Antigua and Barbuda: Jadon Wuilliez of Antigua and Barbuda became the fastest CARIFTA, Caribbean and CCCAN Swimmer in the 100-yard breast with TCU Record of 51.70.
On Friday February 24 , the third day of the BIG 12 Conference Championships at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin ,Texas Antigua and Barbuda and Eastern Caribbean star Jadon Wuilliez created history. He became the fastest swimmer ever from the CARIFTA,Caribbean and CCCAN regions when he won Silver in the 100 yard breaststroke in 51.70.
As a freshman he had ended the year for Texas Christian University as the third fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region with a PB of 52.25 with the Silver at the 2022. The Gold was won by Dominican Republic’s Olympian Josue Dominguez of Brigham Young University in 52.24. Dominquez held the title of the Caribbean’s fastest in the race with PB of 51.81.
During the heats of the Championships Jadon lowered his PB to 52.22 (split time 24.60). In the final he went out in 24.33 compared to 24.49 from last year’s meet. He had the fastest closing split of 27.37 to earn the Silver in tight battle for the medals. The clock read University of Texas William Chan Gold in 51.65, sophomore Jadon Silver 51.70, another Texas senior Dutch Olympian Caspar Corbeau Bronze in 51.71.
In a interview with swimswam Wuilliez spoke of having no home pool to train in due to renovations taking at the Fort Worth based institution but summed up his Champion mentality by saying “How bad do you want your goals , you have to push for what you want you have to work for it”.
That should be enough to earn him a ticket to this year NCAA Division I Championships from March 22-25 in Minnesota. There he will join the elite of the Caribbean to make the big dance. Those names are with their best times times at the meet (2021_ Ramos 52.26,Bahamian Olympians Izaak Bastian (2021) 52.29,Dustin Tynes (2016) 53.16 and Aruban World Champs representative Jordy Groters (2016) 52.70.
The 2022 Caribbean Games 100 metre breaststroke Gold medallist and the region’s best ever in that race Commonwealth Games looks set to make 2023 where Antigua and Barbuda set the breaststroke pace for 2023.