2018 CAC Games Day 4: Song Becomes Mexico’s 1st Sub-2:00 Backstroker


Mexico unleashed fury in the pool on day 4 of the 2018 Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia. Winning 4 of the 7 events in the session, Mexican swimmers also took down 5 national records to make this a historic evening. The nation now leads the overall swimming medal table with 29 in all, 8 of them gold. The host nation of Colombia is right behind with 6 golds, while Alia Atkinson has single-handedly put Jamaica in 3rd place with her 3 golds thus far.

Mexico’s Melissa (Byanca) Rodriguez completed her trifecta of breaststroke wins, taking the women’s 200m race in a time of 2:25.60. Not only does that establish a new Games Record, but Rodriguez’s effort now checks-in as the new Mexican national record. The 23-year-old Penn State swimmer has now crushed new national records across the 50m, 100m and 200m while competing here in Barranquilla.

Teammate Andy Song crushed a new Mexican national record in the men’s 200m backstroke, winning the race in 1:59.95, also a new Games Record. In doing so, Song now represents the first Mexican male ever to cross the 2-minute threshold in the event. Prior to this competition, the Cal Bear’s personal best sat at the 2:01.68 he put up back in 2017.

Mexico continued its roll with Miriam Guevara‘s victory in the women’s 100m fly. Touching in 59.31, Guevara represented the only swimmer to delve into sub-minute territory. She was rewarded with a new Games Record, as well as a new Mexican national record. Of note, the previous Games Record was held by Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace in 59.74 from 2010.

Venezuelan Isabella Paez finished with the 100m fly silver in 1:00.04 to continue her successful meet, while Jamaican breaststroking ace Alia Atkinson fired off a near-personal best for bronze. Atkinson rounded out the top 3 in a mark of 1:00.13, less than .2 off of her Jamaican national record of 59.95 from last year.

Additional Winners:

  • Mexico’s mixed 4x100m freestyle relay cracked a new national record effort of 3:31.66 en route to gold, with lead-off Jorge Iga holding the fastest split of the entire field in 49.53.
  • El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta was victorious in the men’s 400m free event, clocking 3:50.61 fir a new meet record. His personal best rests ast the 3:48.82 he produced at the Rio Olympics. Of note, runner-up in the race here in Barranquilla was Mexico’s Jacobo Vargas, who touched in 3:51.52 for a new national record.
  • Kristen Romano put Puerto Rico on the board with a win in the women’s 400m IM. As the only swimmer under the 4:50 threshold, Romano put up a winning time and new Games Record of 4:46.31, a mark just .15 off of her own national record registered earlier this month at the TYR Pro Swim in Columbus.
  • The men’s 50m breast saw Panamanian swimmer Edgar Crespo surge to the wall first, earning gold in 27.56, a new Games Record.


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Loretta Race

Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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