Carter, Cancel, Ponson, Cooper Shine On Day Four Of XVIII Pan American Games; Pine Crest’s Santander Swims 200 IM On Final Day Sunday


By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 10, 2019—Past and present South Florida swimmers were among top finishers in the “A” and “B” finals Friday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional Aquatic Center.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago won the “B” final of the 50-meter freestyle in 22.67. Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders was third in 22.89.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Miguel Cancel of Puerto Rico was third in the “B” final of the 400-meter individual medley in 4:28.54. Cancel and Azura’s Yeziel Morales of were members of Puerto Rico’s fifth-place 4×200-meter freestyle relay that fini9shed in 7:36.13.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander and NSU University School’s Mariangela Cincotti of Azura were members of Venezuela’s eighth place 4×200-meter freestyle relay that finished in 8:33.91.

Aruba’s Allyson Ponson of Azura Florida Aquatics was third in the “B” final of the 50-meter freestyle in 26.19. American Heritage alum Cathy Cooper of Panama was eighth in 27.01.

Individual winners on Friday night:

Brazil sprinter Etiene Medeiros won the 50-meter freestyle gold medal in 24.88. It was Brazil’s first medal in this event at the Pan American Games. She was the only woman under 25 seconds. Americans Margo Geer (25.03) and Madison Kennedy (25.14) were second and third.

Brazilian Bruno Fratus won his first gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle for the first time in three Pan American Games after back-to-back silvers. The 30-year-old won in 21.61 ahead of Americans Nathan Adrian in a season-best 21.87 and Michael Chadwick in 21.99. Former local swimmer Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Surinam was eighth in 22.58.

Camille Cieplucha of Canada won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.90. Argentine Virginia Bardach was second in 4:41.05.

American Charles Swanson won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:11.46. Bolles alum Santi Corredor of Colombia was eighth in 4:35.44.

The U.S. women’s team won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:57.33 with Margo Geer, Lia Neal, Claire Rasmus and Meaghan Raab.

Brazil’s men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay won gold in a Pan Ams record 7:10.66 with Luiz Melo, Fernando Scheffer, Joao De Lucca and Breno Correia. The U.S. was second in 7:14.82.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Aruba’s Patrick Groters Breaks Second National Record; El Salvador’s Celina Marquez Of Azura Breaks National Record; Carter Takes Bronze Day Three Of XVIII Pan American Games


By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 9, 2019—Patrick Groters of Aruba continued to make history for his country with a second national record Thursday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional Aquatic Center.

The former NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming alum just missed his second final, placing ninth in the men’s 100-meter backstroke and making “B” final but did break his second national record for Aruba in a personal-best 56.20. He broke his own record of 57.17 set in 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships.

In an exciting “B” final race, Groters was second in another best time and lowering his national record in 55.82 just 4/100ths of a second behind Azura’s Yeziel Morales of Puerto Rico in 55.78. Groters is being coached by his older brother Jordy.

Morales finished fourth in his heat in 56.53. He finished fifth overall in 200-meter backstroke on Wednesday in 2:00.27.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Celina Marquez, 20, of El Salvador swam a national record in the 100-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:01.92. Her previous best was 1:02.92 in April at the Puerto Rico Open. She also swam 1:02.96 at the recent FINA World Aquatic Championships. She earned the fifth-fastest time. Her splits were 29.96 and 31.96, breaking the national record by more than two and a half seconds. In finals, she finished seventh in 1:03.07.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago 100-meter won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke final in 54.42.

Groters’ Aruba teammate Mikel Schreuders, 20, swam the fastest time in his career to break a national record in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.08. His splits were 23.74 and 25.34 to earn the third seed for final. His previous best was 49.17 swam at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games. He came back at night to finish sixth in 49.21.

Azura’s Allyson Ponson of Aruba won the “B” final in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.06. In prelims she was ninth in 57.28 to make “B” final.

Former SOFLO swimmer Jorge Murillo won the “B” final in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.59 after going 2:14.09 in his heat. He was also a member of the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fifth in 3:55.22.

Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Surinam was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle heats in 49.73.

Azura and Cypress Bay alum Marco Guarente, now at Florida, qualified for the “A” final of 200-meter breaststroke, where he finished seventh in 2:14.40.

Azura alum Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, now at Louisville, was fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.98.

Mateo Gonzalez of Mexico, a Sagemont and Azura alum qualified for the “B” final on Wednesday in 100-meter butterfly and finished second in 54.09.

Azura alum Luis Martinez won a silver medal in 100-meter butterfly in 51.63 behind American Tom Shields in 51.59 Wednesday night.

Azura alum Jose Angel Martinez of Mexico, now at Texas A&M, was fifth in 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.23 Wednesday night.

Azura’s Julio Horrego of Honduras was fourth in the “B” final of 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.90 after going 2:18.21 in his heat.

Doral alum Isabella Paez was a member of Venezuela’s mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fourth in its heat in 4:03.18.

American Heritage alum Cathy Cooper of Panama was a member of the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fifth in its heat in 4:06.11 and sixth in finals in 3:58.10.

Individual winners on Thursday night:

American Margo Greer, top qualifier, led from start-to-finish to win the 100-meter freestyle in 54.17.

Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini outsprinted American Nathan Adrian to win the 100-meter freestyle in 48.09 and snap the Americans win streak. Adrian finished in 48.17.

American Anne Lazor won the 200-meter breaststroke in a Pan Am record 2:21.40.

American William Licon won the 200-meter breaststroke in a Pan Am record of 2:07.62.

American Phoebe Bacon won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.47, the only swimmer under 1 minute.

American Daniel Carr won the 100-meter backstroke in 53.50.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello continues to dominate the distance events winning the 800-meter freestyle in 8:29.42. American Mariah Denigan was second in 8:34.18. U.S. teammate Becca Mann, a former Clearwater swimmer, was fifth in 8:38.25.

American Andrew Abruzzo won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.70.

Brazil won the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:48.61. The U.S. team of Anne Lazor, Kendyl Stewart, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian was disqualified for an illegal second dolphin kick on Miller’s breaststroke.

The U.S. won 11 medals including six gold on Day 3 and broke two Pan American records.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Dressel Wins Three Titles In One Night, SOFLO’s Atkinson Makes Final On Day Seven Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 27, 2019—Caeleb Dressel pulled off a hat trick on Day Seven of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships Saturday at Nambu International Aquatics Centre.

The 22-year-old swimming sensation defended his 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly titles and was a member of the winning mixed 4×100-meter freestyle that broke a world record in 3:19.40.

Dressel, a University of Florida, Clay High School and Bolles Swim Club alum, is the first swimmer to win at least six gold medals at two world championships.

“It wasn’t easy tonight,” Dressel said. “I don’t want it to be easy, I really don’t.”

Dressel won the 50-meter freestyle breaking his own American record in 21.04 and 100-meter butterfly in 49.66 after breaking the world record in the semifinals in 49.50.

“It doesn’t just come together by accident,” Dressel said. “It’s just about getting in every day and learning event to event, practice to practice.

“But I’m glad it’s over. I certainly don’t want to swim any more than this tonight. Dressel could pocket a seventh gold and eighth medal of the week in Sunday’s 4x100m mixed medley. He also took silver in the 4×100-meter mixed medley.

“Tomorrow I will be ready to swim one more, and one more fast.”

Olympian and world record holder Katie Ledecky, 22, salvaged her world championships with a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle for her fourth consecutive title in the event. It was Ledecky’s 15th world title.

“I got to the pool this morning to warm up and felt a little nauseous again which wasn’t great,” Ledecky said. “I had a brief moment of doubt there, but pulled it together and made it happen today.

“Last night after watching all the fast swimming I said (to my coach) I so, so badly want to go have a good swim tomorrow. Just watching those records tumble… really fired me up.”

After scratching from two events because of illness, Ledecky came from .18 seconds behind to overtake leader Simona Quadarella of Italy and win in 8:13.58.

“I took it out like I usually do, and just kind of relied on my training to bring me home,” Ledecky said. “Simona was having a great race and pulled up right next to me, and when she did that, I kind of felt like I could stick with her and rely on my speed. I just tried to stay calm and relaxed from the 500 to the 750, and decided in the last 100 when I was going to make a move. I just put my legs into it and got my hand on the wall.”

A night after setting a world record in the semi-finals of the women’s 200 backstroke, 17-year-old American Regan Smith returned to win the final.

The only world title to escape the Americans on Saturday was the women’s 50-meter butterfly, won by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, her first of the meet.

“I’m very happy that I could win another medal especially after such a tough program I’ve been having,” said the Olympic 100 butterfly champion, who had needed an oxygen mask after winning bronze in the 200 freestyle.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club made her first final in the 50-meter breaststroke. She is the fifth fastest qualifier after semifinals in 30.61. She was the silver medalist in the event in 2015. American Lilly King is top qualifier in 29.84.

SOFLO teammate and Vietnam Olympian Vien Nguyen will compete in her third and final event, the 400-meter individual medley on Sunday.

Among other former or current Florida Gold Coast swimmer results: 50-meter freestyle, 47. Cathy Cooper, Panama 26.88, 49. Chade Nersicio, Curacao 27.13, 51. Lauren Hew, Cayman Islands 27.26; 50-meter breaststroke, 4. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica 30.53, 5. Atkinson, 30.61.

The world championships has brought together a record 2,620 athletes from 194 countries and territories around the world with 76 sets of medals up for grabs in pool swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

The meet will be streamed and televised by the Olympic Channel and live timing will be available.

TV Schedule: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2019/07/17/swimming-world-championships-tv-stream-schedule/

Live Results: http://omegatiming.com

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Mexico Sweeps Open Distance Events; Panama Wins Relay With Cooper; SOFLO’s Lares, Banks, Nazario Swim Saturday


By Sharon Robb

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS, June 28, 2019—Mexico got off to a good start in the distance events and mixed relays on opening day of the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Aquatic Championships [CCCAN] Friday at National Aquatic Centre.

Cathy Cooper led off Panama’s winning mixed 4×50-meter freestyle relay that won in 1:41.90.

SOFLO’s Gaby Banks and Nicholas Vale were relay members of Jamaica’s second place 15-17 4×50-meter freestyle relay in 1:43.08, lower than its entry time of 1:43.70.

Mexico swept three of the four mixed 4×50-meter freestyle relays.

Venezuela’s Maria Yegres, 13, had the fastest time in all age groups, winning the 13-14 800-meter freestyle in 9:04.80.

Mexico’s Axxel Salgado Salinas, 18, won the 18-and-over 1500-meter freestyle in 16:02.80, fastest time in all age groups.

Weather permitting, South Florida Aquatic Club and Florida Gold Coast swimmers race on Saturday.

Sebastian Lares, 14, will compete in four individual events and two relays: 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Gaby Banks, 16, is seeded second in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.65. She will also swim the 50-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke, 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke.

SOFLO’s Diego Nazario, 12, making his CCCAN debut, will represent Puerto Rico. The Silver Group swimmer is entered in the 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle.

Pine Crest alum and Kenyon College-bound Nicholas Vale are representing Jamaica. He will be joined by his younger sister, Simone Vale, 15, and Sidrell Williams, another Florida Gold Coast swimmer. Renzo Tjon A Joe, 23, will represent Suriname. Cathy Cooper, 19, is competing for Panama. Lauren Hew will represent the Cayman Islands.

Banks and Vale are also 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.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

800-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Maria Yegres, VEN 9:04.80; 15-17, 1. Michelle Ramirez, HOND 9:14.59; 18-and-over, 1. Mariajose Lopez Lizarraga, MEX 9:14.70.

4×50-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. Mexico 1:51.27, 2. Bahamas 1:52.00, 3. Dominican Republic 1:52.35; 13-14, 1. Mexico 1:45.09, 2. Bermuda 1:45.95, 3. Jamaica 1:46.72; 15-17, 1. Mexico 1:42.089, 2. Jamaica 1:43.08, 3. Puerto Rico 1:44.15; 18-and-over, 1. Panama 1:41.90, 2. Mexico 1:42.41, 3. Honduras 1:43.44.

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Alan Alejandro Gonzalez Mujica, MEX 16:23.56; 15-17, 1. Chance Conde, PUR 16:25.00; 18-and-over, 1. Axxel Salgado Salinas, MEX 16:02.80

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Sebastian Lares, Gaby Banks, FGC Swimmers Compete In CCCAN Swimming Championships That Begin Friday In Barbados


By Sharon Robb

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS, June 27, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Sebastian Lares of Panama and Gaby Banks of Jamaica will compete in the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Aquatic Championships [CCCAN] at National Aquatic Centre.

Lares, 14, will compete in four individual events and two relays. He will compete in the 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Banks, 16, is seeded second in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.65. She will also swim the 50-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke, 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke.

Pine Crest alum and Kenyon College-bound Nicholas Vale will represent Jamaica. He will be joined by his younger sister, Simone Vale, 15, and Sidrell Williams, another Florida Gold Coast swimmer. Renzo Tjon A Joe, 23, will represent Suriname. Cathy Cooper, 19, will compete for Panama. Lauren Hew will represent the Cayman Islands.

Banks and Vale are also shortlisted for the FINA Junior World Championship set for August 20-25 in Budapest, Hungary.

An estimated 500 athletes from 29 countries are expected to compete in pool swimming. Several participants will try to qualify for the World Championship and Pan American Games before the July 3 deadline.

Twenty eight countries will be 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.

Barbados Aquatic Sports Association president Tony Selby said during the meet’s press conference that he expects a competitive meet.

“There is going to be a lot of competition in swimming,” Selby said. “I have had a look at the psych sheet and the competition is going to be stiff. Obviously, the powerhouses of the Caribbean are Trinidad and Bahamas, they will all be here as well trying to maintain glory to the English-speaking Caribbean over the Central American countries.”

According to Selby, Mexico has not competed in CCCAN for several years, and they are coming to make a statement with a large group of 81 athletes.

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

The swimming will be held from Friday to July 2. The races will be swam as preliminary qualifying heats in the morning and finals at night, a similar format to CARIFTA and other four- or five-day swim meets.

The Championships, which also features synchronized swimming, open water swimming and water polo, began on Monday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Groters, Cooper, Van den Berg, Horrego, Acosta, Tjon-A-Joe Finish With Wins At CCCAN Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

SAVANETA, ARUBA, July 4, 2018–Several familiar faces in South Florida and Florida Gold Coast finished with wins on the final two days of the XXXI Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships at Pisina Olimpico Roly Bisslik.

Patrick Groters, 18, of Aruba won the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:06.09 with a time drop of 0.72 lowering his previous best of 2:06.81. He was also second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:05.72. Groters and his brother Jordy, 21, making his final appearance in the meet, were also members of the winning 800-meter freestyle relay. Patrick finished with 62 points.

Aruba’s Daniella Van den Berg, 21, won the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:26.08 bettering her previous time of 4:26.42, dropping 0.34. Van den Berg and her sister Andrea, 19, were members of the winning 800-meter freestyle relay.

Cathy Cooper, 18, of Panama won the 50-meter freestyle in 26.49. She was also second in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.80 and led off the second-place 800-meter freestyle relay.

Julio Horrego, 19, won the 200-meter individual medley in a meet record 2:04.85 and 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.30.

Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, 22, of Surinam was a double winner sweeping the sprint freestyles in the 100-meter freestyle in 50.42 and 50-meter freestyle in 22.88.

Marcelo Acosta, 21, of El Salvador was also a double winner in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.15 and 400-meter freestyle in 3:57.86. He finished with 56 points in high point.

Other Florida Gold Coast top finishers:

Gaby Banks, 15, Jamaica, 50-meter freestyle, second, 26.69; 100-meter freestyle, sixth, 59.96.

Jordy Groters, 21, Aruba, 50-meter breaststroke, second, 28.68; 100-meter breaststroke, third, 1:05.66.

Daniel Jacobs, 17, Aruba, 400-meter freestyle, second, 4:01.25, best time; 100-meter freestyle, third, 52.74.

Daniella Van den Berg, 21, Aruba, 200-meter individual medley, fifth, 2:30.60.

Ireyra Tamayo, 16, Panama, 100-meter freestyle, fifth, 59.88.

Annabella Lyn, 17, Jamaica, 100-meter freestyle, seventh, 1:00.36.

Simone Vale, 14, Jamaica, 200-meter backstroke, seventh, 2:37.54.

Andrea Van den Berg, 19, Aruba, 400-meter freestyle, seventh, 4:57.10.

Nicholas Vale, 16, Jamaica, 400-meter freestyle, sixth, 4:15.76; 200-meter individual medley, seventh, 2:14.52; 100-meter freestyle, eighth, 54.63.

Trinidad & Tobago won its first combined team title with 649.50. The swim meet featured 22 countries.

The 2018 CCCAN Championships was an official qualifier for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

DAY FOUR AND FIVE RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Trinidad & Tobago 649.50, 2. Colombia 584, 3. Aruba 561.50, 4. Bahamas 540.50, 6. Bermuda 437, 7. Jamaica 393.50, 8. Honduras 383, 9. Barbados 306, 10. El Salvador 222.

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Zoe Anthony, TTO 2:32.91; 13-14, 1. Stefania Gomez Hurtado, COL 2:29.46; 15-17, 1. Laura Sofia Melo Barrera, COL 2:21.01; 18-and-over, 1. Daniela Gutierrez Zapata, COL 2:21.81, meet record, 5. Daniella Van den Berg, ARU 2:30.60.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Emily Santos, PAN 34.02, meet record; 13-14, 1. Catalina Rueda Bermudez, COL 34.95; 15-17, 1. Victoria Russell, BAH 33.28; 18-and-over, 1. Naomy Grand’Pierre, Haiti 36.28.

100-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Jillian Crooks, AY 1:01.72; 13-14, 1. Emily MacDonald, JAM 57.95, meet record; 15-17, 1. Barbara Munoz Quintero, COL 58.39, 5. Ireyra Tamayo, Panama 59.88, 6. Gaby Banks, JAM 59.96, 7. Annabella Lyn, JAM 1:00.36 18-and-over, 1. Sara Pastrana, HON 58.76, 2. Cathy Cooper, PAN 58.80.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Allyson Belfonte, CAY 2:36.35; 13-14, 1. Fatima Portillo, ESA 2:28.72; 15-17, 1. Michella Ramirez, HON 2:21.79; 18-and-over, 1. Fernanda Far, PAN 2:22.84.

800-meter freestyle relay:
15-17, 1. Aruba 8:48.55, 2. Honduras 8:59.62, 3. Jamaica 9:07.22; 18-and-over, 1. Aruba 8:59.46 (Andrea Van den Berg, Gaby Ponson, Ally Ponson, Daniella Van den Berg), 2. Panama 9:29.21 (Cathy Cooper, Nimia Murua, Marielys Corrales, Daniela Navarrete).

400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Zoe Anthony, TTO 4:49.68; 13-14, 1. Manuela Libreros Bolivar, COL 4:35.82; 15-17, 1. Daila Ismatul, GUA 4:27.01; 18-and-over, 1. Daniella Van den Berg, ARU 4:26.08, best time, 7. Andrea Van den Berg, ARU 4:57.10.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Jillian Crooks, CAY 27.46; 13-14, 1. Emily MacDonald, JAM 26.48; 15-17, 1. Madelyn Moore, BER 25.97, 2. Gaby Banks, JAM 26.69; 18-and-over, 1. Cathy Cooper, PAN 26.49.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Emily Santos, PAN 1:14.39; 13-14, 1. Catalina Rueda Bermudez, COL 1:17.63; 15-17, 1. Victoria Russell, BAH 1:13.83; 18-and-over, 1. Nimia Melissa Murua, PAN 1:16.09.

200-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido, DOM 2:33.23; 13-14, 1. Daniella Treasure, BAR 2:25.92, 7. Simone Vale, JAM 2:37.54; 15-17, 1. Laura Melo Barrera, COL 2:18.05; 18-and-over, 1. Carmen Marquez, ESA 2:22.64.

400-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Trinidad & Tobago 4:51.10, 2. Jamaica 4:56.06, 3. Barbados 5:06.93; 13-14, 1. Jamaica 4:34.48, 2. Colombia 4:38.93, 3. Aruba 4:52.40.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Zarek Wilson, TTO 2:24.32; 13-14, 1. Roan Baker, BAR 2:15.54; 15-17, 1. Luis Sebastian Weekes, BAR 2:07.37, 7. Nicholas Vale, JAM 2:14.52; 18-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, HON 2:04.85, meet record, 2. Patrick Groters, ARU 2:05.72.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Nigel Forbes, BAH 32.15, meet record; 13-14, 1. Kierro Stubbs, BAH 30.97; 15-17, 1. Tyler Russell, BAH 30.16; 18-and-over, 1. Edgar Crespo, PAN 28.08, 2. Jordy Groters, ARU 28.68.

100-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Nikoli Blackman, TTO 57.61; 13-14, 1. Lamar Taylor, BAH 53.09; 15-17, 1. Kai Legband, BER 52.28, 3. Daniel Jacobs, ARU 52.74, 8. Nicholas Vale, JAM 54.63; 18-and-over, 1. Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, SUR 50.42.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Christopher Gossmann, GUA 2:18.28; 13-14, 1. Sebastian Arroyo, CRC 2:15.98; 15-17, 1. Juan Ocampo Urbano, COL 2:04.94; 18-and-under, 1. Marcelo Acosta, ESA 2:08.15.

800-meter freestyle relay:
15-17, 1. Colombia 7:55.98, 2. Curacao 8:0.68, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 8:06.30; 18-and-over, 1. Aruba 8:08.80 (Patrick Groters, George den Dunnen, Jordy Groters, Mikel Schreuders), 2. Panama 8:09.78, 3. Curacao 8:45.63.

400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Zarek Wilson, TTO 4:25.77; 13-14, 1. Brian Desmond, BERAG 4:18.32; 15-17, 1. Juan Restrepo, COL 3:58.77, 2. Daniel Jacobs, ARU 4:01.25, time drop, 6. Nicholas Vale, JAM 4:15.76; 18-and-over, 1. Marcelo Acosta, ESA 3:57.86.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Marvin Johnson, BAH 26.02; 13-14, 1. Lamar Taylor, BAH 23.94; 15-17, 1. Kai Legband, BER 23.61; 18-and-over, 1. Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, SUR 22.88.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Nigel Forbes, BAH 1:11.16; 13-14, 1. Erald Thompson III, BAH 1:09.91; 15-17, 1. Luis Weekes, BAR 1:05.62; 18-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, HON 1:03.30, 3. Jordy Groters, ARU 1:05.66.

200-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Lucas Diaz, DOM 2:27.67; 13-14, 1. Tristan Pragnell, BAR 2:13.46; 15-17, 1. Marco Cabrera, GUA 2:08.42; 18-and-over, 1. Patrick Groters, ARU 2:06.09, time drop.

400-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Trinidad & Tobago 4:41.05, 2. Jamaica 4:48.55, 3. Aruba 4:53.76.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Van den Berg, Acosta, Horrego Win At CCCAN Swimming Championships In Aruba


By Sharon Robb

SAVANETA, ARUBA, July 1, 2018–Daniella Van den Berg of Aruba, Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador and Julio Horrego of Honduras were among winners during the first two days of competition at the XXXI Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Swimming Championships at Pisina Olimpico Roly Bisslik.

Van den Berg, 21, won the 18-and-over 800-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 9:03.81. She shaved two seconds off her previous best of 9:05.50. Her sister Andrea was seventh.

Acosta, 21, won the 18-and-over 1500-meter freestyle in 15:41.21. Acosta was also a member of the fourth place mixed 200-meter freestyle relay.

Julio Horrego, 19, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time of 2:20.87, dropping 1.00 off his previous best of 2:21.12.

Also on Day One, Jamaica set a senior national and 15-17 record of 1:42.81 for the bronze medal in the 15-17 mixed 200-meter freestyle relay team of Nicholas Vale, Jesse Marsh, Bryanna Renuart and Gabrianna Banks. The previous record was 1:43.70.

Other Florida Gold Coast top finishers:

Cathy Cooper, 18, of Panama was a member of the second place 200-meter freestyle mixed relay.

Jamaica’s Simone Vale, 14, was second in the 50-meter backstroke in 32.02. Teammate Annabella Lyn, 17, was seventh in a best time 31.90 with a time drop of 1.00.

Racine Ross, 17, of Trinidad & Tobago was third in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:05.47.

Nicholas Vale, 16, of Jamaica was third in the 100-meter butterfly in 56.67.

Patrick Groters, 18, of Aruba was second in the 50-meter backstroke in 26.94 and sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:24.91 with a time drop of 3.00 off his previous best of 2:27.14.

Jordy Groters, 21, of Aruba, competing in his second-to-last career swim meet, was sixth in the 100-meter butterfly in 58.16.

Early team leaders are Colombia in the women’s competition and Bahamas in the men’s competition after two days.

FINA also approved the 2018 CCCAN Championships as an official qualifier for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Savaneta is a town and district in southeastern Aruba. Until 1797, it was the island’s capital city. It is the home to the island’s oldest surviving home, a 150-year-old mud hut.

The swim meet, featuring 22 countries, is being live streamed every day beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Facebook on the CCCAN Facebook page. The swimming competition continues through July 3.

DAY ONE FINALS RESULTS
GIRLS

800-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Manuela Libreros Bolivar, COL 9:27.76; 15-17, 1. Michelle Ramirez, HON 9:17.91; 18-and-over, 1. Daniella Van den Berg, ARU 9:03.81, PAN B, 7. Andrea Van den Berg, ARU 10:07.45.

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Carlos Menafra, PAN 17:12.78; 15-17, 1. Juan Morales Restrepo, COL 16:20.43; 18-and-over, 1. Marcelo Acosta, ESA 15:41.21, PAN A.

200-meter freestyle mixed relay:
11-12, 1. Trinidad and Tobago, 1:50.29; 13-14, 1. Bermuda 1:45.04; 15-17, 1. Colombia 1:42.20; 18-and-over, 1. Aruba 1:40.66 (Jordy Groters, Ally Ponson, Gaby Ponson, Mikel Schreuders), 2. Panama 1:40.84 (Isaac Beitia, Sara Chi, Cathy Cooper, Franco Reyes).

DAY TWO FINALS
GIRLS

200-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Emily Santos, PAN 2:40.25; 13-14, 1. Krista Jurado, GUA 2:45.77; 15-17, 1. Elisa Alejandra Funes, ESA 2:41.67; 18-and-over, 1. Maria Fernanda Far, PAN 2:46.21.

50-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Jillian Crooks, CAY 32.11; 13-14, 1. Logan Watson-Brown, BERAG 31.62, 2. Simone Vale, JAM 32.02; 15-17, 1. Madelyn Moore, BER 30.23, 7. Annabella Lyn, JAM 31.90, time drop 1.00; 18-and-over, 1. Gisela Morales, GUA 29.89.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Jillian Crooks, CAY 1:06.87; 13-14, 1. Sabrina Lyn, JAM 1:03.82; 15-17, 1. Barbara Munoz Quintero, COL 1:04.17, 3. Racine Ross, TTO 1:05.47; 18-and-over, 1. Daniela Gutierrez Zapata, COL 1:02.45.

BOYS

200-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Nigel Forbes, BAH 2:36.00; 13-14, 1. Sam Williamson, BERAG 2:32.21; 15-17, 1. Luis Sebastian Weekes, BAR 2:22.21; 18-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, HON 2:20.87, time drop, 1.00, 6. Patrick Groters, ARU, 2:24.91, time drop 3.00.

50-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Zarek Wilson, TTO 30.04; 13-14, 1. Lamar Taylor, BAH 27.66; 15-17, 1. Davante Carey, BAH 26.84; 18-and-over, 1. Steven Aimable, FGUY 26.83, 2. Patrick Groters, ARU 26.94.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Nigel Forbes, BAH 1:01.95; 13-14, 1. Lamar Taylor, BAH 59.45; 15-17, 1. Kael Yorke, TTO 55.28, 3. Nicholas Vale, JAM 56.67; 18-and-over, 1. Franco Reyes, PAN 55.20, 6. Jordy Groters, ARU 58.16.

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