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.
The St. Croix Dolphins have 108 competitive swimmers, 145 in the Learn to Swim program and 25 in the Masters Program.
The Dolphins have had various local meets and three off island meets at Princeton University, St. Martin and Puerto Rico.
There will be a winter training camp attended by Duke University, Montclair State, Assumption College and Fordham University.
The Sea Swim will be held on January 8th 2012. The St Thomas Sting Rays have a new Head Coach, Mary Malone and are going through a rebuilding process. They have 18 swimmers who will be coming to St. Croix for our Short Course Championships.
The federation has 13 qualified swimmers for Carifta which will be held in Bahamas in April.
Brent Mays was chosen to officiate at the Olympic Games in London 2012.
The Federation attended two world competitions, the FINA World Long Course Championships and the FINA JR World Championships.
Bryson Mays swam his way to one gold medal and two silvers to lead a U.S. Virgin Islands contingent of 14 swimmers that competed at the XXVI CARIFTA Swimming Championships last week in Barbados.As a team, the USVI finished 11th out of the 17 countries that took to the pool for four days of fierce competition. Before the team left last week, USVI coach John Vasbinder described the event as one of the top age group swim meets in the Central American and Caribbean region.Mays entered the meet as the top seed for the 200- and 400-meter Individual Medley races. He took first in the 400 IM in 4 minutes and 42.81 seconds, and barely missed another gold in the 200 IM when Suriname's Diguan Pigot touched a fraction of a second faster.
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