Through consistent hard work and determination Aruban Daniel Jacobs finally earned the honour of being on top of the podium in the 200 and 400 metre freestyle events at his final CARIFTA championships in Kingston.
The first part of the Gold medal mission in the 15-17 age group was achieved on April at the National Centre on April 1 in the 200 metre freestyle race. He put up the second fastest time in the morning when he stopped the clock in 1:57.66.
The final saw him making a decisive move on the first 50 metres splitting 26.64. The field could not recover from that early blast and Jacobs would go on to take the title in 1:55.85, the fastest time ever swum by an Aruban at CARIFTA.The Silver went to Mauricio Payne of Curacao in 1:56.82 and the Bronze to Graham Chatoor of Trinidad and Tobago in 1:57.15.
The road to victory in the 400 metre freestyle on April 3 was not as smooth as he battled Chatoor for all 8 laps before out sprinting him to the wall 4:05.64 to 4:06.10.The Bronze went to John Bodden of the Cayman Islands in 4:12.20
THE PATH TO CARIFTA 200 AND 400 METRE FREESTYLE GOLD
|400 free||200 free|
|2018||4:05.64 G||1:55.85 G|
|2016||4:08.87 Bronze||1:58.04 5th|
|2015||4:16.45 Silver||1:59.27 Silver|
|2014||4:27.84 9th||2:06.04 10th|
|2013||4:42.63 Silver||2:11.71 Bronze|
|2012||4:58.12 10th||2:21.20 10th|
Draftingthecaribbean spoke to the Oranjestad native about representing Aruba at CARIFTA,heading to Georgia Tech to start his college career and what the future now holds for him
“I did not participate at last year’s CARIFTA as Aruba decided to go to another competition, so I am happy to have participated this year as CARIFTA is one of my favorite competitions in our region. To have ended my CARIFTA career and winning Gold in my two main events and hearing Aruba’s anthem play while standing on the podium was a great feeling. My CARIFTA career started as an 11 year old representing Aruba. It has been and always will be an honor to represent my country and I will take great memories with me for a life time. I have made many great friends over the years at CARIFTA and am sure we will continue this friendship into our next stage of our careers. Even though my CARIFTA career has ended, I am very excited to go on to the next level in my career, being college swimming. I will be swimming for Georgia Tech starting in August of this year and can’t wait to get started. Currently I am preparing for CCCAN which will be held in Aruba the end of June and afterwards hopefully I will be preparing for Youth Olympics 2018. So my summer will be mostly spend in the pool and gym”.