DRAFTING THE CARIBBEAN – University of Tampa’s St Lucian Senior Jordan Augier was a part of the recording breaking 200 yard freestyle relay on the first day of the inaugural Spartan Invitational on Dec 18 in Clearwater Water Florida.
Before the three day competition started the Division 2 record in the 200 yard freestyle relay belonged to the 2014 Drury team that had set the standard of 1:19.00.
The Spartan A team lowered that to 1:18.82 and recorded a winning margin of more than 2 seconds. Augier, who is the most outstanding swimmer St Lucia has produced, had the fastest split of the relay with a blistering 19.57. All members of the Spartan quartet provided sub 20 second splits. The performance also doubles as the school record.
The Spartans would also set another Division 2 leading and school record time in the 400 yard freestyle relay. They lowered the programme standard of 2:55.11 to register a time of 2:54.73 .
That performance automatically qualifies them for the NCAA Division 2 championships. This time their winning margin was almost 5 seconds. Augier made another big contribution with a 43.57 3rd leg split. That split bettered his previous best 400 yard freestyle relay performance of 44.52.
The Spartans added a third relay scalp when they won the 200 yard medley relay in 1:27.50. They just missed the school record of 1:27.45 as well as the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:26.93.Augier started the relay with a 22.75 backstroke split. The team won the event by more than 2 seconds. Their winning time puts the Spartans as the 3rd fastest team in Division 2.
In individual competition Augier was second in the 100 yard backstroke in a season best time of 49.22.With that swim he is ranked 10th in Division 2. In the 50 yard freestyle he dropped almost a half a second off his season best to post 20.23 for 4th . He continues to track the NCAA A standard of 19.92.
Jordan is now ranked 9th overall in the event heading into the Christmas break. In the 100 yard freestyle Augier finished 5th in 44.58.In the morning heats he clocked 44.21 which puts him as the 8th fastest swimmer in Division 2. Jordan had an outstanding year for St Lucia in 2015 as he rewrote the national standards in the 50 metre backstroke, 50 metre butterfly, 50 metre freestyle, 100 metre backstroke and 100 metre freestyle.