Aruba’s Patrick Groters Makes 2020 Tokyo Olympics “B” Cut At U.S. Open

By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 6, 2019—Aruba’s Patrick Groters got one step closer to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the U.S. Open at McCauley Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech.

The NSU University School alum, Pine Crest Swimming Club and University of Denver sophomore finished 12th in the 200-meter individual medley in a FINA “B” cut qualifying time of 2:01.62 in Thursday morning prelims. It was also an Aruba national record.

Groters advanced into the “B” final where he finished sixth in 2:01.84. Bolles alum Caeleb Dressel was second in 1:59.97 in the “B” finals.

Chase Kalisz of Athens Bulldogs won the event in a course record in 1:57.28. World record holder Ryan Lochte was third in 1:58.89.

Other past/present Florida Gold Coast swimmers results:

Will Pisani, Canada/Lake Lytal Lightning, 50-meter freestyle, won “B” final in 22.44.

Marcelo Acosta, 800-meter freestyle, 25th, 8:07.94, 400-meter freestyle, 4th B Final, 3:53.50.

Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, CSSC, 50-meter freestyle, fifth 22.28.

Dylan Carter, Trinidad & Tobago/American Heritage Plantation, 50-meter freestyle, third in “B” final, 22.47.

Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, Florida State, 50-meter freestyle, third, “D” final.

Other individual winners:

Katie Ledecky, 800-meter freestyle, 8:14.59 championship record; 400-meter freestyle, 4:00.81, championship record.

Gullherme da Costa, 800-meter freestyle, 7:47.37; 400-meter freestyle, 3:46.57.

Melanie Margalis, 200-meter individual medley, 2:08.84, championship record; 400-meter individual medley, 4:37.34, championship record.

Simone Manuel, 50-meter freestyle, 24.43, championship record.

Bruno Fratus, Unattached Florida Gold Coast, 50-meter freestyle, 21.72.

Chase Kalisz, 400-meter individual medley, 4:13.07.

Torri Huske, 100-meter butterfly, 57.48, championship record.

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Aruba’s Patrick Groters Breaks Second National Record; El Salvador’s Celina Marquez Of Azura Breaks National Record; Carter Takes Bronze Day Three Of XVIII Pan American Games

By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 9, 2019—Patrick Groters of Aruba continued to make history for his country with a second national record Thursday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional Aquatic Center.

The former NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming alum just missed his second final, placing ninth in the men’s 100-meter backstroke and making “B” final but did break his second national record for Aruba in a personal-best 56.20. He broke his own record of 57.17 set in 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships.

In an exciting “B” final race, Groters was second in another best time and lowering his national record in 55.82 just 4/100ths of a second behind Azura’s Yeziel Morales of Puerto Rico in 55.78. Groters is being coached by his older brother Jordy.

Morales finished fourth in his heat in 56.53. He finished fifth overall in 200-meter backstroke on Wednesday in 2:00.27.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Celina Marquez, 20, of El Salvador swam a national record in the 100-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:01.92. Her previous best was 1:02.92 in April at the Puerto Rico Open. She also swam 1:02.96 at the recent FINA World Aquatic Championships. She earned the fifth-fastest time. Her splits were 29.96 and 31.96, breaking the national record by more than two and a half seconds. In finals, she finished seventh in 1:03.07.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago 100-meter won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke final in 54.42.

Groters’ Aruba teammate Mikel Schreuders, 20, swam the fastest time in his career to break a national record in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.08. His splits were 23.74 and 25.34 to earn the third seed for final. His previous best was 49.17 swam at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games. He came back at night to finish sixth in 49.21.

Azura’s Allyson Ponson of Aruba won the “B” final in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.06. In prelims she was ninth in 57.28 to make “B” final.

Former SOFLO swimmer Jorge Murillo won the “B” final in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.59 after going 2:14.09 in his heat. He was also a member of the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fifth in 3:55.22.

Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Surinam was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle heats in 49.73.

Azura and Cypress Bay alum Marco Guarente, now at Florida, qualified for the “A” final of 200-meter breaststroke, where he finished seventh in 2:14.40.

Azura alum Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, now at Louisville, was fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.98.

Mateo Gonzalez of Mexico, a Sagemont and Azura alum qualified for the “B” final on Wednesday in 100-meter butterfly and finished second in 54.09.

Azura alum Luis Martinez won a silver medal in 100-meter butterfly in 51.63 behind American Tom Shields in 51.59 Wednesday night.

Azura alum Jose Angel Martinez of Mexico, now at Texas A&M, was fifth in 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.23 Wednesday night.

Azura’s Julio Horrego of Honduras was fourth in the “B” final of 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.90 after going 2:18.21 in his heat.

Doral alum Isabella Paez was a member of Venezuela’s mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fourth in its heat in 4:03.18.

American Heritage alum Cathy Cooper of Panama was a member of the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fifth in its heat in 4:06.11 and sixth in finals in 3:58.10.

Individual winners on Thursday night:

American Margo Greer, top qualifier, led from start-to-finish to win the 100-meter freestyle in 54.17.

Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini outsprinted American Nathan Adrian to win the 100-meter freestyle in 48.09 and snap the Americans win streak. Adrian finished in 48.17.

American Anne Lazor won the 200-meter breaststroke in a Pan Am record 2:21.40.

American William Licon won the 200-meter breaststroke in a Pan Am record of 2:07.62.

American Phoebe Bacon won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.47, the only swimmer under 1 minute.

American Daniel Carr won the 100-meter backstroke in 53.50.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello continues to dominate the distance events winning the 800-meter freestyle in 8:29.42. American Mariah Denigan was second in 8:34.18. U.S. teammate Becca Mann, a former Clearwater swimmer, was fifth in 8:38.25.

American Andrew Abruzzo won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.70.

Brazil won the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:48.61. The U.S. team of Anne Lazor, Kendyl Stewart, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian was disqualified for an illegal second dolphin kick on Miller’s breaststroke.

The U.S. won 11 medals including six gold on Day 3 and broke two Pan American records.

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Patrick Groters Makes History For Aruba, Several Local Swimmers Shine On Day Two Of XVIII Pan American Games

By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 7, 2019—Former NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming’s Patrick Groters made history Wednesday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional.

Groters became the first swimmer from his country to make an “A” final in a Pan American Games competition.

Groters was eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:03.65. He qualified eighth in morning prelims in 2:02.32, fourth in his heat. It was a national record and lifetime-best time.

In the finals, Groters went out fast and had the early lead at 50 meters with a 27.68 split. Groters faded on the back half.

Aruba teammate Mikel Schreuders, also shared the historical moment with Groters. He was third in the 200-meter freestyle heat in 1:49.48, just missing the national record and was seventh in the final in 1:49.92.

There were several familiar faces competing on Wednesday.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Celina Marquez of El Salvador won the “B” final of the 200-meter backstroke with more than a three-second drop in 2.14.76 and setting a new national record.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago won his heat in the 200-meter freestyle morning prelims in 1:49.08. He came back at night to finish fourth in a national record 1:47.78.

Isabella Paez of Venezuela was third in her 100-meter butterfly heat in 1:01.44 and was fourth in the “B” final in 1:01.85.

St. Andrew’s alum Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands was seventh in her heat of the 200-meter freestyle in 2:14.50.

TS Aquatics alum and Penn State swimmer Carlos Vasquez, representing Honduras, was a “B” finalist in the 200-meter butterfly and swam a best time 2:02.74. He also swam a best time in the 100-meter butterfly in 56.01.

Individual winners on Wednesday night:

Americans Claire Rasmus and Meaghan Raab finished one-two in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:58.64 and 1:58.70.

Brazilians Fernando Muhlenberg Scheffer and Breno Martins Correia were one-two in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.68 and 1:47.78.

American Kendyl Stewart won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.49.

American Tom Shields bounced back to win the 100-meter butterfly in 51.59 just ahead of Guatemala’s Luiz Martinez in 51.63.

American Alex Walsh won the women’s 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.30.

American Daniel Carr won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:58.13.

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Hungarian Teenager Breaks Phelps World Record On Day Four Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships

By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 24, 2019—Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak broke Michael Phelps’ 10-year-old record in the 200-meter butterfly by nearly 8/10ths of a second Wednesday on Day Four of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships at Nambu International Aquatics Centre.

In front of a deafening crowd on its feet, Milak, 19, won in 1:50.73 to highlight world championship action. Milak had already won his semifinal in 1:52.96 and last year he swam 1:51.71 so he was poised to flirt with the record.

Phelps’ record was 1:51.51 at the 2009 World Championships in Rome during the era of the high-tech super suits.

Milak had the same first half split as Phelps did in 52.88 and went a full 0.78 on the back half after a great turn at the wall to blow away the field. Milak slapped the water in jubilation after he touched.

Milak is the first teenager to win a world title in the event since Phelps at age 18 in 2003.

“It is an amazing feeling,” said Milak who climbed out of the pool to a standing ovation and bowed twice in gratitude. “When I turned back and saw the time, all the pressure, all the tension just got off my back and all the joys came out.

“I tried to switch off everything, and I tried not to think of swimming at all before the race. It’s a tremendous honor to set such a great record.”

“There was a lot of chatter on the deck but this kid is 19…19 years old,” said NBC commentator Rowdy Gaines in a state of disbelief.

Milak’s 3.13-second margin of victory also overtakes Phelps for the largest in history. At the 2007 Championships in Melbourne, Phelps won by 3.04 seconds in 1:52.09 (which broke the world record by 1.62 seconds).

Phelps was asked about the world record performance after the race and said “Records are made to be broken.

“As frustrated as I am to see that record go down, I couldn’t be happier to see how he did it,” Phelps said. “That kid’s last 100 meters was incredible. He put together a great 200 fly from start to finish.”

Phelps owned the world record since 2001. His streak of 18 years was the longest for one men’s event in swimming.

Japan’s Daiya Seto was second in 1:53.86 and South African Chad Le Clos took bronze in 1:54.15. Le Clos was out under world record pace through the first lap before Milak overtook the lead after 150 meters.

“Unbelievable race, really,” Le Clos said. “Probably one of the greatest races ever.”

Phelps, 34, still holds world records in the 100-meter butterfly, which he broke in 2009, and the 400-meter individual medley, which he set in 2008.

In other finals:

Italian Federica Pellegrini, at 31 the oldest swimmer in the final, won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.22. Without Katie Ledecky in the field, the only swimmer in her way was Aussie 18-year-old Ariarne Titmus. It was her fourth career gold and record eighth consecutive medal in her signature event. Pellegrini is training to make her fifth Olympic team in Tokyo next year.

“I am too old for this,” Pellegrini joked after the race.

Titmus, who knocked off Ledecky earlier in the week, took silver in 1:54.66 and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was third in 1:54.78. Sjostrum was administered oxygen on the pool deck after the race and later said she had a headache.

Australia came from behind to win the mixed 4×100 medley relay, with Cate Campbell reeling in American Simone Manuel on the final lap.

Mitch Larkin, Matthew Wilson, Emma McKeon and Campbell won in 3:39.08. Caeleb Dressel swam a blistering butterfly leg to haul the Americans from fourth to first before turning it over to Manuel for the anchor leg. But she couldn’t hold off a charging Campbell.

Ryan Murphy, Lilly King, Dressel and Manuel took silver in 3:39.10.

The crowd clapped along to the Italian national anthem for a second time when Gregorio Paltrinieri won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:39.27. Henrik Christiansen of Denmark earned silver and David Aubry of France took bronze.

Brit Adam Peaty cruised to a win in the 50-meter breaststroke, a non-Olympic event. He won in 26.06 seconds, adding to his 100 breast gold medal. Brazilians Felipe Lima and Joao Gomes Junior took silver and bronze.

Among past or current local swimmers results: 100-meter freestyle, 16. Dylan Carter, Trinidad & Tobago 48.77; 39. Renzi Tjon-A-Joe, Suriname 49.85; 200-meter individual medley, 47. Julio Horrego, Honduras 2:11.10 and 48. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:11.38.

The world championships has brought together a record 2,620 athletes from 194 countries and territories around the world with 76 sets of medals up for grabs in pool swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

The meet will be streamed and televised by the Olympic Channel and live timing will be available.

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South Florida Aquatic Club, Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships When Swimming Begins Sunday

By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 20, 2019—When the swimming competition of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships begin Sunday, South Florida will be well-represented with talented swimmers including several medal hopefuls.

The eight-day meet will be held at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center. Opening day events are the women’s 200 individual medley, women’s 100 butterfly, men’s 50 butterfly, men’s 100 breaststroke, men’s and women’s 400-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter freestyle relays including finals in the 400s and relays.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be represented by Olympians Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Nguyen Vien of Vietnam.

Atkinson, a four-time Olympian, is the 2018 short course world champion in the 50 breaststroke. She holds both short course breaststroke world records at 28.56 and 1:02.36. In her last Worlds appearance in 2015, Atkinson settled for silver in the 50 breast with her current lifetime best of 30.11. Her season best this year is 30.58, ranked seventh in the world.

Atkinson, who turns 31 in December, is among medal favorites in the 100 breaststroke. She has been as fast as 1:05.93 but not since 2015.

SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson will coach the Jamaican team that also features Michael Gunning and Keanan Dols, who is making his long course worlds debut. Dols will compete in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley events. Dols has decided to redshirt at Penn to focus on training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

SOFLO’s Nguyen Vien, her country’s top swimmer, is one of seven swimmers representing Vietnam.

Vien is known as the most prolific swimmer in Vietnam. She collected 19 gold, seven silver and two bronze medals, and broke 11 records at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. In addition, Vien won two Asian Games bronzes, alongside one silver and two bronzes at the FINA World Cup.

Vien will compete in the 400-meter freestyle and 200- and 400-meter individual medleys. She is using worlds as a warm-up for the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines later this year, according to Tran Duc Phan, Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training.

Aruba national record holder Patrick Groters, a NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming Club alum, will represent Aruba. Groters holds 11 national records and 18 age group records in Aruba. He is a sophomore at University of Denver.

NSU University and Pine Crest Swimming Club alum Daniel Jacobs, 19, is also competing for Aruba. Jacobs, a sophomore at Georgia Tech who currently trains with Azura Florida Aquatics, is a national record holder in the 4×200-meter freestyle and national age group record holder in the 200 and 400 freestyle. He is expected to swim both freestyles.

Dylan Carter, 23, an American Heritage alum, will represent Trinidad and Tobago. Carter is the 2018 Commonwealth 50-meter butterfly silver medalist and 2018 FINA World Short Course bronze medalist in the event.

“This is the most prepared I have felt for a worlds long course I would say in my life,” said Carter, who also plans to compete in the Pan American Games. “I know I am prepared and I know I am ready.”

Florida State, Riviera Beach Suncoast and Lake Lytal Lightning alum Will Pisani of West Palm Beach is one of 13 male swimmers and 25 overall who will represent Canada. Pisani will compete on the 400-meter freestyle relay team, 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly.

Miami’s Isabella Paez will represent Venezuela in the butterfly events. She is a Doral Academy, Duke and Metro Aquatic Club of Miami alum. She will also compete in the Pan American Games.

St. Andrew’s Izaak Bastian of Florida State will represent the Bahamas in the breaststroke and sprint freestyle. As one of the top swimmers in the Bahamas, Bastian competed at the Youth Olympics in the breaststroke events in 2018 before being named as the Male Junior Athlete of the Year by the Nassau Guardian.

Lauren Hew, another St. Andrew’s alum and Florida State swimmer, will compete for the Cayman Islands. nternationally, Hew represented the Cayman Islands at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in seven individual events.

Azura Florida Aquatics has the largest contingent at worlds with 12 swimmers from 10 countries. They are: Julio Horrego, Honduras; Steven Aimable, Senegal; Gabriel Araya, Chile; Tatiana Illis, St. Maarten; Daniel Jacobs and Alyson Ponson, Aruba; Celina Marquez, El Salvador; Mariel Mencia, Dominican Republic; Yeziel Morales, Puerto Rico; Mya Defreitas, Shane Cadogan and Alex Joachim of St. Vincent and Grenadines.

The battle for medals will be between the U.S., Australia and Canada. The U.S. is projected to win 25, Australia 12 and Canada 9.

Olympic qualifying spots for relays will be on the line. The worlds will be the first chance for countries to qualify relays for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The spots go to the nation and not the swimmer foursome. At the Olympics, countries can select any swimmers they wish. There are seven relay events at the Olympics including the new mixed 400-meter medley relay.

The world championships has brought together a record 2,620 athletes from 194 countries and territories around the world with 76 sets of medals up for grabs in pool swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

The meet will be streamed and televised by the Olympic Channel and live timing will be available.

TV Schedule:

Live Results:

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FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships Begin Tuesday In China, Monday Night U.S. Time With Strong South Florida Connection

By Sharon Robb

HANGZHOU, China, December 9, 2018—Four-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and South Florida Aquatic Club is favored to repeat as world champion at the 14th FINA World Short Course Championships which begin Tuesday in China (Monday night in the U.S.).

Atkinson, the defending world champion and record holder, is seeded first in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.56 among a less than stellar field. Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania is seeded second in 29.36 and American Molly Hannis is third in 29.51. The prelims and semifinals are on opening day and finals the following day.

Atkinson, 29, broke her own world record at the FINA World Cup in Budapest on Oct. 6. She swam 28.56 breaking her previous mark of 28.64 which she set in Tokyo, Oct. 26, 2016.

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 where world championships feature all five aquatic disciplines.

The World Short Course Championships have always been a meet where Atkinson has taken center stage. She was the first Jamaican swimmer to win a medal when she took silver in the 50 breaststroke in 2012 in Turkey. And, in 2014 she the first Jamaican to win a gold medal at the meet when she won the 100 breaststroke in Doha, Qatar.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson is serving as the Jamaican team coach. Anderson has coached Atkinson since 2001 and has played a huge role in her success. Jamaican Breanna Roman had also qualified but withdrew because of illness.

SOFLO’s Abby Oyetunji, a Somerset Academy alum, is representing Nigeria in her world short course debut. Oyetunji has been swimming with SOFLO since 2011. She is one of four swimmers competing for Nigeria and one of only two women.

Patrick Groters, a NSU University School alum and Pine Crest Swimming Club swimmer, will represent Aruba. His older brother, Jordy, is graduating from Missouri this week.

American Heritage Plantation alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago will compete in five events. Doral and Metro Aquatic Club alum Isabella Paez will represent Venezuela.

Azura Florida Aquatics will be well-represented with current and alum swimmers coached by NSU University School coach Gianluca Alberani. Current swimmers are Sidrell Williams of Jamaica, Pedro Chiancone of Uruguay and Celina Marquez of El Salvador. Three alumni swimmers are Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, Elisa Funes of El Salvador and Jhonny Perez of the Dominican Republic.

Other swimmers with Florida connections are Clay alum and Bolles Swimming Club swimmer Caeleb Dressel; Bolles alum Ryan Murphy; Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg Aquatics; Vietnam’s Anh Vien Nguyen of St. Augustine Swim Team; Coral Springs Swim Club alum Abbas Qali and Plantation American Heritage alum Yousef Alaskari of Kuwait; and Westlake Prep alum Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Surinam.

Other meet highlights:

USA Swimming’s five team captains are two-time Olympian Matt Grevers, three-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, Madison Kennedy and Leah Smith. The U.S. team features 17 women and 18 men. The only top-seeded American male is Michael Andrew in the 100 IM. Kelsi Worrell Dahlia is the only American woman seeded first in the 100 butterfly. The women’s team will be coached by Brian Smith (Athens Bulldogs) and men’s team Dave Salo (Trojan Swim Club).

The U.S. team arrived in Hangzhou six days ago to give them twice as much time to adjust to the time zone as the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships they had in Tokyo last summer.

American Michael Andrew leads all male swimmers entered in five individual events. Teammate Leah Smith is entered in four women’s races.

Top names missing from the U.S. roster are five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky, seven-time world champion Simone Manuel, two-time world champion Chase Kalisz, two-time Olympic champion Lilly King and Olympic champion Nathan Adrian.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu is entered in eight events, six of which she won at the 2016 Windsor Worlds. She will swim all three backstroke events, 100 and 200 butterfly and all three individual medley races. Hosszu is the world record holder in the short course 100 back, 200 back, 100 IM and 200 IM.

Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang province and its economic, cultural, science and educational center, Hangzhou is one of the central cities in the Yangtze River Delta. It also is a popular City of Scenic Tourism, ranking among the first batch of National Historical and Cultural Cities crowned by the State Council. Located in the southern wing of the Yangtze River Delta, western tip of the Hangzhou Bay, downstream of the Qiantang River, and the southern terminus of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, Hangzhou stands as a vital transport hub in southeast China.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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