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
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Florida Swimmers Dominate Final Day Of CARIFTA Pool Events

Florida Swimmers Dominate Final Day Of CARIFTA Pool Events


By Sharon Robb

April 25, 2014

On the final night of pool swimming, Florida swimmers once again dominated the medal count at the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships Friday at the Piscina Olimpico Roly Bislik in Oranjestad, Savaneta, Aruba.

Going into Saturday’s open water 5K events, the Bahamas lead the team standings with 748 points followed by Aruba, 616, Guadeloupe, 538, Martinique, 470, Trinidad and Tobago, 464, Barbados, 435, Jamaica, 401, Suriname, 341, Curacao, 193, and Cayman Islands, 170.

Brothers Jordy Groters, 17, and Patrick Groters, 14, of Aruba and Pine Crest Swimming continued their winning ways in the pool.

Jordy Groters won the 15-17 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.25. Wayne Denswil, 17, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics took the bronze in 1:07.87.

Patrick Groters won a gold medal in the 13-14 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:15.73, dropping from 2:19.98. He first bettered his best time in prelims with a 2:16.32.

Patrick Groters also was second in the 13-14 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:13.86, dropping from 4:22.28.

Against a star-studded field, Zuhayr Pigot, 16, of Suriname won the gold medal in the 15-17 50-meter freestyle in 23.80 knocking off David McLeod, 17, of Trinidad and Tobago who finished second in a best time 23.97. Sidrell Williams, 17, of Jamaica and St. Andrew’s Swimming was third in 24.21. Christian Selby, 16, of Barbados was fifth in a best time 24.51 and Jabari Baptiste, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago was sixth in 24.63.

Jordy Groters was the fastest qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle morning prelims in a best time 23.79 but scratched from the final. It was the first time he cracked 24 seconds.

Christian Selby, 16, of Barbados took gold in the 15-17 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:04.70, dropping from 4:05.24.

Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica won the 15-17 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:08.91, dropping from 2:12.20. Baptiste took bronze in a best time 2:13.28, bettering his previous best of 2:16.52. Matthew Lyn, 16, of Jamaica and Pine Crest Swimming was seventh in a best time 2:22.14.

Baptiste was also a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s winning 15-17 200-meter freestyle relay that won in 1:37.67.

Sisters Daniella, 17, and Andrea, 15, of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won a gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:52.55 with teammates Ginayla Arends and Rebecca Maduro.

In the girls’ 15-17 400-meter freestyle, Michelle Dols, 16, of Jamaica took silver in a best time 4:31.03 dropping from 4:32.88 and Daniella van den Berg, 17, of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won the bronze in 4:34.31.

Nicholas Vale, 12, of Jamaica and Azura Florida Aquatics was fourth in the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:41.27, dropping from 4:42.98.

Matthew Lyn, 16, of Jamaica was sixth in the 15-17 400-meter freestyle in 4:22.29 and Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica was eighth in 4:24.95.

Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica was 11th in the 13-14 400-meter freestyle in 4:53.22. Lyn, swimming anchor leg, took a bronze medal on Jamaica’s third place 13-14 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:52.94 with teammates Anjuii Barrett, Angara Sinclair and Annastazia Chin.

The Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which features most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean, is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

The meet concludes on Saturday with the open water 5K events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Florida Gold Coast’s Groters, Pigot, Van den Berg, Williams Win Gold At CARIFTA

Florida Gold Coast’s Groters, Pigot, Van den Berg, Williams Win Gold At CARIFTA


By Sharon Robb

April 24, 2014

Brothers Jordy and Patrick Groters of Aruba and Zuhayr Pigot of Suriname took up where they left off Wednesday night and Daniella van den Berg of Aruba and Sidrell Williams of Jamaica shared the spotlight.

The Florida Gold Coast and international age group stars picked up more gold to add to their medal haul on Day Three of the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships Thursday night at the Piscina Olimpico Roly Bislik in Oranjestad, Savaneta, Aruba.

Jordy Groters, 17, of Aruba and Pine Crest Swimming, seeded third going into finals, won the 15-17 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.08. Jamaica’s Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica, the top-seed, finished third in a best time 2:10.87, lowering his previous best of 2:14.30.

Also in the 200 IM, Jonathan Farah, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago and American Heritage, making his international debut, was fifth in 2:19.27. Matthew Lyn, 16, of Jamaica was tenth in a best time 2:20.74.

Jordy Groters, the top morning seed, also took a silver medal in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.37 and Wayne Denswil, 17, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics took the bronze in a best time 30.31. Jordy Groters, swimming leadoff leg, took another silver medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay.

Patrick Groters, 14, of Aruba and Pine Crest Swimming won the 13-14 200-meter individual medley in 2:16.91. Groters swam back-to-back best times including 2:18.91 in prelims bettering his previous best of 2:23.30.

Zuhayr Pigot, 16, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics won the 15-17 100-meter freestyle in a best time 51.59, dropping from 52.40, followed by fifth-seed Christian Selby, 16, of Barbados in a best time, 52.70, dropping from 53.10 for the silver medal. Jabari Baptiste, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago was fourth in 53.14.

After winning relay gold earlier in the meet, Daniella van den Berg, 17, of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won her first individual gold medal in the 15-17 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:25.52, dropping from 2:31.41.

Sisters Daniella and Andrea, 15, van den Berg won relay gold leading Aruba to a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:50.77 with teammates Ginayla Arends and Rebecca Maduro.

Daniella Van den Berg also took a bronze medal in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:28.02, dropping from 2:29.06.

Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming, seeded second, won the 200-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 2:09.66, dropping from 2:15.39. It was the first of two gold medals for Williams. Christian Selby, 16, of Barbados took the bronze in 2:14.00 and Kean Dols, 15, of Jamaica was fifth in 2:19.31 after going a best time 2:14.53 in prelims, dropping from 2:24.41.

Jamaica’s Matthew Lyn, 16, Keanan Dols, 15, Sidrell Williams, 17, and Nico Campbell, 16, won the 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:05.78 in the final event of the night.

Nicolas Vale, 12, of Jamaica and Azura Florida Aquatics won two more silver medals. He took second in the 11-12 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:30.49. His previous best was 2:33.43. Vale, seeded third after prelims, also took second in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:27.49, another best time dropping from 2:31.82.

Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica and Pine Crest Swimming, was eighth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:45.39 after going a best time of 2:43.50 in prelims dropping from 2:48.37.

The Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which features most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean, is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

The meet concludes on Saturday with the open water 5K events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Florida Swimmers Dominate Day Two Of CARIFTA Swimming Championships

Florida Swimmers Dominate Day Two Of CARIFTA Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

April 23, 2014

Brothers Patrick and Jordy Groters of Aruba, Christian Selby of Barbados and Zuhayr Pigot of Suriname all struck gold on Day Two of the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships Wednesday night at the Piscina Olimpico Roly Bislik in Oranjestad, Savaneta, Aruba.

Patrick Groters, 14, of Pine Crest Swimming won two individual gold medals and bronze medal. He won the 13-14 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.99. Groters earned the top seed in a best time 1:01.96, lowering his previous best of 1:05.39.

Groters also won the 400-meter individual medley in a career-best 4:49.31, bettering his previous best of 4:59.32 and winning by more than a body length and nearly seven seconds.

In the night’s opening event, Groters finished third in the 13-14 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:59.53, the first time he broke 2 minutes. Groters, the top seed after morning prelims, swam back-to-back best times including 2:00.52 in prelims. His previous best was 2:05.17. It was his third bronze medal of the meet.

Older brother Jordy Groters, 17, won his second individual gold medal of the meet in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.83, off his best time of 4:31.56. Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica took second in a best time 4:40.14, dropping from 4:44.95.

Selby, 16, the top-seed, won the 15-17 200-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 1:53.58. His previous best was 1:56.02. It was Selby’s second gold medal. He also won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:28.53 on opening night.

In a thrilling race, Pigot, 16, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics tied with Dorian Pedro-Leal, 17, of French Guyana for the gold medal in the 15-17 50-meter butterfly in 25.32. Pigot, the fastest qualifier in prelims, posted back-to-back best times of 25.49 and 25.32 lowering his previous best of 25.68.

Sidrell Williams, 17, of Jamaica and St. Andrew’s Swimming took a bronze medal in the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 25.71. His previous best was 26.22. Jabari Baptiste, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago was ninth in 26.79.

Baptiste took a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke in 59.82 behind teammate David McLeod, 17, in 58.72. Both swimmers turned in best times. Baptiste bettered his previous best of 59.87 and McLeod lowered his previous best of 59.65. Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica took the bronze in the race in a best time 1:01.16, dropping from 1:06.94. Matthew Lyn, 16, of Jamaica was seventh in a best time 1:04.34, dropping from 1:04.73. Lyn also took a seventh in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:59.93, the first time he cracked 5 minutes bettering his previous best of 5:00.28.

Daniella van den Berg, 17, of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won two individual silver medals. She took second in the 15-17 200-meter freestyle in 2:09.23. Michelle Dols, 16, of Jamaica was fifth in a best time 2:10.97, lowering her previous best of 2:18.14.

Van den Berg also took silver in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:11.61, dropping from 5:17.32.

Sisters Daniella and Andrea, 15, took silver in the 15-17 400-meter medley relay that finished second in 4:39.89 with teammates Ginayla Arends and Rebecca Maduro.

Brienne Renfrum, 16, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics won a silver medal in the 15-17 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:07.85, dropping from 1:09.11. It was her second silver medal and career-best time.

Nicholas Vale, 12, of Jamaica and Azura Florida Aquatics took a bronze medal in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in 2:13.22, lowering his previous best of 2:15.86 for the second time. He was fourth fastest qualifier in prelims in a best time 2:15.03. It was his second bronze medal of the meet. Vale was disqualified in the 400-meter individual medley.

In the boys 15-17 400-meter medley relay, Baptiste anchored Trinidad and Tobago’s winning relay that won in 4:00.36. Keanan Dols led off and Sidrell Williams swam third leg of Jamaica’s third place relay (4:02.77).

Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica was sixth in the 13-14 400-meter individual medley in 5:34.98.

The Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which features most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean, is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

The meet concludes on Saturday with the open water 5K events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Groters, Pigot Win Gold On Day One Of CARIFTA

Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Groters, Pigot Win Gold On Day One Of CARIFTA


By Sharon Robb

April 22, 2014

In front of his home crowd, Jordy Groters of Aruba won a gold medal on opening night of the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships at the Piscina Olimpico Roly Bislik in Oranjestad, Savaneta, Aruba.

Groters, 17, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a career-best time of 2:20.18, lowering his previous best of 2:22.79.

In morning prelims, Groters, a member of Pine Crest Swimming and senior at University School headed to Missouri this fall, was second fastest qualifier in 2:28.8, and tweeted after his race “extremely easy, ready to destroy it tonight.”

Groters has been a member of the Aruba national team since he was 11. He has already competed in the World Short Course Championships and is a 2016 Olympic hopeful.

Zuhayr Pigot, 16, of Surinam and Metro Aquatics, the top seed in the 100-meter butterfly in 55.58, won gold with a best time 54.85. He first bettered his previous best in 55.28 in prelims. St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Sidrell Williams of Jamaica took silver in 56.36. Suriname’s Wayne Denswil, 17, also of Metro Aquatics, tied for fifth with Jabari Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago in a best time 58.53. Denswil’s previous best was 1:00.03.

Sisters Daniella van den Berg, 17, and Andrea van den Berg of Aruba won gold in the 15-17 400-meter freestyle relay in 4:04.04 with teammates Ginayla Arends and Rebecca Maduro.

Other Florida swimmers enjoyed success at the Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which features most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean and is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

Matthew Lyn, 16, representing Jamaica, took a silver in the 1500-meter event in the 15-17 age group in 16:59.06.

Groters younger brother, Patrick Groters, 14, of Aruba, captured a pair of bronze medals. He was third in the 13-14 age group 1500 event in 17:15.63 and third in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.89 after going 28.84 in prelims.

Michelle Dols, 16, also of Jamaica, took a silver in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:16.94, bettering her previous best of 9:19.75. Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica was ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:37.03.

Brienne Renfrum, 16, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics, won a silver medal in the 15-17 50-meter backstroke in a best time 30.59, dropping from 31.74.

Jabari Baptiste, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago took a silver medal in the 15-17 50-meter backstroke in 27.51 behind teammate David McLeod in 26.31. Baptiste, one of 33 swimmers representing his country, also anchored the winning 15-17 400-meter freestyle relay that won in 3:35.81 with teammates David McLeod, Joshua Ramkissoon and Jeron O’Brien.

Nicholas Vale, 12, of Jamaica and Azura Florida Aquatics was third in the 11-12 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.89.

Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:59.88. It was the first time Lyn broke 10 minutes, bettering her previous best of 10:23.97.

Jamaica had nine swimmers in ten individual events and boys 13-14 and 15-17 boys 400 freestyle relays and girls 13-14 400 freestyle relay in the opening night of finals.

Daniella van den Berg, 17, of Aruba took bronze in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:22.56.

On a lighter note, swimmers were relieved to see that the competition pool had WIFI. Trinidad and Tobago’s Jonathan Farah of American Heritage, making his international meet debut, tweeted “Thank God this pool has WIFI.”

The meet concludes on Saturday with the open water 5K events.

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