Evans set new national record in 800m free
Published: Aug 28, 2013
Bahamian Joanna Evans is now among the top 16 junior female swimmers in the world, in the 800 meters (m) freestyle event.
The Bahamian junior sensation set a new national record in the event at the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday, touching the wall in 8:58.64 to finish 16th overall. She is the only Bahamian female to ever swim under nine minutes in the event, and now she has done it twice.
Evans, 16, initially break the national record with a 8:59.49 clocking at the RBC National Swimming Championships in June, and now she has lowered that mark again. The International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) World Junior Swimming Championships is the biggest meet in the world for swimmers 18 years and younger, and Evans proved that The Bahamas belongs, as she earned a point for the country with her 16th place finish on Tuesday.
In her race, Evans averaged a time of 1:07.33 per lap, and 33.67 seconds per length.
Alanna Bowles, from Australia, won the gold medal last night in 8:32.68, just missing out on the meet record of 8:32.30 which was set by her countrywoman Bonnie Macdonald at the third biennial championships two years ago in Lima, Peru. American Rebecca Mann won the silver medal last night, in 8:37.85, and Linda Caponi, of Italy, will take the bronze medal home, finishing in 8:38.42.
As for Evans, she finished strong, covering her last length of the pool in 32.24 seconds. It equaled her second fastest length of the race.
Evans will now swim in heat five of the 400m free on Thursday, and heat four of the 200m free on Saturday.
The other member of The Bahamas’ two-member team in Dubai, breast stroker Dustin Tynes, finished 37th overall in the boys 100m breast in a personal best time of 1:05.37, on Monday. Russia completed a 1-2 finish in that event, as Ilya Khomenko won the gold medal, in a championships record of 1:00.88, and his teammate Vsevolod Zanko claimed the silver medal, in 1:01.10. Kohei Goto, from Japan, won the bronze medal in that event, in 1:01.39.
Tynes will now swim out of heat four of the boys 50m breast on Friday.