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 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


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.

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

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.



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 .

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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..


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Mikel Schreuders Photo courtesy of sportskidsaruba

The nation of Aruba continues to make a statement at the NCAA Division I level as national record holder and Olympian Mikel Schreuders (Rio 2016) posted strong performances at the 2017 Mizzou Invitational held from November 16- 18 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

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Schreuders made a statement in the 200 yard freestyle when he set a new personal best and school record with a winning  time of 1:33.24 (split time 45.74) topping the field by more than a second. That lowered the 2016 mark of US national team member Michael Chadwick when he recorded 1:33.64 leading of the Tigers 800 yard freestyle relay to 11th place at the 2016 NCAA championships. It was his second consecutive win at the meet and the 2nd fastest performance in Division I so far this season . Mikel is also a full second faster than where he was last season as well as just being outside the NCAA automatic cut of 1:32.54.His old personal best was recorded leading off the Tigers 800 yard freestyle relay team to 4th place at the 2017 SEC championships.

Date Time Split place
Nov 2017 1:33.24 45.74 1st
Nov 2016 1:34.67 46.56 1st

Schreuders would also taste victory in the 100 yard freestyle recording his second sub 43 seconds clocking with a time 42.86 (split time 20.86). His winning margin was more than half a second and seats him 9th in Division I. He bettered his number 2 all-time standing for the school and narrows the gap to the automatic cut of 42.11.In the heats he recorded an initial personal record of 42.98 (split time 20.70).


The efforts of the Tigers in the 200 yard freestyle relay would result in yet more Gold. The team of Luke Mankus 19.66,Schreuders 19.06,Sam Coffman 19.58 and Caleb Hicks 19.64 to record the 5th fastest time Division I so far. Mikel 2nd leg which was the fastest of the meet boosted the team performance to get close to the automatic cut of 1:17.62. The winning margin was almost two seconds.


In the 400 yard freestyle relay it would be yet another Golden affair where the team dominated the competition winning by more than 5 seconds and recorded the 4th fastest time in school history. With Giovanni Lima coming for Hicks the splits for the team were Mankus 43.67, Schreuders 42.46, Coffman 42.81 and Lima anchoring with a 42.92. Mikel was again the fastest swimmer in the relays. It bettered the NCAA A time of 2:52.10 and is the 5th fastest time for the season

The 400 yard medley relay saw the junior posting the fastest freestyle split of the meet when he blazed to a 41.71. That swim combined with the efforts of Daniel Hein backstroke 46.41, Hicks breaststroke 52.76, and Micah Slaton butterfly 45.28 recorded a winning total time of 3:06.16. That team performance is the 8th fastest in school history. It ranks as the 2nd fastest in the nation and was yet another automatic qualifying performance.

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Mikel Schreuders Photo courtesy of mutigers

The 50 yard freestyle saw his only non-podium finish. Despite that the Oranjestad native recorded personal bests in both the morning heats and Championship final . He lowered his 50 free standard of 20.13 to 19.65 in the preliminaries. He would be even quicker in the evening with a 19.55 to place 4th overall. It was also the 4th fastest time in school history and tied for the 9th fastest so far in  Division I.

The Tigers tallied 1,411 points topped the men’s competition. The other scores were Drury 683.5, Wyoming 671.50, Oklahoma Baptist 419, South Dakota State 352 and Cincinnati 67.


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

Over the last few years Aruba has been consistently improving their position on the global swimming stage with improving performances and rankings at competitions. Today draftingthecaribbean highlights one of their swimmers  Olympian Mikel Schreuders (2016) who has made great strides for his nation in the 100 metre freestyle. We will look back at his performances at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

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Mikel Schreuders posing with his CCCAN 100 metre freestyle Photo courtesy of 297sports

Heading to the major global competition for 2017 Mikel was had broken the 51 seconds barrier by winning the CCCAN 18 and over title in the event with a new national record of 50.55. He would lower that record again in Europe. He would stop the clock in a time of 50.12. That would place him 50th overall. It would be a major improvement from his 68th showing in Kazan in 2015 and was only the second time Aruba had placed in the top 50 in the event. His swim would also rank third amongst swimmers from the CCCAN region. When draftingthecaribbean spoke to him on July 26 he gave his impressions of his performance

“My race was to bring it out faster and then come home. I wish I would have gone out faster. I am happy with the time of me coming back”


He would not have to wait long to better that effort. On July 29 leading off the mixed 4 x 100 metre freestyle he would be the first Aruban under 50 seconds when he touched in 49.80. Breaking 50 seconds is a significant hurdle on one’s path to being seen as a top sprinter in the world. When draftingthecaribbean spoke to him after the race he had the following thoughts

“All I was thinking before the race was to go out faster and during my swim I felt better in the first 50. The Australian guy that was next to me was going a 49 for sure so I was trying to stay as close as possible as I could”.

Unfortunately it will not count as a national record as FINA does not recognize leadoff times in mixed relays. However with Mikel’s continued progress as a sprinter it will be only a matter of time before that time falls in the 2017-2018 season.

The Road To 49 Seconds

Date Meet First 50 Second 50 Final time
August 2015 Kazan World Champs 24.71 27.06 51.77
July 2016 The Bahamas CISC 24.99 26.08 51.07
July 1,2017 Trinidad and Tobago CCCAN 24.71 25.84 50.55
July 26,2017 Budapest World Champs 24.26 25.86 50.12
July 29 ,2017 Budapest World Champs 24.80 25.76 49.80
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Schreuders will be in action with his countryman Jordy Groters for the University of Missouri in their first official competition on Saturday October 14, 2017 against South Carolina at home at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

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Teammates Mikel and Jordy at the 2016 NCAA Division I competition


Mikel is the second fastest swimmer in school history in the 100 and 200 freestyle races. He also holds school records as a member of the 400 and 800 yard freestyle relay teams.

Event Time
100 yard freestyle 43.10
200 yard freestyle 1:34.06
400 yard freestyle relay 2:48.95
800 yard freestyle relay 6:18.25


As it has been for the entire 2016 -2017 one name has stood out among the region’s elite male swimmer in the swimmers in the 200 freestyle event. Whether it was the 200  metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming championships or the 200 yard freestyle at the prestigious NCAA Division 1 Championships Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter has been region’s man to be the standard bearer. So it was no surprise when he again led the region with 200 metre freestyle at the World Long course swimming championships in national record time.

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Dylan Carter at the Mesa Grand Prix Swim meet Photo courtesy of swimmingworldmagazine

The national mark of 1:48.44 set at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships was on borrowed time from the Mesa Swim meet when Carter touched in a winning time of 1:48.45. At his home meet the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago he again got the job done in sub 1:50 this time 1:48.91.

In Budapest his intentions were made clear from the opening 50 metres with an opening split time of 24.93 that set the tone for the entire race. He would touch in 1:47.77 for 24th overall, the best time at the World championships for both CCCAN and CARIFTA region swimmers. It is also the best ranking at the Championship for the CCCAN region since 2011.

A very aggressive approach led to the new national record as seen through the analysis of his races below

Date 50 100 150 200
 CISC July 2016 25.45 53.00 1:20.79 1:48.44
25.45 27.55 27.79 27.65
Date 50 100 150 200
 Mesa April 2017 25.40 52.70 1:20.97 1:48.45
25.40 27.30 28.27 27.48
Date 50 100 150 200
 WC July 2017 24.93 51.99 1:20.02 1:47.77
24.93 27.06 28.03 27.75
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CCCAN rankings for the 200 metre freestyle in Budapest

Name Country CCCAN ranking  Overall ranking Time
Dylan Carter Trinidad and Tobago 1 24th 1:47.77 (51.99)
Cristian Quintero Venezuela 2 33rd 1:48.22 (51,86)
Mikel Schreuders Aruba 3 39th 1:49.66(53.66)
Michael Gunning Jamaica 4 43rd 1:50.00(53.20)
Marcelo Acosta El Salvador 5 48th 1:50.92 (54.99)
Alex Sobers Barbados 6 56th 1:52.50(55.20)
Noah Mascoll-Gomes Antigua& Barbuda 7 62nd 1:55.32(55.62)
Matthew Lowe The Bahamas 8 63rd 1:55.71 (55.50)