Gardner-Webb’s star freshman from Curaçao Seggio Bernardina had a great Coastal Collegiate Sports Association debut at the 2018 edition of the Championship. The meet which ran from Feb 14-17 in Athens Georgia saw Seggio winning Two Gold , One Silver and Two Bronze medals as well as recording all personal bests in his individual events.
His first trip to the top of the podium came in the 200 yard freestyle relay. In that fellow freshman standout Eli Coan 20.35,|Zach Dingfield 20.37,Bernandina 20.34 and Mason Hutchinson 20.57 combined for a winning total time of 1:21.63.Seggio had the joint fastest split of the relay event.
The team from Boiling Springs North Carolina would win another sprint freestyle relay Gold in the 400 yard event. That team would see Eli start again with a split of 45.35, followed by the Seggio 44,24,Justin Conklin provided handled third leg duties with a time of 45.10 and Dingfield anchored in 44.30. The team took the event in 2:58.99, just off the school record of 2:58.41. Seggio again had the fastest split.
In the 100 yard butterfly Bernardina recorded PB’s twice, in the heats and the Championship final. In the heats he lowered his PB of 49.39 with a 48.97 (split time 23.30). He would be even faster in the final touching in 48.28(split time 22.62) to win the Silver behind Filip Svedberg of Old Dominion 47.74. Seggio’s time was just under the NCAA Division B time of 48.29.
In the 400 yard medley he split 48.04 on his butterfly to help the team to the Bronze in a total time of 3:17.62 .They just missed the school record of 3:17.04.The Trinity Christian Academy graduate would record handle the butterfly duties on the shorter 200 yard medley relay with a split of 21.65 .The team would stop the clock in 1:30.21 for another Bronze.
In the 50 yard freestyle he would get under his personal record of 20.93 with a 20.72 blast in the morning heats. He would be close to that time in the Championship final with a seventh place time of 20.82.
In the 100 yard freestyle he came close to his personal best of 45.61 with a time of 45.69. He bettered that time with another seventh place finish of 45.57(split time 21.68).
Gardner-Webb would place third in the men’s competition with 849 points. Incarnate Word would take the male championship with 849 points.
As some of the CARIFTA region top age swimmers prepare for themselves for competition at the inaugural UANA Swimming Cup in Coral Springs Florida starting tomorrow January 19 draftingcaribbean looks back at the region’s youngsters efforts at the 2017 SPEEDO Winter Junior Championships -EAST in December. The UANA Cup is designed for athletes from Central America, South America, and the Caribbean that are in UANA Zones 1 and 2. Hence Americans and Canadians will not be invited
She placed 8th of the 102 competitors in the field with a time of 1:01.86. Her previous placings were 9th in 2015 and 11th in 2016.
Higgs has been unbeaten at the CARIFTA level in the 100 metre breaststroke for the last three years and holds the 15-17 age group record at 1:11.92.
Higgs finished 57th in the 400 yard individual medley in a time of 4:26.97 just off her personal best of 4:25.49.
Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands and Saint Andrew’s Aquatics was 66th in the 100 yard backstroke in a time of 56.37. Hew, won the CARIFTA Gold medal in her final year of the 15-17 age group in 2017 in the 100 metre backstroke and holds the record at 1:05.94. She also finished 80th in the 200 yard freestyle in 1:52.27. Lauren also won the 200 metre freestyle at the 2017 CARIFTA Championships in 2:05.98 finishing ahead of Higgs.
Curacao’s Chade Nersicio was 17th in the 200 yard freestyle relay team in a time of 1:34.93.She was just off her best time of 57.98 in the 100 yard butterfly as she hit the wall in 58.01. It would be another close miss for a personal record for the East Coast Aquatics swimmer in the 100 yard breaststroke as she stopped the clock in 1:05.72 and her personal record is 1:05.48. Nersicio is ranked 3rd in the 15-17 100 metre breaststroke with a time of 1:14.61.
Lilly Higgs of The Bahamas representing SwimMac Carolina got yet another medal for the CARIFTA region on Thursday December 7, Day 2 of the 2017 Speedo Winter Junior Championships East .Swimming the breaststroke leg of the 400 yard medley relay at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville Tennessee the ladies of SwimMac Carolina won Bronze. The team of Julia Menkhaus backstroke 54.21, Higgs 1:01.14, Sophie Lindner butterfly 53.89 Olywin Bartis freestyle 49.31 had total time of 3:38.55.
When the results are combined with the competition being held in the West Higgs, who is the reigning 15-17 100 metre breaststroke champions had the 7th fastest overall breaststroke split of the 107 competing teams. The Gold medal in the East went to Nashville Aquatics in 3:36.88 and the Silver to Cardinal Aquatics in 3:37.39.
Chade Nercisio of Curacao who represents East Coast Aquatics earned a second swim in the 50 yard freestyle qualifying for the C final .In that night’s final she topped the field with a time of 22.97 just of her personal best of 22.93.
The Cayman Islands Lauren Hew representing Saint Andrews recorded the 3rd fastest time of her career in the 50 yard freestyle when she stopped the clock in 23.44 to finish 32nd . Higgs recorded the 2nd fastest time of her career when she stopped the clock in 24.15 to place 125th .
In the 200 yard individual medley Higgs recorded her 3rd fastest time ever when she hit the wall in 2:03.06 to place 33rd.
In the 400 yard medley relay Nersicio put in another strong performance to help her East Coast Aquatics team to 25th overall. She split 50.25 on the freestyle leg to help the team to 3:49.15
Trinity Christian Academy and Curaçao’s sprint star Chadé Nersicio was always a force to reckon with at the Florida High School Championships 1A championships but the 2017 edition saw her making a statement with a medal haul of 2 silvers and 2 Bronze medals.
In the 50 yard freestyle she blazed a Golden trail to the 1A State Finals held at the Sailfish Splash park Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida on November 4.
At the Palm Beach County Swim Championships on October 6 she smashed her 2016 meet record of 23.42 to touch in 23.10.Chade would also be named joint outstanding female performer for her exploits at the meet. Another Gold medal would be earned at the District Championships on October 20.She would again be in record breaking form as she lowered her own 2016 pool record at the Saint Andrews pool from 23.32 to 23.31.The following weekend would see her lifting the Regional Crown in a time of 23.47. At the grand finale on November 4 she eased into the A final with a time of 23.40.
The night’s final was a close affair where she was just out touched for the Gold by Monteverde’s Kaitlyn Schorr 22.89 to22.93. It was the closest 1A final since 2008 when Bolles teammates Megan Fonteno and Dana Nessler finished in times 23.45 and 23.49 respectively. The performance was a personal best for Nercisio and added to her previous medals in the event. In 2016 she won Bronze in 22.96, her previous personal best .In 2015 saw her earning the Silver in 23.41 , finishing runner up to Schorr who won in 23.05. At the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago this summer she won the Silver medal in the 15-17 girls 50 metre freestyle in a new age group and senior national record of 26.45.
The build-up in the 100 yard freestyle was equally successful as she took the Palm Beach County, District and Regional titles.
In the Championship final she went out in 24.50 and came back in 25.72 to record 50.22 for the Bronze medal. That lowered her personal best of 50.47. The Gold went to Schorr in 49.90 and The Silver to Andrea Santander of Pine Crest in 49.99.At the CCCAN Championships she took the 100 metre freestyle Gold in a new age group and senior national record of 57.67.
In the final of the 200 yard freestyle relay the Warriors team was in the 5th place after legs of 23.88 by Eriana Temperino ,Nicole Gomez 24.17 and Hailey Rudd 25.08.It was then Chadé unleashed a devastating anchor leg of 22.34 to take the Lake Worth based institution from 5th to the Silver medal position and new school record of 1:35.47. That anchor leg split is the fastest split of all the 4 state Finals for 2017. It is also the fastest split by girl in 1A since 2002 when Christina Swindle clocked 22.09.Gold went to Pine Crest in 1:34.70.
In the 400 yard freestyle the Warrior Princess would again record the fastest split of the day with an anchor leg time of 50.24 to propel the same quartet from 5th to Bronze in a new school record of 3:28.62.Silver went to Bolles in 3:28.17 and the Gold to Pine Crest in 3:27.85.
Trinity Christian would finish 4th overall at the Championship in the girls standings with 161 points.
On Friday November 3 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida St Brendan’s Surinamese star Irvin Hoost crowned himself as one of the fastest swimmers in the Florida high school system when he won the 2A state title in a time of 20.86. This is Hoost’s first title in the event. He was just off his morning effort of 20.74.He completed three consecutive winning performances having taken the District and Regional titles.
2A District 12
2A Region 4
Irvin , represents the Miami-Dade County based institution now has a complete set of medals in the event having won Bronze in 2015, Silver in 2016 and now atop the podium with Gold.
Irvin joins countrymen Raiz Tjon-A-Joe, Zuhayr Pigot and Olympian Enrico Linscheer (Barcelona 1992) as one of the fastest high school swimmers in Florida.
Raiz Tjon -A-Joe
Last season in the 50 metre freestyle he ended his CARIFTA career with a 24.11 showing for 6th place. He would be marginally faster at CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago with a time of 24.10 maintaining the same position. Irvin would break the 24 seconds barrier three times after that finishing with a personal best of 23.41 leading off his Metro Aquatic Club of Miami’s 200 metre freestyle relay team to third place at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships on July 28.The total team time was 1:35.11.
In the longer sprint, the 100 yard freestyle, Irvin recorded his fastest ever time of 46.04 at the Championship falling just short of a medal. The Bronze medal was won by Sam Sands of Jesuit in 45.98.In the District and Regional meets heading up to States Hoost had recorded top three placings
2A District 12
2A Region 4
100 yard rankings at 2A state Championships
At CARIFTA 2017 he won the Silver medal in the 100 metre freestyle in a time of 52.53 in the 15-17 age group. In Trinidad and Tobago at the CCCAN Championships he placed 4th with a 52.86 showing. He ended his season with a personal best of 51.92 leading off his club team Metro Aquatic team to Gold in the 400 metre freestyle relay in a time of 3:28.20.
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
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.
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.”
Analysis of CCCAN performances in the 100 metre breaststroke