LOOKING BACK AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MIKEL SCHREUDERS BECOMES THE FIRST ARUBAN UNDER THE 50 SECONDS BARRIER IN THE 100 METRE FREESTYLE

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Olympian Mikel Schreuders at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Photo courtesy of wikipedia.com

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.

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Mikel Schreuders posing with his CCCAN 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of 297sports

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
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Mikel Schreuders Photo courtesy of mutigers.com

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.

Jordy and Mikel at NCAA Division 1
Teammates Mikel and Jordy at the 2016 NCAA Division I competition

 

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.

Event Time
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
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ARUBAN PATRICK GROTERS SETS NATIONAL 100 METRE BACKSTROKE RECORD AT WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, JUST MISSES SEMI FINAL SPOT

 

Two years ago at the 2015 World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore Aruba’s Patrick Groters was 44th in a time of 59.88. Fast forward two years a much improved Groters crushed that time and placing with a good performance in Indianapolis today.

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Patrick Groters on podium Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

 

Patrick, who holds the 15-17 CARIFTA record and Aruban national record with a time of 57.17 bettered that time with a 57.01 clocking. That time placed him 17th overall. The top 16th  time was 56.75. Mere 26th hundredths from a second swim Patrick earned the accolade of being the top CCCAN swimmer at the Global Championships.

Analysis of Groters swims in 2015 and 2017

Year Venue First 50 Second 50 Final time Placing
2015 Singapore 28.86 31.02 59.88 44th
2017 Indianapolis 27.53 29.49 57.01 17th
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Jack Kirby Photo courtesy of Barbados Aquatic Centre

CCCAN  Champion in the 15-17 Jack Kirby of Barbados produced yet another sub 58 seconds clocking to win heat 4 convincingly in 57.63 (split time 28.27).That performance placed him 23rd overall and second overall from the CCCAN region

Other times from the CCCAN region in the event

Name Event Country CCCAN ranking  Overall ranking Time Split
Guillermo Cruz Zuniga Mexico 3 29 59.00 28.34
Thomas Bozzo US Virgin Islands 4 38 1:01.64 29.87
Alejandro Rosa Dominican Republic 5 41 1:03.92 30.63
Terel Monplaisir St Lucia 6 46 1:06.49 32.04
Zeniel Guzman Dominican Republic 7 47 1:07.14 32.25
Jason Bento Antigua & Barbuda 8 48 1:07.26 32.22
Alexander Bento Antigua & Barbuda 9 49 1:07.65 32.88

 

 

ALLYSON PONSON’S 100 METRE FREESTYLE PLACING RANKS AS THE BEST FOR AN ARUBAN WOMAN AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

At the recently concluded World Championships in Budapest Hungary Aruba’s Olympian Allyson Ponson (2016) established a new marker for her country’s female freestyle sprinters when she finished in the top 50 in the 100 metre freestyle.

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Allyson Ponson at the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony Photo courtesy of wikipedia

Ponson finished  47th in the 100 metre freestyle in 58.81.That bettered the previous best placing of 53rd at the 2013 Barcelona Championships which Allyson had registered. In the 50 metre freestyle Allyson was 44th with a clocking of 26.76. That  50 metre sprint effort was the 2nd best performance by an Aruban woman at the global competition.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to the national record holder in both events on July 29 she gave her perspective on her Budapest experience

“The experience has been so much fun being with my teammates again and seeing them swim such fast times it was definitely motivating. Also watching the world’s best swimmers compete is such a great learning experience. For me however the meet didn’t go as wanted, I had a busy year with my  first internship which was 40 hours a week so I didn’t train like I wanted to. But overall I am happy with the times I did and the opportunity I have gotten to be able to swim amongst the best swimmers in the world”.

DYLAN CARTER CONTINUES TO DOMINATE REGIONAL RANKINGS IN BUDAPEST WITH NATIONAL RECORD IN THE 200 METRE FREESTYLE

As it has been for the entire 2016 -2017 one name has stood out among the region’s elite male swimmer in the swimmers in the 200 freestyle event. Whether it was the 200  metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming championships or the 200 yard freestyle at the prestigious NCAA Division 1 Championships Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter has been region’s man to be the standard bearer. So it was no surprise when he again led the region with 200 metre freestyle at the World Long course swimming championships in national record time.

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Dylan Carter at the Mesa Grand Prix Swim meet Photo courtesy of swimmingworldmagazine

The national mark of 1:48.44 set at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships was on borrowed time from the Mesa Swim meet when Carter touched in a winning time of 1:48.45. At his home meet the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago he again got the job done in sub 1:50 this time 1:48.91.

In Budapest his intentions were made clear from the opening 50 metres with an opening split time of 24.93 that set the tone for the entire race. He would touch in 1:47.77 for 24th overall, the best time at the World championships for both CCCAN and CARIFTA region swimmers. It is also the best ranking at the Championship for the CCCAN region since 2011.

A very aggressive approach led to the new national record as seen through the analysis of his races below

Date 50 100 150 200
 CISC July 2016 25.45 53.00 1:20.79 1:48.44
25.45 27.55 27.79 27.65
Date 50 100 150 200
 Mesa April 2017 25.40 52.70 1:20.97 1:48.45
25.40 27.30 28.27 27.48
Date 50 100 150 200
 WC July 2017 24.93 51.99 1:20.02 1:47.77
24.93 27.06 28.03 27.75
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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy off ttoc.org

CCCAN rankings for the 200 metre freestyle in Budapest

Name Country CCCAN ranking  Overall ranking Time
Dylan Carter Trinidad and Tobago 1 24th 1:47.77 (51.99)
Cristian Quintero Venezuela 2 33rd 1:48.22 (51,86)
Mikel Schreuders Aruba 3 39th 1:49.66(53.66)
Michael Gunning Jamaica 4 43rd 1:50.00(53.20)
Marcelo Acosta El Salvador 5 48th 1:50.92 (54.99)
Alex Sobers Barbados 6 56th 1:52.50(55.20)
Noah Mascoll-Gomes Antigua& Barbuda 7 62nd 1:55.32(55.62)
Matthew Lowe The Bahamas 8 63rd 1:55.71 (55.50)

GROTERS LOWERS YET ANOTHER NATIONAL BREASTSTROKE RECORD AT THE BUDAPEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Jordy Groters Photo courtesy of mutigers.com

At  the 2015 Kazan World Championships Jordy Groters had clocked an Aruban national record time of 28.64 in the 50 metre breaststroke. The mark stood untroubled until the recently held CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago. At that competition he lowered it to 28.57 in a Silver medal winning performance.

In Budapest he continued his record breaking form. He lowered the national standard yet again hitting the pads in 28.40. The breaststroke record makes it two national records from two swims as he had broken his own 100 metre breaststroke record earlier at the meet. That performance places him as the fastest from the CARIFTA region at World championships. It also ranks him as fourth fastest from the CCCAN region.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to him today he elaborated on his record breaking feat

I was extremely excited to swim. Maybe a bit too excited which probably came back to bite me in the end. I was fast off the blocks, not as fast as I was in the 100, but still respectably fast for a 50. My pull out was wonderful, probably as strong as it had ever been. I was about 5.8s to the 15m marker, according to my coach’s watch. In past practices, with and without racing suits, I’ve only been 6.2s to the 15m marker. Obviously I did not know this during the race. All I knew was that I felt good and I felt fast. What my coach and I have also been working on this past year was having a consistent stroke rate. For the 100, we wanted about 1.15s per stroke, which we hit dead on. For the 50, however, our goal was to be 0.90s to 1.00s per stroke. In practice, I would hit it most of the time. This morning, my first couple strokes were indeed 0.95s per stroke, again, according to my coach’s watch. But as I said, my overexcitement probably came back to bite me. I was clocking 0.85s per stroke rate for the last 30m of the race. Of course, if I were used to that kind of speed, it probably would have been an amazing thing. Unfortunately, it was a bit too fast and I was essentially just spinning my arms, not grabbing any water. We still did a best time, lowering my National Record set at CCCAN a couple of weeks back by 0.17. For a 50m, that’s a pretty respectable drop in time. Now, in the reflection phase of my meet, I am thinking it could have been better if I kept my 0.95s stroke rate.

Nonetheless, I was extremely pleased with my time because it was under the B-qualifying standard for this meet, which I had never been before in the past. Of course I understand I didn’t swim this time during the qualifying period, but it’s a step in the right direction.  It shows that I can definitely start making some qualifying standards before the period ends.

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Jordy Groters Photo courtesy of http://www.mutigers.com

Fortunately, Aruba will be swimming in the Mixed 400 Medley relay tomorrow morning, whereof I will be doing the breaststroke leg. This will give me a really unique and awesome opportunity to get a quick time in my 100 with a relay swing and to also improve on my turn that I didn’t do so well in my individual 100. Relays being so crucial and exciting in NCAA swimming, tomorrow’s swim will certainly give my coaches at Mizzou (University of Missouri) a good idea of what I’m capable of doing in relays alongside my individual swims.”

SCHREUDERS SHATTERS NATIONAL RECORD IN 200 METRE FREESTYLE AT BUDAPEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Mikel Schreuders Photo courtesy of sportskidsaruba

Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders (2016) came to Europe off the strength of  a good CCCAN campaign in Trinidad and Tobago. In the twin island republic he won the Bronze in the 18 and over category in the 200 metre freestyle. In the Caribbean he had stopped the clock in 1:51.76. That was just off his national record of 1:51.02 set in November at the 2015 Tennessee Invitational. It was natural to expect better was to come in Europe.

He would not disappoint as he crushed his old national record on Monday July 24 and broke the 1:50 barrier with a time of 1:49.66. That time placed him 39th overall, the best ranking by an Aruban in over a decade in the event. Schreuders is the fastest CARIFTA representative at the competition with that swim. It also ranks third amongst the CCCAN swimmers in Budapest.

Analysis of splits of old record and new record

Date 50 100 150 200
Nov 2015 25.66 54.09 1:23.03 1:51.02
25.66 28.43 28.94 27.99
July 2017 26.15 53.66 1:21.78 1:49.66
26.15 27.51 28.12 27.88
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Mikel Schreuders Photo courtesy of mutigers.com

A very happy Mikel spoke to draftingthecaribbean today about his achievement

“The first 50 I was trying to hold a nice pace and not go too hard on the legs. After the turn I realized i was back a bit so I started kicking more and I was thinking that I was out a little too slow. The third 50 I was just trying to hit my pace and go fast, and my last 50 I saw the guy from Jamaica (Michael Gunning) and I was going my fastest to get 1st in my heat”.

When asked if he was expecting this time he said

“This was my goal time and I have been training very hard this summer. I felt good during warm up. And my coaches Mark and Ismael told me that they thought I could go a 1:49”

 

ARUBAN JORDY GROTERS LOWERS NATIONAL 100 METRE BREASTSTROKE RECORD ON DAY ONE OF BUDAPEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

The first day of the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest Hungary saw Aruba’s Jordy Groters lowering his personal best and national record in the 100 metre breaststroke.

Heading into the global competition the Aruban national mark stood at 1:03.23 (split time 29.68). That time was recorded at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships in The Bahamas in July 2016. In Europe Jordy recorded splits of 29.39 and 33.56 to break the 1:03 barrier to stop the clock in 1:02.95.

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Jordy Groters Photo courtesy of flaswimnetwork.com

That swim places Groters as the fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region and fourth in the CCCAN region .

With a new national standard in his first swim of the competition he told draftingthecaribbean today how he felt about that race

I think any swimmer would agree that seeing a lower number on the scoreboard than you’re used or what you expected to see to is one of the best feelings in this sport. In August of 2014 I swam 1:03 for the first time in my life. It’s been almost exactly three years since then and I’ve finally managed to dip under the 1:03 to reach the elusive 1:02. There was probably a point last year where I was so frustrated with my swims that I didn’t think I’d ever actually do it, too.

All that being said, I was filled with relief when I looked up to the scoreboard to see a 1:02 behind my name. I softly muttered ‘finally’ to myself as I let the moment sink in.

No race is perfect, however. I knew I had a horrible turn which makes me glad. It tells me that I can be faster. I’m not too concerned about that right now, though. I’m still on an adrenaline rush from that 1:02 and I really think it’s going to make my 50 breast tomorrow something special, again.”

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CCCAN number 1 ranked swimmer at 2017 World Swimming Championships Carlos Claverie Photo courtesy of Meridiano

Analysis of CCCAN performances in the 100 metre breaststroke

Name Country CCCAN ranking  Overall ranking Time
Carlos Claverie Venezuela 1 26th 1:00.83 (28.56)
Edgar Crespo Panama 2 32nd 1:01.74 (28.28)
Miguel De Lara Ojeda Mexico 3 37th 1:01.93 (29.11)
Jordy Groters Aruba 4 46th 1:02.95 (29.39)
Marc Rojas Dominican Republic 5 52nd 1:03.65 (29.48)
Greg Penny US Virgin Islands 6 56th 1:05.16 (30.68)
Arnoldo Herrara Costa Rica 7 60th 1:05.61(30.02)
Rainier Rafaela Curacao 8 62nd 1:06.96 (31.81)
Corey Ollivierre Grenada 9 67th 1:08.17(31.03)