LANI CABRERA WINS SECOND CONSECUTIVE CCSA 500 YARD FREESTYLE TITLE WITH RECORD SWIM

Lani Cabrera  Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
Lani Cabrera Photo courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving

 

The second day of the CCSA championships saw outgoing Florida Gulf Coast University senior Barbadian Lani Cabrera as the CARIFTA region’s top performer. The swimmer who hails from Bridgetown set her second Championship record in as many days.

 

Lani won her second consecutive Conference title in the 500 yard freestyle .She took the title in 4:47.53 breaking the old meet record of 4:48.11 by Eagles swimmer Leah Daniels in 2011.It was also under the NCAA Division 1 B standard time of 4:47.79. This title goes along with her 2015 title which she won in 4:51.50.

Surinamese teammate Evita Leter made the championship final of the 50 yard freestyle with a season best 23.85 clocking. She would lower that in the final clocking 23.45 for 8th overall.

Another Eagle Samantha Rahael of Trinidad and Tobago swam as an exhibition swimmer in the 200 yard individual medley .Rahael stopped the clock in 2:03.87 just off her career best of 2:03.75.

Her fellow Eagle and countrywoman Kristin Julien was also an exhibition swimmer in the 50 yard freestyle. She recorded her 2nd best time of the season of 23.72. Jamaican Danielle Boothe who represents Liberty University also swimming as an exhibition swimmer bettered her lifetime best of 24.62 with a 23.85 showing in the 50 yard freestyle.

In the 200 yard freestyle relay Julien’s B team had a total time of 1:34.55 .Kristin aided the team performance with 23.37 anchor leg.

In the men’s competition Howard’s Jamaican freshman recorded a lifetime best in the 500 yard freestyle. He hit the pads in 4:52.40 .That performance bettered his previous personal best of 4:54.88. Bahamian team mate Farion cooper was disqualified in the 200 yard individual medley. In the 200 yard freestyle relay his Bison A team finished 6th in a time of 1:31.40.Haughton anchored the team with a 21.98 clocking.

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