Puerto Rico Dominant At 2021 CCCAN Championships In San Juan

2021 CCCAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The five-day Central American and Caribbean (CCCAN) Swimming Championships came to a close on Sunday night, with several national records going down and Puerto Rico finishing well ahead in the team point standings.

Taking place in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, the host nation compiled 1,697 points by meet’s end, with Venezuela sitting second with 790.

Over the final three days of competition (you can read about the first two days here), Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales was among the top performers as he swept the men’s backstroke events (18 & over category), setting a new National Record in the 50.

Morales, 24, lowered the Puerto Rican Record down to 25.52 in the final after going 25.66 in the prelims, twice resetting the meet record of 25.93 set by Trinidad & Tobago’s Christian Homer (25.93) back in 2013.

Morales also downed the meet record in winning the 100 back (55.09), and finished .01 off his National Record to snare a third CCCAN Record in the 200 back (1:59.39).

Bermuda’s Madelyn Moore was one of the main standouts on the women’s side, following up her National and meet record swim in the 50 fly early in the meet with two more Bermudian marks in the women’s 50 free (25.77) and 100 fly (1:02.21). The 20-year-old also placed first in the 100 free (56.75).

OTHER NATIONAL RECORDS SET (DAYS 3-5)

  • Salvadorian
    • Women’s 200 breast – Elisa Funes, 2:40.60
    • Women’s 50 fly – Celina Marquez, 27.69
  • Jamaican
    • Men’s 50 breast – Kito Campbell, 28.55
    • Men’s 100 breast – Kito Campbell, 1:06.68 (from earlier in the meet, was missed in initial article)
  • Honduran
    • Women’s 50 breast – Julimar Avila, 34.09
    • Women’s 100 fly – Julimar Avila, 1:02.31
    • Women’s 200 fly – Michell Ramirez, 2:17.32
  • Haitian
    • Men’s 50 free – Raphael Grand’Pierre, 24.42
    • Men’s 100 free – Davidson Vincent, 52.72
    • Men’s 50 back – Christian Barthelemy, 30.98
    • Men’s 200 breast – Alexandre Grand’Pierre, 2:23.42
    • Women’s 200 breast – Emilie Grand’Pierre, 2:49.04

Among the other noteworthy performances over the weekend included Puerto Rico’s Kristen Romano winning the women’s 200 back (2:13.75), her teammate Jarod Arroyo topping the men’s 400 IM (4:17.94), and another Puerto Rican, Victor Rosada, producing a very strong 2:01.74 in the men’s 200 fly.

Panama’s Tyler Christianson also chopped three seconds off the meet record in the men’s 200 breast (2:16.96), and Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders followed up an early win in the men’s 200 free by taking the 100 free in 50.37.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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