Suriname’s Renzo Tjon A Joe Wins, SOFLO’s Banks, Nazario Fifth On Day Four Of CCCAN Swimming Championships In Barbados

By Sharon Robb

CHRISTCHURCH, BARBADOS, July 2, 2019—Suriname’s Renzo Tjon A Joe was top local finisher on Day Four of the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Aquatic Championships [CCCAN] Monday at National Aquatic Centre.

Tjon A Joe, 23, the fastest morning qualifier in 50.18, won the 100-meter freestyle in 50.35.

The national record holder who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics and is the fastest swimmer in Surinamese history, swam at Westlake Prep School in Davie and trained with several Florida Gold Coast teams including Azura, SOFLO and Metro Aquatics.

Tjon A Joe will try and sweep the freestyles on Tuesday when he competes in the 50-meter freestyle.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks, 16, of Jamaica was fifth in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.76. Her 50 split was 28.94.

SOFLO’s top boys finisher was Diego Nazario, 12, fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:27.55, dropping 1.32 seconds. Sebastian Lares of Panama was eighth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.26 after going 2:18.08 in prelims.

After four days of competition, Mexico continues to dominate the medal count with 95 (39 gold, 32 silver, 24 bronze) ahead of Panama with 24, Puerto Rico with 22 and Bahamas with 21 medals.

Jamaica’s Gaby Banks of SOFLO and Nicholas Vale are shortlisted for the FINA Junior World Championship set for August 20-25 in Budapest, Hungary.

An estimated 500 athletes from 29 countries are competing. Several participants are trying to qualify for the World Championship and Pan American Games before the July 3 deadline.

Twenty eight countries are represented at the swimming championships including Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vicente and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and US Virgin Islands.

CCCAN is an age group swimming championship with 11-12, 13-14, 15-17 and 18-and-over age categories. The meet ends Tuesday.

The prelims and finals are being live streamed on the meet’s official Facebook page.


200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Laura Victoria Sanchez Campillo, MEX 2:28.60; 13-14, 1. Elan Daley, BER 2:25.44; 15-17, 1. Karen Rodriguez Cardenas, MEX 2:25.58, 11. Simone Vale, JAM 2:37.40; 18-and-over, 1. Julimar Avila, HON 2:23.58.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Kokolo Foster, JAM 35.26; 13-14, 1. Emily Santos, PAN 33.38; 15-17, 1. Elisa Alejandra Funes, ESA 35.19, 9. Gaby Banks 37.04; 18-and-over, 1. Anahi Schreuders, ARU 34.16.

100-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido, DOM 1:02.09; 13-14, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 58.10; 15-17, 1. Logan Watson-Brown, BERAG 58.05, 5. Gaby Banks, JAM 59.76/1:00.68; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 57.50. 6. Cathy Cooper, PAN 59.90/59.95, 9. Lauren Hew, CAY 1:01.07.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Aide Beatriz Diaz Lugo, MEX 2:21.60; 15-17, 1. Michelle Ramirez, HON 2:20.07; 18-and-over, 1. Mariana Sanchez Badillo, MEX 2:19.91.

4×200-meter freestyle relay:
15-17, 1. Mexico 8:43.58, 2. Honduras 9:04.55, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 9:05.05.


200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Raul Hernandez Diaz, MEX 2:23.07; 13-14, 1. Roberto Bonilla, GUA 2:12.10, 8. Sebastian Lares, PAN 2:19.26/2:18.08; 15-17, 1. Tyler Christianson, PAN 2:06.44, 8. Nicholas Vale, JAM 2:16.52/2:16.63; 18-and-over, 1. Carlos Kossio Mendez, MEX 2:07.56.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Braynsly Dirksz, ARU 33.49; 13-14, 1. Ludovic Lomon, GUADE 30.46; 15-17, 1. Andres Martijena Diaz, DOM 29.66; 18-and-over, 1. Edgar Crespo, PAN 27.90.

100-meter freestyle
11-12, 1. Marvin Johnson, BAH 57.36, 9. Diego Nazario, PUR 1:00.54; 13-14, 1. Rodrigo Ramos Chavez, MEX 53.47; 15-17, 1. Fernando Ponce, GUA 2:06.25; 16. Nicholas Vale, JAM 54.71; 18-and-over, 1. Renzo Tjon A Joe, SUR 50.35/50.18, 4. Sidrell Williams, JAM 51.95/52.83.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Santiago Custodio Alcantara, MEX 2:21.03, 5. Diego Nazario, 2:27.55, time drop 1.32; 13-14, 1. Josean Massucco, PUR 2:06.86; 15-17, 1. Fernando Ponce, GUA 2:06.25; 18-and-under, 1. Carlos Kossio Mendez, MEX 2:04.29.

4×200-meter freestyle relay:
15-17, 1. Mexico 7:53.04, 2. Venezuela 8:05.71, 3. Bermuda 8:10.67; 18-and-over, 1. Mexico 7:51.48, 2. Panama 7:58.26, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 8:03.03.

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