The Virgin Islands Basketball Federation Under-17 Women National Team will begin competition in the 2013 Centro Basket U-17 Women Championship on Wednesday, August 28th. The Championship will be held in San Salvador, El Salvador and ends on Sunday, September 1st. The Centro Basket Championship includes the top eight of thirty-four (34) National Federations in Central America and the Caribbean, and qualifies three National Teams for the 2014 FIBA Americas U-18 Women Championship.

The members of the Virgin Islands 2013 U-17 National Team are:

NUMBER NAME SCHOOL

4 ZIANNA ANGOL CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

5 SHERREL GEORGE CHARLOTTE AMALIE HIGH SCHOOL

6 AKIA FRETT IVANNA E. KEAN HIGH SCHOOL

7 J’LENE MARTINEZ CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

8 KE’ANNA MILLS CHARLOTTE AMALIE HIGH SCHOOL

9 JENDAYI WILLIAMS CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

10 RANAI EVANS CHARLOTTE AMALIE HIGH SCHOOL

11 J-NAYA EPHRAIM GITHENS MIDDLE SCHOOL, NC

12 JERUSHA CORBETT CHARLOTTE AMALIE HIGH SCHOOL

13 JAHNYA BOSCHULTE ANTILLES SCHOOL

14 ALIYAH BRYAN COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

15 RE’NIQUE FRANCIS CHARLOTTE AMALIE HIGH SCHOOL

The Coaching Staff of the Virgin Islands U-17 Women National Team is led by Head Coach, Tajama Ngongba of George Mason University, and Assistant Coaches, Myron Corbett of Charlotte Amalie High School and Donald Bough of St. Croix Central High School. All action from El Salvador will be streamed live on the FIBA Americas website, www.fibaamericas.com.

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.

If you would like to be a part of this rewarding sport or would like more information about the program, please contact the Dolphins Swim Team on St. Croix at 340-719-7946, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit our website: www.stcroixdolphins.org.  In addition to the competitive youth and masters swim teams, we offer a Learn to Swim Program that includes classes for infant, toddler, children, and adults, Life guard and CPR certifications

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.

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