March 1, 2019
On our first night at the 2019 Florida Senior Championships the Tsunamis stepped up to lead the meet with an array of unbelievable swims.
Of the 11 individual swims in the only individual event, the 1000 free, we went 100% best times. Leading the women was Julia Brzozowski, 15 yr., who finished 4th in a new team record and her first Futures qualifying time in a time of 10:03.49, a 20 second. improvement. Julia teamed up with teammates Sarah Koenig, Nora Murphy and Ryley Ober to finish 4th in the 800 Free Relay.
For the men Jason Brzozowski, 16 y., won the 1000 free for 15-16 yr. olds. His time of 9:14.26 is a winter Junior National qualifying time and a 21 second improvement. Cole Firlie, 15 yr. also had a more than 20 second improvement, his time of 9:35.78 finished 13th in the event scoring. In the Open division Arik Katz broke the 9 minute mark for the first time, winning the event in 8:57.3, right behind him finishing 2nd was Xander Gardner, 17 y., in a summer senior national qualifying time, 9:04.8, a 25 second improvement. Currently Arik and Xander will rank 1st and 2nd nationally for 17 yr. olds in this event. Rene Strezenicky, 17 y., had a 30 second improvement to finish 6th in 9:23.0. Rounding out the open scoring was Nicky Mattheys, 17 y., finishing 14th in 9:53.2.
Xander also swam a lifetime best and new team record leading off the 800 free relay in a 1:39.1. He teamed with Arik, Rene and Ian Brann to finish 2nd in this relay. Our B relay with Sebastian Aguirre, Cole Firlie, Jason Brozozwski and Jared Repassy also scored with an 11th place finish.
In team scoring currently we are in first place in the men scoring and also a very slight lead in the combined scoring. The meet continues today and through Sunday at the YMCA pool in Orlando.