Barbados distance specialist Lani Cabrera maintained her hot streak in the 1000 yard freestyle when she won her fourth consecutive 1000 yard freestyle race. Cabrera maintained her unbeaten status at the quad meet featuring Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, University of West Florida and Florida Southern College which ran from November 6 to 7. Lani won emphatically with a personal best of 10:04.08 to close in on the 2009 school record of Leah Daniel 9:59.62. The swimmer from Bridgetown also won the 500 yard freestyle in a season best of 4:53.18. She completed a hat trick of season bests when she finished runner up in the 200 yard freestyle in 1:50.12.
Aruba’s 2012 Olympian Jemal LeGrand also recorded personal bests at the meet in the 200 yard freestyle and 50 yard freestyle .The Florida State Junior was second in the 200 in 1:39.99 and ninth in the 50 in 21.31. LeGrand finished fourth in the 100 yard freestyle in 46.05.
Suriname’s Rafael Van Leeuwaarde also improved upon his times at the meet. Rafael, a junior at Florida State had season bests in the 200 yard breaststroke of 2:05.90where he placed fourth and the 100 yard breaststroke where he finished third in 56.79.
His country woman Evita Leter ,a junior at Florida Gulf Coast recorded her season best in the 200 yard breaststroke .She clocked 2:22.02 to finish seventh in the event. Leter finished third in the 100 in a time of 1:03.72.
Her Trinidad and Tobago teammates senior Samantha Rahael and sophomore Kristin Julien had also shown improvement for the season. Rahael did bests in the 100 yard individual medley of 1:01.44 where she competed as an exhibition swimmer and the 200 yard medley where she finished tenth in 2:10.20. Her third season best of 1:08.62 was recorded in the 100 yard breaststroke again recorded as an exhibition swimmer. Rahael placed thirteenth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:27.31.
Julien was fourth in the 50 yard freestyle in a season best of 23.87. She also bettered her 100 yard backstroke to register a time of 59.43 as an exhibition swimmer. Kristin also swam as an exhibition swimmer in the 100 yard individual medley clocking 1:02.33.
Jamaica’s Nico Campbell made his NCAA debut at this meet .Campbell clocked 1:41.60 to finish fifth in the 200 yard freestyle. He was thirteenth in the 50 yard freestyle in 21.90 .The 100 yard freestyle saw him placing seventh in 46.59.The Jamaican who holds the senior national record in the 200 metre freestyle had the following thoughts about his first meet “FSU are a fast D1 school so it was good to get to race some of the fastest people in the state/nation. I have a lot of fine details to work on as there are some details that I done in yards which are not good but you can get away with doing them in meters. But it was my first meet and a good learning experience. It was a fun meet and I think I posted some okay times for in season, as I am a swimmer who performs at my best when tapered”
In relay action the 200 yard medley relay the FGCU D team which had Rahael on the breaststroke leg finished eighth in 1:49.95.
For the men FSU B finished second in 1:29.98 aided by Van Leeuwaarde’s breaststroke leg. Nico Campbell’s Florida Southern College’s B was fourth in 1:34.65 assisted by his freestyle anchor of 21.25
The 400 yard freestyle relay had the Gulf Coast Eagles B team finished fourth in 3:30.90 with Cabrera clocking 51.86 on the second leg. The Eagles C team finished seventh in 3:36.04 with Julien splitting 54.19 on the second leg
For the men Nico’s Florida Southern A was second in 3:03.57 aided by his anchor leg of 47.36. LeGrand’s Seminoles B team was third in 3:03.89.LeGrand lead off the team in 45.96.
The 200 yard medley relay saw Leter’s Eagles B team finishing third in 3:50.61.Leter contributed to the time with a 1:03.55 breaststroke split.
The men’s event saw Leeuwaarde’s Seminoles B team finishing second in 3:18.64.He clocked 55.93 on his breaststroke leg. Nico Campbell’s B team was fourth in 3:22.49 with Nico anchoring in 45.90.The Seminoles C team was fifth in 3:24.04 LeGrand anchored in 45.52.
The 200 yard freestyle relay had the Eagles B was fourth in 1:35.64 .Trinidad and Tobago’s speedster Julien clocked 24.02 on the second leg. Lani lead off the C team in 24.12 to help them to seventh in 1:37.70. The D team saw Rahael lead with a 25.59 with Leter second in 24.01 as they compiled a total time of 1:39.53
The men’s relay had Leeuwaarde anchored the Seminoles C in21.54 to fourth in 1:24.99.The Florida Southern B finished fifth in1:26.61.Campbell started the relay in 21.45.
The Seminole men beat Florida Southern 205 to 110.
The Eagles beat the Seminole Women 220.5 to 132.5 and they also defeated Florida Southern 301 to 40