Port of Spain, Trinidad -- Former Iona College men's water polo standout Chris Vidale has earned a spot on the national team for Trinidad & Tobago and will compete in the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships from July 17-23. Vidale has left for Port of Spain and will commence training until the CISCs begin in Kingston, Jamaica.
Trinidad and Tobago will compete against Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Bahamas, and Curacao at the CISCs. The schedule for the team will be determined upon the team's arrival in Kingston on July 17.
The CISCs are held every two years in alternation with the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation (abbreviated, CCCAN, in Spanish: la Confederaci'n Centroamericana y del Caribe de Nataci'n). The national team should also be competing at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2010 (Mayag'ez, Puerto Rico) while looking to qualify for the Pan American Games in October of 2011 (Guadalajara, Mexico).
Vidale's parents were both born in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to Florida where he was born. The Apopka, Florida native began the process of trying out for the national team in May, spending nearly two weeks in Port of Spain while playing in front of committee members of the athletics board of the archipelagic state. He was also able to spend time with family members while staying with his uncle near the water polo training facility.
The national team trains at the Marlins Swim Club in Westmoorings, a suburb of the Trinidadian capital.
A 2007 graduate of Iona, Vidale appeared in 67 games during his four-year Iona career, tallying 30 goals, eight assists, 56 steals and 38 kick outs drawn. The defensive specialist had a breakout senior campaign with 21 goals while leading the team with 37 steals.
During Vidale's tenure in New Rochelle, the Gaels reached the Eastern Championship in both 2003 and 2005.