2021 UANA TOKYO QUALIFIER
- April 29, 2021 – May 3, 2021
- Clermont, Florida
- Long Course Meters (LCM)
- Meet Site
- Results Available on Meet Mobile Under “2021 UANA Tokyo Qualifier”
- Day 1 Recap
- Day 2 Recap
The 3rd of 4 days of racing at the 2021 UANA qualifier got underway in Clermont, Florida as high school, college, and international national teamers contested the 50 free, 200 breast, 100 fly, 400 free, and 200 IM.
Jose Martinez had a solid performance in the men’s 200 IM, posting a 2:01.46 which was fast enough for a new Mexican record in the event. The swim made him the first-ever Mexican man to break 2:02 in the event, improving upon his own national record of 2:02.09 which he set at the 2019 Pan American Games. Countrymate and Mexican 400 IM record holder Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz finished just under a second later with a 2:02.45 for the silver medal. Coming in for the bronze medal, Patrick Groters posted a 2:04.58 which trails his own Aruban record in the event of 2:01.62 from 2019.
Just as Martinez did in the men’s event, Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo lowered the Mexican national record in the women’s 200 IM. Gonzalez-Hermosillo’s winning time was a 2:13.97 which allowed her to improve upon her own national record of 2:14.16 from back in 2019. McKenna DeBever followed with a 2:16.89 for second place while Destiny Nelson was a 2:18.97.
In the women’s 50 freestyle, the title was actually split between Madelyn Moore and Jeserik Pinto as they both touched with a 25.95 for the gold medal. Not only did Moore swim the exact same time as Pinto, but she also exactly matched her own Bermudian record in the event which she previously set back in 2018. Texas A&M swimmer Fresh Sathianchokwisan rounded out the top 3 in the event, hitting a 26.01 for bronze.
On the men’s side, it was Gabe Castano who posted the fastest 50 freestyle swim, hitting a 22.21 for the win which is just 0.01 seconds off his 2019 best time in the event of 0.01. Mataj Dusa touched next in the 50 free final with a 22.59 to lower his PB from a 22.71 while Alberto Mestre collected bronze in a 22.65, trailing his own Venezuelan record in the event of 22.38.
Mexican national record holder Melissa Rodriguez collected her second breaststroke win of the meet with her 2:28.49 200, adding to her previous win in the 100. Rodriguez’s current Mexican record in the event stands at a 2:25.54 which she set back in 2019. Rodriguez’s winning time was a decent amount ahead of second place finisher Micaela Sierra who posted a 2:34.27 while Krista Juardo hit a 2:36.21 for bronze.
Adriel Sanes manged to lower his own 200 breaststroke US Virgin Islands records with his winning swim of 2:14.45 to lower the mark from a 2:16.40 which he hit at the 2019 Pan American Games. Columbia swimmer and German native Nils Wich-Glasen took silver in the event with a 2:15.95 which was just over 4 seconds slower than his PB of 2:11.88. Tyler Christianson rounded out the top 3 with a 2:16.58 while Mauro Castillo Lune filled out the top 4 in a 2:16.69.
Other Day 3 Winners
- In the women’s 100 butterfly, Maria Jose Mata Cocco swam a winning time of 59.66 to get within half a second of Miriam Guevara 59.31 Mexican record.
- Jorge Iga was also close to the 100 fly Mexican record to win the 100 fly, swimming a 52.84 to trail Long Gutiérrez‘s 2015 mark of 52.22.
- Following her 400 IM victory earlier on in the meet, Julia Podkoscielny secured gold in the 40o free with a 4:20.11.
- Puerto Rico’s Alfonso Mestre swom to victory in the 400 freestyle with a 3:51.65, out-touching Ricardo Vargas Jacobo‘s 3:52.07.