SOFLO’s Colmenares, Rodriguez Top Four Finishes On Final Day Of CCCAN Championships; Puerto Rico Wins Team Title


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 27, 2021–Javier Colmenares and Enrique Rodriguez, both representing Venezuela internationally, ended a long meet on a successful note Sunday at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships at San Juan Aquatic Complex.

Rodriguez, 16, was fourth in the 15-17 400-meter freestyle in 4:14.85. Rodriguez swam a best time of 4:14.36 in prelims, bettering his previous best of 4:15.30. His best event finish during the meet was second in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:12.56, a time drop of 1.81.

Colmenares, 14, was third in the 100-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 59.88. It was the first time he cracked 1 minute in the event. He dropped 0.24 off his entry time of 1:00.12. He was also fourth in the 13-14 50-meter breaststroke in 31.13 after going a best time 30.76 in prelims, dropping 0.38. His previous best was 31.14.

El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta, 24, who trains with Azura, won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:58.51.

Cypress Bay High School’s Nicol Bellardi, 15, of Venezuela won the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:23.43, shaving 2.04 off her previous best of 2:25.47.

Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales, 24, who trains with Azura, won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.39, the FINA “B” cut for Tokyo.

Kristen Romano, 21, of Puerto Rico won the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:13.75, another FINA “B” cut for the Tokyo Olympics and meet record.

Puerto Rico dominated the field of 14 countries to win the team title with 1,579 points after the completion of individual events. Venezuela was second with 744.

The CCCAN Championships are a biennial aquatics championship for countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The name of the event comes from the event’s organizers: the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Confederation, whose abbreviated name is CCCAN.

The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year, and began in 1960. In addition to CCCAN members, South American countries which border on the Caribbean also participate in the championships, including Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela. There are 28 federations.

BAHAMAS NATIONALS
NASSAU—Three-time Panama Olympian Edgar Crespo fell short of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in his final attempt. Crespo, 31, went 1:02.10 in the 100-meter breaststroke time trial. The FINA “B” cut was 1:01.73 and “A” cut 59.93. Sunday was the final day for swimmers to qualify. Honduras’ Julio Horrego, already qualified in the 100 breaststroke with a “B” cut, went 1:01.18 in an exhibition final.

CCCAN SUNDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Puerto Rico 1,579, 2. Venezuela 744, 3. Dominican Republic 483, 4. Guatemala 461, 5. Virgin Islands 288, 6. Jamaica 242, 7. Honduras 212, 8. Aruba 209.5, 9. El Salvador 205, 10. Haiti 113, 11. Panama 58.5, 12. Bermuda 47, 13. Turks and Caicos 33, 14. Colombia 21.

WOMEN
400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Nicole Mack, GUA 4:44.96; 13-14, 1. Lucero Mejia, GUA 4:33.21; 15-17, 1. Mariana Cote, VEN 4:31.01; 18-and-over, 1. Michelle Ramirez, HON 4:26.83.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Melissa Diego, GUA 35.50; 13-14, 1. Andrea Perea, PUR 35.60; 15-17, 1. Krista Jurado, GUA 33.88; 18-and-over, 1. Anahi Schreuders, ARU 33.32.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Monica Leydar, VEN 1:08.88; 13-14, 1. Gabi Paredes, VEN 1:06.56; 15-17, 1. Isabella Alas, ESA 1:02.27; 18-and-over, 1. Madelyn Moore, BER 1:02.21.

200-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Melissa Diego, GUA 2:27.07; 13-14, 1. Lucero Mejia, GUA 2:22.15, meet record; 15-17, 1. Nicol Bellardi, VEN 2:23.43; 18-and-over, 1. Kristen Romano, PUR 2:13.75.

MEN
400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Dany Papadia, VEN 4:26.38; 13-14, 1. Caleb Romero, PUR 4:17.36; 15-17, 1. Josean Massucco, PUR 4:03.90; SOFLO: 4. Enrique Rodriguez, VEN 4:14.85; 18-and-over, 1. Marcelo Acosta, ESA 3:58.51.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Gamal Kabchi, VEN 33.62; 13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 29.74; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares 31.13; 15-17, 1. Kito Campbell, JAM 28.55, meet record; 18-and-over, 1. Andres Martijen, DOM 28.94.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Omar Oyuela, HON 1:02.68; 13-14, 1. Diego Alvarado, ESA 58.73; SOFLO: 3. Javier Colmenares, VEN 59.88; 15-17, 1. Josean Massucco, PUR 57.50; FGC: 3. Renato Herran, VEN 57.86; 18-and-over, 1. Davidson Vincent, HAI 55.20.

200-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Daryan Maynard, VI 2:27.80; 13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 2:12.84; 15-17, 1. Max Wilson, VI 2:08.30; FGC: 2. Wisthon Rendon, VEN 2:10.77; 18-and-over, 1. Yeziel Morales, PUR 1:59.39.

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

SOFLO’s Javier Colmenares, Enrique Rodriguez Swim Best Times, Finish Runners-up On Day Four Of CCCAN Championships; Puerto Rico Leads Team Standings


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 26, 2021–Venezuela’s Javier Colmenares of South Florida Aquatic Club turned in another best time at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships Saturday at San Juan Aquatic Complex.

Colmenares, 14, was second in the 13-14 400-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 4:48.76, shaving 3.07 seconds off his previous best of 4:51.83. Colmenares has had best times in every event he has competed in.

Colmenares has the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly left to swim on Sunday.

Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cancel, 21, of University of Florida and SOFLO had the fastest qualifying time in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:21.26, lowering his entry time of 4:28 by 6.74 seconds. He finished second in finals in 4:21.91.

SOFLO’s Enrique Rodriguez, 16, of Venezuela was second in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:12.56, dropping 1.81 seconds.

SOFLO’s Andrea Santander, 19, of Venezuela was sixth in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.21 after going 27.08 in morning prelims.

Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales, 24, of Azura Florida Aquatics won the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 55.09, under the FINA Olympic “B” cut of 55.47 and meet record. Venezuela’s Alfonso Mestre, 19, of University of Florida earned the FINA Olympic “A” cut in the 800-meter freestyle (7:54.31) in 7:50.81, an official split time off the 1500 meters and also broke his own national record.

In other notable swims, Puerto Rico’s Jarod Arroyo set a national record in the 200 IM in 2:00.61. Xavier Ruiz of Puerto Rico set a national record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.53.

After Saturday night’s individual events, Puerto Rico has a huge lead in the team standings with 1,202 points. Venezuela is second with 516.5.

The CCCAN Championships are a biennial aquatics championship for countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The name of the event comes from the event’s organizers: the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Confederation, whose abbreviated name is CCCAN.

The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year, and began in 1960. In addition to CCCAN members, South American countries which border on the Caribbean also participate in the championships, including Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela. There are 28 federations.

CCCAN SATURDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Ihanelys Massini, PUR 5:24.49; 15-17, 1. Mariana Cote, VEN 5:07.64; 18-and-over, None.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Riley Miller, ISV 28.53; 13-14, 1. Christanya Shirley, JAM 27.33; 15-17, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 26.42; FGC: 5. Nicol Bellardi, VEN 27.96; 18-and-over, 1. Madelyn Moore, BER 25.82; SOFLO: 6. Andrea Santander, VEN 27.21.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Melissa Diego, GUA 1:08.61; 13-14, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez, DOM 1:05.54; 15-17, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 1:03.90; FGC: 2. Nicol Bellardi, VEN 1:07.28; 18-and-over, 1. Celismar Guzman, PUR 1:04.12.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Fatima Cuellar, GUA 2:35.04; 13-14, 1. Gabi Paredes, VEN 2:29.82; 15-17, 1. Julianna Penner, VEN 2:22.10; 18-and-over, 1. Michella Ramirez, HON 2:17.32.

MEN
400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 4:37.02; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares 4:48.76, time drop 3.07; 15-17, 1. Josean Massucco, PUR 4:37.60; 18-and-over, 1. Jarod Arroyo, PUR 4:17.94; SOFLO: 2. Miguel Cancel, PUR 4:21.91; FGC: 4. Marcelo Acosta 4:39.10.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Omar Oyuela, HON 27.21; 13-14, 1. Jaydon Croes, Aruba 24.40; 15-17, 1. Derek Correa, PUR 23.59; FGC: 2. Renato Herran, VEN 24.15, 3. Omar Fathallah, PUR 24.20; 18-and-over, 1. Louis Ortiz, PUR 22.82.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Daryan Maynard, VI 1:07.64; 13-14, 1. Siul Araya, PUR 1:02.38; 15-17, 1. Max Wilson, VI 57.52; FGC: 4. Wisthon Rendon, VEN 1:01.20; 18-and-over, 1. Yeziel Morales, PUR 55.09.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Omar Oyuela, HON 2:21.14; 13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 2:07.38; 15-17, 1. Josean Massucco, PUR 2:06.43; SOFLO: 2. Enrique Rodriguez, VEN 2:12.56; 18-and-over, 1. Victor Rosado, PUR 2:01.74.

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

Javier Colmenares Top SOFLO Finisher On Day Three Of CCCAN Championships


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 25, 2021–Venezuela’s Javier Colmenares is having the meet of his young life at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships at San Juan Aquatic Complex.

On Friday night, Colmenares, 14, posted his third lifetime-best of the meet finishing second in the 13-14 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.12, shaving 2.50 seconds off his previous best of 2:30.62.

Colmenares has also had best times in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.31 and 1:06.76 in the 100-meter breaststroke, “a real swim for a 14-year-old,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

Colmenares has the 400 IM, 50 breaststroke and 100 butterfly in the FINA-sanctioned meet.

Two other SOFLO swimmers also saw action Friday night.

Andrea Santander, 19, of Venezuela was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.47, bettering her morning fifth- fastest time of 58.69.

Enrique Rodriguez, 16, of Venezuela was sixth in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 8:55.43, dropping 2.62 seconds off his previous best.

The CCCAN Championships are a biennial aquatics championship for countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The name of the event comes from the event’s organizers: the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Confederation, whose abbreviated name is CCCAN.

The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year, and began in 1960. In addition to CCCAN members, South American countries which border on the Caribbean also participate in the championships, including Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela. There are 28 federations.

BAHAMAS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

NASSAU—Bahamas national team member Izaak Bastian, 19, of Florida State and St. Andrew’s alum won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:15.14, dropping 0.93 seconds. He was also a member of the winning 200-meter freestyle relay (1:33.65). He has the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events left to swim.

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Ariana Valle, ESA 18:04.15; 15-17, 1. Julianna Penner, VEN 17:38.23; 18-and-over, 1. Michelle Ramirez, HON 17:27.83.

50-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Riley Miller, ISV 31.78; 13-14, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez, DOM 30.41; 15-17, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 29.39; FGC: 2. Nicole Bellardi, VEN 31.32; 18-and-over, 1. Celismar Guzman, PUR 29.60.

200-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Melissa Diego, GUA 2:49.54; 13-14, 1. Andrea Perea, PUR 2:48.29; 15-17, 1. Krista Jurado, GUA 2:39.81; 18-and-over, 1. Marissa Lygo, PUR 2:40.13.

100-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Nicole Mack, GUA 1:02.41; 13-14, 1. Alanis Santiago, PUR 59.31; 15-17, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 57.81; FGC: 4. Nicol Bellardi, VEN 59.95; 18-and-over, 1. Madelyn Moore, BER 56.75; SOFLO: 4. Andrea Santander, VEN 58.47.

MEN
800-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Caleb Romero, PUR 9:05.18; 15-17, 1. Josean Massucco, PUR 8:21.92; SOFLO: 6. Enrique Rodriguez, VEN 8:55.43, time drop 2.62; 18-and-over, 1. Marcelo Acosta, ESA 8:10.66.

50-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Omar Oyuela, HON 31.61; 13-14, 1. Nelson Denny, JAM 27.98; 15-17, 1. Max Wilson, ISV 26.44; FGC: 6. Wisthon Rendon, VEN 29.28; 18-and-over, 1. Yeziel Morales, PUR 25.66.

200-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Gamal Kabchi, VEN 2:41.29; 13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 2:18.97; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares, VEN 2:28.12, time drop 2.50; 15-17, 1. Ryan Tirado, PUR 2:23.24; 18-and-over, 1. Tyler Christianson, PAN 2:16.96.

100-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Omar Oyuela, HON 58.81; 13-14, 1. Nelson Denny, JAM 53.61; 15-17, 1. Max Wilson, ISV 51.60; FGC: 4. Renato Herran, VEN 53.71; 18-and-over, 1. Mikel Schreuders, Aruba 50.27.

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

SOFLO’s Crespo, Cancel, Colmenares, Cincotti, Santander Top 4 Finishers On Day Two At CCCAN Championships


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 24, 2021–Three-time Panama Olympian Edgar Crespo of South Florida Aquatic Club won the 100-meter breaststroke but fell short of the Olympic qualifying standard Thursday at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships at San Juan Aquatic Complex.

Crespo, 33, won in 1:02.02, dropping 0.29 off his entry time of 1:02.31, but fell short of the FINA A standard of 59.93 and FINA B standard of 1:01.73.

Crespo will make one final attempt at the Bahamas National Championships on Sunday, the final day of FINA’s qualification period for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Miguel Cancel, 21, of Puerto Rico was second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.63. His entry time of 2:02.49 had already dipped below the 2:03.26 “B” standard. The “A standard is 1:59.67.

Javier Colmenares, 14, of Venzuela, had two runner-up finishes with best times in his events in the 13-14 age group. After earning the top seed in 2:16.87, he finished second in a best time 2:13.31, dropping 2.68 off his previous best of 2:15.99.

Colmenares was also second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.76, another best time by 2.21 seconds bettering his previous best of 1:08.97. He was fifth fastest in morning prelims in 1:10.69.

Mariangela Cincotti, 17, of Venezuela was third in the 15-17 200-meter freestyle in 2:13.03, off her entry time of 2:07.85.

Andrea Santander, 19, of Venezuela finished fourth in the 200 IM in 2:25.02. She has the 100 and 50 freestyles left to swim.

The CCCAN Championships are a biennial aquatics championship for countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The name of the event comes from the event’s organizers: the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Confederation, whose abbreviated name is CCCAN.

The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year, and began in 1960. In addition to CCCAN members, South American countries which border on the Caribbean also participate in the championships, including Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela. There are 28 federations.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Melissa Diego, GUA 2:28.51; 13-14, 1. Eva Ogden, PAN 2:31.57; 15-17, 1. Isabella Alas, ESA 2:21.84; FGC: 3. Nicol Bellardi, VEN 2:24.68; 18-and-over, 1. Kristen Romano, PUR 2:12.86; SOFLO: 4. Andrea Santander, VEN 2:25.02.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Riley Miller, ISV 30.60; 13-14, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez, DOM 28.74; 15-17, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 27.57; 18-and-over, 1. Madelyn Moore, BER 27.12.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Melissa Diego, GUA 1:19.09; 13-14, 1. Andrea Perea, PUR 1:17.41; 15-17, 1. Krista Jurado, GUA 1:14.25; 18-and-over, 1. Marissa Lugo, PUR 1:13.66.

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Nicole Mack, GUA 2:12.75; 13-14, 1. Lucero Mejia, GUA 2:08.36; 15-17, 1. Isabella Alas, ESA 2:06.96; SOFLO: 3. Mariangela Cincotti, VEN 2:13.03; 18-and-over, 1. Julimar Avila, HON 2:06.15.

400-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Puerto Rico 4:51.92; 13-14, 1. Puerto Rico 4:44.61; 15-17, 1. Venezuela (Nicol Bellardi, Fabiana Pesce, Julianna Penner, Mariana Cote) 4:33.65; 18-and-over, 1. Puerto Rico 4:28.57.

MEN
200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Dany Papadia, VEN 2:26.23; 13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 2:11.49; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares, VEN 2:13.31; 15-17, 1. Max Wilson, ISV 2:10.75; 18-and-over, 1. Jarod Arroyo, PUR 2:00.95; SOFLO: 2. Miguel Cancel, PUR 2:01.63.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Christian Jerome, HAI 28.43; 13-14, 1. Nelson Denny, JAM 26.46; 15-17, 1. Kaheem Lozer, JAM 25.49; FGC: 4. Renato Herran, VEN 25.84; 18-and-over, 1. Davidson Vincent, HAI 24.74.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Gamal Kabchi, VEN 1:12.92; 13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 1:04.53; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares, VEN 1:06.76; 15-17, 1. Alexandre Grand’Pierre, HAI 1:03.72; 18-and-over, 1. Edgar Crespo, PAN 1:02.02.

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Dany Papadia, VEN 2:06.88; 13-14, 1. Caleb Romero, PUR 1:59.97; 15-17, 1. Jaden Ficklen Berrios, PUR 1:54.09; 18-and-over, 1. Mikel Schreuders, ARU 1:53.16, FGC: 2. Marcelo Acosta, ESA 1:53.28.

400-meter medley relay:
13-14, 1. Puerto Rico 4:07.53; 15-17, 1. Puerto Rico 3:58.24; 18-and-over, 1. Puerto Rico 3:51.31.

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

El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta Wins; SOFLO’s Enrique Rodriguez Places Sixth On Opening Day Of CCCAN Championships


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 23, 2021–Five-time national record holder Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador won his first event at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships Wednesday at San Juan Aquatic Complex.

Acosta, 24, who trains with Azura Florida Aquatics, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:52.85, off his entry time of 15:04.79.

Acosta, a 2016 Olympian, has the 800 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 400 IM and 400 freestyle remaining to swim.

National record holder Michelle Ramirez, 18, of Honduras won the women’s 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:08.81, dropping 5.78 seconds off her previous best of 9:14.59.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Enrique Rodriguez, 16, of Venezuela swam the 15-17 1500-meter freestyle as an exhibition and finished in 17:10.03, slower than his entry time of 17:06.91.

Venezuela was third in the 15-17 mixed 200-meter free relay in 1:43.91 with Fabiana Pesce and Florida Gold Coast swimmers Wisthon Rendon, Renato Herran and Nicol Bellardi.

SOFLO’s other five swimmers competing are: three-time Olympian Edgar Crespo, 33, of Panama; Miguel Cancel, 21, of Puerto Rico; Mariangela Cincotti, 17, of Venezuela; Javier Colmenares, 14, of Venezuela; and Andrea Santander, 19, of Venezuela.

The CCCAN Championships are a biennial aquatics championship for countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The name of the event comes from the event’s organizers: the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Confederation, whose abbreviated name is CCCAN.

The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year, and began in 1960. In addition to CCCAN members, South American countries which border on the Caribbean also participate in the championships, including Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela. There are 28 federations.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

800-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Ariana Valle, ESA 9:23.05, 2. Lucero Mejia, GUA 9:38.64, 3. Sofia Garcia, VEN 9:47.61; 15-17, 1. Mariana Cote, VEN 9:08.66, 2. Rebecca Ramos, GUA 9:35.86, 3. Carolina Suraez, PUR 9:52.64; 18-and-over, 1. Michelle Ramirez, HON 9:08.81, 2. Ivana Izquierdo, PUR 9:13.08, 3. Laura Figueroa, PUR 9:32.02.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Caleb Romano, PUR 17:10.35, 2. Jose Nolla, PUR 18:01.98, 3. Tajhari Williams, TCI 20:30.53; 15-17, 1. Fabian Gines, PUR 16:10.06, 2. Josean Massucco, PUR 16:16.24, 3. Raul Briceno, VEN 16:29.82; SOFLO: 6. Enrique Rodriguez, VEN 17:10.03; 18-and-over, 1. Marcelo Acosta, ESA 15:52.85, 2. Alexis Soto, PUR 16:11.02, 3. Alfonso Mestre, VEN 16:38.82.

200-meter free relay:
11-12, 1 Venezuela 1:52.95, 2. Virgini Islands 1:54.29, 3. Puerto Rico 1:56.70; 13-14, 1. Dominican Republic 1:45.13, 2. Puerto Rico 1:46.22; 15-17, 1. Puerto Rico 1:41.36, 2. Dominican Republic 1:43.47, 3. Venezuela 1:43.91; 18-and-over, 1. Puerto Rico 1:37.89.

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

Seven SOFLO Swimmers Head To CCCAN And Bahamas National Championships


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 22, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented by six swimmers at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships at San Juan Aquatic Complex.

The five-day FINA-sanctioned meet gets under way on Wednesday.

Among SOFLO’s six-swimmer contingent representing various countries are three-time Olympian Edgar Crespo, 33, of Panama; Miguel Cancel, 21, of Puerto Rico; Mariangela Cincotti, 17, of Venezuela; Javier Colmenares, 14, of Venezuela; Enrique Rodriguez, 16, of Venezuela; and Andrea Santander, 19, of Venezuela.

Events and seedings are:

Crespo, seeded second 100 breaststroke, 1:02.31.

Cancel, seeded second in 200 IM, 2:02.49; first 200 butterfly, 2:00.12; third 50 breaststroke, 29.56.

Cincotti, seeded second 200 freestyle, 2:07.85; and third 400 freestyle, 4:28.26.

Colmenares, seeded second 200 IM, 2:16.92; third 100 breaststroke, 1:08.97; second 200 breaststroke, 2:30.62; second 400 IM, 4:51.83; third 50 breaststroke, 31.14; and fourth 100 butterfly, 1:00.12.

Rodriguez, seeded 11th 1500 freestyle, 17:06.91; second 200 butterfly, 2:14.37; and sixth 400 freestyle, 4:15.30.

Santander, seeded second 200 IM, 2:19.47; first 200 freestyle; second 100 freestyle, 56.64; and sixth 50 freestyle, 26.57.

The CCCAN Championships are a biennial aquatics championship for countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The name of the event comes from the event’s organizers: the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Confederation, whose abbreviated name is CCCAN.

The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year, and began in 1960.

In addition to CCCAN members, South American countries which border on the Caribbean also participate in the championships, including Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela. There are 28 federations.

In addition to swimming, open water events will be held at Laguna Del Condado.

BAHAMAS NATIONALS
SOFLO’s Julio Horrego of Honduras, already qualified in the 100-meter breaststroke for the Tokyo Olympics, will try and qualify in the 200-meter breaststroke at the June 24-27 Bahamas National Swimming Championships at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Swim Complex in Nassau.

The four-day meet that begins Thursday is a FINA-sanctioned meet for both the Tokyo Olympics and 2021 Short Course Meters World Championships.

Horrego’s 200 entry time is 2:15.32. He is also seeded second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.77 and third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.35.

Also competing in the meet are two Florida Gold Coast swimmers and former local high school swimmers: NSU University School alum Patrick Groters, 21, of Aruba, seeded first in the 400 IM (4:27.69), first in the 100-meter backstroke (55.82), first in the 200-meter backstroke (2:02.32), second in the 200 IM (2:01.62), third in the 50-meter backstroke (26.32); and St. Andrew’s alum and Florida State’s Izaak Bastian, 19, representing the Bahamas, seeded third in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:16.07), fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke (28.83) and fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:01.92). Another local swimmer, Renzo Tjon A Joe, 25, of Suriname is seeded first in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.18.

Meet officials will follow strict COVID-19 protocols. Spectators will not be allowed in the stands.

CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
Fort Lauderdale High School alums, Florida Gold Coast swimmers and brothers Philippe and Raphael Marcoux qualified for the final of the 50-meter freestyle but fell short of qualifying for the Canadian Olympic team Monday at the Toronto Pan-Am Sports Centre. Philippe was seventh in the final in 22.87 after qualifying eighth in prelims in 22.99. Raphael was eighth in 22.98 after qualifying seventh in prelims in 22.97. In Tuesday’s prelims, Philippe was 11th in the 100-meter freestyle in 50.32, bettering his seed time of 50.47, and just missing his second final. Raphael was 16th in 51.75, off his seed time of 50.46.

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

2021 CCCAN Championships Awarded To Puerto Rico


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 2, 2021–The Puerto Rican Swimming Federation will host the June 23-27 Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

The event was originally set to be hosted by Panama, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic withdrew.

The meet will be held at the San Juan Aquatic Complex that features a 50-meter Olympic-sized pool and separate diving well.

The pool also features a movable floor which makes it possible to vary the water depth from 3-meter deep to zero. The state-of-the-art facility includes a stainless gutter system that maintains the pool water at rim flow at all times thus contributing to a ‘fast’ pool.

The facility can accommodate up to 2,000 spectators but is expected to observe COVID-19 guidelines for fewer spectators and mandatory masks.

Only swimming and open water swimming will be held. Water polo and synchronized swimming are not on this year’s program.

The competition venue for swimming is Natatorio de San Juan and open water swimming Laguna Del Condado.

The Puerto Rican Swimming Federation will oversee the event with help from CCCAN officials. The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year and began in 1960.

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

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

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