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.

Valerie Gruest
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

 

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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
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Elan Daley Photo courtesy of http://www.olympics.bm
Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 100 metre freestyle Elan Daley Bermuda

CARTER AND ROMANY HIGHLIGHT ACTION ON DAY THREE OF THE CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING SWIMS

Day three (June 30) of the CCCAN Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Trinidad and Tobago saw more exciting races and championship records and also more World Championship qualifying swims. Those World championship Qualifying performances came from the local stars Olympian Dylan Carter and Joshua Romany.

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Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of usportt.com

Dylan competing in the 18 and over 200 metre freestyle crushed the 2009 Championship record Costa Rica’s Olympian Mario Montoya of 1:52.43 with a 1:48.91 clocking. That bettered the World Championship B qualifying mark of 1:51.50.Also under the record and just missing the B standard was El Salvador’s Olympian Marcelo Acosta who clocked 1:51.76 for the Silver. Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders took the Bronze in 1:51.76.

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Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

In the 18 and over 50 metre butterfly Joshua Romany bettered the 2011 championship record of countryman Joshua McLeod of 24.43 as well as the World Championship B standard time of 24.50 with a Gold medal winning time of 24.40. Winning the Silver was N’Nhyn Fernander of The Bahamas in 24.94 and the Bronze was won by Christian Awah  of Trinidad and Tobago in 25.06.

The winning times by Carter and Romany brought the World Championship qualifying tally to five.

Chade Nercisio 13-14 breastroke Triple Gold medallist
Chade Nercisio 13-14 CCCAN record holder Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

In the girls 15-17 50 metre butterfly the crowd was treated to excellent sprinting by Curaçao’s  Chadé  Nercisio. She became the fastest woman of all time at CCCAN when she broke the 28 seconds barrier in the 50 metre butterfly when she clocked 27.99 in the morning heats. All her energy was not spent after that national record swim as she returned in the evening to destroy that mark and record a time of 27.59. that swim was not too far off the World championships B mark of 27.42. Silver went to Celismar Guzman of Puerto Rico won the Silver in 28.62 and the Bronze went to Celina Marquez of El Salvador in 28.65.

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Valerie Gruest Photo courtesy of guatemala.com

Valerie Gruest of Guatemala just missed out on another World Championships qualifying mark when she took Gold in the 15-17 400 metre individual medley in a time of 4:54.67. That swim bettered the 2009 meet record of 5:02.43 by Maria Coy.That was just off the B standard of 4:52.97. CARIFTA Champion Albury Higgs won Silver in 5:03.67. The Bronze went to Marissa Lugo of Puerto Rico in 5:11.77.

 

Other championship record to fall on the day went to Zaneta Alvaranga of Jamaica in the girls 11-12 50 metre butterfly. She lowered the meet record of 29.85 twice .She swam 29.32 in the heats before uncorking a 28.74 for the Gold in the final.

In the 13-14 age group Beatriz Padron of Costa Rica Gold 28.36,Katie Kyle of St Lucia Silver 28.80 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Gabriela Donahue Bronze 28.85 all bettered the 2011 record of 28.89 by Dorian McMenemy.

Swimmers who completed the Regional Gold Double on Day Three by winning their respective events at CARIFTA in The Bahamas and at CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago include

Regional Golden Double
Regional Golden Double medallists from left to right Zaneta Alvaranga of Jamaica,Kael Yorke of Trinidad and Tobago and Danielle Titus of Barbados Photos courtesy of Michael C Lyn and swimtt.com

 

Age Group Event Name Country
11-12 girls 50 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga Jamaica
15-17 boys 50 metre butterfly Kael Yorke Trinidad and Tobago
13-14 girls 100 metre backstroke Danielle Titus Barbados

 

HOMETOWN HERO DYLAN CARTER RECORDS NATIONAL RECORD AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP B STANDARD ON DAY TWO OF THE CCCAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (18 and over men report)

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After two days of competition at the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago a third World Championship B standard was recorded. That achievement came through the performance of local star Dylan Carter in the 18 and over age group. Dylan actually bettered the 100 metre butterfly B standard of 54.12 twice in the 100 metre butterfly.

In the morning preliminaries Carter bettered the 2003 Championship record of 54.94 set by Olympian Joshua Ilika of Mexico with a time of 53.87.In the evening’s final he would better that mark with a national record swim of 52.73. His previous national standard was 52.88 set in 2016. Teammate Christian Awah won the Silver in 55.78 and the Bronze went to N’Nhyn Fernander in a time of 56.07.

In the 200 metre breaststroke it was a tight battle between US Virgin Islands Adriel Sanes, Panama’s Edgar Crespo and Arnoldo Herrera of Costa Rica for the top spot. Sanes would prevail in a Championship record of 2:19.97 breaking his morning heats record swim of 2:21.64.Crespo won Silver in 2:20.01 and Herrera the Bronze in 2:20.83.

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Christopher Courtis  Photo courtesy of Rick Pelletier

The 50 metre backstroke saw Christopher Courtis from Barbados winning in a time of 26.48 , not far off his national record of 26.21. Awah of Trinidad and Tobago again took the Silver .This time he posted a time of 26.93. The Bronze went Yeziel Morales of Puerto Rico in 26.95.

The 18 and over 200 metre freestyle mixed relay went to Trinidad and Tobago. Their team of Carter, Joshua Romany ,Kristin Julien and Cherelle Thompson crushed the previous meet record with a winning time of 1:38.40. The previous mark was 1:44.04. The team from Puerto Rico won Silver in a time 1:42.04 also under the old record .Panama won Bronze in 1:44.63.

ROMANY HELPS HOOSIERS SET SPRINT FREESTYLE RELAY RECORD ON DAY 2 ON NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPS

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Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of iuhoosiers.com

Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany helped the Indiana Hoosiers set a new school record in the 200 yard freestyle relay on Day 2 at the 2017 NCAA Division I Swimming Championships.

On Thursday March 23 Joshua was given the anchor leg duties during the morning heats. The team of Ali Khalafalla 19.37, Blake Pieroni 18.96, Sam Lorentz 18.96 and Joshua 19.24 set a new school mark of 1:16.53. That bettered the previous standard of 1:16.72 set at the 2017 BIG TEN Championships and had them 6th overall. That same quartet would tie for 7th in the Championship final in a time 1:16.78.Romany’s anchor leg split in the final was 19.41. That 7th place finish for the Hoosiers is their best performance in the event in more than 5 years.

 

JOSHUA ROMANY HELPS INDIANA SECURE BIG TEN CONFERENCE CHAPIONSHIPS WITH PERSONAL BESTS IN ALL EVENTS

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Joshua Romany

Trinidad and Tobago swimmer Joshua Romany again proved why he is one of the top sprinters from his country and the CARIFTA region when he recorded personal best times in all of his events in Indiana University’s BIG TEN Conference Championship win. The Conference Championships which were held from March 22 to 25 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus Ohio saw the Port of Spain native recording personal bests in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle races as well as the 100 yard butterfly event. All those performances were under NCAA Division 1 B standards

The first personal standard to fall was in the 50 yard freestyle. Joshua’s previous best was 19.90 (split time 9.60) set in 2015 set at the 2015 SEC Championships while representing Tennessee. In the morning heats he lowered that time to 19.79 (split time 9.56) to qualify for the B final. In that race he would place 5th again under his previous best with a time of 19.83 (split time 9.57).

He would again score points for the Hoosiers by qualifying for the B final in the 100 yard butterfly. He would register his first sub 48 clocking when he posted 47.92(split time 22.08) to make the C final. His previous best was his 2015 effort of 48.29 (split time 22.78) . The 6’1 Junior would be even faster in the evening posting a new PB of 47.79 (split time 22.30) for 5th overall.

His increased speed would also be seen in the 100 yard freestyle. His 2015 record of 43.98 (split time 21.18) would be beaten in the morning heats. He would record a time of 43.55 (split time 20.95) to qualify for the C final. He would place 6th in that race in a time of 43.93 (split time 21.16).

Indiana won the Conference championships for the first time since 2006 scoring 1,504 points. It was their 25th time lifting the BIG TEN crown.

Romany, who was the first swimmer to swim under 51 seconds in the 100 freestyle at the 2012 CARIFTA Championships in Aruba  in spoke to draftingthecaribbean about the transition from moving from Tennessee to Indiana

At the beginning, it was very difficult as I had to adapt to a new training program and training atmosphere but once I found a rhythm in both school and swimming, I really began to enjoy the process and flourish in the program”.

 

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Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of iuhoosiers.com

He also elaborated on the factors behind his increased speed

“I think my new training environment accounted for a lot of my success. Training with several Olympians from Rio makes me motivated to stay up and compete with them every day. I also have to give credit to my new coach, Dennis Dale and Ray Looze for giving me the opportunity to come to Indiana an experience winning a Big 10 championship. I believe that because of the environment, I am an improved swimmer physically and mentally”.

Joshua also competed at the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series in Indiana from March 2-4 .He recorded times of 23.35 for the 50 metre freestyle, 51.07 for the 100 metre freestyle and 24.51 for the 50 metre butterfly in a time trial. He gave his thoughts about his current conditioning and getting faster for the rest of the season

“I think it tells me a lot. My preparation for that meet was not ideal as it was a quick turnaround from Big10s and I had a lot of catching up to do with school. So just going close to my best times surprised me. So I think with a bit of long course training under my belt, my summer swims will be a lot better from my swims at the Arena Pro Swim Series”.

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Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of swimswam.com

 

The summer of 2017 will have a number of meets which gives the opportunity for national representation to include CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago, World University Games in Taipei and the World University Games in Taipei Romany who was a semi-finalist at the World Junior Swimming Championships spoke of his schedule and possible participation in those meets

I am planning to go to CCCAN and potentially Worlds but I am training and preparing for  CCCAN. But I will be going to the NCAAs for Indiana to swim the relays in a couple weeks so that is my focus right now. I am a relay alternate which means that I am just going for relays. Potentially the 200 yard freestyle relay”.

Trinidad and Tobago has a number of quality sprinters that have the potential to have the lower the national 400 metre freestyle relay records under 3:20 .He was asked about being part of a possible relay team to the World Championships and possibly upsetting some of the bigger nations in swimming. His response was

I would love to be a part of that. Trinidad has never sent a relay to worlds and that would be something special to be a part of and would be at the back of my mind while I begin my preparation for my upcoming meets this summer”.

JOSHUA ROMANY OPENS SEASON FOR INDIANA WITH LONG COURSE MEET

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Joshua Romany Photo courtesy of iuhoosiers.com

Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany opened the season for his new school the University of Indiana in a long course meet against the universities of Florida and Texas on Friday October 21.

The meet held in Bloomington Indiana saw Romany competing as Hoosier for the first time in the 200 metre medley relay. His C team swimming for exhibition purposes posted a time of 1:47.71. The Port of Spain native clocked a freestyle anchor leg of 23.92.

In another exhibition race the 100 metre freestyle the 6’1 junior stopped the clock in 53.26 (split time 25.56).He was the 10th fastest swimmer on the day.

Again swimming as an exhibition swimmer in the 50 metre freestyle event he posted a time of 23.80 that was the 6th fastest time of the meet.

 

In the last event of the day the 400 metre freestyle relay his Hoosiers B team finished 4th in a time of 3:31.59. Joshua’s 2nd leg split was timed at 52.83.

The Hoosiers turned back the challenges of the Florida Gators 181 to 100 and the Texas Longhorns 149 to 132.