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%.”