SOFLO’s Nazario Top Local Finisher On Day Three Of CCCAN Swimming Championships; Mexico Leads Medal Count


By Sharon Robb

CHRISTCHURCH, BARBADOS, July 1, 2019—Diego Nazario of Puerto Rico was the top local finisher on Day Three of the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Aquatic Championships [CCCAN] Sunday at National Aquatic Centre.

The 12-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club Silver Group swimmer was fourth in the 50-meter butterfly in 29.55.

Nazario was also a member of the second place 11-12 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in 4:02.95. Nazario’s split was 1:00.46.

SOFLO’s Sebastian Lares, 14, of Panama was sixth in the 400-meter individual medley in a career-best 4:50.52. Lares dropped 7.43 seconds off his previous best of 4:57.95.

Lares was also sixth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.84. Lares swam a best time of 1:02.52 in morning prelims, dropping 0.70.

Lares anchored Panama’s winning 4×100-meter freestyle that won in 3:50.51. His split was 55.69.

Laila Michel of Haiti broke the 100-meter butterfly national record in 1:08.84.

After three days of competition, Mexico is dominating the medal count with 60 (26 gold, 21 silver, 13 bronze) ahead of Venezuela with 17 and Panama, Bahamas and Puerto Rico each with 16 total medals.

Jamaica’s Gaby Banks and Nicholas Vale are 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.

The prelims and finals are being live streamed on the meet’s official Facebook page.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Harper Barrowman, CAY 2:14.60; 13-14, 1. Elan Daley, BER 2:08.56; 15-17, 1. Logan Watson-Brown, BERAG 2:06.33; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 2:06.04, 5. Lauren Hew, CAY 2:12.96.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Saidah Brown, JAM 30.76; 13-14, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 27.59; 15-17. 1. Karla Abarca, NCA 29.11, 8. Simone Vale, JAM 30.21/30.16 prelims, 11. Gaby Banks 30.37; 18-and-over, 1. Lismar Lyon, VEN 27.61.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido, DOM 1:08.20; 13-14, 1. Camilla Rodriguez Suriano, MEX 1:07.90; 15-17, 1. Danielle Titus, BAR 1:04.64, 10. Simone Vale, JAM 1:09.96; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 1:03.77, 6. Lauren Hew, CAY 1:08.96/1:07.31.

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Aide Beatriz Diaz Lugo, MEX 5:05.56; 15-17, 1. Karen Rodriguez Cardenas, MEX 5:07.67; 18-and-over, 1. Georgina Gonzalez Garcia, MEX 5:11.76.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Mexico 4:15.56, 2. Bermuda 4:17.15, 3. Dominican 4:17.47; 13-14, 1. Mexico 4:03.40, 2. Puerto Rico 4:06.33, 3. Bermuda 4:07.44; 15-17, 1. Mexico 3:58.37, 2. Puerto Rico 4:05.11, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 4:06.85; 18-and-over, 1. Mexico 4:03.34, 2. Panama 4:06.55.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Luis Eduardo Corona Martinez, MEX 2:03.06; 13-14, 1. Rodrigo Ramos Chavez, MEX 1:57.55; 15-17, 1. Mitch Bourgeois, GUADE 1:55.67; 6. Nicholas Vale, JAM 1:58.35/1:57.81; 18-and-over, 1. Alex Sobers, BAR 1:53.30, 9. Sidrell Williams, JAM 1:59.14.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Marvin Johnson, BAH 28.10, 4. Diego Nazario, PUR 29.55; 13-14, 1. Miguel Eduardo Rojas Newman, MEX 25.72; 15-17, 1. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, LCA 25.46, 6. Nicholas Vale 26.30/25.98; 18-and-over, 1. Cadell Lyons, TTO 24.69, 8. Sidrell Williams, JAM 26.30/26.55.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Kaiser Ruiz Garcia, PUR 1:07.07; 13-14, 1. Eduardo Pardo Torres, MEX 1:00.72, 6. Sebastian Lares, PAN 1:02.84/1:02.52; 15-17, 1. Davante Carey, BAH 58.81; 18-and-over, 1. Carlos Godinez Garcia, MEX 58.61.

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Roberto Bonilla, GUA 4:37.63, 6. Sebastian Lares, PAN 4:50.52; 15-17, 1. Tyler Chrsitianson, PAN 4:31.73; 18-and-over, 1. Carlos Kossio Mendez, MEX 4:30.23.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Mexico :56.02, 2. Puerto Rico 4:02.95, 3. Bermuda 4:06.94; 13-14, 1. Panama 3:50.51; 15-17, 1. Mexico 3:34.89, 2. Venezuela 3:36.03, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 3:36.94; 18-and-over, 1. Panama 3:28.13, 2. Trinidad & Tobago 3:28.89, 3. Mexico 3:29.50.

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
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Sebastian Lares, Jonathan Farah Medal, FGC Swimmers Dominate CCCAN Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 5, 2017—Sebastian Lares of South Florida Aquatic Club brought home five medals and seven best times after the recent XXX Central American and Caribbean (CCCAN) Swimming Championships at National Aquatic Centre in Balmain Couva, Trinidad & Tobago.

Lares, 12, won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal and finished fourth and fifth in other events while swimming best times in every event.

Lares won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.47 with a time drop of 3.79 and 200-meter individual medley in 2:23.31 with a huge time drop of 5.57.

Lares took two silver medals in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.55 with a 7.56 drop and 400-meter freestyle in 4:29.02 with an impressive 15.11 time drop.

Lares also finished third for a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:07.94 with a 1.25 drop.

Lares was fourth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:24.20 with a 5.26 time drop and fifth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:28.88 with a 2.12 drop.

Lares finished with 47 points for high point.

His older brother, Andres Lares, 17, who trains with Azura Florida Aquatics, won a silver medal in the 15-17 1,500-meter freestyle. He was second in 16:31.79, dropping 4.86 seconds off his previous best of 16:36.65. Lares had 14 points. His other best finish was fifth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.31.

The brothers are members of the Panama national team.

SOFLO’s Jonathan Farah, 19, a sophomore-to-be at Boston College and Plantation American Heritage alum, medaled as a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s 18-and-over 800-meter freestyle relay that finished third in 8:12. Farah’s teammates were Jabari Baptiste, Sachin Sankar and Joshua Romany.

Farah was also sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:15.96; seventh in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:19.10, another best time dropping 3.52 seconds; and 11th in the 50-meter breaststroke prelims in 31.78.

Two-time Olympian Ana Fortin, 44, of Honduras, the oldest swimmer in the CCCAN field, won a gold medal with the 400-meter freestyle relay and two silvers on the 800-meter freestyle and 400-meter medley relays.

Among current or former Florida Gold Coast swimmers best results are:

Marcelo Acosta, 20, Louisville/Azura, El Salvador: won the 1500-meter freestyle, 15:39.51; won 200-meter butterfly, 2:06.46; won 400-meter freestyle, 3:55.54; second 200-meter freestyle, 1:51.73.

Lani Cabrera, 23, Barbados: third, 200-meter freestyle, 2:10.75; fourth, 400-meter freestyle, 4:37.62.

Dylan Carter, 20, Plantation American Heritage, Trinidad & Tobago: won 100-meter butterfly, 52.73; won mixed 200-meter freestyle relay, 1:38.40; won 200-meter freestyle, 1:48.91; won 400-meter freestyle relay.

Cathy Cooper, 17, Plantation American Heritage, Panama: third on 200-meter freestyle relay, 1:42.25; third 400-meter freestyle relay, 4:01.50; second 100-meter freestyle, 58.39; fourth on 800-meter freestyle relay, 9:00.94; third 50-meter freestyle, 26.47.

Jordy Groters, 21, Missouri, Aruba: second 50-meter breaststroke, 28.57; second 100-meter breaststroke 1:04.07.

Irvin Hoost, 17, St. Brendan, Surinam: third, 400-meter freestyle relay, 3:37.44; fourth 100-meter freestyle 52.86; fourth 400-meter medley relay, 4:07.30.

Daniel Jacobs, 16, University School, Aruba: fourth, 200-meter freestyle relay, 1:43.19; first 200-meter freestyle, 1:54.82; first, 400-meter freestyle, 4:01.85.

Andres Lares, 17, Azura, Panama: second, 1500-meter freestyle, 16:31.79; fifth, 400-meter freestyle 4:11.31.

Sharntelle McLean, 32, Trinidad & Tobago: fourth, 400-meter freestyle relay, 4:14.14; third, 400-meter medley relay, 4:40.78; fourth, 100-meter freestyle 59.76.

Chade Nersicio, 15, Trinity Christian/East Coast Aquatic Club, Curacao: second, 100-meter butterfly, 1:02.27; won 50-meter butterfly, 27.59; third, 50-meter breaststroke, 34.24; won 100-meter freestyle 57.67; second, 50-meter freestyle 26.45; second 100-meter breaststroke 1:14.27.

Jhonny Perez, 19, Azura, Dominican Republic: sixth, 50-meter backstroke, 28.42; seventh, 50-meter freestyle, 24.05.

Racine Ross, 16, Pine Crest, Trinidad & Tobago: second on 400-meter medley relay, 4:33.33; sixth 100-meter butterfly, 1:04.46.

Andrea van den Berg, 18, Azura, Aruba; fifth, 800-meter freestyle, 9:56.90; fifth, 400-meter freestyle, 4:39.29.

Sidrell Williams, 20, St. Andrew’s, Jamaica: tenth, 50-meter butterfly prelims, 26.32.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Schwab Wins First International Gold Medal, Breaks Record at CCCAN Championships

SOFLO’s Schwab Wins First International Gold Medal, Breaks Record At CCCAN Championships


June 29, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Nicholas Schwab won his first major gold medal Tuesday at the Central American and Caribbean Swimming (CCCAN) Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Competing in his first major international meet for the Dominican Republic, Schwab, 20, won the 200-meter individual medley in a meet record and career-best time of 2:08.90.

Despite not being shaved or rested, Schwab bettered his previous best by 2.67 seconds.

The Miami-born Schwab grew up training at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg. He was a member of two state high school champion teams at Douglas (2006 and 2007) under Dana Holmquist. He is a two-time automatic All-American in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle events.

Schwab started his collegiate career a Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

As a freshman he held freestyle season bests of 22.95 for the 50-yard freestyle, 48.17 for the 100-yard freestyle, 1:44.23 for 200-yard freestyle and 4:45.89 for 500-yard freestyle.

Schwab also competed in the Sun Belt Conference Championships as a freshman in the 100-yard freestyle, 48.56, 200-yard freestyle, 1:44.23 and 500-yard freestyle, 4:46.89.

Schwab redshirted his sophomore year and transferred to Indiana University, where the 6-foot, 160-pound swimmer just completed his junior year.

Schwab represented IUCP-Indiana in May at the Charlotte UltraSwim.

Schwab owns his own company, Dynasty Athletic Wear, with fellow college student Davon Harding.

Schwab is one of two former Lohberg swimmers competing at the CCCAN Championships. Sharntelle McLean of Trinidad and Tobago, a two-time Olympian, has already won two bronze medals in sprint events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 41: Former Coral Springs Swimmer McLean Takes Bronze At CCCAN

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 41: Former Coral Springs Swimmer McLean Takes Bronze At CCCAN


June 28, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Two-time Olympian Sharntelle McLean, who trained at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex in past years, won two bronze medals for Trinidad and Tobago during the first two days of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming (CCCAN) Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

McLean finished third in the 50-meter backstroke (31.34) on Monday and 50-meter butterfly (28.98) on Tuesday in the 18-and-over age group competition.

McLean was also sixth in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:00.70, also on Tuesday.

McLean, who qualified for the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics working with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg, is among 35 Trinidad and Tobago swimmers competing in the six-day age group championships along with several other Central American and Caribbean teams.

SOFLO’s Sell Brothers Get Racing In Tallahassee

SOFLO brothers Tyler and Dylan Sell got in some racing at the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club Long Course Invitational in Tallahassee over the weekend.

Dylan Sell, 14, was fifth in boys 13-14 200-meter freestyle in 2:13.59 after finishing third in prelims in 2:12.48. He was also fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 3:00.21 after earning top seed in prelims in 2:54.17.

Tyler Sell, 19, was ninth in the 15-and-over 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.58 after placing tenth in prelims in 2:04.79. He

Tyler was seven in 400-meter freestyle in 4:23.73 after finishing second in prelims in 4:15.14

With only two swimmers, SOFLO finished 22nd with 50 points.

Remaining Olympic Tickets On Sale Now

The U.S. Olympic Committee and CoSport announced the timeline for the U.S. launch of the sale of all remaining tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

CoSport started the second phase of sales at noon on Tuesday. The sale phase is “live” which means customers will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis for all tickets not sold during the first phase of sales.

Those interested in purchasing tickets must go to CoSport’s website, www.cosport.com.

A number of quality tickets still remain.

CoSport is also selling hospitality packages that include hotel rooms and Olympic tickets. Visa, an Olympic sponsor, is the only credit card that CoSport will accept.

Miscellaneous

SOFLO two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov departed Tuesday for the July 16-31 14th FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China. Polyakov will stop off in Russia first to join his Kazakhstan federation and will then depart for China to acclimate. The swimming competition begins Sunday, July 24th and ends Saturday, July 31st. There will be heats, semifinals and finals….SOFLO’s Zain, Jaafar and Abbas Qali of Kuwait, and Hazem and Loai Tashkandi of Saudi  Arabia are preparing for the Gulf Aquatic Championships that begin July 25th. At last year’s GCC meet, national record holder Loai Tashkandi became Saudia Arabia’s first triple gold medalist…SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Arlene Semeco of Venezuela are training for the Pan American Games this fall…..On Wednesday (June 29th at 8 p.m.) Florida Swim Network’s Swimmer Joe will be with Texas coach Eddie Reese in the Coach’s Zone streaming live from Lance Armstrong’s Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in downtown Austin. There will be a live chat room with several swimmers including Brendan Hansen. Florida Swim Network is in Texas to follow a handle of Florida athletes in the Texas Open Age Group Swim Meet at UT which gets under way on Friday and ends Sunday. For all coverage go to http://FloridaSwimNetwork.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com