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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2018 SEC (Southeastern) Championships which got underway at the Texas A&M Natatorium on Feb 14 saw the CARIFTA region capturing a medal through the efforts of Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders (Rio 2016) and his Missouri Tigers 800 yard freestyle relay team .
The Tigers team of Giovanny Lima 1:34.22,Schreuders 1:33.45,Grant Reed 1:34.90 and Sam Coffman 1:32.81 crushed the old 2016 record of 6:18.25 registered a new school record time of 6:15.38 to win the Silver . Gold was won by the University of Florida in a new SEC record time of 6:12.06. This is Mikel’s first medal after the being part of the 2016 team that placed 4th in 6:19.97 and the 2017 that was disqualified. The team’s performance was well under the NCAA Division I automatic time of 6:20.05.
Teammate and country man Jordy Groters was also in action . He split 23.87 on the breaststroke leg of the 200 yard medley relay team to help them to seventh in a time of 1:25.58..