12 splits by 50
50 21.33 21.33
100 44.45 23.12
150 1:08.23 23.78
200 1:31.98 23.75

His swim of 1:30.98 last night which had him briefly as 2nd fastest all time before Indiana’s Blake Pieroni beat his time with the Hoosier’s lead leg split of 1:30.87. It does however establish Carter as the fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region as he bettered the former regional standard  of 1:31.98 set by the Cayman Islands Shaune Fraser (Univeristy of Florida) in 2009.See Carter’s splits from last night

intervals NCAA splits by 50
50 21.00 21.00
100 43.79 22.79
150 1:07.14 23.35
200 1:30.95 23.81

Carter spoke to swimswam.com about the race yesterday.

https://swimswam.com/dylan-carter-130-first-2-years-wasnt-serious-video/

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Junior along with teammates Patrick Mulcare1:33.14,Reed Malone1:32.75 and Santo Condorelli1:34.13 established a new school record 6:10.97 for 5th place overall. That bettered the 2014 NCAA winning school record time of 6:11.14.

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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of usctrojans.com

Carter now is the fastest swimmer from Trinidad and Tobago in the 200 yard freestyle, 200 short course metre (25 metre pool) and long course metre pool as well as holding the age group long course record in the 11-12,13-14 and 15-17 age groups.

Event Time
200 yard freestyle 1:30.98
200 scm freestyle 1:42.48
200 lcm freestyle 1:48.44
Age Group Event Time
15-17 200 lcm freestyle 1:49.39
13-14 200 lcm freestyle 1:55.55
11-12 200 lcm freestyle 2:01.46

BREANNA ROMAN’S QUALIFICATION FOR THE NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS A TALE OF PERSISTENCE

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Breanna Roman checking scoreboard after qualification for NCAA Division I championships

On Saturday February 25 Auburn  Junior Breanna Roman  joined the elite ranks of Jamaican women who have qualified for the prestigious NCAA Division I Swimming Championships. That list includes Olympians Janelle Atkinson the University of Florida 2001, 2002, 2003 and  2004 )Dawn Kane  (nee Chuck) Brown University 2002, Alia Atkinson Texas A& M 2007,2008, 2009 and 2010).

The Computer Science Major sealed her place when she swam 59.99 (split 28.23) to win the 100 metre breaststroke at the 2017 University of Georgia Last Chance Meet which was held from February 25 to 26 in Athens Georgia.

Breanna’s improvement can be tracked be from her qualification for her first SEC (Southeastern Championships which were held from February 14-18 in Knoxville Tennessee. At that meet she lowered her personal best in the heats of the 100 yard breaststroke moving from 1:01.57 to 1:00.95 (split time 28.65) qualifying for the B final. She would lower that further in evening’s final as she touched the wall in 1:00.84 (split time 28.59) for 2nd place. It was also well under the NCAA B time of 1:02.49. Breanna would set a season best in the 50  yard freestyle in a time 23.66 for 47th . In the 20 yard breaststroke she was just off her season best when she stopped the clock in a time of 2:17.27 (split time 1:04.68) for 36th . When draftingthecaribbean spoke to her on the following Monday she spoke about her achievement. Roman first elaborated on training up to her the SEC (Southeastern) Championships and the 100 yard breaststroke

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Breanna Roman in action for Auburn University

Training for the 100 yard breaststroke went well. Warmup was exactly how I had done it all season and in training. I was happy with the execution in the 100 yard breaststroke but not with the time”.

When she spoke about the 200 yard breaststroke she revealed she actually had picked up an injury

I actually got a groin injury which made it really difficult to kick. I did not have a great swim but I was pleased that I gave everything to try to help my team”.

The 2016 CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships) 18 and over girls champions in the 100 metre described the time period leading up the Last Chance meet

After SECS it was about taking care of the injury and putting the pain behind me to prove to everyone I could make it. I was not happy with my performances in my freshman and sophomore years and knew I could better”

In Athens Georgia she would lower her personal best yet again in the heats with a time of 1:00.45 (split time 28.45). That ranked her as the fastest swimmer heading in to the A final. She described to draftingthecaribbean how she felt in that final

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Breanna on deck after her first sub minute in the 100 yard breaststroke

In the final I felt great for the first 50 yards (split time  28.23 and over half a second ahead of the field). I felt numb in the last 50 yards. I felt all the pain hit me in the last 10 yards but just kept thinking I need to throw my arms forwards and I have to do it”.

When she touched the wall she had registered her first sub minute swim in the event of 59.99 and beat the field by more than .50 of a second. Breanna is the 2nd fastest Jamaican female at the NCAA level in the event behind Olympian Alia Atkinson’s 59.43 from the 2009 NCAA Division I Championships in College Station Texas. They are also the only two women to have dipped below the 1 minute mark in the event

When Breanna was asked about the improvement in her performances in her junior year she offered this explanation

“After not qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016 I started to reevaluate my life and started to focus on what made  me happy . I also put a more positive approach to what I did in life and applied that to my training. I did not just train hard greater self-belief”.

At the Last Chance meet she would also crush her 200 yard breaststroke time taking almost 4 seconds off her previous best to record a time of 2:12.73 (split time 1:03.78).That time was also significantly under the NCAA Division I B time of 2:15.99.

When the NCAA released their heats sheet for the Championships Roman was ranked 26th.The cut off time for qualification in the event was 1:00.34.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Championships will take place from March 15-18 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

BAHAMIAN NATIONAL RECORD HOLDER LAURA MORLEY STARTS 2016-2017 SEASON WITH TRI MEET AGAINST FLORIDA AND TEXAS

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Laura Morley Photo courtesy of Indiana Swimming and Diving

The Bahamas Laura Morley opened her 2016-2017 season recently with a tri meet in Bloomington Indiana on Friday Oct 21 against the universities of Florida and Texas. The meet held at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center was contested in a 50 metre pool.

Morley, a sophomore got her NCAA Division I campaign underway in the 200 metre medley relay for the Hoosiers B team. She split 34.30 on her breaststroke leg as the team posted a total time of 2:01.47.

In the 100 metre breaststroke a Nassau native posted 1:15.02 (split time 35.30)  for 5th place. That is significantly faster than the 1:17.19 she posted at the 2015 edition of the meet.

The 200 metre breaststroke saw her finishing 9th in a time of 2:43.96 (split time 1:19.29).Morley again bettered her 2015 performance which was 2:45.85.

The Hoosiers beat the Florida Gators 150 to 131 but went down to the Texas Longhorns 106 to170.

Morley holds the senior national record for The Bahamas in the 100 and 200 metre breaststroke events.

JOSHUA ROMANY OPENS SEASON FOR INDIANA WITH LONG COURSE MEET

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Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of iuhoosiers.com

Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany opened the season for his new school the University of Indiana in a long course meet against the universities of Florida and Texas on Friday October 21.

The meet held in Bloomington Indiana saw Romany competing as Hoosier for the first time in the 200 metre medley relay. His C team swimming for exhibition purposes posted a time of 1:47.71. The Port of Spain native clocked a freestyle anchor leg of 23.92.

In another exhibition race the 100 metre freestyle the 6’1 junior stopped the clock in 53.26 (split time 25.56).He was the 10th fastest swimmer on the day.

Again swimming as an exhibition swimmer in the 50 metre freestyle event he posted a time of 23.80 that was the 6th fastest time of the meet.

 

In the last event of the day the 400 metre freestyle relay his Hoosiers B team finished 4th in a time of 3:31.59. Joshua’s 2nd leg split was timed at 52.83.

The Hoosiers turned back the challenges of the Florida Gators 181 to 100 and the Texas Longhorns 149 to 132.

OLYMPIAN JOANNA EVANS OPENS SEASON WITH 2 WINS

 

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Joanna Evans

Newly minted Olympian Joanna Evans of The Bahamas opened her season for the University of Texas on Oct 21 at the

Newly minted Olympian Joanna Evans of The Bahamas opened her season for the University of Texas on Oct 21 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Indiana. The occasion was a tri meet which had the Longhorns racing against the University of Indiana and the University of Florida. The meet was contested in the 50 metre pool.

The sophomore started her campaign with a win in the 800 metre freestyle. She had split times of 4:24.38 and 4:25.78 to have total time of 8:50.16. Joanna won the event by over 2 seconds and bettered her 2015 time of 8:54.12.

In the 400 metre freestyle she split 2:06.08 on her way to a victory in 4:19.55 where she enjoyed yet another 2 second plus margin of victory. Evans was yet again faster than her 2015 performance of 4:20.30.

The 200 metre freestyle saw the Freeport native placing 2nd in 2:02.51 (split time 1:00.21).That was big improvement from 2015 when she posted a time of 2:06.25.

 

Her Longhorns B team swam for exhibition purposes in the 400 metre relay and clocked the 2nd fastest time of the day. The team of Remedy Rule 57.40, Evans 57.91, Anelise Diener 58.93 and Claire Adams 57.59 had a total time of 3:51.83.

The Longhorn ladies beat the Florida Gators 185 to 96 but went down to the Hoosiers 132 to 49.

Evans is the fastest woman of all time from the English speaking CARIFTA region in the 400, 800 and 1500 metre freestyle events.  She also set the best times done by an English speaking Caribbean woman at the Olympics when she posted national records in Rio in the 200 and 400 metre freestyle races in times of 2:01.27 and 4:07.60 respectively.

in Indiana. The occasion was a tri meet which had the Longhorns racing against the University of Indiana and the University of Florida. The meet was contested in the 50 metre pool.

The sophomore started her campaign with a win in the 800 metre freestyle. She had split times of 4:24.38 and 4:25.78 to have total time of 8:50.16. Joanna won the event by over 2 seconds and bettered her 2015 time of 8:54.12.

In the 400 metre freestyle she split 2:06.08 on her way to a victory in 4:19.55 where she enjoyed yet another 2 second plus margin of victory. Evans was yet again faster than her 2015 performance of 4:20.30.

The 200 metre freestyle saw the Freeport native placing 2nd in 2:02.51 (split time 1:00.21).That was big improvement from 2015 when she posted a time of 2:06.25.

 

Her Longhorns B team swam for exhibition purposes in the 400 metre relay and clocked the 2nd fastest time of the day. The team of Remedy Rule 57.40, Evans 57.91, Anelise Diener 58.93 and Claire Adams 57.59 had a total time of 3:51.83.

The Longhorn ladies beat the Florida Gators 185 to 96 but went down to the Hoosiers 132 to 49.

Evans is the fastest woman of all time from the English speaking CARIFTA region in the 400, 800 and 1500 metre freestyle events.  She also set the best times done by an English speaking Caribbean woman at the Olympics when she posted national records in Rio in the 200 and 400 metre freestyle races in times of 2:01.27 and 4:07.60 respectively.

OLYMPIANS DANIELLA VAN DEN BERG AND JEMAL Le GRAND OPEN SEASON WITH MEET AGAINST FLORIDA

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Jemal Le Grand Photo courtesy of seminoles.com

 

 

Aruban Olympians Daniella Van Den Berg and Jemal Le Grand opened their 2016-2017 collegiate season at home against interstate rivals the University of Florida. The duel meet was held on Thursday Oct 13 at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee Florida.

 

Jemal, who competed in the 100 metre freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, had his best finish at the meet in the 400 yard freestyle relay. His Seminoles B team finished 3rd in the event. Jemal swam the 3rd leg with a split of 46.25.He was 7th in the 500 yard freestyle in 5:00.46.In the 200 yard freestyle he placed 8th in a time of 1:42.76 (split time 49.26). Jemal, who is a senior, swam for exhibition purposes in the 100 yard freestyle and clocked 46.49 (split time 22.12).

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Daniella Van Den Berg Photo courtesy of seminoles.com

 

Daniella competed in the 1000 yard freestyle where she placed 7th in a time of 10:27.41. She was also 7th in the 500 yard freestyle in a time of 5:07.59. Her Seminoles C was a 7th place finisher in the 400 yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:39.07. Her anchor leg split on the relay was 53.86. Daniella competed in the 800 metre freestyle at the London 2012 Olympics.

The Seminoles went down to the Gators in both competitions. The men lost 130 to 170 while the women went down 143 to 157.