June 8, 2014
Trinity Prep Aquatics in Winter Park, FL, hosted the 2014 Orlando Open the weekend of June 6-8. Five Marlins (and Marvin the Marlin) made the trip to sunny Florida and all five got multiple best times.
After spending the day Friday seeing such sights as the local beaches, SeaWorld, and the world’s largest McDonald’s, the Marlins arrived at the pool Saturday ready to compete. The 100 back was first, and 10-year-old XiaSha Robertson knocked 3.10 seconds off to finish in third with a 1:31.24. Nine-year-old Eliza Ford, swimming in her first long course meet of the season (her second ever), finished in 4th with a 1:35.58. Her seven-year-old sister, Cecilia, who was also swimming in her second-ever long course meet, finished in 26th with a 2:03.41. Nine-year-old Rhett Andrews took 1.96 seconds off last year’s best time to finish in 6th with a 1:39.08. The 100 free was up next, and Robertson bettered last year’s best by 10.62 seconds, finishing in 7th with a 1:23.99. Eliza and Cecilia Ford, both entered with no times, finished in 9th and 29th, respectively, with a 1:27.76 and a 1:48.04. 7-year-old Nya Brown dropped .26 second and finished in 31st with a 1:53.76. In the 8 & under 50 free, Cecilia Ford took 9.65 seconds off last year’s best time to finish in 5th with a 44.80, while Brown finished 9th with a 49.40, 1.01 seconds faster than her seed time. In the 50 breast, Eliza Ford finished in 5th with a 50.70, while Rhett Andrews finished in 5th for the boys with a 51.85. Cecilia Ford followed suit, finishing 5th in the 8 & under 50 breast with a 1:04.04. XiaSha Robertson took off 3.02 seconds in the 50 fly to finish 3rd with a 40.47, and Eliza Ford finished 5th with a 41.69. Andrews added .10 second but finished in 3rd with a 42.75. In the last event of the day, the 8 & under 50 fly, SMRT’s Silver Marlins fared well, with Cecilia Ford’s 55.27 earning her 3rd, and Nya Brown’s 58.44, a full 7.28 seconds faster than her seed time, earning her 5th.
Sunday’s competition began with the 200 IM, and Eliza Ford, swimming the event long course for the first time, claimed third with a 3:27.53, while the younger Ford took 9th with a 4:05.92. Although he ended up adding time, Rhett Andrews, the top seed in the boys, led the pack until the end of the freestyle leg, where he was outtouched; he finished in second with a 3:16.99. In the 100 breast, Eliza Ford knocked 14.13 seconds off to make her way into the top three with a 1:50.76. Cecilia Ford dropped 25.92 seconds, finishing 10th with a 2:16.31, and Nya Brown posted her first 100M breast time, finishing 15th with a 2:51.98. Up next was the 200 free, and Eliza Ford came in 6th with a 3:11.23, while Cecilia placed 14th with a 3:42.37. Rhett Andrews shaved off .15 second in his 200 free, holding onto his number one spot with a 2:56.14, and he followed that up about ten minutes later with a first-place finish in the 100 fly. Eliza Ford, who had no time in the 50 back, blazed across the pool in a 42.24, finishing nearly 14 seconds ahead of her closest competitor in the first heat. After all the heats had finished, her time stood at the top, more than a second and a half ahead of second place. Not to be outdone, Cecilia Ford, in her last event of the weekend, finished at the top of the 8 & unders, dropping 3.12 seconds and picking up 11th overall with a 53.44. Her sister still had one more event, the 50 free, and Eliza ended her weekend well, dropping 5.67 seconds to finish in fifth with a 37.92.
Coach Norie commented, “I was very pleased and impressed with the swimmers this weekend. The younger swimmers showed a lot more skill control and are starting to understand race strategy.” Coach Lindsey agreed, noting, “The younger kids are doing a nice job of taking direction, executing race plans, and following up with the coaches. It’s very hard competing in long course meets with little to no long course practice. However, our kids are really stepping their game up and showing the other swimmers how it’s done … Congratulations, kiddos, and go SMRT!”
Both coaches enjoyed being able to give the small group lots of attention, and while Coach Norie was happy for the opportunity to get to know the WLS parents and grandparents better, she said, “I look forward to taking a lot more kids next summer!”
Complete results will be posted online when they’re available. If you spotted any errors or omissions, please email SMRTRecaps@gmail.com.
The next long course meet is at MLK June 21-22. Open Water State Championships are in Clemson June 14-15.