Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships Begin Thursday; Azura’s Yeziel Morales Heads Field

By Sharon Robb
BALMAIN COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago, May 31, 2022–Teams started arriving Tuesday for the much-anticipated Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships at National Aquatic Centre Thursday through Sunday.

The meet has attracted 230 athletes from 17 countries and is serving as a qualification meet for the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

The four-day tournament, formally called the UANA Cup, is an elite championship for age groupers. Azura’s Yeziel Morales will represent Puerto Rico.

The meet is recognized as the premier age group competition in the Americas. The event has athletes from South America, Central America, Canada, British Commonwealth, Caribbean and U.S.

Giants Aquatics swimmer Inald Fernandes Perna is a member of the Aruba team. Perna will swim the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle and 50 and 100 breaststroke.

Luis-Mario Arends, who also qualified, will not compete because of an injury. Both swimmers are coached by Jordy Groters, former Nova University School, Pine Crest Swim Club and Missouri swimmer.

The event will be live streamed on the Panam Sports app. Streaming website:…

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