Yeziel Morales Wins Second Event On Day Three Of Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships

By Sharon Robb
BALMAIN COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago, June 4, 2022–Yeziel Morales of Puerto Rico won his second event Saturday at the Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships on Day Three at National Aquatic Centre.

Morales, 26, who trains with Azura Florida Aquatics, won the 200-meter backstroke by 7 seconds in 2:02.02. He has the 100 backstroke left to swim on Sunday. Morales also won the 50 backstroke in 26.40 on Friday.

Peru continues to lead Puerto Rico in the combined team standings, 932-878. Host Trinidad & Tobago leads the men’s team standings with 440 and Peru continues to lead the women’s teams with 544.

The meet has attracted 232 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. The event has athletes from South America, Central America, Canada, British Commonwealth and Caribbean.

Sunday’s events are 1500-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle and 4×50 mixed freestyle relay.

The event is being live streamed on the Panam Sports app. Streaming website: Former SOFLO swimmer Alia Atkinson is doing on-deck interviews of the gold medalists.

: 1. Peru 932, 2. Puerto Rico 878, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 643, 4. Jamaica 209.5, 5. Honduras 197.5.
WOMEN: 1. Peru 544, 2. Puerto Rico 487, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 203, 4. Jamaica 147, 5. Colombia 113.
MEN: 1. Trinidad & Tobago 440, 2. Puerto Rico 391, 3. Peru 388, 4. Honduras 127.5, 5. Surinam 95.

400-meter freestyle: 11-and-over, 1. Emma Guglielmello, PUR 4:24.46, 2. Tifanny Jinete, COL 4:25.01, 3. Danna Moreno, ECU 4:25.86.

100-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Monica Rivera, PUR 1:27.61; 13-14, 1. Victoria Vazquez, PUR 1:18.79; 15-17, 1. Andrea Cuebas, PUR 1:17.02; 18-and-over, 1. Marissa Mojica, PUR 1:15.92.

200-meter backstroke: 11-and-over, 1. Alexia Acuna, PER 2:19.48, 2. Elizabeth Garrido, DOM 2:23.03, 3. Orenelia Walker, TTO 2:28.36.

50-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Elvira Demera, ECU 29.98; 13-14, 1. Yasmin Contreras, PER 29.16; 15-17, 1. Alexia Acuna, PER 28.22; 18-and-over, 1. Rafaela Erazo, PER 28.47.

400-meter freestyle: 11-and-over, 1. Victor Rosado, PUR 4:00.12, 2. Nikoli Blackman, TTO 4:05.49, 3. Caleb Serrano, PUR 4:06.06.

100-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Ian Melendez, PUR 1:17.61; 13-14, 1. Jorell Figueroa, PUR 1:07.58; 15-17, 1. Braynsly Dirksz, ARU 1:06.34; 18-and-over, 1. Josue Ramos, DOM 1:04.25.

200-meter backstroke: 11-and-over, 1. Yeziel Morales, PUR 2:02.02, 2. Ricardo Willing, PER 2:09.93, 3. Johann-Matthew Matamoro, TTO 2:12.35.

50-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Carlos Carmona, PER 28.47; 13-14, 1. Giovanni Rivas, TTO 26.81; 15-17, 1. Nikoli Blackman, TTO 24.92; 18-and-over, 1. Christian Awah, TTO 24.60.

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Grimes, Julian Double Winners; SOFLO’s Roche Makes B Final At TYR Pro Swim Series

By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., June 3, 2022–Katie Grimes of Sandpipers Nevada continued to dominate and show her versatility the fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series Friday night at newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center.

The 16-year-old won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:36.77 just 20 minutes after swimming a best time of 2:09.52 to win the 200-meter backstroke. It was her third first place finish of the meet after winning the 400 freestyle.

“I’m still sticking with distance freestyle for now [as my favorites], but I think it’s important to do [the 400 IM] while I’m young because it’s easier to do it when you have the energy,” Grimes said during her post-race interview.

Grimes is coming off last week’s FINA Marathon Swim World Series where she finished eighth in the women’s 10K and qualified for Team USA’s world championship open water team.

In other finals:
Sandpipers Nevada teammates Claire Weinstein (1:58.31) and Bella Sims (1:58.97) finished 1-2 in the 200-meter freestyle. They finished ahead of the field by more than a second.

Trenton Julian, swimming unattached, won the first of two final events, in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.01. He came from behind in the final 100 with a 55.64 split to win by a body length. Julian also won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.78.

Jack Dolan of Arizona State led from start to finish to win the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.90.

David Johnston won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:19.54. He took the lead on the breaststroke leg and led the rest of the way.

Justina Kozan, swimming unattached, came from behind the second half of the race to win the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.01.

SOFLO’s Ricardo Roche, 22, finished 14th in morning prelims of the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.05 to make the “B” final. He finished fifth in the final in 2:14.55, dropping 0.50 from his prelim time and 13th overall. Roche also did a time trial Thursday in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.84.

Also on Friday, SOFLO teammate Julio Horrego swam 1:03.39 in the 100-meter breaststroke time trial. The time would have placed him third in Thursday’s final had he not been disqualified in prelims.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, will swim Saturday in the 200-meter breaststroke where he is seeded fourth in the 200 in 2:17.35. It is his final tuneup meet before the 19th FINA World Championships, June 18-July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

On Saturday and Sunday the meet is being televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

In addition to Olympic Channel and CNBC’s coverage from Mission Viejo, daily prelims (Saturday at noon ET) as well as Saturday’s live finals can be streamed on

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

57th Mel Zajac Junior International Swim Meet

Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez, 15, a member of the USA Swimming junior national team, won the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 26.98, dropping 0.74; was second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:13.54, dropping 1.02 and swam lead-off leg on the runner-up 400-meter freestyle relay (3:46.63) Friday at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

Treasure Coast Aquatics Blair Stoneburg, 18, was third in the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:52.31; sixth in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:02.48, dropping 0.14 and was a member of the fifth place relay.

Treasure Coast teammate Mitchell Ledford, 17, was third in the 50-meter butterfly in 24.78; 14th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.51; and swam anchor leg on the winning 400-meter free relay (3:24.90)

Sarasota Sharks’ Addison Sauickie, 16, was fifth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.93 and was a member of the runner-up 400-meter free relay.


200-meter freestyle: 1. Claire Weinstein, SAND 1:58.31, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 1:58.97, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 2:00.03.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 2:09.52, 2. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 2:09.59, 3. JoJo Ramey, FAST 2:14.51.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 4:36.77, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 4:43.46, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 4:44.12.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Justina Kozan, UN 1:00.01, 2. Krystal Lara, BAD 1:00.24, 3. Isabelle Odgers, TROJ 1:00.74.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Trenton Julian, UN 1:48.01, 2. Patrick Sammon, SUN 1:48.43, 3.Grant House, SUN 1:48.44.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Jack Dolan, SUN 2:01.90, 2. David Echeverri, UN 2:04.68, 3. Harry Homans, UN 2:05.03.

400-meter individual medley: 1. David Johnston, TST 4:19.54, 2. Ilya Kharun, SAND 4:24.31, 3. Tyler Kopp, UN 4:27.03.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Trenton Julian, UN 51.78, 2. Ryan Held, NYAC 52.44, 3. Gabriel Jett, UN 52.50.

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