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Lyn expects ‘a lot’ from Wynter - Swim Jamaica boss weighs in on teen's success at Florida meet

Published:Thursday | February 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

Swim Jamaica President Martin Lyn says Timothy Wynter's outstanding performance at the South Florida Aquatic Open Invitational on the weekend is a result of the youngster's growing maturity, as he has refocused his priorities and set new goals.

At the three-day event, Wynter was in sparkling form, finishing with five top-three finishes, inclusive of two victories.

The 18-year-old former Hillel Academy and Campion College standout won the 100 yards butterfly in 53.22 and the 100 yards backstroke in 55.23. He was second in the 1,000 yards freestyle in 9:58.39 and helped his team finish second in the 200 yards medley relay in 1:48.93. He was also third in the 50 yards freestyle, in a time of 23.33.

Lyn, who has watched Wynter's progress through the national ranks, said the swimmer appears to have recapture his passion.

He insists that the young prodigy, who is a member of the South Florida Aquatic Club - which is also the club of Jamaica swim star Alia Atkinson - must keep his focus and continue to work hard if he has hopes of making the breakthrough on the world stage.


Highs and lows


"With any sport, you go through highs and lows, and Timothy has gone through both highs and lows. Sometimes, you hit a low, as he did towards the middle of last year when he wasn't training as much as he should," said Lyn.

"But he has bounced back remarkably and is putting in his best efforts now and you can see that he is a lot more focused," he told The Gleaner.

"He has refocused and he has definitely shown that he is prepared to train harder, because he has certain goals in mind now that perhaps he didn't have before, and that comes with maturity, but certainly one of the goals must be to reach world standards.

"So we are looking forward to a lot from Timothy, as he's naturally talented and he just needs to keep the focus and the training going," Lyn added.

Wynter has the distinction of holding all the backstroke records for Jamaica over 50m, 100m and 200m in the 11-12, 13-14, 15-17 and senior national age groups.

At the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai in 2013, he broke and then reset his 50 metres mark.