Carter, Cancel, Ponson, Cooper Shine On Day Four Of XVIII Pan American Games; Pine Crest’s Santander Swims 200 IM On Final Day Sunday


By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 10, 2019—Past and present South Florida swimmers were among top finishers in the “A” and “B” finals Friday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional Aquatic Center.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago won the “B” final of the 50-meter freestyle in 22.67. Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders was third in 22.89.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Miguel Cancel of Puerto Rico was third in the “B” final of the 400-meter individual medley in 4:28.54. Cancel and Azura’s Yeziel Morales of were members of Puerto Rico’s fifth-place 4×200-meter freestyle relay that fini9shed in 7:36.13.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander and NSU University School’s Mariangela Cincotti of Azura were members of Venezuela’s eighth place 4×200-meter freestyle relay that finished in 8:33.91.

Aruba’s Allyson Ponson of Azura Florida Aquatics was third in the “B” final of the 50-meter freestyle in 26.19. American Heritage alum Cathy Cooper of Panama was eighth in 27.01.

Individual winners on Friday night:

Brazil sprinter Etiene Medeiros won the 50-meter freestyle gold medal in 24.88. It was Brazil’s first medal in this event at the Pan American Games. She was the only woman under 25 seconds. Americans Margo Geer (25.03) and Madison Kennedy (25.14) were second and third.

Brazilian Bruno Fratus won his first gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle for the first time in three Pan American Games after back-to-back silvers. The 30-year-old won in 21.61 ahead of Americans Nathan Adrian in a season-best 21.87 and Michael Chadwick in 21.99. Former local swimmer Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Surinam was eighth in 22.58.

Camille Cieplucha of Canada won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.90. Argentine Virginia Bardach was second in 4:41.05.

American Charles Swanson won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:11.46. Bolles alum Santi Corredor of Colombia was eighth in 4:35.44.

The U.S. women’s team won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:57.33 with Margo Geer, Lia Neal, Claire Rasmus and Meaghan Raab.

Brazil’s men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay won gold in a Pan Ams record 7:10.66 with Luiz Melo, Fernando Scheffer, Joao De Lucca and Breno Correia. The U.S. was second in 7:14.82.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Third, Vien Nguyen Fourth On Day Two Of TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 14, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen saw their first action Thursday in the TYR Pro Swim Series Long Course Meet at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, faded to third after a slow start in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke. She lost ground in the first 25 meters and finished in 1:08.00.

Canadian record holder Sydney Pickrem won in the last 25 meters in 1:07.20 and Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez was second in 1:07.32. Pickrem bettered her personal best from the 2019 Canadian Championships.

In morning prelims, Atkinson led a tight field in 1:09.14 to earn the top seed. Three other swimmers were within a half second behind her: Melissa Rodriguez of Mexico in 1:09.23, Breeja Larson of New York Aquatic Club in 1:09.24 and Pickrem in 1:09.61.

Atkinson has four events left: the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly on Friday and 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Vietnamese Olympian Nguyen, 22, was fourth in the women’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:50.33. Pickrem won her second event in 4:40.64 and Overholt was second in 4:44.23.

Nguyen was fourth fastest in the 400-meter individual medley prelims in 4:52.42. The top seed was Evie Pfeifer of Texas in 4:46.86 who finished third in 4:44.51.

Nguyen also swam the 200-meter freestyle and finished 15th in 2:05.32 and qualified for the “B” final. She came back at night to finish second in the “B” final in 2:02.16.

Nguyen has four events left: the 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Other event winners were:

Leah Smith of Tucson Ford Aquatics, women’s 200-meter freestyle, 1:57.40, just ahead of Mallory Comerford of Louisville in 1:57.93 and Emily Overholt of HPC Vancouver in 1:57.97.

Trey Freeman of Baylor Swim Club won the men’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.00. Markus Thormeyer of HPC Vancouver was second in 1:49.33 and Townley Haas of Nova of Virginia was third in 1:49.83.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago and Team Elite was fourth in 1:50.01. Carter is building up for the July 12-19 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and July 26-Aug. 11 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Thirty-year-old Brandon Fischer of Livermore won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 59.86. He was the only swimmer to break 1 minute. Devon Nowicki of Michigan Lakeshore was second in 1:00.97 and Miguel de Lara Ojeda of Mexico was third in 1:01.15.

Ali DeLoof of Team Elite won the women’s 50-meter backstroke in 28.05 followed by Amy Bilquist of Scottsdale Aquatics in 28.44 and Isabelle Stadden of Aquajets in 28.64.

Justin Ress of Wolfpack Elite won the men’s 50-meter backstroke in 25.05 followed by Olympian Matt Grevers of Tucson Ford Aquatics in 25.21 and Chris Staka of Aptos Cabrillo in 25.57.

Louise Hansson of Trojan Swim Club won the women’s 100-meter butterfly in 57.36, just ahead of Kelsi Worrell Dahlia of the Cardinal Aquatics in 57.45 and Kendyl Stewart of Team Elite in 58.35.

Gianluca Urlando of Dart Swimming won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in 52.20. Giles Smith of Phoenix Swim Club was second in 52.63 and Ryan Coetzee of Tennessee Aquatics was third in 53.57.

Puerto Rico’s Jarod Arroyo of Pitchfork Aquatics won the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:21.65. Erick Gordillo of Guatemala was second in 4:27.00 and Brodie Young of UBC Thunderbirds was third in 4:28.18.

The four-day meet continues Friday with prelims and finals.

SOFLO is a TYR-sponsored club. It is the second year TYR is the title sponsor of the pro series. It was the Arena Pro Swim Series for the first three years.

The series offers prize money for first, second and third place finishes. First place earns $1,500, second $1,000 and third place $500.

Cash prizes were increased by at least 50 percent for each prize and a new prelim swim bonus of $1,500 was added for the top swim in prelims for both a male and female. All prize money is distributed by USA Swimming.

JUST THE FACTS

What: TYR Pro Swim Series

When: Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals, PST.

Where: Clovis North Aquatics Complex, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno, Calif.

TV/Webcast schedule: June 14, noon and 8 p.m., EST, usaswimming.org; 8 p.m., nbcsports.com; June 15, noon, EST, usaswimming.org and 8 p.m., usaswimming.org or nbcsports.com.

Of note: This is the fifth and final meet in the 2019 series….the meet is sanctioned by USA Swimming….the meet is capped at 450 swimmers….it is a long course meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Second Gold, Dylan Carter Takes Bronze On Day Five Of FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

HANGZHOU, China, December 15, 2018—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club won her second gold medal Saturday at the 14th FINA World Short Course Championships.

Atkinson, 30, the top-seed and world record holder in the 100-meter breaststroke, won the event in 1:03.51. She is the first woman to win the event for three consecutive world championships (won gold in 2014 and 2016). It was her third medal after winning the 50-meter breaststroke and third in the 100-meter individual medley.

American Katie Meili took silver in 1:03.63. Meili pulled away from the field along with Atkinson, who had a great start and then held on for the win to out-touch Meili. Aussie Jessica Hansen was third in 1:04.61.

“Done and done,” Atkinson said. “Beyond thankful for God’s calming guidance and keeping me mentally and physically in the game. Two golds and a bronze is the best haul at worlds yet, and to do it at 30 years old makes it even better.”

Other Florida swimmers:

1. prelims, 3. semis, Caeleb Dressel, U.S., Clay/Bolles, 100-meter freestyle, 45.98, 46.09.

5. Melanie Margalis, U.S., St. Petersburg, 200-meter individual medley, 2:07.39.

12. Marcelo Acosta, El Salvador, Azura alum, 1,500-meter freestyle, 14:45.78.

25. Isabella Paez, Venezuela, Dora, Miami Metro Aquatics, 100-meter butterfly, 59.69.

66. Jhonny Perez, Dominican Republic, Azura alum, 100-meter freestyle, 51.03.

In Saturday’s finals seven countries won seven gold medals. No world records were broken.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:03.25 for her third consecutive title in the event which she holds the world and championship record in 2:01.86. It was her fourth gold medal of the meet. The U.S. finished two-three with St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis in 2:04.62 and Kathleen Baker in 2:05.64.

“It’s always nice to race in China,” Hosszu said. “I’ve got many fans throughout the year. I’ve been racing a lot in Beijing and now in Hangzhou. Obviously, I’m very happy with my results over the past couple of days. I’m happiest with this, the women’s medley gold because of the time (2:03.25).

“My training hasn’t changed that much by changing my coach. I’ve had a long swimming career, so I’m pretty aware what I need to do to perform well. Obviously, it’s really good to have a coach who can provide additional value to my training. There are little things I have changed and try to focus on. I do pay attention to recovery and try to do a lot more quality instead of quantity”.

American Olivia Smoliga won the 50-meter backstroke in an American record 25.88 successfully sweeping the sprint backstrokes. It was the only gold medal won by the U.S. on Day 5. Caroline Pilhatsch of Austria was second in a national record 25.99. Australia’s Holly Barratt was third in 26.04.

“It feels like a blur to me, it goes by so quickly,” Smoliga said. “I saw both girls off the side of me at the turn and I knew I had to have a good finish, so I tried my best to get my hands on the wall first. I think the time (25.88) is important. It shows how your training has been going, if you have improved your times from previous years. It shows what you are doing is the right thing”.

Japan’s Daiya Seto won the 400-meter individual medley in 3:56.43. Seto took off and led from start-to-finish. He was within a second of the world record of 3:55.50 held by Ryan Lochte. Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes was second in 4:02.74 and Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida was third in 4:03.71.

Brazilian world record holder Nicholas Santos knocked off South African Chad le Clos in the 50-meter butterfly in a championship record 21.81. Le Clos finished in 21.97 and Plantation American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago was third in 22.38. He was sixth fastest qualifier for the event. It was the second-ever medal for the Caribbean nation after George Bovell’s bronze in 2012 in the 100 IM.

Russia won the men’s 4×50-meter medley relay in a championship record 1:30.54. The U.S., despite Ryan Murphy leading off with a fast split of 22.73, took silver in 1:30.90 and Brazil won the bronze medal in 1:31.49.

In an exciting finish, China outlasted the U.S., 7:34.08-7:35.30 to take gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Australia took bronze in a national record 7:36.40.

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 are competing 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.

On the sixth and final day, prelims are 9 a.m. in China, 8:30 p.m. EST in the U.S. Finals are 7 p.m. in China and 6 a.m. EST in the U.S.

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

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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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK: Sjostrum, Hosszu Steal Spotlight On Day One Of FINA World Cup In Hong Kong; Carter, Tretyakov, Ciesla Win For USC


By Sharon Robb

September 30, 2017—Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden and Katinka Hosszu took center stage, each winning three events on opening day of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Series Saturday in Hong Kong.

Sjostrum won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.77, more than a second ahead of Femke Heemskerk at Victoria Park Swimming Pool.

Sjostrum also won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.32 and 50-meter freestyle in 23.42, virtually unchallenged in those events.

Hosszu won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.24, 200-meter individual medley in 2:05.29 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:03.14, a 2.76-second margin of victory.

Sjostrum leads the series point standings with 90 points ahead of Hosszu. In the men’s standings, Chad Le Clos leads Vladimir Morozov and Kirill Prigoda.

The tour’s second cluster has more entries (six) per event because of the cancellation of the Dubai stop trimming the meets from three to two.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of SOFLO won the 100-meter breaststroke against a less than stellar field in 1:04.09, off her best time of 1:02.36. She was also third in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:12.62. The field featured several club swimmers from Japan.

Other winners were:

Vladimir Morozov won the 100-meter freestyle in 45.91 ahead of Le Clos in 46.10. Morozov won the 100-meter individual medley in 51.64.

American Tom Shields won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:49.62. Le Clos came back to win the 50-meter butterfly in 22.52 ahead of Shields.

Kirill Prigoda won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:04.02.

Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 25.80.

Germany’s Christian Diener won the 100-meter backstroke in 51.44.

Italy’s Gabrielle Detti won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:43.11.

China’s Li Bingjie won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in 8:27.29.

Ayrton Sweeney of South Africa won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:07.76.

The Netherlands won the mixed 200-meter medley relay in 1:40.75 with Ranomi Kromowidjojo splitting 25.63 on the butterfly leg.

The second day of the meet continues on Sunday.

ELSEWHERE

Senior Dylan Carter and freshman Nikita Tretyakov led University of Southern California men’s team to its second road win within 24 hours, 153-141, over Cal Poly on Saturday.

Carter, an American Heritage Plantation alum and Trinidad and Tobago national team member, won the 50-yard butterfly in 20.36. Carter won the 100-yard butterfly in 47.10, a NCAA B cut. Carter was also a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay.

Tretyakov was third in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:51.26.

In USC’s season-opening win over UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Carter was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays. Carter also won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:38.66 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.14.

Tretyakov, who swims with Swim Fort Lauderdale in the Florida Gold Coast, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 49.55.

USC’s first home meet is Oct. 6. against Cal State Bakersfield…

Another top Florida Gold Coast swimmer and Pine Crest alum, Marta Ciesla wasted little time establishing herself her freshman year of college swimming for USC.

USC women’s team won its season-opener, 136-106, at San Diego. Ciesla won two events. Ciesla won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.86 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.92 in her Trojan debut.

Florida International University women’s team, with senior Maria Lopez, a SOFLO alum, knocked off crosstown rival University of Miami, 164.5-115.5 in FIU’s season-opener at home. FIU did not post results online at CollegeSwimming, Meet Mobile or team website after the meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Sebastian Lares, Jonathan Farah Medal, FGC Swimmers Dominate CCCAN Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 5, 2017—Sebastian Lares of South Florida Aquatic Club brought home five medals and seven best times after the recent XXX Central American and Caribbean (CCCAN) Swimming Championships at National Aquatic Centre in Balmain Couva, Trinidad & Tobago.

Lares, 12, won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal and finished fourth and fifth in other events while swimming best times in every event.

Lares won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.47 with a time drop of 3.79 and 200-meter individual medley in 2:23.31 with a huge time drop of 5.57.

Lares took two silver medals in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.55 with a 7.56 drop and 400-meter freestyle in 4:29.02 with an impressive 15.11 time drop.

Lares also finished third for a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:07.94 with a 1.25 drop.

Lares was fourth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:24.20 with a 5.26 time drop and fifth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:28.88 with a 2.12 drop.

Lares finished with 47 points for high point.

His older brother, Andres Lares, 17, who trains with Azura Florida Aquatics, won a silver medal in the 15-17 1,500-meter freestyle. He was second in 16:31.79, dropping 4.86 seconds off his previous best of 16:36.65. Lares had 14 points. His other best finish was fifth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.31.

The brothers are members of the Panama national team.

SOFLO’s Jonathan Farah, 19, a sophomore-to-be at Boston College and Plantation American Heritage alum, medaled as a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s 18-and-over 800-meter freestyle relay that finished third in 8:12. Farah’s teammates were Jabari Baptiste, Sachin Sankar and Joshua Romany.

Farah was also sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:15.96; seventh in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:19.10, another best time dropping 3.52 seconds; and 11th in the 50-meter breaststroke prelims in 31.78.

Two-time Olympian Ana Fortin, 44, of Honduras, the oldest swimmer in the CCCAN field, won a gold medal with the 400-meter freestyle relay and two silvers on the 800-meter freestyle and 400-meter medley relays.

Among current or former Florida Gold Coast swimmers best results are:

Marcelo Acosta, 20, Louisville/Azura, El Salvador: won the 1500-meter freestyle, 15:39.51; won 200-meter butterfly, 2:06.46; won 400-meter freestyle, 3:55.54; second 200-meter freestyle, 1:51.73.

Lani Cabrera, 23, Barbados: third, 200-meter freestyle, 2:10.75; fourth, 400-meter freestyle, 4:37.62.

Dylan Carter, 20, Plantation American Heritage, Trinidad & Tobago: won 100-meter butterfly, 52.73; won mixed 200-meter freestyle relay, 1:38.40; won 200-meter freestyle, 1:48.91; won 400-meter freestyle relay.

Cathy Cooper, 17, Plantation American Heritage, Panama: third on 200-meter freestyle relay, 1:42.25; third 400-meter freestyle relay, 4:01.50; second 100-meter freestyle, 58.39; fourth on 800-meter freestyle relay, 9:00.94; third 50-meter freestyle, 26.47.

Jordy Groters, 21, Missouri, Aruba: second 50-meter breaststroke, 28.57; second 100-meter breaststroke 1:04.07.

Irvin Hoost, 17, St. Brendan, Surinam: third, 400-meter freestyle relay, 3:37.44; fourth 100-meter freestyle 52.86; fourth 400-meter medley relay, 4:07.30.

Daniel Jacobs, 16, University School, Aruba: fourth, 200-meter freestyle relay, 1:43.19; first 200-meter freestyle, 1:54.82; first, 400-meter freestyle, 4:01.85.

Andres Lares, 17, Azura, Panama: second, 1500-meter freestyle, 16:31.79; fifth, 400-meter freestyle 4:11.31.

Sharntelle McLean, 32, Trinidad & Tobago: fourth, 400-meter freestyle relay, 4:14.14; third, 400-meter medley relay, 4:40.78; fourth, 100-meter freestyle 59.76.

Chade Nersicio, 15, Trinity Christian/East Coast Aquatic Club, Curacao: second, 100-meter butterfly, 1:02.27; won 50-meter butterfly, 27.59; third, 50-meter breaststroke, 34.24; won 100-meter freestyle 57.67; second, 50-meter freestyle 26.45; second 100-meter breaststroke 1:14.27.

Jhonny Perez, 19, Azura, Dominican Republic: sixth, 50-meter backstroke, 28.42; seventh, 50-meter freestyle, 24.05.

Racine Ross, 16, Pine Crest, Trinidad & Tobago: second on 400-meter medley relay, 4:33.33; sixth 100-meter butterfly, 1:04.46.

Andrea van den Berg, 18, Azura, Aruba; fifth, 800-meter freestyle, 9:56.90; fifth, 400-meter freestyle, 4:39.29.

Sidrell Williams, 20, St. Andrew’s, Jamaica: tenth, 50-meter butterfly prelims, 26.32.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Carter Wins Trinidad’s First Medals; Groters Breaks Aruban National Record

Carter Wins Trinidad’s First Medals; Groters Breaks Aruban National Record


By Sharon Robb

August 21, 2014—-Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago and Jordy Groters of Aruba, the future of international swimming, made history on Day Five of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Thursday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum and frequent trainer in South Florida, won his country’s first medals in swimming at the Games.

The country’s top junior swimmer took a silver medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 23.81, just behind China’s Yu Hexin in 23.69 and added a bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.53.

After a great start, Carter led the freestyle until the final 20 meters when China’s Yu Hexin surged to win in a junior world record of 22.00. Brazil’s top junior sprinter Matheus de Santana was second in 22.43.

Carter had qualified with a 22.49 in semifinals and got out of the heats with a 24.01.

Missouri-bound Groters of Pine Crest Swimming swam back-to-back lifetime-bests and broke Aruba’s national record in the 50-meter breaststroke in the semifinals.

Groters first broke the national record in his heat in 29.03 and bettered it in the semifinal in 28.90, cracking the 29-second barrier for the first time in his career. He fell short of making it into the final and finished 11th overall.

Groters was happy with his Youth Olympics debut.

He wrote on his Facebook: “Youth Olympic semifinal was a great experience. I am very proud to have been able to represent my home Aruba at such a big stage. I swam another best time and Aruban national record (28.90) and it is the first time I go sub-29. Ended up in 11th place

and was .06 away from a spot in finals. Very satisfied with these results! Thank you everyone for your support.”

AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy tied for fourth in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.91. She tied Canadian Danielle Hanus. The top five finishers were just 55/100ths of a second apart. Smiddy was also fifth in her 50-meter freestyle heat in 26.42 and eighth in her semifinal in 26.39.

Jordan’s Lydia Musleh of Pine Crest Swimming was third in her 50-meter freestyle heat in 27.66.

Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was sixth in hi 100-meter freestyle heat in 52.70.

In other finals:

China’s women’s team won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:41.19.

Egypt won its first medal of the Games when Akram Ahmed won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.29.

Maaike de Waard of the Netherlands won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.36.

Host China continues to lead the medal count with 13 medals (8 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) followed by Russia (6 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) and Italy (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). Team USA is sixth with two gold medals and one bronze.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends on Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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