Jordan Augier makes history at Pan Am

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Jordan Augier makes history at Pan Am

Saint Lucian swimmer Jordan Augier got his first taste of Pan Am Games competition on Tuesday in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The 20-year-old (21 in November) contested the 100m men’s freestyle at the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House.

In the oepning rounds, swimming in the second heat, Jordan touched the wall in 50.82 seconds, finishing fifth in his heat and 13th overall. That time set a new national record for Saint Lucia, taking 1.28 seconds off the mark he set at CCCAN last month.

Jordan also became the first male swimmer from Saint Lucia to make a Pan Am Games B final, where many would have been hoping for an even faster swim, perhaps as fast as the Olympic B standard of 50.72 seconds. In the event, however, Jordan finished fourth, and 12th overall, with a time of 50.83.

Accompanied by coach Jamie Peterkin, himself an Olympian, Jordan will surely be aiming for the Olympic standard at next month’s FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. His first-round swim in Canada was the seventh-fastest in the history of NCAA Division II].

Jordan has two more events at Pan Am, the 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke on Friday.

Said coach Peterkin: “Congratulations to Jordan, the coaching staff at the University of Tampa and GTSA, and Sharks Swim Club St.Lucia ; you continue to do great things in and out the water and we are all behind you 100%.”

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  1. Good job Jordan. You are an inspiration to the up coming swimmers. Continue doing your thing. I know it cannot be easy but be encouraged, continue working hard. Your reward is on its way.

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  2. Pauline You would prefer him in a gang on the streets committing crime and then you would tell police get him off the streets. Its people like you that bring down our youths, make them feel worthless and then they turn to gang and drugs where they feel appreciated. Ignorant fool!! Congrats young man, I'm happy to read something other than gun shorts. I'm proud of you for representing our country.

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  3. I am not putting down what the young man has achieved so far, but he still needs to work even harder now if he really wants a place on the podium. We should not settle for anything less. Work hard young man!!

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  4. I'm so proud of Jordan. Fight for what you believe and know that there will be some ignorant ppl in the back.keep them there that's where they belong.

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  5. Well done Jordan. That's the right attitude. Keep it positive. God bless you. I'm rooting for you.

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  6. Pauline, given the emphasis or lack thereof that government has placed on developing those youth this is truly an achievement. Thanks to the aquatic centre Jordan is able to be at this level and of course his parents to get him into overseas training camp he is where he is today. It is difficult competing against athletes who have been grooming for those games from the age of three.

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  7. Thank you very much fellow St. Lucian's for your positive support. It's an honour and I intend to continue to represent the country in a positive way and hopefully more.

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  8. Yes I agree. We should aim to medal and not just history. On the other hand it was worth the experience

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  9. Congrats from Canada, so proud to see the caribbean being represented in swimming. I wish you much success in your future, aim high and don't give up. It's people like Pauline who make comments like this, can you imagine (if she is a mother) how she is raising her children? Just seeing the negative side. Pauline we need positive role models, do you think Tiger Woods mother would have told him not to take up golfing? Edcuate yourself and pass it on to our youths, I do pray you don't have children. We are setting our standards too low to allow a jackass like you to make such a negative comment. Good luck to all the athletes!!!

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    • We still need to encourage our youth who are representing our island in a positive way. you are too damn negative!

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    • MEdals don't come overnight and could never be the sole arbiter of success. I hope we can keep this kid in swimming for the next fivce years at least. Should qualify for Olympics in coming weeks, pray God.

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    • Hi Pauline

      If you knew what it took to be a medalist at he Pan American Games at swimming, perhaps you would not be commenting on this page.

      I understand that everybody is entitled to their opinion, but you represent the many ignorant St. Lucians that really don't know about sports.

      I will like to interview you on TV or the radio when I return from Saint Lucia so the rest of Saint Lucia can debate your point.

      If you're brave enough to type it, I would hop you are brave enough to say it.

      Just to clue you in, there has never been a natural male qualifier from the OECS in swimming, and Jordan would be the first...this is dubbed as being pioneer, kind of like what I did by being the first swimmer from Saint Lucia to swim at the Olympic Games. If you plant the seed, then you have an opportunity to spawn something very special if the next generation believe they can do even better...Dani Beaubrun believed, and now Jordan Augier believes he can do it multiple events.

      All records are meant to be broken, so the next male swimmer that truly believes will probably final at the Pan Am Games in years to come with a shot to win a medal...hopefully that impresses you Pauline, cause it seems like you are pretty hard to please.

      Heres a rhetorical question...how many achievements have you celebrated in your life? ... I will take your silence as a vote of confidence that you have probably never done anything in your life that worthy of people even recognising your accomplishments.

      Whats the big deal of graduating and attaining a degree from university if your not one of the top 3 students in your class ... Yous a damn ponk-cake

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