Mexico will defend swimming title at Central American and Caribbean Games
Twenty-six Mexican swimmers (12 women and 14 men) will defend the championships title at the Central American and Caribbean Games to be held at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in July.
In the editions of San Salvador 2002 and Cartagena 2006, Mexico won 15 gold medals in swimming (long course) competitions and was superior to other countries in the region such as Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba.
The Mexican team is getting ready by taking part in several international competitions. For example, Patricia Castañeda, double silver medallist at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, and Fernanda Gonzalez participated in the Mare Nostrum meet in Barcelona (ESP) and Canet (FRA).
Other swimmers attended the Grand Prix in Santa Clara (USA), where Mexico won three medals: Daniel Delgadillo (1500 freestyle silver medallist), Susana Escobar (800 freestyle bronze medallist) and the men's relay team (800 freestyle bronze medallist).
The women's swim team to compete at the Central American and Caribbean Games is composed of: Patricia Castañeda, Liliana Ibanez Byanca Rodriguez, Rita Medrano, Fernanda González, Estela Davis, Arantxa Medina, Martha Beltrán, Susana Escobar, Diana Luna, Lourdes Villaseñor and Prisciliana Escobar.
Rita Medrano (MEX)
Among men: Manuel Sotomayor, Gerardo Banuelos, Jaime Mendiola, Ramiro Ramirez, Omar Enriquez, Miguel Robles, Ezequiel Trujillo, Luis Escobar, Arturo Pérez Verti David Oliver, Pablo Marmolejo, Daniel Delgadillo, Jorge Montañez and Gustavo Beretta.
The Mexican team will go to the Central American and Caribbean Games without experienced compatriot, Adriana Marmolejo, who is taking a break in her swimming career in order to get ready for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara (MEX).