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LOOKING BACK AT THE 2017 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES BAHAMIAN JOANNA EVANS WINS HISTORIC MEDALS IN THE 400 AND 800 METRE FREESTYLE EVENTS LOWERS NATIONAL RECORDS IN THE 200 AND 800 METRE FREESTYLE EVENTS

October 7, 2017October 7, 2017 ~ Tony Morrison

Olympian Joanna Evans (Rio 2016) continued to make history for herself, The Bahamas and the CARIFTA and CCCAN regions with historic medal winning performances at the Summer Universiade in Taipei Taiwan this past August.

Before this year’s competition the last medal won in swimming from the CCCAN region had come from countryman Jeremy Knowles with his historic 200 metre butterfly Bronze medal winning performance in 1:59.21 at the 2003 Daegu South Korea Games .Jeremy was the first and only swimmer from the CARIFTA region to win medal at the Championships.

800 metre freestyle medallists From left to right German Sarah Koehler Silver medallist,Italian Gold medallist Simona Quadarella and Bahamian Bronze medallist Joanna Evans

That all changed on August 25, 2017 at the Taiwan Sports University Arena when Evans touched the wall in a new National record of 8:31.18 to win the Bronze medal. That time lowered her previous record of 8:32.18 set at 2016 The Bahamas Nationals before her debut performance at the Rio Olympics. That medal win broke a 14 year medal drought for the CARIFTA and CCCAN regions. She also put more distance between herself and the other swimmers as she was already the fastest ever swimmer from a CARIFTA or CCCAN nation.

Analysis of Joanna’s top 800 metre freestyle swims

Date and venue

First 200

Second 200

Third 200

Fourth 200

Final time

Atlanta May 2017

2:06.13

2:09.49

2:10.81

2:09.67

8:36.10

Nassau 2016

2:06.65

2:08.89

2:08.22

2:08.43

8:32.19

WUGs Aug 25

2:04.04

2:08.95

2:08.86

2:09.33

8:31.18

Gold went to Simona Quadarella of Italy in 8:20.54 and the Silver was won by Sarah Koehler of Germany in 8:21.67

Evans had given a hint before of what was to come when she lowered her national record in the 200 metre freestyle to 1:59.19 to make the Championship final. That record swim solidified her position as the fastest CARIFTA swimmer in the event as she had passed the previous CARIFTA best of 2:01.11 by Jamaican Olympian Janelle Atkinson (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) at the Atlanta Pro Swim Series  meet on May 6. At that meet she had performances of 2:00.37 and 1:59.91. In the final on August 25 she placed 8th in a time of 2:00.70 less than 30 minutes after winning Bronze in the gruelling 800 metre freestyle.

 

Analysis of Joanna’s top 200 metre freestyle swims

Date and venue

First 100

Second 100

Final time

Olympics  Aug 2016

59.23

1:02.04

2:01.27

Atlanta May 2017

59.22

1:01.15

2:00.37

Austin July 2017

58.89

1:01.02

1:59.91

WUGS Aug 24 2017

58.23

1:00.83

1:59.19

WUGs Aug 25

58.05

1:02.65

2:00.70