Caeleb Dressel Shines On Final Night Of FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships; Hosszu, Le Clos Named FINA Swimmers Of The Year


By Sharon Robb

HANGZHOU, China, December 16, 2018—On the sixth and final night of the 14th FINA World Short Course Championships, Caeleb Dressel saved his best for last.

The Clay High School and Bolles Swim Club alum won the 100-meter freestyle in an exciting finish against Russian Vlad Morozov, 45.62-45.64. Dressel used his closing speed to out-touch Morozov. South African Chad le Clos took the bronze in 45.89.

It was Dressel’s first individual gold medal and short course world title. He also broke his own American record of 45.66 he set earlier in the meet as leadoff leg of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

“I actually feel alright right now,” Dressel said. “It was a long meet, but I’ve had meets where I was a lot more tired. This went smoothly. I’m happy to be done, don’t get me wrong, but it was a great performance all around from everyone on the team and it was really exciting to be a part of that.”

Dressel was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay with a split of 48.28. The U.S. men won in a championship record 3:19.98 breaking the old U.S. record of 3:20.99 set in 2010. Russia was second in 3:20.61 and Japan was third in 3:21.07. Dressel was joined by teammates Ryan Murphy, a Bolles alum, Andrew Wilson and Ryan Held.

“I feel like I’m in really good shape,” Dressel said. “They (his swims) were pretty sloppy to be honest, a lot of them. I feel like I got better as the meet went on because that was faster than the first day of the meet tonight, so I think I was getting better every day. The speed was not quite there, but like I said I think I’m in really good shape. My last 50 was really good in the fly and the free, so I’m not worried about anything and it will be fun year next year at Worlds.”

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu and South Africa’s Chad le Clos were named 2018 FINA Swimmers of the Year. Hosszu’s new coach, Arpad Petrov, was named the top women’s coach and former Coral Springs Swim Club coach Andrea di Nino and coach of Le Clos, was named men’s coach of the year. They were honored at the FINA World Aquatics Gala on Sunday night.

In the other Sunday finals:

The U.S. women’s 4×50-meter freestyle relay team of Madison Kennedy, Mallory Comerford, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Erika Brown won in a championship record 1:34.03 ahead of world record holder Netherlands (1:34.55) and Australia (1:36.34).

Mykhailo Romanchuk of the Ukraine overtook early leader and world record holder Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy in the final 25 meters of the 1,500-yard freestyle to win in a championship record 14:09.14. Paltrinieri finished in 14:09.87 and Norway’s Henrik Christiansen was third in 14:19.39.

American Annie Lazor won a three-woman race in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:18.32 ahead of teammate Bethany Gelat in 2:18.62 and Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse in 2:18.85.

Russia’s Evgeny Rylov surged in the final 50 meters to knock off American and Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 1:47.02-1:47.34. Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki and Aussie Mitch Larkin tied for the bronze in 1:48.25.

American Kelsi Worrell Dahlia won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.01, just a half second off her world record. U.S. teammate Kendyl Stewart was second in 56.22 and Brazil’s Daiene Dias was third in 56.31.

South African Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in a championship record 25.41 to sweep the breaststroke events. The Olympic gold medalist and world record holder announced his retirement following the meet. Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus took silver in 25.77 and former championship record holder Felipe Lima of Brazil was third in 25.80.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the 50-meter freestyle in a championship record of 23.19. Teammate Femke Heemskerk was second in 23.67. Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros was third in 23.76.

The U.S. women’s relay team of Olivia Smoliga, Katie Meili, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford won the 4×100-meter medley relay in a championship record 3:45.58. China was second in 3:48.80 and Italy was third in a national record 3:51.38.

The short course worlds are swum in short course meters and held in the years when FINA does not hold its world championships (currently this means in even years). The short course championship is swimming-only events where world championships feature all five aquatic disciplines.

A field of 960 swimmers, with several top names missing, from 178 countries competed for 46 world titles over six days at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center Tennis Centre. The center is uniquely shaped like a lotus bowl with an 8,000-seat capacity.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Murphy Finish Pan Pacs With More Gold Medals


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, August 12, 2018—Ryan Murphy won two more gold medals and Caeleb Dressel took gold and silver on the fourth day of the Pan Pacific Championships at Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

The Bolles Swim Club alums combined for a win for the U.S. on the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay team in the final race of the meet.

Murphy, Andrew Wilson, Dressel and Nathan Adrian won in 3:30.20, just 5/100ths of a second ahead of Japan.

Earlier in the day, Murphy ended up sweeping the backstroke events by sweeping the 200-meter backstroke in a meet record 1:53.57. His margin of victory was nearly two seconds ahead of Ryosuke Irie of Japan and U.S. teammate Austin Katz of Sarasota.

Dressel was second in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.93 behind U.S. teenager Michael Andrew in 21.46.

Murphy finished with three gold medals and Dressel finished with two golds, two silvers and a bronze.

The U.S. won six of the eight available gold medals and men’s 4×100-meter relay to finish on top of the medals table with 18 golds on the final day of the pool events. Australia was second with eight and Japan had six gold medals.

In other races:

Canadian teenager Taylor Ruck took silver in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:06.41 and finished with a historic fifth medal, breaking the record for most medals won by a Canadian at Pan Pacs. American Kathleen Baker won gold in the 200 backstroke in a meet record 2:06.14.

Katie Ledecky, 21, won her third gold medal of the meet running away with the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:38.97, more than an 11-second margin of victory.

U.S. teammate Micah Lawrence Sumrall won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:21.88 ahead of teammate and double Olympic champion Lilly King in 2:22.12.

American Zane Grothe won the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 7:43.74.

World record holder Ippei Watanabe of Japan won the 200-meter breaststroke in a meet record 2:07.75 just hours after American Josh Prenot had lowered the meet record in 2:08.02.

Aussie Cate Campbell broke her own meet record to win gold in the 50-meter freestyle in 23.81 lowering her own record of 23.96. Campbell later added a fifth gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Australia won the women’s 400-meter medley relay in a meet record in 3:52.74 ahead of the U.S. in 3:53.21. Japan was third in a national record in 3:55.03.

The 10K open water races will end the Pan Pacs on Tuesday.

The meet featured the following federations: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Cook Islands, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Oman, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Dressel Wins Gold, Breaks Phelps Meet Record On Day Three Of Pan Pacs; U.S. Relay Disqualified For Relay List Blunder


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, August 11, 2018—Caeleb Dressel won his first gold medal in style on Day Three of the Pan Pacific Championships at the Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

The Bolles Club and Clay High School alum won the 100-meter butterfly and broke the meet record of Michael Phelps in 50.75. Phelps record was 50.86 set in 2010. U.S. teammate Jack Conger was second in 51.32. It was Dressel’s third medal of Pan Pacs. On Sunday, he will swim the 50-meter freestyle abd possibly the 400-meter medley relay.

Dressel would have won a second gold in the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay had they not been disqualified. Dressel, Blake Peroni, Zach Apple and Nathan Adrian set a meet record and won in a meet record 3:11.67 but was disqualified for swimming out of order. According to meet officials, the relay received the wrong relay order from coaches. The U.S. foursome got the news unfortunately after the medal ceremony. Brazil got bumped up to gold in 3:12.02.

Other than that embarrassing moment, it was a good day for the U.S. winning eight medals.

In other races:

Katie Ledecky won her second gold medal of the meet in the 400-meter freestyle in a meet record 3:58.30, breaking her previous record of 3:58.37. Ledecky was under world record pace until the final 100 meters. Aussie teenager Ariarne Titmus, 17, kept it close finishing second in 3:59.66, breaking the 4-minute barrier for the first time and becoming the third woman to ever break 4 minutes.

Chase Kalisz won gold in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:55.40. Aussie Mitch Larkin was second in 1:56.21.

Aussie teammates Jack McLoughlin and Mack Horton finished one-two in the 400-meter freestyle. American Zane Grothe was third in 3:45.37.

Australia, with Cate Campbell swimming a 51.36 anchor leg, won the women’s 400-meter freestye relay in 3:31.58. The U.S. took silver in 3:33.45

Japan’s Rikako Ikee won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.08 ahead of Kelsi Worrell Dahlia in 56.44.

Japan teammate Yui Ohashi won the women’s 200-meter individual medley in 2:08.16.

The meet runs through Aug. 14 and features the following federations: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Cook Islands, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Oman, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Atkinson, Carter Win Gold On Opening Night Of CAC Games


By Sharon Robb

BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA, July 20, 2018—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson opened the 23rd Central American and Caribbean(CAC)Games successfully Friday at the newly-built Complejo Acuatico.

Atkinson, the oldest member of the Jamaican swim team, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.38. Her splits were 30.85 and 35.98.

Atkinson broke the previous CAC Games record of 1:07.99 set in prelims by Byanca Rodriguez Villanueva of Mexico.

Atkinson was also a member of Jamaica’s 4×100-meter mixed relay which failed to medal, placing fifth in 4:01.90.

Plantation American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.95, also a CAC Games record. The previous record was 49.00 set in 2014 by Cuba’s Hanser Garcia.

Colombia leads in the gold medal count with 10 and 22 overall medals. Mexico has 23 overall medals including six golds.

More than 5,800 athletes are competing in 36 sports in the quadrennial event that features athletes from Central America, Caribbean and South America.

Fifteen other Jamaican swimmers are currently training in China as part of the Jamaica China Technical Cooperation Project on Sports Coaching. According to the Jamaican Swimming Federation, it is part of a three-year project (2018-2020).

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Alia Atkinson, JAM 1:06.83, 2. Byanca Melissa Rodriguez, MEX 1:07.80, 3. Esther GonzalezCentral, MEX 1:10.60.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Joanna Evans, Bahamas 4:11.15, 2. Allyson Macias Alba, MEX 4:14.74, 3. Helena Moreno Hernandez, CR 4:15.51.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Isabella Arcila Hurtado, COL 28.11, 2. Maria Gonzalez Ramirez, MEX 28.57, 3. Laura Jean, GLP 28.60.

MEN

Mixed 4×100-meter medley relay:
1. Mexico 3:49.61, 2. Colombia 3:50.40, 3. Venezuela 3:53.58.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Jonathan David Gomez Noriega, COL 1:57.03, CAC record, 2. Hector Ruvalcaa Cruz, MEX 1:59.13, 3. Luis Vega Torres, CUBA 1:59.23.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Dylan Carter, Trinidad & Tobago 48.95, 2. Mikel Schreuders, Aruba 49.17, 3. Jorge Iga Cesar, MEX 49.28, 5. Renzo Tjon A Joe, Surinam 49.38.

4×200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Venezuela 7:24.18, 2. Mexico 7:26.94, 3. Puerto Rico 7:27.29.

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


By Sharon Robb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Florida Gold Coast top finishers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DAY FOUR AND FIVE RESULTS

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

GIRLS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


By Sharon Robb

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

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

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

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

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

Other Florida Gold Coast top finishers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DAY ONE FINALS RESULTS
GIRLS

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

BOYS

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

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

DAY TWO FINALS
GIRLS

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

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

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

BOYS

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

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

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Florida State-Bound Izaak Bastian Wins Gold Medal On Day Two Of UANA Swimming Cup


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, January 20, 2018—Bahamian national team member Izaak Bastian won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.23 to highlight action on Day Two of the UANA Swimming Cup at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

The Florida State-bound sprinter has trained with St. Andrew’s Swimming since his freshman year. He has represented the Bahamas since he was 11 at CARIFTA, CCCAN, Commonwealth Youth Games, Junior Pan Pacs and FINA Junior World Championships.

The Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher won the 100-yard breaststroke title in 54.54 in his final high school state meet appearance. He set county and school records in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.19, second-fastest in state history. He was state runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.50.

Bastian has his sights set on the 2020 Summer Olympics.

“It’s the pinnacle, a great opportunity to show what the Bahamas has to offer,” Bastian said. “We’re not just a small group of islands, we can produce world-class athletes. To make it would just mean the world.”

Bastian has two events remaining on the third and final day of the UANA Swimming Cup, the 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter breaststroke.

Another top FGC finisher was Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale of Pine Crest Swimming who took a bronze medal in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:56.85. He has the 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle left to swim. Vale was also seventh in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.91, ninth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.20 and 13th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.49.

Other Florida Gold Coast finishers were:

Adriana Gooding, Trinidad & Tobago, Azura, sixth, 400-meter individual medley, 5:27.73; 19th, 200-meter freestyle, 2:19.73; 10th, 100-meter backstroke, 1:11.49. Gooding was a member of the eight place 4-x100 meter freestyle relay that finished in 4:34.58 with teammates Regan Allen, Brianna Bocage and DeNicha Lewis.

Ireyra Tamayo, Panama, Azura, sixth, 100-meter butterfly, 1:05.44; eighth, 100-meter backstroke, 1:07.93, time drop of 1.10.

Chade Nersicio, Curacao, East Coast Aquatic Club, eighth, 100-meter butterfly, 1:05.97; fifth, 50-meter breaststrke, 35.37.

Annabella Lyn, Jamaica, Pine Crest Swimming, 10th, 100-meter butterfly, 1:7.50; 11th, 200-meter freestyle, 2:14.69.

Racine Ross, Trinidad & Tobago, Pine Crest Swimming, 13th, 400-meter individual medley, 5:47.59; 11th, 100-meter butterfly, 1:07.98; 30th, 100-meter backstroke 1:17.61.

Gaby Banks, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club, 17th, 100-meter butterfly, 1:11.34, time drop of 0.12; 13th, 50-meter breaststroke, 37.68.

Simone Vale, Jamaica, Pine Crest Swimming, 18th, 100-meter butterfly, 1:11.51; 25th, 200-meter freestyle, 2:24.55; 11th, 100-meter backstroke, 1:12.84.

Victoria Abad Wood, Ecuador, Plantation Swim Team, 22nd, 200-meter freestyle, 2:20.72, time drop of 1.48; 19th, 100-meter backstroke, 1:12.76.

Sebastian Lares, Panama, South Florida Aquatic Club, ninth, 400-meter individual medley, 5:14.78; 17th, 100-meter backstroke, 1:09.82.

Luis Bucaro, Guatemala, TS Aquatics, ninth, 200-meter freestyle, 1:58.70, time drop of 0.05; 20th, 100-meter backstoke, 1:05.70.

Daniel Jacobs, Aruba, Pine Crest Swimming, 15th, 200-meter freestyle, 2:01.16.

Annabella Lyn and Gaby Banks were teammates on Jamaica’s fourth-place 4×100-meter freestyle relay that finished in 4:07.34 along with Britney Williams and Shaun Jackson.

Ireyra Tamayo led off Panama’s fifth-place 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 4:08.62 with teammates Larissa Bueno, Marialuisa Avila and Mariana Navarrete.

Racine Ross was a member of Trinidad & Tobago’s eighth-place 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 4:21.87 with teammates Jada Chatoor, Deshor Edwards and Danielle Williams.

Mexico and Brazil remain in the top two spots after two days of competition. Mexico leads with 278 points followed by Brazil with 173. Argentina is third with 154.

The inaugural Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) meet is an international age group meet featuring swimmers competing in 2,325 individual events and 140 relays. The format is a dual meet between Central America, South America and Caribbean. Neither North Americans or Canadians are allowed to compete.

Each country is limited to a maximum of six girl and six boy swimmers per age group. Swimmers have no limit in event entries but only two swimmers from each country can score.

Swimmers are competing in 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 boys and girls age group categories.

The meet is also serving as one of the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games, Pan American Games and FINA World Championships. UANA is the regional governing body for aquatic sports in the Americas and has been in existence since 1948.

The countries participating are Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and St. Vincent.

The three-day meet concludes Sunday with timed finals beginning at 10:20 a.m. followed by time trials at 3:30 p.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TOP 10 TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 278, 2. Brazil 173, 3. Argentina 154, 4. Colombia 53.50, 5. Peru 53, 6. Barbados 51.50, 7. Trinidad & Tobago 43, 8. Honduras 38, 9. Bahamas 31, 10. Caman Islands 30.

GIRLS

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Selene Alborzen, Argentina 5:00.86, 2. Ana Hussman, Argentina 5:04.83, 3. Paulina Sansores Vega, Mexico 5:16.68; FGC: 6. Adriana Gooding, Trinidad & Tobago 5:27.73; 15-17, 1. Marie Ximena Conde Merlos, Mexico 5:00.79, 2. Andrea Marcel Hurtado, Peru 5:02.89, 3. Delfina Dini, Argentina 5:10.60; FGC: 13. Racine Ross, Trinidad & Tobago 5:47.59.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Sofia Desiree Laureano Perez, Mexico 1:06,76, 2. Dahlia Divana Jimenez Saldana, Mexico 1:09.19, 3. Ariana Martins, Brazil 1:09.48; 13-14, 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:02.65, 2. Celia Del Rocio Pulido Ortiz, Mexico 1:04.73, 3. Emily MacDonald, Jamaica 1:05.86; FGC: 18. Simone Vale, Jamaica 1:11.51; 15-17, 1. Valentina Becerra Quintanilla, Colombia 1:01.82, 2. Lyon Lismar, Venezuela 1:01.85, 3. Karen Durango Restrepo, Colombia 1:05.04; FGC: 6. Ireyra Tamayo, Panama 1:05.44, 8. Chade Nersicio, Curacao 1:05.97, 10. Annabella Lyn, Jamaica 1:07.50, 11. Racine Ross, Trinidad & Tobago 1:07.98, 17. Gaby Banks, Jamaica 1:11.34, time drop.

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Luiza Lima, Brazil 2:15.27, 2. Tania Jaqueline Naranjo Carballeda, Mexico 2:15.38, 3. Belem Santaolaya Tivera, Mexico 2:16.87; 13-14, 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 2:08.70, 2. Ana Hussman, Argentina 2:08.93, 3. Daniela Arely Flores Bautista, Mexico 2:09.34; FGC: 19. Adriana Gooding, Trinidad & Tobago 2:19.73, 25. Simone Vale, Jamaica 2:24.55; 15-17, 1. Delfina Pignatiello, Argentina 2:06.86, 2. Delfina Dini, Argentina 2:07.94, 3. Delahi Meza Coronado, Mexico 2:08.30; FGC: 11. Annabella Lyn, Jamaica 2:14.69, 22. Victoria Abad Wood, Ecuador 2:20.72, time drop.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Emily Santos, Panama 35.15, 2. Astrid Caballero, Paraguay 35.44, 3. Perola Santos, Brazil 35.47; 13-14, 1. Selene Alborzen, Argentina 34.03, 2. Orenella Copes, Argentina 35.53, 3. Jamilah Hepburn, Bahamas 35.65; 15-17, 1. Maria Fernanda Jimenez Peon, Mexico 32.90, 2. Valenina Marcantonio, Argentina 32.92, 3. Julieta Lema, Argentina 33.82; FGC: 5. Chade Nersicio, Curacao 35.37, 13. Gaby Banks, Jamaica 37.68.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Luna Torre Ayala, Mexico 1:11.38, 2. Emilia Julieta Gutierrez Merino, Mexico 1:11.62, 3. Keianna Moss, Bahamas 1:12.50; 13-14, 1. Celia Del Rocio Pulido Ortiz, Mexico 1:06.07, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:06.23, 3. Nicole Ximena Casariego, Peru 1:08.27; FGC: 10. Adriana Gooding, Trinidad & Tobago 1:11.49, 11. Simone Vale, Jamaica 1:12.84; 15-17, 1. Andea Marcel Hurtado, Peru 1:05.10, 2. Valentina Arce Paez, Argentina 1:05.12, 3. Laura Melo Barrera, Colombia 1:05.31l FGC: 8.Ireyra Tamayo, Panama 1:07.93, time drop, 19. Victoria Abad Wood, Ecuador 1:12.76, 30. Racine Ross, Trinidad & Tobago 1:17.61.

4×50-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Brazil 1:55.90, 2. Mexico 1:57.68, 3. Virgin Islands 2:05.25.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. Mexico 4:04.94, 2. Argentina 4:11.25, 3. Peru 4:18.66; 15-17, 1. Argentina 4:00.63, 2. Mexico 4:03.74, 3. Colombia 4:04.91.

BOYS
400-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Maximiliano Vega Cuevas, Mexico 4:46.10, 2. Roan Baker, Barbados 4:56.55, 3. Manolo Rodriguez, Argentina 4:58.47; FGV: 9. Sebastian Lares, Panama 5:14.78; 15-17, 1. Jose David Solis, Costa Rica 4:36.22, 2. Nicolas Weigandt, Argentina 4:37.32, 3. Nicholas Vale, Jamaica 4:56.85.

100-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Joao Pierre Campos, Brazil 1:02.02, 2. Nigel Forbes, Bahamas 1:03.34, 3. Zarek Wilson, Trinidad & Tobago 1:03.48; 13-14, 1. Gustavo Saldo, Brazil 57.61, 2. Gabriel Dias, Brazil 58.09, 3. Manuel Carrasco, Argentina 59.32; 15-17, 1. Guillermo Ruben Cruz Zuniga, Mexico 56.01, 2. Alvaro Octavio Ibarra Reyes, Mexico 56.21, 3. Kael Yoke, Trinidad & Tobago 56.53; FGC: 7. Nicholas Vale, Jamaica 57.91.

200-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Joao Pierre Campos, Brazil 2:04.05, 2. Emiliano Moreno Viera, Mexico 2:07.13, 3. Zarek Wilson, Trinidad & Tobago 2:09.05; 13-14, 1. Gustavo Saldo, Brazil 1:58.56, 2. Maximiliano Vega Cuevas, Mexico 2:01.13, 3. Jesus Antonio Del Rosal Marquez, Mexico 2:02.10; 15-17, 1. Juan Morales Restrepo, Colombia 1:52.43, 2. Joaquin Daniel Vargas, Peru 1:55.22, 3. Lucas Alba, Argentina 1:55.69; FGC: 9 Luis Bucaro, Guatemala 1:58.70, time drop, 13. Nicholas Vale, Jamaica 1:59.49, 15. Daniel Jacobs, Aruba 2:01.16.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Nigel Forbes, Bahamas 34.20, 2. Juan David Valverde Sanchez, Mexico 35.56, 3. Nathaniel Ochoa Neuroth, Mexico 35.70; 13-14, 1. Juan Bautista Carroccia, Argentina 30.74, 2. Rafael Rached, Brazil 30.85, 3. McCallum Clarke, Barbados 31.74; 15-17, 1. Izaak Bastian, Bahamas 29.23, 2. Guillermo Ruben Cruz Zuniga, Mexico 29.33, 3. Andres Martijena Diaz, Dominican Republic 30.19.

100-meter backstroke
11-12, 1. Zarek Wilson, Trinidad & Tobago 1:07.63, 2. Jose Miguel Nangullasmu Arellane, Mexico 1:08.80, 3. Simon Bermudez, Colombia 1:11.08; 13-14, 1. Gabriel Nascimento, Brazil 1:02.12, 2. Tristan Pragnell, Barbados 1:02.23, 3. Ramiro Faya, Argentina 1:02.38; FGC: 17. Sebastian Lares 1:09.82; 15-17, 1. Jack Kirby, Barbados 56.34, 2. Guillermo Ruben Cruz Zuniga, Mexico 58.80, 3. Anthony Rincon Velasco, Colombia 59.25; FGC: 9. Nicholas Vale, Jamaica 1:01.20, 20. Luis Bucaro, Guatemala 1:05.70.

4×50-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Brazil 1:48.13, 2. Mexico 1:54.80, 3. Honduras 1:58.26.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. Brazil 3:43.29, 2. Mexico 3:45.65, 3. Argentina 3:49.10.

IF YOU GO

What: UANA Swimming Cup.

When: Sunday, 10:20 am timed finals. Warm-ups 8:30 a.m.

Where: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs

Of note: Swimmers from the Central American & Caribbean (CCCAN) and South American Swimming Confederations (CONSANAT) will compete and try to qualify for various major meets including the Pan American Games. For more information, call 954-340-5032.

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