The Virgin Islands Swimming Federation sent two of their National Swimmers, Caylee Watson and Victor Torres, to represent the Virgin Islands in the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain July 28th through August 4th. They will be competing among approximately 1,200 swimmers from 180 different federations.

Caylee Watsons salutatorian graduate from the Country Day School class of 2013 will be attending American University and studying Political Science.   She will also be swimming for the Eagles Swim Team there.  She has been part of the Dolphins Swim Team since 2006, and part of the Virgin Islands National Swim Team since 2008.  Caylee as part of the National Team has had the opportunity to represent the Virgin Islands in different countries such as, Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas, Cuba, Costa Rica and Aruba; where she received a silver medal in the 200 meter backstroke. She also holds 20 Virgin Islands Swimming Federation records earning one just this last Monday July 29th at the 15th FINA World Championships in the open category 100 meter backstroke. This record was previously held by Tricia Duncan since 1988.

Victor Torres graduated from Good Hope School, class of 2013, and will be attending NOVA Southeastern University and studying Computer Science. He will be part of the Sharks Swim Team while attending NOVA.  He has been part of the Dolphins Swim Team since May 2007.  Since then he has been traveling with the Dolphins team to several meets off island such as St Thomas, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Arizona to mention a few.   He has been part of the Virgin Islands National Swim Team since 2012. He competed at the Carifta Swimming Championships in the Bahamas and CISC Swimming Championships in Aruba in 2012 where he received a Bronze medal in the 200 meter backstroke.  This year he also competed at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Kingston Jamaica and in the CCCAN Swimming Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

If you would like to be a part of this rewarding sport, please contact the Dolphins Swim Team on St. Croix at 340-719-7946 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  On St. Thomas, contact the Stingrays Swim Team at 340-779-7872 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Virgin Islands Long Course Swimming Championships were held at the Dolphins Pool on St. Croix this past weekend May 18-19, 2013.  Forty four St. Croix Dolphins swimmers competed alongside 19 St. Thomas and St. John Stingrays. 

Long Course high point champions for the year were as follows:                                                                                               

Girls

Boys

8 and Under

1st

1st

3rd

Lindsay Barr, STT

Tera Diericks, STT

Emberlyn Warehime STX

8 and Under

1st

2nd

3rd

Max Wilson, STT

Michael Dizon-Bumann, STX

Brice Richards, STX

9-10

1st

2nd

3rd

Kyra Odlum, STT

Zahra Jablonsky, STT

Erin Andrews, STX

9-10

1st

2nd

3rd

Ky Odlum, STT

Hunter Tonin, STX

Kamari Banwaree, STX

11-12

1st

2nd

3rd

Kate Lowe, STT

Jelena Vialet, STX

Lidia Boguslawska, STX

11-12

1st

2nd

3rd

Shaw Clements, STT

Alex Wilson, STT

Zackary Bozzo, STX

13-14

1st

1st

3rd

Sasha Klein, STT

Chloe Hayden, STX

Hannah Clements, STT

13-14

1st

1st

3rd

Jonathan Thomas, STX

Matthew Mays, STX

Webster Bozzo, STX

15 and Over

1st

2nd

3rd

Caylee Watson, STX

Portia Norkaitis, STT

JJ Washshah, STX

15 and Over

1st

2nd

3rd

Victor Torres, STX

Tony Hendricks, STX

Alex Lewit, STX

 

In addition to these outstanding finishes, there were two new VI Record set this past weekend. St. Thomas Stingray Sasha Klein set a new record in the Girls 13-14 50m Freestyle with a time of 29.09, breaking the previous record of 29.28 set in 1980 by Kristen Knauss. She also qualified to represent the Virgin Islands on the National Team at the CCCAN Swimming Championships. Dolphin swimmer Emberlyn Warehime set a new VI Record in the 6 & under 200m Freestyle with a time of 4:53.93.   JJ Washshah earned her spot on the VI National Swim Team to compete at the CCCAN Swimming Championships by  qualifying in the Girls 15 & over 50 m Backstroke with a time of 33.28 .

The Virgin Islands Swimming Federation thanks the swimmers of the St. Croix Dolphins and the St. Thomas Stingrays for their participation in the Annual Long Course Championship. We also thank all the parents, volunteers, meet officials and Dolphins Staff that made this event possible.

Full meet results are available online at www.stcroixdolphins.org. For additional information about the swim meet, contact Head Coach Brian Brady, Cinthia Sanes at 340-719-7946 and/or Coach Susie Andrews at 779-7872.

 

The Virgin Islands National Swim Team traveled on March 28th to April 3rd to compete in the XXVIII CARIFTA Swimming Championships held at the National Stadium Pool in Kingston, Jamaica.  The CARIFTA Swimming Championships (Caribbean Free Trade Association) is a high level regional swim meet offered to English Speaking Caribbean Countries.  Representing the National Team were 9 swimmers, 2 Coaches, Team Manager, and a Meet Official.  Over 300 swimmers from 22 different nations competed in this meet.

The nine swimmers representing the Virgin Islands Swimming Federation (VISF) were: Hannah Clements, Sasha Klein and Portia Norkaitis from St. Thomas and Matthew Mays, Kenny Wilson, Jonathan Thomas, Webster Bozzo, Victor Torres, and Nicholas Dascher from St. Croix.  They were led by National Coach John Vasbinder and assisted by Coach Brian Brady, Team Manager Cinthia Sanes, and VISF President and Meet Official Brent Mays.

Overall, the meet was very successful for all VI Swimmers; Matthew Mays placed 2nd in the 200m Butterfly, 4th in the 400m IM, 5th in the 200m Back, 6th in the 200m IM, and 8th in the 100m Back for the 13-14 male category. He also earned his spot to represent the Virgin Islands in the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships (CCCAN) by qualifying in the 400m IM and 200m Butterfly.  Victor Torres placed 4th in the 100m back, 5th in the 200m back, and 6th in the 50m back for the 15-17 male category. He broke a VISF Long Course record in the 50m back with a 28.30. He added to the list of events for CCCAN by achieving a qualifying time in the 200m Back.  Nicholas Dascher placed 6th in the 1500m Free for the 13-14 male category.  Sasha Klein placed 8th in the 50m Fly and Hannah Clements placed 7th in the 50m Breaststroke female 13-14 category. Portia Norkaitis placed 8th in the 50m Breaststroke female 15-17 category.  The relay team overall consisted of Matthew, Kenny, Jonathan, Webster and Nicholas. Matthew, Kenny, Jonathan and Webster took 7th in the 400m Free and 400m Medley. Kenny, Jonathan, Nicholas and Matthew took 6th   in then 800m Free and 8th in the 200m Free.

The next high level regional swim meet is the CCCAN Swimming Championships and it will occur in Costa Rica June 29th to July 5th. The VISF has eight swimmers who have qualified for this meet and expect to have a few more qualify in the next few months.

For additional information about the swim meet, you can contact National Head Coach John Vasbinder at 340-244-7657 and/or Cinthia Sanes at 340-719-7946/ email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you would like to be a part of this rewarding sport, please contact the Dolphins Swim Team on St. Croix at 340-719-7946 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . On St. Thomas, contact the Stingrays Swim Team at 340-779-7872 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

On the way to The Taekwondo World Championship in Puebla, Mexico in July 2013, Danese Joseph, the Virgin Islands Taekwondo National Team female heavy weight athlete is making a name for herself, as well as the Virgin Islands. Most recently she fought to defend her Gold from last year’s Canadian open, but fell short to get the bronze medal for this year.

Her first fight was against Rebecca Garand of Canada. After the first round, she was down a point but came from behind to win 3-2. She was happy to get her first fight out of the way to mentally prepare herself for my next fight against Mexico’s Guadalupe Ruiz Lopez, the number 4 ranked heavyweight in the world. The match started very close until she landed the first point at the end of the first round. Danese turned it around in the following two rounds to get the score to 4-5 with about 10 seconds left. She was forced to rush to make up the one point deficit in order to tie the match which would send it into a sudden death fourth round. Unfortunately, in her rush Mexico was able to score an additional three points with a head shot ending the match 8-4.

Danese is the reigning AAU National Taekwondo Champion in her weight division, and lost to the number one in the world at that time Gwladys Epangue of France at the US Open in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 2013. As of May 1, 2013 Danese Joseph is ranked number 41 in the world. With her Bronze medal at the Canadian Open, her ranking will go which would put her in an excellent for World Taekwondo Championships in preparation for Rio 2016.

The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation invites coaches/others to enroll in the IAAF Level I Coach Course to be held in St. Thomas July 10-19, 2014.  The New CECS Course offers Practical; Kids’ Track and Field Theory; General Coaching Theory and Specific Theory and Practical and Written Exam at the conclusion (this is the introductory course, you do not have to be a coach to take this course).

NOTE: The requirements for the 10 day course includes:

1] There is no charge to you for this course, you are however, required to register with VITFF for the 2014, pay the annual $25 registration fee and sign the VITFF Code of Conduct. This will enable the distribution of your materials for the course in a timely manner and establish the formal channel of communication with you.

2] Be a minimum of 18 years of age

3] Have a minimum of a completed primary school education

4] Have interest in track and field

5] Be physically fit and able to learn to demonstrate all track and field events

6] Be willing to actively involve yourself as a qualified coach and to assist the IAAF Member Federation (The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation) in the development of track and field.

7] Be able to speak and read English sufficiently well to sit a written and practical examination

8] Be available throughout the duration of the course (minimum 10 days, 8am to 5pm).

To register logon to: http://virginislandstrackandfield.org

If you are interested in taking this course please contact:

Dale Joseph: 340-474-6077

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation announced today that thanks to a grant from the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee, the Virgin Islands will accept an invitation to compete in the XXXXII CARIFTA Junior Track and Field Championships to be held Easter weekend in Nashau, Bahamas.  CARIFTA is considered to be one of the most competitive junior track and field championships in the world, particularly for the sprints, as it has produced many of the world champions and Olympic medalist up to the day. 

The Virgin Islands has had several medalists at CARIFTA including: Iyeachia Petrus, Flora Hyacinth, Sanny Eugene, Adrian Durant, Aneicia Williams, Juan Robles, Allison Peter, James Fleming, Leslie Murray among others.  CARIFTA started in 1972 in Barbados and the Virgin Islands  first competed in 1973 and has competed in all but three years.

The 2013 team will be one of the youngest and the largest in memory with a total of 18 male and females selected from those eligible to compete in age groups under 20 and under 17. Most of these athletes will be competing in CARIFTA for the first time and some will have the opportunity to qualify for the IAAF World Youth Championships to be held in Russia later in the year. 

Under 17 Girls:
Quashira McIntosh 100m, 200m, relays; Nia Jack 100m, relays; Britney Sage 200m, relays; Ranesia Mattew 400m, relays; Krystahl Gordon Triple Jump, relays; Layla Browne Shot Put, Discus, Javelin

Under 17 Boys:
Nyhne Daniel 100m, relays; Eugene Kohun 100m, 200m, relays; Emari Mills 200m, relays; Malique Smith; 400m, 800m, relays; Avery Joseph Shot Put, Discus, Javelin

Under 20 Girls:
Alile Browne 100m, 200m, relays; Kayla King 100m, 200m, relays; Keshema Fleming 400m, relays; Karen Dascent 400m, relays

Under 20 Boys:
Jared Hanley 100m, 200m; Malachi Bostic-Wattley 100m, 200m; Bradley Carbon Discus, Shot Put, Javelin

Coaches:
Keith Smith, Head Coach
Ileta Potter, National Coach

Mireille Smith, Team Leader

Notes:

St. Croix CARIFTA Team members should contact Keith Smith National Coach for practice schedule at 340-277-1123 or 340-778-2036

St. Thomas CARIFTA Team members should contact Ileta Potter Coach for practice schedule at: 340 514 8509 or 340 777 9256

All athletes (including those off-island) and coaches should contact Mireille Smith, Team Leader for travel information and uniform issue at: 340-422-1123

To become eligible for a V.I. National Track and Field Team and for more information logon to: http://virginislandstrackandfield.org email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eddie Lovett, a junior at the University of Florida is in the ranks of all-time great Virgin Islands track and field athletes (pending).  On Saturday he won the NCAA National Indoor Championship 60m Hurdles with a time of 7.50 ranking him at number two on the IAAF World Ranking.  His performance adds to his career honors including: four-time NCAA All-America, two-time Southeastern Conference 60m hurdles champion, SEC Men’s Indoor Freshman Track and Field Runner of the year, 2011 First Team All-SEC (Indoors and outdoors), All-SEC (First Team Indoors, Second Team outdoors).

            In his short career, Lovett gained fame as a high school track star in Florida and the winning the 2010 state championship in the 110m hurdles and became the   state record holder in the event. His 2010 time in the event was the fastest in the USA, the fastest in Florida high school history.  As a freshman he won the Pan Am Junior Championship in the event and set a record of 13.14, breaking the previous record by an astonishing .30 seconds!  He was the youngest competition in the USA Olympic Trials in 2012 advancing to the semi-finals. 

            Lovett is now fourth all-time in collegiate history and brings home Florida’s first 60-meter hurdle title in program history. It’s the second hurdle crown in Florida school history, as Earl Diamond won the 55-meter hurdles at the 1989 NCAA Indoor Championships.

            “Eddie is the kind of guy where he could have a perfect start and still say it wasn’t,” Florida Coach Mike Holloway commented. “ What I’ll tell you is watching his transformation…it’s always great when you can break that ice and watch him come around. He broke our school record, he’s one of the top five guys in the history of the event, the NCAA meet record holder and he’s been focused like this since August when he started. I’m extremely proud of him.”

            “I felt pretty good,” Lovett said. “Yesterday, I just wanted to work on my start. I made it up in between the hurdles, and I did the same today. It wasn’t the best start like I wanted, but I made it up at the end. I’m just happy. If I got my steps and technique right, it would all fall into place.”

Note:

1] Eddie Lovitt is the son of St. Croix’s Edward Williams (deceased), former Minor League Baseball player.

2] Lovett has applied for a transfer of his eligibility from the USA to the Virgin Islands and plans to represent the Virgin Islands in international competition including: The IAAF World Championships, The CAC Games, The Pan American Games and the Olympic Games.

3] Lovett joins David Walters in the ranks of 2013 college championships (Walters won the NAIA 60m title last week.

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee is proud to announce that two Virgin Islands athletes have met the qualifications for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games which are to be held in February 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Veronica Gaspar, 18, and Jasmine Campbell, 22, will represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in two alpine skiing events: Giant Slalom and Slalom.

Giant Slalom involves skiing between sets of poles (gates) spaced at a distance to each other. The vertical drop for a course is usually around 1,200 feet. On average a giant slalom racer may reach speeds up to 50 mph. In Slalom, poles are spaced much closer together than in Giant Slalom. Racers must pass approximately 50-60 poles in slalom to reach finish.

Both Virgin Islands athletes achieved the needed five (5) qualifying finishes this season in international competitions (under 140 points). The amount of points scored each race depends on how far the athlete is behind the leader. 

Gaspar, from St. John, graduated this June from Sun Valley Ski Academy in Idaho. Although accepted to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Gaspar will be taking a year off from school in order to prepare for the Olympics. Her best result this past winter season was a 27th place in the Junior World Ski Championships held in Quebec, Canada.

Campbell just completed her junior year in Walla Walla College, Washington. Campbell’s best finish last season was a 14th place in an international (FIS) race in Sun Valley, Idaho. Campbell is the daughter of John Campbell who represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in skiing in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

Both women are excited at the prospect of representing the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Olympics. For every athlete, it is a lifelong dream, and the biggest achievement. 

Another Virgin Islands athlete, Kathryn Tannenbaum (27) from St. Thomas who competes in skeleton is still waiting for her qualification result. Tannenbaum’s past season has been interrupted by injury, but she hopes that when the skeleton season resumes in November, she will be able to reach the required level. January 19th, 2014 is the deadline for all athletes to qualify for the Winter Games.

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