Puerto Rico – The young Xavier Ruiz and Miriam Sheehan from the San Juan Caribá club refreshed five national records this weekend in the first national match held by the Puerto Rican Swimming Federation (FPN), at the Aquatic Training Center at the Germán Rieckehoff Sampayo Olympic Hostel located in Salinas.
The promising swimmer awarded by the International Swimming Federation, Sheehan, set new records in the 50 and 100 meters freestyle in the 15-16 and 15-17 year categories. Her time in the 50 meters freestyle was 25.74 seconds, leaving 27.53 seconds and 27.05 seconds in history, both performed by Bárbara Caraballo. In the 100-meter freestyle he reached the goal in 57.28 seconds to replace Caraballo’s 58.08 seconds. The athlete is being trained by James Sheehan.
“Miriam is one of our promising athletes. She has had a highlight in the pool in recent years for the FINA to award her sportingly these two years, in order to continue developing at great strides for international swimming ”, said the president of the FPN, Fernando Delgado Sellas.
For his part, Ruiz set a national record of 1: 05.43 in the 100-meter breaststroke, shattering Daniel Chévere’s record of 1: 08.01 for Bayamón. This one is being trained by Jetzel “Bambino” Basabe.
“At the age of 14, Xavier demonstrated that he has the ability to continue expanding his high performance. He made a very good mark for his age, which opens the door for him to be among the best swimmers in the area, ”said Delgado Sellas, who has been training athletes at various stages and studying international prospects for more than 40 years.
The FPN conducted the national match for 18 athletes in bubble format to meet the qualification marks for the South American Championship (March), the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (July-August) and the first Junior Pan American Games in Cali (September).