Sunday 7 June, 2020

Jamaica's Annabella Lyn wins Conference Swimmer of the Week award

Annabella Lyn competes in the 200- yard freestyle. (Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn).

Annabella Lyn competes in the 200- yard freestyle. (Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn).

Jamaica's Annabella Lyn of the Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania continues to make strides in her collegiate career.

She recently won the Centennial Conference Swimmer of the Week honours.

Lyn started her way to the Conference honours in a meet against the defending Conference champions Ursinus College on Friday, November 1. She was second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:58.06. That topped her season opener as a freshman of 1:58.83.

Lyn again earned second-place honours in the 100-yard freestyle with a swim of 55.07.

The 500-yard freestyle saw her making a late push in the last 150 yards to take the top podium spot in 5:20.48 to Ursinus College’s Katie Schultz, 5:20.87

The Jamaican kept it close on her opening leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay to ensure that her team’s depth would prevail, 3:39.50 to 3:44.14. That propelled Swarthmore to a historic win 156 to 142 as the Conference champions had been undefeated in the dual meet competition since 2012

On Saturday, November 2, Lyn opened with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. She anchored her team of Stephanie Tilneac, Annabella Boardman and Saya Vaules to victory with a  freestyle split of 24.33. The quartet recorded 1:49.42 for the victory.

It would be another winning performance in the 200-yard freestyle as she won by over three seconds to stop the clock at 1:57.02.

She employed an aggressive opening strategy in the first 50 yards of the 100-yard freestyle to again be the victor in a time of 53.81.

The final scores saw Lyn’s college beating Franklin & Marshall, 145 to 116 and Bryn Mawr College, 215 to 41.

In an interview with Draftingthecaribbean, Lyn talked about her accolade and her outlook for the season

“I was honored to get Swimmer of the Week, it was very special to me because it was my first time getting it. It also fell into place with a hard week of swimming as well as a weekend with two meets in two days.

"I think this season is going to be exciting, Swarthmore Women broke the Conference Champs six-year winning streak this past Saturday (the second meet of our weekend). So the future is looking bright. 

"Right now the focus in the pool is all mental toughness and bringing the best with every swim. And my training plan has switched from a more sprint oriented program to distance and some IM."

Annabella who ended her Carifta career in 2018 at home with a bronze in the 200-metre freestyle is the reigning Conference bronze medallist in the 200-yard freestyle.

She is currently the top swimmer in the Conference in the 100, 200 and 500-yard freestyle events.

In her freshman year, she made quite an impact with the Garnet helping to rewrite the record books in the 200 (1:37.08), 400 (3:32.32), 800 (7:40.88) and 400-yard medley (3:54.72) relays.

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