Curaçao’s Chadé Nersicio of Trinity Christian Academy captured the 50 yard freestyle at the 1A State Championships on November 16 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida. Her win is a culmination of hard work and determination to finally capture the crown after a number of podium finishes.
Something special was on the cards for Chadé as for the the first time in the four years of competing in the event she was the top qualifier in the event . She also had her fastest ever preliminary time of 23.14. That would be a good sign of what was to unfold in the Championship final of the 50 yard freestyle.
Chadé would win her 50 freestyle title and the first for the Warriors. She stopped the clock in the only sub 23 seconds time of the race of 22.66 , a new personal best and school record. Silver went to McKenna Smith of Academy at Lakes in 23.29 and the Bronze to Madeline Burt in a time of 23.29. Chadé has been the standard bearer for the Warriors ever since she enrolled Lake Worth based institution making an immediate impact becoming the first swimmer to go under 24 seconds.
Her buildup to this State Championship Gold was perfect in all the major school meets leading up to the meet in Stuart Florida as she took the top sprinter title at the Districts,Regionals and the Palm Beach County Championships .
ROAD TO GOLD
Palm Beach County
22.89 MR PB
Draftingthecaribbean contacted Chadé and got her reaction to her win
“It felt so great winning the 50 free, my goal was dropping more time than usual in this event.Because over the years I wasn’t dropping much.I went from being stuck at 22.89 to going 22.66 Junior Nationals is coming up shortly my coach and I still believe I can go much faster than States so that’s what were preparing for”.
Only FOUR other winners of the 50 yard freestyle have ever gone faster than Chadé’s winning time across the Florida divisions and she now joins Chinyere Pigot of Suriname who represented the Doral Academy 2010 and Jamaican Natasha Moodie of Miramar (3A) 2005 as CARIFTA region swimmers to have won the 50 yard freestyle State Championships. Both went on to compete at the Olympics in the 50 metre Moodie at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Pigot at the 2008 Olympics and London 2012 Olympics.
This year has gone well in the 50 freestyle in the long course pool in the Chadé with top performances in regional age group meet and making the B final at the CAC Games in Colombia.
1st B final
There would be more Gold and yet another school record in the 200 yard freestyle relay . In the Championship final Nersicio provided the fastest split of 22.67 to move the team from third to Gold in a new school record and first ever State title in a time of 1:34.25.The team of Nicole Gomez, Naïma Dessout, Eriana Temperino produced the fastest 1A winning time since 2014.
It was also the first time a CARIFTA region swimmer was on the Gold medal winning team since Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace led off the 2006 Bolles team in a then state record time of 1:34.53.
There would also be another medal in the 400 yard freestyle relay as the Warriors replicated their best ever showing from 2017 with another Bronze medal. This time the quartet lowered the school record from 3:28.11 at the Palm Beach county champs to 3:27.44.
Nersicio would also go on to place fifth in the 100 yard freestyle in 50.64. She has set the school record in the event at the this year’s Palm Beach County Championships with a a winning time of 50.34.
The Warriors would place fourth in the girls division with 208 points. The Bolles school won with 381 points, followed by Pine Crest with 303 points and Saint Andrews with 244.
The final day of competition at the CCCAN swimming Championships in Aruba on July 2 saw Team Jamaica adding Two Gold, Three Silver and Three Bronze medals.
The highlight of the day was Emily MacDonald who completed the freestyle sprint double .A day after she completed the record regional Golden Double (CARIFTA and CCCAN titles) in the 100 metre freestyle she did the same in the 50 metre freestyle. She took the race in a time of 26.48 a new PB, CCCAN and CARIFTA all time best.It was a mere .03 of a second outside of the automatic Youth Olympic qualifying mark of 26.45.
This makes her unbeaten for the 13-14 age group at CCCAN as she took the title in Trinidad and Tobago as well last year in 27.20. In April of this year in her hometown of Kingston she won the splash and dash in a time of 26.76 lowering the record of 26.81 held by Bermudan Madelyn Moore. In Aruba she would take down another Moore standard of 26.65 , the unofficial all time regional record. Emily has been Golden in all but one meet at the regional level since 2016.
26.48 record 26.65
MacDonald had the second fastest time of the competition. That accolade went to none other than Madelyn Moore who lowered the 15-17 meet of 26.13 by Suriname’s Olympian Chinyere Pigot (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) when she stopped the clock in 25.97.
Silver went to Bermuda’s Logan Watson -Brown in 27.24 and the Bronze to Aruba Chloe Farro 27.67.
When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Emily she gave her thoughts on her performances
“I’m very happy about winning events in the meet for my age group and breaking Championship record for both events .It gives me the assurance that I have the potential to be a great sprinter”.
There would almost be another regional record Golden Double in the 400 metre medley relay as the team of Simone Vale, Sabrina Lyn, MacDonald and Amore Hunter just missed the CCCAN record of 4:34.23 held by the 2005 Mexico team and their own national age group record of 4:33.81 when they won Gold in 4:34.48.Silver went to Colombia in 4:38.89 and Bronze to Aruba in 4:52.40.
butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga
There would be another national record for Morgan Cogle in the 11-12 200 metre backstroke.She lowered the 2007 Kendese Nangle record of 2:36.00 set at CCCAN 2007 in El Salvador in the morning heats with a time of 2:35.21. She would go on to win Bronze in the final in 2:35.29. Jillian Crooks of the Cayman Islands took the Silver in 2:33.98 with Gold going to Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido of the Dominican Republic in 2:33.23.
In the 400 medley relay Cogle backstroke ,Brooke Hopkins breaststroke ,Ireland Hunter butterfly and Safiya Officer won the Silver in a new national age group record of 4:56.06. That bettered the old 2007 record of 4:58.67 set in by the 2007 CARIFTA team Brittany Kenney, Kendese Nangle, Raynae Hall and Alexia Royal-Eatmon.
COMPARISON OF TIMES
Gold went to Trinidad and Tobago in 4:51.10 and the Bronze to Barbados in 5:06.93.
In the 15-17 Girls 50 metre freestyle it was Gabrianna Banks getting the medal for Team Jamaica . She stopped the clock in a new PB of 26.69 for the Silver. The performance marks consecutive Silver medals for Banks who won Silver in her last year of 13-14 in the twin island republic last year in 27.28. The Bronze went to Victoria Russell of The Bahamas in a new PB of 26.93. This is the first medal for Jamaica in 2017 since Breanna Roman won Bronze in 27.59 at CCCAN 2011 in Puerto Rico.
There would be a Bronze for Nathaniel Thomas in the 13-14 age group in the 50 metre freestyle as his effort was timed in a PB of 25.33. This is a step up from his performance at CARIFTA where he placed ninth in 26.19. Silver went to Malik Nelson of Trinidad and Tobago in 24.50. Gold went to the fastest 13-14 swimmer of the season Lamar Taylor of The Bahamas who won in a new CCCAN record of 23.94 to add to his CARIFTA title which he won in 24.27 and as well as National title in 23.79.
There would be Bronze for Safiya Officer in the girls 11-12 race she touched in 27.71.Silver went to St Lucia’s Naima Hazell in 27.61 .
The Gold went to the Cayman Islands Jillian Crooks who lowered the 1995 meet standard of 27.55 set by Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Cerian Gibbes who went to the Atlanta 1996 Games as a 13 year old.
The 11-12 boys 400 metre medley relay team won Silver . The team of Daniel Mair (backstroke) 1:16.61,brother Joshua (breaststroke)1:20.15 ,Jaedon Lynch( butterfly) ( 1:10.15) and Adrian Balfour (freestyle) 1:01.55 touched in 4:48.55 to finish behind the Trinidad and Tobago team that won in 4:41.05.the Bronze was won by Aruba in 4:53.76.
The 15-17 boys won the Bronze in their medley relay. The team of Nicholas Vale (backstroke) 1:01.47 ,Sean-Douglas Gooden (breaststroke) 1:09.48 ,Jesse Marsh (butterfly) 56.91 and Cameron Brown (freestyle) 55.86 touched in 4:03.72. Gold was won by The Bahamas in 3:59.57 and the Silver to Trinidad and Tobago in 4:01.63.
Three of the CARIFTA region’s top sprinters will be in action tomorrow in the 50 yard freestyle at the 2017 Florida High School Athletic Association 1A state championships to be held at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida. The swimmers are Chadé M. Nersicio from Curaçao representing Trinity Christian, Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald representing the Bolles School and Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands representing Saint Andrew’s.
Chadé will enter the preliminaries as the top seed in the event with a time of 23.47. Last season at the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago she set a new national record to win the Silver medal in the 15-17 age group in 26.45. She would go on to record 26.91 at the World Championships in Budapest Hungary . This season in the 25 yard pool she has been in good form recording wins at the Palm Beach County championships,1A District 10 and 1A Region 4 Championships. At the County championships she lowered her 2016 of 23.42 to 23.10.
Palm Beach County Champs
1 A District 10 Champs
1A Region 4 Champs
She has been on the podium the last previous two years and will seek to be on the top of the podium for the first time tomorrow.
50 yard freestyle
50 yard freestyle
The third seed will be Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald. The Bolles recruit in her first season underlined her sprint credentials by winning at the 1A District 2 Champs and the 1A Region champs.
1 A District 2 Champs
1A Region 1 Champs
Emily who was ill at CARIFTA in The Bahamas placed 4th in a time 27.60. Regular service was resumed at CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago when she won the 13-14 50 metre freestyle title 27.20. in 2016 on her way to the freestyle sprint double. In her last year of the 11-12 age group in 2016 she had completed the Golden double capturing the freestyle double at CARIFTA and CISC.
Hew of the Cayman Islands who in 2016 made the Championship final in the 100 yard freestyle has made the move to the 50 yard race this season. She is ranked 8th on the heat sheet with a time of 24.09.Lauren has put up good performances in the event leading up to Saturday’s grand finale with top 3 performances at Palm Beach County, Districts and Regional champs.
Palm Beach County Champs
1 A District 10 Champs
1A Region 4 Champs
These swimmers along with other in the upcoming 2A, 3A and 4A championships will be trying to get their names alongside other CARIFTA region swimmers who have won 50 yard freestyle titles and laid claim to being the fastest high school swimmer in Florida.
CARIFTA 50 yard freestyle Florida High School State Championships winners
Suriname’s Renzo Tjon A Joe was the top performer on the final day of the Arena Pro Series Minneapolis on Saturday making the championship final of the men’s 100 metre freestyle. Renzo clocked 50 .32 split time 23.58 to finish 7th in the final. He was faster in the morning having registered 50.27 split time 24.02.Both swims were under the Olympic B standard time of 50.70. Renzo holds the national record for Suriname having posted 49.47 in the heats of the 2015 PAN AM Games.
Dylan Carter was 4th in the C final with a time of 51.32 split time 24.87.He too was faster in the morning as he clocked 51.24 split time 24.40. Carter’s best time is 49.10 from the final of this event at the 2015 PAN AM Games.
Countryman Joshua Romany was 40th in 51.94 split time 25.28.
George Bovell III was 119th in 59.19 .He was clearly only looking for a 50 metre time as his split was 22.98.
Bermuda’s Lisa Blackburn was 74th in the 200 individual medley putting up a time of 2:27.20 split time 1:09.43. Blackburn holds the national record with a time of 2:24.98 from the 2012 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in Aruba.
In the 100 metre freestyle for women Chinyere Pigot of Suriname was the fastest posting a time of 57.39 split time 27.71 for 36th overall. Her national record stands at 56.89 .The Olympic B qualifying standard is 56.34
Rebecca Heyliger of Bermuda was 81st in 59.42 with a split time of 28.39. Countrywoman Madelyn Moore was 91st in 59.95 with a split time of 28.28.Moore won this event in the 13-14 age group at CARIFTA 2015 in 59.86 just missing the 1995 championship record of 59.54 set by Sangeeta Puri of Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter made the B final yesterday on Day one of 2015 ARENA Pro Swim Series Minneapolis in the men’s 200 metre freestyle. Carter representing Trojan Swim Club meet had clocked 1:50.84 in the morning heats with a split time of 53.84. That time put him in 9th overall just ahead of American star Michael Phelps who was 10th in 1:51.34. Carter’s time was under the Olympic B standard time in the event of 1:51.75.The meet has been approved as an official qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics
In the B final Carter finished 7th in 1:52.01 with a split time of 53.29.Carter is one of the best junior swimmers the Caribbean region has produced and is now making his mark in senior waters. He holds the CARIFTA 15-17 record at 1:50.35 and the 11-12 record at 2:04.11.Carter has won medals 2013 World Junior Championships as well as the 2014 Youth Olympics.
Also competing in the event was countryman Joshua Romany. Romany representing Tennessee Aquatics finished 45th overall in 1:55.16.The CARIFTA 13-14 200 freestyle record of 1:56.80 was set by Romany at the 2010 CARIFTA Championships. Romany also represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2013 World Junior Swimming Championships.
Four time Olympian (2000, 2004,2008 ,2012) George Bovell III also from the twin island Republic saw action but in the 100 metre breaststroke. Bovell was 40th in 1:05.56 split time 30.42. In his most recent of a lengthy list of swimming accomplishments he won bronze in the 50 metre freestyle at the 2015 PAN AM Games.
Finishing just ahead of Bovell was Bermudan national record holder Julian Fletcher of Trojan Swim Club who was 34th in 1:05.45 split 30.66.Fletcher owns all the breaststroke records for Bermuda in both long course and short course formats. The Olympic B standard for this event is 1:02.69
Suriname’s 2012 Olympian Chinyere Pigot (Athens Bulldogs) was 71st in the women’s 100 metre butterfly. She stopped the clock in 1:06.40 split 30.92.Chinyere holds the 50 and 100 yard freestyle at University of Connecticut where she received tutelage from another Caribbean Olympian Janelle Atkinson now Head coach at Fairfield University. The Olympic B standard in this event is 1:00.80. Pigot also competed in the 200 freestyle where she finished 97th in 2:10.14 with a split time of 1:00.79.
Also swimming the 200 metre freestyle was Bermuda’s Madelyn Moore.she finished 106th with a time of 2:19.14 split 1:04.94 .Moore had won the bronze medal at this CARIFTA championships in the 13-14 age group in 2:12.15. The Olympic B standard in this event is 2:03.13.
Her countrywoman Lisa Blackburn (South Florida Aquatics) was 41st in the 100 metre breaststroke.Her split at the 50 metre mark was 35.37. Blackburn holds all the breaststroke records for Bermuda in the long course format.The Olympic B standard in the event is 1:10.22.