SWIMMING: Trinidad and Tobago star Jeron Thompson, Aqeel Joseph win gold in relay

Trinidad and Tobago stars Jeron Thompson and Aqeel Joseph power the Greyhounds to 200 free relay victory in a school record 1:17.19 in Division II Relay and secured gold medal

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago stars Jeron Thompson and Aqeel Joseph power the Greyhounds to 200 free relay victory in a school record 1:17.19 in Division II Relay and secured gold medal. 

Lifespan 007 Open Water Swim took to Facebook and shared the update on their win. It also highlighted the glimpses of the match and stated that at the Division II Championships the University of Indianapolis had never topped the podium from as far back as from 2009. They had come close in recent years with star sprinter Jeron Thompson from Trinidad and Tobago leading off on both occasions. 

In 2021 JT had taken off in 19.78 to help them to the Bronze in 1:17.90. Last year he started off in 20.06 to help to a school record of 1:17.46. But that was then and Jeron had found a new gear of speed.

Last night he proved to them why are one best sprinters ever to come from his nation with his fastest lifetime best of 19.56. Next was Venezuelan star who put his foot on the accelerator to give the fastest split of the relay of 18.63. We know Mas from the region for winning the 2019 CCCAN in the 50 metre freestyle.

According to Lifespan, the Gold medallist at meet was Lamar Taylor of The Bahamas, the Henderson state NCAA Champion in the 50 yard freestyle who had the second fastest split of 19.11. Then adding his sprint strength was Brazilian Joao Silver who pressed the advantage with a leg timed at 19.32.

It stated that then came the anchor and at Indy they know what is better than having one Trinidad and Tobago star on a relay is having two.At this point we cue the Indy Remix to Dwayne Bravo’s Champion as the anchor leg duties were handed to the big man Aqeel Joseph . He would not disappoint blazing his way to his first Nationals Swim with a swim of 19.68 . 

The Clock would read 1:17.19, a new school record. The same quartet had won their conference title in a time of 1:18.13. Their win was the second fastest ever in NCAA Division II history. In all the three Divisions of the NCAA the CARIFTA region had only tasted victory twice in this event. The first time was in 2006 with Trinidad and Tobago legend Olympian and the Four Horsemen of Auburn.

It would be another decade and in Division II in 2016 the ” Young Prince” Jordan Augier and his Tampa Spartans won in 2016. Another great victory for Indy and the region.

Anglina Byron

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