64 new Mexican swimming records at the National Olympiad
Mexican Swimming held its National Olympiad 2010 in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, where 64 new records were established in the books of the Mexican Swimming Federation.
The team of Baja California became the new swimming "Champion" at the National Olympiad 2010, followed by the State of Mexico and Jalisco, home of the 2011 Pan American Games.
At the end of the event, the list of 32 swimmers who pre-qualified for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, was released: 13 women and 19 men.
Among the most significant records, one finds the names of Fernanda Gonzalez in the 200m individual medley and Liliana Ibanez in the 200m freestyle.
Jesus David Quintero Azuara, Vice President of Swimming in the FMN, explained that so far the Organising Committee of the Central American and Caribbean Games only allows the entry of 14 men and 14 women in the swimming events.
The 13 women to take part in the event are: Patricia Castañeda (double silver medallist at the Pan American Games in Rio in 2007), Fernanda González, Susana Escobar, Adriana Marmolejo, Rita Medrano, Liliana Ibanez Byanca Rodriguez, Esthela Davis, Arantxa Medina, Martha Beltrán, Diana Luna, Lourdes Villaseñor and Prisciliana Escobar.
The 19 selected men include the following: Luis Escobar, Manuel Sotomayor, Gerardo Banuelos, Jaime Mendiola, Alejandro Escudero, Ramiro Ramirez, Omar Enriquez, Miguel Robles, Ezequiel Trujillo, Arturo Pérez Vertti, David Oliver, Antonio Cisneros, Pablo Marmolejo, Daniel Delgadillo, Jorge Montañez, Aníbal Rodríguez, Ricardo Alvarado, Gustavo Berreta and Juan Flores.
Mexico's goal is to defend its titles gained in El Salvador in 2002 (15 gold,13 silver and 7 bronze) and Cartagena in 2006 (15 gold, 15 silver and 8 bronze).
According to the ranking of Central America, Mexico and Venezuela will fight for the first place, while Colombia could end up third on the medal table.
The power of both the men's and women's Mexican teams in swimming has lagged in recent years. Fernanda Gonzalez, a backstroke specialist ,and butterfly swimmer Rita Medrano, are the backbone of the "Aztec" selection, in addition to contributions to be made with Patricia Castañeda, Susana Escobar (maximum figure of swimming at the 2006 Cartagena) and Liliana Ibáñez.