In an effort to develop beach soccer, the USVI Soccer Association will host a CONCACAF sponsored Beach Soccer Course and Festival/Tournament on July 24-27 on St. Croix. It is open to both regions and each club is encouraged to send representatives. Travel and hotel accommodations will be made for the St. Thomas members who would like to attend.
After the course, Brewer’s Bay on St. Thomas and Fort Frederik Beach on St. Croix will be the venues for the beach soccer programs of the USVI Soccer Association.
The course will be held at 4 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26, at the American Legion Hall in Frederiskted.
The festival/tournament will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at Fort Frederik Beach. There will be music; food and drinks will be for sale. For more information call (340) 719-9707
On Saturday May 18, 2013 our Boys under 15 Team will be traveling to Tortola, B.V.I. to take part in an invitational tournament.
The 18 member team that will be traveling to BVI will be coached by Joseph Limeburner who will be accompanied by assistant coaches and a manager.
This tournament will be used as preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF Boys under 15 tournaments that will be held in Cayman Islands from the 10th -25th of August, 2013.
Due to the unavailability of the St. Croix players the team will only consist of players from St. Thomas. The St. Croix players will be off the island representing their Clubs in a previously scheduled tournament in the Caribbean.
The St. Croix Dolphins Swim Team traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the 2014 SCAT Georgia Open Swim Meet from February 15-16. The competition was attended by 30 different teams from around Georgia, amounting to over 600 swimmers. Thirteen Dolphins swimmers traveled and competed at this event, which took place at the aquatics facility at the GeorgiaTechCampusRecreationCenter. This facility was the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
Dolphins attending the competition were: Lidia Boguslawska (12), Webster Bozzo (14), Jean Devera (17), Lex Devlin (16), Daniel Garriga-Cerni (14), Chloe Phillips-Hayden (14), Tony Hendricks (16), Nati Kuipers (11), Alex Lewit (17), Matthew Mays (15), Jonathan Thomas (15), Jelena Vialet (13), and JJ Washshah (16). Each of these swimmers competed in three events per day for two days during the preliminary session, with many qualifying and competing in the finals sessions at night. Twelve swimmers attend The Good Hope Country Day School and one swimmer attends the St. Mary School.
It was a great opportunity for Dolphins swimmers to qualify to represent the Virgin Islands in the CARIFTA Swimming Championships that takes place in Aruba next April 2014. Nati Kuipers took advantage of this opportunity and qualified for the 2014 Carifta Games in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 3:01.04. She is now an addition to this year’s U.S. Virgin Islands National Team composed of St. Croix Swimmers Webster Bozzo, Chloe Phillips-Hayden, Alex Lewit, Jonathan Thomas, Matthew Mays, and JJ Washshah and St. Thomas Swimmers Sasha Klein, Portia Norkaitis and Hannah Clements. Kuipers qualified for finals and finished top ten in her age group in all of her events during the two day meet, and swam all personal best times. Her top place was 2nd in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:21.31.
Matthew Mays won two events in his age group. He came from behind and had an exciting finish to win the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:59.92 and in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:01.57 and placed in the top 4 in 5 of his 6 events. JJ Washshah qualified for finals in all of her events. Her top place was 2nd in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 25.93. She also finished 3rd in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:57.53 and 3rd in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 56.49. Webster Bozzo stole the show with a 1st place finish in the 200 yard backstroke in his age group with a time of 2:08.46. He also placed 2nd in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 59.91. Jean Devera qualified for the finals in the 200 yard breaststroke and finished 7th with a time of 2:52.78. Lidia Boguslawska’s top finish was 3rd in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:17.57. Lex Devlin’s top finish was 7th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:20.78 and he dropped lots of time in the 100 freestyle to join Tony Hendricks in the finals in that event. Daniel Garriga-Cerni’s top finish was 14th in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 6:06.43. Chloe Phillips-Hayden’s top finish was 2nd in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:47.57. Chloe also made finals in all 6 of her events. Tony Hendricks’ top finish was 5th in the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes with times of 57.44 and 2:09.40. Alex Lewit’s top finish was 4th in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:04.89. Alex also had a great swim in the 100 butterfly dropping time and making finals. Jonathan Thomas’ top finish was 4th in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:21.89. Jonathan made finals in most of his events. Jelena Vialet’s top finish was 13th in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 27.78.
While in Atlanta, the Dolphins took the opportunity to tour Emory University and meet with the Head Coach of Swimming, Jon Howell. They also met with Georgia Tech Assistant Swimming Coach Eric. Swimming in a 25 yard pool with prelims and finals(double sessions)was a great practice to learn how their body works and how quickly it recovers after swimming fast in the morning to doing it again in just a few hours the same day. For fun the team was able to visit the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the country and they also visited Stone Mt for snow tubing, after the competition of course. This trip was not just a competitive experience but an educational one as well for these student athletes, whom expect to receive a college swimming scholarship in the near future. You can be part of this … Dolphins are still accepting team and Learn to Swim registrations.
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.
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:
8 and Under
Lindsay Barr, STT
Tera Diericks, STT
Emberlyn Warehime STX
Max Wilson, STT
Michael Dizon-Bumann, STX
Brice Richards, STX
Kyra Odlum, STT
Zahra Jablonsky, STT
Erin Andrews, STX
Ky Odlum, STT
Hunter Tonin, STX
Kamari Banwaree, STX
Kate Lowe, STT
Jelena Vialet, STX
Lidia Boguslawska, STX
Shaw Clements, STT
Alex Wilson, STT
Zackary Bozzo, STX
Sasha Klein, STT
Chloe Hayden, STX
Hannah Clements, STT
Jonathan Thomas, STX
Matthew Mays, STX
Webster Bozzo, STX
15 and Over
Caylee Watson, STX
Portia Norkaitis, STT
JJ Washshah, STX
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.
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
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