Jamaican Swimmer – Kelsie Campbell Big Winner at Conference USA

March 3, 2021

The Jamaican swimmer, Kelsie Campbell won four gold medals as a junior at Florida International University (FIU), on Saturday at the yearly Conference USA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.

Campbell teamed up with Julia Miranda (Brazil), Lamija Medosevic (Bosnia) and Jasmine Nocentini (Italy) and dominated the women’s 400-yard in the freestyle relay in the finals. The team won in 3:19.04.

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The team won in 3:19.04.Campbell swam the third leg, and recorded 49.80, that was the second-fastest split of all the swimmers in the competition. 

Rice University finished second in a time of 3:22.83 and third went to the University of North Texas in 3:23.44.

The Jamaican swimmer was also a part of three other winning relays – the 400-  yard medley relays on Thursday’s, the opening day, the 200-yard medley relay and on Friday she won n the 200-yard freestyle.

Added to being part of four winning relays, Campbell also achieved a personal-best time of 1.58.65 in the 200-yard backstroke final on Saturday. Even though the time was not good enough for any higher place than fourth place.

Michaela Trnkova who is Campbell’s FIU teammate got the gold with a personal-best time of 1:56.29, and Julia Miranda got silver after she clocked a lifetime best of 1:57.59.

Campbell had posted a personal-best time of 1:59.19, to become only the second Jamaican woman to dip under the two-minute mark earlier in the preliminary round. Her 1.58.65 time in the final round was just a second below the best time by a Jamaican woman.  Kendese Nangle holds that honour with a 1:57.68 clocking, a time she achieved in 2013 at the Ivy League Championships during the heats.

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On Friday Campbell managed to set a personal-best time of 54.44 seconds during the preliminary round of the 100-yard backstroke also. She is now the fastest Jamaican woman of all time in that event.

Campbell also finished fourth in a time of 54.68 in the final. Imogen Myers did the best time in her young Owl career when the Rice University freshman won gold in 54.61.

Campbell’s FIU out duelled Rice University and won a seventh straight Conference USA Championships title.

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