Tjon A Joe Wins Second Gold Medal, Neckles Breaks FINA Masters World Record On Final Day Of CCCAN Swimming Championships In Barbados


By Sharon Robb

CHRISTCHURCH, BARBADOS, July 3, 2019—Renzo Tjon A Joe of Suriname swept the freestyle events on the fifth and final day of the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Aquatic Championships [CCCAN] Tuesday at National Aquatic Centre.

The Olympian and national record holder won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.70. He was top seed after prelims in 22.78. The day before he won the 100-meter freestyle in 50.35 after going 50.18 in the morning.

SOFLO’s Diego Nazario, 12, of Puerto Rico finished his successful week with a second-place finish as a member of the 4×100-meter medley relay in 4:31.79. His butterfly split was 1:04.98. He was 14th in his final individual event, 50-meter freestyle in 28.06. He finished with 11 points.

SOFLO teammate Sebastian Lares, 14, of Panama was a member of the fourth place 4×100-meter medley relay in 4:20.28. His breaststroke split was 1:14.10. He was 12th in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:23.00 with a time drop of 0.57. He finished with seven points.

Jamaica’s Gaby Banks of SOFLO and Nicholas Vale are shortlisted for the FINA Junior World Championship set for August 20-25 in Budapest, Hungary.

At age 40, Nicky Neckles of Barbados broke the FINA Masters world record in the 40-44 age group in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.08 and won the event, beating swimmers more than half his age. The previous record was 2:10.57.

An estimated 500 athletes from 29 countries are competed. Several participants were attempting to qualify for the World Championship and Pan American Games before the July 3 deadline.

Twenty eight countries were 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.

TUESDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Diana Paola Gomez Ruiz, MEX 4:39.43; 13-14, 1. Maria Yegres, VEN 4:28.53; 15-17, 1. Michelle Ramiez, HON 4:30.57; 18-and-over, 1. Silvia Garza Castro, MEX 4:31.59.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Amari Ash, TTO 28.37; 13-14, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 26.74; 15-17, 1. Elizabeth Timmer, ARU 26.92; 3. Gaby Banks, JAM 27.13/27.17; 18-and-over, 1. Cherelle Thompson, TTO 26.08. 3. Cathy Cooper, PAN 26.87/26.94, 7. Lauren Hew, CAY 27.57/27.87.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Kokolo Foster, JAM 1:19.01; 13-14, 1. Emily Santos, PAN 1:13.40; 15-17, 1. Elisa Alejandra Funes, ESA 1:16.90, Gaby Banks, JAM, scratch; 18-and-under, 1. Anahi Schreuders, ARU 1:14.57.

200-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido, DOM 2:26.39; 13-14, 1. Camila Rodriguez Suriano, MEX 2:27.37; 15-17, 1. Danielle Titus, BAR 2:19.38, 11. Simone Vale, JAM 2:34.88; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 2:16.06.

4×100 meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Mexico 4:43.15, 2. Bermuda 4:52.75, 3. Dominican Republic 4:56.59; 13-14, 1. Mexico 4:31.62, 2. Puerto Rico 4:34.07, 3. Jamaica 4:38.16; 15-17, 1. Mexico 4:29.18, 2. Barbados 4:38.48, 3. Honduras 4:38.94; 18-and-over, 1. Mexico 4:34.55, 2. Panama 4:51.05.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Luis Eduardo Corona Martinez, MEX 4:18.73; 13-14, 1. Josean Massucco, PUR 4:06.85; 15-17, 1. Chance Conde, PUR 4:04.33; 7. Nicholas Vale, JAM 4:18.82/4:18.57; 18-and-over, 1. Alex Sobers, BAR 3:59.74.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Marvin Johnson, BAH 26.08, 14. Diego Nazario, PUR 28.06; 13-14, 1. Nathaniel Thomas, JAM 24.38; 15-17, 1. Lamar Taylor, BAH 23.33; 18-and-over, 1. Renzo Tjon A Joe, SUR 22.70/22.78, 7. Sidrell Williams, JAM 23.94/23.97.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Gavin Kock, ARU 1:12.39; 13-14, 1. Ludovic Lomon, GUADE 1:07.13; 15-17, 1. Luis Ramirez, VEN 1:04.96; 18-and-over, 1. Josue Dominguez, DOM 1:02.90

200-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Kevin Alejandro Palencia Llamas, MEX 2:24.49; 13-14, 1. Eduardo Pardo Torres, MEX 2:11.53, 12. Sebastian Lares, PAN 2:23.00; 15-17, 1. Tristian Pragnell, BAR 2:09.76; 18-and-over, 1. Nicky Neckles, BAR 2:09.08.

4×100 meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Mexico 4:28.06, 2. Puerto Rico 4:31.79, 3. Bermuda 4:39.62; 13-14, 1. Mexico 4:03.66, 2. Trinidad & Tobago 4:13.64, 3. Jamaica 4:15.93; 15-17, 1. Venezuela 3:56.54, 2. Mexico 3:58.20, 3. Bahamas 4:00.29; 18-and-over, 1. Panama 3:49.93, 2. Mexico 3:54.24, 3. Barbados 4:00.27.

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

Suriname’s Renzo Tjon A Joe Wins, SOFLO’s Banks, Nazario Fifth On Day Four Of CCCAN Swimming Championships In Barbados


By Sharon Robb

CHRISTCHURCH, BARBADOS, July 2, 2019—Suriname’s Renzo Tjon A Joe was top local finisher on Day Four of the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Aquatic Championships [CCCAN] Monday at National Aquatic Centre.

Tjon A Joe, 23, the fastest morning qualifier in 50.18, won the 100-meter freestyle in 50.35.

The national record holder who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics and is the fastest swimmer in Surinamese history, swam at Westlake Prep School in Davie and trained with several Florida Gold Coast teams including Azura, SOFLO and Metro Aquatics.

Tjon A Joe will try and sweep the freestyles on Tuesday when he competes in the 50-meter freestyle.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks, 16, of Jamaica was fifth in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.76. Her 50 split was 28.94.

SOFLO’s top boys finisher was Diego Nazario, 12, fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:27.55, dropping 1.32 seconds. Sebastian Lares of Panama was eighth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.26 after going 2:18.08 in prelims.

After four days of competition, Mexico continues to dominate the medal count with 95 (39 gold, 32 silver, 24 bronze) ahead of Panama with 24, Puerto Rico with 22 and Bahamas with 21 medals.

Jamaica’s Gaby Banks of SOFLO 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.

MONDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Laura Victoria Sanchez Campillo, MEX 2:28.60; 13-14, 1. Elan Daley, BER 2:25.44; 15-17, 1. Karen Rodriguez Cardenas, MEX 2:25.58, 11. Simone Vale, JAM 2:37.40; 18-and-over, 1. Julimar Avila, HON 2:23.58.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Kokolo Foster, JAM 35.26; 13-14, 1. Emily Santos, PAN 33.38; 15-17, 1. Elisa Alejandra Funes, ESA 35.19, 9. Gaby Banks 37.04; 18-and-over, 1. Anahi Schreuders, ARU 34.16.

100-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido, DOM 1:02.09; 13-14, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 58.10; 15-17, 1. Logan Watson-Brown, BERAG 58.05, 5. Gaby Banks, JAM 59.76/1:00.68; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 57.50. 6. Cathy Cooper, PAN 59.90/59.95, 9. Lauren Hew, CAY 1:01.07.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Aide Beatriz Diaz Lugo, MEX 2:21.60; 15-17, 1. Michelle Ramirez, HON 2:20.07; 18-and-over, 1. Mariana Sanchez Badillo, MEX 2:19.91.

4×200-meter freestyle relay:
15-17, 1. Mexico 8:43.58, 2. Honduras 9:04.55, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 9:05.05.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Raul Hernandez Diaz, MEX 2:23.07; 13-14, 1. Roberto Bonilla, GUA 2:12.10, 8. Sebastian Lares, PAN 2:19.26/2:18.08; 15-17, 1. Tyler Christianson, PAN 2:06.44, 8. Nicholas Vale, JAM 2:16.52/2:16.63; 18-and-over, 1. Carlos Kossio Mendez, MEX 2:07.56.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Braynsly Dirksz, ARU 33.49; 13-14, 1. Ludovic Lomon, GUADE 30.46; 15-17, 1. Andres Martijena Diaz, DOM 29.66; 18-and-over, 1. Edgar Crespo, PAN 27.90.

100-meter freestyle
11-12, 1. Marvin Johnson, BAH 57.36, 9. Diego Nazario, PUR 1:00.54; 13-14, 1. Rodrigo Ramos Chavez, MEX 53.47; 15-17, 1. Fernando Ponce, GUA 2:06.25; 16. Nicholas Vale, JAM 54.71; 18-and-over, 1. Renzo Tjon A Joe, SUR 50.35/50.18, 4. Sidrell Williams, JAM 51.95/52.83.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Santiago Custodio Alcantara, MEX 2:21.03, 5. Diego Nazario, 2:27.55, time drop 1.32; 13-14, 1. Josean Massucco, PUR 2:06.86; 15-17, 1. Fernando Ponce, GUA 2:06.25; 18-and-under, 1. Carlos Kossio Mendez, MEX 2:04.29.

4×200-meter freestyle relay:
15-17, 1. Mexico 7:53.04, 2. Venezuela 8:05.71, 3. Bermuda 8:10.67; 18-and-over, 1. Mexico 7:51.48, 2. Panama 7:58.26, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 8:03.03.

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

SOFLO’s Nazario Top Local Finisher On Day Three Of CCCAN Swimming Championships; Mexico Leads Medal Count


By Sharon Robb

CHRISTCHURCH, BARBADOS, July 1, 2019—Diego Nazario of Puerto Rico was the top local finisher on Day Three of the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Aquatic Championships [CCCAN] Sunday at National Aquatic Centre.

The 12-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club Silver Group swimmer was fourth in the 50-meter butterfly in 29.55.

Nazario was also a member of the second place 11-12 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in 4:02.95. Nazario’s split was 1:00.46.

SOFLO’s Sebastian Lares, 14, of Panama was sixth in the 400-meter individual medley in a career-best 4:50.52. Lares dropped 7.43 seconds off his previous best of 4:57.95.

Lares was also sixth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.84. Lares swam a best time of 1:02.52 in morning prelims, dropping 0.70.

Lares anchored Panama’s winning 4×100-meter freestyle that won in 3:50.51. His split was 55.69.

Laila Michel of Haiti broke the 100-meter butterfly national record in 1:08.84.

After three days of competition, Mexico is dominating the medal count with 60 (26 gold, 21 silver, 13 bronze) ahead of Venezuela with 17 and Panama, Bahamas and Puerto Rico each with 16 total medals.

Jamaica’s Gaby Banks and Nicholas Vale are shortlisted for the FINA Junior World Championship set for August 20-25 in Budapest, Hungary.

An estimated 500 athletes from 29 countries are competing. Several participants are trying to qualify for the World Championship and Pan American Games before the July 3 deadline.

Twenty eight countries are represented at the swimming championships including Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vicente and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and US Virgin Islands.

CCCAN is an age group swimming championship with 11-12, 13-14, 15-17 and 18-and-over age categories. The meet ends Tuesday.

The prelims and finals are being live streamed on the meet’s official Facebook page.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Harper Barrowman, CAY 2:14.60; 13-14, 1. Elan Daley, BER 2:08.56; 15-17, 1. Logan Watson-Brown, BERAG 2:06.33; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 2:06.04, 5. Lauren Hew, CAY 2:12.96.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Saidah Brown, JAM 30.76; 13-14, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 27.59; 15-17. 1. Karla Abarca, NCA 29.11, 8. Simone Vale, JAM 30.21/30.16 prelims, 11. Gaby Banks 30.37; 18-and-over, 1. Lismar Lyon, VEN 27.61.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido, DOM 1:08.20; 13-14, 1. Camilla Rodriguez Suriano, MEX 1:07.90; 15-17, 1. Danielle Titus, BAR 1:04.64, 10. Simone Vale, JAM 1:09.96; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 1:03.77, 6. Lauren Hew, CAY 1:08.96/1:07.31.

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Aide Beatriz Diaz Lugo, MEX 5:05.56; 15-17, 1. Karen Rodriguez Cardenas, MEX 5:07.67; 18-and-over, 1. Georgina Gonzalez Garcia, MEX 5:11.76.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Mexico 4:15.56, 2. Bermuda 4:17.15, 3. Dominican 4:17.47; 13-14, 1. Mexico 4:03.40, 2. Puerto Rico 4:06.33, 3. Bermuda 4:07.44; 15-17, 1. Mexico 3:58.37, 2. Puerto Rico 4:05.11, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 4:06.85; 18-and-over, 1. Mexico 4:03.34, 2. Panama 4:06.55.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Luis Eduardo Corona Martinez, MEX 2:03.06; 13-14, 1. Rodrigo Ramos Chavez, MEX 1:57.55; 15-17, 1. Mitch Bourgeois, GUADE 1:55.67; 6. Nicholas Vale, JAM 1:58.35/1:57.81; 18-and-over, 1. Alex Sobers, BAR 1:53.30, 9. Sidrell Williams, JAM 1:59.14.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Marvin Johnson, BAH 28.10, 4. Diego Nazario, PUR 29.55; 13-14, 1. Miguel Eduardo Rojas Newman, MEX 25.72; 15-17, 1. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, LCA 25.46, 6. Nicholas Vale 26.30/25.98; 18-and-over, 1. Cadell Lyons, TTO 24.69, 8. Sidrell Williams, JAM 26.30/26.55.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Kaiser Ruiz Garcia, PUR 1:07.07; 13-14, 1. Eduardo Pardo Torres, MEX 1:00.72, 6. Sebastian Lares, PAN 1:02.84/1:02.52; 15-17, 1. Davante Carey, BAH 58.81; 18-and-over, 1. Carlos Godinez Garcia, MEX 58.61.

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Roberto Bonilla, GUA 4:37.63, 6. Sebastian Lares, PAN 4:50.52; 15-17, 1. Tyler Chrsitianson, PAN 4:31.73; 18-and-over, 1. Carlos Kossio Mendez, MEX 4:30.23.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Mexico :56.02, 2. Puerto Rico 4:02.95, 3. Bermuda 4:06.94; 13-14, 1. Panama 3:50.51; 15-17, 1. Mexico 3:34.89, 2. Venezuela 3:36.03, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 3:36.94; 18-and-over, 1. Panama 3:28.13, 2. Trinidad & Tobago 3:28.89, 3. Mexico 3:29.50.

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

Nazario, Vale, Williams Top Finishers On Day Two Of CCCAN Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

CHRIST CHURCH, BARBADOS, June 30, 2019—Diego Nazario of Puerto Rico was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher on Day Two of the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Aquatic Championships [CCCAN] Saturday at National Aquatic Centre.

Nazario, 12, making his CCCAN debut, was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly final in 1:06.71, just off his best time of 1:06.21. He was eighth fastest in prelims in 1:07.36.

The Sharks’ Silver Group swimmer will also swim the 50-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle.

Other top Florida Gold Coast finishers on Saturday were:

Sidrell Williams, 22, of Jamaica was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 56.85. He was fifth fastest in prelims in 57.34. Williams is also competing in the 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle.

Nicholas Vale, 17, of Jamaica was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly in 58.18. He will also swim the 200-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, 100-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle.

Local swimmers still to swim:

SOFLO’s Sebastian Lares, 14, will compete in four individual events and two relays: 100-meter backstroke, 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Gaby Banks, 16, is seeded second in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.65. She will also swim the 50-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke, 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke.

Simone Vale, 15, of Jamaica; Renzo Tjon A Joe, 23, of Suriname; Cathy Cooper, 19, of Panama and Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands.

Jamaica’s Gaby Banks and Nicholas Vale are also shortlisted for the FINA Junior World Championship set for August 20-25 in Budapest, Hungary.

An estimated 500 athletes from 29 countries are 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.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Fernanda Elizabeth Portillo Arrieta, MEX 2:50.46; 13-14, 1. Emily Santos, PAN 2:38.78; 15-17, 1. Elise Alejandra Funes, ESA 2:44.60, 12. Gaby Banks, JAM 3:16.46; 18-and-over, 1. Oreoluwa Cherebin, GRN 2:49.53.

50-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido, DOM 31.64; 13-14, 1. Elan Daley, BER 31.43; 15-17, 1. Citlali Jimenez Torres, MEX 30.31, 10. Simone Vale, JAM 32.15; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 30.12.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Valery Ruiz, PAN 1:07.99; 13-14, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 1:01.44; 15-17, 1. Logan Watson-Brown, BERAG 1:04.33, 13. Simone Vale, JAM 1:09.58, 17. Gaby Banks, JAM 1:10.87; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 1:01.49.

BOYS

200-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Gavin Kock, ARU 2:38.18; 13-14, 1. Roberto Bonilla, GUA 2:27.58; 15-17, 1. Tyler Christianson, PAN 2:19.54; 18-and-over, 1. Josue Dominguez, DOM 2:19.06.

50-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Marvin Johnson, BAH 31.23; 13-14, 1. Nathaniel Thomas, JAM 27.69; 15-17, 1. Davante Carey, BAH 26.91; 18-and-over, 1. Jeron Thompson, TTO 26.96.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Marvin Johnson, BAH 1:02.54, 7. Diego Nazario Vazquez, PUR 1:06.71; 13-14, 1. Miguel Eduardo Rojas Newman, MEX 57.95; 15-17, 1. Davante Carey, BAH 56.18, 7. Nicholas Vale, JAM 58.18; 18-and-over, 1. Franco Reyes, PAN 55.18, 4. Sidrell Williams, JAM 56.85.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Heads To Orient

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Heads To Orient


By Sharon Robb

Septmber 25, 2014—Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club will compete in Hong Kong during the second cluster of the FINA/MASTBANK World Cup Series.

Atkinson, 25, left for Hong Kong on Thursday and will compete Monday and Tuesday at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool in Hong Kong.

Atkinson has entered seven events.

On the opening day she is entered in the 100-yard breaststroke, 50-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley.

On Day Two, she will swim the 50-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard butterfly. She is not expected to swim all seven events and is competing only in Hong Kong. The cluster’s second meet is Oct. 4-5 in Moscow.

During the series first cluster in Doha and Dubai, Atkinson cashed in for more than $40,000 including $30,000 in cluster bonuses.

Lake Lytal Lightning’s Ingram Ready For Pan American Sports Festival

Fabiana Ingram of West Palm Beach-based Lake Lytal Lightning will compete Friday in her second major international meet.

Ingram, 17, a senior at Suncoast High School where she is captain of her high school team, will represent Puerto Rico in the inaugural Pan American Sports Festival in Mexico City.

Ingram will compete in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events and 100-yard freestyle.

Ingram also competed in the CISC Championships in Barbados for the Puerto Rican national team this past summer.

Originally called the Pan American Olympic Festival, the event is being held in July, August and September at various venues throughout Mexico. More than 3,000 athletes from 41 countries will compete in 23 sports.

The swimming competition will be held Friday through Tuesday. The largest delegations are from the United States and Brazil.

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

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Astrid Rigau

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Astrid Rigau


SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Astrid Rigau

High School: Pembroke Pines Charter

College: St. Leo University

When Astrid Rigau leaves for college in August, saying goodbye to her “second family” at South Florida Aquatic Club will not be easy.

After seven years with the successful Florida Gold Coast club, Rigau made friends with swimmers and coaches while making memories that will last a lifetime.

Even with all the social media available and her scrapbook of photos that the talented photographer has taken through the years, it will still be hard.

“I have already started crying,” Rigau said.

“I went to Charter School since elementary school and it is mostly the same kids. I’ve watched all these swimmers like Alfredo Mesa grow up. They are my brothers and sisters and it will be emotional letting them go. How many months have I been seeing them twice a day? How can they not be family?”

Rigau, a successful high school and club swimmer, will be attending St. Leo University, the oldest Catholic college in Florida and sixth largest in the United States. St. Leo is an NCAA Division II school and competes in the Sunshine State Conference. The Lions are coached by Paul Mangen.

Rigau is following in the footsteps of SOFLO teammate Bianca Muniz, who recently graduated from St. Leo with three school records as anchor swimmer on the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and 400 medley relay. Rigau will join Heritage Aquatic Team swimmer and junior Chantal Boutillier on the St. Leo roster.

Rigau has been swimming with SOFLO for seven years.

“I would wake up at 4 in the morning for 5 a.m. practice, go to school, then afternoon practice and get home at 7,” Rigau said.

“Doing the senior videos for the banquet I was saying goodbye and started crying. I would do everything for my teammates. My room is dedicated to swimming. Honestly, they have been my life, training with them, going out as a team. Even when we are away from the pool we hang out. We all grew up together.”

It seems like only yesterday when Rigau’s mom signed her up for swim lessons after a close call in the pool.

“My parents had a scare when I was 3-years-old,” Rigau remembered. “A family friend pushed me into the deep end of the pool at one of our houses. I grew up in Puerto Rico and I was always around water so she put me in lessons.”

Rigau has always been athletic. She was involved in ballet and dance. When she was in middle school, she tried out for the Comets Swim team and was among 20 swimmers out of 100 who made the cut.

“I had every coach through the years,” she said. “I was in Meteorites, Asteroids and Bronze Group. The kids at school were on the swim team and that made it fun.

“I had a few injuries but no matter what happened I still came back. Something always brought me back.”

Rigau is excited about the next chapter of her life at St. Leo.

“I didn’t think about swimming for a college until my junior year,” she said. “Then I went on a field trip to all six public schools in Florida. I had been to St. Leo for swim camps and meets. Every time I was there I saw the coach and all the swimmers knew me and treated me like Bianca’s little sister. It’s an amazing group.

“I never thought I would be swimming in college. Look at me I am swimming in Division 2,” Rigau said. “I am really thankful to all my coaches for helping me get there.”

Rigau would love to represent Puerto Rico in international competition but wants to see how she does at the college level.

Her most memorable high school swimming moments during her four-year career was Pembroke Pines Charter winning three district team titles and swimming at regions every year.

“I was honored Coach Rose was one of my coaches. I know I gave her a hard time, I admit that,” Rigau said.

“Club swimming was great. The highlights would be doing a best time and winning Senior Championships in our home pool. The experience of being on SOFLO was the highlight of my life already.”

Rigau is expected to make an impact at St. Leo. She will swim the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly or 200 individual medley and relays.

“With SOFLO as a building block I know I am going to improve,” she said.

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

SOFLO’s Kuczynski Wins Relay Gold, Phelps Swims World Best At Canada Cup

SOFLO’s Kuczynski Wins Relay Gold, Phelps Swims World Best At Canada Cup


July 3, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Canadian Caroline Kuczynski walked away with a gold medal at the Canada Cup in Montreal.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer was a member of Pointe-Claire’s winning 400-meter medley relay that won in 4:13.76. She was joined by club mates Samantha Cheverton, Ashley McGregor and Alyson Ackman.

Her splits were 28.67 and 1:01.75.

Kuczynski was also fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.32.

Kuczynski, 20, tweeted “Swam 100 fly this morning at prelims, 1:01.60, not too bad, kinda hurt the last 25, haha….400-meter medley relay won gold, yayyy!! Not too great of a finals swim, 1:01.32, fifth place, exactly ten seconds slower than PhelpsTheFish (51.32).

Olympic superstar Michael Phelps stole the show on the final night of competition by winning the 100-meter butterfly in 51.32, fastest time in the world this year.

It was just the confidence-booster Phelps, 26, competing for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club was looking for heading into the FINA World Championships later this month in Shanghai, China.

Phelps time bettered the previous world best of 51.65 swam by Benjamin Starke last month. He said he is beginning to feel like his old self.

“I’m really happy with that and I know I need to do more training in the 200-meter races,” Phelps said.

“It’s races like these that I think help me more mentally than anything else. Being able to still see that I can pop a good race here and there gives me a little bit of confidence.”

Other winners were Canadian Katerine Savard in the 100-meter butterfly in 58.68, her third victory of the meet; Matthew Swanston in the 50-meter backstroke in 26.64; Gabrielle Soucisse in the 50-meter backstroke in 29.77; Scott Dickens in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:15.70; Ashley McGregor in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.29; Brent Hayden of Vancouver, one of Canada’s top swimmers, in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.59; and Ann Fittin in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.61.

Carter, McLeod Win Gold On Final Day Of CCCAN

Dylan Carter, 14, of Trinidad and Tobago won a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly and broke a national and CCCAN record in 25.35 on the sixth and final day of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Teammates Joshua McLeod, 20, won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.25 and 100-meter backstroke in 59.81.

Trinidad and Tobago finished third among countries with 622 points and a record 22 gold medal haul. Puerto Rico won with 1,029.50 and Mexico was second with 997.50.

Trinidad and Tobago also earned the respect of fellow swimmers after the adversity the team went through during the weeklong meet.

The swim team had to be relocated twice during its stay in Puerto Rico. When they originally arrived on Sunday, the accommodations were poor and the team was relocated to a hotel. They were located again when the hotel was booked for the weekend because of July Fourth, forcing them to relocate to Cecader.

Ironman Record Broken

Marino Vanhoenacker won Ironman Austria in a world record time, beating the previous 14-year-old mark by nearly four and a half minutes. Vanhoenacker, 35, finished in 7 hours, 45 minutes and 58 seconds to break the record set by his Belgian countryman Luc Van Lierde in 1997 (7:50.27). American Mary Beth Ellis won the women’s race in a course record 8:43.34 and fastest Ironman debut in history. Race weather, 75 degrees and partly cloudy, was ideal race conditions.

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