The Mexican Swimming Nationals are currently taking place and are being held as the qualifying meet for the Mexican Pan Am Games team.
With two days of competition underway, seven swimmers have now qualified to swim at the Pan Am Games, and one senior national record was broken.
The meet started off with a record as Natalia Jaspead won the women’s 1500m freestyle in 16:43.77. That time broke her own 15-16 year-old age-group record by about two seconds.
Kicking things off on the men’s side, there was David Ricardo and Arturo Perez in the men’s 1500m freestyle final. Ricardo won the event in 15:36.19 with Perez just behind him in 15:42.26. Just like that the two punched in their tickets for this summers’ games in Toronto.
The women’s 200m breaststroke was similar, as two swimmers will also be representing Mexico at the Pan Am Games in that event. Melissa Byanca claimed a victory over Esther Gonzalaz as the two dipped under the qualifying time.
The next two swimmers to get on the roster were both in the men’s 200m breaststroke. There, Miguel Alejandro stormed to a new Mexican national record of 2:14.18. Miguel Chavez finished second in 2:17.28, both under the time needed to go to the Pan Am Games.
On the second day of competition there was only one more added to the Pan Am Games team as Liliana Ibanez won the 100m freestyle in a time of 56.27. She was off her national record, but still managed to pull off a big win and earn her spot on the team.
A record did fall on night two however, as 14-year-old Ruben Guillermo set a new age-group record in the 13-14 year-old category with a time of 53.05. That time broke the almost 10-year-old record set back in July of 2005.
The meet will run until Wednesday night. For full meet results click here.