Saturday 24 February, 2018

Jamaican collegiate swimmers show good early season form

Three members of Jamaica’s team to the 2014 and 2016 World Short Course Swim Championships - Justin Plaschka, Kelsie Campbell and Nico Campbell - opened their 2018 season with solid performances.

Plaschka, swimming for Notre Dame in the NCAA Division 1, recorded wins in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.16 under the NCAA B time of 20.19, and the 100-yard butterfly 48.90 as Notre Dame beat hosts Iowa at a dual meet held on January 12 and 13.

He also helped propel the Fighting Irish to a second place finish in the 200-yard medley in which they clocked 1:29.01. Plaschka completed his butterfly leg in 20.82.

Plaschka also had second-place finishes in the 400-yard medley relay (3:18.09) and his butterfly split was (49.09); 400-yard and the 200-yard freestyle relay in 2:59.07.

Plashcka’s teammate in 2016, Kelsie Campbell, who represents Florida International University, also in Division I, was in action on January 5 at her home pool at the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center.

She had her top performance in the 50-yard butterfly clocking 27.32. She went on to deliver other top-10 performances in the 100-yard butterfly (59.17) for fourth place. She produced a 27.60s swim in the 50-yard for sixth. She was 14thoverall in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:04.09 as FIU topped the 11-strong women’s field with 756 points.

Nico Campbell, who represented Jamaica at the 2014 Doha World Championships had back-to-back dual meets against Emory and Nova Southeastern on Jan 12 and 13 respectively for his Division II Florida Southern College.

Against Emory, Nico Campbell won the 100-yard freestyle in 46.29 and was runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.36.

He was also a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that placed second in 1:25.56.

On the following day, his 200-yard medley relay team won in 1:33.56 against Nova. Nico Campbell anchored the team with 20.99 freestyle leg.

Nico Campbell led off the 200-yard freestyle relay with a 21.76 leg as his ‘A’ team placed second in 1:25.80.

He would also finish second in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.53.

He was third in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.57. Florida Southern won both contests turning back Emory 131 to 74 and Nova 134 to 128.