Aruba’s Patrick Groters Medals Again, Breaks National Record At Junior Pan American Games; Brazil Leads Team Standings

By Sharon Robb
CALI, Colombia, November 28, 2021–Patrick Groters of Aruba won his second medal of the inaugural Junior Pan American Games Sunday at Hernando Botero O’Byrne Swimming Pool.

In an exciting men’s 100-meter backstroke, Groters, 22, finished second in a national record 55.75, just behind Mexico’s Diego Camacho Salgado in 55.38. Groters dropped 0.07. He was fourth fastest in morning prelims in 56.63. Earlier in the meet, Groters took gold in the 200 backstroke in the first-ever Junior Pan American Games record.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks, 18, of Florida State who represents Jamaica internationally, was 22nd in the 100-meter freestyle 59.48. She has the 50-meter freestyle left to swim.

Nicole Frank, 17, of Uruguay and Azura was third fastest in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:34.52. She finished fourth in finals in 2:33.36, a best time with a 0.30 drop.

South Florida Heat’s Micaela Sierra, 17, of Uruguay and Azura was eighth fastest in 2:36.79 in the 200-meter breaststroke and finished sixth in 2:36.41.

Peru’s Joaquin Vargas, 19, of Azura, was eighth fastest qualifier in the 100-meter freestyle in 51.21 and came back in finals to finish seventh in 51.23. Gabriel Araya, 22, of Chile was 22nd in 52.75 and 15th in finals in 52.77.

Brazil leads the men’s and women’s team standings followed by Colombia and Mexico.

Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca, is hosting the first-ever edition of the Junior Pan American Games.

It is a key event in the lead-up to the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games and Paris 2024 Olympics, allowing up-and-coming athletes a new level of competition they didn’t have in past years.

Approximately 3,000 volunteers, 1,400 technical officials and 1,142 other officials are participating along with 4,806 athletes from 41 countries and territories affiliated with Panam Sports in 39 sports. The meet is for ages up to 22.

Neither the U.S. or Canada, the region’s most successful countries, sent swim teams to the event although they are competing in other sports. Brazil (25), Colombia (25), and Mexico (26) have the largest delegations of swimmers.

The Games were initially scheduled to begin on June 5 but were postponed to September 9 to 19. It was further delayed because of COVID-19 before moving to late November and early December.

100-meter freestyle:

  1. Stephanie Balduccini, Brazil 54.63, 2. Ana Carolina Vieira, Brazil 55.89, 3. Anicka Delgado, Ecuador 56.32.

200-meter breaststroke:

  1. Martina Lucia Barbeito, Argentina 2:30.17, 2. Bruna Monteiro Leme, Brazil 2:31.15, 3. Maria Selene Alborzen, Argentina 2:32.21.

100-meter backstroke:

  1. Tayde Andrea Sansores De La Fuente, Mexico 1:02.00, 2. Julia Karla Ferreira Goes, Brazil 1:02.82, 3. Celia Del Rocio Pulido Ortiz, Mexico 1:03.24.

800-meter freestyle:

  1. Mayte Gonzalez Rodriguez, Cuba 9:10.66, 2. Danna Alejandra Martinez, Ecuador 9:17.31, 3. Daniela Alfaro, Costa Rica 9:23.10.

100-meter freestyle:

  1. Breno Martins Correia, Brazil 49.33, 2. Lucas Peixoto, Brazil 49.71, 3. Andres Dupont Cabrera, Mexico 50.37.

200-meter breaststroke:

  1. Andres Eduardo Puente Bustamante, Mexico 2:14.85, 2. Juan Bautista Carrocia, Argentina 2:16.78, 3. Roberto Bonilla Flores, Guatemala 2:17.18.

100-meter backstroke:

  1. Diego Camacho Salgado, Mexico 55.38, 2. Patrick Groters, Aruba 55.75, 3. Jack Kirby, Barbados 56.18.

800-meter freestyle:

  1. Graham Chatoor, Trinidad & Tobago 8:33.58, 2. Juan Jose Bolanos, Costa Rica 8:46.68, 3. Jenry Jahir Lopez, Ecuador 8:48.07.

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