DAY 3 OF 2017 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS EAST BLACK WIN 200 FREE RELAY BRONZE, BASTIAN AND KIRBY MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS IN BREASTSTROKE AND BACKSTROKE, PERSONAL BESTS RECORDED BY AIMABLE , WEEKES ,GROTERS AND HOOST

 

The third day of the 2017 Speedo Winter Junior Championships East on Friday Dec 8 saw the CARIFTA region picking up yet another medal. This time it was Jamaican Joseph Black as a member of the Peddie team that won Bronze in the 200 yard freestyle relay.

Peddie Bronze medallist in the 200 yard freestyle relay
Bronze medal winning team from Peddie from left to right front row Nathan Stern,Joseph Black Back row Michael Blank and Troy Ike Photo courtesy of Peddie swimming

The team of Nathan Stern 20.55, Michael Blank 20.47, Trey Ike 20.45 and Black 20.24 clocked 1:21.71 to for their medal winning performance.  That bettered their 2017 Gold medal winning time at the Eastern Championships of 1:21.99 which is also the Championship, school and New Jersey State record.

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At that competition Black, a Kenyon commit had anchored the team in a time of 20.31.  Silver at the Winter championships went to Dayton Raiders in 1:20.58 and the Gold to Allegheny North in 1:19.83. When the times are combined with the competition in the West the boys from Peddie retained their third place position from a combined 89 competing teams in the event.

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Izaak Bastian Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

Izaak Bastian of The Bahamas, who is representing Saint Andrew’s made the championship final in the 100 yard breaststroke. Izaak had recorded a personal best in the event winning the Florida High school 1A title in 54.54 (split time 25.80). He would lower that mark with a time of 54.48 (split 25.54). That  time placed him 5th in the East and 8th with the combined results.Bastian is the reigning CARIFTA 15-17 100 metre breaststroke champion. He took Gold in a time of 1:04.68.He will join a number of the region’s best in Kingston Jamaica in 2018 seeking to lower the Championship record of 1:04.25 held by Aruban Jordy Groters.

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Jacky Kirby in action in the backstroke at the 2017 Tennessee State Championships Photo courtesy of Baylor Swimming

After lowering his personal best in the 100 yard backstroke Jack Kirby of Barbados and Baylor Swim club was at it again with another new personal standard. After qualifying for the Championship with a time of 48.97 he lowered his all-time best to 48.67 (split time 23.51) to place 6th overall. His previous best was 48.79 (split time 23.72).Kirby who won the Silver medal at CARIFTA in the 100 metre backstroke in the 15-17 backstroke in The Bahamas will be seeking to lower the Championship record in 2018 in Jamaica. That mark was set this year by Aruban Patrick Groters at 57.17. Kirby has a personal best of 57.01 set at this summer’s Commonwealth Youth Games.

Steve Aimable and Azura Florida coach GianLuca Alberani
Steve Aimable and Azura Florida coach GianLuca Alberani

Also bettering his personal best on the day was French Guiana’s Steven Aimable representing Azura Florida Aquatics. Competing in the 100 yard butterfly Steve lowered his personal best of 50.73 to 49.57(split time 22.87) to place 25th .Aimable  was the  15-17  Bronze medallist in the 100 metre butterfly in his final year at the CARIFTA Championships in a time of 57.22.

 

Suriname’s Irvin Hoost representing Metro Aquatics also bettered his personal best in the event. He went from an all-time best of 50.49 in 2016 to 50.17 (split time 23.11) for 54th spot. Hoost also competed in his last CARIFTA Games this year and placed 5th in the 100 metre butterfly in a time of 57.97.

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Patrick Groters on podium Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Aruban Patrick Groters who represents the Pine Crest Swim club who had phenomenal final CARIFTA Championship bettered his 400 yard individual medley time of 3:58.74 set in 2015 with a 3:58.12 performance of 3:58.12.

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Bradley Ally Photo courtesy of panamerican world

 

In the Bahamas this year he won the 400 metre individual medley in 4:27.69 breaking the 2004 meet record of 4:31.95 Olympian Barbadian Bradley Ally.

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Luis Sebastian Weekes Photo courtesy of Baylor Swimming

Baylor’s Barbadian breaststroker Luis Sebastian Weekes continued the trend of bettering personal records with his efforts in the 100 yard breaststroke. Weekes lowered his personal best to 56.90 (split time 26.90) to place 35th overall. His previous record was 57.56 (split 26.68). He registered that time in a 6th place performance at the 2017 Tennessee State Champs.At CARIFTA this year he was mere 9 hundredths outside of podium place when he swam 1:06.66. He will be seeking to top the field in that race next year in Jamaica .

Other individual performances on the day were

Name Country Club Event Time Placing
Daniel Jacobs Aruba Pine Crest 200 yard freestyle 1:42.97 89th
Patrick Groters Aruba Pine Crest 100 yard backstroke 50.67 63rd
Steven Aimable French Guinana Azura 100 yard backstroke 51.58 103rd

In the 200 yard freestyle relay the Baylor team of Piotr Kurleto 20.82,Kirby 21.05, Zachariah Althoff 20.82 and  Robert Freeman 19.77 recorded the 5th best time of the meet of 1:22.32. It was also the 5th best time of the 89 competing team in both the East and West.

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Christian Selby Photo courtesy of http://www.olympic.org.bb

 

They also just missed the 2013 school record of 1:22.23 by the team of Luke Kaliszak, Sam McHugh,Chandler Hinson and Barbadian Christian Selby.

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Irvin Hoost Photo courtesy of Saint Brendan High school

Hoost and his Metro Aquatics team were 10th in a time of 1:23.06. Of the 356 swimmers who swam that event Irvin had the 6th fastest leg with his anchor leg split of 20.02.

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DAY 2 OF 2017 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS HOOST OF RECORDS PERSONAL BEST TO MAKE 50 YARD FREESTYLE C FINAL, PERSONAL STANDARDS SET BY BAJAN DUO KIRBY IN BACKSTROKE AND MEDLEY AND WEEKES IN MEDLEY

Day 2 of the 2017 Speedo Winter Junior Championships East saw the boys of the CARIFTA region turning out strong performances. Leading the charge on December 7 at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville Tennessee was Florida High school 2A State Champion Irvin Hoost of Suriname.

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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

Hoost, who is representing the Metro Aquatics Club lowered his 2016 personal best of 20.72 when he clocked 20.55 in the morning heats to earn a berth in the C final. He would record the 2nd fastest time of his career when he touched in 20.60 for 6th place.

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Jack Kirby Photo courtesy of Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games 2017

Also bettering his personal best was Jack Kirby of Barbados representing Baylor Swim club. He crushed his 200 yard individual medley best of  1:54.48 (split time 52.84) that he recorded at the 2017 Tennessee State championships with a time of 1:51.16(split time 51.15). That performance placed the 2017 CARIFTA 15-17 Bronze medallist in the 200 metre IM 34th overall.

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Weekes competing in the heats of the 200 individual medley at the 2017 CARIFTA championships Photo courtesy of Micheal C Lyn

 

Also lowering his personal best was countryman and club mate and 2017 CARIFTA Silver medallist Luis Sebastian Weekes and . Luis lowered his personal standard of 1:52.17 (split time 53.91) a 4th place performance at the 2017 Tennessee State Championships to 1:51.36 (split time 52.72). That swim ranked him 39th overall.

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Groters with 200 IM Gold at the 2017 CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The top regional performance was recorded by the 15-17 2017 CARIFTA Champion and record holder in the 200 metre individual medley Aruban Patrick Groters representing the Pine Crest Swim club. He was timed at 1:50.91 (split time 50.22) to finish 30th overall.

Kirby would continue to lower his personal bests when he recorded 48.79 (split time 23.72) leading off the Baylor 400 yard medley relay team. That represented a significant time drop for the 2017 15-17 CARIFTA Silver medallist in the 100 metre backstroke. His personal best of 50.14 (split time 24.48) recorded at the State Championships when he placed 4th. The Baylor team finished 6th in 3:18.55.

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Aruban Daniel Jacobs who stated that he will be going after the CARIFTA 15-17 400 metre freestyle record of 3:59.79 at his last CARIFTA 2018 clocked 4:36.15 in the 500 yard freestyle to place 74th. At the 2017 CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago the Georgia Tech commit won the 400 metre freestyle title in 4:01.85.

In the 50 yard freestyle Izaak Bastian (The Bahamas/Saint Andrew’s) ,Groters, Steve Aimable (French Guiana/Azura Florida Aquatics) and Joseph Black(Jamaica/Peddle Aquatics) turned out good performances not far off from their personal bests.

Name Country Club Event Time Placing
Izaak Bastian The Bahamas Saint Andrew’s 50 yard freestyle 20.90 55th
Patrick Groters Aruba Pine Crest 50 yard freestyle 20.97 61st
Steven Aimable French Guiana Azura 50 yard freestyle 21.03 66th
Joseph Black Jamaica Peddie Association 50 yard freestyle 21.27 93rd

The 400 yard medley relay saw Hoost of Metro Aquatics putting in a 44.63 freestyle split to help them to 9th overall in a time of 3:18.99. Black of Jamaica had a 56.79 to help Peddie to 20th in 3:21.67

ARUBA’S PATRICK GROTERS ENDS HIGH SCHOOL CAREER WITH 2ND CONSECUTIVE 100 BACKSTROKE GOLD AT FLORIDA STATE 1A CHAMPS

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Patrick Groters warming up at the Woodson Invitational in Sep Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The year 2017 will remain in Aruban Patrick Groters mind as one of his best at the age group level with top performances at the CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas and a strong showing at the World Junior Championships. The run of good performances would continue in his final year of high school in Florida where he would repeat as the 100 yard backstroke champion in the 1A State Championships on November.

In 2016  he ended a more than decade long drought for the CARIFTA region when he took the victory in the event.

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George Bovell III Photo courtesy of theunbreakablebody.com

The last swimmer to win the event was the legendary Olympian George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago when he won the title for the Bolles School in 2000.

It would be a Golden path to double success in the event for the University school student at the State Championships in Stuart Florida. He would take the race on September 23 at the Woodson Invitational easily in a time of 51.77 (split time 25.80).

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Top male and female performer at the 2017 Woodson Invitational Groters of the University School and Jessica Nava of Westminster Academy Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

He would also earn the accolade of top male performer of the meet for winning the 200 yard individual medley as well.

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Top male performer at the 2017 CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas from left to right Algernon Cargill President of The Bahamas Swimming Federation presenting the award to Patrick Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Receiving the top performer award is not a new experience for Patrick who earned that honour as well at CARIFTA 2017.

 

He would take the district title on October 20 in 52.86 (split time 26.54) and a week later the regional title in 50.80 (split time 24.93).

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In the Championship final held at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center Patrick lay in 3rd place at the 50 yard mark with a split of 24.58.

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The University of Denver commit then turned out a back half of 25.65 to which the field could not respond and he took the title again in 50.23.

The 200 yard individual medley saw him earning the Silver in a time of 1:49.02 (split time 49.56).That performance made it three consecutive medal winning performance for Groters after winning the title in 2015 and 2016.

 

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University School top performers Arubans Daniel Jacobs and Patrick Groters Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In the relays it was the powerful combination of Groters and countryman Daniel Jacobs that aided the team to strong positions. In the 200 yard freestyle relay Patrick had the fastest opening leg split of both the preliminaries and finals of 20.51. The unit of Groters and Jacobs had the 2nd fastest 100 yards of the competition and that propelled their school to 3rd in the  B final in a total time of 1:29.42.It would be that same Aruban one –two punch at the front half of the 400 yard freestyle that pushed the University school to 6th in the Championship final in a time of 3:15.38. Patrick’s first leg split was timed at 45.97 (split time 22.28).

The University School boys finished 6th overall with 108 points.

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS ARUBAN DANIEL JACOBS CAPTURES SILVER AND BRONZE AT 1A CHAMPIONSHIP

Heading into his final high school championship on Saturday November Aruban Daniel Jacobs had one medal at the prestigious meet. That would all change by the end of the day as the University school student would earn two more , Silver in the 500 yard freestyle and Bronze in the 200 yard freestyle.

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In last year’s competition Daniel had finished just outside the medal podium in the 500 yard freestyle as he clocked 4:30.64 to finish 4th. Leading up to the Championships he swam well within himself to capture the District and Regional titles in times of 4:49.07 and 4:41.12 respectively. In the final the reigning CCCAN 15-17 400 metre freestyle Gold medallist  would record a new personal best of 4:28.38 to win the Silver medal. The Gold went to Curly Hayden of Lake Highland Prep in 4:21.92. The Georgia Tech commit’s previous personal record was 4:30.64.

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That is the fastest performance by a CARIFTA region swimmer in the 500 yard freestyle since 2005 when Cayman Islands Olympian Shaune Fraser( Beijing 2008, London 2012) won the event in 4:24.42.

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Jacobs with 500 yard freestyle Bronze Medal Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The 200 yard freestyle saw him repeating his Bronze medal position from 2016 . Last year saw him placing third in a time of 1:39.67 (split time 48.27). This year at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida he would record a personal best time of 1:39.37 (split time 48.99). His swim represented the fastest done by CARIFTA region swimmer since Fraser took the title in 1:36.33 in 2005. Jacobs is the reigning CCCAN 15-17 200 metre freestyle champion winning the event in Trinidad and Tobago in 1:54.82.

 

In relay action the 200 yard freestyle relay saw Jacobs on the second leg  21.80 and countryman Patrick Groters 20.51 providing a strong 1-2 punch to give the University school a strong early advantage in the B final. The team would hold on to take 3rd overall in 1:29.42.

It would be that strong Aruban combination of Groters lead leg 45.97 and Jacobs 46.30 that would have the University School in medal contention at the half way mark. The team would finish 6th with a total time of 3:15.38.

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University School top performers Arubans Daniel Jacobs and Patrick Groters Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The University School finished 6th in the boys section with 108 points. This total was contributed to greatly by the strength of the Aruban contingent of Jacobs and Groters.

Daniel will be one of the standouts to lookout for at the CARIFTA Championships to be held in Kingston in 2018 and should challenge the 15-17 400 metre freestyle meet record of 3:59.79.

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS GROTERS AND DIEFFENTHALLER TO RACE FOR 1A 200 YARD IM GOLD TODAY

When the Florida High School Class 1A Championships kick off later today at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida the CARIFTA region will be represented by Patrick Groters and Christopher Dieffenthaller. Aruban Groters will be donning the colours of the University School and Trinidad and Tobago’s Dieffenthaller will be lining up behind the blocks for Berkley.

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Patrick Groters at 2017 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Groters will start the day as the second seed with a time of 1:53.47. Patrick ended his CARIFTA this year in the best way possible this year in The Bahamas in the 200 metre individual medley by winning Gold in a new Personal Best, Championship Record, Aruban Age group and Senior National record. He won the 15-17 race in a time of 2:04.69. This season he has kept up the momentum for a second state Title after capturing the crown for the first time in 2015.

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Bradley ally Photo courtesy of gettyimages

 

Patrick will aim to join Olympian Bradley Ally as a multiple winner of the event. Ally won the event three times and holds the state record of 1:46.31. That 1:46.31 performance  was also the fastest performance by a high school swimmer at that point in 2004.

 

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Patrick Groters on podium Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Groters had Golden performances at the Woodson Invitational as well the District and Regional Championships.

Date Meet Time Placing
Sep 23 Woodson Invitational 1:51.43 1st
Oct 20 1A District 11 1:56.44 2nd
Oct 27 1A Region 4 1:53.44 3rd
Year Time Placing Split
2016 1:48.52 Silver 50.31
2015 1:50.22 Gold 51.44
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Christopher Dieffenthaller Photo courtesy of swimtt.com

Berkley’s Dieffenthaller had a fantastic CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago where was a top the podium in a number of races to include the 13-14 200 metre individual medley. He won the race in front of his home crowd in a time of 2:13.75. This season he took the District title then finished runner up in the event at Regionals. Each swim was progressively faster which points to him bettering the 1:55.82 he recorded when he placed 3rd in the B final at the 2016 Championship.

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 21 1A District 7 1:59.86 1st
Oct 28 1A Region 3 1:58.07 2nd

The list of regional Florida state Champions include Olympians George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago, his brother Nicholas , Bradley Ally of Barbados and Branden Whitehurst of the US Virgin Islands.

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Past regional winners from left to right George Bovell III, Bradley Ally,Nicholas Bovell, Branden Whitehurst Photos courtesy of panamericanworld,auburntigers.com, texassports.com
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Past regional winners from left to right Wayne Denswill and Patrick Groters Photo courtesy of tampaspartans.com and Michael C Lyn
Name Country School Division Year Time
George Bovell III Trinidad and Tobago Bolles A 2000 1:48.51
Bradley Ally Barbados St Thomas Aquinas 2A 2002 1:49.37
Nicholas Bovell Trinidad and Tobago Bolles A 2002 1:50.57
Bradley Ally Barbados St Thomas Aquinas 3A 2003 1:49.71
Bradley Ally Barbados St Thomas Aquinas 3A 2004 1:46.31
Branden Whitehurst US Virgin Islands Bolles 1A 2007 1:50.82
Wayne Denswill Suriname St Brendan 2A 2013 1:52.47
Patrick Groters Aruba University School 1A 2015 1:50.22

ARUBAN PATRICK GROTERS SETS NATIONAL 100 METRE BACKSTROKE RECORD AT WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, JUST MISSES SEMI FINAL SPOT

 

Two years ago at the 2015 World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore Aruba’s Patrick Groters was 44th in a time of 59.88. Fast forward two years a much improved Groters crushed that time and placing with a good performance in Indianapolis today.

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Patrick Groters on podium Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

 

Patrick, who holds the 15-17 CARIFTA record and Aruban national record with a time of 57.17 bettered that time with a 57.01 clocking. That time placed him 17th overall. The top 16th  time was 56.75. Mere 26th hundredths from a second swim Patrick earned the accolade of being the top CCCAN swimmer at the Global Championships.

Analysis of Groters swims in 2015 and 2017

Year Venue First 50 Second 50 Final time Placing
2015 Singapore 28.86 31.02 59.88 44th
2017 Indianapolis 27.53 29.49 57.01 17th
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Jack Kirby Photo courtesy of Barbados Aquatic Centre

CCCAN  Champion in the 15-17 Jack Kirby of Barbados produced yet another sub 58 seconds clocking to win heat 4 convincingly in 57.63 (split time 28.27).That performance placed him 23rd overall and second overall from the CCCAN region

Other times from the CCCAN region in the event

Name Event Country CCCAN ranking  Overall ranking Time Split
Guillermo Cruz Zuniga Mexico 3 29 59.00 28.34
Thomas Bozzo US Virgin Islands 4 38 1:01.64 29.87
Alejandro Rosa Dominican Republic 5 41 1:03.92 30.63
Terel Monplaisir St Lucia 6 46 1:06.49 32.04
Zeniel Guzman Dominican Republic 7 47 1:07.14 32.25
Jason Bento Antigua & Barbuda 8 48 1:07.26 32.22
Alexander Bento Antigua & Barbuda 9 49 1:07.65 32.88

 

 

PATRICK GROTERS STANDS TALL FOR ARUBA AT 2017 CARIFTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Heading to the his final CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas Patrick Groters knew he would be the only swimmer representing Aruba .That did not seem to daunt him but rather inspire him as evidenced by his performances where he has garnered Four medal Three Gold in championship record time and a Silver in a personal best time.

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Patrick Groters celebrating after 50 backstroke win Photo courtesy of Michael

On the first day of competition in his first record performance Patrick set a new national record in the 50 metre backstroke recording a time of 26.80. He took more than half a second off his 15-17 and senior national record for his first sub 27 second clocking. He is also tracking the Hungary World Championships B standard time of 26.18. In what would have seen to be a “weak” event for him the 200 metre breaststroke turned out to be medal winning performance. He swam a strong final to challenge Izaak Bastian for the Gold. Patrick would take the Silver in a personal best time of 2:21.73.

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The second day of competition could have been dubbed “Day of the Olympians” as he lowered regional marks held by Olympians from Jamaica and Barbados. In the 100 metre backstroke he crushed his 15-17 and senior national mark of 58.35 as well as the CARIFTA record held by Jamaica Olympian Timothy Wynter of 57.32 with 57.17 clocking. He won the race by a little over a second. In what can only be described as a dominating 400 individual medley performance he again lowered his Aruban 15-17 and senior national record of 4:33.96 and the 2004 regional standard of the legendary Barbadian Olympian Bradley Ally of 4:31.96 with a time of 4:27.69. That is the first time anyone in the region has broken 4:30 for the event. He beat the field by almost 20 seconds.  He again got close to another 2017 World Championships B standard .The consideration mark in the event is 4:26.93.

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Patrick Groters being interviewed by Olympian and World Reco

In speaking to draftingthecaribbean  on Sunday  April 16 the Aruban Phenom had the following thoughts

I was very excited to come to my last CARIFTA. In my mind I had times I wanted to do, I felt that training has been great and I felt ready. After first event yesterday, I just got even more excited because I did better than I expected. 200 Breaststroke  is not my event and my coach entered me to get experience racing breaststroke for the IM. Swimming as well as I did just got me pumped. Today I wanted to break 4:30 in the IM and i am happy and satisfied. My coach still wants a better breaststroke split. So we still have work to do.”