Daniella Van Den Berg
Daniella Van Den Berg Photo courtesy of sportkidsaruba.com

The first day of the Orlando Pro Swim series got underway on Thursday March at the YMCA of Central Florida aquatic Center with a number of the CARIFTA region’s swimming participating in the 3 day meet.The competition which will see action from a number of international competitors also serves as an offcial Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier.
In the heats of the women’s 200 freestyle Aruban Daniella Van Den Berg lowered her national record of 2:08.06 set in 2014 to 2:07.22 . That performance placed her 58th overall. She also made a big season drop from 2:08.73.Her split time was 1:02.05.
In the men’s equivalent Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter had the fastest time among the CARIFTA region men with a 1:52.77 (split time 53.54) to have the 25th fastest from the morning heats. He did not contest D finals.Trinidad and Tobago’s Emiro Goossen had dropped his season best from 1:57.12 to 1:54.19 (split time 56.21) for 43rd .Christian Selby of Barbados dropped his season best as well from 1:59.53 to 1:55.01 (split time 55.94) for 56th. Countryman Alex Sobers was 63rd with a time of 1:55.56 (split time 56.03).Matthew Lowe of the Bahamas was 83rd in a time of 1:57.48 (split time 58.04).
In the 100 metre breaststroke Trinidad and Tobago’s Alexndria Donahue was 6th in the C final with a time of 1:14.19.She was faster in qualifying with a time of 1:13.58 (split time 34.36).Bermuda’s Lisa Blackburn was 8th in that final in a time of 1:15.08.In the morning she almost bettered her season best of 1:14.11 with a 1:14.47 (split time 34.28).
Raiz Tjon-A-Joe lowered his season best in the 100 metre breaststroke of 1:09.02 when he clocked 1:05.62 (split time 30.16). In the C final he was 8th in a time of 1:07.13.
Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot was 39th in the 100 metre butterfly in a time of 56.00.His split time was 24.87.


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