2021 Swammy Awards: Joanna Evans is CAC Female Swimmer of the Year 2021 Swammy Awards: Joanna Evans is CAC Female Swimmer of the Year – SwimSwam

Posted: December 29, 2021 at 9:53 am

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Joanna Evans of the Bahamas wins the 2021 Swammy Award for Central American and Caribbean Female Swimmer of the Year. Evans competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the 2021 FINA World Championships, and the 2021 International Swimming League regular and playoff seasons.

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Evans placed 13th in the 400 meter freestyle in 4:07.50, just missing the National Record of 4:07.33 that she set in May 2021 at the Longhorn Elite Invite. Evans went on to place 18th in the prelims of the 200 meter freestyle, posting a 1:58.40, just 0.37 off her own 2018 National Record.

Evans was a vital member of the DC Trident during the 2021 ISL regular season and playoffs. As the ISL is a very sprint-oriented competition venue, many teams find themselves lacking in middle-distance specialists. Evans, however, stepped up for the Trident in the 200 and 400 freestyles, lowering the Bahamian National Record in the 200 freestyle first in Match 1 with a 1:56.63. Later, in Match 4, Evans brought the record down to 1:56.37, which she followed up with a 1:55.70 from the ISL death match (Naples Match 11) that saw DC win its first-ever ISL match and earn a spot in the semifinals. Later, in Playoff Match 1, Evans posted a 1:55.43, and a week later a 1:54.98 in Playoff Match 3. In Playoff Match 5, Evans lowered the record once again to a 1:54.36, the record that stands today.

Evans similarly lowered the Bahamian National Record in the 400 SCM freestyle multiple times during the 2021 ISL season, first posting a 4:04.48 in the regular season Match 1 in Naples. It is worth noting that Evans technically also broke the National Record in the 200 freestyle at the halfway mark during this swim, flipping in a 2:00.75. The following day, however, in the individual 200 freestyle, Evans would take this Record down to a 1:56.63. In Match 4, Evans lowered the mark to a 4:03.38, and then took it down to a 4:02.12 in Match 5. In the death match, Match 11 in Naples, Evans won the 400 freestyle in 4:00.14, winning by more than 2 seconds.

At the 2021 FINA World Championships, Evans became just the second Bahamian swimmer ever to advance to a short course world championships finalthe only other being Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace who won bronze in the 50 freestyle at the 2011 version of the meet. Evans advanced to the final in both the 200 and 400 freestyles, ultimately finishing 8th in the 200 freestyle 7th in the 400 freestyle. Evans just missed her own National Records in each final in Abu Dhabi.

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