Andres McKeon

Freestyler Andres McKeon started swimming competitively with Coach Jessica in Red Group at the age of 8 years old.  Since his first Sizzler, Andres has grown into one of the most prolific mid-distance freestylers in South Florida, consistently attaining AAA and AAAA USA Swimming times as an age group swimmer and senior swimmer.  McKeon has represented Coral Springs Swim Club at many championships meets, most often reaching the finals heats at these events. In his most recent preliminaries/finals meet, the Florida Gold Coast Short Course Senior Championships, Andres qualified for championship finals in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events, garnering a Summer Sectionals cut in the 200 freestyle.  McKeon was the 2018 recipient of the CSSC National Team Coaches Award, and Coach Bruno says of McKeon, “Last year, Andres had a great year. I think he fully invested himself and trained his butt off to swim well at the end of the year. He was an example of a leader every coach wants in their team.”

In addition to year-round club swimming for CSSC, McKeon has been swimming for Coral Springs High School during the last four years, usually competing in his best events, the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle.  In addition to impressive swims at BCAA’s Andres had a very successful High School Regional meet in 2018.  He was Class 4A Region 4 champion in the 200 freestyle as well as runner up in the 500 freestyle.  These results also qualified him for the very competitive Class 4A FHSAA state meet in both events.

After high school graduation, McKeon plans to continue training with CSSC throughout the summer.  Then in the fall, he will attend the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Andres’ main reason for choosing UF is that the school is known for having the best aerospace engineering program in the state of Florida, as well as being recognized as a nationally ranked program.  UF’s Aerospace Engineering program is sponsored by private industry, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Institute of Health, and other agencies, providing students like Andres with many opportunities for education, research and employment. He will continue to swim competitively for the University of Florida Club Swim Team, allowing him to balance swimming with the curriculum of an aerospace engineer.

According to McKeon, heading off to college as a freshman is a double-edged sword.  He’s very excited about the independence that he is about to experience but at the same time he is nervous about being out on his own.  He will miss Coach Bruno Darzi, who he credits with improving his freestyle stroke technique tremendously.  He also will miss his teammates on CSSC’s National Team but is looking forward to spending time with them on their upcoming training trip.   When asked what the National Team will miss most about Andres, Coach Darzi commented, “I think the group will miss his sense of humor. He has a funny way of cracking jokes from time to time. He is a hard-working athlete and, for most part, has done a great job balancing his school and training responsibilities.”  McKeon hopes that to continue as he begins his undergraduate studies.