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.


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.


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.

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February 1, 2012


Tristan Celestin will end one chapter of his young swimming career and begin another when he celebrates his 13th birthday on February 5.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer dominated the 11-12 age group with Top 10 national times, Florida Gold Coast and national age group records.

Celestin is leaving the 11-12 age group the way he entered it, breaking records, lowering lifetime best times and winning which has earned him Nike Athlete of the Month honors for January.

The newly-introduced Nike-sponsored SOFLO club award will honor a swimmer each month for outstanding performances and improvement.

At the recent St. Andrew’s Scotty Meet in Boca Raton, Celestin broke three more FGC records including two five-year-old records held by Daniel Spas of Heritage Aquatics, won six individual races and finished second in an open event against older and more experienced swimmers.

Celestin broke his own record of 29.35 in the 50-yard breaststroke set on Nov. 17, 2011 in a best time of 28.72. The time earned him a spot on USA Swimming’s All-Time Top 10 list.

Celestin broke the five-year-old 100-yard individual medley record of 59.68 set Nov. 15, 2007 in 59.49, another lifetime best. He broke another five-year-old record in the 100-yard breaststroke record in 1:03.62. The previous record of 1:04.10 was set on Nov. 15, 2007.

Celestin turned in two more lifetime bests at last weekend’s Comets FGC Open Invitational in the 100 yard butterfly (103.28) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.46). He won six of seven events, all FGC JO cuts, many of which he already had.

“I just wanted a few more records before I moved up,” said the 5-foot-8, 135-pound swimmer.

“I have been training hard. I had been a bit of a slacker and now I am training way better with Coach Dave. The bigger meets showed me how much competition there is out there and how much harder I have to work.”

Celestin played soccer and ran track before discovering swimming at age 9 thanks to his younger brother who he watched take swim lessons. The lessons coach suggested Celestin join a swim team. He swam with Lauderhill and Davie before joining SOFLO.

“I definitely want to swim in the Olympics,” said Celestin, whose father was born and raised in Haiti. Haiti has never won a gold medal in swimming or had a swimmer ranked among the world’s best. Celestin would like to be the first.

But first things first. Celestin said he will be moving up to the Senior One group with Coach Chris Jackson and harder training sets.

“In a way it’s like starting all over in a new age group,” Celestin said. “I am close to the 13-14 50 breaststroke record. I have to drop a second but I know I can do it.

“I know I am going up against stronger swimmers with more experience. It will help me get better. I am getting smarter about my swimming and everything that affects it like sleeping and being more responsible.”

Breaking national age group relay records with his SOFLO teammates last year gave Celestin a taste of the national spotlight. Now he wants more.

“When you break records it tells people you are a good swimmer,” Celestin said. “Having national records help because they are on the (USA Swimming and FGC) websites.”

The West Glades Middle School seventh grader said the breaststroke and freestyle are his favorite strokes. At the All-Stars meet last summer he swam the individual medley and found out “I was really good at it,” Celestin said.

Celestin has enjoyed working with SOFLO age group coach David Cowmeadow.

“He’s been telling me to fix my breaststroke, that I was rushing my stroke, and I was too quick,” Celestin said. “Now I am back to a long stroke which helped me break the record. He’s helped me focus on technique. Good technique makes for good speed and I will swim faster.

“Coach Dave is the best coach ever,” praised Celestin. “He’s not too mean and not too nice.”

Cowmeadow has enjoyed watching Celestin’s progress. “The first time I saw him in the water I saw the talent,” Cowmeadow said. “Some people can just move through the water with a natural stroke. That separates him from other swimmers.

“He’s growing up and becoming an older kid,” Cowmeadow said. “He is starting to realize he has to start putting the work in to compete. I think competing in some of the bigger away meets especially the zone meet, humbled him quite a bit, seeing that there are a lot of other great swimmers out there.

“His greatest potential is that he hasn’t even cracked the tip of the iceberg when it comes to training. He is doing better but there’s just so much more out there for him. He has a bright future ahead of him. His best motivation is times and goals. The main thing I focused on was to make sure he is technically sound and his technique is there.

“The sky is the limit for him,” Cowmeadow said. “The way he races now and competes now with the training that he does is pretty amazing. He is training better but like I said he is at the tip of the iceberg with his training.”

Celestin has upped his mileage in training and focusing more on his work ethic. He has talked to SOFLO teammate Julien Pinon about aging up into the 13-14 events.

“I am happy about it because I am going to have more competition and get more experience,” Celestin said. “I am sad because I was dominating 12-and-unders. I am going to miss breaking all those records.

“I am looking forward to this summer,” Celestin said. “Last year I got a taste and realized the Florida Gold Coast isn’t the only completion out there. There is some huge competition out there.”

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