ALEX THE GREAT!!!SOBERS SETS NEW PB, SCHOOL AND CONFERENCE RECORDS AT CAROLINAS MEET

Alex Sobers of Barbados continues to add to his swimming legacy with another five star performance for the Emmanuel College Lions at the 2019 Conference Carolinas Men’s Swimming Championship  at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte,North Carolina. Sobers laid waste to all his personal bests and conference records in every single event that he contested.

The opening battle in the 200 yard medley relay saw the Lions disqualified. With a moniker such as Lions the team from Franklin Springs would not be deterred or bowed and swam a time trial in the event . And what time trial it was as the Lions shattered the school record , the Carolinas record and recorded the eighth fastest time in the NCAA Division II so far.

Lions record setting 200 medley relay team Rosa, Santos,Coach Gilchrest,Sobers and Mendes.Photo courtesy of goeclions.com
LegNameTime
BackstrokeThiago Rosa22.60
BreaststrokeJoao Santos24.46
ButterflyRafael Mendes22.05
frreestyleAlex Sobers19.69
Total Time1:28.80

The previous school and conference records previously stood at 1:30.43 in 2017 and 1:30.08 by the 2018 Limstone College team.

Sobers denied a Gold medal with the disqualification would certainly make up for it with his performances in his remaining events.

Sobers competing in the heats of the 500 yard freestyle .Photo courtesy of goeclions.com

Coming to the Conference Championships Alex was the holder of the 500 yard freestyle mark with a time of 4:27.56 set in 2017. The 2018 conference record belonged to Robert Zamarano of Barton who had stopped the clock in 4:42.09. Both marks were swept away with disdain in Sobers’ preliminary swim as he touched in 4:22.74. Now already the best his school and the conference had ever seen in the event the final served to be a coronation ceremony as he lowered that time to win by over 20 seconds and record a time of 4:19.41 , the fastest time currently in Division II . The Division II record of 4:17.09 held by Dutch Olympian Dion Dreesens while competing for Queens University of Charlotte can officially be put on notice.

Sobers celebrating with Gold medal in the 500 yard freestyle

Comparison of Personal best splits

20192017
48.9250.67
52.3655.17
52.3255.18
53.1354.00
52.6852.54
4:19.414:27.56

Sobers is now the fastest ever English speaking Caribbean and CARIFTA region swimmer in the event bettering the 4:25.03 set by countryman and Olympian Damian Alleyne in Nov 1999. Alleyne set that time as 16 year old swimming for the world renowned Bolles school in Jacksonville Florida . He still holds the Bolles record for the 15-16 age group .He set that time at the 1999 4A state when it was a then record performance.The girls record is held by Jamaican Olympian Janelle Atkinson . The record board also includes names such as US Olympic gold medallist Caleb Dressel.

Top times from the Region

CountryName Time
ArubaMikel Schreuders4:25.31
ArubaDaniel Jacobs4:25.82
The BahamasJeremy Knowles4:26.00
Cayman IslandsShaune Fraser4:27.56

The Lions would roar to an emphatic win of more than five seconds in the 400 yard medley relay. Falling by the wayside was the school record of 3:18.77 and the Carolinas conference record of 3:17.84

Lions Gold medal relay medallists 3:17.21
LegName Split
backstrokeThiago Rosa49.05
BreaststrokeJoao Santos54.49
ButterflyRafael Mendes50.37
freestyleAlex Sobers43.30
Total time3:17.21

Sobers had the fastest time of the relay that bettered his 43.68 when he was the anchor on the team that set the school record in 2017. It also puts the Lions as the 16th fastest team in Division II.

In the 200 yard freestyle relay the same quartet put up a gold medal winning time of 1:21.53 . That places them 16th in Divison II and broke the Conference record.

The 200 yard freestyle saw the 2018 Carolinas record of 1:40.43 set by Saint Leo ‘s Fridtojov Mork taken down in the heats when Sobers touched in a time of 1:37.94. He crowned himself King and the best the conference has ever since when he set a new PB, School record and conference record of 1:35.32 (split time 46.41). That ranks him as the second fastest in Division II.He crushed the field by more than five seconds.

In the 100 yard freestyle he again took down the Conference record in the heats with a swim of 44.25. The old record belonged to Mork of Saint Leo with a time of 45.06.The final saw the Lions going 1-2 as Sobers recorded his first sub 44 seconds clocking of 43.65 (split time 20.86).Silver went to teammate Rose in 44.01. Sobers bettered his PBof 44.20 and Rosa’s school record of 44.00.The swim places Sobers ninth overall in the Division.

Sobers and his teammates capped the meet with yet another school and conference record in the 400 yard freestyle relay and a winning margin of almost ten seconds.They stopped the clock in a time of 2:57.90

LegNameSplit
FirstJoao Santos44.49
SecondThiago Rosa43.59
ThirdRafael Mendes46.13
FourthAlex Sobers43.69
Total time2:57.90

The old school and conference records stood at 2:58.24 and 3:00.34.

For his tremendous efforts Sobers was named Carolinas Co -swimmer of the Year along with his teammate Joao Santos. The Lions finished second to Barton College amassing 732 points.

Nicky Neckles with Silver in the 100 metre backstroke at the 2010 Games Photo courtesy of swimbarbados.com

Sobers continues to raise the bar for his country with record breaking exploits. In December draftingthecaribbean spoke with Damian Alleyne, a leader in the freestyle events in his time from the late 90’s to early 2000’s, after Sobers lowered his national record in the 200 metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in in China from 1:48.98 to 1:47.55. Alleyne belonged to a Golden era of male swimming in Barbados that included such names asNicky Neckles, Bradley Ally, Cliff Gittens, Martyn Forde, Shawn Clarke,Andrei Cross among others. We spoke to Alleyne about his record breaking swim in 2001 and what
what Alex’s swim in China meant in the context of swimming in Barbados moving forward

Damian Alleyne Barbados Olympian (2000,2004) Photo courtesy of Khalil Goodman for Better Health Magazine June 2011

” To be honest, I don’t remember the exact details of my swim, I believe I was home for SC Nationals at Christmas and managed to squeeze that time out. As far as what Alex has accomplished, I believe it shows a positive progression for the sport of swimming in Barbados and the Caribbean. I am very proud of Alex and what he has been able to accomplish in his swimming career and I can’t wait to see what more he can achieve! I always had the mindset that I wanted to set the bar for swimming in Barbados. I wanted to make sure that bar was so high that the next swimmer to come along and challenge it would be a legitimate, world class, athlete and Alex has displayed this. I wish him all the best in any future endeavors and can’t wait to see how much further he takes the sport for the next generation to aspire to”.

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THREE CAC GOLD MEDALS THE CARIFTA WAY OLYMPIANS EVANS, CARTER AND ATKINSON WIN THEIR RACES IN RECORD TIME

Friday July 21 at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean saw three of the CARIFTA region’s biggest stars Olympians Joanna Evans of The Bahamas , Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago and Alia Atkinson of Jamaica win Gold in Games Record times.

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Joanna posing for pictures after her victory Photo courtesy of Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe Barranquilla

The historic Gold Rush was started by Evans in the 400 metre freestyle.She easily qualified for the Championship final with a time of 4:16.63  . Her medal final saw  her putting on masterclass on how to swim the event.The race was effectively over as a contest when Joanna took out the first 50 metres in 28.80. At the 100 metre mark when she split 59.59  the question on everyone’s mind was how much she would lower the 2010 Games record of 4:11.36 Venezuelan Olympian Adreina Pinto. With a final 50 metres of 31.61 she would just get by the record with a time of 4:11.15. With her win she becomes only the Second woman from the CARIFTA region to win Gold in the event following Suriname’s Carolyn Adel victory in 1998. Evans also upgrades her Silver medal from 2014 to Gold and moves from a tie with Jamaican Olympian Janelle Atkinson as the best placed English speaking swimmer in the event. She also joins  Mexican Maria Souza as the only women to have won Silver and Gold in the event. Souza took Silver in 1959 before going on to win Gold in 1962 in Kingston Jamaica.

400 metre freestyle podium
400 metre freestyle medallists Photo courtesy of Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe Barranquilla

Silver went to Mexico’s Allyson Macias Alba in 4:14.74 and the Bronze to Costa Rica’s Helena Moreno Hernandez in 4:15.51

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Carter ensured the CARIFTA Golden streak with his own historic swim .After making the final as the second seed with a time of 49.24 . It would be time to bring SHOWTIME to Barranquilla Colombia Team TTO style. When the gun started it be another CARIFTA region star that would take out the first 50 metres as Suriname’s Olympian Renzo Tjon A Joe split 23.03. However Carter split 23.29 worked his underwaters and when he popped up it was SHOWTIME . He came home in the second fastest 50 metres of 25.66 to take the Gold in a new Games Record of 48.95 , the first CAC Games swimmer under 49 seconds. That bettered the 2014 Games record of 49.00 held by Cuban Olympian Hanser Garcia. With his record swim he became the first Man to win the 100 metre freestyle crown from the CARIFTA region as the previous best placing had been Silver medals won by countryman Olympian Mark Andrews in 1986 and Cayman Islands Olympian Shaune Fraser in 2006. Team TTO now has a complete set of medal in the events rounded out by Olympic medal winner George Bovell III’s Bronze in 2006. Silver went Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders in yet another national record time of 49.17 , the first medal ever for Aruba in the event. Bronze went to Jorge Andres Iga Cesar in 49.28. Tjon A Joe placed fifth in a time of 49.38 and Barbados Olympian Alex Sobers eighth in a personal best time of 50.51. Both swimmers were just off their respective national records of 49.29 and 50.40. Carter spoke about this journey to 100 metre freestyle Gold to TEAM TTO

 

 

 

Anchoring this Golden run on the opening day of the CAC Games was Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson . After bettering her old Games record of 1:10.24 in the morning heats  she was the second seed with a 1:08.00. Also under the record was Byanca Rodriquez Villanuev who just edged Alia with a time of 1:07.99.The two ladies swam in the last of the morning heats side by side.Rodriquez Villanuev had gained the early advantage then with a split of 31.28 to Atkinson’s 31.32. So the setting was clear for the final as it would be between Byanca and Alia. In the Championship final there would be no synchronized swimming as Alia got her customary bullet start and gave the field too much to handle with a split of 30.85. After an excellent pullout she also turned in the best last 50 metre of 35.98 to ensure that the CAC Games record remained in Jamaica with a final time of 1:06.83.

Alia-Atkinson
Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of heppdesigns.com

With the that win she breaks the tie with Mexico’s Silvia Rivero who won the titles in 1982 and 1986 as she now has crowned herself Queen on three occasions 2006, 2010 and now 2018. Atkinson is also the 11th fastest woman in the world with that swim.She is still the only woman from the CARIFTA region to medal in the event. Silver went to Rodriquez Villanuev in 1:07.80 and her countrywoman Esther Gonzalez Medina  in 1:10.60. The deep talent pool spread across the region was evident at The Bahamas duo of Lilly Higgs  1:11.32 and Laura Morley 1:12.34 placed fifth and sixth respectively in the Championship final

 

 

ARUBAN OLYMPIAN MIKEL SCHREUDERS SETS HIGHER STANDARDS WITH LOWERING OF 100 METRE FREESTYLE NATIONAL RECORD

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

Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders continues to get quicker and raise the bar for Aruban swimming at each international competition he attends. This morning in the heats of the 100 metre freestyle would prove no different. This as he qualified for the Championship final and also became the first swimmer from Aruba under the 50 seconds barrier.

Mikel S 2017 mutigers

At the 2017 Budapest World Championships he was  close to breaking that barrier when he touched in a time of 50.12 (split time 24.26). This morning there would be nothing left to chance as he stopped the clock in  49.90 (split 24.04)  to be the 4th seed overall.He now a mere .10 of a second of the 2019 PAN AM automatic qualifying mark of 49.80

In the Championship final he will be aiming to be first medallist from Aruba  at the Games in this event.

DYLAN CARTER CHASES HISTORY IN THE 100 METRE FREESTYLE AT CAC GAMES, RECORDS FASTEST TIME EVER BY SWIMMER FROM TTO AT MEET

This morning ‘s heats of the 100 metre freestyle at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla Colombia saw teammates Olympian Dylan Carter and 2017 World Championships representative Joshua Romany qualifying for the Championship final and B final respectively.

Romany placed 12th with a time of 51.26 (split time 24.38) .He will contest the B final slated to dive off at 8:16 pm local.

Dylan Carter instagram freestyle
Dylan Carter Photo courtesy of uscswim on Instagram

Carter qualified for the Championship final with a time of 49.24 (split time 23.55) to be the second seed heading to the 8:22 final. That time recorded by Carter is the fastest time ever done in the 100 freestyle at the CAC Games. The number one seed is  Mexican  Jorge Andres Iga Cesar who posted 49.07 just off the 2014 Games record of 49.00 by Cuban Olympian Hanser Garcia.

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Alberto Mestre Photo courtesy of

Third seed is Venezuela’s Alberto Mestre who stopped the clock in 49.69. Others from the CARIFTA region joining Carter in the final are Olympian Mikel Schreuders who posted anew national record of 49.90 for fourth overall and Suriname’s Olympian Renzo Tjon A Joe fifth in 50 seconds flat.

Carter will be seeking to become the first swimmer from TTO to lift the 100 freestyle crown . In 2006 the legendary Olympic medallist George Bovell III won Bronze in 50.19.

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Alberto Mestre in 1982 Photo courtesy of thehill.org

 

In 1986 Olympian Mark Andrews won the Silver in a time of 52.21 finishing the behind Venezuala’s Alberto Mestre who won in 51.31.That Mestre is the father of the third seed Alberto who is competing today.

Carter will seek to do one better than countryman Andrews later this evening and also lower the Championship record as his personal best and national record stands at 48.60 from this year’s Commonwealth Games

 

ARUBAN MIKEL SCHREUDERS RECORDS CAREER BEST PLACING IN 200 YARD FREESTYLE AT DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS

Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders (Rio 2016) registered a career best placing in the 200 yard freestyle on Night Three of the 2018 NCAA Division I Championships.

Before the Championships got underway on Wednesday Mikel’s best placing in the event was 23rd  from the 2017 Championships. He ensured a second swim on Friday March 23 when he stopped the clock in 1:33.21 during the heats.That got him a lane in the B final.

That race proved to be very close even up to the 150 yard as six swimmers flipped between 1:09.23 and 1:09.90. That is when  Jeff Newkirk of Texas , Schreuders and Paul Delakis of Ohio State broke away from the pack. At the end it was the 6’5 Newkirk winning in 1:33.15 out touching the 6’2  Schreuders 1:33.16 . Delakis was just behind in 1:33.17.With those swims Schreuders has the top six fastest times in the event for the Tigers

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Mikel Schreuders in action Photo courtesy of mutigers.com/Mike Krebs

Date Time split Place
March 23,2018 1:33.16 45.81 2nd B final
March 23,2018 1:33.21 heats 45.69
March 24,2017 1:34.26 46.38 23rd
March 25,2016 1:35.27 46.24 27th

MIKEL SCHRUEDERS THREATENS 50 YARD PB LEADING OFF 200 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

Aruban  Olympian Mikel Schreuders (Rio 2016) threatened his 50 yard freestyle PB leading off the Missouri 200 yard freestyle relay on Thursday March 22 at the Division I Championships in Minnesota.

Schreuders recorded the second fastest time of his career  when he registered a lead leg of 19.59. That just missed his personal standard of 19.55. The team placed 24th in 1:18.70. In 2017 swimming in the heats of the event Mikel split 19.61 to anchor the team.That was the joint fifth fastest time in school history.

The 400 yard medley relay saw him anchoring the team in 41.90 to give the Tigers 17th overall in 3:06.66.

 

ARUBAN MIKEL SCHREUDERS BREAKS 200 FREESTYLE RECORD TO HELP TIGERS TO BEST EVER RELAY FINISH AT NCAA DIV I CHAMPS

Olympian Mikel Schreuders (Rio 2016) impressed yet again for his school the University of Missouri on the opening day of the NCAA Division I Championships with a school record leading off the 800 yard freestyle relay.

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

Competing at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center in  Minnesota yesterday March 21 Schreuders sped to his first swim under 1:33 when his opening leg was timed at 1:32.92. That swim broke  his school record of 1:33.24 that he set at the Mizzou Invite and his SEC Bronze medal winning time that tied the record. The Oranjestad native now owns the four fastest times in the 200 yard freestyle in school history for the Tigers.

Date Time Split
March 21,2018 1:32.92 45.17
Feb 16,2018 1:33.24 46.10
Nov 17,2017 1:33.24 45.74
Nov 17,2017 1:33.50 46.05

Aided by that quick opening swim fellow Tigers Giovanny Lima 1:34.20,Grant Reed 1:35.20 and anchor Sam Coffman 1:33.43 pushed the team to ninth overall in in 6:15.75. That time was just off the school record set at the Sec Championships won the Silver in 6:15.38.The five fastest 800 yard freestyle times in school history all have a contribution from Schrueders.