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Swimmers set six new national records

Published: May 06, 2013

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Over a three-week period from CARIFTA Swimming to the international Davie meet, four different swimmers broke six Bahamian national records.

The onslaught started with the 12-and-under girls age group, with Celia Campbell lowering both the 50 and 100 meters (m) backstroke records. The previous 50m Back record was held by Andreas Weech, at 34.01 seconds in April, 2011. Campbell lowered that mark to 33.43 seconds in March, 2013. The 100m Back record was held by Jade Thompson, at 1:13.50 in June, 2004. Campbell lowered that time to 1:13.13 in March, 2013. The other 12-and-under record was set by Victoria Russell in the 50m Breaststroke. The old mark was 36.86 seconds which was set by Anthaya Rolle in July, 2004. Russell lowered that time to 36.05 seconds in April, 2013.

The other three records were set by Joanna Evans (two) and Dionisio Carey (one). Both swimmers swim in the 15-and-over age groups. All three of the previous records were held by two of the big names in Bahamian swimming, namely Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Jeremy Knowles.

Evans lowered the records in the 400 and 800m free events. The previous times were 4:32.97 in the 400 set in March, 2008, and 9:10.50 in the 800 set in June, 2007. Both were held by Vanderpool-Wallace before Evans broke them. The new records are now 4:25.46 in the 400 Free, and 9:01.84 in the 800 Free. The new record in the 800m Free qualified Evans for the Jr. World Championships to be held later this summer.

On the men’s side, Carey lowered the 50m Back record that was previously held by Knowles at 27.50 seconds, set in June, 2008. The new record is 27.40 seconds which was done in March, 2013. Both Evans and Carey have just moved up into the new senior age groups, and they both have already set new records.

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