Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo, Jose Martinez Set Mexican Records at UANA Qualifier

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Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo and Jose Martinez set the women’s and men’s Mexican records in the 200 individual medley Saturday night at the UANA qualifier.

Gonzalez-Hermosillo went 2:13.97 to improve her Olympic consideration time. The Texas A&M grad also improved her national record by .19 seconds. Second was Peruvian swimmer McKenna DeBever.

In the men’s race, Martinez won in 2:01.46. That’s an improvement on his national record from the 2019 Pan Am Games at 2:02.09. Second was his countryman Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, winner of the 400 IM on Friday night, in 2:02.45. Both men had already attained B cuts.

The meet at the Orlando Health National Training Center is an opportunity for swimmers primarily from South and Central America and the Caribbean to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Some American swimmers, particularly those that train in Florida, are also racing there.

Gabe Castano was .01 off his Mexican record in the 50 free, winning in 22.21. The A cut in that event, 22.01, remains elusive. Slovakian Matej Dusa, who swims at Queens University, picked up a B cut by placing second in 22.59. Alberto Mestre (Puerto Rico) was third in 22.65; he already had a B cut.

Maria Jose Mata Cocco attained her B cut in the 100 butterfly, shaving .66 off her entry time to nail the cut line exactly at 59.66. Her fellow Mexican swimmer Jorge Iga got his B cut in prelims at 53.25, then sped up to 52.84 to get within sixth tens of Long Guiterrez’s national record from 2015.

The women’s 50 free was a tie between Madelyn Moore of Bermuda and Jeserik Pinto of Venezuela in 25.95. Both are short of B cuts, but the time is a best for Moore.

The winners in the 200 breaststroke each fell short of their intended goals. Mexican swimmer Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, who entered .02 shy of an A cut, posted a winning time of 2:28.49 that was nearly three seconds slower than her best. The men’s champ, Adriel Sanes of the U.S. Virgin Islands by way of the University of Denver, trimmed two seconds off his seed time to win in 2:14.45, but it remains .19 shy of the B cut. Second in the women’s breast was Micaela Sierra with her second Uruguayan record in as many days at 2:34.27.

Alfonso Mestre and Ricardo Vargas each improved their B cuts in the 400 free. Puerto Rico’s Mestre won in a personal-best 3:51.65. Vargas improved his cut to 3:52.07 to get within .55 of his best time from 2018, which is a Mexican record. Joaquin Vargas was third in 3:52.18, also a B cut. Julia Podkoscielny won the women’s 400 free in 4:20.11.

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