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Jamaica: Nelson Denny lowers over 100-metre freestyle Age Group Champs record to 52.93

Nelson Denny of Jamaica lowered the 15 and over 100-metre freestyle Age Group Championship Record to 52.93 on Friday, February 24, 2023. 

Jamaica: Nelson Denny of Jamaica lowered the 15 and over 100-metre freestyle Age Group Championship Record to 52.93 on Friday, February 24, 2023. 

One of the highlights on day two of the 2023 Walter Rogers Age Group National championships was the lowering of the record in the 15 and over 100-metre freestyle by Nelson Denny. The 6’3 Denny took out the race in 25.66 before coming home in 27.27 to stop the clock in 52.93. 

He was the only swimmer under 53 seconds and well under the meet record of 53.67. That standard was set almost a decade in 2104 by World Championships representative Sidrell Williams.

It puts Nelson, 2021 13-14 CCCAN Champion, in good stead to take another regional title in the race. In Puerto Rico, he took the CCCAN age group title in a Jamaican 13-14 record time of 53.61 (split time 25.70). Now in the 15-17 age group, he will be looking to earn a 100-metre freestyle medal in this age group. At the CARIFTA 2022, it took 52.16 to earn a podium spot. With all of last year’s medallists returning and it should be even faster.

He used that Gold medal win to earn two more victories on the night. In the 50-metre butterfly, he got his hand to the wall first in 26.27. That bettered his 2022 PB of 26.29. The session ended for him winning the 200 individual medleys. He put went out in 1:04.19 before hitting the pads in a time of 2:20.21. That was another major time drop from 2:23.37. 

Nelson, though swimming unattached here, swims for McCallie GPS aquatics in Tennessee. Recently he competed at his first State High School Champs.

Competing in the 200-yard freestyle, he won the B final in a new PB of 1:41.55 (split time 49.25). His fastest in the race in September 2022 had stood at 1:47.01. He earned a championship berth in the final in the 100-yard backstroke. He produced yet another PB of 51.82 (split 25.34) that earned him sixth overall.

At McCallie he has a strong cohort of CARIFTA talent which includes Bahamians Asher and Marvin Johnson, Caden Wells and countryman Joshua Mignott. The team is guided by Head coach Stan Corcoran who has guided past Jamaican national team members Barak Goren and Alex Mignott. 

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