BOCA DEL RIO, Mexico, July 20. THREE national records highlighted Mexicoâ€™s long course nationals that served as the selection meet for the Central American and Caribbean Games. Twenty-four swimmers â€“ 12 men and 12 women â€“ will attend the Games in November in Veracruz, Mexico. (See below for full roster.)
Two womenâ€™s Mexican records fell at nationals, while just one male national record fell over five days. Bianca Rodriguez swam a 1:09.95 in the 100 breast that beat the Mexican record of 1:10.69 set in 2012 by Erica Dittmer. Also on the womenâ€™s side, Fernanda Gonzalez won the 50 backstroke with a 28.76 to beat her own national record of 28.83 from back in 2011.
On the menâ€™s side, Daniel Ramirez took down Alejandro Escuderoâ€™s two-year-old record of 50.66 in the 100 free with a 50.14 to post the lone menâ€™s national mark of the meet.
Liliana Ibanez, who will be a senior at Texas A&M University, won four events to qualify for the most events at the Central American and Caribbean Games for the womenâ€™s meet. She won the 50 free with a 25.75 to just miss her national record of 25.51, and fell shy of her national record of 55.70 in the 100 free with a winning time of 55.91. Ibanez had a close race in the 200 free, winning with a 2:02.29 over Maria Richaudâ€™s 2:02.60. Though not used for selection, Ibanez won the 50 fly with a 27.94 to just miss her national mark of 27.68.
Ibanez was joined in the four-time winners club at nationals by Natalia Jaspeado in the 400 free (4:15.77), 1500 free (16:59.19), 200 IM (2:16.90) and 400 IM (4:51.88).
On the menâ€™s side, Ramirez and Miguel De Lara each won three events to lead qualifying among the menâ€™s roster. In addition to his 100 free, Ramirez took the 50 free with a 23.18 and won the 100 fly with a 54.14. De Lara won all three breaststrokes with a 28.98 in the 50, a 1:03.12 in the 100 and 2:16.12 in the 200.
Andres Olvera, Daniel Degadillo and Gustavo Berreta each won two events. Olvera took the 400 free with a 3:54.14 and the 400 IM with a 4:25.71, while Degadillo took the 1500 free with a 15:39.11 and the 800 free with an 8:15.27. Berreta won the 100 back with a 56.94 and the 200 back with a 2:03.35.
Luis Campos won the 200 free with a 1:51.17, Long Miguel took the 200 fly with a 2:01.43 and Ezequiel Trujillo won the 200 IM with a 2:04.70. Anival Rodriguez rounded out the menâ€™s champions with a 26.55 in the 50 backstroke.
Three-time winners on the womenâ€™s side included Gonzalez, who took all three backstroke races. In addition to her national record in the 50 back, she posted a 1:01.28 in the 100 back and 2:14.36 in the 200 back.
Bianca Rodriguez also won three events. Starting with her 1:09.95 in the 100 breast, she won the 50 breast with a 32.44 and the 200 with a 2:29.53
Taking one event each were Monserrat Ortuno in the 800 free (8:47.27), Diana Luna in the 100 fly (1:02.00) and Maria Meta in the 200 fly (2:12.98).
Miguel De Lara
Juan Del Pino