SERGINNI MARTEN LOOKS FOR MORE PERSONAL BESTS AT CAC AFTER NATIONAL RECORD SWIM IN 200 BREASTSTROKE AT CCCAN

Curaçao’s Serginni Marten will be going to the Central American and Caribbean Games which start on July 20 in Barranquilla, Colombia a confident swimmer after a national record breaking swim in the 200 metre breaststroke at the CCCAN Championships in Aruba.

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Marten about to get on the blocks for morning swim Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Before the competition got underway at the Pisina Olimpico Roly Bisslik on June 29 his personal best and national record stood at 2:25.63 set the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in The Bahamas  .

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Marten en route to a time of 2:26.50 Photo courtesy of CCCAN

In the morning heats a national record seemed possible as he qualified for the Championship final with a time of 2:26.50 , less than a second off the national standard. In the final it self that mark was destroyed as he placed fifth in a time of 2:23.69.

COMPARISON OF RECORD TIMES

2016 Bahamas 2018 Aruba
First 50 31.54 32.61
Second 50 36.31 35.20
Third 50 38.84 38.59
Fourth 50 38.94 37.29
Total Time 2:25.63 2:23.69

It is clear from the splits that he has developed more back end speed. When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Marten on July 7 he gave his thoughts about the swim and his expectations heading to  Barranquilla

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Serginni Marten concentrating before the final Photo courtesy of CCCAN

“It felt great in the moment, I felt long and strong and in the prelims I went a smooth 2:26 so I knew that in the final I was capable of going a PB but I did not except a 2:23, I never been under 2:25 so it was a great feeling and it was a very close race from 1-5th place. My goals now for CAC is to rest up and work on the effectiveness of my stroke in the last 20 metres of the 100 and the last 5 metres of the 50 metre breaststroke. I have a good front half but now it’s all about maintaining that and not to doubt or have hesitation in my stroke in the second half of the race whether it’s the 50 or the 100”.

Team Curaçao  will also  be represented by Seggio Bernardina,Mauricio Payne, Rainer Rafaela and Chadé Nercisio.

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Team Curaçao departing for Colombia Photo courtesy of Curaçao National Swimming Team

 

 

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GIRLS GOLD RUSH SUNDAY MORGAN COGLE WINS 11-12 200 FREE AND ANCHORS RELAY IN NATIONAL RECORD TIME,SABRINA LYN TAKES BUTTERFLY SPRINT DOUBLE AND BRYANNA RENUART TAKES REGIONAL GOLDEN DOUBLE WITH 400 IM WIN

It was the young ladies of Team Jamaica that provided the Gold medals on Day 3 of the 2018 CCCAN Swimming championships on  Sunday July 1. Team Jamaica won Four Gold medals along with One Silver and Two Bronze medals to have a Day Three total of 14 medals Five Gold Three Silver and Six Bronze medals.

MAGNIFICENT MORGAN

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Girls 11-12 200 metre freestyle medallists Anthony Silver medallist Trinidad and Tobago, Cogle Gold medallist and Crooks Cayman Islands Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Leading the way was 11-12 standout Morgan Cogle who started the proceedings in the 200 metre freestyle. She eased in to the finals taking some four seconds off her personal best to be seeded third with a PB of 2:19.47. In the Championship final it was close  until the first 50 metres then Morgan and Trinidad and Tobago age group star Zoe Anthony separated themselves from the field .At the 100 it was Zoe with a slight edge 1:04.58 to Cogle’s 1:04.76. She increased that lead at the 150 metre mark 1:39.76 to 1:40.27. Then came an awesome battle on the last 50 metre Morgan came roaring back with a final 50 of   33.89 to Anthony’s 35.01 to win in a new PB and age group record of 2:14.16 to 2:14.77 for Anthony which was also  a PB. The Bronze went to the Cayman Islands standout Jillian Crooks in 2:16.95. Both Anthony and Crooks are the reigning CARIFTA Silver and Bronze medallists with times of 2:17.64 and 2:19.09 recorded in Kingston earlier this year.

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Cogle looking at her time after the heats of the 200 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Morgan lowered the age group mark of 2:15.29 set by teammate Emily MacDonald at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) in the Bahamas and become the first Gold medallist for Jamaica in the event  in over a decade

Emily 2016 Morgan 2018
First 50 30.48 30.46
Second 50 34.01 34.30
Third 50 35.66 35.51
Fourth 50 35.14 33.89
2:15.29 2:14.16
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Girls 400 metre freestyle relay medallists from left to right Silver medallists Trinidad and Tobago ,gold medallists Jamaica, Bronze medallists Barbados Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

 

Her record breaking exploits would continue in the 400 metre freestyle relay as she anchored the team of  Safiya Officer ,Isabella Sierra ,Ireland Hunter  to the Gold in a total time of 4:13.74. The Silver went to Trinidad and Tobago in 4:17.32 and the Bronze to Barbados in 4:25.20.

The old record  of 4:18.42 belonged to the 2012 CISC team of Angara Sinclair,Tiara Myrie,Annabella Lyn and Annastazia Chin that competed in Aruba

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Angara Sinclair 1:04.08 Safiya Officer 1:03.61
Tiara Myrie 1:07.98 Isabella Sierra 1:05.21
Annabella Lyn 1:03.15 Ireland Hunter 1:03.45
Annastazia Chin 1:03.21 Morgan Cogle 1:01.47
Total Time 4:18.42 Total Time 4:13.77

NO LIMITS FOR LYN

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Girls 13-14 50 metre butterfly podium from left to right Watson-Brown Bermuda Silver medallist, Lyn Gold, Reyes Briceno, Bronze medallist Colombia Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Sabrina would complete the butterfly sprint double when she won the 13-14 50 metre butterfly. She came to Aruba with a personal standard of 30.43 . Lyn who is normally know for her back end speed is showing versatility by adding the the sprint fly to her better events. She lowered her personal standard in the morning heats with a time of 30.03 to be the fifth seed heading into the Championship final. The first four finishers clocked 29 s. With teammate Emily MacDonald out the final due to illness Jamaica’s hopes lay solely with Lyn to get a medal. The faith put in her was not misplaced as she destroyed her old personal best and turned in the only sub 29 seconds performance of the race to win in 28.66. Silver went to Bermuda’s Logan Watson-Brown in 29.07 and the Bronze to Colombia’s  Laura Catalina Reyes Briceno 29.42

BREAKOUT FOR BRYANNA

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Girls 15-17 400 IM medallists from left to right Alondra Ortíáz Costa Rica Silver medallist, Bryanna Renuart Gold medallist and Bronze medallist Ana Pastrana Honduras Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The year 2018 will be one to remember for Bryanna Renuart. When the year started she  never won any individual Gold but turned that around at CARIFTA when she took the hardest route to Gold and captured the 15-17 400 individual medley title.

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Bryanna Renuart swimming in the heats of the 400 IM Photo courtesy of CCCAN

A two sport standout in both swimming and cross country track she dropped the latter to focus on swimming. That singular focus has continued to reap big dividends as she won her second career Gold in 5:12.42 holding off the challenges from Alondra Ortíáz of Costa Rica 5:13.30 Silver and  Ana  Pastrana Honduras 5:14.38 Bronze.

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Renuart and asked her about her accomplishments

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Bryanna Renuart powering her way to 400 IM Gold Photo courtesy of CCCAN

“I was really excited to get another gold in the 400 IM. I wasn’t tapered for this meet as I have a few more this summer, so I was very proud to have found the strength to win it, especially because it is my longest and hardest event. Even though it wasn’t a best time for me, my consistency in that race gives me a lot of confidence for my future competitions with the Jamaican team.I don’t see myself as a natural distance swimmer because I have done better in sprints in the past. Knowing that I am swimming so well in that event right now makes me confident that my training is working. I’m excited to have more event flexibility in the future”.

 

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Boys 15-17 50 metre butterfly medal podium from left to right Payne Curaçao Silver medallist, Yorke Gold medallist ,Vale Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Nicholas Vale would rattle the 15-17 age group record in the 50 metre butterfly when he won the Bronze in a personal best of 25.59. The national record stands at 25.55 to Olympian Timothy Wynter (Rio 2016) set the 2012 CISC . Gold went Trinidad and Tobago’s Kael Yorke who won in 25.17 and the Silver to Curaçao’s Mauricio Payne in 25.50.

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Girls 15-17 400 metre freestyle relay podium from left to right Jamaica Silver medallists,Aruba Gold medallists and Honduras Bronze medallists Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

Silver was won by the girls 15-17 400 metre freestyle relay team of Annabella Lyn (1:01.28),Bryanna Renuart (1:01.09),Naomi Eaton (1:02.09) and Gabrianna Banks (1:00.95)  in time of of 4:05.37. Gold was won by Aruba in 3:57.72 and the Bronze by Honduras in 4:08.21.

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Boys 11-12 400 metre freestyle medallists from left to right Aruba Silver medallists,Trinidad and Tobago Gold medallists and Jamaica Bronze medallists Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

The 11-12 boys 400 metre freestyle relay won the Bronze in a time of 4:11.59.The team of Daniel Mair (1:02.98),Joshua Mair (1:02,81),Jaedon Lynch 1:03.61 and Adrian Balfour (1:02.19) finished behind Trinidad and Tobago 4:01.48 and Aruba 4:11.56.

The Personal best count went to 27 at the end of of Day Three

Day Name Event Personal Best Previous Best
Three Safiya Officer Girls 11-12 200 metre freestyle 2:27.39 2:28.88
Three Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 200 metre freestyle 2:19.47 2:23.89
Three Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 200 metre freestyle 2:14.16 AGR 2:19.47
Three Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 200 metre freestyle 2:20.82 2:22.47
Three Isabella Sierra Girls 11-12 50 metre butterfly 31.21 32.32
Three Aliyah Heaven Girls 11-12 50 metre butterfly 31.76 32.23
Three Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 50 metre butterfly 30.80 33.03
Three Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 50 metre butterfly 30.82 31.27
Three Sabrina Lyn Girls 13-14 50 metre butterfly 28.66 30.43
Three Nathaniel Thomas Boys 13-14 50 metre butterfly 26.85 26.91
Three Nicholas Vale Boys 15-17 50 metre butterfly 25.59 25.67
Three Morgan Cogle Girls 11-12 100 metre backstroke 1:11.72 1:13.55
Three Safiya Officer Girls 11-12 100 metre backstroke 1:16.27 1:18.45
Three Amore Hunter Girls 13-14 100 metre backstroke 1:15.24 1:16.46
Three Annabella Lyn Girls 15-17 100 metre backstroke 1:10.17 1:10.85
4:13.74 4:18.02

 

 

 

 

SABRINA LYN SETS NEW 13-14 BUTTERFLY RECORD AS JAMAICA TAKES 1-2 IN 100 BUTTERFLY, VALE SIBLINGS AND RENUART ALSO ADD TO MEDAL HAUL

Day 2 of the 2018 CCCAN Swimming championships on Saturday June 30 saw Team Jamaica adding Five more medals to their treasure chest. The team won One Gold Two Silver and Two Bronze medals. The total medal count after two days of competition stands at Seven, One Gold, Two Silver and Four Bronze medals

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Sabrina Lyn in the morning heats of the 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Leading the way for the Black, Green and Gold was Sabrina Lyn in the girls 13-14 100 metre butterfly.

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Silver and Gold medallist MacDonald and Lyn Photo courtesy of CCCAN

In this event Jamaica had not won a medal in the event for than 13 years on Saturday it would be two won as Emily MacDonald earned the Silver in the same event.

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Girls 13-14 100 metre butterfly podium from left to right MacDonald,Lyn and Reyes Briceno Photo courtesy of CCCAN

When gun sounded in the Championship final it would be the Jamaicans who separated themselves from the field as Lyn and MacDonald had the only sub 30 seconds splits of 29.83 and 29.96 respectively.Over the last 25 metres it would be Sabrina who pulled away from her teammate to get a decisive win in new PB 13-14 age group record and PAN AM B time of  1:03.82. MacDonald earned Silver in 1:05.36 and The Bronze to Laura Catalina Reyes Briceno of Colombia in 1:06.77.

 

This Gold medal performance by Sabrina marks her second consecutive CCCAN Gold in the event as in 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago she won the 11-12 crown .It also marks her second consecutive age group record breaking swim as she had set the current 11-12 age group mark in the twin island republic last year on June 29.

The old age group record was held by MacDonald when she had won CARIFTA Gold in a time of 1:04.28 (split time 29.61).The PAN AM B standard stands at 1:04.93.Lyn who had not qualified for CARIFTA in the event as she was not in top two is now Jamaica’s fastest age group  100 metre butterflier of all time in the age category.

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Sabrina Lyn  Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Lyn she gave this impression of her record swim

“The race was smooth and nice.I had a great start and my turn was good. I just kept pace. I got tired towards the end but maintained the pace. I felt good about my race.”

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Girls 13-14 50 metre backstroke podium Vale,Watson -Brown and Ince Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Simone Vale earned Silver in the 13-14 50 metre backstroke as she produced a personal best time of 32.02. In a very tight race 7 swimmers swam 32 seconds.Gold went Bermuda Logan Watson-Brown in 31.62.Bronze went to Kimberly Ince of Grenada in 32.16.

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15-17 100 metre butterfly podium Bronze medallist Payne of Curaçao. Gold medallist Yorke of Trinidad and Tobago and Bronze medallist Vale Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Her brother Nicholas would not be left out on the medal podium party as he won the Bronze in the boys 15-17 100 metre butterfly in a time of 56.67 (split time 26.21). Gold went Kael Yorke in 55.28 (split time 26.68)  who recorded the Golden Double as he also won the CARIFTA title in Jamaica. Silver was won by Curaçao’s Mauricio Payne in 56.54 (split time 26.45). Teammate Jesse Marsh was disqualified.

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Nicholas starting the championship final from Lane 1 Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Vale again provided the “outside smoke” as he did in his hometown of Kingston Jamaica earned his medal from Lane 1 .

Competing in her final year of the 15-17 age group Bryanna Renuart stopped the clock in 2:45.63 (split time 1:18.60) to win Bronze in the 200 metre breaststroke. This is a step up from 2017 from Renuart who was fourth in 2017 in 2:47.79 (split time 1:19.04). She also won the CARIFTA Bronze at home in Kingston earlier in the year.

Jamaica would also have other Championship finalists on the day.

Brooke Hopkins 200 metre breaststroke final
Brooke Hopkins competing in the final of the girls 11-12 200 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Brooke Hopkins placed 7th in the 11-12 girls 200 metre breaststroke (split time 1:27.38).

Mair competing in the heats of the 11-12 200 metre breaststroke
Mair getting on the blocks for the heats of the 11-12 200 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of CCCAN

Jaedon Lynch placed 7th in the boys 11-12 200 metre breaststroke in 2:53.59 . Teammate Joshua Mair placed 8th in a PB of 2:56.13.Annabella Lyn recorded a new PB of 31.90 to place 7th in the 15-17 girls 50 metre backstroke.

PERSONAL BESTS RECORDED SO FAR

Day Name Event Personal Best Previous Best
One Naomi Eaton  Girls 15-17  800 metre freestyle 10:05.82 10:11.99
Two Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 200 metre breaststroke 2:56.13 2:56.28
Two Safiya Officer Girls 11-12 50 metre backstroke 33.65 34.61
Two Daniel Mair Boys 11-12 50 metre backstroke 34.26 34.60
Two Simone Vale Girls 13-14 50 metre backstroke 32.02 32.05
Two Annabella Lyn Girls 15-17 50 metre backstroke 31.90 32.59
Two Ireland Hunter Girls 11-12 100 metre butterfly 1:17.56 1:20.37
Two Isabella Sierra Girls 11-12 100 metre butterfly 1:20.04 1:26.20
Two Jaedon Lynch Boys 11-12 100 metre butterfly 1:11.26 1:12.26
Two Joshua Mair Boys 11-12 100 metre butterfly 1:11.86 1:18.58
Two Sabrina Lyn Girls 13-14 100 metre butterfly 1:03.82 AGR 1:05.69

CHADÈ NERCISIO LOWERS NATIONAL RECORDS IN THE SPRINT BUTTERFLY AND BACKSTROKE EVENTS , CONTINUES TO LEAD THE CARIFTA REGION AS THE FASTEST AGE GROUP BUTTERFLIER OF ALL TIME

One swimmer who will be good form and  one of  the stars to watch at the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla Colombia will be Curaçao’s Chadé Nercisio . At the recently concluded 2018 Michael Lohberg Invitational held in Coral Springs Florida Nercisio lowered her country’s national record in the 50 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke. Already the fastest age group 50 metre butterflier the CARIFTA region has ever produced with a time of 27.55 she reaffirmed her position with record breaking exploits in Florida.

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Chadé Nercisio starts her race Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

On Sunday June 17 the East Coast Aquatics Swimmer showed her hand in the morning preliminaries of what was to be expected in the Championship final when she put down a marker of 27.90. That was the third fastest time of her career and the fourth time under the 28 seconds barrier.

In the final of the 15 and over event she brought the heat and powered her way to a new PB, Age Group Record and Senior National record of 27.47. She won by more than half a second and it brings her closer to the 2018 Hangzhou China  World Short Course  Championships and the  2019 Gwangju , Korea World Long Course Championships B time of 27.26.Her time would have also won her the Bronze medal at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz Mexico.

Winning the Silver was her teammate Madison Cummings who was timed in 28.02 PB and the Bronze went to Azura Florida Aquatics Patricia Casellas 28.60. Patricia recorded a PB of 28.56 in the heats.

Earlier at the meet she recorded national records in both the heats and final of the 50 metre backstroke as she clocked times of 31.07 and 30.32 .That was a big time drop from her previous personal best and national record of 32.32 that she recorded in the heats of the  2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming championships in The Bahamas. It would be another one two punch by the East Coast Aquatics Team as Cummings again took silver this time in 31.07. Bronze went to Solana Capalbo in a time of 31.62.

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CARIFTA region’s fastest ever age group 50 metre butterflier Chadé Nercisio at the 2018 Michael Lohberg Invitational Photo courtesy of East Coast Aquatics Club

When draftingthecaribbean contacted Nercisio she gave her thoughts about training heading into the competition and if she expecting those records

“Training has been really hard since summer started So no I was definitely not expecting those records. As a matter of fact i didn’t know they were records I just knew I dropped time”.

Young “Veteran” Chadé Nersicio commits to Florida State University

Curaçao’s Chadé Nersicio has committed to swim for the Florida State Seminoles .She will begin her collegiate career in the 2019-2020 season.

Nercisio is a veteran for her country  having competed at the three long course World Championships (Barcelona 2013,Kazan 2015 and Budapest 2017)  and two World Short Course Championships ( Doha 2014 and Windsor 2016).At each global competition she has improved upon her placing.

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Chade Nercisio photo courtesy of Curaçaosport.com

At the regional age group level at CCCAN she has won Five Gold,Three Silver and One Bronze and has set more than Three Championship records. At CARIFTA 2018 in Kingston she added to her medal tally which currently Twelve Gold,Three Silver and Five Bronze.Along the way to that medal haul she has reset the meet record over Five times.

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Chadé Nercisio before her race Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Competing for her high school in Florida, Trinity Christian she has been one of the most consistent sprinters in the state. She has won a medal in the 50 yard freestyle each year since the 2015 -2016 season in the Class 1A to be among the best sprinters in the Sunshine state.

When draftingthecaribbean contacted the future Seminole she spoke about her college selection, what she is looking forward to in college swimming and a possible area of study

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Chadé Nersicio Photo courtesy of East Coast Aquatic Club

“Well I’ve been contemplating college selection since I got here ( Florida in 2015), but I think I started paying more attention around the beginning of this year. I came here to pursue my dream which also includes going to a college with a good swim program but also academics. As I mentioned before they have a good swim program and also academics. I also trust the coaches, they’re much like my coach right now (John Kjaerulff Head Coach of East Coast Aquatics) which is I think is a good thing, because we have a good and healthy relationship. I’m looking forward to focusing more on what I’m good at and further growing as a swimmer at FSU. I think I want to study International Business.

Chadé also elaborated on CARIFTA 2018 in terms of her expectations heading into the Championships and how the meet was overall and what lessons were learnt.

Chadé with 50 metre butterfly Gold at CARIFTA having set the Championship record in both the heats and the final
Chadé with the 15-17 50 metre butterfly Gold at CARIFTA having set the Championship record in both the heats and the final Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

“Well, I was not expecting much because I had just had a prelim-final meet the week before (Southern Zone Sectional Championships in Plantation, Florida), where I had all personal bests except for 2 events out of the 9. I was there to enjoy my sport and support my friends last CARIFTA Games.I absolutely love Jamaica, but my swims were a little rough, I would say I did ok.My best swim was probably the 50 freestyle because I dropped time. I think I went 26.18 which is closer to the Olympic B cut (25.51) so I was proud of that swim. Well, I guess to control my nerves and to try my best even if I don’t want to swim that event.

She also spoke about her plans for the rest of the season and her Olympic ambitions and what she work she needs to put in to make Tokyo 2020 a reality

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Chadé Nercisio starts her race Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

“My first meet coming up for this long course season is Michael Lohberg in Coral Springs I think June 15-17, which is a non-taper meet for me, then I have Sectionals in Gainesville at The University of Florida pool, then I have CAC Games in Colombia.I think the delegation flies out July 17, and my last meet for the season will either be Future Championships or Junior Nationals, we haven’t decided that yet. I think about the Olympics every day, but to get there I need to take it one day at a time, and that’s what I’m doing. I’m trying to work harder, eat but also sleep better now that its summer I don’t have school it gets a bit easier. The events I am targeting  are the 50 and 100 freestyle and quite possibly the 100 fly if I can find the motivation I had back in Trinidad & Tobago when I went 1:02.Training hard every day, every set, I find it hard to train hard when there are sets I don’t like (usually long-distance sets) but my coach motivates me every day, he says “Good for me, good for you” or he counts down the days to Tokyo 2020 when I am not trying during these sets.

 

Nercisio will join CARIFTA region stars Izaak Bastian of The Bahamas and Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands at Florida State who start their college careers in September this year. Florida State University has been home to regional talent over the years to include Arubans Daniella van den Berg, Jemal Le Grand, Suriname’s Rafael Van Leeuwaarde,Trinidad and Tobago’s Cadell Lyons to name just a few.

 

 

 

DANIEL JACOBS WINS CARIFTA 200 AND 400 METRE FREESTYLE GOLD, PREPARES TO CHART NEW COURSE IN SENIOR WATERS WITH GEORGIA TECH

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Daniel Jacobs Gold medallist in the 200 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

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.

200 free 15-17 CARIFTA podium
15-17 200 metre freestyle podium from left to right Payne, Jacobs and Chatoor Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

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.

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Daniel Jacobs on his way to 200 metre freestyle Gold Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

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
2017 N/A N/A
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

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Daniel Jacobs Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

“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”.

JAMAICA’S SHAUN JOHNSON SETS FIRST INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL RECORD AT LAST CARIFTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

No stranger to setting national relay records  since making her first national team in 2016 Shaun Johnson had not set any individual national age group records. All that changed in a Bronze medal winning performance in the 50 metre butterfly on Sunday April 1 at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston Jamaica at the 2018 CARIFTA Championships.

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Shaun Johnson UANA Cup Flag bearer Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The Georgetown University bound student entered the competition with a personal best time of 29.24. She would register her first sub 29 seconds swim and do that in great fashion as she would also lower the 15-17 national record. The morning heats saw  her swimming to a time of 28.72. In making the Championship final  she lowered the 15-17 age group record of 28.87 set by Alia Atkinson  at the CCCAN Championships in August 2005.

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Johnson on medal podium Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

She would have more to offer in the final as she went faster clocking 28.52 to earn the Bronze medal.Silver went Elinah Philip of the British Virgin Islands in 28.29 and the Gold to Curacao’s Chade Nercisio. This performance shows marked improvement since 2017 when she placed eighth in the Championship final in 29.24

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15-17 50 metre butterfly podium from left to right Philip,Nercisio and Johnson Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Johnson today and got her opinion about her record breaking performance and her last CARIFTA Championships .

“This CARIFTA was probably my best one yet- I was selected to be a team captain which was made to be a very easy job with the help of the other swimmers, coaches, and team managers. I’ve spent the past few weeks training at Pinecrest with their phenomenal coaches, and they really helped to make this CARIFTA a great one for me- I was able to get early exposure to swimming in LCM and swim alongside other CARIFTA swimmers from other countries as well as Jamaica.

I think it would be an understatement to say how surprised I am about how the butterfly events turned out for me;  I haven’t been a flyer for some time now as I have had issues with accommodating stroke rate/strength with my height but Mariusz Podkoscielny  really helped me out with that and after working persistently I had great results. I think I performed towards to the level that I have been training to but I will have to continue to work harder for Jamaica and I’m excited to see what that will look like in the future”.