Cruce a Nado Internacional

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Cruce a Nado Internacional
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018
Isla de Cardona, Ponce, PR (IMG 3697C).jpg
Isla Cardona from where athletes must swim to the Ponce shore
FormerlyCruce a Nado Internacional de la Bahia de Ponce, Puerto Rico[1]
SportSwimming
Founded1980
FounderEfrén Coímbre de Jesús[2]
Inaugural seasonSeptember 1980
Owner(s)Club Cruce a Nado, Inc.[3]
DirectorHéctor Pérez Torres[4]
PresidentDr. Francisco Alcala Carrera[5]
No. of teamsOver 100 athletes[6]
Country Argentina

 Bolivia
 Colombia
 Costa Rica
 Dominican Republic
 Ecuador
 El Salvador
 Guatemala
 Honduras
 Mexico
 Nicaragua
 Panama
 Puerto Rico
 United States
 Venezuela

 United States Virgin Islands
Venue(s)Parque Enrique González,
El Malecón, Playa,
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Most recent
champion(s)
 Venezuela
TV partner(s)WPAB[7]
Sponsor(s)Municipality of Ponce
Level on pyramidMen's, Women's, Over 56+
Domestic cup(s)Copa Héctor Pérez
Notes
Host Country: Ponce2.gif Ponce,  Puerto Rico

Cruce a Nado Internacional is a yearly international swimming competition that takes place at Bahía de Ponce in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is the oldest open water swimming event in the Caribbean.[8] The event generally occurs on the first Sunday of September, to coincide with the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend every year. The event is sponsored by Club Cruce a Nado, Inc.[9] Some 100 athletes compete.[10] The event started in 1980.

History[edit]

The competition started in 1980[11] under the sponsorship of the Ponce Municipal Government.[12] It has gained popularity every year with a greater number of athletes participating from an equally greater number of countries. In 2008, 16 countries were represented.[13] The competition abides by the rules of the Federación Internacional de Natación (FINA) (International Swimming Federation) and the approval of the Federación Puertorriqueña de Natación (FPN) (Puerto Rican Swimming Federation).[14] Countries that have competed in the past include Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Puerto Rico, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela.[15][16][17] The competition originally included local Puerto Rican swimmers only, but after two years, it was opened to foreign nationals as well.[18]

It is a common practice to dedicate the event to athletes who have made outstanding accomplishments in the sport. On September 4, 2011, the 30th annual competition was dedicated to Orlando Fernández, a.k.a. "The Puerto Rican Aquaman", the first Puerto Rican to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar, in recognition of his accomplishments.[19]

Venue[edit]

The competition consists of crossing the Bay of Ponce from Cardona Island, which is situated about 1.5 nautical miles[20] from mainland's Puerto Rico southern shores in Ponce, to the southern shore of Puerto Rico at Ponce.[21] The entire event starts on the Thursday before the Sunday of the competitions with music, shows and traditional foods.[22] The Ponce Municipal Government contributes $20,000 to the costs of celebrating the event.[23]

Procedure[edit]

Athletes are taken by boat to Isla Cardona which is located just 1.5 nautical miles from the mainland. At the sound of the whistle, athletes then swim the 2,800 meters - 1.5 nautical miles - across the bay towards sector El Malecón in Playa de Ponce.[24] Athletes arrive at Parque Enrique González[25] in Playa de Ponce, which is located across from the U.S. Customs House and has an area with steps that lead down to the bay waters.[26] The first athlete to arrive is the winner. First place, second place, and third place awards are given. The Mayor of Ponce awaits athletes at El Malecon's finish line to bestow medals, prizes and other awards on the winners.[27]

Beyond the two main competitive divisions based on gender (Men's and Women's), the 2009 event consisted of two categories: "Categoria Abierta", open to those between ages 13 and 25; and "Categoria Masters", open to those over 26 years of age.[28] The 2011 edition also had the "Over 56+" category for those 56 years old and older.[29]

Winners[edit]

As an added bonus and incentive to the first Puerto Rican who makes it to the finish line, in 2008 the municipality added the "Copa Héctor Pérez" (Spanish for Héctor Pérez Cup), which is given to the athlete with those qualities and merit. In 2008, it went to Nathaniel Ramos. Héctor Pérez Torres, born in Playa de Ponce, is a sportsman and community leader, and has been organizing the Cruce a Nado Internacional event.[30]

2005 (25th Competition)[edit]

As reported by Panama's La Prensa, here is the list of winners.[31]

Men's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Manuel Chiu Pérez Mexico 1:02.02
2 Rolando Salas Venezuela 1:02.15
3 John Kerry United States 1:02.27

2009 (29th Competition)[edit]

As reported by the La Regata: el Periodico Nautico de Puerto Rico newsweekly, here is the list of winners.[32][33]

Men's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Christian Bayo Puerto Rico 37.06.00
2 Miguel A. Davila Colombia 37.06.10
3 Víctor Manuel Muñoz Dominican Republic 39.09.10

Women's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Maria G. Muñoz Guatemala 42.34.12
2 Zuliemarie Hornedo Puerto Rico 42.34.45
3 Betsmara Cruz Puerto Rico 43.27.10

56+ Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Giampiero Rosati Unknown 01:26.10.00

2010 (30th Competition)[edit]

As reported by "Agencia Venezolana de Noticias, Torre Lincoln, Piso 7, Sabana Grande, Caracas, Venezuela", here are the 2010 Men's and Women's winners.[34]

Men's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Marcos Lavado Venezuela 35.37
2 Álvaro Lozano Venezuela 35:48
3 José Sánchez Ecuador 38.21

Women's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Karla Díaz Venezuela 38:43
2 Florencia Melo Venezuela 38:44
3 Cartha Rodríguez Puerto Rico 41.27

2011 (31st Competition)[edit]

As reported by "El Sur a la Vista", here are the 2011 winners in each of the three divisions.[35]

Men's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Marcos Lavado Venezuela 34:08
2 Alvaro Lozano Venezuela 34:11
3 Nathaniel Ramos Puerto Rico 34:21

Women's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Carla Díaz Venezuela 37:40
2 Florencia Melo Venezuela 37:40
3 María Gabriela Muñoz Guatemala 37:45
4 Betsmara Cruz Puerto Rico 38:23

56+ Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Eduardo Mayol Unknown 48:46

2012 (32nd Competition)[edit]

As reported by "La Perla del Sur", here are the 2012 winners.[36]

Men's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Marcos Lavado Venezuela 33:19.07
2 Alvaro Lozano Venezuela 33:21.20
3 Not Available N/A N/A

2013 (33rd Competition)[edit]

As reported by La Perla del Sur newsweekly, here is the list of winners.[37]

Men's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Iván Enderica Ecuador 35.30
2 Alvaro Lozano Venezuela 36:27
3 Isaías Vázquez Tavera Colombia 36:29

Women's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Cindy C. Toscano Guatemala 41:36
2 Paula Montoy Colombia 41:53
3 Eliana Disla Pascual República Dominicana 41:52

Puerto Rican Men's Swimmers awards[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Víctor D. Gaud Puerto Rico 36:38
2 Jean Carlos Pantojas Puerto Rico 37:28
3 Calvin Ayala Velázquez Puerto Rico 37:37
4 Ricardo Miranda Puerto Rico 37:49

Puerto Rican Women's Swimmers awards[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Gabriela M. Oquendo Puerto Rico 43:13

2014 (34th Competition)[edit]

As reported by La Perla del Sur newsweekly, here is the list of winners.[38]

Men's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Isaias Vazquez Colombia 37:36.04
2 Miguel Portes Dominican Republic 37:36.05
3 Nathaniel Ramos Puerto Rico 39:20.09
4 Walter Caballero Bolivia 40:09.83

Women's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Eliana Disla Pascual Dominican Republic 43:12.25
2 Zuleimarie Hornedo Puerto Rico 44:22.43
3 Laura Figueroa Puerto Rico 46:00.79
4 Paula Montoya Colombia 46:31.16

Puerto Rican Men's Swimmers awards[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Nathaniel Ramos Puerto Rico 39:20.09
2 Victor Gaud Puerto Rico 40:14.60
3 Calvin Ayala Puerto Rico 40:19.87

Puerto Rican Women's Swimmers awards[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Zuleimarie Hornedo Puerto Rico 44:22.43
2 Laura Figueroa Puerto Rico 46:00.79
3 Maria Victoria Burgos Puerto Rico 47:32.38

2015 (35th Competition)[edit]

As reported by DeportivAPP[39] and Agenda56[40] here is the list of winners.

Men's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Miguel Portes Dominican Republic 35:20.60
1 Isaías Taveras Colombia unknown

2016 (36th Competition)[edit]

As reported by DeportivAPP, here is the list of winners.[41]

Men's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Miguel Portes Dominican Republic 39:22

2017 (37th Competition)[edit]

As reported by 1968: Noticias de Natación de Venezuela y el Mundo, here is the list of winners.[42]

Men's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Jesus Roso Venezuela 34:31
2 Edgar Aguiar Venezuela unk
3 Jowie Gadea Puerto Rico unk

Women's Division[edit]

Pos. Name Country Time
1 Karelis Clemant Materano Venezuela 39:17
2 Fátima Flores El Salvador unk
3 Cindy Toscano Guatemala unk

2018 (38th Competition)[edit]

The 38th Competition is scheduled to take place on 2 September 2018.[43]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 17°58′43.5″N 66°37′9.2″W / 17.978750°N 66.619222°W / 17.978750; -66.619222