Bahamas: “Cool Ruler” Taylor won the NCAA Division II, 50 free Crown in a new PB, School Record and Bahamian Best of 19.04. He joined countrywoman Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace as an NCAA Sprint Champion.
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On August 14, 1987 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA at the Pan American Games Hilton Woods created history for the Netherlands Antilles when he won a historic Bronze in the 50 metre freestyle. Thirty six years later another emerging sprinter from the region has made history for his himself, his school , country and the region in the 50 yard freestyle.
His name Lamar “Cool Ruler” Taylor of The Bahamas. In the Championship final the Henderson State star went out in 9.21. The only person faster than him at that point was another great sprinter from the region, Indy’s Trinidad and Tobago standout Jeron Thompson in 9.17. He would have the best last 25 yards of 9.83 to win the Gold in new PB,School Record, and Bahamian Best of 19.04.
He had the previous standard for school and the Bahamas at 19.10. It is the second fastest winning performance ever. He joins Woods as NCAA Division II winner of the race. The region’s scorecard of victories now reads Woods 1988 20.23, 1989 20.35,1990 20.61 Taylor 2023 19.04.
Taylor is now the first Bahamian man to win an NCAA 50 free title in either Division I ,II or III. He joins countrywoman Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace as the only Bahamian 50 free winners in the 50-yard freestyle. In 2011 competing for Auburn Arianna won in a time of 21.38.
In terms of time he is now tied with Trinidad and Tobago Olympian and fellow 2022 Commonwealth Games 50-metre freestyle finalist Dylan Carter as the third-fastest swimmer ever from the CARIFTA region.
In the NCAA Division II he get closer to the all-time top two performances. at the 2019 Championships Polish Olympian Karol Ostrowski of Drury had an opening relay split of 18.92. The NCAA record is held by Slovakian World Championships representative Matej Duša at 18.88 in his 2022 victory. The next date with history is to match Woods and win the sprint double.