Azura Wins Three Events; SOFLO’s Rodriguez Seventh In Prelims At Puerto Rico International Swimming Open


By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, April 23, 2022—Despite a pool water problem that forced Friday’s finals to be moved, swimmers overcame the adversity to swim well Saturday morning.

Four of the finals on Friday had to be rescheduled because of an issue with the pool water being cloudy. The events were moved to another pool and four of the finals were held Saturday morning before Saturday’s prelims.

SOFLO’s Enrique Rodriguez, 17, was seventh in the 400-meter freestyle prelims in 4:16.09 on Friday. The final is being rescheduled because of the pool problem.

SOFLO’s Aldo Zepeda, 16, was 27th in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.23.

Azura Florida Aquatics picked up three more wins.

Top-seeded Julimar Avila, 24, of Honduras won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.18. She also won the 50-meter butterfly earlier in the meet in 28.40. She was her country’s only woman swimmer at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Nicole Frank, 18, of Uruguay won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:34.11. She was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 33.10. She also competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Two-time Olympian Abbas Qali, 29, of Kuwait won the 100-meter butterfly in 54.68. He was the only male swimmer to represent Kuwait at the Olympics.

The four-day meet runs through Sunday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to SOFLO, swimmers from Azura Florida Aquatics (21 swimmers) and Plantation Swim Team (24 swimmers) are among the 35-team field. Swimmers from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Uruguay and Puerto Rico head the field.

The FINA meet is a qualifying event for the May 13-29 19th FINA World Swimming Championship in Hungary and 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY MORNING FINALS
WOMEN

100-meter butterfly: 1. Julimar Avila, Azura 1:02.18, 2. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 1:04.58, 3. Alexandria Hope Cotter, FPN 1:04.74.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:34.11, 2. Emily Santos, MVAC 2:36.14, 3. Elisa Alejandra Funes, GCMST 2:39.86.

MEN
100-meter butterfly: 1. Abbas Qali, Azura 54.68, 2. Yeziel Morales, Puerto Rico 54.81, 3. Erick Gordillo, GUA 54.83, 4. Davidson Vincent, Azura 55.00, 9. Renato Herran, PST 57.95.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Xavier Ruiz, SJC 2:20.41, 2. Ryan Tirado, MST 2:26.62, 3. Jorell Melendez Figueroa, LMDM 2:27.72, 4. Emanuel Cuarta, PST 2:32.34.

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

SOFLO’s Luciano Gonzalez Takes Silver At Puerto Rico International Swimming Open


By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, April 21, 2022—Luciano Gonzalez was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher Thursday at the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open at Albergue Olimico German Rieckehoff.

Gonzalez, 27, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing second in the 50-meter butterfly in 25.04. He was fourth fastest in prelims in 25.29.

SOFLO’s Enrique Rodriguez, 17, finished sixth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:47.40, dropping 10.65 off his previous best of 8:58.05.

SOFLO’s Aldo Zepeda, 16, placed ninth in the 50-meter backstroke prelims in a best time 28.67, dropping 3.73 and came back in finals to finish ninth in 28.83.

Azura Florida Aquatics had three individual winners.

Julimar Avila, 24, Kito Campbell, 18, and Jayhan Odlum-Smith, 19, won individual events.

Avila, the top seed, won the 50-meter butterfly in 28.40.

Campbell, also the fastest morning qualifier, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 28.36, dropping 1.16.

Odlum-Smith, second fastest in morning prelims, won the 50-meter butterfly in 24.63.

The four-day meet runs through Sunday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5:30 p.m. Friday, Satuday and Sunday.

In addition to SOFLO, swimmers from Azura Florida Aquatics (21 swimmers) and Plantation Swim Team (24 swimmers) are among the 35-team field. Swimmers from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Puerto Rico head the field.

The FINA meet is a qualifying event for the May 13-29 19th FINA World Swimming Championship in Hungary and 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

THURSDAY FINALS
WOMEN

50-meter backstroke: 1. Liznel Ortiz, CAM 29.99, 2. Daniela Gutierrez, UN-CC 30.52, 3. Maria Jose Arrua, Azura 30.66.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Emily Santos, MVAC 32.87, 2. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 33.10, 3. Marissa Marie Lugo, HUM 33.69.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Julimar Avila, Azura 28.40, 2. Alexandria Hope Cotter, FPN 28.83, 3. Regina Torres Pomar, MVAC 29.22.

MEN
50-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Puerto Rico 26.19, 2. Erick Gordillo, GUA 26.98, 3. Carlos Cobos, Azura 27.33.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Kito Campbell, Azura 28.36, 2. Kebo Stubbs, MVAC 29.77, 3. Xavier Ruiz, SJC 29.94.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 24.6; 2. Luciano Gonzalez, SOFLO 25.04, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 25.08.

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

SOFLO’s Rendon, Rodriguez, Zepeda Head To Puerto Rico For International Competition


By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, April 19, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club will have three swimmers competing at the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open.

The four-day meet gets underway Thursday and runs through Sunday at Albergue Olimico German Rieckehoff. Thursday events are 5 p.m. for prelims and 8 p.m. for finals. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5:30 p.m. Friday, Satuday and Sunday.

Wisthon Rendon, 17, Enrique Rodriguez, 17, and Aldo Zepeda, 16, will compete in the international meet. The trio will each compete in six events.

SOFLO will be joined by swimmers from Azura Florida Aquatics (21 swimmers) and Plantation Swim Team (24 swimmers) among the 35-team field. Swimmers from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Puerto Rico head the field.

The FINA meet is a qualifying event for the May 13-29 19th FINA World Swimming Championship in Hungary and 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

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

Aruba’s Patrick Groters Wins Second Gold Medal, Breaks Second Junior Pan American Games Record Twice


By Sharon Robb
CALI, Colombia, November 30, 2021–Patrick Groters of Aruba won his second gold medal and broke his second meet record at the Junior Pan American Games Tuesday at Hernando Botero O’Byrne Swimming Pool.

On the fifth and final night of the inaugural competition, Groters, 22, won the 200-meter individual medley with an exciting finish in 2:02.09, holding off Guatemala’s Erick Gordillo in 2:02.47.

Groters broke his second Junior Pan American Games record in morning prelims in 2:03.93 and came back to break it again in finals in 2:02.09.

The former NSU University School and Pine Crest Swim Club swimmer, now at University of South Carolina, finished with two gold medals, two meet records, two national records, one silver medal and three World Championship qualifying times.

Nicole Frank, 17, of Uruguay and Azura Florida Aquatics, won her first gold medal of the meet in the 200-meter individual medley. She won in a best time 2:17.46, a drop of 0.78. She was second fastest in morning prelims in 2:21.61.

Brazil swept the men’s and women’s team titles.

Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca, hosted the first-ever edition of the Junior Pan American Games.

It was a key event in the lead-up to the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games and Paris 2024 Olympics, allowing up-and-coming athletes a new level of competition they didn’t have in past years.

Approximately 3,000 volunteers, 1,400 technical officials and 1,142 other officials participated along with 4,806 athletes from 41 countries and territories affiliated with Panam Sports in 39 sports. The meet was for ages up to 22.

Neither the U.S. or Canada, the region’s most successful countries, sent swim teams to the event although they competed in other sports. Brazil (25), Colombia (25), and Mexico (26) had the largest delegations of swimmers.

The Games were initially scheduled to begin on June 5 but were postponed to September 9 to 19. It was further delayed because of COVID-19 before moving to late November and early December.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Karen Durango Restrepo, Colombia 17:18.34, 2. Maite Gonzalez Rodriguez, Cuba 17:35.28, 3. Michelle Jativa, Ecuador 17:45.32.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Nicole Frank, Uruguay 2:17.46, 2. Maria Selene Alborzen, Argentina 2:18.99, 3. Fernando De Groeij, Brazil 2:19.32.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Gerald Hernandez Huerta, Nicaragua 16:44.64, 2. Juan Jose Bolanos, Costa Rica 16:50.44, 3. Miguel Siwady, Honduras 16:52.42.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:02.09, 2. Erick Gordillo, Guatemala 2:02.47, 3. Matheo Mateos, Paraguay 2:04.53.

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

Germany’s Florian Wellbrock Wins Men’s Olympic 10K Open Water Swim


By Sharon Robb
TOKYO, Japan, August 4, 2021—Florian Wellbrock was determined not to let his third race of the Tokyo Olympics slip away.

The 23-year-old German world 10K champion won the Olympic men’s 10K open water gold medal by 25 seconds in 1 hour, 48 hours and 33.7 seconds at Odaiba Marine Park.

The victory more than made up for his fourth place in the 800-meter freestyle after leading until the last 50 meters only to finish fourth and settling for a bronze medal in the 1500 meters.

Wellbrock had the lead for most of the 6.2-mile race, trailing France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier briefly. Going into the seventh and final lap, six swimmers were together but it was Wellbrock who surged after making the final turn around a red buoy at the far end of the course and broke away for the win. No one was going to catch him on Wednesday.

Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky took the silver medal in 1:48.59, just edging out Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri in 1:49.01.1. Defending champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands was seventh. American Jordan Wilimovsky, 27, was tenth in 1:51.40.2. He was the only U.S. entry.

Wellbrock was the second German to win a medal in the 10K, held in the Olympics for just the fourth time after making its debut at the 2012 London Games. Thomas Lurz won bronze in 2008 and silver in 2012.

The temperature was 81 degrees with 80 percent humidity. The water temperature was 84 degrees. The stifling heat forced two swimmers to drop off including France’s David Aubry. Great Britain’s Hector Pardoe also was unable to finish.

WEDNESDAY OPEN WATER MEN 10K RESULTS

  1. Florian Wellbrock, Germany 1:48.33.7
  2. Kristof Rasovszky, Hungary 1:48.59.0
  3. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy 1:49.01.1
  4. Matan Roditi, Israel 1:49.24.9
  5. Athanasios Kynigakis, Greece 1:49.29.2
  6. Marc-Antoine Olivier, France 1:50.23.0
  7. Ferry Weertman, Netherlands 1:51.30.8
  8. Michael McGlynn, South Africa 1:51.32.7
  9. Hau-Li Fan, Canada 1:51.37.0
  10. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA 1:51.40.2

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

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

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