Natasha Moodie representing Club Wolverine booked her ticket for the Beijing Olympics at the Toyota Grand Prix at Ohio State University from April 4-6 in the 50 metre freestyle. On Saturday morning after qualifying fifth in 26.70 just off her national record of 26.61 set at the CCCAN last summer in El Salvador she need to better the Olympic B qualifying time of 26.33. In the evening she not only bettered her personal standard but she won handily in stopping the clock in 26.08 making the Olympic requirement time and beating her nearest competitor by .13 of a second. Her qualification makes it three Olympics Games in a row that Jamaica is sending a woman in this event after Angela “Dawn” Chuck qualified for the Sydney and Athens Games. In the 100 metre freestyle she was off the mark as she placed 35th in 59.51 after taking out the first lap in 28.51.The Olympic qualifying time for the event is 57.17.
Another Jamaican at the meet was Brad Hamilton (Baylor Swim Club) in his first major long course (50 metre pool) outing for the year had solid times. He placed 49th in the 100 metre butterfly in 57.91 and did a time trial at the end of the first day in 57.52 not far off his personal best and national record of 57.07 at the PAN-AM Games last summer in Brazil. On Saturday he was 60th in the 50 metre freestyle in 24.59. Sunday’s action saw him placing 95th in the 100 metre freestyle in 55.67 and 33rd in the 200 metre butterfly in 2:11.31.
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