RECORD BREAKING SUNDAY NATHANIEL THOMAS AND THE GOLDEN GIRLS OF THE MARLINS SWIM CLUB GIANI FRANCIS, KOKOLO FOSTER, SAIDAH BROWN AND CHRISTANYA SHIRLEY SET NEW NATIONAL MARKS

Sunday December 17 will be known as record breaking Sunday as the nation’s youngsters continued to excel in their last competitions for 2017 as they have done all throughout the year. Competitions in two different meets in two different islands yielded national age group records . In Jamaica at the ASAJ Christmas Open and Christmas Breezer Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes swim club lowered his national mark in the 11-12 boys 50 metre butterfly twice in the morning heats and final . While the Golden Girls from the Marlins Swim Club Giani Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley continued their awesome record breaking run in the 9-10 200 metre freestyle relay at the Republic Bank Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational.

At his first CARIFTA in The Bahamas in April Nathaniel was 5th    in the 11-12 50 butterfly  in 29.22 .

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Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

Later in May in Jamaica Nathaniel would lower the 11-12 50 butterfly to 28.32. That just edged the old standard of 28.33 set by Olympian Timothy Wynter (Rio 2016) when he won the Silver medal at the 2009 CARIFTA Championships held in Aruba. At the CCCAN competition in Trinidad and Tobago in July he would top the region taking the Gold in 28.53. He would join the elites among the region when he became the first Jamaican  11-12 boy to break the 28 seconds barrier.

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Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

In the morning he was fantastic in breaking the meet record also set by Wynter in 2009 of 29.39 and lowering the national mark to 27.95. He would continue his record breaking feats in the final as he dropped time again to set a standard of 27.86.

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Head Coach of the Tornadoes Swim Club and her record breaking swimmer Nathaniel Thomas Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

He now joins the likes of Evante Gibson of the Bahamas 27.77, Aruban Jordy Groters 27.85 as regional standouts under the 28 seconds barrier in the 11-12 age group.

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President of the Aquatics Sports Association of Jamaica Martin Lyn congratulating Nathaniel on his record breaking exploits Photo courtesy of Lynval Lowe

 

On the day he would also set new meet record in winning the 200 metre freestyle with a personal best of 2:12.77 and taking the Gold with the Tornadoes A team in the 400 metre medley relay.

The Golden Girls of the Marlins Swim club Gianna Francis, Kokolo Foster, Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley have dominated the sprint freestyle relay this season and their last meet in Trinidad and Tobago would be no different.

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Marlins Girls 9-10 team at the Neville Alexander meet from left to right Giani Francis,Kokolo Foster,Saidah Brown and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Cheser Adams

At the Neville Alexander meet they set a new national mark of 2:14.66 .That lowered the national record of 2:15.37 set way back on Aug 1, 1988. That mark was set by the national team of Kezia Stewart, Kerone Peat, Joanna Lee and Nicole Lowe at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships held in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic when 9 and 10 year olds were allowed to participate.

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National record holders in the 9-10 girls freestyle relay from left to right Back row Kokolo Foster,Gianna Francis Front row Saidah Brown ,Christanya Shirley

At the Dean Martin Memorial Meeting in October they crushed that mark with a swim of 2:10.52. In the twin Island Republic they would be even that much faster with a time of 2:05.52 .That performance takes almost ten seconds off from the 1988 record. That swim is among one of the fastest ever done by an English Speaking Caribbean team in that age group.

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Marlins 9-10 Golden Girls from left to right Giani Francis, Saidah Brown, Kokolo Foster and Christanya Shirley Photo courtesy of Suzette Whyte

 

Three of the young ladies Francis, Foster will be pushing to make their first CARIFTA team in Kingston next year while Shirley has one more year in the 9-10 age group.

In 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships in the Bahamas the Jamaican ladies won the swept the 200 metre freestyle relays taking wins in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 age groups

 

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2017 CARIFTA Gold medallists 11-12 200 metre freestyle relay from left to right Paig’e Lewis,Sabrina Lyn , Isabella Sierra and Zaneta Alvaranga Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
13-14 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Gabrianna Banks,Simone Vale, Brianna Anderson and Emily MacDonald Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
15-17 conquerors
CARIFTA 2017 15-17 200 metre freestyle relay Gold medallists from left to right Angara Sinclair, Bryanna Renuart , Shaun Johnson and Anjuii Barrett Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
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FLORIDA STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS SURINAME’S IRVIN HOOST TAKES 50 YARD FREESTYLE CROWN AT 2A CHAMPIONSHIPS

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2 50 yard freestyle medal podium from left to right Silver medallist Andrew Garcia Mourning, Gold medallist Irvin Hoost,Bronze medallist Chris Jennings Photo courtesy of Kenneth MacDonald

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.

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 21 2A District 12 21.17 1st
Oct 28 2A Region 4 21.50 1st
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Irvin Hoost 2016 Photo courtesy of Saint Brendan High school

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.

Year Time Placing
2017 20.86 1st
2016 20.89 2nd
2015 21.30 3rd

 

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.

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Past regional winners of the 50 yard freestyle from left to right Enrico Linscheer,Rodion Davelaar,Jordy Groters Photos courtesy of http://www.dbnl.org,linkedin.com and mutigers.com
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Past regional winners of the 50 yard freestyle from left to right Zuhayr Pigot and Raiz-Tjon-A-Joe Photos courtesy of North Carolina swimming and diving and Raiz Tjon-A-Joe
Name Country School Division Year Time
Enrico Linscheer Suriname Bolles 3A 1991 20.44
Rodion Davelaar  Curaçao Bolles 1A 2006 21.29
Jordy Groters Aruba University School 1A 2013 20.69
Zuhayr Pigot Suriname St Brendan 2A 2014 20.41
Raiz Tjon -A-Joe Suriname Westlake Prep 1A 2015 20.26

 

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.

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Irvin Hoost Photo courtesy of Rafael Van Leeuwaarde

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

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 21 2A District 12 46.63 1st
Oct 28 2A Region 4 47.66 2nd

 

100 yard rankings at 2A state Championships

Year Time Placing Split
2017 46.04 4th 21.89
2016 46.39 3rd 22.33
2015 47.92 3rd 23.60

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.

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS BASTIAN BROWN, DIEFFENTHALLER AND GRANT LEAD REGIONAL CHARGE FOR 100 YARD BREASTSTROKE 1A STATE TITLE.

The battle for 100 yard breaststroke 1A State Championship title will see the CARIFTA region represented by three territories The Bahamas with Izaak Bastian swimming for Saint Andrews, Jamaica with duo of Cameron Brown and Adrian Grant turning out for Sagemont and The Bolles School respectively and Trinidad and Tobago’s Christopher Dieffenthaller suiting up for Berkley.

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Bastian Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Yet again the at the 1A Championships to held today the top seed going into the morning heats will be a swimmer from the CARIFTA region as Izaak Bastian holds down the top spot with a seed time of 56.43. The FSU commit will be the man to beat tomorrow given the successes of the past season. At the CARIFTA level he extended his unbeaten streak in the 100 metre breaststroke with a winning time of 1:04.68, winning a historic Silver medal for his country at the Commonwealth Youth Games in a personal best time of 1:03.71 and recording the time by a Bahamian man at the World Junior championships with a time of 1:04.67. His build up to his last high school championships has been good with record breaking swim at the Palm Beach county championships where he smashed his 2016 meet record of 57.55 and the county record of 56.87 set by one of his coaches Quinn Cassidy with a 56.27 performance. He would follow up with wins at the district and Regional Champs

Date Meet Time
Oct 7 Palm Beach County Champs 56.27
Oct 20 1 A District Champs 57.73
Oct 27 1A Region 4 Champs 56.43

Izaak will be seeking to end his career with a win in the event following two 3rd place finishes previously

Year Event Time Placing Split
2016 100 yard breaststroke 55.68 3rd 26.46
2015 100 yard breaststroke 57.19 3rd 27.06
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13-14 CARIFTA 200 metre breaststroke Silver medallist Cameron Brown .Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Cameron Brown who is a Sagemont recruit will be competing in his first Championship meet. Brown is the 8th seed with a time of 1:00.21 He owns the Jamaican national long course record for 13-14 boys setting it this past summer with a time of 1:09.48 . That record swim represented the 4th time he set the record in the 13-14 age group. He has been getting faster with each competition and will be looking to go well beyond the minute mark today.

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 20 1 A  District 10 Champs 1:00.67 2nd
Oct 27 1A Region 4 Champs 1:00.21 5th
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Christopher Dieffenthaller Photo courtesy of swimtt.com

Dieffenthaller  is the reigning 13-14 CCCAN 100 metre breaststroke champion He earned that title when he won that event at home in the twin island republic in a time of 1:09.10.Christopher will enter the water today as the number 15 seed with a time of 1:00.82. He seems set to better his 3rd place showing in the B final last year. Christopher will be looking to go under the 59 seconds barrier after posting 59.43 in the heats of last year’s champs.

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 21 1A District 7 1:01.85 3rd
Oct 28 1A Region 3 1:00.82 3rd
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Adrian Grant CARIFTA 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Adrian Grant of Bolles will be making his debut at the Championships like his Jamaican countryman Brown. Grant was a member of the 2017 CARIFTA team and posted a time of 1:10.41 for 10th overall. A swimmer poised for big time drops in his first year of training in the States as evidenced by his swims at the District and Regional Championships

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 17 1A District 2 1:03.75 4th
Oct 26 1A District 1 1:01.44 6th

Today the quartet will look to add their name to the list of the regional standouts who have claimed Florida High School State Championships

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Past Regional 100 yard breaststroke champions from left to right Jordy Groters,Wayne Denswil ,Diguan Pigot Photos courtesy of floridaswimnetwork,tampaspartans.com and uconnhuskies.com
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Past regional 100 yard breaststroke champions from left to right Bradley Ally and Ansel Tjin-A-Tam Photos courtesy of panamericaworld and linkedin

 

Name Country School Division Year Time
Jordy Groters Aruba University School 1A 2013 54.76
Wayne Denswil Suriname St Brendan 2A 2013 56.97
Diguan Pigot Suriname Doral 1A 2011 56.44
Bradley Ally Barbados St Thomas Aquinas 3A 2004 54.79
Ansel Tam Suriname Bolles 4A 1997 57.12

 

IZAAK BASTIAN OF THE BAHAMAS COMMITS TO SWIM FOR FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

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Izaak Bastian Photo courtesy of swimswam

Age group star Izaak Bastian of The Bahamas recently verbally committed to swim for Florida State University starting September 2018. He will join a list of top CARIFTA standouts who have attended or attending that school to include Daniella Van Den Berg and Jemal Le Grand of Aruba , Rafael Van Leeuwaarde of Suriname ,Cadell Lyons of Trinidad and Tobago. He will be joined at the school next year by current team mate at Saint Andrews Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Izaak on October 12 he gave his thoughts about his decision

“When I went on my recruiting trip to Florida State I felt really at home and it felt like a real family vibe and it did not feel like a bunch of cliques just  coming together to say they were a team . It actually felt like a team that wanted to be together and cared about each other and wanted each other to swim fast. It has the right balance of being pushed by the coaches and also being supported where they care about you as a person. I really like the way the team interacted in and out of the pool. They have a lot of non-swimming activities together. The coaches Ozzie (Ozzie Quevedo assistant coach) and Neal (Neal Studd Head Coach) both have experience on the Caribbean circuit and those type of meets and that was something that also pushed me towards FSU (Florida State University) and they know what I will be going through re competitions in the next couple of years. It was good to get persons with that type of experience to help to guide me and coach me. I can really trust that they know what they are doing and they know how to train me for a number of meets I will have throughout a season”.

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Izaak Bastian 13-14 boys triple breaststroke Gold medallist all in record time Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

Bastian made his debut for his country at the 2013 CARIFTA Championships in Kingston Jamaica. Izaak ,who is well known in regional circles for his breaststroke  prowess is the fastest active breaststroker for the Bahamas and has an enviable record at the Championships .He has a four year unbeaten streak in the 200 metre breaststroke having won Gold each year since his last year in the 11-12 age group. He also has a three year win streak in the 100 metre breaststroke. With two more years left in the 15-17 age group he has already garnered 24 medals 14 of which are Gold.

Event Age Group Time Placing
200 metre breaststroke 15-17 2:21.14 Gold
200 metre breaststroke 13-14 2:24.99 Gold
200 metre breaststroke 13-14 2:28.15 Gold
200 metre breaststroke 11-12 2:39.63 Gold
Event Age Group Time Placing
100 metre breaststroke 15-17 1:04.68 Gold
100 metre breaststroke 13-14 1:07.76 CR Gold
100 metre breaststroke 13-14 1:08.07 Gold

He has 15 national records ranging from the 9-10 to the 15 and over age groups. In the record books for the fastest performances on Bahamian soil Izaak’s name is seen 10 times from the 9-10 to the 15 and over categories. At the annual RBC national championships his name is also recorded 17 times from the 8 and under age group to the 15 and over age group.

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Bastian family celebrating Izaak’s Silver medal winning performance from left to right mother Shelly, Izaak, father Darren and older brother Drew Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

He had a breakout performance this past summer when he became the first Bahamian man at the senior or junior level to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games when he won Silver and Bronze in the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke respectively at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas.He recorded times of 28.77 and 1:03.71 respectively.

Later in the summer at the World Junior Swimming championships in Indiana he recorded a personal best in the 200 metre breaststroke of 2:21.09. In the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke he registered the best time and placings by a Bahamian man with a 29.14 for 17th and 1:04.67 for 34th respectively. The previous best was by senior record holder Dustin Tynes at the 2013 Dubai World Junior Swimming championships where Tynes recorded times and placings of 29.60 28th and 1:05.37 for 37th .

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Izaak Bastian starts race Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Currently swimming for the Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton he will be competing in the prestigious Florida High School Athletic Association 1A High School Championships at Sailfish Splash Park in Stuart Florida this Saturday November 4.

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Bastian Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

He is the top seed in the 100 yard breaststroke and will be seeking to end his high school career on a high point by taking the title after finishing third the previous two years.

Year Event Time Placing Split
2016 100 yard breaststroke 55.68 3rd 26.46
2015 100 yard breaststroke 57.19 3rd 27.06

Bastian has had a number of wins in the event taking the county championship title and the district and regional titles.

Date Meet Time
Oct 7 Palm Beach County Champs 56.27
Oct 20 1 A District Champs 57.73
Oct 27 1A Region 4 Champs 56.43

He will aim to join other CARIFTA region swimmers who have won the state titles in this event

Name Country School Division Year Time
Jordy Groters Aruba University School 1A 2013 54.76
Wayne Denswil Suriname St Brendan 2A 2013 56.97
Diguan Pigot Suriname Doral 1A 2011 56.44
Bradley Ally Barbados St Thomas Aquinas 3A 2004 54.79
Ansel Tam Suriname Bolles 4A 1997 57.12

 

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.”

16 IS THE FINAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TALLY AS GRUEST,ACOSTA, FLORES,ROMANY AND CRESPO BOOK TICKETS FOR HUNGARY

The total tally of World Championship qualifying performances achieved at the CCCAN Championships stands at 16 as Day 5 came to an end at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday July 2.The swimmers helped in running up the score on Sunday included Valerie Gruest of Guatemala, Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, Luis Flores of Puerto Rico, Joshua Romany of Trinidad and Tobago and Edgar Crespo of Panama.

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Valerie Gruest Photo courtesy of guatemala.com

Olympian Gruest in the 15-17 400 metre freestyle won her race convincingly in a time of 4:16.42 well under the B standard of 4:19.34.That was her seventh Gold medal of the Championship and her second World Championship qualifying mark.

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Marcelo Acosta Photo courtesy of swimmingworld.com

Marcelo Acosta won the 18 and over boys 400 metre freestyle in a Championship record time of 3:55.54. That bettered the Hungary World Championship B standard of 3:56.14. His swim was also faster than the 2011 meet record of 3:59.06 by Puerto Rico’s Raul Martinez. Silver went to Aruban Mikel Schreuders in a new national record of 3:58.38.The Bronze went to the English speaking fastest ever swimmer in the event Alex Sobers of Barbados in 4:00.17.

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Luis Flores Photo courtesy of Florida Southern College

In the battle to decide the fastest man at CCCAN the morning heats saw two men under the 50 metre freestyle B standard of 23.26.Luis Flores of Puerto Rico 22.85 to top the qualifiers heading into the final. Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany was the second seed with a time of 23.01.

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Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

In the final the positions remained the same with both men just off their morning swims. Flores took Gold in 22.85 and Romany the Silver in 23.06 with Schreuders winning Bronze in 23.49 in a new national record.

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Edgar Crespo Photo courtesy of La Prensa

Bettering the World Championship B cut was Panamanian Edgar Crespo. In the morning preliminaries of the 18 and over men’s 100 metre breaststroke he lowered his 2009 Championship record of 1:03.83 by clocking 1:02.79. That performance topped the qualifiers and just missed the B standard of 1:02.46. In the final he underlined his number one seeding with Gold medal winning time and new Championship record of 1:02.37. Silver was won by Aruba’s Jordy Groters in 1:04.07 and the Bronze went Coast Rica’s Arnoldo Herrera in 1:04.89.

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Albury Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

Also doing the Championship record double was Bahamian Albury Higgs. In the morning she lowered Jamaica Olympian Alia Atkinson’s (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)  2005 15-17 girls 100 metre breaststroke record of 1:13.93 with a 1:12.93 effort. Higgs would lower that mark in the afternoon with a Gold medal winning time of 1:12.79.She was followed to the wall by Curaçao’s   Chadé   Nercisio who clocked 1:14.27. Marissa Lugo of Puerto Rico was timed in 1:15.58 and won the Bronze.

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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of http://www.royalgazette.com

Also in Championship record mode was one half of the Bermudan 11-12 super duo Elan Daley. In the final of the 11-12 50 metre freestyle she lowered the 1995 Championship record of 27.55 set by another 11-12 star of yester year, Trinidad and Tobago’s Cerian Gibbes. Daley won in a new national record and English speaking Caribbean best of 26.82.No other English speaking Caribbean girl has ever swum faster than 27 seconds. Jamaican speedster Zaneta Alvaranga placed second in 27.78.The other half of the super duo Payton Zelkin won the Bronze is 28.01.

13-14 50 backstroke champion and senior natior record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados
13-14 100 backstroke champion and new senior national record holder Danielle Titus of Barbados

In the 13-14 girls 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus of Barbados set a new Championship, age group and senior national record with her swim of 2:22.39. Titus lowered the 1985 record of 2:22.50 of Costa Rican Olympian Sylvia Poll (1988, 1992). Second went to Vanegas Yanci of Guatemala in 2:24.41 and the Bronze Jahmia Harley to 2:27.05.

Swimmers who achieved the regional Golden Double on the final day included

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Regional Golden Double medallists in the 50 metre freestyle from left to right Elan Daley of Bermuda 11-12 girls Nathaniel Thomas of Jamaica 11-12 boys Amara Pilgrim of Trinidad and Tobago 15-17 girls Photos courtesy of Royal Gazette Bermuda,Cheser Adams and swimtt.com
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 50 metre freestyle Elan Daley Bermuda
11-12 boys 50 metre freestyle Nathaniel Thomas Jamaica
15-17  girls 50 metre freestyle Amara Pilgrim Trinidad and Tobago

 

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Regional Double Golden Double medallist Sam Williamson of Bermuda 11-12 boys Photo courtesy of Bernews
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12  boys 100 metre breaststroke Sam  Williamson Bermuda
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Regional Double Gold medallist in the 13-14 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus of Barbados Photo courtesy of Barbados Nation
Age Group Event Name Country
13-14  girls 200 metre backstroke Danielle Titus Barbados

CRESPO AND SCHREUDERS BETTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP B STANDARDS ON DAY 4 OF CCCAN IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

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 wikipedia.com

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 islandstats.com 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 bernews.com,Daily Nation and swimtt.com
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 wwwolympics.bm
Elan Daley Photo courtesy of http://www.olympics.bm
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Elan Daley Bermuda