Over the last few years Aruba has been consistently improving their position on the global swimming stage with improving performances and rankings at competitions. Today draftingthecaribbean highlights one of their swimmers Olympian Mikel Schreuders (2016) who has made great strides for his nation in the 100 metre freestyle. We will look back at his performances at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Heading to the major global competition for 2017 Mikel was had broken the 51 seconds barrier by winning the CCCAN 18 and over title in the event with a new national record of 50.55. He would lower that record again in Europe. He would stop the clock in a time of 50.12. That would place him 50th overall. It would be a major improvement from his 68th showing in Kazan in 2015 and was only the second time Aruba had placed in the top 50 in the event. His swim would also rank third amongst swimmers from the CCCAN region. When draftingthecaribbean spoke to him on July 26 he gave his impressions of his performance
“My race was to bring it out faster and then come home. I wish I would have gone out faster. I am happy with the time of me coming back”
He would not have to wait long to better that effort. On July 29 leading off the mixed 4 x 100 metre freestyle he would be the first Aruban under 50 seconds when he touched in 49.80. Breaking 50 seconds is a significant hurdle on one’s path to being seen as a top sprinter in the world. When draftingthecaribbean spoke to him after the race he had the following thoughts
“All I was thinking before the race was to go out faster and during my swim I felt better in the first 50. The Australian guy that was next to me was going a 49 for sure so I was trying to stay as close as possible as I could”.
Unfortunately it will not count as a national record as FINA does not recognize leadoff times in mixed relays. However with Mikel’s continued progress as a sprinter it will be only a matter of time before that time falls in the 2017-2018 season.
The Road To 49 Seconds
|Date||Meet||First 50||Second 50||Final time|
|August 2015||Kazan World Champs||24.71||27.06||51.77|
|July 2016||The Bahamas CISC||24.99||26.08||51.07|
|July 1,2017||Trinidad and Tobago CCCAN||24.71||25.84||50.55|
|July 26,2017||Budapest World Champs||24.26||25.86||50.12|
|July 29 ,2017||Budapest World Champs||24.80||25.76||49.80|
Schreuders will be in action with his countryman Jordy Groters for the University of Missouri in their first official competition on Saturday October 14, 2017 against South Carolina at home at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.
Mikel is the second fastest swimmer in school history in the 100 and 200 freestyle races. He also holds school records as a member of the 400 and 800 yard freestyle relay teams.
|100 yard freestyle||43.10|
|200 yard freestyle||1:34.06|
|400 yard freestyle relay||2:48.95|
|800 yard freestyle relay||6:18.25|