The first day of the 2017 CCCAN Championships being held at the Aquatic Centre in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday June 28 got off to great start with Championship records falling and World Championships standards being attained.
The first record to fall was in the women’s 15-17 800 metre freestyle. Olympian Valerie Gruest of Guatemala won emphatically posting a time of 8:40.30. That bettered 2009 standard of 8:44.17 set by Venezuelan Olympian Andreina Pinto. It was also under the World Championship B standard of 8:56.71. The Silver went Ana Pastrana of Honduras in 9:27.11 and the Bronze to Myrangela Rodriquez in 9:29.90.
The 1500 metre freestyle record for the 18 and over men was smashed by distance ace Olympian Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador .He stopped the clock in a time of 15:39.51. He was well under the old 2009 record of 16:16.10 set by Guatemala’s Evan Marcus. That swim bettered the World Championship B standard of 15:44.74. Also under the Championship record was Christian Bayo of Puerto Rico who clocked 15:45.28 for the Silver medal. The Bronze was won by Avila Emilio in a time of 16:15.59.
In other races the 13-14 girls 800 metre freestyle went to Michelle Ramirez in 9:16.06.She was followed to the wall by hometown distance standout Jada Chatoor in 9:18.10. The Bronze went to Costa Rica’s Daniela Alfaro in 9:21.43.
In the women’s 18 and over category the Gold was won by Santis Gabriela of Guatemala in 9:16.91. Fatima Flores of El Salvador touched in 9:20.57 for the Silver medal and Marines Rosario of Puerto Rico was timed in 9:33.59 for the Bronze.
The boys 13-14 1500 metre freestyle race was won by Ezequiel Negron of Puerto Rico in 17:07.97.El Salvador’s Armando Montes was second in 17:24.32 and third place went to Minfer Lebron of Puerto Rico in 17:29.57.
It was another Gold for Puerto Rico in the 15-17 category when Alexis Soto hit the pads in 16:17.46.Panama’s Andres Lares was second in 16:31.79. The Bronze went to another Chatoor, Graham in 16:47.68.