Xavier Ruiz set a new Puerto Rican 50 breaststroke national record of 28.59. At the 2021 in the San Juan Natatorium Xavier Ruiz lowered the 2011 CCCAN record of Aruban standout Jordy Groters in the 50 metre breaststroke of 30.20 to 29.73.
He would win the Gold medal in 29.74. He ended the year as the national record holder with a best of 29.25. In the 15-17 age group he took his best and the age group mark to 29.14 at the VIII Dominican Republic International Open.
Last night he competed in the heats of the the race and completed it in the fastest time ever by a Puerto rican swimmer stopping the clock in 28.59. That took down the more than two decades old record of 28.78. It was set by Daniel Velez in winning Bronze at the 2010 CAC Games in Puerto Rico in Mayagüez.
The time would have got Ruiz in the Championship final of the 2018 CAC Games .Ruiz, a 2022 World Junior Championships semi finalist in this race he would have made the medal race with this new national standard. The CCCAN 15-17 standard is 28.55 held by the winner of this year’s race Jamaican Kito Campbell.
The World Championships B standard is 28.29. Ruiz currently holds the 15-17 mark for the 100 metres at 1:03.66 also at the VIII Dominican Republic International Open . He is also just off the 200 metre breaststroke mark of 2:17.54 by Olympian Jarod Arroyo with a 2:17.78 from the same competition. Look out for the continued rise of Ruiz.
Campbell defends 50 metre breaststroke title in Puerto Rico !!Sets SB of 28.46. Jamaica’s fastest breaststroker of all time Kito Campbell defended his Puerto Rico International Swimming Open last night.The Azura Florida Aquatics athlete made his intentions clear from the heats when he topped the field with a SB of 28.46, his first sub 29 swim of the season. That time would have made the the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games final in the event, In the final he was the only swimmer under 29 seconds winning his second consecutive Gold in 28.83.
He is the only Jamaican swimmer under the 30 seconds mark this season.