Trinidad and Tobago: Jada Chatoor of Trinidad and Tobago secured the best female 1650-yard freestyle NCAA Championship result of 6th in a PB of 16:58.04.
Lifespan 007 open water swim took to Facebook and stated,”Another Distance feat by Chatoor Jada registers Trinidad and Tobago’s best female 1650 yard freestyle NCAA Championship result of 6th in a PB of 16:58.04.”
The twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago had a lot to celebrate at the NCAA Division III championships through the efforts of star distance swimmer Jada Chatoor. Competing for the Emory University Eagles at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina raised the bar for women in the country in the 1650 yard freestyle.
She boasted a personal best of 17:02.74 from December’s Denison Invitational she would blast through the 17 minutes to be the first woman under that barrier. She would take 6th in the event overall in a new PB and Trinidad and Tobago best of 16:58.04.
According to Lifespand, the performance was also the best performance by an Eagle since 2019. It is also the first time a woman from Trinidad and Tobago had finished in the top eight in the event at the NCAA Championships.
She now joins Olympians and CARIFTA greats Janelle Atkinson of Jamaica and Joanna Evans who had top eight places for their respective universities Florida and Texas.
This marks another significant distance freestyle achievement for Jada as in 2019 she became the first woman from the region to compete and complete the 10k Marathon at the Pan American Games.
Her achievement also marks what could be the first time in the region that siblings have made the top eight in the 1650 yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships. In 2022 brother Graham had a career best placing of fifth for New York University.
Jada ends the 2022 -2023 collegiate season as the top ranked CARIFTA swimmer in the 1650 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle with a PB of 4:57.72 .