Saturday July 1 at the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago saw two more swimmers Olympians Edgar Crespo of Panama (2012,2016) and Aruban Mikel Schreuders (2016) bettering the World Championships B standards.Those swims bought the overall World Championship qualifying performances to eight.

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Edgar Crespo Photo courtesy of La Prensa

Competing in the 18 and over category at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva Crespo was faster than the World Championship B standard of 28.47 when he recorded 28.08 to top the qualifiers for the final with a time of 28.08. He was also under the 2013 Championship record of 28.61 set by Trinidad and Tobago’s Abraham McLeod . Edgar would be even faster in the final when he became the first swimmer under the 28 seconds barrier when he won the Gold in 27.94. Following him to the wall for the Silver in a new Aruban national record of 28.57 and just outside the B time was Jordy Groters. His old national record was 28.60 .Winning the Bronze in 28.97 was his countryman Mikel Schreuders.

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

Mikel would lower an Aruban national mark of his own and better the B time for the Hungary World Championships when he won Gold in the 100 metre freestyle in a time of 50.55. The B standard is 50.64. Winning the Silver was Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany in personal best of 50.75. Bronze went to Olympian Avila Kevin (2012) in 51.68.

There were a number of near misses with the World championship cuts as well. In the 18 and over category Suriname’s Olympian Evita Leter (2016) hit the pads in 32.72 for the win in the 50 metre breaststroke. The time to beat was 32.31. In the 15-17 200 metre butterfly Guatemalan Olympian Valerie Gruest stopped the clock in 2:14.59, a new Championship record but just shy of the B time of 2:14.31.

Other meet records to fall included the 15-17 200 metre butterfly for girls. That was the result of another Gruest effort as she bettered the 1987 standard of Olympian Silvia Poll of 2:23.23 with a 2:20.42 swim to take the Gold.

Another Olympian’s record would fall in the 13-14 equivalent as Daniela Alfaro of Costa Rica bettered Mexican Rita Medrano’s (2012) 2005 standard of 2:19.75 with a 2:18.65 clocking.

In the boys 15-17 age group Crespo lost his  2007 15-17 record of 29.33as local standout Jeron Thompson won Gold in 29.26. Winning the Silver and also under the record was Fausto David Heron of the Dominican Republic who swam 29.32.

Thompson was one six swimmers that completed the regional Golden Double winning at the CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas in April and again in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Regional Golden Double medallists from left to right Elan Daley of Bermuda in the 11-12 200 individual medley and Danielle Titus of Barbados in the 13-14 age group Photos courtesy of and Michael C Lyn
Golden Double Day 4
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 200 metre IM Elan Daley Bermuda
13-14 girls 200 metre IM Danielle Titus Barbados


50 metre breaststroke golden double
50 metre breaststroke Regional Golden Double medallists from left to right Sam Williamson of Bermuda 11-12 boys,Gabriela Donahue of Trinidad and Tobago 13-14 girls,Nkosi Dunwoody of Barbados 13-14 boys,Jeron Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago 15-17 boys Photos courtesy of,Daily Nation and
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 boys 50 metre breaststroke Sam Williamson Bermuda
13-14 girls 50 metre breatstroke Gabriela Donahue Trinidad and Tobago
13-14 boys 50 metre breaststroke Nkosi Dunwoody Barbados
15-17 boys 50 metre breaststroke Jeron Thompson Trinidad and Tobago
Elan Daley
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Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Elan Daley Bermuda


Evita Leter Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
Evita Leter Photo courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving


The Florida Gulf Coast Classic was held between their home pool at their Aquatic Center from October 7 to 8.In action at the Classic were teams from Louisiana State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, University of Utah and Rutgers. Representing the CARIFTA region at the meet was Suriname’s Evita Leter who represented Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.

Over the two day contest Leter recorded 4 season bests. In the 200 yard breaststroke she was 5th in the B Final in a time of 2:28.00 (split time 1:09.65). That is significantly better than her season opener of 2:36.84.

In the relay events her Eagles A team of Fanny Teijonsalo backstroke (26.24) , Yee Ching Wong butterfly (25.04) and Katie Latham freestyle (22.47) were just out touched for first place in the 200 yard medley relay. Their total time was 1:42.64 just behind Ohio State’s winning time of 1:42.54. That bettered their previous season marker of 1:43.75. Leter had split 29.07 in that performance. She was faster at the Classic with a leg of 28.89.

The Eagles A team also saw improvement in the 400 medley relay. The previous had stood at 3:48.07 but was lowered to 3:48.07.That placed the team 4th in the A final. Evita’s breaststroke split was again faster at the Classic dropping from 1:05.76 to 1:04.65.

Her B team in the 200 yard freestyle relay also saw improvement. They lowered their 2016-17 season best from 1:37.87 to 1:36.57 to finish 2nd in the B final. Her split on the 2nd leg was 23.97.

Leter, who is Finance major, just missed bettering her season opener of 1:05.16 in the 100 yard breaststroke. This as she was 6th in a time of 1:05.17 (split 29.84).

The Eagles finished 4th overall with 466 points.


Evita Leter Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
Evita Leter Photo courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving


Suriname’s Olympian Evita Leter started off her 2016-2017 collegiate season with a win at the All Florida Invite which was held from Friday Sep 23 to Sunday 25 at Nova Southeastern University.

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Evita’s win came in the 100 yard breaststroke for her school Florida Gulf Coast University. Competing in the A final she grabbed the initiative with a 30.38 split. The field could not overcome her early advantage and she went on to win 1:05.16.

The Eagles senior would get other podium positions in relay action. Her  400 yard medley relay A team of Barbara Caraballo (backstroke), Fanny Teijonsalo (butterfly) and Katie Latham (freestyle) stopped the clock in a total time of 3:54.28 for 3rd place. Leter’s breaststroke split was 1:05.76. In the shorter 200 yard medley relay Evita posted the fastest breaststroke split of 29.07 to have her Eagles in the lead. However they would be over taken by the University of Florida team that won in 1:43.36.  Her teammates Fanny Teijonsalo (backstroke 26.09) Yee Wong (butterfly 25.34) and Katie Latham (freestyle 23.25) helped to finish runner up in a time of 1:43.75.


In the 200 yard freestyle relay she started the relay in 24.58 to help the B team to 6th place in a total time of 1:37.87.In the individual 50 yard freestyle Evita was 3rd in the B final in 24.86 .She had posted 24.76 in the heats.

The 100 yard freestyle saw her placing 22nd in 54.10. She was 20th in the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:36.84.


At the Rio 2016 Olympics Leter competed in the 100 metre breaststroke where she placed 37th in a time of 1:14.96.



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France Silver medal winning 400 metre freestyle relay team from left to right Mehdy Metella,Florent Manaudou,Fabien Gilot and Jérémy Stravius Photo courtesy of Mehdy Metella

The second day of swimming action saw Mehdy Metella who comes from Cayenne, French Guiana earning the first medal of the Rio Olympics Games for a swimmer from the CARIFTA region. Mehdy won Silver as a member of the French 400 freestyle relay team. In the morning heats he had the 9th fastest leg with a time of 47.75 (split 22.79). In the final the 6 ft 3 in swimmer started the relay and showed great closing speed as he moved from 6th at the 50 metre mark with a time of 23.23 to give the French the early advantage with a time of 48.08.Their total time for the Silver medal was 3:10.14.

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Coralie Balmy Photo courtesy of Coralie Balmy


Coralie Balmy who hails from La Trinité Martinique cemented her place as the best 400 metre freestyle swimmer from the region when she qualified for her 3rd consecutive Olympic final. In the heats of the event the French swim team captain registered the best time of her Olympic career when she hit the touched the timing pad in 4:03.40. That is the best performance by a swimmer from the CARIFTA region . Her splits were 2:00.10 and 2:03.30.She beat her CARIFTA region best of 4:03.60 set at the 2008 Beijing Games when she placed 4th. In the final she finished 8th in a time 4:06.98 split time 2:01.85. She is tied with Janelle Atkinson for the best placing in the region in this event. Atkinson finished 4th at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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Alia Atkinson Photo taken from@AliAtki


In the heats of the 100 metre breaststroke Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson who qualified for her 4th Olympics following on Games in London 2012, Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004 bettered the best Olympic performance by a Jamaican ,either male or female in the heats when she registered 1:06.72. That bettered the 1:06.79 she swam to make the 2012 final. She would be even faster in the semi-final when touched the final wall in a time of 1:06.52.

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Joanna Evans 400 metre freestyle Champion Olympic qualifier Fastest woman ever from the English speaking CARIFTA region

Joanna Evans of the Bahamas has established herself as the fastest English speaking Caribbean swimmer in the 400 metre freestyle of all time when she swam 4:07.60.That crushed her old national mark of 4:12.14 and placed her 13th overall. The previous best was 4:08.79 done by the Jamaica’s Janelle Atkinson at the Sydney 2000 Games.

Lani Cabrera
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Lani Cabrera became the second female Olympian for Barbados when she swam the heats of the 400 metre freestyle. She is also the only female swimmer to swim the event at the Games. Lani placed 30th with a time of 4:28.95

Lara Butler
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The Cayman Islands Lara Butler became the second female swimmer to compete at the Olympics Games when she contested the 100 metre backstroke. She set a new national record in the event with a time of 1:04.98. With her brother Geoffrey contesting the 400 metre freestyle the day before made it the 3rd consecutive Games the Cayman Islands have sent siblings to swim following on the Fraser brothers Shaune and Brett representing in 2008 and 2012.

Caylee Watson
Caylee Watson Photo courtesy of Shannon Scovel for

The Us Virgin Islands Caylee Watson became the fastest woman in Olympic history for her country in the 100 metre backstroke when she clocked 1:07.19 for 30th  overall. It also made her the highest placed female swimmer in the event. The best placing and time previously was Tricia Duncan who swam 1:10.37 for 34th at the 1998 Seoul Games.

Noah Mascoll-Gomes
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In the men’s 200 metre freestyle Antigua and Barbuda’s Noah Mascoll-Gomes set a national record with his time of 1:53.16 to place 44th.He is the first person to compete at the Games in an event other than the 50 metre freestyle.


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Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders became the first swimmer from his country to race the 200 metre freestyle at the Olympics when he finished 45th in 1:55.10.

Evita Leter Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
Evita Leter Photo courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving

Suriname’s Evita Leter became the 4th woman to compete at the Games when she raced in the 100 metre breaststroke. She is the first woman to swim the event and finished 37th with a time of 1:14.96.

Izzy Joachim
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Izzy Joachim of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines became the first swimmer to contest a race other than the 50 metre freestyle when she placed 39th in the 100 metre breaststroke with a time of 1:17.37.

Timothy Wynter
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The lone regional competitor in the men’s 100 metre backstroke Timothy Wynter became the fastest swimmer at the Games for Jamaica. His time of 57.20 which placed him 34th bettered the 1:00.04 Allan-Roy Marsh registered in 1984 at the LA Games.


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Lani Cabrera Photo courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving


The second day of the CCSA championships saw outgoing Florida Gulf Coast University senior Barbadian Lani Cabrera as the CARIFTA region’s top performer. The swimmer who hails from Bridgetown set her second Championship record in as many days.


Lani won her second consecutive Conference title in the 500 yard freestyle .She took the title in 4:47.53 breaking the old meet record of 4:48.11 by Eagles swimmer Leah Daniels in 2011.It was also under the NCAA Division 1 B standard time of 4:47.79. This title goes along with her 2015 title which she won in 4:51.50.

Surinamese teammate Evita Leter made the championship final of the 50 yard freestyle with a season best 23.85 clocking. She would lower that in the final clocking 23.45 for 8th overall.

Another Eagle Samantha Rahael of Trinidad and Tobago swam as an exhibition swimmer in the 200 yard individual medley .Rahael stopped the clock in 2:03.87 just off her career best of 2:03.75.

Her fellow Eagle and countrywoman Kristin Julien was also an exhibition swimmer in the 50 yard freestyle. She recorded her 2nd best time of the season of 23.72. Jamaican Danielle Boothe who represents Liberty University also swimming as an exhibition swimmer bettered her lifetime best of 24.62 with a 23.85 showing in the 50 yard freestyle.

In the 200 yard freestyle relay Julien’s B team had a total time of 1:34.55 .Kristin aided the team performance with 23.37 anchor leg.

In the men’s competition Howard’s Jamaican freshman recorded a lifetime best in the 500 yard freestyle. He hit the pads in 4:52.40 .That performance bettered his previous personal best of 4:54.88. Bahamian team mate Farion cooper was disqualified in the 200 yard individual medley. In the 200 yard freestyle relay his Bison A team finished 6th in a time of 1:31.40.Haughton anchored the team with a 21.98 clocking.


Lani Cabrera  Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
Lani Cabrera Photo courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
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Farion Cooper, Howard Head Coach Nicholas Askew ,Nicholas Haughton


Day one of the CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association) got underway yesterday February 17 in Athens Georgia at the University of Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium. The CARIFTA region was again represented at this Conference Championships. The outstanding performer on the opening day was Florida Gulf Coast senior Barbadian Lani Cabrera. She along with team mates Elise Haan 1:47.67, Linda Shaw 1:48.67, Barbara Caraballo1:48.48 combined to win the 800 yard freestyle relay Gold medal .Cabrera swam the anchor in a time of 1:49.01.The total time for the team was 7:13.83. That performance broke the Eagles school record of 7:16.90 that the team (which included Cabrera) had set when they won the conference title last year. It also broke the conference record set by Davidson at the 2014 Championships. The margin of victory by the Eagles was more than 6 seconds.

In the men’s competition the Howard team with Bahamian Farion Cooper and Jamaican Nicholas Haughton moved to 4th all-time in Bison history when they finished 7th in 7:09.35. That team of Jared Miller 1:42.83, Cooper 1:49.95, Jonathan Hill 1:49.90 and Haughton anchor 1:46.77 lowered their season best time by more than 10 seconds. Haughton also improved on his season best relay time of 1:49.26.

In exhibition swims the Eagles 200 yard medley relay B team finished with a time of 1:39.96. Swimming the breaststroke leg was Suriname’s Evita Leter who clocked 27.66. Her Trinidad and Tobago Kristin Julien anchored the C team to a total time of 1:43.79 with her freestyle leg of 22.93.

In the men’s relay the Bison B team with Farion Cooper doing the backstroke 25.50 helped the B team to a time of 1:43.50.


Lani Cabrera  Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
Lani Cabrera Photo courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving

On January 3 in Fort Myers Florida, Barbados distance star Lani Cabrera along with her CARIFTA region team mates Suriname’s Evita Leter and the Trinidad and Tobago duo Kristin Julien and Samantha Rahael won their first meet of 2016 beating Rice 134 to 71 .The result also means the Eagles are undefeated in dual meet action this season.
Cabrera won the first individual event, the 1000 yard freestyle in a time of 10:13.23.That performance marked her 5th straight victory in the event. The former St Ursala’s Secondary student was also part of the victorious Eagles 200 yard freestyle relay team .The A team won in a time of 1:36.57 with Cabrera handling the first leg duties with a split of 24.96. She earned another podium spot when she was 3rd in the 500 yard freestyle in a time of 5:04.67.
Speedster Julien helped the Eagles to their first win of 2016 when she anchored the A team to victory in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:45.01.Kristin’s anchor leg was timed at 24.55. She went first on the B team in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Her split was 24.97. In the individual 50 yard freestyle she was 5th in 25.00.
Leter of Suriname had the fastest breaststroke split of the swimmers in the 200 yard medley relay. Evita swam 28.56 to help the Eagles B team to 3rd place in a total time of 1:46.99. In the 200 yard freestyle her 2nd leg split was timed at 25.70.Her C team finished 4th in 1:41.35. In the 100 yard breaststroke the former Doral Academy student was 5th overall in 1:05.85.
Rahael was 7th in the 200 yard individual medley in a time of 2:13.10.She was an exhibition swimmer in the 100 yard breaststroke. She stopped the clock in a time of 1:10.77.