Aruba’s Patrick Groters Top Florida Finisher In CARIFTA Open Water, Bahamas Wins Team Title

Aruba’s Patrick Groters Top Florida Finisher In CARIFTA Open Water; Bahamas Wins Team Title


By Sharon Robb

April 27, 2014

Anthony Rechal of Guadeloupe had the fastest time in the open water competition at Sabana Basora, Aruba Saturday in the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships.

Rechal, 17, won the boys 15-17 5K event in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 12 seconds for 3.1 miles. Matthew Lyn, 16, of Jamaica and Pine Crest Swimming was eighth in 1:13:32.

Karl Fabry, 14, of Guadeloupe won the 13-14 5K title in 1:07:51. Patrick Groters, 14, of Aruba and Pine Crest Swimming finished out an outstanding meet just missing another medal placing fourth in 1:12:11.

In the girls 15-17 competition, Joanna Evans, 16, of the Bahamas won in 1:14:34.

Ingrid Champrobert, 14, of Martinique won the 13-14 race in 1:14:51. Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica and Pine Crest Swimming was seventh in 1:23:21.

Bahamas won the team title with 736 points. Aruba finished runner-up with 618 points for the first time in the country’s history. Guadeloupe was third with 540 followed by Martinique, 474, Trinidad and Tobago, 446, Barbados, 437, Jamaica 403, Suriname, 347, Curacao, 193 and Cayman Islands, 170.

Groters older brother Jordy, a member of the Aruba national team since age 11, and Pine Crest Swimming completed his seventh and final CARIFTA meet.

The University of Missouri-bound Groters won four individual gold medals and one silver, another silver with his relay, broke two meet records and posted four career-best times. Groters and Daniella van den Berg of Azura Florida Aquatics were co-captains of Aruba’s team that made history by finishing second.

“Throughout these seven years I have met and raced so many people and I am so grateful for them to have made me a better swimmer and person through the races we’ve swum and the friendships we’ve made,” Groters wrote on his Facebook after the meet.

“Above all, I am thankful to have had this opportunity to represent my home Aruba and I definitely will continue to do so on bigger scales. Aruba Swimming’s future looks great and I can’t wait to hear the success stories that follow.”

The Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which featured most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean, is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Florida Swimmers Dominate Final Day Of CARIFTA Pool Events

Florida Swimmers Dominate Final Day Of CARIFTA Pool Events


By Sharon Robb

April 25, 2014

On the final night of pool swimming, Florida swimmers once again dominated the medal count at the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships Friday at the Piscina Olimpico Roly Bislik in Oranjestad, Savaneta, Aruba.

Going into Saturday’s open water 5K events, the Bahamas lead the team standings with 748 points followed by Aruba, 616, Guadeloupe, 538, Martinique, 470, Trinidad and Tobago, 464, Barbados, 435, Jamaica, 401, Suriname, 341, Curacao, 193, and Cayman Islands, 170.

Brothers Jordy Groters, 17, and Patrick Groters, 14, of Aruba and Pine Crest Swimming continued their winning ways in the pool.

Jordy Groters won the 15-17 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.25. Wayne Denswil, 17, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics took the bronze in 1:07.87.

Patrick Groters won a gold medal in the 13-14 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:15.73, dropping from 2:19.98. He first bettered his best time in prelims with a 2:16.32.

Patrick Groters also was second in the 13-14 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:13.86, dropping from 4:22.28.

Against a star-studded field, Zuhayr Pigot, 16, of Suriname won the gold medal in the 15-17 50-meter freestyle in 23.80 knocking off David McLeod, 17, of Trinidad and Tobago who finished second in a best time 23.97. Sidrell Williams, 17, of Jamaica and St. Andrew’s Swimming was third in 24.21. Christian Selby, 16, of Barbados was fifth in a best time 24.51 and Jabari Baptiste, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago was sixth in 24.63.

Jordy Groters was the fastest qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle morning prelims in a best time 23.79 but scratched from the final. It was the first time he cracked 24 seconds.

Christian Selby, 16, of Barbados took gold in the 15-17 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:04.70, dropping from 4:05.24.

Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica won the 15-17 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:08.91, dropping from 2:12.20. Baptiste took bronze in a best time 2:13.28, bettering his previous best of 2:16.52. Matthew Lyn, 16, of Jamaica and Pine Crest Swimming was seventh in a best time 2:22.14.

Baptiste was also a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s winning 15-17 200-meter freestyle relay that won in 1:37.67.

Sisters Daniella, 17, and Andrea, 15, of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won a gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:52.55 with teammates Ginayla Arends and Rebecca Maduro.

In the girls’ 15-17 400-meter freestyle, Michelle Dols, 16, of Jamaica took silver in a best time 4:31.03 dropping from 4:32.88 and Daniella van den Berg, 17, of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won the bronze in 4:34.31.

Nicholas Vale, 12, of Jamaica and Azura Florida Aquatics was fourth in the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:41.27, dropping from 4:42.98.

Matthew Lyn, 16, of Jamaica was sixth in the 15-17 400-meter freestyle in 4:22.29 and Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica was eighth in 4:24.95.

Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica was 11th in the 13-14 400-meter freestyle in 4:53.22. Lyn, swimming anchor leg, took a bronze medal on Jamaica’s third place 13-14 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:52.94 with teammates Anjuii Barrett, Angara Sinclair and Annastazia Chin.

The Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which features most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean, is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

The meet concludes on Saturday with the open water 5K events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Florida Gold Coast’s Groters, Pigot, Van den Berg, Williams Win Gold At CARIFTA

Florida Gold Coast’s Groters, Pigot, Van den Berg, Williams Win Gold At CARIFTA


By Sharon Robb

April 24, 2014

Brothers Jordy and Patrick Groters of Aruba and Zuhayr Pigot of Suriname took up where they left off Wednesday night and Daniella van den Berg of Aruba and Sidrell Williams of Jamaica shared the spotlight.

The Florida Gold Coast and international age group stars picked up more gold to add to their medal haul on Day Three of the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships Thursday night at the Piscina Olimpico Roly Bislik in Oranjestad, Savaneta, Aruba.

Jordy Groters, 17, of Aruba and Pine Crest Swimming, seeded third going into finals, won the 15-17 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.08. Jamaica’s Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica, the top-seed, finished third in a best time 2:10.87, lowering his previous best of 2:14.30.

Also in the 200 IM, Jonathan Farah, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago and American Heritage, making his international debut, was fifth in 2:19.27. Matthew Lyn, 16, of Jamaica was tenth in a best time 2:20.74.

Jordy Groters, the top morning seed, also took a silver medal in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.37 and Wayne Denswil, 17, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics took the bronze in a best time 30.31. Jordy Groters, swimming leadoff leg, took another silver medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay.

Patrick Groters, 14, of Aruba and Pine Crest Swimming won the 13-14 200-meter individual medley in 2:16.91. Groters swam back-to-back best times including 2:18.91 in prelims bettering his previous best of 2:23.30.

Zuhayr Pigot, 16, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics won the 15-17 100-meter freestyle in a best time 51.59, dropping from 52.40, followed by fifth-seed Christian Selby, 16, of Barbados in a best time, 52.70, dropping from 53.10 for the silver medal. Jabari Baptiste, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago was fourth in 53.14.

After winning relay gold earlier in the meet, Daniella van den Berg, 17, of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won her first individual gold medal in the 15-17 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:25.52, dropping from 2:31.41.

Sisters Daniella and Andrea, 15, van den Berg won relay gold leading Aruba to a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:50.77 with teammates Ginayla Arends and Rebecca Maduro.

Daniella Van den Berg also took a bronze medal in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:28.02, dropping from 2:29.06.

Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming, seeded second, won the 200-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 2:09.66, dropping from 2:15.39. It was the first of two gold medals for Williams. Christian Selby, 16, of Barbados took the bronze in 2:14.00 and Kean Dols, 15, of Jamaica was fifth in 2:19.31 after going a best time 2:14.53 in prelims, dropping from 2:24.41.

Jamaica’s Matthew Lyn, 16, Keanan Dols, 15, Sidrell Williams, 17, and Nico Campbell, 16, won the 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:05.78 in the final event of the night.

Nicolas Vale, 12, of Jamaica and Azura Florida Aquatics won two more silver medals. He took second in the 11-12 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:30.49. His previous best was 2:33.43. Vale, seeded third after prelims, also took second in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:27.49, another best time dropping from 2:31.82.

Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica and Pine Crest Swimming, was eighth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:45.39 after going a best time of 2:43.50 in prelims dropping from 2:48.37.

The Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which features most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean, is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

The meet concludes on Saturday with the open water 5K events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Groters, Pigot Win Gold On Day One Of CARIFTA

Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Groters, Pigot Win Gold On Day One Of CARIFTA


By Sharon Robb

April 22, 2014

In front of his home crowd, Jordy Groters of Aruba won a gold medal on opening night of the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships at the Piscina Olimpico Roly Bislik in Oranjestad, Savaneta, Aruba.

Groters, 17, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a career-best time of 2:20.18, lowering his previous best of 2:22.79.

In morning prelims, Groters, a member of Pine Crest Swimming and senior at University School headed to Missouri this fall, was second fastest qualifier in 2:28.8, and tweeted after his race “extremely easy, ready to destroy it tonight.”

Groters has been a member of the Aruba national team since he was 11. He has already competed in the World Short Course Championships and is a 2016 Olympic hopeful.

Zuhayr Pigot, 16, of Surinam and Metro Aquatics, the top seed in the 100-meter butterfly in 55.58, won gold with a best time 54.85. He first bettered his previous best in 55.28 in prelims. St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Sidrell Williams of Jamaica took silver in 56.36. Suriname’s Wayne Denswil, 17, also of Metro Aquatics, tied for fifth with Jabari Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago in a best time 58.53. Denswil’s previous best was 1:00.03.

Sisters Daniella van den Berg, 17, and Andrea van den Berg of Aruba won gold in the 15-17 400-meter freestyle relay in 4:04.04 with teammates Ginayla Arends and Rebecca Maduro.

Other Florida swimmers enjoyed success at the Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which features most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean and is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

Matthew Lyn, 16, representing Jamaica, took a silver in the 1500-meter event in the 15-17 age group in 16:59.06.

Groters younger brother, Patrick Groters, 14, of Aruba, captured a pair of bronze medals. He was third in the 13-14 age group 1500 event in 17:15.63 and third in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.89 after going 28.84 in prelims.

Michelle Dols, 16, also of Jamaica, took a silver in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:16.94, bettering her previous best of 9:19.75. Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica was ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:37.03.

Brienne Renfrum, 16, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics, won a silver medal in the 15-17 50-meter backstroke in a best time 30.59, dropping from 31.74.

Jabari Baptiste, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago took a silver medal in the 15-17 50-meter backstroke in 27.51 behind teammate David McLeod in 26.31. Baptiste, one of 33 swimmers representing his country, also anchored the winning 15-17 400-meter freestyle relay that won in 3:35.81 with teammates David McLeod, Joshua Ramkissoon and Jeron O’Brien.

Nicholas Vale, 12, of Jamaica and Azura Florida Aquatics was third in the 11-12 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.89.

Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:59.88. It was the first time Lyn broke 10 minutes, bettering her previous best of 10:23.97.

Jamaica had nine swimmers in ten individual events and boys 13-14 and 15-17 boys 400 freestyle relays and girls 13-14 400 freestyle relay in the opening night of finals.

Daniella van den Berg, 17, of Aruba took bronze in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:22.56.

On a lighter note, swimmers were relieved to see that the competition pool had WIFI. Trinidad and Tobago’s Jonathan Farah of American Heritage, making his international meet debut, tweeted “Thank God this pool has WIFI.”

The meet concludes on Saturday with the open water 5K events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 144: Pine Crest Freshman Tyla Martin Wins Three Golds At CARIFTA

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 144: Pine Crest Freshman Tyla Martin Wins Three Golds At CARIFTA


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 14, 2012

Tyla Martin of Trinidad and Tobago took up where she left off last year in international meets by winning at the CARIFTA 2012 Swimming Championships in Nassau, Bahamas.

On Friday night, the Pine Crest High School freshman won three gold medals and broke meet and national records bringing her two-day meet total to four golds.

Martin, 14, won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:09.73, bettering her prelim time of 2:14.13 and just missing the meet record of 2:09.51. She also won the 50-meter butterfly in 29.49.

In her best race of the evening, she won the 400-meter individual medley in 5:11.99 to break her own national record of 5:13.69 she swam last year at the ASATT Invitational.

Martin is competing in seven events (100 fly, 200 free, 50 fly, 400 IM, 200 IM, 400 free and 200 back) in the 13-14 age group.

Martin also anchored the fourth place 400-meter medley relay (4:54.74).

On Thursday’s opening day, Martin won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.81 bettering the previous record of 1:04.74 and national record of 1:04.92 set in 1994.

Several other Florida Gold Coast swimmers did well on the second night of competition.

Metro Aquatics Zuhayr Pigot, 14, of Surinam won the 13-14 50-meter butterfly in 26.81.

Jordy Groters, 15, of Aruba and Davie Nadadores won his second gold medal of the meet in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:40.97.

Dylan Carter, 15, also of Trinidad and Tobago, won the 15-17 50-meter butterfly in 25.34. Metro Aquatics’ Diguan Pigot, 17, was fifth in 25.98. Pigot was also fourth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.73.

Carter was also second in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.23 behind Joshua Romany, 16, in 1:52.46 and second in the 100-meter backstroke in 57.70 behind Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter in 57.32 and led off the winning 400-meter medley relay (3:57.83).

Twenty-two countries are competing in the Caribbean meet that ends Sunday.

Elsewhere

Fourteen-year-old Becca Mann of Clearwater Aquatic Team (CAT) went a career-best 15:58.90 in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the Nike NASA Showcase Classic currently being held in Clearwater, breaking the 20-year-old Michelle Richardson’s record she set while swimming for Hurricane Swimming. Mann’s previous best was 16:16.38.

TWEET OF THE DAY

“I have my first ACT and my first prom tomorrow!!!!! Crazy Saturday. So excited.”—Missy Franklin

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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CORAL SPRINGS SHINES ON DAY FOUR OF NASA SHOWCASE CLASSIC; TYLA MARTIN WINS GOLD

Coral Springs Swim Club age group swimmers, brimming with confidence and talent, turned in their finest performance of the week Friday night at the National Age Group Swimming Association (NASA) Showcase Classic.


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Tyla Martin CARIFTA MEDALS
Tyla Martin CARIFTA MEDALS

Coral Springs Swim Club age group swimmers, brimming with confidence and talent, turned in their finest performance of the week Friday night at the National Age Group Swimming Association (NASA) Showcase Classic.

With 16 swimmers among the field of 200 swimmers, mostly from out-of-state, Coral Springs had 13 finishes in Top 10, 20 finishes in Top 16 and 24 finishes in Top 24 at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Trinidad and Tobago national record holder Tyla Martin, 12, a day after returning home after her week-long, record-breaking, gold medal performances at the CARIFTA Age Group Swimming Championships in Jamaica, added to her growing medal collection by winning the team’s first individual gold medal of the meet.

Martin, the high point winner at CARIFTA, won the girls’ 12-year-olds 100-yard butterfly in 57.62 seconds after swimming a lifetime-best of 57.32 in morning prelims.

Other Coral Springs medalists were:

Kayla Moodie, 13, second in the girls’ 13-year-olds 200-yard breaststroke in 2:31.09 (2:36.36 prelims).

Jillian Alexander, 12, second, in the girls’ 12-year-olds 200-yard breaststroke in 2:31.34 (2:26.01 prelims).

Bogdan Cioanta, 14, third in the boys’ 14-year-olds 200-yard breaststroke in 2:25.55 (2:25.82 prelims).

Arie Van Der Vlist, 11, third in the boys’ 11-year-olds 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.08 (1:02.75 prelims).

Coral Springs Swim Club coach Michael Lohberg praised the efforts of age group coach Bruno Darzi, whose swimmers have had success in back-to-back meets, the Florida Gold Coast Short Course Junior Olympics and NASA Showcase Classic. 

“What it shows is that his kids can do more than one meet and are very good at handling the situation,” Lohberg said. “It also shows how much they enjoy the swimming part. That is what makes them swim fast, they are having a great time.”

Darzi not only physically prepared his swimmers for the meet, but also had them mentally-prepared, Lohberg pointed out.

“The kids’ physical demand is important but it was more of a mental thing and I saw that tonight,” Lohberg said

“Tyla didn’t look tired at all. She was fresh, upbeat and happy and that is the key to success in my opinion. Obviously, you do good work before but even if you do that and don’t do the mental part, the good conditioning that you have will never materialize.

“Bruno is capable of combining excellent work with getting them physically ready and being able to have fun. They went out there and did their thing. I talked with several of the swimmers and parents tonight and they are having a blast. They see their teammates doing well. Not doing well is not even an option for them.”

Other Coral Springs finishers were:

Eden Cooke, 10, fourth in the 10-year-olds 100-yard freestyle, 1:00.99, (1:01.23 prelims). Cooke has made every final of her events this week.

Arie Van Der Vlist, 11, fourth in the 11-year-olds 100-yard backstroke, 1:11.77, (1:11.60 prelims).

Bogdan Cioanta, 14, fifth in the 14-year-olds 100-yard freestyle, 51.79 (52.21 prelims).

Haley Wright, 13, eighth in the 13-year-olds 100-yard butterfly, 1:09.18, (1:08.60 prelims).

Kayla Moodie, 13, ninth, 13-year-olds 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.16.

Lindsey Sauer, 12, ninth, 12-year-olds 200-yard breaststroke, 2:48.36.

Catharine Cooper, 10, ninth, 10-year-olds 50-yard breaststroke, 40.27.

August Charni, 13, tenth, 13-year-olds 100-yard backstroke, 1:02.33.

Andrew Liang, 13, 11th, 13-year-olds 100-yard backstroke 1:06.28.

Catharine Cooper, 10, 11th, 10-year-olds 100-yard freestyle, 1:05.06.

Rebecca Wilkerson, 12, 12th, 12-year-olds 200-yard breaststroke, 3:00.83.

August Charni, 13, 12th, 13-year-olds 100-yard freestyle, 55.13.

Rebecca Sadler, 12, 13th, 12-year-olds 100 backstroke, 1:11.57.

Kayla Moodie, 13, 13th, 13-year-olds 100 yard freestyle, 58.92.

Lindsey Sauer, 12, 14th, 12-year-olds 100 freestyle, 1:00.92.

Haley Wright, 13, 17th, 13-year-olds 100-yard freestyle, 59.79.

Rebecca Wilkerson, 12, 20th, 12-year-olds 100 freestyle, 1:03.36.

Missy Walters, 12, 21st, 12-year-olds 100 freestyle, 1:03.90.

Rebecca Sadler, 12, 22nd, 12-year-olds 100 freestyle, 1:04.05.

“For most of the kids that are swimming here this was their target meet,” Lohberg said. “Bruno has a tremendously good group coming up in the 11-12 year-olds and some of the younger ones as well that he has coached for quite some time. This is a great compliment to his program. He is leaving his handwriting on them and that’s what great coaches are suppose to do and Bruno is a great coach.

“It only gets better from here,” Lohberg said. “The kids are building confidence with every swim and that is just as important as building training skills. Once they figure it out and put it together that this is how it works, it gets better and easier for them. That’s fun to watch.”

Coral Springs Swim Club, swimming unattached, is 11th with 409 points. Coral Springs is nearing the end of a 120-day mandatory waiting period before it merges with the Comets Swim Team and becomes the South Florida Aquatic Club (SOFLO).

Going into the final day, New England-based Bluefish Swim Club remains in the lead with 1,520 points. Quest Swimming is second (1,380) and Badger Swim Club is third (1,267.50).

The five-day national meet concludes today with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 4 p.m. Finals warm-up is 2:30 p.m.

All of Saturday night’s scheduled 400-yard freestyle relays will be held in the morning at the end of the session, according to meet organizers.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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MARTIN HAS ANOTHER BIG NIGHT AT CARIFTA

Tyla Martin of the Coral Springs Swim Club left a lasting impression at the 25th annual CARIFTA Swimming Championships. With another impressive night of swims, the 12-year-old led Trinidad and Tobago to the team title on the fourth and final night at the National Olympic Pool in Kingston, Jamaica.


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Tyla Martin of the Coral Springs Swim Club left a lasting impression at the 25th annual CARIFTA Swimming Championships.

With another impressive night of swims, the 12-year-old led Trinidad and Tobago to the team title on the fourth and final night at the National Olympic Pool in Kingston, Jamaica.

Martin won three individual medals, two gold and one silver and added another gold medal swimming anchor leg on the 11-12 200-meter freestyle relay to complete her most successful international meet in her young promising career.

When the team departs Jamaica today, Martin will need another suitcase to cart home her nine individual gold, three relay gold and silver medals.

Martin opened Tuesday’s competition with a record-breaking victory in the 11-12 400-meter freestyle. She won the distance event in 4:41.89, breaking the previous record of 4:44.69. Martin had to swim by herself in a slow lane because she had no seed time for the event and still managed to win handily.

Martin took a silver in the 11-12 50-meter freestyle. The fastest qualifier after morning prelims in 28.83, bettering her lifetime best of 29.34. She came back to finish second in 28.66, another best time. Inayah Sherry, 12 of Barbados won the sprint event in 28.08.

Martin was golden the rest of the night.

Martin, seeded second going into the 11-12 200-meter backstroke, won the event in another meet record and career-best 2:29.18. She erased the five-year-old meet record of 2:35.36. Her previous best was 2:30.87. Inayah Sherry, 12, of Barbados was a distant second in 2:34.68.

Martin then came back to swim anchor leg of the 200 freestyle relay to win with Syriah David, 12, Chantal Newallo, 12, and Jewel Mulrain, 11, to win in 2:00.44. The relay was the top seed going into finals in 2:02.40.

In the boys competition, Keegan Boisson-Yates, 14, of the Coral Springs Swim Club took a bronze for Trinidad and Tobago in the 13-14 200-meter backstroke in a career-best 2:21.97. His previous best was 2:26.26 which he first bettered in prelims in 2:26.

Boisson-Yates won a gold medal after swimming anchor leg of the winning 13-14 200-meter freestyle relay. Joshua Romany, 14, Dylan Carter, 13, Blaine Sobrian, 14, and Boisson-Yates won in a meet record 1:40.90. The previous record was 1:41.24 set in 2006.

In morning prelims, Boisson-Yates swam the third leg for the top-seeded relay (1:42.20).

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MARTIN BREAKS TWO MORE CARIFTA RECORDS; BOISSON-YATES TAKES SILVER MEDAL IN 200 IM

MARTIN BREAKS TWO MORE CARIFTA RECORDS; BOISSON-YATES TAKES SILVER MEDAL IN 200 IM


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WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Golden Girl Tyla Martin of the Coral Springs Swim Club continued her record-breaking, winning ways Monday night at the 35th annual CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.

Martin, 12, representing Trinidad and Tobago, won two more events and broke two more meet records in the National Stadium Olympic Pool.

In three days, the national record holder has won nine gold medals and broken seven meet records, giving Trinidad and Tobago an insurmountable team lead going into today’s final day of competition.

Martin won the 11-12 200-meter individual medley in a meet record and lifetime-best 2 minutes, 27.95 seconds. The previous meet record was 2:31.57. Martin was the top morning qualifier in 2:32.06. Martin’s previous best time was 2:30.57.

Martin finished more than a body length ahead of runner-up Coral Tomascik, 12, of the Cayman Islands in 2:36.55.

Eleven events later, Martin won the 11-12 100-meter freestyle in a record and lifetime best 1:01.74, breaking the previous meet record of 1:02.03 set in 1995. Her previous career-best time was 1:02.78 and her prelim time was 1:04.23.

No one has been happier with Martin’s impressive swims than her coach, Coral Springs Swim Club age group coach Bruno Darzi.

Darzi has been keeping in touch with his swimmer by email and text messaging before and after each of her swims about her warm-ups for prelims and finals, race strategy and how to handle the meet pressure and attention from the media and her team.

“I knew she was ready for this kind of meet based on the way she has been practicing,” Darzi said Monday. “I am not surprised at how well she is doing. We had hoped we had done the right things for her and it looks like so far we did.”

The biggest challenge for Martin has been swimming long course meters after training primarily short course in the winter.

“She prepared herself differently, she pretty much trained for this meet,” Darzi said. “We knew she would swim this many events because this is how many she qualified for in December in Trinidad and Tobago. She can handle this kind of schedule, she is a tough little girl.”

Martin, who said before the meet she expected to be nervous, has been faced with a few butterflies and is learning how to handle them. She has become one of the meet’s most popular and talked about swimmers.

“This is one of the best meets she has had,” Darzi said. “She definitely has the potential to be a really good swimmer. The hardest thing for her right now is handling the pressure from the attention.”

It is only Martin’s second international meet and first CARIFTA which is the age group championships for the Caribbean featuring more than 500 swimmers and 17 countries.

Darzi said she will take a week off after CARIFTA before resuming long course training for summer JOs and Zones.

“Each day she has been swimming better and better,” Darzi said. “She is getting more comfortable with the competition. She knows what she needs to focus on, what needs to be done and what she needs to work on.”

In the boys competition, Keegan Boisson-Yates, 14, also of the Coral Springs Swim Club and Trinidad and Tobago, finished second in the 13-14 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:20.01. His previous best time was 2:25:25. He had bettered his lifetime best first in prelims in 2:23.24. Jordy Groters, 13, of Aruba won the event in 2:17.51.

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