Annual CSSC BBQ on April 7th - This event has been cancelled. 

27 March 2018

Attention all CSSC Swimmers and Families!

Our annual CSSC BBQ is right around the corner.  Please save the date of  April 7th!

All CSSC Swimmers and Families are invited! Come join your friends, teammates and coaches
for an afternoon of food and fun

This is a fun, free event which gives our swimmers the opportunity to enjoy hanging out together away from the pool. 

Annual CSSC BBQ

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

11:00am- 2:00pm

Betti Stradling Park

10301 Wiles Road

  

Deadline to RSVP: March 30th

Please RSVP to michelle_lay@live.com with your swimmer's name and number of people
attending by March 30th, 2018

Hope to see everyone there!

CSSC Board of Directors

34 swim teams from our division gathered at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in order to participate in 2019’s Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics. The three day event was a great success.

Coral Springs Swim Club 11-12 Girls dominated the other 23 teams competing in their age group.This group consisted of Nicole Creed, Samantha Schoenborn, Carolyn Powell, Selah Rogers, Brittany Bean, and Mariana Montes. They scored a collective 153 points to place 1st in their age group just ahead of Azura Florida Aquatics in 2nd place with 150 points and South Florida Aquatic Club in 3rd place with 149.5 points.

Overall, CSSC scored a total of 320 points throughout the weekend and finished in 10th place. Our top 3 scorers were 12-year-old Nicole Creed with 34 points, 10-year-old Alejandra Gil-Restrepo with 29.5 points, and 14-year-old Micaela Sierra with 24 points.    

Head Coach Bruno Darzi thought the meet a great success “I could not be more proud of our swimmers' performances over the weekend. We had incredible performances with multiple swimmers making finals .Our 11-12 girls won the age group team awards and our volunteers, as always, did an incredible job running such an amazing meet.

An unforgettable moment at the competition for Darzi was when Micaela Sierra broke Dana Hatic's long-standing 14-year-old club record in the 200 Breast. Sierra shaved 8 seconds from her previous personal record and placed 2nd at 2:17.87. She also placed 1st in her 100 Breast at 1:03.37, 3.41 seconds faster than her previous personal best and 3rd in her 50 Breast at 30.04.    

For Coach Lima, watching Cassia Flynn and Jasmine Martin participate at JO’s for the very first time made him proud. He reported “they both did amazing”. Flynn set new personal bests in her 50 Fly (29.53), 50 Back (31.14), as well as her best time closing the 4x 100’s relay (57.30) while Martin had an outstanding performance in her 50 Fly (30.49). “Way to go girls!”

Coach Kuczynski was so proud when Carolyn Powell, Brittany Bean, Samantha Schoenborn, and Nicole Creed placed 1st for gold in their 200 Free relay. For her, the weekend was a great success “what an exciting and successful meet. All my swimmers stepped up and swam their hearts out. I couldn’t be prouder.  

More stand-out performances include Anthony Palumbo’s 2nd place finish in his 100 Back (1:11.33), and 3rd place finish in his 50 Back (33.14) Palumbo showed grit and determination throughout the event and set 6 new personal records as did Braelyn Thorpe, who set 8 new personal records. Thorpe notably shaved 2.35 seconds from her 100 Back for a 5th place finish at 1:15.43 while Riley McCormick improved her 50 Fly time by 1.5 seconds, placing 2nd at 26.18.

The trend for setting personal records continued with Ryan Brander’s 1.57 improvement in his 100 Breast (1:03.57) for a 6th place finish and his 8.21 second improvement in his 200 Breast (2:22.05) for a 7th place finish.  And Kaitlyn Bonasera’s 17.50 second improvement in her 1650 Free, in which she placed 8th. As well as Brittany Bean’s nearly 23 second improvement in her 500 Free (5:36.33) for which she earned a AAA time, Carly Chin’s 1.13 second improvement in her 50 Fly (35.94), Daniella Balkcom’s 1 second improvement in her 500 Free (5:31.32),  Alejandro Alvarez’s .44 second improvement, also in his 500 Free (5:13.82), Sophia El Chantiry’s .24 second improvement in her 50 Fly (36.43), and Payton Ward’s .23 second improvement also in his 50 Fly (28.84).

Coach Kuczynski also notes Payton Lander, Emma Lin, and Rhiana Suarez as first time JO qualifirsr, Lander swam her 50 Back at 34.13 while Lin swam her 100 Fly at 1:15.16 and Suarez swam her 50 Fly at 32.36 as well as Kayleigh Didovic’s 34th place finish in her 200 Breast (3:01.45).

Five of our swimmers qualified for the All-Stars at the event. Congratulations to Samantha Schoenborn, Carolyn Powell, Alejandra Gil-Restrepo, Anthony Palumbo, and Braelyn Thorpe.

As always, we contribute the success of this event to our swimmers, coaches, families, and volunteers. Without your many hours of hard-work and dedication, we never would have been able to host such a prestigious and successful event. Coach Darzi’s sentiments, that he is  “thankful to be part of the CSSC family”, resonate with all of us at CSSC.

Sprint Invitational Hosted by CSSC

13 December 2017

temperatures were unseasonably low for South Florida, but the meet was a success despite the cooler weather. Coach Bar Bogoslavsky was proud of her Mullins’ Group’s ability to withstand adverse conditions. She said, “Despite the cold weather Mullins swimmers showed up and were ready to race!”. Coach Brittany Bellomo added, “I wanted to give a special shout out to my 13 troopers who came out and swam in the 45 degree weather, Despite the cold, these swimmers showed pure dedication today and gave it their all with everyone either  improving in every event in which they swam or for those who had no time previously posting, an outstanding benchmark time.”

Highlights from the CSSC Mullins group who participated in the invitational include 7-year-old Braelyn Thorpe’s 3 first place finishes and 8-year-old Jorge Aguila’s 1st and 2nd place finishes. Thorpe beat out the competition in every event in which she participated while achieving new personal records. She dropped nearly 2 seconds from both her 100 Free (1:21.77) and her 100 IM (1:38.38) and 3.6 seconds from her 50 Back (43.01). Aguila also dropped time to place. He dropped nearly 10 seconds from his 100 Free, finishing first at  1:23.02 and .1 second from his 100 IM (1:23.02), finishing in 2nd.

More Mullins stand-out performances include Katherine Luong and Katelyn Lay, who both had best times in their 50 Backs (51.40 and 47.63 respectively), John Albornoz, who shaved off 26 seconds from his 100 IM (1:42.32) and 40 seconds from his 100 Free (1:25.02), Addison Palumbo, who shaved 10 seconds from her 100 IM (1:51.06) and 4 seconds from her 100 Free (1:36.30), Anthony Palumbo, who dropped 13 seconds from his 100 IM (1:33.22) and 3 seconds from his 100 Free (1:24.37), and Samantha Grossman, who improved her time in her 100 IM (1:56.46) by 14 seconds and 10 seconds from her 100 Free (1:38.49).

More time drops from the Mullins Group include  Cailin Duggins 3 seconds drop in her 100 Free (2:00.65), Courtney Hartung’s 2 second drop in her 100 IM (1:32.51) and 50 Fly (37.35),  Alejandra Silva’s 21 second drop in her 100 IM (1:44.59), Camden Dumas’ nearly 18 second drop in her 100 Free (1:28.73) and 3 second drop  in her 50 Back (51.19),  Nicolas Espinosa’s 2 second drop in his 100 Free (51.19), Riley Johnson’s 10 second drop in her 100 IM (1:34.54) and 6 second drop in her 100 Free (1:22.27), and Sebastian Sterling’s 12 second drop  in his 100 IM (1:32.41) and 9 second drop in his 100 Free (1:18.37). Delainey George-Crompton also set a new personal record in her 50 Back at  51.90 as did Emma Viola in both her 100 IM at 1:48.05 and 50 Back at 46.92, Valentina Diaz and Miles Barnhart also swam excellent times in their events this past weekend. Coach Bar reports that all of the Mullins Coaches are, “very proud of all the hard work our swimmers have been putting in during practice and the results show that they are training hard” and added “we look forward to another great year coaching our kids and watching them improve”.

Coach Bellamo also had a lot to be proud of from her swimmers’ performances. Molly Chaison dropped nearly 17 seconds from her 100 IM for a 2nd place finish at 1:51.56 and nearly 10 seconds from her 100 Free for a 3rd place finish at 1:35.84. Contessa Gilley also dropped significant time in 2 events, nearly 25 seconds from her 100 IM (1:49.97) and nearly 20 seconds from her 100 Free (1:45.73). Sophia El Chantiry broke 40 seconds in her 50 Fly finishing at 39.91 and is only 2 seconds shy of hitting a JO qualifying time, and Sebastian Fahnestock dropped 3 seconds from his 50 Back at  54.04,  Alex Taus-Nita swam an excellent 100 Free at  1:19.57 while Bradley DiPaolo and Jerson Dulis swam entertaining 100 Frees with a neck and neck race, finishing in 6th and 7th place with respective times of 1:37.40 and 1:38.70.

Ally Lake and Marley James both finished their 100 Frees at 1:37 and Madison Laski posted a 1:54 in her first ever 100 Free in which she placed 5th .Joshua DeSouza, Riley Walsh, and Isla El Chantiry each also competed in the 100 Free for the first time over the weekend finishing with impressive respective times of  1:45.97, 1:32.56, and  2:14.69. Coach Bellamo beamed, “I couldn’t be more proud of these kids”.  

More of swimmers also performed well at the invitational. Mariana Montes swam personal best times in the 4 events in which she competed and placed 1st in her 100 Free at 1:07.45, 2nd in her 100 IM at  1:19.69, 3rd in her 50 Fly at 34.14 and 5th in her 50 Back at 38.78. Ryan Miller also performed well in his 4 events and placed 1st in his 100 Breast at 1:31.08, 2nd in both his 100 IM and 50 Back with respective times of 1:19.30 and  37.98Y, and 3rd in his 100 Free at 1:08.12. Payton Ward shaved time off of both her 100 Breast and 50 Fly for 1st place finishes in each with respective times of 1:16.55 and 30.05. Ward also placed 2nd in her 100 IM (1:11.13) and her 100 Free (1:00.43). Brittney Bean placed 5th in her 100 Breast at 1:30.97.

Isabella Perez blew past her competition in her 100 Breast for a 1st place finish at 1:30.15, as did Megan Schimansky in her 50 Back at 28.71. Carolyn Powell scored 3 3rd place finishes in her 100 IM (1:19.73), 50 Back (35.25), and 100 Free (1:07.56) while also improving her 50 Fly time by 6.6 seconds for a 4th place finish at 34.76. Kaitlyn Bonasera also improved her time in 4 events and placed 4th in both her 100 Free (1:03.70) and her 50 Back (34.28).

Nicole Creed placed 2nd in her 50 Back at  33.28 and 3rd in her 100 Free at 1:01.86. Mila Bond placed 5th in her 100 Breast at 1:41.67 while Connor Marks placed 7th place in his 100 Free (51.13). Guillermo Barrios improved his 50 Back time, resulting in an 8th place finish at 28.68.

Swimmers who also achieved new personal records include Cole Narbonne in his 50 Back (36.02), 100 Free (1:00.15), and 50 Fly ( 33.75), Ryan and John Lynch in both their 100 Frees (1:19.14 and 1:01.63 respectively), Jason Bonasera in his 50 Back (29.77), Shelsie Olivo in her 50 Fly (33.00), Ryan Brander and Amber Candido in their 50 Fly’s (33.83 and 32.39 respectively),  and Sarah Laplant in her 100 Free (1:04.73).

Brandon Jackson improved his 100 IM by over 7 seconds with a new personal best time of 1:10.60 while Alejandro Alvarez improved his by nearly 4 seconds (1:11.23). Savannah Korb shaved over 12 seconds from her 100 Free (1:19.53) while Beckhem Korb shaved 6 from his (1:25.36). Ryan Brander improved his 50 Fly by 4 seconds (33.83) while Amber Candido improved hers by over 3 seconds (32.39).

Coach Bar expressed sentiments that best convey how CSSC coaches, swimmers, parents, volunteers and fans felt about the event by saying, “what an amazing way to close out the year!”. 2017 has indeed been an exciting year for the swim community and we cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store for CSSC.  

Photo Credits: Dave Brewington

(for all the photos please visit aboobarley.com)

2017 Fitter Faster swim clinic

13 December 2017

On December 2nd, CSSC was delighted to host the Slay the DRAGon high performance swim clinic, led by Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary.

Photo Credits: Jodi Thorpe and Bruno Darzi

CSSC Bowling

06 December 2017

Dear CSSC families!

We are excited to announce another great team bonding opportunity for all groups! CSSC will be heading to the bowling ally for a night of fun! This event will take place  Saturday January 6th from 4-6 pm. 2 hours of bowling, shoes, 2 slices of pizza, soda, and more all for just $21! We are hoping for a great turn out so please mark your calendars and join us at Sawgrass lanes located at 8501 N University Dr, Tamarac, FL 33321. See the attached flyer for all the information!

Please RSVP to Coach Bar at  bar.bogoslavsky@gmail.com by  Wednesday January 3rd! Drop off payments either to Coach Bar or at the front office at the Aquatic Center in the Mullins folder with your child's name!

We hope to see you there!

Bar Bogoslavsky

Download Bowling Flyer

Speedo Winter Championships Final Results

20 November 2017

After an action-packed 4 days, the 2017 Annual Speedo Championships have come to an end. Coral Springs Swim Club members performed not only well, they also showed tenacity, grit and sportsmanship. Our swimmers have been working hard with our Coaches in preparation for the Championships and  it is exciting to see how their hard work during practice materializes into impressive swims during competition.

 

The final team results are as follows. CSSC placed 14th out of the 47 teams competing in the championships with a total of 300 points. The top teams were Pine Crest  in 1st place with 1317.5 points, followed by Azura Florida Aquatics in 2nd with 1165 points and Saint Andrew’s in 3rd with 923.5 points. Our Womens team earned 206 points and were ranked 9th while our Mens team earned 94 points and were ranked 19th.

 

Many of our swimmers achieved Junior Olympic qualifying times at the Championships including 14-year-old Sarah Schimansky and 12-year-old Kaitlyn Bonasera in their 1650 Free (18:40.14 and 20:12.43 respectively), 14-year-old Olivia Mason in her 50 Fly (29.46), 14-year-old Grant Aran in his 50 Fly (25.74), 200 Back (2:08.03) and his 50 Back (27.86), 11-year-old Nicole Creed in her 50 Back (32.16), 13-year-old Brianna Datile in her 50 Breast (34.77), 12-year-old Elizabeth Olson in her 100 Fly (1:12.38), 12-year-old Payton Ward in her 200 Breast (2:52.67) and  100 Free (1:01.20), 10-year-olds Sammy Schoenborn and Carolyn Powell in their 200 Free (2:29.71 and 2:30.21 respectively) Powell also qualified with her 2nd place finish in her 50 Back at 33.78, and 14-year-old Jason Bonasera in his 200 Breast (2:30.71) and his 100 Free (53.66)

 

14-year-old Brian Gonzalez qualified for the Spring Sectionals in his 1650 Free (17:14.53), as did 16-year-old Chloe Carignan in her 50 Free (28.67), 16-year-old Andres McKeon and 14-year-old Darion Louis-Jeune in their 50 Fly (25.88 and 28.06 respectively),

 

13-year-olds Giulianna Garcia and Riley McCormick both qualified for Summer Sectionals in their 50 Fly with respective times of 27.62 and 28.53 as did 18-year-old Megan Schimansky with her 1st place finish in her 50 Fly at 28.49, 13-year-old Micaela Sierra with her 6th place finish in her 50 Breast (31.88), 14-year-old Faith Fowler in her 50 Back (30.37)

 

David Blanco (16), Connor Marks (15), Guillermo Barrios (15), Sam McCormick (15),  Patrick Franzino, Gregory Trimble (16), and Sofia Barrios (14) all qualified for the Winter Sectionals in their 50 Fly with respective times of 25.61,26.22, 26.24, 26.30, 27.00, 27.27 and 29.78. Ryan Brander (13) qualified in his 50 Breast at 32.85 while 10-year-olds Mariana Montes and Isabella Perez qualified in their 200 Free with respective times of 2:36.11 and 2:39.53.

 

The Championships are over but with these qualifying times, CSSC can look forward to more exciting events as 2017 comes to an end.

 Photo Credit: Lorena Schoenborn

Speedo Championships Day 3

19 November 2017

The third day of the 27th Annual Speedo Winter Championships were sunny and bright with outstanding swims and thrilling heats.

 

After the third day of competition, CSSC has secured their 13th place position with 180 points and 3 points ahead of Warwick Academy in 15th place, The top 3 ranked teams are Pine Crest  in 1st place with 871. 50 points, followed by Azura in 2nd with 827 points and Saint Andrew’s in 3rd with 630.5 points.

 

Our Womens team is currently ranked 10th with 118 points while our Mens team stands at 17th with 62 points.

 

Saturday’s stand out events include 10-year-old Carolyn Powell’s 2nd place victory in her 50 Back with an impressive time of 33.78 and 13-year-old Giulianna Garcia’s 3rd place finish in her 100 Fly at 59.81. Powell also placed 9th in her 100 Free at 1:07.65 while Garcia placed 7th in her grueling 400 IM, finishing in 4:46.71.

 

Gregory Trimble (16) Brain Gonzalez (14), Jason Bonasera (17) also swam the 400 IM. Trimble placed 8th at 4:35.06, Gonzalez  finished in 10th place at 4:37.89, and Bonasera came in 17th at 4:47.17.  

 

Saturday’s events included more thrilling relays. Our Womens 13-14  team swam their 400 Medley in 4:13.71 and came in 4th place while our Mens 13-14 finished at 4:00.64 and in 8th place.  Our Mens team also finished in 8th at 3:49.64.

 

11-year-old Nicole Creed swam her 100 Back in an impressive 1:08.81 placing her in 8th while ten-year-old Connor Marks completed his at 57.38 placing him in 10th. Megan Schimansky (18) finished 8th in her 100 Back at 1:03.62.

 

Sunday’s weather remains sunny and is an ideal setting for the final day of the Speedo Championships. We are excited to see CSSC swimmers and families coming out to both compete and support our swimmers at the event. The hard work and dedication from both our Coaches and swimmers is coming to fruition this weekend.

2017 Speedo Winter Champs Day 2

18 November 2017

The second day of the 27th Annual Speedo Winter Championships brought both beautiful weather and stand-out swims from Coral Springs Swim Club.

After the second day of competition, CSSC moved up in the rankings and is now tied in 13th place with YMCA of South Florida at 109 points each. The top 3 ranked teams are still  Azura Florida Aquatics, Pine Crest Swim Team, and Saint Andrew's Aquatics with Pine Crest overtaking Azura Florida Aquatics. Pine Crest is currently in 1st place with 508. 5 points, followed by Azura in 2nd with 497 points and Saint Andrew’s in 3rd with 368. 5 points.

Our Womens and Mens teams both held their respective 9th and 12th place positions. The Womens team has accumulated 68 points while our Mens team accumulated 41 points.

Friday’s stand out events include Giulianna Garcia’s 200 Fly. Garcia overtook her competition and came in 2nd at 2:13.73. Garcia also swam an excellent 200 Breast and placed 7th with a time of 2:34.26.

Faith Fowler placed 5th in her 200 Back with an impressive time of 2:13.07 while Megan Schimansky placed 6th in her 200 Back at 2:17.50.

Our Womens team took 4th in the Womens 13-14 400 Free relay with a combined time of 3:46.04 which was less than a second behind the Wahoos of Wellington team who came in 3rd. Our Mens team places 7th in the same event at 3:31.69 as well as 7th in the 400 Free Relay at 3:22.03.

We are also impressed with the following 200 Back events. Kaitlyn Bonasera placed 9th at 2:31.89, and Connor Marks and Grant Aran’s 10th place finishes in their heats with respective times of  2:03.59 and 2:08.03.

Andres McKeon placed 9th in his 100 Free at 49.35 as did Jason Bonasera in his 200 Breast at 2:30.71 and Brian Gonzalez in his 200 Fly 2:08.52.

Saturday’s sun is shining bright and we are expecting to see our swimmers continue to impress throughout this gorgeous day in South Florida.

2017 Speedo Winter Champs Day 1

17 November 2017

The encouraging results of the first day of the 27th Annual Speedo Winter Championships are in. It is clear that Coral Springs Swim Club brought their A game to the 2017 Championships, which are being held in Plantation and hosted by Plantation Swim Team. The weather has been cooperative and conditions for our swimmers could not have been better.

 

Currently, CSSC’s combined team score is 45 points and we are ranked 14 out of the 36 teams who are participating.  CSSC is just 1 point behind TS Aquatics who are  in 13th place with 46 points and a comfortable 12 points ahead of North Palm Beach Swim Club who are in 15th place with 33 points. The early championship leaders are Azura Florida Aquatics in 1st with 227 points, Pine Crest Swim Team in 2nd with 173 points, and Saint Andrew's Aquatics in 3rd with 132.5 points.

 

Our Womens team accumulated 28 points during the first day of the 4 day competition and are currently ranked in 9th place while our Mens team accumulated 17 points and are currently ranked 15th.

 

Some stand out performances from the first day of the Championships include Megan Schimansky’s (18) 1st place finish in her 50 Back with a notable time of 28.49. It was a tight race with Annabella Lyn and Racine Ross, both swimmers from Pine Crest Swim team, finishing less than seconds behind with respective times of 28.54 and 28.80. Her first place finish earned CSSC 11 points.

 

It was also a tight race for 16-year-old Andres McKeon, who placed 6th in his 50 Back at 26.91. McKeon performed with grit, and slightly shaved time from his seed time of 27.36, allowing him to beat out his competition, and earn 5 points for CSSC. 15-year-old Connor Marks placed 9th in the same event at 27.38 and earned 2 points. 14-year-old Grant Aran placed 10th in his 50 Back at 27.86, earning 1 point and 11-year-old Nicole Creed placed 9th in her 50 Back at 32.16, earning 2 points.

 

14-year-old Brian Gonzalez’s  4th place finish in his 1650 Free at 17:14.53, a second improvement from his seed time earned CSSC 7 points. 12-year-old Kaitlyn Bonasera, also swam her 1650 Free well. She placed 7th at 20:12.43, and a 32 second improvement from her seed time, earning 4 points for CSSC.  

 

Micaela Sierra (13) placed 6th in her 50 Breast at 31.88, earning 5 points while Sam McCormick (15) and Payton Ward (12) both placed 10th in their 50 Breasts with respective times of 34.86 and  29.42, each earning 1 point.  

 

We are eagerly anticipating the upcoming days of the Championship and will keep you updated on the events.

Last Chance to Sign Up to Improve Your Efficiency

16 November 2017

LAST CHANCE

Sign Up to Improve Your Efficiency 

Slay The DRAGon

Time is running out to sign up for the high performance swim clinic on December 2nd in Coral Springs, FL with Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary! We are so excited that CSSC is hosting this special FFT swim clinic! 

Your swimmer will learn:

  • A better body and head position

  • How to have a strong core

  • What it FEELS like to have a tighter streamline

  • How to get each stroke to take you further

  • A better mindset to feel confident about chasing your dreams!

We want as many CSSC swimmers there as possible! Sign your swimmer up to attend one of the two sessions designed for swimmers of all ages and abilities. See you there!

DON'T BE LEFT BEHIND

CLICK HERE for Details and Registration

 

Tyler Clary won an Olympic gold medal in the 200 backstroke. He is also a dominant force in butterfly, freestyle, and IM! Talk about a master of all things swimming! Not only is Tyler obviously an incredible athlete, his swimming abilities are on par with his teaching abilities. You'll be amazed at how well he teaches the finer details of swimming fast!

Inquisitive Swimmers are Fast Swimmers

2017 Pompano Turkey Classic

08 November 2017

On Sunday, the Mullins and Silver groups participated in the Turkey Classic at Pompano! We had some great swims and a lot of best times! Coach Bar and Coach Jessica were very pleased to see all the hard work the swimmers have been putting into practice pay off! They really brought their A game and were ready to swim fast! We look forward to seeing them improve even more in our home meet in December and hope that more swimmers sign up! This will be our last meet of the year and we would love it if everyone could participate! I am looking forward to seeing them race and continue to improve on their swimming journey! 

 Photo Credit: Jodi Thorpe

2017 CSSC Halloween Party

01 November 2017

On Thursday October 19th Coral Springs Swim Club hosted our annual Halloween Party!!! It was a great turn out, with tons of great food, dancing, and spooky scares!

Hope to see you all next year! Congratulations to the best costume winners!

2017 Mike Horgan Invitational

23 October 2017

The Lake Lytal Lightning Swim Team hosted the 2017 Mike Horgan Invitational on October 13-15, 2017 at Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Complex in West Palm Beach. Coral Springs Swim Club were honored to be among the teams invited to the annual event held to honor Horgan, who served as  Lake Lytal's head developmental coach. Horgan passed away at age 50 in August, 2011 but will always be remembered as one of Florida Gold Coast’s most influential Swim Coaches.   

 

Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic qualifying times were met at the Invitational by 8 CSSC swimmers . Riley McCormick qualified in her 100 IM, finishing 2nd at 1:06.89 and both her 50 Free and 200 Free by finishing in 4th place in both races with respective times of 27.24 and 2:09.20 as well as her 200 Breast, finishing in 7th place at 2:49.62. Nicole Creed also achieved a FGCJ qualifying time by placing 4th in her 100 Back at 1:09.95. Emily Robertson also qualified in 4th place in her 100 Fly at 2:35.31 and her 200 Free at 2:12.97, as did Payton Ward in her 200 Back at 2:51.81.

 

Carolyn Powell, Mariana Montes, and Mila Bond qualified in their 50 Free with respective times of 31.29, 31.7, and 32.43. Montes also qualified in her 50 Fly at 35.80 and her 100 IM at 1:30.11. Powell also qualified in her 100 IM at 1:21.83 Sammy Schoenborn in her 200 Free at 2:29.12, her 50 Breast at 43.17, her 50 Fly at 37.49., her 100 IM at 1:24.65.

 

CSSC swimmers also showed improvements by dropping times at the meet including Grant Aran who dropped 2.37 seconds from his 100 Back (1:00.97), finishing in 2nd place and 3.29 seconds from his 200 Free (1:55.4), finishing in 3rd. Aran earned a total of 62 points for CSSC in the 4 events in which he competed at the meet. Jason Bonasera dropped over 5 seconds from both his 200 Free and 200 IM (1:56.92 and 2:16.65 respectively) and earned a cumulative 43 points. Ryan Brander placed 7th in his 200 Breast (2:34.46) by dropping 7.59 seconds from his previous record

 

Payton Ward dropped a whopping 15.67 seconds from her 200 Breast (2:51.81). Payton competed in 4 legs and earned 16 points at the Invitational. Other significant time improvements include John Lynch’s 27.38 drop in his 200 Free (2:23.27), Grayson Yellin’s 24.85 second drop from his 200 Free (2:19.32), Savannah Korbs 24.76 drop in her 200 Free (2:52.37) Kenneth Rattrays 15.18 drop in his 100 IM (1:58.30), Faith Suthers 12.66 second drop in her 200 Free (2:20.43), and Alejandro Alvarez19.12 second drop in his 200 IM (2:37.15).

 

More impressive swims include Micaela Sierra’s 3rd place finish in her 200 Breast (2:35.38), Giulianna Garcia’s 4th place finish in her 200 Fly (2:16.80), Darion Louis-Jeune’s 4th place finish in his 50 Free (24.69), and Kaitlyn Bonasera’s 6th place finish in her 200 Fly (2:41.58) which she achieved by dropping 5 seconds from her previous personal record.

CSSC swimmers were honored to be able to participate in an event that pays homage to a man who played such an important role in the swim community.

IMX Results

10 October 2017

The Coral Springs Swim Club Mullins groups participated in the June Woogler Memorial  IMX Challenge at Sunrise on October 7-8, 2017.

CSSC was well represented at the meet and some stand out swims from the Sizzler portion include 6-year-olds Daniel Gil-Restrepo and Luke Reese, who tackled their 25 Butterfly with skill. Gil-Restrepo completed the race at 24.12 and in 1st place, while Reese wasn’t far behind, finishing at 30.53 and in 3rd. Gil-Restrepo also swam an excellent 25 Back and finished in 2nd place with a time of 25.28 while Reese earned 2nd in his 25 Breast at 34.30.

Gigi Martin, also aged 6, placed 2nd in her 25 Free at 20.97 while 8-year-old Mikhel Martin placed 3rd in her 25 Fly at 21.09.

Our Girls team, consisting of 6-year-old Isla El Chantiry, 7-year-olds Aveline Harding and Sydney Larsen, and 8 year old Alex Palekar, came in 2nd in their  100 Free Relay with an impressive cumulative time of 1:15.89. Gigi Martin, 7-year-old Vanessa Rodriguez Walker, and 8-year-olds Mikhel Martin and Samantha Grossman also competed in the relay. The finished at 1:25.72, and in 6th place.  

Daniel Gil-Restrepo and 8-year-olds John Albornoz, Anthony Schurr, and Jorge Aguila represented CSSC in their 100 Free Relay and placed 4th with a time of 1:18.48.

The Sizzler event included races that are challenging for our younger swimmers, aged 8 and younger, such as the 100 Breast, 100 Back, 200 Free and 200 IM. However, the Mullins group certainly rose to the challenge. Coach Bar Bogoslavsky reported,  “we had some great swims from everyone in the club. Mullins group swimmers brought their A game and were ready to race. We had some great swims this weekend”. SHe continued, adding accolades to those swimmers who took a risk and competed in some of the more challenging heats, “A little shout out to our swimmers who swam the 200 IM and the 200 Free. They all killed it and we look forward to seeing them continue to improve over the season”.

The Girls 13 and Over 200 Breast was an exciting race with even better results as CSSC took 1st by Faith Fowler at 2:29.97, 3rd by Giulianna Garcia at 2:21.62, and 4th by Micaela Sierra at 2:25.05.

14-year-old Darion Louis-Jeune beat out his competition in his 200 Breast by placing 1st with an impressive time of 2:37.10 as well as his 200 Fly at 2:28.98. More 1st place finishes for CSSC include Giulianna Garcia in her 200 Fly (2:19.26) and 200 IM (2:19.45), 10-year-old Emily Robertson in her 100 Fly(1:05.62), 10-year-old Sammy Schoenborn in her 200 Free (2:27.05), and 14-year-old Gregory Trimble in his 400 IM (4:38.67).

Emily Robertson also swam an amazing 100 Back in 1:10.13, earning her 4th place. Louis-Jeune, also performed well in this stroke, finishing his 200 also in 4th place at 2:27.33. CSSC swimmers Alejandro  Alvarez, John Lynch, and Grayson Yellin came in not far behind Louis-Jeune and one right after the other with respective times of 2:36.56, 2:44.89, and 9 2:49.87.

It’s events like these that get us excited to see what else our swimmers have in store. As our swimmers continue to work with our coaches and sharpen their skills and techniques, we can’t wait to see what the rest of 2017 has in store.

Photo Gallery from the 2017 June Woogler Memorial IMX Challenge

Photo Credit: Coach Bar and Lorena Schoenborn

Kicking Mania at Mullins

01 October 2017

On Thursday, September 28th, Mullins groups participated in Kicking Mania day! The whole practice was just kicking!! Kicking is a very important part in swimming and we felt it necessary to dedicate a day just for that! It was a fun workout for the kids and was very tiring as well! It included a kicking on the wall, underwater kicks, and even (Coach Bar's favorite) vertical kicking! This is something we will be doing more in the future, so if your swimmer missed it there is no need to worry! It was a great practice for the kids to have fun and also work very hard!

Sunrise Open Invitational Produces Sunny Skies and Stellar Swims

25 September 2017

This past weekend, Coral Springs Swim Club traveled down to Sunrise to participate in the Sunrise Open Invitational. Saturday, September 23 was a typical hot autumn day in Florida’s Gold Coast  but our swimmers didn’t let the heat adversely affect their performances. Instead, their technique, skills, and team spirit were just as bright at the South Florida sun, making it a very successful day.

 

9-year-old Carolyn Powell impressed us all at the event. She competed in 3 different events and not only achieved new personal best times in each of her races, she also placed 1st in both her 50 Back at 34.55 and her 50 Free at 29.53.  Powell finished out her day by placing 4th in her 100 IM at 1:20.00, scoring an overall 20 points for CSSC.

 

Giulianna Garcia competed in 3 different events. She placed 1st in her 100 Fly (1:02.44), 3rd in her 100 IM (1:04.79), and shaved a noteworthy 11 seconds off her previous personal record in her 500 Free, and came in 6th at  1:04.79. Riley McCormick also swam 3 events with skill and precision. McCormick placed 2nd in her 100 IM at 1:08.43, 3rd in her 500 Free at 5:55.69, and 4th in her 100 Breast with a new personal best of 1:19.62.

 

Many CSSC Swimmers enjoyed 2nd place, including Rhania Suarez by shaving 1.5 seconds off her 50 Free and finishing at  30.75, earning her 17 points,  Andres McKeon’s 500 Free (4:56.10), and Emily Robertson’s 100 Fly (1:07.69). Robertson also placed 7th in her 50 Free and earned 12 points at 28.20.

10-year-old Brittany Bean placed 3rd in her 100 Breast (1:29.99) while 11-year-old Nicole Creed also enjoyed a bronze finish in her 50 Back (32.97) as well as 9th place in her 50 Free (28.51), earning 9 points for the race.  More 3rd place victories include Faith Fowler’s 200 Back (2:17.77), Lydia Lanahan’s 50 Back (33.01), Sarah Schimansky’s 500 Free at 5:30.20,  Micaela Sierra’s 100 Breast at 1:11.01, and Mariana Montes’ 50 Free at a new personal best of 31.02 while also banking 16 points for CSSC.

 

More personal bests were achieved this weekend, proving that our swimmers have been working diligently during practice in order to sharpen their skills. Isabella Perez enjoyed a 5th place finish in her 200 IM at 3:01.44, an improvement of over 32 seconds. Perez also improved her 50 Free by over 4 seconds at 31.77, a time which placed her in 6th and earned her an impressive 13 points.

 

Jason Bonasera shaved over 13 seconds from his 100 Breast, placing 9th at  1:08.99,  Guillermo Barrios shaved 2.6 seconds from his 500 Free, placing 7th at 5:19.07, Grant Aran shaved a second from his 50 Back, placing 6th at  27.98, and Briana Dattile shaved nearly a full minute from her 500 Free with a new record of 5:47.43. Dattile also earned 4.5 points in for her time in her 50 Free at 27.37.

 

Kaitlyn Bonasera shaved time from all 3 events in which she competed with impressive times in each of 2:40.00 and 5th place in her 200 IM, 1:12.72 and 7th place in her 100 Fly, and 1:16.24 in her 100 IM as did Mila Bond. Bond shaved 9 seconds from her 50 Back ( 42.42), 5 seconds from her 50 Breast (1:39.64), and 3 seconds from her 50 Free (32.43) for which she earned 6 points for CSSC.

Coach Bar Bogoslavsky was proud of her swimmers, especially two rookie swimmers from the Mullins Group,for whom the Sunrise Open Invitational was their first competition with CSSC. She reflected, “we had some first time swimmers participate and they brought the speed, Olivia Ratliff and Ethan Persten swam their first meet and did a great job”. Ratliff and Peterson both competed in 2 events, the 50 Back and 50 Free, and achieved impressive times.  (44.84 and 34.26 respectively for Ratliff and 50.01 and 39.96 respectively for Peterson).

Beginners weren’t the only CSSC Swimmers to make an impression at the event, other noteworthy swims, Katelyn Lay shaved off an impressive 23.5 seconds from her 100 IM with a new personal best of time 1:54.62. Lay also achieved new personal records in both her 50 Free (47.29)  and 50 Back (50.03). Mikhel Martin also swam his personal best in 3 events, including his 50 Back at 45.47, his 100 Breast  at 2:00.29, and his 50 Free at  39.71.

 

More new personal bests swam by the Mullins Group at Saturday’s invitational include Savannah Kautz and Samantha Grossman’s 5 second improvement in each of their 50 Frees (44.08 and 45.86 respectively), Anthony Palumbo’s 4 second improvement in his 50 Free (37.81),  Max Cisternas’ 3 second improvement in his 50 Back (50.51), Kyra Rattray’s 2.7 second improvement in her 100 Breast at 1:42.49 and 1.7 second improvement in her 50 Free at  37.39,  Jorge Aguila’s 2 second improvement in his 100 Breast (1:52.82), and Joslyn Brown and Gigi Martin’s 1 second improvement in each of their 50 Backs (51.98 and 1:02.04 respectively). Coach Bar also congratulated both Cailin Duggins and Sebastian Sterling, who “gave it their all”.

 

Coach Bar concluded, “myself and Coach Jessica are very proud of the hard work our swimmers have been putting in during practice”. Both Coaches are eagerly anticipating the June Wollger Invitational at Sunrise on October 7th and 8th.

2017 CSSC Halloween Party

24 September 2017

Join us for our annual Halloween Party at Cypress Pool

DJ, Dancing, Costume Contest with prizes, and Fun for Everyone!

Thursday, October 19th   

5:30-8:30 pm                                      

Cypress Park Pool on Coral Springs Drive                              

RSVP by October 12 to bar.bogoslavsky@gmail.com

Register to bring something from the list!

At www.perfectpotluck.com

Coordinator name: Long Password: 2016

We are looking for volunteers who can help set up from 8 am-1pm the morning of the party!!(please contact bar.bogoslavsky@gmail.com)

Halloween Flyer

Fitter and Faster Slay the DRAGon Swim Clinic coming to Coral Springs

30 August 2017

Olympic gold medalist Melanie Margalis is coming to Coral Springs for a Fitter and Faster Swim Clinic

Slay the DRAGon - Coral Springs, FL

There are 2 ways to swim faster: reduce DRAG and increase POWER! This clinic works on reducing drag so that you can go faster with LESS energy! Learn how to reduce your drag and conquer the DRAGon in your swimming with Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary! 

Melanie will be leading two sessions on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 designed for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Sign up for the approriate session today:

  • Ages 11 and under: 
    Check-in: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    Event 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Ages 12-18: 
    Check-in: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM 
    Event: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Space is limited! Sign up before the sessions sell out!

For more information on registration and curriculum please visit: Fitter and Faster

Short Course Season is in Full Swing at the NPB Spirit Invitational

28 August 2017

School is now in session but that doesn’t mean that swim season is over, only that short course season is beginning. This past weekend, our Mullins groups participated in the North Palm Beach 14th Annual Sprint Invitational. The meet, hosted by North Palm Beach Swim Club was a rainy, but successful one for CSSC swimmers and their families.

Coach Bar Bogoslavsky was thrilled with our swimmers performances. She said ”The kids did a great job kicking off the short course season. we had some awesome swims”.

Anthony Schurr did well in the Sizzler events. He finished his Boys 8 & Under 25 Free in 3rd place in an impressive 21.11.

In the second session Mullins swimmers improved tremendously in their times and techniques  CSSC dominated the Girls 8 & Under 50 Back with 7-year-old Braelyn Thorpe finishing in first place at 48.03, with 8-year-olds Mikhel Martin and Katelyn Lay placing 2nd and 3rd respectively at 50.12 and 50.46. Thorpe also placed 1st in her 100 Free with a time of 1:23.57 and 2nd in her 100 Breast at 1:56.12 while Martin placed 2nd in her 50 Fly at 50.08.  

Gigi Martin, Addison Palumbo, Josyln Brown, Cailin Duggins, Caitlin O'Mara, and Max Cisternas all improved their times and  had some excellent swims in the 100 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Breast, and 50 Back.

Anthony Palumbo placed 1st in his 100 Breast at 1:45.75, 2nd in his 50 Fly at 48.45, 3rd in his 50 Back at 45.12, and 4th in his 100 Free at 1:26.88. Jorge Aguila placed 3rd in his 100 Breast at 1:54.86 and 5th in his 50 Breast at 48.41. Both boys also improving their previous records over the weekend.

In the third session, our older kids also had some great performances. Kyra Rattray, Payton Schurr, Courtney Hartung, Nico Espinosa, and Austin McCellan all performed well. It is obvious that they have been training hard during practice and sharpening their skills and technique.   

Coach Bar concluded, “Coach Jessica and myself couldn't be happier to start the season the way we did. Overall Coach Jessica and I were very pleased.It's the first week of school for some of these guys and they came out and gave it their best with the rain. We are very excited to see how they do in our home meet coming up in September”.

Photo Gallery from the NPB Spirit Invitational

Photo Credit: Jodi Thorpe

Mullins Ice Cream Social and Baby Shower

18 August 2017

Photos by Jodi Thorpe

Age Group Coaching Position

15 August 2017

The Coral Springs Swim Club, located in Coral Springs, Florida, is searching for a qualified age group coach. The swim program is a very successful year-round program. CSSC earned Gold Medal status in 2009 and 2010, and sent eight swimmers to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In total, the program has about 215 swimmers. For more information about the CSSC, please visit our website at www.swimcssc.com.
Responsibilities for age group coach position:
The age group coach is responsible for coaching two separate groups of children ages 9-10 & 11-12.  Practice times during the school year are from 3:45 pm until 7:30 pm weekdays (Monday through Friday), and from 7:45am until 11:30am on Saturdays between the two groups. Practice times during the summer are from 7:45 am until 11:30am from Monday through Saturday. Participation at swim meets and other team activities is also required. We are looking for a coach that will teach the children a high level of swimming technique and instilling good work ethics, striving for success at the age group level while challenging the swimmers to improve. The coach must keep track of each group’s attendance, do their swim meet entries and be responsible for the day-to-day communication with the parents. The coach must report to the Head Coach and must be able to design the season plan and workouts based on the club’s philosophy.
Requirements for the position:
The individual should be a high energy, positive person, displaying good communication skills, working well with swimmers, parents and other coaching staff.  The coach should also be familiar with using HY-Tek Team Manager, Meet Manager and Swim Manager.  ASCA certification level 3 is required and United States swimming level 2 preferred. The individual should have at least 3 years of coaching experience with USA Swimming.
This is a part time position. Salary is competitive (commensurate with qualifications and experience) and further opportunities exist for technique private lessons, swim clinics and camps. The position is available immediately, but will be filled by the most qualified and fitting applicant.
Please submit cover letter and resume to the Head Coach Bruno Darzi at  brunodarzi@aol.com .

Area 2 Championships

17 July 2017

Sunrise Swimming hosted the Area 2 Championships July 14-16, 2017 in Sunrise, FL. Although the weather was temperamental and varied, Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers showed outstanding technique and tenacity as they tackled their various events. All of the age groups who competed showed improvement performanced well.

CSSC long-time veterans and newcomers alike gathered together to compete and had a great time doing so Coach Bar Bogoslavasky said that the Meet was “a great experience for all our swimmers, even some first time meet goers”.

Many of our swimmers qualified for the Junior Olympics over the weekend. On Friday evening Brittany Bean placed 2nd in her Girls 7-10 200 Free with a time of  2:55.21. Bean also qualified in her Saturday 100 Breast preliminaries with a time of 1:49.70. Lydia Lanahan also qualified for the JOs in her 200 Free in the 13-14 age division. She came in 2nd place at  2:24.70.

Grant Aran qualified in 2 different events. He finished his Boys 13-14 200 IM in 1st at 2:35.82 and 2nd place in his 100 Back Preliminary race with a time of 1:11.89. Alejandro Alvarez also qualified in his Boys 11-12 100 Back by finishing 1st at 1:23.57 as did Darion Louis-Jeune in his Boys 13-14 50 Fly in 5th at 32.185.

More JO qualifications include Rhania Suarez’s 2nd place finish in her Girls 7-10 50 Fly at 40.91 and Ryan Brander’s 3rd place finish in his Boys 13-14 100 Breast at 1:21.24.

David Blanco performed outstandingly both in his technique and in improving his previous personal records. He dropped time in every event in which he competed, resulting in 4 1st place final finishes including his 100 Fly (1:05.70), 50 Back (32.77), 100 Breast (1:16.44), and 200 Free (2:08.41). Blanco also earned 2nd place in his 200 IM (2:27.17).

Chloe Carignan also shaved time off of all her final races. She placed 1st in both her 100 Back (1:17.10) and 100 Free (1:06.57) and 2nd in her 100 Breast (1:28.69).

CSSC swimmers who also beat out their competition and placed 1st include Briana Dattile in her 50 Free (30.78), Amber Candido in her 100 Breast (1:28.95), Kaitlyn Bonasera in her 1500 Free (20:50.16), Nicole Creed in her 100 Back (1:18.01), and Grace Nemanic in her 50 Breast (42.87).

More noteworthy swims include Julia Civalero’s 2nd place finish in her 50 Fly (36.80), Patrick Franzino’s 2nd place finish in his 100 Breast (1:20.80), Jason Bonasera’s 3rd place finish in his 200 IM (2:40.53), Madison Hockman’s 3rd place finish in her 50 Breast (42.36), Guillermo Barrios’ 4th place finish in his 400 Free (4:51.90), Sophia El Chantiry’s 5th place finish in her 100 Fly (2:02.58), Isabella Perez’s 5th place finish in her 200 Free (3:03.80), and Fabrizio Parraga’s 5th place finish in his 400 Free (5:07.29).

Coach Bogoslavsky acknowledged the improved performances of her Mullins group at the championships, “ Coach Jessica and I are very proud of the hard work our swimmers have been putting in at practice and are pleased with the time drops and technical improvements we saw at the meet this weekend. We still have some improvements to be made but practice makes perfect.”

CSSC swimmers across all age groups who showcased improvement by impressive time drops include 12 year-old Steve Quispe, who shaved an impressive 45 seconds from his preliminary 100 back for a new personal best time of 1:56.28. Quispe also shaved nearly 15 seconds from his 50 Free (41.59). 9 year-old Carolyn Powell improved her 200 IM by 17 seconds, finishing in 4th place at 3:31.14 and 10 year-old Isabella Perez scaled back her 50 Free by 10 seconds (38.18) for a 6th place finish.

More swimmers who showed time improvements include 16 year-old Kyle Oliver, who shaved over 38 seconds from his 100 Back for a 3rd place finish at 1: 11.97, 14 year-old William Olson, who shaved 25 seconds from his 400 Free (5:27.39), 12 year-old Miguel Kocoglu, who shaved 24 seconds from his 100 Breast for a 4th place finish at  1:36.10, 11 year-old Alexander Taus-Nita, who shaved over 19 seconds from his 100 Free (1:42.27), 8 year-old Mikhel Martin, who shaved 16 seconds from her 100 Breast (2:19.24), and 13 year-old Hailey Wells, who shaved nearly 14 seconds from her preliminary 100 Breast (1:38.60).

The time improvement trend continued with 7 year-old Molly Chaison’s 31 second drop in her 100 Free (1:50.50), 9 year-old Emma Lin’s 14 second drop in both her 100 Breast (2:24.98) and 100 Free (1:50.37), 11 year-old Selina Guan’s 18 seconds drop in her 100 Back (1:45.52), 10 year-old Savannah Kautz’s 15 second drop in her 100 Free (1:53.66), 8 year-old Logan Jeffery’s 14 second drop also in his 100 Free (1:53.53), 8 year-old Bradley DiPaolo’s 16 second drop in his 100 Free (1:48.63) and 11 second drop in his 50 Fly (1:19.07), and 10 year-old Mila Bond’s 13 second drop in her 50 Fly (47.17).

Thrilled with the results of the meet, Coach Bogoslavsky is “looking forward to our upcoming season and going back to normal practice schedule once school is back in session.”

She admonishes her Mullins  to “keep up the great work at practice”. We expect that they, and all CSSC swimmers, will do just that.

Alex Evdokimov Returns from Phillips 66 in Indianapolis

12 July 2017

At the end of June, Alex Evdokimov headed over to Indianapolis, Indiana, to compete at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships held at the IUPIU Aquatic Complex.

Alex started the meet qualifying for finals in the 200-meter breaststroke with the time of 2:14.72. He was able to better that mark at night, swimming the race at 2:14.00, tying his personal best achieved at the 2016 US Olympic Trials to finish in 12th place. At the very next day, he swam the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.75 seconds and just missed finals, finishing 23rd overall. The 100-meter breaststroke was Alex’s last race. He qualified for finals with the time of 1:01.82.

At night, he ended up swimming slightly slower than his morning swim, touching the wall with the time of 1:02.39 to wrap up the championships. He placed 16th overall. Alex is now training to compete at the 2017 US Open Championships that will be held in New York next month.

PHILLIPS 66 COMPLETE RESULTS HERE

ABC Invitational

14 June 2017

Sunday June 11th Coach Jessica, along with some of her swimmers and their families, traveled down to sunny Key West to compete in the Florida Gold Coast Key West ABC Invitational. Coach Jessica said that they were a "small but proud CSSC group" and was proud to report that "all of the kids got best times or swam events that were a real challenge for them".
Samantha Grossman and Beckhem Korb each earned an impressive 3 1st place victories. Grossman  placed 1st in her 50 Back by dropping nearly 6 seconds, with  a new personal best time of 57.50. She also placed 1st in her 50 Breast (1:11.58), and her 100 Free (1:48.53). Korb shaved time from all of his previous personal best times, including nearly 23 seconds from his 200 Free (3:13.45) , 5 seconds from his 100 Back (1:50.85), and 2 seconds from his 100 Breast (1:57.89) all of which he came in 1st place.
Kennedy Grisby also improved her times at the meet. She improved her 100 Back time by more than 5 seconds and came in 2nd place. 
More impressive time drops include Contessa Gilley's 12 seconds drop from her 100 Free, coming in at 2:05.68, Meaghan Swack's 22 seconds drop from her 200 Back at 3:43.10, and Savannah Korb's 11 seconds drop in her 100 Back at 1:38.13. Giley, Swack, and Korb each earned 3rd place finished for these new personal best times.
This was 9-year-old Chelsea Reichler's first meet with CSSC. Coach Jessica said that Reichler "swam like a champ the whole meet". She placed 4th in her 100 Free (2:30.39), 5th in her 50 Free (1:05.78), and 6th in her 50 Back (1:07.34).

2017 CSSC Banquet

09 June 2017

Every year Coral Springs Swim Club hosts the highly anticipated awards banquet. The 2017 banquet was held on May 27th, at the lovely Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland. Coaches, swimmers, and families were dressed to the nines to enjoy an evening of celebration.

After an opening welcome, board introductions and big thank yous to volunteers, parents and swimmers, several well-deserved awards were presented throughout the night.

Delany Biro and Alex Evdokimov were named the Female and Male Swimmers of the Year after outstanding seasons.

Among other award recipients were:

2017 Volunteer of the Year:

Linda and Sandy Candido

CSSC Coaches Awards:

Jorge Aguila

Braelyn Thorpe

Alejandra Gil

Anthony Palumbo

Meaghan Swack

Steve Quispe

Giulianna Garcia

Samantha Schoenborn

Evan NG

Chloe Carignan

Ryan Brander

Sophia El Chantiry

Andre Negron

Megan Schimansky

Brian Hamilton

John Albornoz

Jose Pascual

CSSC Booster Club president Danica Schimansky and Darzi honored the club's five graduating seniors: Carly Brewington, Jose Pascual, Joshua Garber, Luisa Suzuki, and Andrea Zambrano.

The Michael Lohberg Scholarship, named after six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg who built the club into a world-class champion team, were also awarded.

The recipients for 2017, the fourth year of the scholarship were Carly Brewington $1500, Luisa Suzuki-$1500, and Jose Pascual-$500.

The Raffle Fundraiser did not disappoint. Many raffle prizes including private swim lessons, 1-hour photoshoots, luxury hotel accomodations, themed evenings out such as "Italian Night", Acquatic Center gift bags and certificates, Safari ltd. gift baskets, and Patron and Ultimate gift baskets were raffled off. Proceeds benefitted the Coral Springs Swim Club. Among raffle winners were Roni Lubarsky, Cesar Montes, Brian Gonzales, Catherine Voit, Delaney Biro, Valerie Block, Victoria Vega, Scott Smith, Abby Frank, Greg Trimble, Jose Pascual, Katelyn Lay, Payton Ward, the Dattile family, the Schimansky family.

Photo Gallery from the 2017 CSSC Banquet

Photo Credit: Dave Brewington. All photos can be found at http://www.aboobarley.com

NPB 9th Annual Summer Kick Off Results

06 June 2017

Coral Springs Swim Club participated in the 2017 North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kick-Off. This annual event, in it's 9th year, was hosted by North Palm Beach Swim Club and held June 3-4th at Plantation Central Park. Head Coach Bruno Darzi was excited with the results from the swim meet, "our age group swimmers did really well". The meet not only gave CSSC swimmers a chance to compete but also "the National Team swimmers used the meet to race the kids from other teams instead of racing at home at the end of the practice". 

Megan Schimansky secured 2nd place in her 200 Back with an impressive time of 2:30.66. Micaela Sierra placed 5th in her 100 Breast at 1:21.83, while Grant Aran finished his 200 Free in 8th place at 2:14.81.

Many of our swimmers improved their Freestyle personal records over the weekend in including Payton Schurr shaving over 33 seconds from her 200 Free (3:49.42) and12 seconds from her 50 Free (39.95), as well as Courtney Hartung by an impressive 18 seconds in her 200 Free for a new record of 3:15.48. More swimmers who improved their time include Grace Nemanic by over 17 seconds in her 200 Free (2:38.44), Darion Louis-Jeune by 13 seconds in his 50 Free (28.71), Cole Narbonne by nearly 10 seconds in his 200 Free (2:43.51), Mikhel Martin by 7 seconds in her 50 Free (45.93), John Albornoz by over 6 seconds in his 200 Free (3:55.67), John Lynch, Katrina White,Grayson Yellin, and Melanie Suglio both by nearly 4 seconds in their 200 Free (2:52.83, 2:57.31, 2:57.48 and 3:29.08 respectively), and Jorge Aguila and Ryan Lynch by nearly 3 seconds in their 50 Free (42.62 and 41.30 respectively). Nicolas VilarMarli Dearen, Samuel McCormick, Briana Dattile, Pedro DaSilva, Victoria VeigaKiara Kaminietzky, Brandon Schutz, Lydia Lanahan, and William Olson also acheived new personal bests in their respective Free style races.  

Although Freestyle was the stroke in which we saw the most time drops over the weekend, it was evident that CSSC swimmers and coaches have been working on improving technique and times in other strokes as well. We also saw new personal records in the following events: Payton Schurr shaved 0ver 50 seconds from her 100 Breast (2: 11.28), Melanie Suglio shaved 20 seconds from her 100 Breast (2:10.33), Sherwin Sterling shaved 13 seconds from his 100 Breast (2:12.55), Giulianna Garcia shaved over 7 seconds from her 200 Back (2:45.58), Jorge Aguila shaved over 5 seconds from his 100 Breast (2: 11.12), Ryan Lynch shaved over 4 seconds from his 100 Breast (1:43.83), Jordan Howard and Molly Chaison both shaved over 2 seconds from their 100 Breast (1:28.66 and 2:19.39 respectively), and Gian Savino and Andres McKeon both shaved over 1 second from their 100 Fly (1:10.68 and 1:06.33 respectively).

Darzi said that the event was "a great opportunity for the coaches to see where we are in the middle of the season" and concluded, "we are looking forward racing at home at the Michael Lohberg International Invitational in 2 weeks".

Carly Brewington Commits to East Tennessee State University

26 May 2017

On June 2nd, Carly Brewington will graduate from Coral Glades High School. She has committed to attend East Tennessee State University this Fall. Brewington knew that she wanted to pursue her higher education at a school that could satisfy her desire to both teach in Special Education, and compete in athletics. As a highly competetive athlete specializing in triathalons, Brewington was seeking an institution which struck an equal balance for both passions. "There are limited options when it comes to NCAA triathlon and I had a better opportunity at this school than any other".

Brewington embarked on a recruiting trip in December of 2016 and was attracted to ETSU's Division 1 Triathlete program. After meeting with her future coach Janine Pleasant, and teammates she decided to make ETSU her home. Pleasant signed Brewington, along with 3 other athletes, and expressed her excitement in April of this year stating that "they bring a wealth of experience and speed to our team, and are exactly what we need as we enter our second season of competition".
Brewington plans to major in Special Education and feels that ETSU will provide her with the education and experience she will require in order to serve her future students and community. In fact, ETSU was founded in 1911 East Tennessee State Normal School to educate teachers and has a solid history of training the best educators.
Education is a field in which Brewington has had a passion for and looks forward to training and serving future generations. "I love working with children. This year, I was able to have a job at a catholic school as well as receive my Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)."

Athletics, and specifically swimming, has been a passion of Brewington's from an early age. She started swimming at the age of 5, and competitively with Coral Springs Swim Club at the age of 8. Brewington then went on to compete in Triathalons at age 11. Brewington competes with CSSC and also Coral Glades High School's Cross Country team. When asked what she enjoys most about the swimming, Brewington replied " I love the different opportunities swimming has given me. I have been able to meet and train with such amazing people."

One of her favorite memories of CSSC is traveling to the Keys for a swim meet when she was younger. "I made so many friends on that trip and had such a fun time."
2017 Jesse Vassallo Invitational Results
23 May 2017

Coral Springs Swim Club participated in the Jesse Vassallo Invitational, hosted by The Pompano Beach Pirhanas, May 19-21. CSSC gathered with swim teams from all over Florida at the Pompano Beach Acquatic Center to compete. The weather was sunny, warm, and ideal for competition.

CSSC has seen many of our swimmers drop time while showcasing improved technique throughout this season, and the trend continued with the Jesse Vassallo Invitational. Riley McCormick not only dropped nearly 2 seconds from her 100 Fly and finished the race in 2nd place at 1:19.43, but also dropped time in every event in which she competed. McCormich earned 15 points in total for CSSC at the meet.

The time drop trend was also showcased by Mariana Montes' 14 second drop in her 100 Fly (1:36.29) and Carolyn Powell's 1 second drop in her 50 Free (35.64). Both Montes and Powell placed 3rd in their respective events as did Rhania Suarez in her 50 Free at 42.42.

Hailey Wells placed 4th in her 100 Back (1:26.69) as did Emily Robertson in her 50 Back (37.68). Lilla Megyeri completed her 100 Breast with an impressive time of 1:48.74, and placed 5th. Also in 5th in her 200 Free was Payton Ward at 2:39.18. Elisabeth Olson dropped nearly 2 seconds from her 50 Fly (35.02) and secured a 6th place finish.

More impressive time drops over the weekend include Meaghan Swack's 14 second drop in her 200 Free (3:20.16),  Sebastian Fahnestock's 16 second drop in his 100 Free (1:51.33), Skylar Croasdale's 10 second drop in her 50 Free (49. 11), Sophia El Chantiry's  6 second drop in both her 50 Free (44.36) and her 50 Breast (1:03.51), Andrea Peterson's nearly 5 second drop in her 50 Back (1:00.78), amd William Olson's 5 second drop in his 200 IM (3:01.09), his 200 Back (3:04.35), and his 200 Free (2:35.49).

This Meet was another success for the season and we are eagely anticipating events to come.

Senior Spotlight: Jose Pascual

22 May 2017

Pascual has committed to The University of Wisconsin-Madison and plans to major in Engineering. He graduated from Saint John Paul II Academy on May 20th, 2017.Pascual's decision to attend this University was an easy one, "I believe this school was made for me, everything about it appeals to me. The school offers me a balance which is hard to find." Pascual toured the campus the first week of April and was impressed with what it had to offer academically. U.S. News & World Report ranks UW–Madison ranked 13th among engineering programs nationwide, fourth in chemical engineering, and third in nuclear engineering. Pascual is also impressed with their top-rated athletic teams. He is looking forward to continuing his formal education there, "at Wisconsin I feel as if I could do anything I wanted to. The hands-on experience given to students in research is one of a kind as well as the organizations and clubs which enhance your experience."

He is also eagerly anticipating living in a different climate and in an attractive setting, "the campus is beautiful, right next to a big lake and with two forests and wildlife woods inside the campus. The campus is next to the city as well, which allows for many fun social activities and also outdoor activities".

Swimming will still be a part of Pascual's future, although he has no solid plans at the moment, "I am still talking to Bruno about my future in swimming but it is my plan to participate in their swimming program."

Pascual began swimming at only 2 years old as a result of his high risk for Asthma. He remembers, "the only way I could help it [asthma] was by swimming. When asked why he enjoys the sport, Pascual replied, "I love the fact that you can always improve, there is no limit to what you can do in swimming. You are constantly growing and learning from your mistakes and I believe that to be something important in life. I love the feeling of the water against my body and how I am able to move my body through the water to go faster. I love the challenges that come from swimming".

He joined the CSSC family in August of 2014, and not only imporoved his skills and techniques, but also made some fond memories. One of his favorite experiences were when, "one of my friends who used to swim in the team decided we should do a summer video about the team and so we did. Filming it was the most fun and I will always remember that since while filming it I realized I had made true friends and was happy where I was." Pascual also fondly recalls competing with the team, "every single competition where we had to travel somewhere was an awesome memory, we would always have fun while dropping our times. Traveling to Purdue University for Futures was an awesome experience since then I grew more mature about swimming. Going to Mississippi was amazing too, I will always remember the food from Beverly. Lastly, going to the Ohio State University for Junior Nationals with Bruno was the best experience. I believe that was a breakthrough point in my career since I grew more mature and understood myself and the sport better."

Apart from swimming, Pascual also enjoys reading, learning new skills, program, coding, participating in outdoor activities (especially kayaking and wakeboarding), camping, traveling, practicing martial arts, working out, hanging out with friends, atending parties and meeting new people. 

HAT Sizzler and CSSC Invitational

09 May 2017

This past weekend Coral Springs Swim Club participated in 2 different local events. Our 8 and Younger swimmers attended the HAT Sizzler on Friday May 5th, then CSSC hosted an Invitational Meet our state-of-the-art facility from Saturday May 6th- Sunday, May 7th. It was an exciting weekend for our swimmers, coaches, volunteers, and fans alike.

The Mullins group attend the HAT Sizzler, which was held at the American Heritage School. Coach Bar Bogoslavsky thought that the Meet was “a success for our 8 and under swimmers” not only because the Mullins group produced some excellent swims, but also because “this meet gave me the opportunity to see the swimmers race in 25's only”. Coach Bar was especially proud “our relays” because they “killed it”. It was a great start to a weekend of competing.

Gianna Martin competed in 4 6 & Under events. She dropped 2 seconds in her 25 Fly and secured 2nd place at 25.95. Gianna also placed 2nd in her 25 Breast at 27.83. Sydney Larsen also skimmed time off her previous record in order to secure 2nd place. Sydney’s new record in her 25 Free is 25.46.

More impressive swims include Daniel Gil-Restrepo’s 4th place finish in his 6 & Under 25 Fly (31.90), Jorge Aguila’s 5th place finish in his 25 Free (17.82), and Mikhel Martin’s 6th place finish in her 25 Free (18.87).

Swimmers who also showcased their hard work during practice by dropping time include Alexander Mitov in his 25 Free (21.90), Breast (27.87), and Fly (28.44), Dominique Aris’ 3.68 drop in his 25 Fly (26.68), Grace Zhu’s 1.5 second drop in her 25 Back (30.15), Samantha Grossman’s drops in both her 25 Back and Free (27.44 and 31.27 respectively) and John Alborno’s 1 second drop in his 25 Breast (27.85).

Aveline Harding and Vanessa Rodriguez Walker both showed a passion for the sport. We can’t wait to see what their future holds.

Coach Bar was also impressed with her Mullins’ group’s performance at the Invitational, “we had a lot of best times and first time swims and it was an overall great weekend, some of the kids tried new events and it went very well.” Both the Mullins group and our older swimmers made the Meet a true success.

Delaney Biro was in top form at the Invitational. She placed 1st in her 400 Free (4:44.78) and 2nd in her 50 Fly (30.75), 100 Fly (1:09.34), and 100 Fly (1:04.07). Faith Fowler and Megan Schimansky both showed superior skill and technique in their Backstroke and beat out the rest of the competition and placing 1st (the 200 for Faith 2:37.18 and the 100 for Megan 1:12.23).

Gregory Trimble placed 2nd in his 400 IM with an impressive time of 5:20.78. Riley McCormick earned a bronze victory in her 400 IM (6:05.29) while Gian Savino placed 4th in his 200 Breast (2:56.16). Micaela Sierra also placed 4th in her 50 Breast (36.93), as did Dominique Fajardo in her 50 Fly (31.32).

CSSC swimmers have been sharpening their skills and technique during the practice. This hard worked showed in the 200 IM, an event in which many of our swimmers created new personal records for themselves. Olivia Mason improved her time by over 40 seconds (2:51.79), Rhania Suarez improved her time by 29seconds (3:24.82), Mila Bond improved her time by 27 seconds (4:17.32), Kayleigh Didovic and Grace Nemanic both improved their times improved their times by 25 seconds (3:07.52 and respectively 3:08.76), Kaitlyn Bonasera by 24 seconds (3:46.31), Jason Bonasera dropped of nearly 18 seconds from his (2:40.44), Ryan Brander dropped over 11 seconds from his (3:02.74), Andres McKeon, David Blanco and Hailey Wells each dropped over 5 seconds from theirs (2:29.47, 2:41.32, and 1:12.82 respectively), and

Connor Marks and Wilson Ward each dropped 4 seconds from theirs (2:37.20 and 2:52.54 respectively). Samantha Schoenborn, Selina Guan, Sarah Schimansky, Nicole Palacios, and Amber Candido also achieved new personal records in their 200 IM heats.

More swimmers who showed time improvements include Kenan Kocoglu in his 50 Back (33.75) in which he finished 5th, Reese Maxwell in both her 100 Free (1:28.01) and 200 Free (3:04.51L) Oscar Dougherty in both his 100 Free (1:53.54) and 50 Breast (1:01.44), Kenneth Rattray in both his 50 Fly (1:06.36) and Breast (1:04.49, Mariana Montes and Carolyn Powell in their 200 Frees (2:54.29 and 3:05.03 respectively), Cole Narbonne in his 100 Fly (1:26.19),

The 100 Free was another race where many of our swimmers showed drastic improvement. Payton Schurr and Ysabella Sapp both shaved 40 seconds from their previous personal best times at 1:39.68 for Payton and 1:18.53 for Ysabella. Brian Gonzalez (1:02.58), Haley Most (2:02.15,), Addison Palumbo (1:51.36,), and Beckhem Korb (1:37.28), Sherwin Sterling (1:36.20), Evan NG (1:37.04), Brandon Schutz (1:04.04), Faith Suther (1:14.15), and Emma Viola (1:44.32) also achieved new personal records.

Coach Bar celebrated successes and utilized the Meet as an opportunity to guide future practices. She said, “This was a great way for Coach Jessica and I to see the swimmers perform and see what needs work on during practice. Coach Jessica and I look forward to training hard during the few upcoming months so that we can improve more in our upcoming meet”. She concluded, “overall it was a great weekend and I am looking forward to our next meet”.

Photo Gallery from the CSSC May Invitational

Photo Credit: Dave Brewington. All photos can be found at http://www.aboobarley.com

Firecracker 400 and IMR Pentathlon

01 May 2017

Sunrise Swimming hosted their annual Firecracker 400 and IMR Pentathlon April 28-30, 2017 at the Sunrise Civic Center. Coral Springs was honored to compete with some of the best teams from Florida’s Gold Coast. Head Coach Bruno Darzi was pleased with the way CSSC competed at the event. He said that the “incredible results” were due to the fact that “we had exceptional time drops in all age groups from top to bottom.”

Three of our swimmers crushed their competition by earning 1st place in three different events in which they participated. Brian Gonzalez placed 1st in his 400 Free (4:34.70) by dropping 6.4 seconds from his previous record, in his 400 IM (5:21.13) with another impressive drop of nearly 11 seconds, as well as his 100 Fly (1:10.64). Riley McCormick also shaved time from her previous personal bests in order to secure 3 1st place victories. She beat her previous record in her 50 Fly by over 2 seconds for a final time of 33.50, her 50 Back by 7 seconds for a final time of 37.20, and her 200 IM by 8.5 seconds for a final time of 2:47.57. Megan Schimansky finished 1st in her 400 Free (4:44.15), 400 IM (5:35.57), and 100 Back (1:14.45).  Schimansky also notably came in 2nd in the remainder of races in which she competed at the event including her 100 Fly (1:24.99), her 100 Breast (1:39.33), and her 200 Free (2:22.28). Samantha Schoenborn commanded 1st in both her 50 Breast and 200 IM with respective times of 48.91 and 3:21.23.

With even more noteworthy 1st place finishes it was evident that CSSC swimmers and coaches have been working hard at practice to improve their time, technique, and skill. Carolyn Powell shaved time from both her 50 Back (43.95) and her 100 Free (1:21.00) in order to win 2 1st place victories at the event. Sarah Schimansky improved her time in her 100 Back by 3.6 seconds at 1:24.30. Schimansky also placed 1st in her 200 Free with an impressive time of 2:26.67L. Gian Savino also had 2 1st place finishes, one in his 100 Breast (1:19.91) and the other in his 400 IM (5:40.69).

Jason Bonasera achieved 1st place by shaving over 30 seconds from his previous record in his 400 Free (4:46.61) while Giulianna Garcia shaved nearly 8 seconds from her 400 IM (5:30.35). Connor Marks also improved his previous 400 IM record and secured 1st place at 5:26.57, a 19 second improvement. Mariana Montes shaved 6.7 seconds from her 50 Fly (42.72), while Wilson Ward shaved 6.7 seconds from his 100 Breast (1:24.71), each securing 1st. Grant Aran also impressively placed 1st in his 200 Free (2:14.60).

Olivia Reposa achieved 2nd place in three different events including her 400 Free (5:16.48), her 100 Fly (1:25.16) and her 200 Free (2:31.51). Reposa placed 3rd in the 3 remaining events in which she participated. Gannen Tages placed 2nd in both his 100 Fly and Breast (1:15.57 and 1:25.73 respectively) while Ashley Ruf also enjoyed a 2nd place finish in her 200 Free (2:43.17).

More notable placements from the weekend include Samuel McCormick and Andres McKeon’s 2nd place finish in their 200 Frees with respective times of 2:34.90 and 2:05.94, Ashley Nagy’s 2nd place finish in her 100 Fly (1:33.78), Emily Robertson’s 2nd place finish in her 50 Back (38.19), Lilla Megyeri’s 3rd place finish in her 50 Fly (44.59)

Impressive time drops were seen in many IM swims including Gregory Trimble’s 4.6 second drop in his 400 for a 3rd place finish at 5:12.43, Daniella Balkom’s 20 second drop for a 3rd place finish in her 200 at 3:09.50, Alejandro Alvarez’s 9 second drop for a 4th place finish in his 200 at 3:07.96L, Amber Candido’s 11 second drop for a 5rd place finish in her 400 at 6:06.74, and Guillermo Barrios’ 26 second drop in his 400 for an 8th place finish at 5:37.09,

The Free was another race where we saw significant improvement over the weekend. Marli Dearen shaved 21 seconds from her previous record in her 200 for a new personal best of 2:47.08 while Faith Fowler shaved nearly 14 seconds from her 400 for a new personal best of 4:54.93. Both Dearen and Fowler placed 4th in their respective races. Alejandra Gil beat her previous record by 2.5 seconds and finished in 5th place at 1:33.28. More impressive Freestyle time drops include Olivia Mason who dropped 23 seconds from her 400 (5:05.98), Fernando Calero, who dropped nearly 40 seconds from his 200 (3:21.28), Mila Bond, who dropped 25 seconds from her 100 (1:29.33), Madison Hockman, who dropped 7 seconds from her 200 (2:46.10), and Grayson Yellin, who dropped 32 seconds from his 200 (3:00.77).

Selina Guan tackled her 50 Fly with determination and managed to improve her time by nearly 14 seconds (52.57) as did Sherwin Sterling for  a 2 second improvement and 7th place finish at 48.50. Miguel Kocoglu improved his Breaststroke by nearly 10 seconds for a 4th place finish in his 50 at 44.61. More noteworthy Breaststroke swims include Ysabella Sapp’s improvement of 19 seconds in her 50 (51.13), Brandon Schutz’s improvement of 15 seconds in his 100 (1:31.45).

Darzi is optimistic that the results of this meet will continue throughout the season. He said, “I am excited to see how our kids will perform at our first long course meet of the season this weekend."

CSSC wishes Coach Emma Volz all the best

28 April 2017

We will be saying goodbye to Coach Emma Volz after she graduates college next week.  Her commitment to the club and her dedication to her swimmers was amazing and she really be missed! She brought so much knowledge and excitement to every practice and the swimmers have benefited from her greatly in the time she has been with us.  We are excited to see what her future holds and we wish her all the best! Coach Emma, We will miss you!!!!

Pictures from Coach Emma's Farewell Party 

Photo Credit: Jodi Thorpe

April 2017 Sizzler Results

15 April 2017

The Sunrise Swim Team hosted an 8 & Under Sizzler on Friday, April 7th. Coral Springs Swim Club’s youngest swimmers gathered in Sunrise to compete in the event. Coach Jessica Long was thrilled with their performances. She said, “we had a great meet! All the kids did so well especially with their Back, Breast and Fly.” CSSC coaches and swimmers have been working hard to improve technique and speed in these events.

Braelyn Thorpe outswam her competition in each of the 4 events in which she competed including the 6 and Under 25 Fly (21.22), Back (23.31), Breast (25.05), and Free (18.85). David Rodriguez dropped time in 2 different events. He claimed 2nd place in his 25 Fly (18.52) and 4th place in his 25 Free. Sophia El Chantiry dropped an impressive 3.8 seconds from her 25 Fly (18.87), securing 3rd place in the 7-8-year-old division.

Gianna Martin not only enjoyed 2 3rd place finishes (one in her 25 Breast (26.95) and the other in her 25 Free (22.88)), but she also placed 5th in her 25 Fly (27.91) and 25 Back (27.84).  Daniel Gil-Restrepo shaved over 3 seconds from his previous personal best in his 25 Fly, securing 3rd place at 29.55.

Both our Girls and Boys teams came in 3rd in their 100 Free Style Relays. Our Girls team was made up of 8-year-olds Addison Palumbo, and Alejandra Gil, 7-year-old Molly Chaison, and 6-year-old Braelyn Thorpe. This powerhouse team completed their relay at 1:22.33, just under 2 seconds shy of YMCA of South Florida’s 2nd place and 8 seconds shy of Pine Crest Swim Team’s 1st.

The Boys relay was swum by 8-year-olds Anthony Palumbo, John Albornoz, David Rodriguez, and Jorge Aguila. Their impressive time of 1:14.96 was just under 3 seconds shy of Sunrise Swimming’s 2nd place and 4 seconds shy of South Florida Aquatic Club’s 1st.

More stand out performances from the event include Jorge Aguila, the lead off for the Boys 100 Free Relay who also dropped time and secured 5th place in both his 25 Back (21.65) and his 25 Breast (24.73Y), and Aveline Harding, who placed 6th in both her 25 Fly (28.98) and her 25 Free (23.54).

More of our swimmers swam personal best times at the Sizzler include Amanda Robins 10 second time drop in her 25 Fly (23.32), Vanessa Rodriguez Walker’s 5 second drop also in her 25 Fly (29.08), and Samantha Grossman and Sydney Larsen, who each swam new personal bests in their 4 events, perhaps most impressively for Grossman was her 6 second improvement in her 25 Fly (24.73) and most impressively for Larsen her 4 second improvement in her 25 Breast (39.82).

 Logan Jeffrey also dropped time in his 25 Breast, finishing at 29.51, 6 seconds ahead of his previous record, Mikhel Martin shaved a second from her 25 Breast (26.07) and Haley Most shaved 2 seconds from hers (26.39).

We cannot wait to see what these young swimmers have in store not only for upcoming Sizzler Meets, but also many more events in the future. 

Photo Gallery

Photo Credit: Drew Thorpe

Senior Championships

27 March 2017

The Gold Coast Senior Championships were held March 24-26, 2017 in Pembroke Pines at the Academic Village Swimming Pool. Head Coach Bruno Darzi said, "We had an incredible meet, full of outstanding individual performances. At last weekend's swim meet, we decided to focus on individual swims, and not participate in any relays. The decision made was due to the fact that many relay swimmers had been sick for a few days prior to the meet, and we wanted to give the other swimmers an opportunity to perform at their best”.

Kalvin Hernandez showcased outstanding swims at the event He competed in 6 races and dropped time in every one in order to achieve new personal bests. Hernandez placed 2nd in his 200 Free at 1:44.14, 5th in his 100 IM at 55.96, and 6th in both his 100 Free (48.00) and 50 Fly (23.79). Combined with an 8th place finish in his 100 Fly and a 12th place finish in his 50 Free, Hernandez accumulated a noteworthy 97 points.

18-year-old Jose Pascual enjoyed 3 3rd place finishes in his Breast events. He completed his 50 at 27.24, his 100 at 58.14, and his 200 at 2:05.68. Pascual earned a total of 92 points.

Megan Schimansky earned a cumulative 77 points throughout the weekend, including 19 points for her 4th place finish in her 200 Back at 2:06.73. Delaney Biro was another major point earner. She accumulated 51 points including 15 points for her 6th place finish in her 500 Free (5:10.64) as was Andres McKeon who earned 42, including 15 points for his near 2 second time drop in his 200 Free (1:46.02).

More impressive swims include Dominique Fajardo’s 10th place finish in her 50 Fly (26.92Y), Connor Marks’ 11th place finish in his 200 Back (2:03.93Y), Sarah Schimansky’s time of 5:30.81 in her 500 Free, and Gian Savino’s time of 4:54.29 in his 400 IM.

We also saw a number of time drops this past weekend. Gregory Trimble showcased just how hard he has been training by dropping time in every event in which he competed, including 6 seconds off his 200 Breast (2:25.16) and his 200 Back (2:06.48).

More time drops from the weekend include David Blanco’s 1 second drop in his 50 Breast for a new personal best time of 29.27, Micaela Sierra’s nearly 4 second drop in her 100 Free (57.84), and Pedro DaSilva’s 2.5 second drop in his 500 Free (5:01.17).

Darzi was proud of our swimmers’ performances over the weekend, “the results were exactly what we expected. I could not be more proud of this group of athletes.” As always, he is looking toward the future and what it holds for CSSC, “now it's time to recharge and get ready for the long course season."

CSSC 2017 Summer Camp

23 March 2017

The CSSC Summer Swim Camp is a fun and unique way for swimmers to develop proper stroke technique as well as mental preparation and race strategies.

  • Camp is open for swimmers ages 8 & over.

  • Swimmer must know all four strokes.

  • Swimmer must be a USA Registered.

Cost

$190 /week/per child ( Sessions I & II)
$205/week/ per child (Session III)
($20 discount for siblings)

Time

9:30am to 3pm (Sessions I & II)
8 am to 3pm (Session III)

Sessions I & II are Mon-Thurs
Session III are Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri

Sessions

Session I
June 12-15
Free • Back • Starts • Dryland
(Choose 1 stroke free or back)

Session II
June 26-29
Breast • Fly • Starts • Dryland
(Choose 1 stroke breast or fly)

Session III
July 3-7
IM • Turns •  Dryland  • Starts
(No class July 4th)

What to Bring
Snacks, Lunch and Drinks,

Equipment: goggles, suit, fins, snorkel, kickboard, pull buoy, towel, athletic sneakers & workout clothes
USB Drive and a folder

Coaches

Head Age Group Coach Mike Smiechowski & Senior Coach Dave Cowmeadow

Click here to download the Summer Camp flyer

2017 Junior Olympics

19 March 2017

36 teams gathered together March 17-19 at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex to compete in the highly anticipated 2017 Junior Olympics. The weekend’s fine weather made it a pleasant and exciting event for CSSC swimmers, families, coaches, volunteers, spectators, and guests.

It was a very successful meet. 22 Florida Gold Coast records broken at the event and our swimmers faced their competition with gusto and grit. Head Coach Bruno Darzi was pleased with our swimmers’ performances at the event. He said, “we had some incredible performances at this meet. Our age group swimmers did an outstanding job representing the Coral Springs Swim Club.  We had a great number of finalists and top 3 finishers. This new generation is very competitive and excited about racing”. He attributed our swimmers’ success, in part, to the outstanding training and hard work of CSSC coaches, “Coach Mike has done a tremendous job preparing them for the meet.”

Giulianna Garcia dropped 3.68 seconds from her 200 IM and came in 1st place with a new personal record of 2:17.72. Garcia also placed 2nd in 4 different events; including her 50 Fly (27.54), 100 Fly (1:00.96), 200 Fly (2:15.97), and 400 IM (4:48.35). Garcia earned a combined total of 50 points for CSSC.

Micaela Sierra was at the top of her game. She blew her competition away in the Breast Stroke, earning 1st place in both her 50 (31.42) and her 100 (1:08.22). Sierra also placed 2nd in her 200 IM (2:18.44), and 5th in her, earning a combined total of 37 points.

Riley Botting dropped time in every event in which she competed and earned a total of 47 points for CSSC. She placed 1st in her 200 Breast (2:32.36), and 2nd in both her 100 Breast (1:09.74) and 100 IM (1:04.50).

Connor Marks also took the opportunity at the meet to improve times in the majority of events in which he competed. He earned a combined total of 44 points for CSSC.

More stand out performances include Ryan Brander’s 4 second time drop in his 100 Breast for an 8th place finish at 1:12.72, Emily Robertson’s nearly 5 second drop in her 100 Fly for a 6th place finish at 1:03.98, Sarah Schimansky’s 16 seconds drop in her 1650 Free for a 6th place finish at 18:25.36, Mariana Montes’ 100 Fly at (1:28.80), and Jason Bonasera’s 1650 Free at 19:00.12.

Swimmers who continued to show time improvements include Hailey Wells, Payton Ward, Rhania Suarez, Samantha Schoenborn, Riley McCormick, Olivia Mason, Lydia Lanahan, Brian Gonzalez, and Faith Fowler.

The final results of the Junior Olympics are as follows. South Florida Aquatic Club came in 1st place with an impressive combined team score of 935. Gulliver Swim Club finished in 2nd place with 672 points and East Coast Aquatic Club secured 3rd place with 650 points. Coral Springs Swim Club’s Boys and Girls team earned a combined total of 295 points, and in 10th place.

Darzi was more than satisfied with the weekend’s events. He concluded, “I could not be more proud of our kids".

FGC SC Area 2 Developmental Championships

07 March 2017

This past weekend The FGC SC Area 2 Developmental Championship Meet was help at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center. CSSC swimmers have been training hard to sharpen their technique and increase their speed. Their efforts certainly paid off at the event.  Coach Michael Smiechowski said, “I was very proud of the blue and white groups for an excellent weekend of swimming. We had 149 best time swims and 17 new J.O qualifying times!”

Chloe Carignan and Lydia Lanahan not only dropped significant time in every event in which they competed at the meet, but also placed 1st in 2 events. The 100 Back (1:05.34) and the 100 Free (58.45) for Cardigan and the 200 Back (2:25.51) and 1650 Free (19:03.12) for Lanahan.  

The meet also served as the perfect venue for Samantha Schoenborn to showcase her improved technique. She enjoyed a 1st place finish in her 200 Free (2:33.33), 2nd place in both her 100 and 200 IM’s (1:24.65, and 2:56.73 respectively), and 3rd place in her 50 Free (32.27).  Jason Bonasera also gave a strong performance. He enjoyed a 1st place finish by shaving 13 seconds from his 1650 Free, finishing the challenging race with a new personal record of 18:13.39.

Kenan Kocoglu shaved 2 seconds off his 100 IM for a 1st place victory at 1:02.48, and Mariana Montes shaved nearly 5 seconds from her 100 Fly (1:25.93) also commanding 1st.  More impressive time drops for 1st place victories include Elizabeth Olson finishing in her 100 Fly at 1:12.09, nearly 9 seconds faster than her previous personal best and Carolyn Powell finishing her 50 Free at 30.81, 2 seconds faster than her previous personal best.

Cody Chin dropped an impressive 7 seconds from his 200 Fly for a 1st place finish at 2:11.81. Chin also dropped time in his 50 Free for a 2nd place finish (25.07). Patrick Franzino dropped 1.3 seconds from his 100 Breast and beat out the competition for a 1st place victory with an impressive time of 1:10.27. Rhania Suarez not only came in 1st in her 100 IM (1:23.85), but she also shaved 6 seconds off her 100 Breast for a 3rd place finish and a new personal record of 1:35.28.

More impressive swims include Grace Nemanic’s 2nd place finish in her 100 Breast (1:20.86), Miguel Kocoglu’s 3rd place finish in his 100 Back (1:18.83), Alejandro Alvarez’ 4 second improvement in his 200 Free for a 2nd place finish (2:16.81), Gannen Tages’ 2nd place finish in his 200 Breast (2:45.82), Amber Candido’s  3rd place finish in her 400 IM (5:26.21), Guillermo Barrios’ 2nd place finish in his 50 Back (29.82), and Hailey Wells taking 2nd in her 200 Free at 2:16.24 and shaving an impressive 14.63 seconds off her 500 Free for a 5th place finish (6:05.14).

Swimmers who showed improvement times also include Kaitlyn Bonasera’s  3 second improvement in the 100 Fly for a 3rd place finish at 1:13.26, Luciano Alzate’s 10 second drop in his 50 Back (56.79), Daniella Balkcom’s 7.5 second drop in her 500 Free for an 6th place finish at 6:21.09, Kennedy Grisby’s 13.5 second improvement in her 100 Breast (1:56.36), Brittney Bean’s nearly 1 second improvement in her 100 Free (1:21.39), Frederick Chang’s 3 second improvement in his 50 Breast (36.40), and Mila Bond’s 7 second improvement in her 100 Breast for a new personal best of 1:44.85 and a 10th place finish.

The trend of hard work and dedication during practice to show improvement in performance continued with Isabella Perez, who placed 4th in her 50 Breast (43.12) by improving her time by over 4 seconds,   Lilla Megyeri, who placed 4th in her 100 Breast and 5th in her 100 Back (1:37.21 and 1:28.50 respectively), Victoria Veiga, who placed 4th in both her 100 Breast (1:24.10) and 50 Breast (38.47),  Ashley Nagy, who placed 4th in her 1650 Free by shaving 21 seconds from her previous record and finishing at 20:57.53, Sebastian Savino, who placed 6th in his 100 Back (1:20.97),  Sara Laplant, who placed 6th in her 100 Breast (1:22.51), Olivia Mason, who placed 4th in her 200 Free (2:08.44), and Payton Ward who placed 3rd in his 100 Fly with a final time of 1:12.60 and a 3 second improvement over his previous personal best.

Coach Smiechowski is confident that the performances from this meet are evidence to an exciting 2017 season. “It’s a great start to the championship season and should provide momentum for JOs in a couple of weeks." We are eagerly anticipating Junior Olympics and are confident that CSSC swimmers, coaches, families, volunteers and fans will have a memorable experiences that will be both inspiring and rewarding.

Annual CSSC BBQ on April 1st

06 March 2017

Attention all CSSC Swimmers and Families!
This is no April Fool's joke! Our annual CSSC BBQ is right around the corner. Please save the date of April 1st and see the
BBQ flyer  for details.  
This is a fun, free event which gives our swimmers the opportunity to enjoy hanging out together away from the pool. 
Annual CSSC BBQ
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Betti Stradling Park
11:00am- 2:00pm
Deadline to RSVP: MARCH 26TH
Hope to see everyone there!
CSSC Board of Directors
2017 Coral Springs Open Invitational
15 February 2017

This past weekend, Coral Springs Swim Club hosted the 2017 Coral Springs Open Invitational. Swim teams from all across the state gathered together at our State of the Art facility in order to compete.

Coach Raphael Lima was proud not only to host this event, but also of the way that our swimmers brought their best to the event. He said, “our swimmers, as a whole, had a great performance at this past weekend's meet”. He added that every age group that participated in the event really showed tenacity and grit on performance day, “all groups from 8 years old and under, to our high school swimmers, either improved their times or competed at a level that coaches expect for this time in the season”.

Coach Jessica Long mirrored the same sentiment held by Coach Raphael. She said, “the majority had all best times for this meet…all [CSSC Swimmers] have shown that they have been training hard in practice and they all rose to the challenges and showed that hard work really does pay off”. Especially when they are being asked to challenge themselves and graduate to the next competitive level, “we have our older swimmer getting into their 200 races and it's a challenge for the but a necessary step and they really swam very well in those longer distances”.

Megan Schimansky blew her competition away at the meet. She placed 1st in 4 different events, including her 100, and 200 Back (1:00.04 and 2:09.84 respectively), her 200 and 400 IM (2:15.95 and 4:44.11 respectively), and her 500 Free (5:12.42).  Schimansky also swam in excellent 50 Back where she came in at 28.29Y and in 2nd place.

Delany Biro enjoyed 4 impressive 1st place victories, she outswam her competition in both her 50 and 100 Fly (27.40 and 1:00.94 respectively) and her 100 and 200 Free (55.98 and 2:02.03 respectively). Biro also made quite the showing in her 200 Fly (2:18.11), in which she placed 2nd, her 50 Free (25.25), in which she placed 3rd, and her challenging 500 Free (5:27.63), in which she placed 5th.

Kalvin Hernandez also performed outstandingly. He placed 1st in his 100 Free (49.52), 2nd in his 100 Fly (54.59), and 3rd in both his 50 and 100 Back with respective times of 26.73 and 58.97. Riley Botting came in 1st in her 200 Breast (2:36.25) and dropped over 2 seconds from her 500 Free (5:35.60) for a 10th place finish.

Jose Pascual earned 3 2nd place victories in the 200 IM (2:02.70) and Breast (2:14.72) and the 100 Back (57.84). Giulianna Garcia finished 2nd in her 200 Breast (2:36.57) and 3rd in three other events, including her 200 IM (2:21.40), 200 Fly (2:22.97), and 400 IM (4:59.86)

Many more CSSC swimmers really rose to the occasion in both placement and time improvements. Dominique Fajardo placed 2nd in both her 50 Fly (27.41Y) and 50 Free (25.00) and 5th in her 100 Free (58.86), Faith Fowler earned 2 4th place finishes, 1 in her 200 Fly (2:30.41) and the other in her 100 Back (1:05.93), and Brian Gonzalez placed 5th in his 200 Fly (2:24.88).

Cody Chin shaved a noteworthy 7.5 seconds off his 200 Fly, finishing the race at 2:18.65 and in 4th place and Briana Dattile shaved 3 seconds off her 200 Breast (2:41.89), finishing her race in 5th, and Kenan Kocoglu shaved 2 seconds off his 50 Breast for a 5th place finish at 30.79.

More impressive swims include Chloe Carignan’s 8th place finishes in both her 50 Breast (34:87) and 50 Back (31.37), Marli Dearen shaving over 7 seconds off her 50 Fly (33.14), Cailin Duggins shaving nearly 15 seconds off her 100 Free (2:18.49), and Pedro DaSilva’s 3rd place finish in his 100 Free (50.61).

Brandon Jackson swam his best time in every event in which he competed and Kennedy Grisby beat her previous record in the 100 Free by 4.5 seconds (1:28.70) as did Selina Guan in her 50 Breast (40.66).

The Breast stroke proved to be a strength for many CSSC swimmers, including Micaela Sierra, who finished in 1st in her 50 Breast at 1:09.78, David Blanco, who also shaved time from his 50 Breast for a 3rd place finish (30.17Y), Miguel Kocoglu , who shaved over 13 seconds from his previous 100 Breast personal best (1:27.12), Reese Maxwell, who shaved 2 seconds from his previous 100 record at 1:39.96, Lorenzo Prado beat his previous personal best in the 50 by nearly 2 seconds (36.72), and Andrea Zambrano and Gregory Trimble, who both shaved time from their previous 200 Breast records (7.5 and 15 respectively) for final times of 2:43.67 and 2:31.22 and 6th place finishes.

The challenging Fly stroke was no match for Samantha Schoenborn, who shaved over 11 seconds from her previous record in her 50 at 42.27, nor was it for Braelyn Thorpe, who beat her own previous record in the 50 by 7 seconds (51.36).

The Back was also a strongpoint for CSSC Swimmers at the event. Connor Marks placed 5th in his 200 Back (2:10.36) and 6th in his 100 (2:10.36), Caitlin O'Mara outswam her previous record in the 50 by 2 seconds (52.66), and Meaghan Swack shaved over 6 seconds from her 100 (1:47.38).

We also saw improvements in IMs. Fabrizio Parraga shaved 55 seconds from his 200 (2:25.13) and William Olson shaved 10 seconds off his (2:37.77). Katrina White swam her 200 at 3:08.56, while Payton Ward completed hers in 2:41.55.

Coach Raphael notes that not all achievements can be measured by breaking records and beating out competition. Each meet should be seen as an opportunity to show true sportsmanship by overcoming obstacles and putting forth your best effort. He said, “It is very important to mention that dropping times at a meet, does not mean ‘stand out’, even though, almost our whole team did. ‘Stand out’ means swim close to a best time, without resting neither tapering and or compete for the first time without getting disqualified in an event.” He continues, “it means going to a swim meet being tired from the practices and race like a champion”.

That’s why we are pleased to include stand outs like Adelia Cira, who swam a 100 Free, Katelyn Lay, who competed in the 200 Free, Maximiliano Cisternas, Lacey Dietz, John Lynch, Ryan Lynch, Andres McKeon, Courtney Hartung, Savannah Kautz, Sophia El Chantiry, and Skylar Croasdale, who each competed in seven separate events, and Logan Jeffery who showcased a mature dedication in each of his 6 separate events.

More consistent and determined swimmers who showcased true sportsmanship at the meet include Emily Robertson, Ashley and Justin Ruf, Sebastian Savino, Gannen Tages, Anika Van Rooyen, Grace Zhu, Cooper Jax and Grayson Yellin, Catherine Voit, and Brian Hamilton.

Coach Jessica thinks that this meet will be an inspiration for upcoming events in 2017. She said, “we are very proud of the maturity and passion that all of our swimmers displayed this past weekend”. We are excited to see our swimmers blossom through practice, team-building, and the sense of community that CSSC provides.  Coach Raphael noted his take away message from the meet, and what he hopes all participants will have learned through both their participation and speciation, it would be to “race like a champion", no matter how good, tired, or rested you are”. We are anxious to see our group of champions compete this year. 

Pine Crest Sizzler

14 February 2017

On February 10th the Pine Crest Swimming hosted a Sizzler Meet for swimmers aged 8 and Under at the Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale. Some of Coral Springs Swim Club’s youngest swimmers gathered together and made quite the showing.

Coach Jessica Long recalls, “the kids did amazing!” and adds “we had another chilly, yet successful sizzler”. Although a small amount of swimmers were at the meet, they still made a big impression.

Six-year-old Gianna Martin made her mark at the Sizzler. She placed 1st in her 25 Breast (30.53), 3rd in her 25 Fly (32.28), and 5th in her 25 Free (29.04).

David Rodriguez earned a 1st place victory by dropping nearly a second from his 25 Fly (18.79) and 3rd place in his 25 Back (22.19). Aveline Harding had an excellent showing as well. She placed 2nd in both her 25 Fly and Free, with respective times of 31.93 and 27.74 as well as 4th place in her 25 Back (31.91).

The trend in time drops at the Sizzler Meet continued with Jorge Aguila dropping a half second from his 25 Back for a 5th place finish (22.28), Carter Reese dropping 2 seconds from his 25 Breast (27.60), and John Albornoz and Samantha Grossman both dropping a quarter of a second from their 25 Breast (29.99 and 28.87 respectively).

 Coach Jessica was delighted with the 2 relays that our pint-sized swimmers competed in and is in awe of their professionalism she notes that “they swam their hearts off despite the cold”.

We are so excited to see how these swimmers will continue to sharpen their skills and develop themselves as swimmers in the months and years to come.  

CSSC Swimmers, Coaches and Parents to Participate in the 2017 Race For 

Women’s Wellness in Coral Springs

11 February 2017

For the fifth year in a row, swimmers, coaches and parents of the Coral Springs Swim Club, will participate in the Coral Springs Half-Marathon and Race For Women's Wellness 5K Run/Walk that will take place on Saturday, March 25. Proceeds will benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund to provide free screening mammograms to women who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

Runners start the Race for Women’s Wellness Half Marathon course at the Coral Springs Tennis Center on SportsPlex Drive, along the edge of the Everglades Wildlife Management Area. From there, this very fast and flat route winds through a series of residential neighborhoods, and past the Coral Square Mall and the TPC Eagle Trace Golf Club, before bringing runners in to the finish line at Westchester Elementary School on Royal Palm Boulevard.  The half marathon will start at 6:00 am and the 5K Race at 7:30 am. Participants must be at least 12 years old to compete in the half marathon and able to finish in 4 hours (an 18 minute/mile pace). The 5K race is open to all ages.

“CSSC swimmers always have so much fun in this event,” said Danica Schimansky, President of CSSC Board of Directors. “Our team has been the largest team participating in this race for four years in a row,” she added. Last year, four CSSC parents ran the half- marathon, including Mitch Dworet who placed 6th for his age group with a time of 1:58.53.897, Annika Dworet who placed 24th and finished at 2:21:54.00, Alfie Trimble who came in 23rd finishing in 2:27.14.927, and Barbara Brewington who placed 17th in her age group with a finish time of 3:11.21.733.  

CSSC swimmers proved that their skills extend to dry land as well as in the water. The 5k top finishers include Julie Mason (14) with a 1st place victory at 24:08.667, Tyler Armbruster (9) 2nd place at 26:34.133, Brian Gonzalez (12) and Delaney Biro (14) both with 2nd place finishes in their age group with respective times of 23:34.117 and 24:19.543, Connor Marks (13) with a 3rd place finish at 24:05.767, and Nicholas Dworet (16) also with a 3rd place finish at 21:39.370.

Three CSSC parents, and one grandparent, ran the 5K and placed in the top three for their age group. Linda Candido placed first at 33:43.313, Mark McCormick placed 2nd at 26:17.103, and Wendy Armbruster placed 3rd at 27:30.230. They were joined by 3 CSSC Coaches; Coach Bar, Coach Jessica and Coach Emma all participated in the 5K as well.

CSSC also supported the race by running the 2nd water station. Danica Schimansky, Carly Brewington, Linda Johnson and Kendra Marks had a good time providing water to runners and cheering on all the CSSC participants.

There will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION and to get the CSSC discount rate, registration forms must be turned in by Saturday, March 11 at the front office of the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. The CSSC discount applies to all swimmers, siblings, parents, relatives and friends. All participants will be receiving Finisher medals, and Dri-fit T-shirts.

Please note that this year's Team BBQ will take place on Saturday, April 1st (and NOT following the Race for Women's Wellness). More details to be announced soon.

To volunteer at Second Aid and Water Station call 954-592-2610.

For more information about the race, click here.

For the registration form, please click here

Success at SOFLO Open

03 February 2017

The South Florida Aquatic Club and Comets Swim Team Booster Club hosted the TYR SOFLO Open on January 27th- 29th at the Academic Village Swimming Pool in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Coral Springs Swim Club not only attednded the event, they brought their A game to it. The weekend was exciting and full of outstanding performanes by our swimmers. 

Micaela Sierra enjoyed a 1st place victory in the 200 Breast. She improved her previous time by 6.67 seconds and beat out the competition, finishing the race at an impressive time of 2:28.41. Sierra also placed 4th in the 100 Back (1:07.58). 

More highlight performances at the meet include Giulianna Garcia, who finished 2nd in both the 200 Free (2:08.09)and the 100 Fly (1:04.50) as well as 3rd place in the 200 IM (2:23.64) and the 100 Back (1:06.76), Sarah Schimansky, who came in 2nd place in the 500 Free (5:27.76), and Olivia Mason who placed 4th in the 50 Free at 26.52. 

Riley Botting also performed impressively last weekend. She came in 3rd place in the 50 Breast (34.14) and 4th place in the 200 IM (2:23.79). More impressive swims include Carolyn Powell, who claimed 4th place in the 50 Free, finishing at 32.74 and Megan Schimansky, who finished in 3rd place in the 100 Back (1:01.58) and 5th place in the 500 Free (5:14.17). 
Connor Marks secured 4th in the 100 Back with an excellent time of 1:01.21, Rhania Suarez secured 2 4th place finishes, the first by shaving nearly 16 seconds from her personal best in the 200 Free for a new record of 2:31.90 and the second in the 100 Fly (1:28.93). Samantha Schoenborn acheived her personal best in each of the 7 events she competed in at the meet including 2 seconds off her 50 Breast (43.17) for a 5th place finish and 6th place finishes by shaving 11 seconds off her 200 Free (2:36.49) and nearly 4 seconds off her 100 Breast (1:34.34). 

Aran Grant placed 5th in the 50 Free, finishing out the race at 24.68 and David Blanco also placed 5th in the 50 Breast at 31.00. Briana Dattile came in 6th place in both the 50 Breast and 50 Free with respective times of  34.69 and 27.75. Emily Robertson shaved a second off her previous best time in the 200 Free, coming in at 2:11.41 and in 6th place. Robertson also dropped nearly 13 seconds off of her 200 IM for a new personal best time of 2:42.29.

Faith Fowler placed 6th in the 200 Back (2:23.65) and dropped 6.5 seconds from her 400 IM, securing her an 8th place finish at 4:54.68. Ryan Brander also placed 6th in 2 of his Breast races with a time of 34.22 for the 50 Breast and a time of 2:46.67 for the 200 Breast. Brian Gonzalez earned 8th place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:48.01, and Mariana Montes shaved time off her 50 Fly for an 8th place finish at 39.07 as well as her 200 Free for a 9th place finish at 2:44.01.

Kalvin Hernandez dropped nearly 5 seconds from his 500 Free (5:06.38) as well as 1 second from his 100 Back (58.26) where he came in 7th place, Amber Candido dropped 8.5 seconds from her 200 Breast (2:50.88), securing her 9th place. The time drop trends continued. Hailey Wells dropped 24 seconds off her 500 Free (6:19.77) and 5 seconds off her 200 IM (2:45.82), Daniella Balkcom dropped 16 seconds off her 200 IM (2:51.99), Jason Bonasera dropped 11 seconds from his 500 Free (5:25.80), Kayleigh Didovic droped nearly 4 seconds off her 200 Free (2:58.57), and Kaitlyn Bonasera dropped over 5 seconds from both her 100 Fly (1:16.58) and her 200 IM (2:46.35). 

More impressive time drops include Glory Lee and Katelyn Lay, who each dropped 7 seconds from their 50 Back (1:06.61 and 53.46 respectively), Miguel Kocoglu, who dropped 10.5 seconds from his 100 Back (1:18.97), Fabrizio Parraga, who dropped 5.5 seconds from his 50 Breast (37.75), Sarah Tauzer, who dropped 7 seconds from both her 200 Free (2:45.87) and her 100 Back (1:29.93), Cody Chin, who dropped over 19 seconds from his 500 Free (5:44.42), and Ashley Nagy, who shaved nearly a minute off her 400 IM (5:47.84). 

CSSC coaches were impressed by the performances of every swimmer who brought their A games to the Meet, "The gauntlet has been dropped, if we can expect to see such amazing improvements and performances throughout 2017, then I am very excited about the coming year". We are eagerly anticipating our next opportunity to perform this year. 2017 is provong to be an exciting year. 

January 2017 Sizzler

31 January 2017

The 2017 Sunrise 8 and Under Sizzler was held on Saturday, January 28th at the Sunrise Civic Center. Our younger swimmers and their families  gathered at the event and braved the chilly temperatures to compete. 

Coach Jessica Long was proud of how CSSC swimmers performed at the event, even in challenging weather conditions, "our kids did so great at the sunrise sizzler despite the cold temps". She is also thrilled with the performances of CSSC newest participants Grace Zhu and Vanessa Rodriguez-Walker who both "did a great job for their first meet".The dilligent practice of our swimmers, along with instruction and training from our coaches, has certainly paid off. All swimmers acheived their best times at the meet.

Although we are delighted to see our swimmers continue to challenge themselves, we are also impressed with how CSSC perform as a team. The 100 Free Relays were a highlight at the Sizzler. Our girls team, consising of Alejandra Gil (8) Molly Chaison (7), Haley Most (7), and Braelyn Thorpe (6) beat out 8 other teams for a first place victory with an impressive time of 1:14.08. Our boys, team consisting of Jorge Aguila (7),  John Albornoz (7) Alex Mitov (7), and David Rodriguez (8) placed third in their relay at 1:22.85. 

Braelyn Thorpe was not only part of the team that earned a  first place victory in the relay, she also placed first in every event she competed in at the Sizzler includung the 25 Fly (23.03) , 25 Free (19.71), 25 Back (23.10), and 25 Breast (27.54). Alejandra Gil earned 3rd in both the 25 Fly (20.96) and 25 Free (17.78).

Other stand out individual performances include Jorge Aguila's 3rd place finish in the 25 Free (17.70), Aris Dominique's 5th place finish in the 25 Breast (26.03), and Aveline Harding's 6 second time drop in the 25 Free (24.97). 

More impressive time drops at the event include Gabriel Delpino's 10 second drop in the 25 Fly (30.97), John Albornoz's  and McKayla Barton's  2.5 second drop in the 25 Breast (30.20 and 27.53 respectively), and Samantha Grossman's 2 second drop in the 25 Back (29.12). Daniel Gil-Restrepo and Noa Nierman both swam their personal best in the 25 Fly (36.47 and 30.58 respectively) as did Alexander Mitov in in his 25 Back (27.73).
We are so proud of the performances that we saw last weekend and are looking forward to seeing how what these swimmers will bring to future meets in 2017. 

2016 Holiday Party

07 January 2017

2016 Holiday Parade

31 December 2016

On December 14th, CSSC participated on the 2016 Coral Springs Holiday Parade. The theme was "Light up the Night" and everyone had a great time!

2016 Sprint Invitational

06 December 2016

This weekend Coral Springs Swim Club hosted the Sprint Invitational the Silver group participated in their last home meet of 2016. Coach Bar Bogoslavsky was impressed with their performance, “We had some amazing swims and great times. Silver group participated in team relays, which I thought were a great way for the kids to enjoy themselves and get to meet other swimmers from the club.” 

Many of the Silver Group swimmers also improved their times at the meet. Sklyar Croasdale shaved 10 seconds off her 100 Free (1:33.63) and 9 off her 100 IM (1:54.12). Sophia El Chantiry improved her time by 4 seconds in both the 50 Free (40.95) and 50 Back (47.84). Contessa Gilley improved her time by 3 seconds in her 50 Back (1:03.89) while Logan Jeffery shaved 4 seconds off his 50 Free (51.21).

More Silver Group strides were made by Carolyn Powell who dropped 5 seconds from her 50 Breast (52.52) and 1 second from her 50 Back (39.42), Amanda Robins who shaved an impressive 20 seconds from her 100 Free (1:43.69) for a 5th place finish, and Michael Tran who improved his time in the 50 Back (58.47) by just over 1 second.

 First time meet participants were Mateo Colussi, Brian Hamilton, Tomas Tavares Juvencio, and Laila Jackson who also performed well. Coach Bar was “very pleased with the results of the meet” and feels as if “Silver group ended the year off with a bang”. She added that she “can't wait to see what is in store for next year”.

The Mullins groups participated at the meet as well. Many of these swimmers were new to the Area 2 meets including Kenslee Ward, Noa Nierman, Carly Chin, Adeline Harding, Braelyn Thorpe, Gabriel Delpino, Mielah Pierce, Annika Van Rooyen, Samantha Botha, Ege Lale, Kennedy Grisby, Meaghan Swack, Mark Abbott, Mckayla Barton, Samantha Grossman, Sydney Larsen, Alex Kirov, Hope Suther, Mia Mendez, Valerie Block, Riley Johnson, and Henry Robles. Coach Jessica Long noted that “they all did such a great and we are so proud of them. We look forward to many more competitions with them”.
 

Coach Long was happy with the swims on both days from her Mullins groups and looks forward to swim meets both as a way to watch her kids perform as well as “a way for us to see what we need to keep working on or emphasize more in practice”. Their work in the 50 Back was evident at the meet. Braelyn Thorpe dropped 3 seconds from her best time finishing at and in 47.44 4th place and Anthony Palumbo dropped 1 second from his personal best finishing in 2nd place at 47.73. Melanie Suglio had an amazing 100 Back with a 9 second drop from her personal best at 1:38.70.

The Mullins Group has been working hard in improving their Breaststroke technique and speed. The hard work in practice was evident at the meet. Rhadika Nanavati placed 4th in her 50 Breast by dropping3 seconds from her time at 54.84. Other time drops in the Breast include Addison Palumbo who dropped 4 seconds (1:04.40), Haley Most who dropped 8 seconds (1:04.94), Jorge Aguila who dropped 3 seconds (56.33), Anthony Palumbo who dropped 2 seconds and placed 3rd (52.37), Jack Maniscalco who dropped 4 seconds (1:07.31), Kenneth Rattray  who dropped 3 seconds (1:01.56), Ysabella Sapp who dropped 2 seconds (46.55), Courtney Hartung who dropped 2 seconds (50.46), Meaghan Swack who dropped 5 seconds (51.42), Camden Dumas who dropped 2 seconds (1:00.77), and Noah Mello who dropped 1 seconds (51.14).

More time drops were seen in the 50 Free. Mikhel Martin dropped 8 seconds (41.95), Mckayla Barton dropped 7 seconds (52.67), Haley Most dropped 5 seconds (50.64), Molly Chaison dropped 1 second (50.29) Rhadhika Nanavati dropped 14 seconds (42.94), Valerie Block dropped 3 seconds (43.73), Kyra Rattray dropped 2 seconds (41.94), Camden Dumas dropped 3 seconds (45.05), and Steve Quispe dropped a noteworthy 21 seconds (44.23).

Coach Long is proud of the strides that her group is making in the Butterfly, “they are getting so much better and faster and stronger”.  Addison Palumbo dropped 4 seconds (1:06.20), and Jorge Aguila dropped 6 seconds (52.65). 

 

Day two of the meet started off with the challenging 100 IM for the Mullins group where “the kids did great and had a lot of fun” Anthony Palumbo dropped 1 second from his time, coming in at 1:46.43 and in 3rd place. Oscar Dougherty dropped 10 seconds (1:51.18, Payton Schurr dropped 1 second (1:45.95), Courtney Hartung dropped 7 seconds (1:40.45), and Kyra Rattray dropped 17 seconds (1:54.85).  Kenslee Ward, Carly Chin, John Albornoz, Owen Dougherty, Kaitlyn Irwin, Ysabella Sapp, Valerie Block, Adrianna Raucci, Jax Yellin, Fernando Calero, and Justin Land all swam the event for the first time and did an amazing job.

Time drops in day 2 continued with the 50 Back where, Kenneth Rattray dropped 8 seconds (57.49), Kyra Rattray dropped 2 seconds (1:01.95), and on to the 100 Back where Grayson Yellin dropped a noteworthy 27 seconds (1:44.65).

The 100 Free is a race that many swimmers enjoy but it is also a race where many swimmers dropped time. Addison Palumbo dropped 20 seconds (1:50.70), Kailtyn Irwin dropped 12 seconds (1:49.09), Kenneth Rattray dropped 20 seconds (1:49.35), Grayson Yellin dropped 10 seconds (1:14.93), and Steve Quispe dropped 23 seconds (1:31.09Y).

We are so proud of all of our swimmers’ performances. We look forward to seeing what 2017 has to offer for CSSC swimmers and their families. 

Winter Champs

23 November 2016

The 26th Annual 2016 Speedo Winter Champs Meet was hosted by Plantation Swim Team. On November 17-20th, Coral Springs Swim Club competed alongside 50 other swim teams at Central Park’s Plantation Aquatic Complex pool in Plantation, Florida.

Azura Florida Aquatics placed 1st in the Championships with 1,390 points, followed by East Coast Aquatic Club at 2nd place with 1,205 points, while 3rd went to Pine Crest Swim Team with 1,108 points. Coral Springs Swim Club placed 10th among 51 Teams with a cumulative 403 points (266 earned by our women and 137 by our men).

Head Coach Bruno Darzi was thrilled with the events that transpired over the weekend. He said, "I am proud of our team performances This past season has been especially challenging due to the pool renovations and the limited pool space. We had some incredible individual performances".

Giulianna Garcia certainly performed at the event. She earned an impressive 58 points for CSSC in the Womens age 11-12 division. Garcia swam in 8 final events and earned 2nd place in the 200 Fly (2:18.15), the 400 IM (4:50.44) and the 100 Fly (1:02.10). She also dropped 6 seconds from her 200 Breast and came in 3rd at 2:35.86.

 Riley Botting earned 39 points and Briana Dattile earned 19 in the same age group. Botting beat her personal best time by nearly 5 seconds with a 1st victory in the 200 Breast (2:33.81). Botting also swam a skilled 50 Breast with a 2nd place finish at 33.29. Dattile also tackled the 50 Breast and placed 4th at 34.08.

Connor Marks dropped time in almost every event. He earned 27 points for CSSC in the Mens age 13-14 division. Some of his stand out events include his 2nd place finished in both the 50 and 100 Back (27.61 and 57.85 respectively) and 3rd in the 200 Back where he finished at 2:04.33 by dropping nearly 5 seconds from his personal best time.

The trend of our swimmers achieving personal best times at the meet continued with Samuel McCormick who placed 2nd in his 50 Breast at 29.42 by dropping a half a second from his previous record. McCormick also dropped 9.5 seconds from his 200 Breast and finished in 9th place at 2:23.55.

Sarah Schimansky and Riley McCormick both channeled their ability to endure the strenuous 1650 Free Schimansky dropped 22 seconds from her previous record in the event, finishing at 18:41.66 and in 6th place while McCormick dropped 37 seconds from hers finishing at 19:51.95 and earning 7th.

Kalvin Hernandez earned 18 points for CSSC. He placed 6th in both the 50 Fly (24.29) and the 100 Free (48.62) and 7th in both the 100 IM (56.52) and 100 Fly (53.37). Megan Schimansky earned a cumulative  11 points for CSSC by placing 4th in her 50 Back (28.09) and 7th in her 200 Back (2:12.46).

Other stand out performances from the Championships include Julie Mason’s 8th place in her 400 IM (4:58.62), Faith Fowler’s 500 Free (where she swam a personal best by 2.60 seconds at 5:28.76), Ryan Brander’s 9th place finishes in both the 50 and 200 Breast (34.17 and 2:47.54), Cody Chin’s 7th place finish in the 100 Fly (57.33), Brooke Cordoba’s 9th place finish in the 50 Breast (33.43), and Andres McKeon’s 10th place finish in the 200 Free (1:48.36).

With such these performances we are greatly looking forward to our upcoming meets. We wish all of our swimmers, coaches, and their families a Happy Thanksgiving and are thankful for all that you do to make CSSC such a success. 

Sunrise Sizzler and Turkey Classic

07 November 2016

Sunrise Swimming hosted the 8 and Under Sizzler on November 4th. Coral Springs Swim Club’s younger swimmers were honored to compete at the meet and did so with both skill and precision. Jessica Long was proud of each and every one of them, “they all did so well”.

Braelyn Thorpe was at the top pf her game. She earned 1st place victories in 3 different races, the 25 Fly (26.73), 25 Back (24.65), and 25 Free (23.42), and 2nd place in the 25 Breast at 30.64. We are so proud of her and all of our other swimmers who competed at the event and their families who cheered our swimmers on.

CSSC relies heavily on the support of our volunteers. They selflessly give their time to run things behind the scenes and their hard work is a huge part of our success.  A big thank you to Jorge Aguila, a team parent, who helped us greatly running and organizing the relays at the Sizzler.

Other highlights of the meet include Daniel Gil-Restrepo’s 3rd place finish in the 25 Back (32.37), and Jorge Aguila’s 3rd place finish in the 25 Butterfly (21.81).  David Rodriguez finished the 25 Fly just behind Aguila at 22.0, resulting in 5th place.  

CSSC Girls combined their efforts and made a fantastic showing in the 8 and Under 100 Relay. 2nd place was secured by teammates 6-year-old Braelyn Thorpe, 7-year-old Molly Chaison, and 8-year-olds Alejandra Gil and Sophia El Chantiry. Their time 1:22.28 was sandwiched between 2 teams from Pine Crest Swim Team who took 1st at 1:15.23 and 3rd at 1:23.6.

Our Boys took third place in the 8 and Under 100 Free relay. 7-year-olds Jorge Aguila and Alex Mitov, began the relay with speed and strong technique while 8-year-olds David Rodriguez and Dominique Aris finished it with an impressive final time of 1:23.52. Another team consisting 5-year-old Daniel Gil-Restrepo, 7-year-olds Gabriel Delpino and John Albornoz, and 8-year old Tomas Tavares Juvencio also did well in the relay, securing 7th place with a combined time of 1:38.81.

We recently welcomed some swimmers new to CSSC. This Sizzler was the first meet for Noa Nierman, Samantha Grossman, Tomas Tavares Juvencio, Logan Jeffrey, Kenslee Ward, Catlin O’Mara, and Gabriel Delpino. We are thrilled with your performances at your first meet and are excited to see what your future with CSSC will hold in events to come.

The 2016 Piranhas Turkey Classic held on November 6th was hosted by the Pompano Beach Piranhas. CSSC was privileged to compete in this fantastic event and we saw amazing efforts and  great success from our swimmers.

 This was a first meet for Meaghan Swack, Avril Rosano, Josemiguel Marticorena, Jax and Cooper Yellin, Emma Lin, Max Cisternas, Adrianna Raucci, and Michael Tran. Coach Long happily reported that “they did great!

We saw some time drops at the Turkey Classic in a variety of events. In the 50 Fly, Courtney Hartung dropped 2 seconds (45.07) and Payton Schurr dropped 3 seconds (46.31). In the 50 Breast Kaitlyn Irwin and, Vivi Fernandez each dropped 8 seconds (1:04.97 and 55.53 respectively), David Rodriguez dropped 2 seconds (1:03.44), Oscar Dougherty dropped 4 seconds (57.74), and Catherine Voit dropped one second (55.19).

 The 50 Free was a blast for all of our swimmers and resulted in personal bests for many. Molly Chaison dropped 13 seconds (50.40), Oscar Dougherty dropped 14 seconds (40.84), Camden Dumas dropped 2 seconds (47.10), Courtney Hartung dropped 4 seconds (39.17), and Kyra Rattray dropped 4 seconds (43.02).

Although the three above events resulted in many successes and personal bests, the event that stood out the most was the 50 Backstroke, which was a very strong race for all kids. Coach Long saw great gains from Addison Palumbo (56.34), Emma Lin (59.66) and Kaitlyn Irwin (55.07).  Jack Maniscalco dropped 3 seconds (1:01.78), Kenneth Rattray 8 seconds (1:12.87), Antony Palumbo dropped 3 seconds (48.09), Valerie Block 21 seconds (49.25), and Camden Dumas dropped 3 seconds (54.48).  Coach Long attributes the success of these times to the efforts put forth by both swimmers and coaches at practice. She notes that “we have been really working hard on the backstroke specifically”.

Coach Bar Bogoslavsky also enjoys watching her kids compete. She said, “meets are a great way for me to see what needs to be worked on and I was very proud of Silver group in their races”. Coach Bogoslavsky will continue to train her students and she is “looking forward to our home meet in December”. 

2016 Halloween Celebration

29 October 2016

Head Coach Bruno Darzi sends a HUGE thank you to Coach Emma for taking charge and running everything amazingly in his absence and another thank you to Mike Nagy (aka SUPERMAN), and Coach Bar.

He also adds “we couldn’t have done it without help and support from our amazing volunteers”. Thank you, Christine Palumbo, Maureen Voit, Jodi Thorpe, Mrs. Rattray, and Mrs. Lay, for helping with set up and especially with clean up. You are a big part of why the party was such a huge success.

The costumes were a variety of scary, original, and fun. The competition for the costume contest was fierce, there were so many great ones to choose from but the swimmers listed below won in each of their categories.

Red Group: Daniel Gil-Restrepo-Police Officer

Silver Group: Mateo Colussi -Harry Potter

Green Group: Kaitlyn Irwin-The Nerd

Gold Group: Kyra Rattray-Vampire Queen

White Group: Kayleigh Didovic- Greek Goddess

Blue Group: Payton Ward-Popcorn

Congratulations you, we have a sneaking suspicion that you will be getting way more tricks than treats on October 31st. We wish all CSSC families a safe and happy Halloween.

Horgan Memorial Invitational and 8 & Under Sizzler

18 October 2016

On October 14-16th, the Mike Horgan Memorial Invitational was held at the Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Complex and the 2016 8 & Under Sizzler was held at the Sunrise Civic Center. Swimmers, coaches, families, and supporters of Coral Springs Swim Club gathered at both events for an action packed weekend.

We had so many great swimmers competing at the Mike Horgan Invitational and it proved to be an excellent opportunity for our swimmers to show both how their hard work in practice and their dedication to the sport pays off in competition.

Some of our top placers include Giulianna Garcia, who earned a total of 65 points in 8 different events and and Riley Botting, who earned 63 points in 9 different events. Garcia placed 1st in the 400 IM by shaving over 7 seconds off her best time, coming in at 4:58.5. Garcia also finished 1st in the 200 Fly (2:23.13), and 2nd in the 200 IM (2:21.98) and 100 Fly (1:02.84) Botting placed 1st in the 50 Breast (33.43), 100 Breast (1:11.69), and 200 Breast (2:38.54). She also dropped an astounding 38.23 seconds off her 500 Free for a second place finish at 5:41.26.

Ryan Brander also swam his Breast races with skill. He earned a total of 23 points for 3rd place finishes in the 50 (34.22) and 200 (2:48.86), and a 4th place finish in the 100 (1:17.56). Lydia Lanahan placed 2nd in the challenging 1650 Free with a commendable time of 20:41.86 and Sebastian Savino placed 2nd in the 100 Back (1:21.72).

Some more highlights from the Invitational include Alejandro Alvarez who dropped nearly 10 seconds from his 500 Free at 6:08.55 and earned 5 points for his 6th place finish and Brianna Dattile who placed 2nd in her 50 Breast (34.03). Dattile earned a total of 61 points for CSSC at the event.

Our younger swimmers also showed grit in their Sizzler event. Coach Jessica Long reported that her "kids all did really well and had a lot of fun" at the Sizzler meet. She added, "We have been working really hard on our backstroke lately and the kids did really well across the board in that event". It is always encouraging to see the hard work and dedication that our swimmers put into practice pay off.

Some highlights from the Sizzler meet include two 1st place finishes from Carolyn Powell, one in the 25 Fly (17.99) and the other in the 25 Back (19.24). Powell also placed 3rd in the 25 Breast and 5th in the 25 Free.

Braelyn Thorpe also swam some noteworthy races. She placed 2nd in both the 25 Free (21.10) and the 25 Back (26.14) and 3rd in the 25 Fly (26.58) and 25 Breast (31.56). David Rodriguez placed 4th in his 25 Back with a time of 21.35.

Many swimmers showed improvements by dropping time off their personal bests at the Sizzler. Daniel Gil-Restrepo dropped 3.47 seconds from his 25 Fly, finishing in 7th place at 36.94. Valeria Gutierrez-Ulivarri and Sidney Larsen both shaved over 4 seconds off an event, the 25 Breast for Gutierrez-Ulivarri (31.71) and the 25 Fly for Larsen (44.75).

A special welcome to newcomer Samantha Grossman who swam 4 events. Based on her performance, we see many great swims in her future.

Based on the outcome of these two events, we are eagerly anticipating great swims in upcoming meet and fully expect to finish off 2016 in a way that showcases Coral Springs Swim Club as the premiere community swim team in Florida.

2016 CSSC Halloween Party

17 October 2016

Join us for our annual Halloween Party at Cypress Pool

DJ, Dancing, Costume Contest with prizes, and Fun for Everyone!

Thursday, October 27   

5:30-8:30 pm                                      

Cypress Park Pool on Coral Springs Drive                              

RSVP by October 20 to coachjessicanugent@gmail.com 

Register to bring something from the list!

At www.perfectpotluck.com

Coordinator name: Long Password: 2016

We are looking for volunteers who can help set up from 8 am-1pm the morning of the party!!(please contact coachjessicanugent@gmail.com)

Halloween Flyer

CSSC visits the Broward Outreach Center

13 October 2016

On October 12th, CSSC swimmers and parents delivered all the food collected from our Annual Food Drive, and served food to the homeless at the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano. It was such a humbling experience for everyone involved. Special thanks to CSSC swimmers: Wilson Ward, Sam McCormick, Gian Luca Savino, Andres McKeon, Megan Schimansky, Ashley Nagy, Amber Candido, and Sara Laplant, and Parents: Danica Schimansky, Mike Nagy, and Lynn McCormick. Also a special thank you to everyone who contributed with their donations.

The Miami Rescue Mission posted a very nice message thanking CSSC for their support: "Thank you Coral Springs Swim Club volunteers for serving meals and helping with the meal prep at the Broward Outreach Center Pompano. We are grateful for your donation of much needed non-perishable food for the residents"

Since 1922, the Miami Rescue Mission, Inc., a faith-based agency, has served individuals who are homeless and in need in South Florida. They serve nearly 1,400 individuals every day.  Last Year, they provided over 350,000 bed nights and served over 989,000 meals to homeless men, women and children in our three campuses located in Miami, Pompano, and Hollywood

CSSC Annual Food Drive

07 October 2016

CSSC Families,

We hope everyone is safe after Hurricane Matthew went by South Florida. Two weeks ago, we started our 5th Annual Food Drive, which will run until October 10th. The Coral Springs Swim Club is collecting non-perishable items to help replenish the pantries at Broward Outreach Centers. They will need supplies more than ever since they had to house extra people during the storm. If you are planning to donate items please bring them ASAP to the Aquatic Complex office or Mullins pool office. There are only 3 days left on the food drive! The items will be picked up on October 11th.  

The swimmers will deliver the items and serve lunch to the homeless. If the swimmer is 12 or over and would like to participate at the homeless shelter, please email me for all the information schi33@att.net

CSSC appreciates your support! 

Thank you!

CSSC Board of Directors

Coral Springs 2016 Open Invitational

20 September 2016

Coral Springs Swim Club had the honor of hosting our 2016 Open Invitational this past weekend. On September 17th and 18th, swim teams from around the State gathered at the Coral Springs Aquatic Center in order to compete. It was an action-packed and exciting weekend for sure, with many notable performances from CSSC swimmers.

Megan Schimansky showed off her amazing skills and technique at the meet. She swam a total of 6 different events and enjoyed 1st place finishes in the three of them and a 2nd place finish in one other. Schimansky crushed her competition with a 1st place victory in the 200 Back (2:12.46), 50 Back (28.63) and 400 IM (4:47.78) and a 2nd place finish in the 100 Back (1:01.41).

Delaney Biro earned two first place and one second place finishes throughout the meet. Biro came in 1st place in both her 500 Free and her 50 Fly with respective times of 5:11.42 and 26.39. She placed 2nd in her 100 Fly at 1:01.17 and displayed excellent technique and skill her the other three events with a 4th, 6th, and 7th place finish.

One 2nd and another 3rd place finish made this a great meet for Giuliana Garcia. Garcia placed 2nd in her 200 Fly (2:23.57), 3rd in her 100 Fly (1:03.94) and also dropped nearly 17 seconds from her 500 Free (5:44.49Y). Jose Pascual also performed well at the event. He swam 6 different events and most notably came in 3rd in his 100 Breast with a time of 1:00.08.

Brooke Cordoba enjoyed two 4th place finishes. One in her 50 Breast (33.16) and the other in her 100 Breast (1:13.20). Cordoba also dropped nearly 19 seconds from her 500 Free and finished the long and grueling race with a personal best time of 5:47.81.

Dominique Fajardo dropped just over a half second from her 50 Fly, finishing at 2nd place with 26.45. Faith Fowler displayed major improvement in her 400 IM. She dropped an impressive 20 seconds from her best time (5:01.79) earning her a noteworthy 4th place finish.

Abby Frank showed time drops in each of her 6 races at the invitational, most impressively a 5 second drop from her 50 Breast at 39.80.

First time meet participants include Jack Maniscalco, Noah Mello, Martin Viola, and Valeria Ullivar-Gutierrez.  Coach Jessica Long noted that although it was their first swim competition, “these kids really swam like pros and kept their composure so well”. A true sign of good things to come. We can’t wait to see these swimmers as they continue to progress and hone their techniques and skills.

Coach Long has been working to improve all of her swimmers techniques, but have been focusing particularly on the Backstroke. All of her swimmers hard work to improve this stroke certainly paid off. Coach Long was “very pleased with what we saw! I am so proud of all our kids”.  

Coach Bar Bogoslavasky’s Silver Group has also been working very hard during their practices. She noted that she saw major improvements in her swimmers because of the many hours that they dedicated to practice, specifically their levels of endurance. “As Sunday came I noticed that the kids were tired but they pushed back the pain and delivered more best times as we saw at the beginning of the meet”.  She is excited to see how her swimmers will continue to improve over the course of the next month and expects to see both improvement in technique and times at the next meet in October.

For all the pics, please visit http://aboobarley.com/p295563345

American Heritage Sizzler Results

12 September 2016

The American Heritage Sizzler was held this past Friday, September 9th in Plantation, Florida. Twenty-four of Coral Springs Swim Club’s youngest members were excited to compete and showcase their passion for the sport. They all presented themselves and represented CSSC as the Elite Team that we are.

Coach Jessica Long was impressed with their performances. She felt that the meet went exceptionally well, “all of our swimmers raced really fast and looked technically awesome in the water, we really represented for CSSC. I am so proud of all of the kids”. The following were some stand out performances from Friday’s Sizzler event.

Carolyn Powell earned two 1st place victories. One in the Girls 7-8 25 Back (18.85), and the other in the 25 Fly (17.48). Powell also earned 2nd place in the 25 Breast with an impressive time of 24.18

Braelyn Thorpe placed 2nd in the Girls 6 & Under 25 Fly (27.48), Back (25.82), and Free (21.61).  Aveline Harding and Sidney Larsen also swam an excellent 25 Fly. Harding placed 4th in the event (44.11) while Larsen came in a few seconds behind at 49.43, finishing in 5th place.

David Rodriguez achieved a 3rd place finish in both the Boys 7-8 25 Back and Fly with impressive respective times of 20.95 and 19.73 while Mariana Montes placed 2nd in the Girls 7-8 25 Free (16.65) and 3rd in the 25 Fly (18.32).

Five teams represented CSSC in the 100 Yard Free Relay. Our Girls were powerhouses.  Mariana Montes, Alejandra Gil, Carolyn Powell, and Mikhel Martin came in first at 1:13.03. Haley Most, Radhika Nanavati, Addison Palumbo, and McKayla Barton placed 5th at 1:29.55 while Sophia El Chantiry, Valeria Gutierrez-Ullivarri, Emma Lin, and Braelyn Thorpe came in right behind at 1:35.16 for a 6th place finish.

CSSC Boys also swam the relay with gusto. Jorge Aguila, David Rodriguez, Anthony Palumbo, and Michael Tran’s combined efforts resulted in a 3rd place finish at 1:21.22. Owen Dougherty, John Albornoz, Anthony Schurr, and Niko Campillo came in not far behind at 1:38.10, resulting in 5th place.

We are excited for meets to come and will continue to keep an eye on these swimmers as they train and improve their techniques and skill in the years to come.

Sunrise Open Invitational Results

12 September 2016

The 2016 Sunrise Open Invitational was held on September 10-11 at the Sunrise Civic Center. CSSC had an amazing turn out at the event and it served as the perfect opportunity for our swimmers to showcase their skills and technique by swimming some really impressive events.

Some of the highlights from the weekend include:

Andres McKeon who dropped an astounding 8.89 seconds off his 200 Back, resulting with a first place victory and a finish time of 2:12.69. McKeon also placed 6th in the 100 IM (1:01.37).

ose Pascual performed well in both the 100 Breast and 200 IM for the Mens 13 & Over division. He placed 1st in the Breast with an impressive 1:03.14 and an equally notable 2nd in the IM (2:03.14). Gian Savino placed 2nd in the 100 Breast with a personal best time of 1:06.19.

Megan Schimansky was at the top of her game this weekend. She placed 1st in the Womens 13 & Over 200 Back (2:12.48), and 3rd in the 100 IM (1:07.12). Dominique Fajardo also impressed this weekend. She placed 3rd in the Womens 13 & Over 50 Free with a finish time of 26.10.

Delaney Biro enjoyed two 2nd place finishes. One in the 100 Fly (1:01.62) and the other in the 50 Free (25.99) while Brooke Cordoba also earned a silver finish for her 100 Breast (1:16.11).

Some swimmers dropped significant time from their personal best scores throughout the meet. Sophia El Chantiry dropped over 8 seconds off her 50 Back (52.73Y) and over 7 seconds off her 50 Free (45.02). Kalvin Hernandez also dropped time. His improvement in both the 100 Breast (1:09.43) and the 200 IM (2:10.43) earned him 4th place in both events.

Coach Bar Bogoslavsky was “very proud with the improvements Silver Group has been making”. She sees their combined improvements as opportunities to perform well in upcoming events. She said that she is especially “looking forward to seeing them swim this weekend at our home meet”. 

North Palm Beach Spirit Invitational

06 September 2016

The 13th Annual North Palm Beach Sprint Invitational was held on August 27, 2016 at the at the North Palm Beach Country Club in North Palm Beach, Florida. Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers were excited to participate in the event. In fact, many swimmers showed major time drops at the meet, displaying that CSSC swimmers see every event as an opportunity to improve.

Major improvements were shown by all of our swimmers in the 100 Free. Catherine Voit dropped 8 seconds in the 11-12 age group and finished with a time of 1:29.09. Alejandra Gil shaved nearly 5 seconds off her best time resulting in a 3rd place finish for 8 & Under at 1:28.58. More swimmers who gave it their all and dropped time in the 100 Free include Rhadika Nanavati (1:44.88Y), Payton Schurr (1:34.99), and Molly Chasion (1:56.80).

Alejandra Gil also showed great technique and improvement in her 50 Fly. She dropped 12 seconds off her best time and finished 1st in the 8 & under division with a time of 47.39. Carolyn Powell also dropped time and came in 2nd place in the same age group with a time of 48.30 Times continued to improve at the event, even in the challenging 50 Back. Carolyn Powell shaved 3 seconds off her best time for a 1st place victory in the Women 8 & Under at 42.98. Payton Schurr (49.11) and Alejandra Gill (51.74) dropped 1 second in their races. Molly Chaison (1:05.89) and Rhadika Nanvati (56.84) also tried their hardest and each had really solid swims.

Coach Jessica Long has been training her kids for the 100 IM every day. All of their hard work and dedication paid off as it proved to be the kids’ best races. Anthony Palumbo dropped 7 seconds and finished in 4th place at 1:47.68 , and Alejandra Gil dropped 6 seconds and finished in 3rd place at 1:41.31. Addison Palumbo and swam a solid race with excellent composure as Catherine Voit.

The trend of dropping times continued in the 50 Breast. Anthony Palumbo and Catherine Voit dropped 6 seconds with respective times of 54.53 and 52.34 and a 4th place finish for Anthony. 

Coach Jessica Long was pleased with the outcome of the event. She stated “it was a small but very successful meet, and the kids had fun and swam great!” We are excited to see what technique and talent our kids display in the 2016 Fall events to come.

2016 CSSC Annual General Meeting

06 September 2016

The CSSC Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, September 12th at 5:30pm at the Aquatic Complex in the wood room. Come out and meet the coaches,elect members to the Board of Directors, learn more about our club and get the 2016-2017 calendar. The guest speaker will be Mark Hesse, Sports Performance Consultant  from USA Swimming. 


Mark Hesse (small)Mark has been with USA Swimming since July 2012.  He has 27+ years of coaching experience as a club coach at Fort Washington Township, Sugar Creek Swim Club, Ft. Worth Area Swim Team, Mission Bay, and Burke Barracudas.  Mark is an ASCA Level 5 Certified Coach and has placed swimmers in Olympic Trials Semi-Finals and on USA Swimming's National Junior Team.

Hope to see everyone at the meeting. 

Thank you,

CSSC Board of Directors 

2016 Splash Bash

29 July 2016

Come join your CSSC teammates and families for an afternoon of fun! There will be games, food, dunk tank and more!

Where:     Coral Springs Aquatic Complex

When:      Sunday August 14th, 2016

Time:        2-6 pm

Hello Swimmers and Families,

As you already know, the 2016 Splash Bash is coming up on Sunday, August 14.  

This is a free event with a potluck sign up for families to provide food and drinks.  

Please visit here, Perfect Potluck ,or at the link below and sign up.  

This promises to be a fun event to kick off the new year of CSSC swimming, the more the merrier!

If you have any questions, please contact Marina at marinagarbutt@me.com  or (919) 943 7492

See you there!

The Hospitality Team

Splash Bash Flyer

2016 Long Course Junior Olympic Day 1&2 Highlights

16 July 2016

The 2016 Long Course Junior Olympics have been going strong over the last two days. The long-anticipated meet, co-hosted by Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club is being held in beautiful Stuart Florida at the Sailfish Splash Water Park. Head Coach Bruno Darzi feels that, “we have had an incredible first two days with several time drops and finalists. I am so proud of this group of swimmers”.

Blue and White Group Coach Michael Smiechowski is “very proud” of the JO kids this weekend. He relates, “it has been a coming out party for many of the athletes as they put on display the results of their hard work! Many fast swims and great relays. Couldn’t be prouder.”

Coach Brian Arnaud said that his first JO Meet as a CSSC coach “has been unbelievably rewarding, my swimmers have been absolutely stellar. Every single one of them has gotten up on the block with a desire to race for themselves and the club.”

Some noteworthy performances from the first two days include Faith Fowler’s 2nd place Womens 11-12 200 Back with a final time of 2:34.95, and 3rd in the 100 Back (1:12.48). Rachel Botting’s 4th place finish in the Womens 13-14 50 Free at 28.09. Botting also swam an excellent 400 Free with a final time of 4:43.10 tying in 6th place along with Claudia Acosta from HGC and a 200 Free (2:13.26) in which she placed 6th

Riley Botting swam the Womens 11-12 100 Breast in 1:21.67, earning her 4th place, and the 400 Free in 5:00.38, placing her in 9th on Friday. On Saturday she placed 5th in the 200 Breast (3:00.95) Giulianna Garcia and Delaney Biro both finished 6th in the 11-12 100 Meter Fly for Garcia (1:10.72) and the same race 13-14 for Biro (1:06.95) on Friday.  Biro came in 2nd in the 50 Fly (29.46) and Garcia placed 4th in the 50 Fly (31.65) and tied for 5th in the 400 IM (5:38.25) on Saturday.

Coral Springs Swim Club earned a combined total of 105 points on Friday July 15th and Saturday July 16th which puts them currently 10th place. South Florida Aquatic Club is  the team to beat at 596 points. Our girls earned 82 of these points and are currently in 7th place. Fowler contributed 13 points, Rachel Botting and Riley Botting contributed 10.5 and 9 points respectively, Garcia contributed 12.5 points, Biro 11 points, and Samuel McCormick each earned 3 points.

We had some great relays as well. In the Womens 12-14 200 team members Biro, Botting, Anna Kasperski, and Olivia Reposa came in 6th with a combined time of 9:23.06 on Friday and Fowler, Garcia, Riley Botting, and Briana Dattile placed 5th in the 200 Medley with a combined final time of (2:17.64).

Conner Marks, Guillermo Barrios, McCormick and Cody Chin came in an impressive 4th in the Mens 13-14 200 Medley Relay with a final time of 2:03.04. Marks and Chin paired up with Gregory Trimble and McCormick for the 400 Medley Relay and came in at 4:33.64 and 6th place. The Mens 13-14 800 Meter Free Relay in (9:08.84) swam by Marks, Gregory Trimble, Guillermo Barrios, and McCormick earned them a 9th place slot. 

We are so proud of all of our swimmers who competed and also recognize CSSC families who offered their support. The first day is an excellent indicator that CSSC will be successful in the final days of the meet. Head Coach Darzi expressed his excitement, “I am looking forward to finishing up the meet with strong swims”. 

An Abundance of FGJO Achievements at the FGC Area 2 Sunrise Championships

11 July 2016

The Florida Gold Course Area 2 Long Course Championship meet, held July 8-10th in Sunrise, was an astounding success for CSSC. Blue and White Group Coach Michael Smiechowski was thrilled with the way that his swimmers performed at the meet, “Area 2s were a great way to kick off the championship season. It was really exciting to see the blue and white athletes swim so well going into J.Os. I am very proud of the athletes that have accomplished new J.O times as well as the athletes that showed a tremendous amount of improvement. The blue and white groups raced hard!”

Amazing performance from Amber Candido who achieved FGJO time and first place in the Womens 11-12 400 IM by dropping nearly 12 seconds from her best time, finishing at 6:17.92L. Candido also placed first and achieved FGJO time in the 100 Breast (1:34.01L) and achieved FGJO time in the 100 Free (1:14.05L).  Lydia Lanahan also achieved an FJGO time and first place victory in the same age group by dropping 6.6 seconds off her 200 back for a final time of2:56.14L as well as Payton Ward by dropping 3 seconds off her preliminary 100 Free (1:14.53L).

Several more CSSC swimmers also achieved FGJO times and will be competing next weekend including Brian Gonzalez’s first place finish in the Mens 13-14 200 IM (2:40.05L), Samuel McCormick’s first place finish in the 200 Breast for the same division (2:53.09L), and Alejandro Alvarez’s second place finish in the Mens 11-12 50 Fly (37.85L).

Olivia Mason achieved FGJO time in two different events, the Womens 13-14 100 Breast and 50 Free with respective times of 1:27.69L and 30.79L and Wilson Ward placed first in his 400 IM (6:28.60L).

Pedro Desalva had a great showing. He finished first place in the Mens 15-18 100 Fly at 1:08.95L and third in the 200 IM (2:40.00L).

Other notable swims from the meet include Jason Bonasera, who dropped an amazing 28 seconds from his 1500 Free, earning him a first place victory with a time of 20:58.45L, Rhania Suarez who dropped 11.53 seconds from her Womens 7-10 100 Fly (1:44.89L), also earning her a first place victory and Ashley Nagy, who dropped 10 seconds off her Womens 13-14 400 Free for a fourth place finish at 5:36.79L.

Carolyn Powell dropped time in both her Womens 7-10 50 Back (44.63L) and 50 Free (38.00L) for first and second place respective finishes. Ashley Ruf also earned a first and second place for her 100 Breast (1:32.11L) and 50 Fly (34.59L) Carly Brewington placed second in the Womens 15-18 50 Breast at 46.63L as did Shelsie Olivio in the Womens 13-14 400 Free at 5:15.43L

The outstanding performances by all CSSC swimmers are creating a positive buzz in anticipation for the Junior Olympics. Coach Smiechowski said that the meet was “a great precursor to what should be a FAST J.O meet”. Way to go CSSC!

Evdokimov Competes at the 2016 Olympic Trials

08 July 2016

On June 26- July 3rd in Omaha, Nebraska, CSSC’s own Alex Evdokimov had the opportunity to compete in the 20116 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials.

Evdokimov trained for the trials by competing in his college season from September 2015- March 2016, then collaborated with his college coach and Coach Darzi to train in the off season and taper at home in Coral Springs in preparation for trials. Training for such an important event was never easy “especially during finals” however once he returned home “it became easier, I had more time so I could better focus on my training and recovery”.

Evdokimov, no stranger to the spotlight, has been making waves during his first two years at Cornell University. He set an Ivy League record in the 200 Breast and was named Cornell’s Swimming and Diving Team MVP, but recognizes that the experience of swimming in the Olympic Trials was unique and monumental.

When asked what he remembered about the experience, Evdokimov replies, “At night the arena was filled with people and everyone was screaming and cheering as we walked out and as the race went on. The energy from the crowd was amazing and made racing that much more exciting!”

Evdokimov was well supported throughout the Trials. He recalls, “my phone was blowing up from everyone wishing me luck and congratulating me on the races. It was great to have so many people that I know watching me”. CSSC’s Head Coach Bruno Darzi offered words of encouragement and advice to Evdokimov prior to each race, which he was grateful for,” [his words] helped calm and focus me”.

Evdokimov won his preliminary round and advanced to the semifinals by swimming a personal best 2:14.00. He finished in 4th place in the 2nd heat of the semifinals with a time of 2:14.42. Evdokimov was less than a second behind the swimmer who received the eighth and last qualifying spot in the finals.

Proud of his performance, Evdokimov “learned what it feels like to race on such a big stage with such high stakes. It motivates and excites me. I think it's helped me find a more balanced mindset for being at meets and preparing for races”. He plans to take a few weeks off for recovery then will begin training for his next college season.

Evdokimov shines in his first US Olympic Trials

02 July 2016

CSSC's Alex Evdokimov participated in his very first US Olympic Trials. The event was held in Omaha, Nebraska, and is considered, by many coaches, the fastest swimming event in the world. The CenturyLink Arena was home of over 1800 swimmers from all over the country. The US Olympic committee hosted the event, looking to select the team that will represent the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Evdokimov competed in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Before prelims, in the 100 breaststroke, Evdokimov was ranked 83rd but after lowering his personal best by over 2 seconds, he qualified for semifinals in 10th place.

Swimming at night, Alex tied the time from his morning swim and finished 12th overall. In the 200 breaststroke, he was seeded 64th with the time of 2:17.70. Swimming in the preliminaries, in heat 4 out of 10 heats, Alex smashed his previous best by over 3 seconds touching the wall with the time of 2:14.00, qualifying for his second semifinals. At night, Alex went out slightly slower than his morning 100 meter split but had an incredible back half of the race and touched the wall in 4th place, finishing 10th place overall.

It was a successful meet with unexpected and exciting results. We couldn’t be prouder of his performances, and the way the represented the Coral Springs Swim Club. Way to go, Alex!

CSSC Hosts Michael Lohberg International Invitational

20 June 2016

This past weekend, Coral Springs Swim Club was proud to host the Michael Lohberg International Invitational, an event that CSSC has hosted since 2007. The name of the event was changed in 2013 in order to honor the late Michael Lohberg, former U.S. Olympic Coach and Head Swim Coach for CSSC.

Lohberg coached seven Olympians from seven countries, including three-time Olympian and CSSC swimmer Vlad Polyakov of Kazakhstan, and three-time German Olympian Anne Poleska. His coaching led to nine Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic Championship titles for CSSC and he was inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. succumbed to his battle with aplastic anemia in 2011 at the age of 61. Lohberg is survived by his wife Birgit, “Biggie” Lohberg.

55 of our swimmers, as well as approximately 600 others from all over the United States competed in the Meet. Head Coach Bruno Darzi named the event a “complete success” and added, “we are thankful for all the officials, coaches and volunteers that came out to be part of this amazing meet”. 

CSSC swimmers from young to old raced well all weekend long. There were multiple finalists and many of best times throughout the meet. Darzi was thrilled with the way our swimmers paid homage to Lohberg’s legacy by utilizing their skills to the best of their ability. He stated, “I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish. Our coaching staff has been working hard to get our kids to perform well, and the results are starting to show.”

Some notable swims include Giulianna Garcia’s 1st place finish in the Womens 11-12 200 Fly (2:36.53L), which she achieved by dropping over 5 seconds, and the 50 Fly (31.99L). Garcia also dropped 5 seconds from her 200 Fly which earned her 3rd place (1:10.29L).

Samuel McCormick also dropped time for a 1st place finish in his Mens 13-14 50 Breast (34.43L). Micaela Sierra also swam a successful 50 Breast, but in Womens 11-12 age group. She earned 1st place with a time of 37.39L. Sierra also placed 3rd in the 100 and 200 Breast with respective times of 1:21.86L and 2:58.25L.

Rachel Botting dropped 3.47 seconds from her Womens 13-14 200 Free for a 1st place victory (2:11.18L). Botting also enjoyed 3rd place finishes in the 100 Free (1:02.11L), 50 Breast (37.38L), 100 Breast (1:23.80L), and 50 Free (28.40L)

Wilson Ward dropped 1.22 seconds in the preliminaries for the Mens 11-12 200 Breast and .6 seconds from the finals, earning him 2nd place (3:10.59L). Delaney Biro earned a 2nd place in the Womens 13-14 50 Fly with a time of 30.37L. David Blanco dropped 2 seconds from his 50 Fly (28.94L), also earning a 2nd place finish. Faith Fowler also enjoyed a 2nd place victory by dropping 3.52 seconds from her 200 Back with a time of 2:37.62L. Fowler additionally enjoyed 3rd place finishes in both the Womens 11-12 200 Free (2:23.82L) and 100 Back (1:13.71L).

More star performances include Brian Gonzales who placed 2nd in the Mens 11-12 200 Fly (2:35.13L) and 400 IM (5:35.29L) and 3rd in the 200 IM and 400 Free with respective times of 2:40.68L and 4:54.33L, and Connor Marks who placed 3rd in the Mens 13-14 50 Back (31.99L) and 4th in the 100 Back (1:08.33L). Megan Schimansky claimed 2 2nd place finishes in the Womens 15& Older division in the 200 Back (2:32.30L) and the 800 Free (9:38.59L). Sarah Schimansky dropped an incredible 105.73 seconds from her 800 Free with a 3rd place finish at 10:08.67L.

As she has done in the past, Riley Botting swam excellent Breast races and earned 4th place in both the 50 and 200 with respective times of 39.29L and 2:58.98L. Ryan Brander also enjoyed a 4th place finish in his 200 Breast (3:16.79L) in the Mens 11-12 age group as well as Brooke Cordoba in the Womens 13-14 division (3:07.72L).

Darzi is hopeful that the momentum of this meet will encourage CSSC swimmers to improve themselves for the rest of the events this season, “I am looking forward to the upcoming championship meets next month”. 

2016 8th Annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff

06 June 2016

This past weekend, Coral Springs Swim Club competed along with 500 swimmers in the 8th Annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff held in Plantation. The 2-day event kicked off on Saturday June 4th and continued through Sunday June 5th. Coach Jessica Long is proud of the effort that her groups, and all CSSC swimmers put forth at the event. She said, “some swimmers found this meet to be especially challenging, but they were able to push through and they learned a lot. They all swam hard.”

Excellent performances from our girls include Carolyn Powell who placed 1st in the Girls 8 & Under 50 Free (38.55), and Mariana Montes who was not far behind at 43.22 and placed 3rd. Montes also swam an impressive 50 Fly with a finish time of 52.67 and 2nd place. Powell and Montes both swam an excellent 200 Frees. Powell dropped 21 seconds off her best time (3:22.77) and Montes dropped 2 off hers (3:26.38).

Riley Botting and Riley McCormick dominated the Girls 11-12 100 Breast. Botting placed 1st with a time of 1:24.89, and McCormick came in right behind at 1:33.55, earning her 2nd place. Giulianna Garcia scored a first place victory in the 50 Fly (31.88). Garcia, Botting, and Faith Fowler placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the 200 Free with respective times of 2:25.61, 2:26.06, and 2:26.81. Fowler also swam an excellent 100 Back and earned 2nd place with a 1:18.05 finish.

Rachel Botting placed 2nd in the Girls 14 & Under 50 Free at an impressive 28.96 while Anna Kasperski finished 3rd in the 100 Fly (1:13.54).

CSSC Boys also had some noteworthy moments including Andres McKeon’s 1st place victory in the Boys 14 & Under 200 Free (2:06.32). McKeon also placed 2nd in the 50 Free (27.63) and Connor Marks placed 4th (28.65) in the same race.

Sebastian Savino placed 2nd in the Boys 9-10 50 Free (37.37) and Darion Louis-Jeune also enjoyed a 2nd place finish in the Boys 11-12 50 Free (29.24). Wilson Ward, Louis-Jeune, and Ryan Brander came in ,3rd, 4th, and 5th in the Boys 11-12 100 Breast with respective times of 1:28.67, 1:29.32, and 1:32.18.

Across the board both Boys and Girls showed improvement in times as well as form. In the challenging 100 Breast, Reese Maxwell dropped 3 seconds, Mila Bond dropped 5 seconds and RJ Martin dropped 4 seconds. All three swimmers really held their form on the breast while not losing any speed at all.

This was a first meet for Skyler Croasdale from Silver Group, who swam a solid 50 Free. Mikhel Martin also swam an impressive 50 free with a time of 52.47. Alejandra Gil dropped 1 second from her best time and Fernanda Andino swam a respectable of 41.41.

Coach Long is optimistic about this season’s upcoming meets. She states, “we will continue to work on our endurance for future long course meets”. 

Perfect Potluck for 2016 Michael Lohberg Invitational

03 June 2016

UPDATE- 

Thanks so much to the families who have signed up to bring items!

The Lohberg meet hospitality numbers are 25% higher than previous years, hospitality really needs your support with the Perfect Potluck.

We are still in need of all items, please consider donating more than one item.

REMEMBER that swimmers can earn volunteer hours by baking for this event. See details on the Perfect Potluck sign up page

The hospitality ladies have set up a perfect potluck for CSSC families to donate baked goods, fruit, and breakfast casseroles for the 2016 Michael Lohberg Invitational, taking place June 17-19th. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

The CSSC hospitality team appreciates your donations!

Please note that we will give 2 community service hours for each homemade baked good, up to 4 hours per day.
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS TUESDAY, June 14 , 2016 

Please bring items to the hospitality room 7 - 7:30am every day. Contact Marina (919) 943 7492 if you want to schedule delivery at another time or have any other questions.

Thank you for supporting our athletes and volunteers!

If you have any questions, please contact Marina Garbutt at (919) 943-7492 

Megan Schimansky and Jose Pascual Named 2016 Swimmers of the Year

26 May 2016

Last weekend, the Board of Directors of the Coral Springs Swim Club hosted their Annual Banquet at the Ballroom of Temple Kol Tikva in Parkland. This highly anticipated is one of CSSC’s most enjoyable traditions. Every year, swimmers of all ages and their families enjoy a formal dinner dancing with their coaches. 308 attendees gathered Saturday night to celebrate another year of swimming, friendships and successes. “It was amazing to see such a huge crowd,” said Danica Schimansky, President of the Board of Directors. We grow every year and this year we had our biggest turnout ever. The swimmers enjoy seeing each other all dressed up with dry hair,” joked Schimansky. “They all looked amazing!” she added.

To open the event, Schimansky welcomed everyone and thanked all volunteers, parents, coaches and swimmers for their hard work and dedication. She then went on to introduce CSSC Swim Club Board of Directors as well as CSSC employees and volunteers who work behind the scenes and help ensure that the swim club runs smoothly.

Each Coach proudly presented the Coaches’ Award recipients of the year for each of the nine training groups. The Board of Directors together with Head Coach Bruno Darzi made several other important recognitions, such as the Volunteer of the Year, Swimmer Volunteer of the Year, Swimmers of the Year, IMX and IMR Scores Certificates. Each award was followed with joy as the crowd clapped for each recipient. This is just part of what makes the family-friendly atmosphere unique. Schimansky noted “This year the swimmers showed so much support for each other. The cheers for each swimmer were so loud. I love to see that.”

The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Frank Biro. His daughter Delaney swims with the national group and has been with the team about 9 years. Biro runs the Omnisport at swim meets. He has trained every new Omnisport operator CSSC has acquired in the past 4 years. Biro is a Broward County Sheriff and often turns down shifts to volunteer at our meets when we are short and need him to run Omnisport. Biro’s dedication to CSSC goes beyond support for his daughter as he often volunteers at swim meets even when his daughter is not swimming. He has been known to work a night shift and head straight to a meet with zero sleep. Biro is always smiling and friendly and in Schimansky’s words, “a true pleasure to work with”. 

Autumn Charni was recognized as Volunteer Swimmer of the Year in recognition of the many hours of volunteer work and happy attitude that he has dedicated CSSC over the past 13years. Charni of one of 4 CSSC seniors graduating this year.

Megan Schimansky was presented the Female Swimmer of the Year award and Jose Pascual was recognized as Male Swimmer of the Year.

2016 Michael Lohberg Scholarship Recipients

One of the most significant events of the night was the presentation of the Michael Lohberg Scholarship Awards to qualifying graduating seniors. In 2013, CSSC established a scholarship fund to honor the memory and life’s work of the late Michael Lohberg, six-time Olympic Coach and founder of CSSC. The purpose of the scholarship is to “recognize swimmers in the [club] who exemplify outstanding achievement in school, athletics, and sportsmanship. At the banquet, three graduating seniors were presented with their scholarship awards.

  • Henrique Yamamoto, committed to The University of California Riverside, received $1,000.

  • Daria Chiarella, committed to University of Central Florida, received 500.

  • Giancarlo Payamps, committed to American University, received $500.

2016 Coaches’ Awards

  • Red Group: Jorge Aguila and Molly Chaison

  • Silver Group- Viviana Fernandez and Lucas Mendicino

  • Green Group: Sebastian Sterling and Mila Bond

  • Gold Group: Melanie Suglio and Anthony Vargas

  • White Group: Emily Robertson and Riley Mccormick

  • Blue Group: Giulianna Garcia, Riley Botting and Brian Gonzalez

  • Senior 2 Group: - David Blanco, David Garbutt and Camila Parsons

  • Senior 1 Group: Brooke Cordoba and Gregory Trimble

  • National Team: Delaney Biro and Henrique Yamamoto

The ballroom was filled with smiles and laughter as attendees were celebrating each other’s success. Head Coach Bruno Darzi recalls, “The kids dressed to impress and had an amazing time. They loved their new CSSC hats.”

The Board of Directors allocates funds every year to recognize every athlete’s work with a gift. This year, all swimmers received a baseball cap embroidered with the CSSC logo and our 5 seniors received a towel embroidered with their name.

Eleven gift baskets were raffled at the banquet as well as 30 minute private lessons with CSSC coaches.

2016 Raffle Winners

  • Coach Bruno and Mila Bond: Safari Sea Creature Basket

  • Molly Chaison: Pool Side Basket

  • Valerie Block: Pet Basket

  • Brooke Cordoba: Kids Toy Basket

  • Lanahan Family: Pecan Basket

  • Kevin Rattray: Red Wine Basket

  • Maya Lubarsky: White Wine Basket

  • David Stouffer: Italian Pasta Basket

  • Kellie Thirkell: Spa Basket

  • Patron Bar set Basket- Danielle Jones: Patron Bar Set

  • Patron Golf Basket-Richard Martin: Patron Golf Basket

  • Ashley Nagy and Rachel Botting: Swimming Lessons with Coach Bruno Darzi

  • Camila Parson and Barrios Family: Swimming Lessons with Coach Brian

  • Christine Palumbo and Abby Frank: Swimming Lessons with Coach Jessica Nugent Long

  • Sarah Laplant and Gulianna Garcia: Swimming Lessons with Coach Dave Cowmeadow

  • Rhania Suarez and Amber Candido: Swimming Lessons with Coach Mike Smiechowski

  • Selina Guan and Catherine Voit: Swimming Lessons with Coach Emma Volz

  • Marianna Montes: Swimming Lessons with Coach Bar Bogoslavsky

  • Nicole Palacios and Sandra Mccormick: Swimming Lessons with Coach Laura

Darzi was quite satisfied with the event, “the banquet was a complete success. The Board members did an outstanding job putting everything together. I am excited for the new year and looking forward to the next banquet.”

Senior Spotlight 2016: Giancarlo Payamps

21 May 2016

Giancarlo Payamps (17) a senior at Coral Springs Charter School and longtime swimmer for the Coral Springs Swim Club, recently committed to American University (AU). AU, located in our nation's capital Washington DC, is a relatively small University with roughly 7,200 undergraduate students enrolled in 2015 that has a reputation for excellence. AU offers a balance between class time and career-advancing experience in Washington, D.C., and beyond. Its students, among the country’s most politically active, distinguish themselves for their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities. Payamps will swim with the University's swim team at a Division 1 level.

Payamps had the opportunity to visit AU's campus this April on a recruiting trip and it immediately stood out above all of the other schools that he applied to, making his decision to attend an easy one, "I knew it was the perfect fit for me the second I applied". He was attracted to every aspect that makes American University unique. The location of the University was a big draw, as well as the small class size, which Payamps found engaging on his visit. It also helps that "the campus is absolutely stunning" and right in the middle of one of our nation's most exciting and engaging city centers.

Swimming, which is a sport that Payamps has been passionate about ever since he joined Coral Springs Swim Club 12 years ago, was also a major factor in his decision to attend AU. Payamps was impressed when he toured the swim facilities and met with Head Coach Mark Darvin. He immediately felt comfortable, "the swim coach and team is great and really friendly".

Although Payamps is hopeful about his bright future ahead, it is with some regret that he will say goodbye to CSSC. He remembers with pride, "CSSC was the first team I started with and it's going to be the last team I swim with before heading off to college". CSSC has been the place where Payamps learned and perfected technique as well as made lasting and meaningful relationships.

When asked what his best memories with CSSC were he replied with a grin "It has to be the swim banquets as a child. I would always look forward to going because of the amount of fun I had with the team". These bonding moments, as well as many others throughout the years, have resulted in friendships that Payamps holds dear to his heart. He says, "the best thing about swimming has to be the friends you make along the way. I've made the best of friends throughout my swimming life".

When he is not swimming, Payamps enjoys playing basketball, surfing with his buddies, and proclaims himself to be an avid NBA fan. His parting words were "Go Eagles!"

Long-Course Season is in Full Swing at CSSC Open Invitational

19 May 2016

Last Weekend, Coral Springs Swim Club hosted an Open Invitational at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. The event was enjoyable from the Saturday morning cheer until the final race on Sunday. We were delighted to host the event, which included a large representation from a wide variety of clubs from Florida.

Coach Mike Smiechowski was thrilled with the outcome of event, "we couldn't ask for a better weekend for the Blue and White group. Everyone competed with confidence and enthusiasm, which propelled us to every swimmer earning at least one best time". 

Some standout performances include Giulianna Garcia, Riley Botting and Brian Gonzales whose achievements highlighted their presence in the sport. In the Womens 11-12 age group, Garcia earned 1st place in the 200 Fly (2:41.59) by dropping nearly 6 seconds, as well as in the 50 Breast (39.77) and the 400 IM (5:45.16). Botting also enjoyed a 1st place in the same age group's 200 Breast (3:03.84) as well as 2nd and 3rd place in the 100 (1:24.84)and 50 (39.95) Breast. Gonzalez also caught our attention by placing 1st or 2nd in the 8 races he swam for the Mens 11-12 age group. His first place finishes include the 100 Back (1:17.78), the 400 Free (4:49.94), the50 Back (36.77), and the 400 IM (5:37.68). 

Rachel Botting dropped over 3 seconds from her 400 IM (5:47.33) earning her an impressive 2nd place. Ryan Brander dropped nearly 7 seconds from his Mens 11-12 100 Breast (1:33.82), earning him 2nd place as well. Brooke Cordoba continued the 2nd place trend in her 13& Over 200 Breast (3:05.42) while Acacia Jones finished right behind her at 3:07.55. Anna Kasperski earned 3rd place by dropping .3 seconds from her 50 Fly (32.19) as did Darion Louis-Jeune by dropping an impressive 27.5 seconds from his 100 Back (1:29.42) and 4 seconds from his 50 Free (31.24).

More impressive swims include Wilson Ward's 3 first place finishes in the Mens 11-12 50 (41.67), 100 (1:29.14), and 200 Breast (3:12.88). Julie Mason placed 1st in the Womens 13 & Over 200 Breast (2:59.44), Jose Pascual came in 2nd in the Mens 13 & Over 400 IM (5:04.14). Emily Robertson enjoyed 3rd place finishes in both her 100 Fly (1:21.05) and her 100 Back (1:23.45). Megan Schimansky cut 23 seconds from her 200 Breast (3:14.36) and placed 3rd in her 100 Back (1:11.94) while Gian Savino shaved over 17 seconds from his 400 IM (5:14.47) and came in 4th.

Coach Jessica Long attributed a unique combination of training and mindset to our swimmers performances "our 3rd long course meet of the season was a huge success for our swimmers! They all raced really well using their technique but also going into each race with an aggressive attitude". This made it both a pleasure and a thrill to watch the execution of every event. 

We had great swims from our 10 and Under and 11-12 age group in the 200 IM. Not only did Faith Fowler place 2nd for Women, (2:45.61), but it was the first time competing in this difficult event for many of our swimmers including Mariana Montes, Mila Bond, Maya Altman, Abby Frank, Dhara Ayapati, Anthony Vargas, Joshua Park, RJ Martin, and Melanie Suglio. Suglio dropped a noteworthy 17 seconds off her best time for a new personal best (4:22.57).

Faith Fowler dropped an impressive 85.35 seconds from her 400 Free (5:08.74), earning her third place in the event. Fowler also enjoyed a first place victory in the 100 Fly (1:17.34). Sofia Barrios also dropped time, over 16 seconds, from her 100 Fly (1:23.80) earning her an 8th place finish in the event. 

Our younger swimmers continued to tackle their events with grit and determination throughout the weekend. Sebastian Savino shaved 4.5 seconds off his 100 Back (1:34.12), earning him 2nd place. Sebastian Sterling swam a very strong 100 Back (2:08.68), Catherine Voit dropped 26 seconds from her 100 Free (1:43.20), Alejandra Gil dropped 13 seconds from her 50 Fly (59.39), and Michael Stouffer dropped 2 seconds from his 100 Free. On Sunday, Grayson Yellin swam his 200 Free (3:32.79) with a lot of intensity and drive and dropped 3 seconds from his 50 Free (39.96). Two of CSSC first -timers Ysabella Sapp (11) and Isabel Gordon (10), also swam well. We cannot wait to see what their future with the club holds.

Senior Spotlight 2016:Daria Chiarella

14 May 2016

Daria Chiarella (18) a senior at JP Taravella High School High School and swimmer for the Coral Springs Swim Club, recently committed to The University of Central Florida. UCF is located in Orlando Florida and is home to approximately 63,000 students from a large variety of backgrounds. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UCF as one of the “Most Innovative” universities and The Carnegie Foundation has classified UCF as an R1 Doctoral University with the highest research activity and community engagement.

When asked what attracted her to UCF Chiarella replied confidently that she had selected the ideal location where she will be able to excel academically and attain her goals. She said, "I was really stunned by the beautiful campus, the multitude of opportunities for students to get jobs and internships".Chiarella plans to pursue a career in Cardiology and will major in Health Science on the premedical track. She hopes that a career in medicine will allow her to "help people be as healthy as they can be". Aware that her choice of profession will entail many years of hard work and study, Chiarella plans begin her college career as soon as possible and has enrolled in the upcoming summer semester. Swimming will continue to be an important part of her life as she plans to join the University's Swim Club Program in order "to continue growing as a swimmer and continue my passion for swimming".

Chiarella is a relatively newcomer to the sport. It was not until her Freshman year of high school that she began to compete. In fact her first competition was a high school swim meet. She then became affiliated with CSSC in October of 2013, just a short year later. When asked what she enjoys most about swimming she replied, "I enjoy how the sport pushes me to try my hardest every time I'm in the water, and I like how even though this is technically and individual sport, I still feel like I am a part of a team and family".

The past 4 years at CSSC have left Chiarella a plethora of fond memories. When asked to share some of her favorites, Chiarella listed her top three without hesitation. She had a magnificent time at Splash Bash and remembers, "we would jump off the diving boards and eat the food that everyone would bring". Chiarella's second fond memory is the friendships that she has had the opportunity to foster through being a part of CSSC. She will always cherish the moments competing in "swim meets with some of my best friends that I've made here." Chiarella would be together with these friends through warming up and warming down, then they "would go out to eat together at Panera" after the meet was over.

Her third favorite memory was receiving the girls Senior 2A award at the 2015 CSSC banquet. The moment was especially significant to Chiarella because the award was presented to her by her coach and mentor, Dave Cowmeadow. Chiarella credits Cowmeadow her swimming success, "I owe all my accomplishments in swimming to him... If you ask him, it wasn't very easy to get where I am now and without his motivation and encouragement I don't think I could have done it. I will always and forever be thankful for all that he has done for me in and out of the pool".

The UCF College of Medicine describes itself as being a forward-looking medical school with a culture based on partnerships and collaboration, and her involvement with CSSC prove that Chiarella values teamwork and one can only assume that she will fit right in to their inclusive culture.

Henrique Yamamoto Commits to UC Riverside

04 May 2016

Henrique Yamamoto (18) a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and swimmer for the Coral Springs Swim Club, recently committed to The University of California Riverside (UC Riverside). UC Riverside, one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, is located in Riverside California, approximately 50 miles east of Los Angeles. UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation and is home to approximately 22,000 students from a large variety of backgrounds. Time Magazine ranked UC Riverside #1 based on metrics of graduation rate, affordability, and the financial aid available to students.

Yamamoto selected this prestigious University because of its desirable location and strong Engineering program. UC Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering is consistently ranked among the top Engineering schools in the nation and was recently honored as the 10th University in the world by Leiden University Rankings of Research Impact in terms of global impact. Yamamoto is passionate about pursuing a career in Engineering and believes that UC Riverside will be the perfect springboard to launch his Engineering education and to help him accomplish his goals.

Although he has only been affiliated with CSSC for about 4 years, Yamamoto began swimming in 2007 at the age of 9. He enjoys the sport and was drawn to the team-building atmosphere of CSSC. Yamamoto notes that although training in the sport commands a large commitment of both time and energy, there is a benefit that comes from such dedication. He recalls with a smile, "I have always enjoyed being at practice, because of my teammates, my coach Bruno, and the friendly environment at the pool deck and in the pool during practice". Yamamoto plans to continue to utilize the skills that he fostered at CSSC to help him be successful in his academic studies and future career. He believes that pursuing challenging tasks can always be made more manageable through building meaningful relationships with teammates.

Always a team player, Yamamoto also fondly reminisces about his years spent as an integral member of the CSSC family. "What I enjoy most about swimming is that even though swimming is considered to be an individual sport, it is more of a team sport than other sports that require a certain amount of players to be able to get on the field [because] swimming creates so many bonds between people and teammates that no other sport can create".

Before Yamamoto begins his first semester at UC Riverside, he plans to revisit his past. After graduation, he will travel to his home country of Brazil to visit friends and family as well as to prepare for the next chapter in his academic life.

Yamamoto's desire to build and maintain meaningful relationships is characteristic of his outlook in life. Head Coach Bruno Darzi notes that "Henrique has been an incredible addition to our program. He always displays excellent sportsmanship and camaraderie towards other swimmers. He is very dedicated and we wish him the best of luck with his college career".

Help Diego attend the first World Trisome Games in Italy

03 May 2016

This July, CSSC swimmer Diego Sanguinetti will be heading to the first Trisome World Games in Florence, Italy as part of Team USA. This will be The first World Championship, at the highest level of competition for Athletes with Down Syndrome in Swimming, Syncronized Swimming , Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Tennis, Judo, Athletics and Futsal. Over 500 athletes from over 20 countries from around the world will compete in these sports. 

Diego had competed in two World and International Swimming Championships as part of the Down Syndrome Team USA in short course.  In 2012, Diego came back home with a Bronze medal from one of the two Team USA relays. In 2014, he got his first individual International Silver Medal, and was part of four od Team USA relays with two Silvers and one Gold. 

The United States will only be represented with one team. Diego will be one of the four swimmers that will be competing. Unfortunately, unlike other countries, the USA does not provide funding for the athletes' competitions or training.So in order to make this possible for Diego we need your help to cover the costs for training, uniforms ,travel and lodging expenses for Diego and a Chaperone. The estimated funds needed to be collected to cover the costs of the trip are $6000.

Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated! Please share this with any friends and family! 

If you would like to help Diego attend the first World Trisome Games in Italy, please visit this GoFundme set up by his family

Sunrise Firecracker Is An Astounding Success

03 May 2016

 Last weekend's Fourth Annual Firecracker 400's IMR Pentathlon Challenge held at the Sunrise Civic Center was an astounding success. Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers anticipate this event every year not only because of the opportunity to obtain their first IMR score of the season, but also to take on the challenge of the season's first major long course event. Head Coach Bruno Darzi was full of praise "I'm very happy with the way our kids performed over the weekend. We trained very hard all week and were able to swim a few best times."

One of the biggest highlights of the Meet for CSSC was the 14 Girls Pentathlon. CSSC claimed the top four spots in the Pentathlon, which included a 100 Fly, Breast, and Back as well as a 200 Free and IM, with first place going to Delaney Biro with 2783 points, second to Gabby Beltrano with 2124 points, third to Rachel Botting with 2048 points, and fourth to Julie Mason with 2022 points.

Other CSSC girls that placed first in their respective Pentathlons were Acacia Jones in the 15-Year-Old age group with 2251 points and Riley Botting in the 11-Year-Old age group with 3111 points. Botting's impressive performance blew away the other swimmers in her age group with second place going to Amari Porter from Heritage Aquatic Team with 2392 points. Guilanna Garcia earned second place in the 12 -Year-Old group with her cumulative earnings of 2893 points.

Our 14-Year-Old Boys also dominated their Pentathlon with second place going to Andres McKeon with 2581 points and third to Gregory Trimble with 2357 points. Other standout performances from our boys include Brian Gonzales who earned second place in the 12-Year Old Boys with 2921 points and third place Pentathlon finishers Connor Marks with 2434 points in the 13-Year-Old age group, and Bai Forest with 1311 points in the 10-Year-Old age group.

This meet also provided the opportunity for some of our younger swimmers to compete in their first long course meet. Darzi was impressed with their performances at the meet "Our younger swimmers had excellent results to start out the long course season. Several of our best time drops came from our 12 and Unders". Coach Jessica Long was also impressed with how her swimmers stood up to the challenge. Melanie Suglio bravely attacked her first 400 Free on Friday and finished at 7.41.85. Melanie also improved her 50 Breast by dropping 7 seconds (1:12.77) off her best time. Other swimmers who dropped time during the meet include Mariana Montes, Courtney Hartung, and Catherine Voit in the 50 Back (59.87, 55.33 and 59.85 respectively).   

Vincent Campillo, Sebastian Sterling, Grayson Yellin, Dylan Neiheisel, Miguel Kocoglu and Joshua Park also swam great Breast, Back and Fly events for their first long course meet. Returning swimmers Camden Dumas, and Payton Ward also put forth their best efforts for the first meet of the season.

Coach Bar Bogoslavsky's Silver group continued the trend of improving times at this challenging meet. She notes that Sophia El Chantiry, Mia Landol, Carolyn Powell, and Vivi Fernandez all swam very well this weekend. Coach Bar is impressed with their efforts and is "looking forward to working on some minor things with this group before our home meet in a few short weeks".

Darzi is optimistic that the results of this weekend's meet are a sign of good things to come this season and said "I can't wait to see how our kids are going to perform at our Home Meet in 2 weeks".

Senior Spotlight 2016: Autumn Charni

21 April 2016

Senior Autumn Sang Charni (20) is anticipating his Graduation day with eagerness and excitement. On May 21st, Charni will graduate from Center Academy, a Private School in Coral Springs that provides a college prep curriculum for students with learning disabilities. For Charni, May 21st is more than a day to celebrate his hard work and academic achievement, it is also a day that will serve as stepping stone to his future. One that Charni hopes to dedicate to service.

Charni began swimming with Coral Springs Swim Club in the Mullins Park Program at the age of 7 and immediately fell in love with the sport. Charni appreciates that being a part of CSSC not only gives him the opportunity to learn new skills, but that it also challenges him to "do my best and get better" at swimming, and in life.

In Charni's opinion, "Swimming is a great way to learn new [skills] and fun because it keep you in shape" but the benefits also extend from the physical to the emotional. Being a part of CSSC has strengthened Charni's sense of community and belonging. He is especially grateful for the Coaches who have trained and mentored him along the way including Coach Dave, Coach Brian, and Coach Kayla.

For Charni, being an integral part of the CSSC community goes far beyond training and practices and swim meets. In fact, some of his fondest memories at CSSC were the moments behind the scenes. He thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at CSSC during home meets and performing tasks to ensure that the meet ran smoothly. Charni thrives on organization and order. When asked what other hobbies or interests he has, Charni responded that he enjoys "cleaning the house and keeping it organized".

After graduation Charni is plans to work for The City of Coral Springs at Mullins Park and eventually attend a college in Miami where he can continue his education and dedication to service by studying to become a Priest.

FGC Swimposium

11 April 2016

Join FGC Swimming in offering a one-day

Swimposium: Educational Clinics & Award Ceremony

April 16, 2016

Pine Crest School
1501 NE 62nd St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

Must pre-register by emaillori.bosco@fkcc.edu

Club Leadership Business Management
School: Presented by Dave Thomas
Schedule: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Athlete Clinic: Presented by Byron Davis
Schedule: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (ages: 12 & under)
1-4 p.m. (ages 13 & over)

Parent Clinic: Presented by Rose Snyder
Schedule: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.

Coaches Clinic: Presented by Jim Richardson
Schedule: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Officials Clinic: Presented by Amy Hoppenrath
Schedule: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.

Board of Directors meeting: 1-4 p.m.

Awards ceremony: 12-1 p.m.

For more information visit www.FGCSwim.org

CSSC Summer Camp 2016

06 April 2016

The CSSC Summer Swim Camp is a fun and unique way for swimmers to develop proper stroke technique as well as mental preparation and race strategies.

  • Space is limited to the first 24 registered swimmers.

  • Camp is open for swimmers ages 8 & over.

  • Swimmer must know all four strokes.

  • Swimmer must be a USA Registered.

Cost

$185/4 day camp/per child
$155/3 day camp/per child
($20 discount for siblings)

Time

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* All 4 day sessions are Mon-Thurs • 3 day sessions are Mon-Wed (session 3) and Tues-Thurs (Session 4)

All camps are finished well before the championship meets in July, and thus do NOT interfere with any taper being implemented. 

Sessions

Session I
June 13-16
Free • Back • Starts • Dryland
(Choose 1 stroke free or back)

Session II
June 20-23
Breast • Fly • Starts • Dryland
(Choose 1 stroke breast or fly)

Session III
June 27- June 29
Free • Back • Turns • Dryland
(Choose 1 stroke free or back)

Session IV
July 5-7
Breast • Fly • Turns • Dryland
(Choose 1 stroke breast or fly)

What to Bring
Lunch and Drinks, Equipment goggles, suit, fins, snorkel, kickboard, pull buoy, towel, athletic sneakers & workout clothes
USB Drive and a folder

Coaches

Senior II Coach Dave Cowmeadow, TBA, and Nutritionist/3-Time Olympian Arlene Semeco

Race For Women's Wellness and CSSC Team Barbeque

28 March 2016

Saturday March 26th was an eventful day for Coral Springs Swim Club families. For the 4th consecutive year, CSSC swimmers, parents, grandparents, and  coaches all joined together to support our community by participating in the Race for Women's Wellness. Following the race, the CSSC Annual Team Barbeque, was held at Betti Stradling Park and proved to be a celebration to remember.

The Race for Women's Wellness consisted of a 5K Run/ Walk and Half Marathon. All proceeds from the race were donated to the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, which provides free screening mammograms to women who otherwise would not be able to afford them. CSSC makes a huge effort every year to participate and provide support in The Race For Women's Wellness. This year Four CSSC parents ran the half- marathon, including Mitch Dworet who placed 6th for his age group with a time of 1:58.53.897, Annika Dworet who placed 24th and finished at 2:21:54.00, Alfie Trimble who came in 23rd finishing in 2:27.14.927, and Barbara Brewington who placed 17th in her age group with a finish time of 3:11.21.733. 

CSSC swimmers proved that their skills extend to dry land as well as in the water. The 5k top finishers include Julie Mason (14) with a 1st place victory at 24:08.667, Tyler Armbruster (9) 2nd place at 26:34.133, Brian Gonzalez (12) and Delaney Biro (14) both with 2nd place finishes in their age group with respective times of 23:34.117 and 24:19.543, Connor Marks (13) with a 3rd place finish at 24:05.767, and Nicholas Dworet (16) also with a 3rd place finish at 21:39.370.

Three CSSC parents, and one grandparent, ran the 5K and placed in the top three for their age group. Linda Candido placed first at 33:43.313, Mark McCormick placed 2nd at 26:17.103, and Wendy Armbruster placed 3rd at 27:30.230. They were joined by 3 CSSC Coaches; Coach Bar, Coach Jessica and Coach Emma all participated in the 5K as well.

CSSC also supported the race by running the 2nd water station. Danica Schimansky, Carly Brewington, Linda Johnson and Kendra Marks had a good time providing water to runners and cheering on all the CSSC participants.

The annual picnic was held after the race. We had a great turn out at the event. Approximately 120 people enjoyed some tasty barbeque, music and games. There was a bounce house, corn hole, football, and soccer all being enjoyed at the park. A special thanks to the parents Naomi and Chris Candido, Mike and Laura Nagy, Alfie Trimble, Linda Johnson, and Melissa Laplant, who organized, grilled, served, set up and cleaned up at the BBQ. We couldn't have done it without you.

2016 Speedo Championship Sectionals

14 March 2016

10 Swimmers from Coral Springs Swim Club competed at the Southern Zone South Sectional Speedo Championships, held on March 10-13 at the Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Despite some fierce competition, many of them swam personal best times in both the preliminaries and finals.

Jose Pascual earned 4 points with a 13th place finish in the Mens 100 Breast with a finish time of 1:09.96. Pascual also shaved .68 seconds off his 50 Breast, coming in at 31.72.

Megan Schimansky earned 1 point for CSSC in the Womens 50 Back, which she completed in 32.67, and came in 16th place.

Brooke Cordoba dropped 9 seconds off her best time with a 3:00.34 finish in the Women 200 Breast prelim and dropped another 1.59 seconds off her 100 Breast prelim for a new personal best time of 1:25.26.

Kalvin Hernandez shaved nearly 8 seconds from his 100 Fly prelim, finishing at 1:02.02. Hernandez improved his times in every preliminary including the 100 Free (56.35) and both the 50 Fly (28.10) and Free (26.50).

Julie Mason and Nicholas Dworet each cut time off 3 prelim swims including 3.42 seconds from the 200 IM (2:43.71), 1.59 seconds from the 100 Free (1:07.96), and 1.52 seconds from the 100 Back (1:16.75) for Mason and 2.52 seconds from the 100 Free (55.67), 1.75 seconds from the 200 Free (2:08.24), and 1.25 seconds from the 50 Free (26.12) for Dworet.

GianCarlo Payamps swam a personal best 100 Back at 1:03.36 and shaved over 2 seconds from his time in the 200 during the prelims (2:24.35), and Henrique Yamamoto cut time from the 50 Breast for a final time of 33.81.

We are looking forward to this weekend's meet and hope to see CSSC swimmers give it their all.

2016 Junior Olympics Results

09 March 2016

This year Coral Spring Swim Club was honored to host the 2016 Junior Olympics. The three day event was an astounding success.

Head Coach Bruno Darzi expressed satisfaction with the results of the season. "I am so proud of our swimmers' performances. We had multiple swimmers making finals and dropping times. I am looking forward to the next 2 meets."

Delaney Biro earned an impressive 33 points throughout the weekend. She placed 3rd in the Girls 13-14 500 Free by dropping 2 seconds off her best time for a 5:10.72 finish and dropped another .63 seconds off her 200 Fly for a new personal best time of 2:14.38.

Gabriella Beltrano came in 3rd in the 50 Back with a 28.11 finish time.Beltrano swam an impressive 5 races throughout the JOs and earned CSSC a total of 21 points. Rachel Botting placed 3rd in the 50 Breast coming in at 31.57 and shaved 8.56 seconds off her 500 Free for a 5:14.47 finish. Botting scored points 14 for CSSC throughout the weekend.

Sarah Schimansky swam her best time at the Girls 11-12 1650 Free at 19:04.1, finishing 6th for 5 points. Andres McKeon also improved his time at the meet. He cut 7 seconds off his 500 Free with a 4:51.78 finish and earned a total of 6 points. Acacia Jones earned 3 points and 8th place in the Girls 13-14 200 Breast coming in at 2:31.34 and 8 seconds sooner than her previous best time.

Many of Coach Bar Bogoslavsky's swimmers swam their best times in various events this weekend. She is "so proud of the White and Blue kids who have trained so hard for this meet to end the season with a bang!" Some noteworthy performances at the JOs include Tyler Armbruster who finished 8th in the Boys 10 & Under 50 Free with a best time of 6:26.1, earning him 3 points, and Faith Fowler who cut almost 3 seconds off both Girls 11-12 100 and 200 Back for a 5th place finish in each event 1:03.24 and 2:15.86 respectively. Fowler earned 6 points for each of these races, bringing her total to 12 points.

Kaitlyn Armbruster improved her time in the 500 Free by 4 seconds at 6:13.59. Sofia Barrios swam best times in the 100 Fly and 200 Free with respective finish times of 1:12.04 and 2:17.80. Riley Botting dropped 9 seconds in her 200 Breast, finishing 6th at 2:38.80 and earning 5 points. Botting earned 2 additional points by shaving 2 seconds off her 100 Breast at 1:13.27, bringing her total JO point contribution to 7 points.

Briana Dattile bettered her times in the 50 Free (29.26) and 100 Breast (1:20.07). Luc Ferrara dropped 7 seconds in the 400 IM with a 5:05.62 finish and 4 seconds in the 200 Free at 2:09.62.

Many of Coach Bar Bogoslavsky's swimmers swam their best times in various events this weekend. She is "so proud of the White and Blue kids who have trained so hard for this meet to end the season with a bang!" Some noteworthy performances at the JOs include Tyler Armbruster who finished 8th in the Boys 10 & Under 50 Free with a best time of 6:26.1, earning him 3 points, and Faith Fowler who cut almost 3 seconds off both Girls 11-12 100 and 200 Back for a 5th place finish in each event 1:03.24 and 2:15.86 respectively. Fowler earned 6 points for each of these races, bringing her total to 12 points.

Kaitlyn Armbruster improved her time in the 500 Free by 4 seconds at 6:13.59. Sofia Barrios swam best times in the 100 Fly and 200 Free with respective finish times of 1:12.04 and 2:17.80. Riley Botting dropped 9 seconds in her 200 Breast, finishing 6th at 2:38.80 and earning 5 points. Botting earned 2 additional points by shaving 2 seconds off her 100 Breast at 1:13.27, bringing her total JO point contribution to 7 points.

Briana Dattile bettered her times in the 50 Free (29.26) and 100 Breast (1:20.07). Luc Ferrara dropped 7 seconds in the 400 IM with a 5:05.62 finish and 4 seconds in the 200 Free at 2:09.62.

Relays

In the Girls 13-14 200 Freestyle relay, Delaney Biro led off the charge with a time of 24.87, while Rachel Botting, Anna Kaperski and Gabby Beltrano all finished off the race with a final time of 1:40.55. 1st East Coast Aquatics Club: 1:37.78, 2nd Pine Crest: 1:38.18, 3rd North Palm Beach: 1:38.71. The same team also secured 4th in the Girls 13-14 200 Medley with a finish time of 1:52.20. 1st Pine Crest: 1:48.59, 2nd East Coast Aquatics Club: 1:49.16, 3rd North Palm Beach: 1:52.11.

Biro, Botting, and Beltrano were joined by Julie Mason in the Girls 13-14 800 Free for another 4th place finish at 8:04.12. 1st Pine Crest: 7:46.67, 2nd North Palm Beach: 7:50.04, 3rd East Coast Aquatics Club: 7:55.88. Biro, Botting, and Beltrano then teamed up with Brooke Cordoba for the Girls 13-14 400 Medley for a noteworthy 4:07.78 finish. 1st Pine Crest: 3:56.77, 2nd East Coast Aquatics Club: 4:02.23, 3rd North Palm Beach: 4:02.64.

Our younger swimmers also enjoyed a 4th place finish. Faith Fowler led off the Girls 11-12 400 Medley along with Riley Botting, Giulianna Garcia, and Olivia Mason finishing the race at 4:25.48. 1st South Florida Aquatics Club: 4:14.77, 2nd Pine Crest: 4:19.78, 3rd AquaKids Sharks: 4:23.79.

Title Winners

At the end of the meet, South Florida Aquatic Club earned the combined team title with 1,018. 50 points, 2nd place went to East Coast Aquatic Club with 909. 33 points and 3rd place to Pine Crest with 905. 83. Coral Springs Swim Club earned 262 points at the event and placed 8th.

East Coast Aquatic Club took the girls’ title with 529.33 points.

The boys’ title went to South Florida Aquatic Club with 640.50 points.

High Point Award Winners

10 & Under Boys

1st place went to Alejandro Mateus of South Florida Aquatic Club with 69 points

10 & Under Girls

1st place went to Erika Pelaez Unattached with 75 points

11-12 Boys

1st place went Joshua Zuchowski of Flood Aquatics Swim Team with 75 points

11-12 Girls

1st place went toAnna Auld of East Coast Aquatic Club with 75 points

13-14 Boys

1st place went to Elvis Kotikovski of Pine Crest Swimming with 66 points.

13-14 Girls

1st place went to Chade Nersicio of East Coast Aquatic Club with 75 points.

New FGC Records

Many Florida Gold Coast age group and open records were broken during the JOs. Some of the records include the Girls 11-12 200 Medley Relay, which was broken by East Coast Aquatic Club at 1:55.52. The previous record belonged to South Florida Aquatics Club at 1:55.81.

Pine Crest’s Girls broke the 13-14 200 Medley Relay won at 1:48.59. The previous record had been long-standing since 2008 and was held by FLA Aquatics in 1:48.79.

Pine Crest’s 13-14 Boys also broke the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:40.35. The previous record was held by Metro Aquatics record at 1:41.34.

Pine Crest’s 13-14 Boys 400 Medley Relay shattered the FGC and FGC Open records with a 3:38.46 finish. The previous 2009 record of 3:41.23 had been set by by Metro Aquatics.

Anna Auld, of East Coast Aquatic Club broke the record in the Girls 11-12 200 Breast in 2:25.99. The record had been held previously by Lindsey McKnight at 2:26.65.

Joshua Zuchowski of Florida Aquatic Swim Team won the Boys 11-12100 Back in 56.98, breaking the 2012 record of Alberto Gomez of 57.31.

Elvis Kotikovski of Pine Crest Swimming finished the Boys 100 Back in 51.03, breaking the previous record of 52.19 in 2014 set by Alberto Gomez.

The 2016 JO's are Almost Here

03 March 2016

Coral Springs Swim Club is honored to be hosting the 2016 Junior Olympics this weekend. From Friday March 4th through Sunday March 6th, our Aquatic complex will be buzzing with the excitement of one of the biggest events of the year. Head Coach Bruno Darzi is anticipating that this year's Junior Olympics will be one to remember. "We are thrilled to be hosting another Junior Olympic Championships. It is a big deal for us and a great opportunity for our kids to swim at home. Last weekend, at the Area 2 Championships, we some really stand-out performances, so we are hoping to keep up the good momentum."

The Relays are looking to be exciting events and in which CCSC will be well represented. Some events not to be missed as the Girls 13-14 200 Yard Medley Relay, which our girls seeded 2nd (1:52.75), Girls 11-12 200 Yard Medley Relay which our girls seeded 3rd (2:01.47), and the Girls 13-14 400 Yard Medley and Free Relay both of which our girls seeded 4th (4:10.59, 3:45.27).

We are anticipating more top performances from the CSSC ladiesRachel Botting (14) seeded 1st in the Girls 13-14 50 Breast (31.46), Gabby Beltrano (14) seeded 3rd in the Girls 13-14 50 Back with 28.41, 100 Back with 1:01.33 and 200 Back with 2:11.37, and Delaney Biro (14) seeded 3rd in the Girls 13-14 50 Fly with 26.49, 4th in the 100 Fly with 59.86, 6th in the 500 Free with 5:12.73, and 8th in the 50 Free with 24.81.

Other Top Seeds for the Weekend

Tyler Armbruster (9) seeded 6th in the Boys 10 & Under 500 Free with 6:35.35

Brian Gonzalez (12) seeded 10th in the Boys 11-12 100 IM with 1:08.24

Faith Fowler (14) seeded 5th in the Girls 11-12 200 Back with 2:18.62

Payton Ward (10) seeded 6th in the Girls 10 & Under 50 Free with 29.86

Olivia Mason (12) seeded 8th in the Girls 11-12 50 Free with 29.86

Sarah Schimansky (12) seeded 11th in the Girls 11-12 500 Free with 5:42.75

Andres McKeon (14) seeded 5th in the Boys 13-14 200 Free and with 1:48.25 11th 500 Free with 4:59.57

Where:

Coral Springs Aquatic Complex

12441 Royal Palm Boulevard

Coral Springs, FL 33065

When:

Sessions 1, 2, & 3

Friday, March 4th                              

Warm up                           7:30 AM

Prelims                             9:00 AM

Warm up                           3:30 PM

Finals                                5:00 PM

                                                           

Sessions 4, 5, & 6

Saturday, March 5th                             

Warm up                             7:30 AM                                                            

Prelims                                9:00 AM                                                            

Warm up                             3:30 PM                                                            

Finals                                   5:00 PM    

         

Sessions 7, 8, & 9

Sunday, March 6th                               

Warm up                            7:30 AM                                                           

Prelims                               9:00 AM                                                           

Warm up                            3:30 PM                                                         

Finals                                 5:00 PM                                                                                         

Cost of Admission:                                                                          

$3.00 per session                                                                                                       

$3.00 per heat sheet

We hope to see al Coral Springs Swim Club families at the event. If you are willing to volunteer, there is also still time to sign up. We appreciate our volunteers and offer them some great perks like VIP parking complimentary entry and heat sheets. We will even keep you energized with breakfast, snacks, drinks, and dinner. Middle and high-school students can also earn community service hours for volunteering. Please contact our volunteer coordinators for more information.

Sharyn Mason, mason6710@gmail.com 954-612-2205

Gina Cordoba, gcordoba@bellsouth.net, 561-414-9821

Barrios and Chin among the Swimmers to Make Junior Olympic Cuts at FGC Area 2

Champs

02 March 2016

Guillermo Barrios and Cody Chin both brought their A games to last weekend's FGC Area 2 Championship Meet. Prior to the event, Head Coach Bruno Darzi expressed his excitement to see how CSSC swimmers dedication to training throughout the season would pay off. Darzi also predicted that several of our swimmers would make Junior Olympic Cuts at the championships. Darzi's prediction was realized when Barrios and Chin's dedication to training and determination to perform not only made Junior Olympic cuts, but placed first in a combined 4 different events as well. Both boys swam excellent Freestyle. Barrios in the 200 (2:02.42) and 500 (5:27.71) and Chin in the 50 (25.36) and 100 (54.78).

Barrios and Chin were not our only swimmer to make Junior Olympic cuts. In fact, 13 CSSC swimmers reached this milestone in 27 events. Among the swimmers to make the cut are Olivia Reposa in four different events, including the Women 13-14 100 Back (1:07.02), 50 Free (26.77), 100 Free (58.26), and 50 Back (31.30 ), as well as Emily Robertson and Riley McCormick in 3 events each including the Womens 11-12 100 Back (1:11.76), 50 Fly (31.75), and 200 Free (2:17.36) for Robertson and Womens 11-12 50 Fly (31.44) and 100 (1:04.39)and 200 Free (2:20.19) for McCormick.

The list of JO cuts also includes Kaitlyn Armbruster in the Womens 11-12 200 Free (2:21.48), Tyler Armbruster in the Mens 7-10 50 Fly (37.58), Guillermo Barrios in the Mens 13-14 50 Breast (33.31), Sofia Barrios in the Womens 11-12 200 Free (2:20.11), David Blanco in both the Mens 13-14 200 IM (2:13.31) and the Mens 13-14 50 Breast (31.10), Patrick Franzino in the Mens 13-14 50 Free (25.91) and in the 50 Back and Breast Prelims (29.26) (32.67), Darion Louis-Jeune in the Mens 11-12 100 Breast and 50 Fly (1:21.61) (35.07), Camila Parsons (13) in the Women 13-14 50 Fly (30.74), and Sebastian Savino (10) in the Men 7-10 50 Back (39.29).

Coach Bar Bogoslavsky's White, Blue, and Silver swimmers were amongst some of the above that made Junior Olympic cuts. More of her swimmers swam their best times at the meet including Elisabeth Olson in the 200 IM (2:59.69), Ashley Nagy in the 200 IM (2:55.46) and 100 Fly (1:26.06), Ryan Brander in the 200 Breast (3:05.59) and 100 Free (1:09.97), and Sara Laplant in the 100 (1:13.52) and 200 (2:34.99) Free. Coach Bogoslavasky looks forward to "some fast races at JO's next weekend".

Coach Jessica Nugent beamed with pride at her swimmer's performances at the Championships. Many of her swimmers including Madison Hockman, Mariana Montes, Alejandra Gil, Bri Torres, Miguel Kocoglu, RJ Martin, Camden Dumas, Mila Bond, Selina Guan, and Melanie Suglio, dropped time off their swims at the meet. She expects this trend to continue in upcoming events, especially in the Backstroke, in which Coach Nugent is seeing a big improvement. Reese Maxwell, Michel Martin, Isabella Perez, all swam a strong 50 Free and newcomers Francesco Basso and Maya Altman both swam their first meets with a lot of composure. We look forward to seeing them perform in the future. Although her swimmers will not perform in this weekend's Junior Olympics, Coach Nugent expressed that they "look forward to volunteering at the JO meet and watching some great swims!"

The FGC Area 2 Championships were a success for Coral Springs Swim Club members and served as a perfect prequel to the Junior Olympics coming up this weekend.

Volunteers... We Need You!

01 March 2016

With one of the biggest meets of the year coming up this weekend, we need all hands on deck!

Join us this March 4-6th for the 2016 FGC Junior Olympics (SCY)
As always, CSSC offers fun perks and to our volunteers.

  • VIP Parking 

  • Free Entry

  • Free Heat Sheet

  • Breakfast

  • Snacks and Drinks

  • Lunch

Volunteer positions available for everyone.
Community service opportunities available for middle school and high school students.

Volunteer Coordinators
Sharyn Mason,  mason6710@gmail.com  954-612-2205
Gina Cordoba,  gcordoba@bellsouth.net , 561-414-9821
Also, don't forget to sign up for CCSC's Perfect Potluck!

The hospitality ladies have set up a perfect potluck for CSSC families to donate baked goods, fruit, and breakfast casseroles for the 2016 Junior Olympics, taking place March 4-6. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

The CSSC hospitality team appreciates your donations! Please note that we will give 2 community service hours for each homemade baked good, up to 4 hours per day. DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016 

Please bring items to the hospitality room 7 - 7:30am every day. Contact Marina (919) 943 7492 if you want to schedule delivery at another time or have any other questions.

Thank you for supporting our athletes and volunteers!

If you have any questions, please contact Marina Garbutt at (919) 943-7492 

Perfect Potluck for 2016 JOs

25 February 2016

The hospitality ladies have set up a perfect potluck for CSSC families to donate baked goods, fruit, and breakfast casseroles for the 2016 Junior Olympics, taking place March 4-6. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

The CSSC hospitality team appreciates your donations! Please note that we will give 2 community service hours for each homemade baked good, up to 4 hours per day. DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016 

Please bring items to the hospitality room 7 - 7:30am every day. Contact Marina (919) 943 7492 if you want to schedule delivery at another time or have any other questions.

Thank you for supporting our athletes and volunteers!

If you have any questions, please contact Marina Garbutt at (919) 943-7492 

FGC Area 2 Champs to be Held on February 27-28

24 February 2016

On February 27-28 Sunrise Swimming will host the 2016 Florida Gold Coast Area 2 Championship Meet. Coral Springs Swim Club will be well represented during the two-day event with 70 of our swimmers scheduled to compete. Head Coach Bruno Darzi is anticipating that the event will be a memorable one "We are very excited to see how the kids are going to perform. They have been working hard all season and we look forward to some fast swims. We are confident we will have several swimmers achieving their Junior Olympic cuts this weekend".

The boys are expected to execute exceptional races at the meet. David Garbutt (16) promises a good performance at the Championships, He is seeded first in three events including the Boys 15-18 200 Free (1:55.09), Boys 15-18 50 Back (32.90), and Boys 15-18 200 IM (2:15.52) as well as second in the Boys 15-18 100 Back (1:05.14). Patrick Franzino (14) is also another swimmer to watch. He seeded 2nd in the Boys 13-14 50 Back (30.71) and 3rd in three other events including the Boys 13-14 100 Back (1:04.25), the Boys 13-14 100 Breast (1:14.86), and the Boys 13-14 50 Breast (34.36).

We also speculate that CSSC Girls will secure top finishes. Amber Candido (12) seeded 1st in both the Girls 11-12 50 Free (30.67) and Girls 11-12 50 Breast (39.59). Emily Robertson (11) is also in the spotlight with excellent seed times in two different events including a second place seed in the Girls 11-12 100 Back (1:15.30) and the Girls 11-12 200 Free (2:23.44).

Other events that we are highly anticipating include theBoys 13-14 50 Free with CSSC members Sebastian Sierra (14) and Cody Chin (13) seeding in second (26.14) and third (26.51) respectively. We are keeping our eye on Cody who also seeded in first place for the Boys 13-14 100 Free (57.19) and Sebastian who also seeded second in the Boys 13-14 100 IM (1:06.83). As well as the Girls 11-12 50 Fly, an extremely competitive event with the top seed times being extremely close. Riley McCormick (11) seeded second in this event (33.07) as well as third in the Girls 11-12 100 Free (1:06.27).Also not to be missed is the Boys 13-14 200 IM with 3 CSSC swimmers in close competition. David Blanco (14), Guillermo Barrios (14), and Sebastian Sierra (14) seeding 2nd (2:20.08), 3rd (2:21.44), and 4th (2:21.73) place respectively. We can't wait to see what the final times in these close matches will be.

Other Top Seeds for the weekend

In second place...

Tyler Armbruster (9) in the Boys 7-10 50 Fly with 38.25

Olivia Reposa (13) in the Girls 13-14 100 Free with 59.59

Riley McCormick (11) in the Girls 11-12 50 Fly with 33.07

William Olson (12) in the Boys 11-12 50 Fly with 34.24

Guillermo Barrios (14) in the Boys 13-14 200 Free with 2:12.73

Sebastian Savino (10) in the Boys 13-14 50 Back with 40.34

Ashley Ruf (15) in the Girls 15-18 100 Fly with 1:07.78

In third place...

Camilla Parsons (13) in the Girls 13-14 50 Fly with 31.57

Tyler Armbruster (9) in the Boys 7-10 100 Breast with 1:39.38

Riley McCormick (11) in the Girls 11-12 100 Breast with 1:25.43

Ryan Brander (11) in the Boys 11-12 100 Breast with 1:25.28

Ellie Mitova (13) in the Girls 13-14 100 Breast with 1:19.27

Olivia Reposa (13) in the Girls 13-14 50 Free with 27.47

Wilson Ward (12) in the Boys 11-12 200 IM with 2:45.65

Sarah Tauzer (10) in the Girls 7-10 100 Fly with 1:43.00

Where:

City of Sunrise Civic Center Pool

10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, FL 33351

When:

Saturday, February 27th                                      

Session 1                            8:30 AM

                                                                             

Session 2                            5:00 PM

                                                           

Sunday, February 28th                                         

Session 3                            8:30 AM

                                                                           

Session 4                            5:00 PM

Cost of Admission:                                                                      

                                                                                                                   

                                           $3.00 per session

                                           $3.00 per heat sheet

We hope to see you there supporting our swimmers as they make waves and make us proud.

2016 Coral Springs Swim Club Annual Food Drive

18 February 2016

For the 4th consecutive year, CSSC swimmers delivered food to the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano. It was an incredible day! After collecting food items for the last month, the swimmers prepared and served meals to the area’s homeless and hungry.

Twelve swimmers along with some of their parents, delivered non-perishable items donated by Coral Spring Swim Club families in February

The Broward Outreach Center is home to roughly 230 residents and serves an average 800 meals a day. Ten families live on campus to which 66 percent will move into viable homes in the next year. The Center engages case management workers, legal professionals and social experts to ensure that outreach efforts are results driven.

Mike Nagy, father of CSSC swimmer Ashley Nagy, summed up the the afternoon for everyone involved. "What a great and humbling experience!" he said

"Thank you to all the swimmers that participated. You were awesome and I was very proud watching all of you serve lunch and work in the kitchen. Thank you to the parents that helped out also" said CSSC Booster Club President, Danica Schimansky.

Our Swimmers Know How to Fly

09 February 2016

Delaney Biro, Guiliana Garcia, and Megan Schimansky all enjoyed victories last weekend in the 2016 Coral Springs Open Invitational, proving once again that CSSC Swimmers really know how to fly.

Delaney Biro conquered 2 Fly events. She earned her first place victory in the 100 Fly (1:09.86) and shaved almost 3 seconds off her 200 Fly (2:35.87) for a second first place win. Guilanna Garcia came in right behind Biro in the 200 Fly (2:47.28) and claimed second place.

It was also another great meet for Megan Schimansky, who beat her best time by 5.2 seconds in the 50 Fly (33.28) and whose performance in the 200 back (2:34.96) earned her first place. Sarah Schimansky improved her time in the 100 Back by more than 21 seconds (1:27.97) and newcomer Micaela Sierra had a great weekend as well. She placed second in the 50 Breast (36.36) as well as third in both the 100 and 200 Breast.

Head Coach Bruno Darzi said "We had some really exciting swims despite the cold weather and windy conditions. Our kids dropped times in most of their events." Cold weather has seemed to be a recurring obstacle meets taking place in late 2015 and earlier this year. However, CSSC Swimmers refused to let challenging courses and lower temperatures stop them from improving their times.

Coach Nugent's noted that "it has been a bit since [her swimmers] swam the long course, but they were all up to the challenge". The 50 Fly was an event that her swimmers especially excelled in. Abby Frank dropped 11 seconds (39.39), Mariana Montes dropped 10 (1:02.15) and Fernanda Andino dropped 3 (48.37).

More drops occurred in the 50 Free, which was a huge success for our swimmers. Mariana Montes dropped 8 seconds (46.21), Santiago Garcia dropped 4 (1:00.90), and Isabella Cardenas dropped 2 (47.77).

Michael Stouffer notably dropped 36 seconds in the 100 Free (1:39.24) along with Alexis Tuyo who shaved off 25 seconds (1:45.68), R.J. Martin who beat his best time by 23 seconds (1:44.29) and Abby Frank who took 4 seconds off hers (1:23.36) all in the same event. Tuyo also shaved 11 sec off the 100 Back (2:03.31) while Selina Guan dropped 12 sec off her 100 Breast (2:13.65).

Coach Bar's White and Blue swimmers also celebrated many best times at the meet. Swimmers who trimmed their times include Faith Fowler in the 100 Fly (1:21.01) and 200 IM (2:47.49) along with Amber Candido (3:14.57) and Riley Botting (2:47.87). Botting also dropped an impressive 15 seconds in her 400 Free by finishing at 5:12.48.

White and Blue boys and girls continued the trend in their Fly events. In the 50 Fly Sofia Barrios (37.65), Payton Ward (40.89), Amber Candido (42.11), Faith Fowler (36.32) , Elisabeth Olson (39.90), Rhania Saurez (50.41) and Roni Lubarsky (1:09.52) all improved their previous records as well as Jason Bonasera (37.71), Alejandro Alvarez (39.93), William Olson (38.19), Tyler Armbruster (40.94), and Ryan Brander (43.18). Giulianna Garcia achieved an AA time in her 200 Fly (2:47.28) while Brian Gonzalez got an A time in the same event (2:43.31). Payton Ward excitingly attained her JO cut in the 100 Free (1:21.67).

Coach Bar is proud of all of her swimmers and is "looking forward to working hard in practice to help them improve and become even better" in meets to come.

2016 Spring Pasta Dinner

08 February 2016

The Spring Pasta Dinner for all swimmers will take place on Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30pm at the Aquatic Complex. The Mullins swimmers will swim at the Aquatic Complex that day and practice times for all groups will be coordinated so all swimmers will be able to attend. More information will come from each coach soon.

Polar Bear Performances at the Scotty Invitational

27 January 2016

2016 is proving to be a great year for Coral Springs Swim Club. The first meet of the new year began with all of our swimmers giving their best."All of our kids deserve the polar bear award" joked Coach Nugent, referring to the abnormally low temperature for the season, especially in South Florida. Despite the challenges of competing in colder water, CCSC swimmers really heated things up. Coach Bar proudly stated, "The swimmers all swam either best times or very close to them." showing once again a determination to swim at their very best no matter the obstacle.

Riley Botting continued her trend of beating her personal record when she conquered the Girls 10 & Under 50 Breast by coming in 1st with a time of 34.49. Riley also placed 1st in the 6 other events, including the 100 Breast (1:17.49), 200 Free (2:14.42), 100 Free (1:02.52), 50 Butterfly (32.40), 100 IM (1:11.34), 200 IM (2:32.53) and 2nd in the 100 Back at 1:13.21.

Sarah Schimansky claimed a 1st place victory in the 500 Free, coming in at an impressive 5:48.10. Kaitlyn Armbruster was right behind her at 6:17.76 and finished in 3rd. Delaney Biro crushed her competitors in the 100 Free and commanded 1st with a time of 54.59 and kept her first place slot for the 500 Free (5:12.73).

It was a great meet for Megan Schimansky, who finished more than seven seconds before her competitors in the 500 Free, including some top swimmers from the home team St. Andrew's Aquatics, and enjoyed an impressive finish at 5:15.75. Megan also placed 1st in the 200 Free (1:58.45), 2nd in the 100 (1:02.83) and 200 Back (2:12.18), and 3rd in the 100 Free (56.95).

11-year old Alejandro Alvarez earned his victory by pushing through the last few seconds of the 100 IM (1:07.15), finishing just before Tiago Pereira of Pine Crest Swim Team (1:07.34) and came in 1st. Andres McKeon also displayed an impressive ability to endure in the 200 Free and came at 1:52.26 for another tight first place finish. Andres also placed 2nd in the 500 Free (5:05.08).

Patrick Franzino also claimed 1st place in his 100 Back (56.53), as did Kalvin Hernandez in the 100 Fly (56.77). Jose Pascual came in less than a second behind Nick Sharp from St. Andrews Aquatics in the 500 Free and came in 2nd place at 4:50.72. 

Gabby Beltrano and Rachel Botting both enjoyed second place in the 200 Back for Gabby (2:15.41) and the 100 Breast for Rachel (1:14.70). Kalvin Hernandez and Brooke Cordoba also came in 2nd in the Girls 13-14 200 IM (2:22.52) for Brooke and the Boys 13-14 100 Free (51.21) for Kalvin. 

Darion Louis-Jeune and Sofia Barrios made the JO cut in the 50 Free for Darion and the 100 Fly for Sofia.  

Many more of our swimmers also finished with a bang, beating their personal best times. Lucas Mendicino dropped a second in the 50 Free and Sara Laplant dropped 3 seconds in the 50 Breast. Tyler Armbruster also dominated his best time in the 100 Fly (1:29.46). Melanie Suglio tackled her 100 IM with gusto and bested her time by 9 seconds.

Faith Fowler dropped 3 seconds in her 100 Fly and Alejandro Alvarez dropped an impressive 20 seconds in the same race for Boys. Faith also commanded a 3rd place spot in the 100 Back, coming in at 1:06.88. Lydia Lanahan dropped 4 seconds in her 200 free. Ashley Nagy and Nicole Palacios dropped some time in their 100 backs while William Olson dropped 6 seconds his. Sebastian Sterling dropped 13 seconds in his 100 IM with great composure and 3 seconds in his 50 Free. 

Throughout the two frigid days of the meet, CSSC swimmers continued to drop time. We are impressed by Mila Bond who made personal gains in two different events by dropping 3 seconds in her 50 Back and 5 seconds in her 100 free as well as Isabella Cardenas who dropped 1 second in her 100 Free. Santiago Garcia continued the trend by dropping 8 seconds in his 100 Free and Brianna Torres stepped up as well, dropping 1 second in her 100 Free, and 3 seconds in her 50 Fly.

Other fantastic swims include Payton Ward's 3rd place in the 50 Free (30.90) and 4th in the 100 Butterfly (1:28.83). Sophia El Chantiry dropped a second in her 50 Free (52.85). Quite a number of our swimmers dropped time in the 200 Free including Reese Balkom coming in at her best time (2:42.42), Roni Lubarsky dropping 52 seconds (3:14.52, and Giulianna Garcia shaving 7 seconds off of her best time.

Grayson Yellin did an amazing job in his 50 Back, coming in at an even 55.00 and even better when he claimed 1st place in the 100 Breast (1:02.29).

First meets can be stressful, but that didn't stop Arie Van Tol from swimming impressively in the 100 Breast (1:35.96), and Ella Van Tol showing off her skills in the 100 Free with a finish time of 1:28.43. We cannot wait to see how these, and all of our swimmers continue to perform in upcoming meets. 

Head Coach Bruno Darzi stated just how proud he was of the way that CSSC was represented at the Scotty Invitational. "I am impressed with our swimmers' performances from last weekend. We had several personal best times despite the extreme cold weather conditions. The kids stepped up and showed how tough they can be. I am looking forward to our first home meet in 2016."

The 10th Annual Scotty Invitational Is Guaranteed to Be a Great Start for 2016

21 January 2016

This weekend, the highly anticipated first meet of 2016 is finally here. The Coral Springs Swim Club will compete in the 10th Annual Scotty Invitational hosted by St. Andrews School in Boca Raton. This highly- competitive meet has attracted swimmers from all over South Florida including teams from Palm, Broward, and Dade counties, making it an excellent opportunity for our swimmers to show off their skills in the New Year. This year we have 93 swimmers competing in the event. Coral Springs Swim Club will be well represented and one of the strongest teams to compete.

"I am excited to see how our kids are going to swim at this meet," said Head Coach Bruno Darzi. "We have been training hard even though we faced several obstacles. One challenge we faced was that all of the groups had to accommodate the college teams at our pool during winter break. That did not stop our swimmers from their dedication is sharpening their skills and improving their times in preparation for this meet."

Jose Pascal, 17, will compete in 3 events including the Boys 100-yard Butterfly, Boys 500-yard Free, and Boys 100-yard Free.

Henrique Yamamoto, 17, will also swim in 3 events including the Boys 500-yard Free, Boys 200-yard Back, and the Boys 100-yard Free.

GianCarlo Payamps, 17, will race in the Boys 200-yard Back and the Boys 500-yard Free. Other CSSC swimmers to watch out for in the 500-yard Free include Nicholas Dworet, 15, Andres McKeon, 14, Kalvin Hernandez, 14, Kyle Caracciolo, 18, Gianni Savino, 14, Sebastian Sierra, 14, Connor Marks, 13, Gregory Trimble, 14, and Tyler Armbruster, 9.

Megan Schimansky, 16, is entered in the Girls 100-yard Free, along with Sarah Schimansky, 12, as well as the Girls 200-yard Back and the Girls 500-yard Free. Our other swimmers competing in the Girls 500-yard Free include Delaney Biro,14, Rachel Botting, 14, Lydia Szakacs, 13, Sarah Schimansky, Acacia Jones,14, Gabby Beltrano, 13, Julie Mason, 14, Anna Kaperski, 13, Amber Candido, 11, and Kaitlyn Armbruster, 11.

Riley Botting, 10, earned the number 1 seedtime for the Girls 10 & under 50-yard Breast, Girls 10 & Under Individual Medley and in the Girls 10 & Under 100-yard Back as did Payton Ward, 10, for the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Other events that we are excited to see heavily represented by our team are the Girls 10 & Under 50- yard Freestyle which includes Payton Ward, 10, Reese Balkcom, 10, Kaitlyn Bonasera, 10, Reese Maxwell, 10, Roni Lubarsky, 10, Kayleigh Didovic, 8, Carolyn Powell, 10, Vivi Fernandez, 9, and Sophia El Chantiry, 7. As well as the Boys 10 & Under 50-yard Free which will include Tyler Armbruster,10, Forest Bai, 10, Nathan Didovic, 10, Sebastian Sterling, 10, Oscar Dougherty, 9. and Lucas Mendicino, 9.

If you would to attend the Scotty and cheer our swimmers on, here is where you can find them this weeked.

Where:

Reid Family Pool at Duff Tyler Aquatic Complex on campus

Saint Andrew’s School

3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434.

When:

Friday, January 22nd                       Session 1                            5:00 PM

Saturday, January 23rd                   Session 2                            9:00 AM

                                                          Session 3                            2:00 PM

Saturday, January 24th                   Session 4                            9:00 AM

                                                         Session 5                            2:00 PM

Cost of Admission:                        $3.00 per session

                                                        $2.00 per heat sheet

If you have any more questions, please call the Team's office at 561-210-2128. We hope to see you all there.

CSSC Swimmers, Coaches and Parents to Participate in the 2016 Race For

Women’s Wellness in Coral Springs

11 January 2016

For the fourth year in a row, swimmers, coaches and parents of the Coral Springs Swim Club, will participate in the Coral Springs Half-Marathon and Race For Women's Wellness 5K Run/Walk that will take place on Saturday, March 26. Proceeds will benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund to provide free screening mammograms to women who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

Runners start the Race for Women’s Wellness Half Marathon course at the Coral Springs Tennis Center on SportsPlex Drive, along the edge of the Everglades Wildlife Management Area. From there, this very fast and flat route winds through a series of residential neighborhoods, and past the Coral Square Mall and the TPC Eagle Trace Golf Club, before bringing runners in to the finish line at Westchester Elementary School on Royal Palm Boulevard.  The half marathon will start at 6:00 am and the 5K Race at 7:30 am. Participants must be at least 12 years old to compete in the half marathon and able to finish in 4 hours (an 18 minute/mile pace). The 5K race is open to all ages.

“CSSC swimmers always have so much fun in this event,” said Danica Schimansky, President of CSSC Board of Directors. “Our team has been the largest team participating in this race for four years in a row,” she added. Last year, CSSC took the top four spots in Girls 11-14 age group. Lydia Szakacs (13) 1st in the category, 5th overall, and crowned herself as the fastest runner at CSSC with a time of 22:06. She was also the fastest female runner under 20 years of age. Olivia Reposa (12) finished 2nd with 25:02, Julie Mason (13) finished 3rd with 25:44, Brooke Cordoba finished 4th with 26:29 and Ashley Ruf (14) finished 5th in 28:49. Alejandro Alvarez (10) finished first in the Boys 9-10 category with 25:19 followed closely by teammate, Ben McCraken (9) who finished 2nd with 25:21. Tyler Armbruster (8) finished 1st in the Boys 7-8 Category with 29:19.  In the Girls 9-10 age group, Kaitlyn Armbruster (10) finished 2nd with a time of 25:57 and Kelly Pinilla (9) finished 3rd with a time of 31:03. Sam McCormick (13) finished 3rd in the Boys 11-14 category in a time of 22:23.13 followed by teammate Cody Chin (12) who finished 4th with 22:23.65. Megan Schimansky took 1st place in the girls 15-19 with 23:44. Schimansky has taken first place in her age group every year. Linda Candido (67), grandmother to CSSC Amber Candido, finished 1st in the Women 65-69 category with a time of 35:12

There will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION and to get the CSSC discount rate, registration forms must be turned in by Saturday, March 12 at the front office of the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. The CSSC discount applies to all swimmers, siblings, parents, relatives and friends. All participants will be receiving Finisher medals, and Dri-fit T-shirts.

Immediately after the race and awards ceremony, the Board of Directors invites all CSSC families to celebrate the end of the short course season and the start of long course one at the Spring Team Barbeque that will take place at Betti Stradling Park in Coral Springs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Details to follow.

To volunteer at Second Aid and Water Station call 954-592-2610.

For more information about the race, click here.

For the registration form, please click here

2016 Registration is Due!

29 December 2015

The 2016 USA Swimming Registration was due on December 31st, and must be turned in as soon as possible.

If you haven't already done so, please fill out the 2016 USA Registration along with all the CSSC Policy forms. Please note that swimmers will not be able to practice or swim until this has been submitted per USA Swimming Insurance policy.

You can download all the forms in the 2016 CSSC brochure

CSSC Swimmers Perform Their Best in the 50 Breast

07 December 2015

Although the 2015 Coral Springs Sprint Invitational held on December 5-6 began with rainy and less than ideal weather conditions, our swimmers refused to let it affect their performances. Coach Jessica Nugent was especially proud of our kids and reported, "the swimmers braved the weather and swam so well!" Coach Bar Bogoslavsky added, "I couldn't think of a better way to end the year with a bang".

Our swimmers hard work and dedication in sharpening their technique really showed off in the 50 Breast. We had many swimmers shave off time in this event, including Briana Torres and Fernando Andino, who each dropped about 9 seconds, Rhania Suarez, who dropped 5,and Willow Holmes and Hailey Wells. Miguel Kocoglu also swam his B time in the event.

Leading male swimmer Brian Gonzalez flew by his competition, placing 1st in 5 Mens 11-12 races including the 50 Breast and Fly and the 100 Free, Fly, and Individual Medley, and 2nd in the 50 Free, 100 Back, and 100 Breast. Kalvin Hernandez was another force to be reckoned with earning 3 1st place victories in Mens 13-14 50 Breast and Free and the 100 Individual Medley.

Top female swimmers from the two-day event were Riley Botting, blowing away the competition away by finishing first in every race in her division and shaving time off her 50 Back and Breast, Delaney Biro earning first in four races, including the Womens 13-14 100 Fly, and 50 Free, Back, and Fly, and Gabriella Beltrano with a first place victory in the 100 Back.

Congratulations to Michael Stouffer, with a personal best in Mens 11-12 50 Breast (49.37Y) and Camden Dumas who shaved 7 seconds off her 100 Free and Hailey Wells, Marli Dearen, Brianna Torres, Abby Frank, and Joseph Bezerra who all lost time, and Santiago Garcia and John Hancock, whose excellent turns in the 100 Breast helped them lead the pack.

Those are not the only swimmers who dropped time, Roni Lubarsky dropped an astounding 17 seconds off her 100 Back and Reese Maxwell dropped 4 seconds in this challenging race. Mariana Montes swam a fast 1:33.87 in the 100 Free.

Coral Springs Swim Club kids have been concentrating on improving Individual Medley swims are we are so proud how well they tackled the task at the meet. The 100 Individual Medley was swam for the very first time by Rhania Suarez , Camden Dumas, Danielle Mersch, RJ Martin, Briana Torres , Grayson Yellin, Catherine Voit , and Marli Dearen, with great technique and composure for an extremely difficult event. Abby Frank dropped 8 seconds in her 100 Individual Medley as Willow Holmes, Roni Lubarsky, Madison Hockman, Hailey Wells, Joseph Bezerra, and Brianna Thirkell also shaved time off of this event.

This was the first meet for 8 & Under Sizzlers Mckayla Barton (7), Molly Chaison (6),Oscar Dougherty (7), Haley Most (6),Radhika Nanavati (7), Anthony Palumbo (7), Isabella Perez (8), David Rodriguez (7), and Emma Viola (8). Coach Nugent was impressed with their first performances, "I am so proud of how they all did. They gave it their all!"

A special congratulations to all Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers and their families for a job well done. We cannot wait to see how these athletes will continue to grow in 2016.

Beltrano, Biro, Botting, and Ferrara All Claim a Winter Championship First Place

23 November 2015

The weather on the final day of the 25th Annual Speedo Winter Championships caused some delays, but that did not stop Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers from performing at the top of their game. Head Coach Bruno Darzi was "very happy with our swimmers performances this weekend from the 10 & under group to the senior members, we had multiple event wins and individual victories". Unforgettable moments from the Championships include Riley Botting breaking her own record for the 100 Breast, and Olivia Mason breaking a minute in the 100 Free. These moments, along with the positive vibe and energy our swimmers brought to the Championships make Darzi believe that the future of our swimmers will be "very promising looking forward in events to come".

First place victory's for Gabby Beltrano in the Girls 13-14 50 Yard Backstroke (28.41), Delaney Biro in the Girls 13-14 50 Yard Butterfly 1st place (26.49), Riley Botting in the Girls 10 & Under 50 Yard Breaststroke (34.92), Nico Ferrara Boys 15-16 50 Yard Butterfly (23.95). Riley's second first place win in the final two days of the championship helped her achieve a second place ranking for her division. Nico also swam an admirable Boys 15-16 100 Yard Freestyle (47.19), finishing in 2nd place.

Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers continued to dominate throughout the Championships. Two of our swimmers took 2nd place Kalvin Hernandez in the Boys 13-14 50 Yard Butterfly (24.27), and Giulianna Garcia in the Girls 11 Year Olds 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:27.48).

Anna Kasperski , Megan Schimansky , and Rachel Botting all commanded 3rd place finishes in the Girls 12 Year Olds 50 Yard Butterfly (28.23) for Anna, Girls 15-16 50 Yard Backstroke for Megan (27.97), and Girls 13-14 50 Yard Breaststroke (31.46) for Rachel.

Other Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers who gave outstanding performances are Briana Dattile, who finished 4th in the Girls 13-14 50 Yard Breaststroke (36.96), Olivia Mason in the Girls 12 Year Olds 50 Yard Breaststroke , Jose Pascual in the Boys 200 Yard Individual Medley (1:57.34), Nicholas Dworet in the Boys 15-16 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:09.26), and Daria Chiarella in the Girls 50 Yard Butterfly (28.63).

We also want to recognize Tyler Armbruster with a time of (1:11.29) in the Boys 10 & Under 100 Yard Freestyle, Acacia Jones (14) who finished the Girls 13-14 200 Yard Individual Medley with a time of (2:22.99), Elisabeth Olson (10) who swam the Girls 10 & Under 50 Yard Butterfly in (36.73), GianCarlo Payamps (17) in the Boys 50 Yard Backstroke (26.14), Payton Ward (10) in the Girls 10 & Under 100 Yard Freestyle (1:10.80), and Sebastian Savino (10) in the Boys 10 & Under 50 Yard Backstroke (40.47).

Coach Bar is especially proud of all of her swimmers and reports that the swimmers previously mentioned, as well as Faith Fowler, Brian Gonzales, Wilson Ward, Jason Bonasera, Ryan Brander, Darion Louis-Jeune, Luc Ferrara, Sarah Schimansky, and Emily Robertson all "swam very well". We can't wait to see how our swimmers will perform in the coming months.

Riley Botting Breaks Club Record for a First Place Win

22 November 2015

The third day of the 25th Annual Speedo Winter Championships was a memorable one for Coral Springs Swim Club members and their families. Riley Botting (10) broke her club record in the Girl's 10 & Under 100 Yard Breaststroke this morning (1:15.77) earning her a 1st place victory.

Head Coach Bruno Darzi expressed his pride. "We are so proud of Riley and all of our swimmers. They are really showing up for this Championship and displaying what talented swimmers they are." Other swimmers that gave notable performances were:

Kalvin Hernandez (14) who slaughtered the Boy's 13-14 100 Yard Butterfly with a time of (53.73) and a 1st place win. Giulianna Garcia (11) and Andres McKeon (14), who also realized a 1st place victory. Giulianna in the Girl's 11 Year Olds 100 Yard Butterfly (1:05.03), and Andres in the Boy's 13-14 200 Yard Freestyle (1:48.25). Giulianna also placed 3rd in the Girl's 11 Year Olds 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:17.68).

Megan Schimansky (16) killed it in the Girl's 15-16 100 Yard Backstroke with a time of (59.78) and 2nd place. Gabby Beltrano (13) also took 2nd in the same race for Girl's 13-14 with a noteworthy (1:01.41).

Elisabeth Olsen (10), swam the Girl's 10 & Under 100 Yard Butterfly (1:21.28), Tyler Armbruster, with a time of (2:33.66) in the Boy's 10 & Under 200 Yard Freestyle, and Payton Manning (10) and Riley Botting, who raced in the Girls 10 & Under 100 Yard Individual Medley with times of (1:18.92) and (1:05.26).

Dominique Fajardo (15) and Megan Schimansky both tackled the Girl's 15-16 100 Yard Individual Medley. Dominique placed 3rd with a time of (1:02.55) and Megan came in just a little over a second behind at (1:03.69).

Delaney Birro (14) placed 4th in the Girl's 13-14 100 Yard Butterfly (1:00.30), and Nico Ferrara (15) swam the Boy's 15-16 100 Yard Butterfly with a time of (54.05). Delaney also performed well in the Girl's 13-14 200 Yard Freestyle (1:59.52).

Nico swam with Nicholas Dworet (15) in the Boy's 15-16 200 Yard Freestyle coming in at (1:49.05) and (1:48.77) respectively.

Anna Kasperski (12) earned a time of (1:04.73) in the Girl's 12 Year Olds 100 Yard Butterfly, and Brian Gonzales (12), who swam the same race for Boys in (1:06.11).

Olivia Mason (12) showed off her skills in the Girl's 12 Year Olds 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:17.47). GianCarlo Payamps (17) swam the Boy's 100 Yard Backstroke (56.17).

Delaney Birro, Rachel Botting (13), Gabby Beltrano (13), and Acacia Jones (14) teamed up for the Girl's 13-14 100 Yard Relay and claimed 3rd place (3:44.52). Kalvin Hernandez, Andres McKeon, David Blanco, (14) and Connor Marks (13) did well in their Boy's 13-14 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, coming in 4th place (3:33.74).

Thanks to the outstanding performances of all our swimmers, Coral Springs Swim Club has earned 364.5 points and is currently ranked in 5th place. We can't wait to see how we will continue to dominate in the final day of the Championships.

25th Annual Speedo Winter Championships Thursday and Friday Results

21 November 2015

Coral Springs Swim Club Members began the Speedo 25th Annual Winter Championships with a bang in Plantation on Thursday night. Head Coach, Bruno Darzi, was thrilled with their performance. "Our swimmers have been training tirelessly for the Winter Championships. The hard work is paying off. I am so proud of all of their performances in the first half of the Championship and I am looking forward to seeing how they continue to compete on Saturday and Sunday." Here are some standouts from the first two days of the Winter Championships.

Thursday Girl's Standouts

Giulianna Garcia (11) earned first place in the 11-Year-Old Girls division, earning Coral Springs Swim Club 11 points. Giulianna swam an amazing Girls 11 and Under 400 Yard Individual Medley (5:12.06).

Acacia Jones (14) topped of our teams score by earning a point in Girls 13-14 division. She also did well in the 400 Yard Individual Medley for Girl's 13-14 (5:01.03).

Our swimmers Gabby Beltrano (13), Rachel Botting (13), Acacia Jones, and Delaney Biro (14) teamed up to finish 3rd in the Girl's 13-14 200 Yard Medley Relay (1:53.21).

Rachel Botting, Gabby Beltrano, and Delaney Biro joined Olivia Reposa (13) for the Girl's 13-14 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (1:44.79) and finished in 4th.

Megan Schimansky (16), Brooke Cordoba (14), Daria Chiarella (17), and Dominique Fajardo (15) swam an excellent time in the Girl's 200 Yard Medley Relay (1:58.22).

Megan Schimansky, Daria Chiarella, and Dominique Fajardo teamed up with Emily Puia (15) for the Girl's 200 Yard Freestyle relay (1:44.18), and came in 7th place.

Thursday Boy's Standouts

Luc Ferrara (12) placed 6th in the12 Year Old Boys division, and earned another 5 points for our team in the Boy's 12 Year Old Individual Medley (5:12.76)

Jose Pascual (17) earned 4 points (4:14.33) and Henrique Yamamoto (17) another 2 (4:26.71) in the Boys 17 and Older 400 Yard Individual Medley.

Our Boys GianCarlo Payamps (17),Jose Pascual (17), Henrique Yamamoto (17), and Nico Ferrara (15) placed 5th in the Boy's 200 Yard Medley Relay (1:39.87).

GianCarlo Payamps , Henrique Yamamoto , and Nico Ferrara teamed up with Nicholas Dworet (15) for the Boy's 200 Yard FreeStyle Relay and came in 6th (1:29.03).

Andres McKeon (14), Sam McCormick (13), Kalvin Hernandez (14), and Alexander Meyer (13) also finished 5th in the Boy's 13-14 200 Yard Medley Relay (1:48.32).

Andres McKeon , Kalvin Hernandez ,and Alexander Meyer joined David Blanco (14) for the Boy's 200 Yard Freestyle Relay and came in 4th (1:35.71).

Friday Boy's Standouts

Jose Pascual (17) swam the Boy's 200 Yard Breaststroke (2:06.20) and only missed the Winter Junior National cut by .31, Nicholas Dworet (15) swam the Boy's 15-16 500 Yard Freestyle (4:57.31), and Andres McKeon (14) swam the Boy's 13-14 500 Yard Freestyle (4:59.57) all coming in at 5th place.

Nico Ferrara (15) came in 2nd in the Boy's 15-16 50 Yard Freestyle (21.81Y). Kalvin Hernandez (14) placed 3rd in the Boy's 13-14 50 Yard Freestyle (22.8Y)

Jose Pascual, Nico Ferrara, GianCarlo Payamps (17), and Henrique Yamamoto (17) placed 4th in the Boy's 400 Yard Medley Relay (3:34.87).

Friday Girl's Standouts

Megan Schimansky (16) and Gabby Beltrano (13) both placed 2nd in their respective races. (2:06.49Y) in the Girl's 15-16 200 Yard Backstroke for Megan and (2:11.37Y) in the Girl's 13-14 200 Yard Backstroke for Gabby.

Riley Botting (10) took on the Girl's 10 & Under 200 Yard Individual Medley and came in 2nd (2:28.65). Riley also swam the Girl's 10 & Under 50 Yard Freestyle (28.26) and came in 3rd place. Payton Ward (10) also performed well in the same race (31.23).

Olivia Mason (12) placed 4th in the Girl's 12 Year Olds 50 Yard Freestyle (26.39Y). Delaney Birro (14) also came in 4th in the Girl's 13-14 200 Yard Butterfly (2:15.01) and tied for 8th in the Girl's 13-14 50 Yard Freestyle (25.08Y). Dominique Fajardo (15) swam an admirable Girl's 15-16 50 Yard Freestyle

Gabby Beltrano, Delaney Birro, Rachel Botting (13) , and Acacia Jones (14) swam the Girls 13-14 400 Yard Medley Relay and placed 4th (4:11.97).

A big thank you goes out to all of our swimmers who worked hard to earn the Coral Springs Swim Club 109 points on Thursday night, and continued to perform on Friday. We are looking forward to two more great days of the Annual Speedo Winter Championships.

Turkey Classic and Sizzler Highlights

13 November 2015

Sunrise Swimming 8 & Under Sizzler

Mila Bond (8), Alejandra Gil (7), Camryn Meyer (8), and Samantha Schoenborn (8) brought a first place victory at the Girls 8 & Under A 100 Free Relay.

First time participants Anthony Palumbo (7), and Sophia El Chantiry (7) gave excellent performances. Anthony placed 10th at the Boy's 7-8 25 Back (25.18Y) and Sophia swam the Girl's 7-8 25 Breast (45.97Y).

Turkey Classic Session 1 Highlights

Session 1 of the 2015 Piranhas Turkey Classic was held over the weekend, and according to Coach Jessica Nugent, "The kids did very well today- it was a crazy busy day but they did well". Some of our standout swimmers were: 

RJ Martin (10), who dropped 10 seconds off the Men's 9-10 Fly (54.54Y). Nathan Didovic (9) , and Roman Ferrera (9), who dropped 2 seconds (59.35Y), and 6 seconds (50.79Y) respectively. Mila Bond (8) dropped 4 seconds off the Women's 8 & Under 25 Fly (20.73Y).

Samantha Schoenborn (8) dropped 2 seconds off the Women's 8 & Under 25 Back (23.76Y), and Kayleigh Didovic (8) dropped 1 second (23.23Y). Selina Guan (9) dropped 10 seconds off Women's 9-10 Back (54.48Y). 

Isabella Cardenas (9) dropped 3 seconds of Women's 9-10 50 Breast (59.33Y) and Elizabeth Olson (10) dropped 2 seconds (43.71Y). Alejandra Gil (7) dropped 2 seconds off Women's 8 & Under 25 Breast (28.51Y). RJ Martin (10) dropped 6 seconds off Men's 9-10 50 Breast (56.00Y).

Alexis Tuyo (10) swam her best time at the Women's 9-10 50 Free (43.69Y).

Coral Springs Swim Club Newcomers who are working hard at learning new skills include Camden Dumas (10), Danielle Mersch (10), Rami Phillips (10), Reese Maxwell (10), Nicole Ward (10), Santiago Garcia (9), and Martin Viola (10).

Turkey Classic Session 2 Highlights

Many of our swimmers dropped time during Session 2 of the 2015 Piranhas Turkey Classic. Some of our standout swimmers were:

Jason Bonasera(12), who dropped 1 second off Men's 11-12 50 Fly (34.82Y, and Dhara Ayapati (12), who dropped 3 seconds off Women's 11-12 50 Fly (44.43Y). 

Alec Nutter (13), who dropped 7 seconds off Men 13-14 50 Back (40.08Y), and Melanie and Lauren Suglio (11), who both dropped time from the Women's 50 Back. Melanie dropped 5 seconds (51.61Y) and Lauren dropped 8 seconds (41.40Y). 

Abby Frank (12) dropped 1 scond off the Women's 11-12 50 Breast (44.96Y) as well as Alessia Chavarro (11), who dropped 3 seconds (46.76Y), Lauren Suglio(11), who dropped 3 seconds (48.05Y), and Hailey Wells (11) who dropped 2 seconds (44.91).

Melanie Suglio (11) dropped 2 seconds off the Women's 11-12 50 Free (41.34Y). Abby Frank (12), Marli Dearen (12), and Brianna Torres (11) each dropped 1 second at (33.20Y), (37.24Y), and (39.17Y) respectively. Alec Nutter (13) dropped 5 seconds off the Men's 11-12 50 Free (32.00Y) and William Olson (12) dropped 1 second (30.68Y) off the race as well.

Some newcomers to Coral Springs Swim Club who showed outstanding performances include Lillian Schoenthaler (11), Brianna Thrikell (12), and Madison Hockman (11), who swam the Women's 11-12 Breast at (45.81Y), (44.50Y), and (44.32Y) respectively. We can't wait for to see what they will bring to our next home meet.

Stroke, Starts and Turns Swim Clinic

05 November 2015

Please join us for the Stroke, Starts and Turns Swim Clinic taking place at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex on Saturday, November 14th, and Sunday, November 15th. Only 12 swimmers total will be allowed per session! Our own CSSC Senior Coach, Dave Cowmeadow, and 3-time Venezuelan Olympic Swimmer, Arlene Semeco, will provide the swimmers with invaluable feedback. This clinic includes an underwater high-resolution video of each swimmer focusing on 2 aspects of their stroke they would like to video and work on from start, turn, or stroke technique. Once the swimmers have received their feedback, there will be a Nutrition talk where we will take advantage of Arlene's knowledge and experience both as a 3-time Olympian and as a Registered Dietitian with a Master's Degree in Food and Nutrition. Don't miss this incredible opportunity!

2015 Halloween Party

03 November 2015

The 2015 CSSC Halloween bash took place on Thursday, October 22nd at the Cypress Park Pool. It was spooky, kooky and a monster of a good time. Thanks to everyone that attended, all the parents that volunteered, and those that sent in pictures!

Coral Springs Swim Club Honor the Legacy of Mike Horgan at Lake Lytal

02 November 2015

Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers displayed how hard work, long hours of practice, and dedication to their sport has made an impact on their performance at the Mike Horgan Memorial Invitational. The meet, which was held at Lake Lytal in West Palm Beach On October 16-18, was a successful display of just how much Coral Springs Swim Club competitors sacrifice in order to perform at the top of their game.

Head Coach, Bruno Darzi, was pleased with our swimmers. "I am proud of the way our kids performed over the weekend, considering it was our second meet in a row. It's always great to see our younger talents perform. I am excited to see them compete at the Winter Championships in November."

Women Standouts

Some of our younger swimmers made us proud by demonstrating strength and speed well beyond their years. These swimmers include Riley Botting (10) and Emily Robertson (10). Riley finished 1st in the Women's 10 and under 100 Breast (1:16.56Y). Riley placed 2nd in Women's 10 and Under 100 Back (1:12:30Y) and Women's 10 and Under 50 Breast (35.23Y) while achieving Senior Champs time standards. Emily finished 3rd in the Women's 10 and Under 50 Back (34.58Y) and also took 4th in Women's 10 and Under Free (29.42Y), Women's 10 and Under 50 Fly (33.47Y), Women's 10 and Under 100 Back (1:15:30Y). Way to go little ladies.

Anna Kasperski (12) also displayed excellent technique. She finished 3rd in both the Women's 11-12 50 Fly (28.71Y) and the Women's 11-12 100 Fly (1:04.26Y). Anna achieved Senior Champs time standards in both the Women's 11-12 100 Fly and the Women's 11-12 100 Free (58.83Y). Faith Fowler (11) came in at an outstanding 2nd in Women's 11-12 50 Back (31.91Y). Dominique Fajardo (15) continues to impress. She placed 3rd in Women 15 &over 50 Free (24.75Y), and 4th in Women's 15 & over 100 Free (55.17Y). Dominique and Emily Puia (15) achieved Senior Champs time Standards in Women's 15 &over 200 Free (2:03.66Y Dominique) (2:07.28Y Emily). Olivia Reposa (13) also achieved the SRCH standards in the Women's 13-14 50 Free (27.74Y). A special shout out to Daria Chiarella (17) who swam her personal best at the meet. Sensational results women.

Men Standouts

Our male swimmers were just as hard working and dedicated as the women, and evidence of their long hours of practice was apparent at the meet. Some swimmers who made us proud include Wilson Ward (12) and Kalvin Hernandez (14). Wilson placed 5th in the Men's 11-12 50 Breast Stroke (37.01Y). Kalvin gave a strong performance in every race and ranked 2nd Place in Men's 13-14 100 Free (50.78Y) and Men's 12-14 100 Fly (55.23Y), 3rd in Men's 13-14 50 Free (24.02Y) and 6th in Men's 13-14 200 Free (1:52.90Y). Kalvin achieved both the Summer Sectional and Senior Champ Standards in these races. Kudos to Nicholas Dworet (15) and Brandon Schutz (14) who both swam their personal best at the meet. Nicely done men.

Swimmers Achieve New Junior Olympic Cuts

The Mike Horgan Memorial Invitational meet provided the perfect opportunity for some of our swimmers to make the new Junior Olympic Cuts. Justin Irwin (14) and Sam McCormick (13) both swam an excellent Freestyle. Justin made the cut for both Men's 13-14 50 Free (25.77Y) and Men's 13-14 200 Free (2:02.84Y), while Sam tackled the Men's 13-14 100 Free (56.77Y). Cody Chin (13) swam an amazing Men's 13-14 100 Fly (1:01.80Y), while Jason Bonasera (12) backstroked a 50 yard Men's 11-12 200 Medley Relay(35.00Y)leg with an outstanding time. Lydia Szakacs (13) was at the top of her game. She made the cut in both Women's 13-14 100 Breast (1:16.35Y), while also achieving Summer Sectional time standards, and Women's 13-14 200 Breast (2:45.08Y). Payton Ward (10) and Olivia Mason(12) certainly caught our attention. Payson, not only swam a personal best at the meet, she also made the cut in the Women's 10 & Under 100 Back (1:23.59Y) while Olivia made it in the Mixed 12 & Under 1650 Free (21:57.61Y). We are so proud of all these swimmers.

CSSC Swimmers Shine at the Sunrise Civic Center

20 October 2015

The 2015 Florida Gold Coast (FGC) Open Invite and the 8 & Under Sizzler were held at the Sunrise Civic Center, on October 9, 10 and 11th. Fourteen CSSC members competed in the 8 & Under Sizzler, while 117 swam in the FGC Open, with top finishes in both meets.  "We had some outstanding results from all of our swimmers at the Sunrise Invitational. We had 117 swimmers representing our team and they did not disappoint. It’s always good to see the development of our young swimmers who started at Mullins Park, and move up through our program. All the age group and senior swimmers did extremely well. Some of the improvements were out of this world. We had one swimmer dropping almost 40 seconds in one case. I can't wait to see how they will  swim at the Lake Lytal meet this weekend, and then again at the Winter Championships at the end of November said Head Coach Bruno Darzi

FGC Open Invite (Men)

Three 17-year-old CSSC boys took 1st in four events over the weekend; Jose Pascual , Gian Carlo Payamps and Dennis Hopkins. 

Jose Pascual placed top in Men’s 13 and Over 100 IM (58.00) and in Men’s 13 and Over 200 Breast (2:20.32), also placing 2nd in Men’s 13 and Over 100 Breast (1:03.52).

Gian Carlo Payamps took 1st in Men’s 13 and Over 50 Back (26.91) and placed 3rd in three events: Men 13’s and Over 200 Back (2:09.82), Men’s 13’s and Over 50 Free (23.36) and Men 13’s and Over 100 Back (56.84).

Dennis Hopkins took 1st place in the Men’s 13 and Over 50 Breast event with a time of 31.90.

Henrique Yamamoto (17 years old) placed second in two events: Men’s 13 and Over 50 Fly (26.25) and Men’s 13 and Over Breast (2:23.69 ). David Garbutt, a 15-year-old, won second place in his event, Men’s 13 and Over 100 IM, with a time of (1:01.67). Nicholas Dworet, also 15 years old, placed 2nd in Men’s 13 and Over 200 IM, with 2:10:53 and 4th with 50.67 in Men’s 13 and Over 100 Free event.

Nico Ferrara, another 15-year-old member, secured 2nd in Men’s 13 and over 50 Free (22.95), 3rd place in Men’s 13 and Over 100 Free (49.91), 4th in Men’s 13 and Over 100 Back (1:00.31) and Men’s 13 and Over 200 Free (1:51.99). 

Luc Ferrara (12 years old) placed 3rd in his event, with a time of 2:38.65, Men’s 11-12 200 Fly. Thirteen year old Connor Marks won 3rd with 2:19.43  in Men’s 13 and Over Back, while fellow 13-year-old Gregory Trimble won 3rd in Men’s 13 and Over 400 IM (5:05.80 ), and

Ryan Brander (11 years old) also secured a 3rd place win, in the Men’s 11-12 200 Breast event, with 3:06.67. Andres McKeon (14 years old) won 3rd in Men’s 13 and Over 50 Fly (27.57 )  and 5th in Men’s 13 and Over 1650 Free (17:53.77 ). Nine-year-old Tyler Armbruster took 3rd in Men 10 and Under 200 IM (3:16.16) and 4th in Men’s 20 and Under 100 free (1:12.27).

Also taking 4th place wins, 13-year-old Samuel McCormick swam with a time of 1:08.96  in the Men’s 13 and over 100 Breast, and in Men’s 13 and Over 50 Fly (28.28), while Gian Savino (14 years old) had  time of 2:26.27  in the Men’s 13 and Over 200 Breast event. 

FGC Open Invite (Women)

Four CSSC girls placed 1st in 10 events at Sunrise Civic Center; Delaney Biro, Gabriella Beltrano, Riley McCormick and Riley Botting.

Delaney Biro (13 years old) placed 1st in four events, and 2nd place in the other two events in which she participated.  She got top wins in Women’s 13 and Over 100 Fly (1:00.64), Women’s 13 and Over 100 IM (1:04.74 F#13C), Women’s 13 and Over 200 Free (1:58.25), and Women’s 13 and Over 50 Fly (27.29). She took 2nd in Women’s 13 and Over 50 Free (25.49 ) and Women’s 13 and Over100 Free (55.08).

Thirteen-year-old Gabriella Beltrano placed 1st her event, Women’s 13 and Over 50 Back, with a time of 30.56  and 4th in Women 13 and Over 200 Back (2:24.49).

Riley McCormick (13 years old) won 1st in two events; Women’s 10 and Under 100 Fly (1:17.30 ) and Women’s 10 and Under 50 Fly (33.07 ). She also took 3rd in the Women 10 and Under event, with a time of 30.65.   

Riley Botting (10 years old) had three 1st place wins, and three 2nd place wins at the meet. She took the top scores in Women’s 10 and Under 100 Breast (1:17.18), Women’s 10 and Under 100 IM (1:12.50 F#13A), and Women’s 10 and Under 50 Breast (36.14 F#27 A). Riley placed 2nd in Women’s 10 and Under 100 Fly (1:17.50 ), Women’s 10 and Under 200 Free ( 2:15.84 ) and Women’s 10 and Under 100 Free ( 1:02.97 ). 

Rachel Botting (13 years old) placed 2nd in three events, 3rd in one and 4th in 2. Rachel won 2nd in Women’s 13 and Over 100 Breast (1:12.99 ), Women’s 13 and Over 100 IM (1:06.00 ) and Women’s 13 and Over 50 Breast (32.91). She took 3rd in Women’s 13 and Over 200 IM (2:23.36 ) and 4th in Women’s 13 and Over 200 Free (2:01.74 ) and Women’s 13 and Over 100 Free (56.90 ).

Ten-year-old Emily Robinson won 2nd place in Women’s 10 and Under 200 IM (2:55.12 ), Women’s 10 and Under 200 Back (2:41.27 ), and  Women’s 10 and Under 50 Free ( 30.56 ).  Emily got 3rd place in the Women’s 10 and Under 500 Free (6:29.71 ) and Women’s 10 and Under 100 Back (1:15.66 ), and placed 4th in the Women’s 10 and Under 100 Free event, with a time of 1:05.45 .

Fifteen-year-old Megan Schimansky won 2nd place in her event, the Women’s 13 and Over 100 Back, with a time of 1:02.05, and Sarah Schimansky placed second in the Women 11-12 1650 Free event, with a time of 19:42.08.

Anna Kasperski (12 years old) placed 2nd in four events, and 4th in two events. She took 2nd in Women’s 11-12 100 Fly (1:04.88), Women’s 11-12 50 Free (27.78 ), Women’s 11-12 50 Fly (28.8 ), and Women’s 11-12 200 Fly (2:28.22 ). She placed 4th in Women’ 11-12 200 IM (2:36.35 ) and Women’s 11-12 100 Free (20:20.54).

Fourteen-year-old Acacia Jones took 2nd in two events (Women’s 13 and Over 50 Back  with a time of  31.63 , and Women’s 13 and Over 400 IM with a time of 4:59.57) and 4th in the Women’s 13 and Over 50 Fly event, with a time of 29.82.  

Giulianna Garcia, 11 years old, placed 2nd in the Women’s 11-12 100 IM event with a time of 1:10.80 , 3rd in Women’s 11-12 200 Back (2:33.00) and Women’s 11-12 200 Fly (2:34.56 ) and 4th in Women’s 11-12 100 Breast (1:18.31) and Women’s 11-12 200 Breast (2:51.53 ).   

Julie Mason, 14 years old, placed 3rd in the Women’s 13 and Over 50 Back Event, with a time of 32.34 . 

Eleven-year-old Faith Fowler placed 3rd in Women’s 11-12 100 IM (1:11.10) and 4th in Women’s 11-12 100 Fly (1:10.44 ) and Women’s 11-12 200 Free (2:12.53 ).

Elizabeth Olsen (10 years old) took 4th in the Women 10 and Under 100 Fly event, with a time of 1:22.37 ). Lydia Szakacs also won 4th place in her event, Women’s 13 and over 50 Breast, with a time of 1:02.18 ).

8 And Under Sizzler

On Friday, October 9th, fourteen CSSC Members competed in the 8 and Under Sizzler event at the Sunrise Civic Center  

Six-year-old Jorge Aquila placed 1st in two events;  Men’s 6 and Under 25 Fly (30.37 ) and Men’s 6 and Under 25 Free (23.13 ).

Fellow 6-year-old Carter Reese took 2nd place in the Men’s 6 and Under 25 Breast (32.88 ), and 5th place in the Men’s 6 and Under 25 Back (32.28 ).

Haley Most (also 6 years old) placed 3rd in Women’s 6 and Under 25 Free (25. 44 ) and 4th place in the Women’s 6 and Under 25 Back, with a time of 31.24

Megan Schimansky leads CSSC Swimmers in Wins at BCAA Championships-

October 9-11

20 October 2015

In the 2015 BCAA Championship swim meet, Coral Glades Megan Schimansky swam to a 1st place finish in the Girls 100 Yard Backstroke with a final time of 58.55. On the boys side of the 100 Yard Backstroke Kyle Oliver came in 13th place with a time of 1:01.18 while Philippe Marcoux came in 1st with a time of 52.74.

St. Thomas Aquinas posted a 1st place win with Emily Puia anchoring the team in the Girls 200 Freestyle Relay (1:44.58). 

Daria Chiarella helped J.P. Taravella High School secure a 9th place finish (1:53.88), while Dominque Fajardo and Carly Brewington swam for Coral Glades High School, achieving 12th place with a time of 1:58.43.

The Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay showcased 3 CSSC swimmers:
Kalvin Hernandez with St. Thomas Aquinas came in at 3rd with 1:31.48; Henrique Yamamoto at 5th for Stoneman Douglas with a time of 1:37.60; and Andres McKeon of Coral Springs at 13th for Coral Springs High School with a time of 1:46.93. The overall winner with a time of 1:26.84 was Ft. Lauderdale High School.

Speaking of Andres McKeon, he placed 8th in the Boys 500 Yard Freestyle with a time of 5:07.51.Justin Irwin swam to a 13th place finish with a time of 5:28.88 and the winner of the 500 Yard Freestyle, Padraic Cassidy, finished with a time of 4:44.27. The Girls 500 Yard Freestyle was won by Andrea C. Van Den Berg with Daria Chiarella posting a time of 5:33.13 for 4th place.

Bruno Darzi, Head Coach, was elated with the results last weekend.  "I am really proud of our swimmers' performances over the weekend. Historically, we have always had our swimmers place in the top 3 at the BCAA Championships, and this year was no different. I am looking forward to the Districts, Regions and State Championships that are coming up in a few weeks".

The Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay featured 3 CSSC swimmers:  Emily Puia swam for St. Thomas Aquinas and a 2nd place finish while Dominique Fajardo and Megan Schimansky represented Coral Glades High School for 6th place with a time of 3:54.74.The Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay was won by Cardinal Gibbons High School with a final time of 3:43.84. Meanwhile, David Blanco and Joshua Garber swam for Coral Glades in the Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay for a 13th place finish at 4:05.78 with Ft. Lauderdale High School winning the event with a time of 3:11.02.

Megan Schimansky, Carly Brewington and Dominique Fajardo secured a 6th place finish for Coral Glades High School (2:00.26) in the Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay.  Daria Chiarella,anchored the J.P. Taravella team at 2:07.84 for an 11th place finish.Kalvin Hernandez helped bring St. Thomas Aquinas a 4th place win in the Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:46.00.  Justin Irwin and Henrique Yamamotoboosted Stoneman Douglas to a 7th place finish (1:48.16) whileAndres McKeon lead Coral Springs High School to a 14th place finish (2:03.72) andDavid Blanco and Joshua Garber of Coral Glades High School swam to a 16th place with a final time of 2:05.94. The Girls and Boys 200 Yard Medley Relays were won by St. Thomas Aquinas (1:53.12) and Cypress Bay High School (1:45.02), respectively.

Megan Schimansky took 2nd place in the Girls 200 Yard IM, posting a final time of 2:14.54, finishing right behind the winner Kathleen Golding (2:06.86).  Dominique Fajardo came in 9th with an impressive 2:21.58.The Boys 200 Yard IM was won by Marco Guarente (1:52.75), with Henrique Yamamoto finishing 7th with a time of 2:05.33.

In the finals of the Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Andres McKeon of Coral Springs High School posted a 1:55.02 time for 14th place with Tyler Zuyus placing 1st with a time of 1:43.13.

Emily Puia from St. Thomas Aquinas swam at 26.68 to take 10th in the Girls 50 Yard Freestyle compared to Fatimah Westbrook’s 1st place finish (24.18), and Kalvin Hernandez came in 9th in the Boys 50 Yard Freestyle with a 23.88 in the finals with Raphael Marcoux winning the event (21.02).

Meanwhile, in the Boys 100 Yard Butterfly Carlos J. Gallego placed 1st with a time of 53.94 while Henrique Yamamoto placed 7th (56.12) and Kalvin Hernandez posted 57.02 for an 8th place finish.

Daria Chiarella swam at 1:06.57 in theGirls 100 Yard Butterfly for 10th place, with Kathleen Golding taking 1st in the event (56.80).

The Girls 100 Yard Freestyle featured Dominique Fajardo at 4th with a time of 55:91 and Emily Puia at 8th with 58:41. The winner of the event, Courtney Stewart finished with a time of 53.85.

CSSC Individual Swim Photos Fundraiser

09 October 2015

The Coral Springs Swim Club is pleased to provide a unique fundraiser on the above highlighted dates! This presents a great opportunity to receive high quality, individual photos of your swimmers, taken poolside and presented in packages of various sizes, just before the upcoming Holidays.

Each of the above dates will include two sessions at the Aquatic Center long course pool with the first session starting at 10:00am and the second at 1:00pm.

Each Package represents a single swimmer in a poolside pose, meaning packages may not be split. In the case of additional swimmers, extra packages may be purchased at a discount of 10% off the regular package price. This requirement of purchasing additional (discounted) package would also apply if families wanted all of their swimmers in a single pose (in addition to their individual poses).

As an additional convenience an A La Carte menus is also provided. Each item on this menu represents the number of photos provided with each selection. Again, each selection from the A La Carte menu represents a single swimmer or single photo of multiple swimmers and discounts do not apply to A La Carte items.

A new order sheet will be needed for each order submitted. Please submit all orders electronically to Naomi Candido (nlcandido@bellsouth.net), and then bring the actual order form and payment to your photo session (so it can be attached to your order).


In the event neither of the above dates work for your swimmer, other accommodations can be arranged.

For complete information, please download the Flyer and Order Form

Fall is a Busy Time for CSSC High School Swimmers

06 October 2015

Anyone dropping off or picking up at the Aquatic Complex on a weekday afternoon can’t help notice the considerable increase in traffic there since the beginning of school. The start of the school year also means the start of high school swim season. Since late August, high school students all across Florida have been busy training and competing with their high school teams.  

High school swim teams are different than the club teams that we are familiar with. High school meets are all about the team competition philosophy and less about the individual aspect that signifies most of the club meets our swimmers attend. The maximum number of events that a swimmer can enter is two individual and two relay events. There is a strategy that goes into which events the coach chooses for each swimmer and how he or she sets up the relay teams.

Also, high school swim season gives the club swimmers a chance to compete against their club teammates that may be swimming for a different school, creating a very fun, competitive environment. Lastly club swimmers are given the opportunity to be on a team with students who do not swim year round but only compete for their schools during the months of September and October. New friendships are formed as the club swimmers get the chance to show their less experienced teammates “the ropes” of meet competition.

Coral Springs Swim Club is well represented on various high school teams throughout South Florida. The following CSSC athletes are currently competing for their respective schools:

American Heritage:   Julie Mason, Sophia Viner

Coconut Creek H.S.: Dennis Hopkins

Coral Glades H.S.: David Blanco, Carly Brewington, Dominique Fajardo, Joshua Garber, Megan Schimansky

Coral Springs Charter: Delaney Biro, Amber Candido, Faith Fowler, Madelyne Garcia, Sam McCormick, Giancarlo Payamps, Koral Wistz

Coral Springs Christian: Connor Marks, Ashley Tan

Coral Springs H.S. – Ian Lee, Andres McKeon

FAU H.S./Henderson Middle: Sara LaPlant

Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Nicholas Dworet, Anna Gally, Justin Irwin, Daniela Ortiz, Lorenzo Prado, Sam Roth, Kendall Roush, Darius Smith, Jenna Weissman, Henrique Yamamoto

Monarch H.S.: Kyle Oliver, Luisa Suzuki

North Broward Prep: Nico Ferrara

South Florida Heat: Rachel Botting, David Garbutt, Acacia Jones, Kristin Sauer

St. John Paul Academy: Jose Pascual

St. Thomas: Kalvin Hernandez, Emily Puia,

Taravella H.S.: Daria Chiarella

During September and most of October, high school teams compete in dual, tri and invitational meets. It’s a very demanding schedule; with some teams swimming 3-4 meets in a week. Once late October comes around the focus shifts to Districts, Regionals, and States – the “playoffs” of high school swimming. Each school is zoned into a district, region and class, determined by geography and enrollment. The following are the important dates of the championship meets:

District Meets:                       October 19 through October 31

Regional Meets:                     October 26 through November 7

State Championships:             Class 1A – November 6

                                                Class 2A – November 7

                                                Class 3A – November 13

                                                Class 4A – November 14

District and Regional meets are held at various locations throughout South Florida. FHSAA State Championship meets are held at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart. All of our CSSC swimmers will be training hard over the next month, with the hope to qualify for the State Championship meets in November. Please wish them well in their pursuit of a trip to Stuart!

For more information on high school swimming please visit the FHSAA website at http://www.fhsaa.org/sports/swimming-diving.

2015 CSSC Halloween Party

05 October 2015

Join Us if You Dare for a Monster of a Good Time.

DJ, Dancing, Costume Contest With Prizes and Fun for All!

Thursday, Oct. 22nd

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Cypress Park Pool

RSVP BY OCT. 15TH

at www.perfectpotluck.com

Register to bring something from the list!

Event: CSSC Halloween Party

Coordinator: Long Password: 2015

We are looking for Volunteers who would love to come out and help set up from 8-12am the morning of the party!

CSSC Swimmers Rock at HAT Sizzler

14 September 2015

FGC swimmers ages 6-8 raced last Friday at the HAT (Heritage Aquatic Team) Sizzler in Plantation. CSSC contributed 13 young swimmers to the meet.

Jorge Águila (6), McKayla Barton (7), Molly Chaison (6), Haley Most (6) and Carter Reese (6) swam their first sizzler ever at this event. The competition brought excitement for the young athletes.

Alejandra Gil (7), Camryn Meyer (8), and Mariana Montes (7) dropped time in every race.

Meyer took first place in the Girls 7-8 25-yard butterfly with 19.27, in a tie with Markeli Jones-Tynes of PST. In addition to that first place finish, Meyer also took home a second place in the 25-yard backstroke (21.05) and a third place in the 25-yard breaststroke (23.62).

Jorge Águila packaged two silvers in the 25-yard butterfly (29.52) and the 25-yard freestyle (24.70).

Haley Most took home two bronzes in the 25 fly and the 25 back with 36.11 and 31.40, respectively.

Carter Reese (6) tucked a second and third place under his belt in the 25 breast (32.65) and the 25 back (29.96).

Coach Jessica Nugent Long was very pleased with her swimmers’ performance. “Our kids put forth their best effort and the personal records kept rolling in,” she said after the race. “It was a well earned reward for all. They have been working very hard.”

To wrap up the meet, Rhania Suarez (8), Mariana Montes, Mila Bond and Camryn Meyer crushed the 7-8 Girls 100-yard freestyle relay. They won 1:13.49 to 1:13.66 in a mad race against Azura Florida Aquatics. “It was very exciting race. I’m so proud of the girls,” added Nugent-Long.

CSSC collected a total of 19 bests at the HAT Sizzler.

2015 CSSC Annual General Meeting

09 September 2015

The CSSC General Annual Meeting will be held on September 18th, 5:30pm-7pm at the Aquatic Complex in the wood room. Join us to learn more about the club, meet the coaches and presentation of the 2016 Calendar.

Labor Day Weekend Yields Powerful Results for CSSC; Biro, Botting, Robertson

and Schimansky Medal in Every Event; Riley Botting Breaks Club Record

07 September 2015

To open the short course season 2015-2016, the Coral Springs Swim Club hosted the Fall Open Invitational at the Aquatic Complex this Labor Day weekend. The weather was forgiving overall, and the meet ran smoothly. More than 300 swimmers from all over South Florida joined the event.

The CSSC contingent started the season with great results. With an incredible sweep of 116 medals (43 gold, 38 silver and 35 bronze), the royal blue-capped swimmers dominated the competition. Medals are a fantastic way to account for success in a meet, however the unequivocal measure of progress for swimmers is in the achieving of best times. In this department, the weekend yielded 364 best times for the team, 194 of which were swum on Saturday. “Seeing the swimmers drop time at whatever level they are is what we want,” said Head Coach Bruno Darzi. “We had a great long course season and I’m happy to see the enthusiasm with which our kids tackled their first short course meet,” he added. 33 CSSC swimmers swam 100% best times this weekend and 13 swam their first meet ever.

Riley Botting (10) had a golden performance this weekend. She swam eight races and took gold in all of them. Yeap, all of them. Botting swam six best times and one new race (500 free: 6:19.49, AA). She is one of the fastest 10-and-under breaststrokers in the state of Florida. To start the races on Sunday, Botting broke Lindsey McKnight’s 2005 club record in the 100-yard breaststroke by 0.66 seconds. The new record stands at 1:16.62(AAAA). Last summer, Botting also broke McKnight's record in this event in long course with 1:28.12. Over the weekend, she also secured a best in the 50-yard breast with 35.94 (AAAA) closing the gap toward the club record in this event as well. McKnight’s 10-year old record in the 50-yard breast currently stands at 34.79. Botting’s biggest drop this weekend was in the 200 IM (-8.21, 2:33.52, AAA). “Riley is a very talented young swimmer,” said Coach Darzi. “It’s really a pleasure to see her race. She has a very good stroke and I see great potential in her development and it will be awesome to work with her in a few years,” he added.

Emily Robertson (10) medaled in every event. She swam eight races, took three gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze. Robertson swam six personal bests and one new race (500 free: 6:34.27, A). She took gold in the 100 back, 100 free and 200 free with 1:16.57 (AA), 1:06.89 (AA) and 2:28.29 (AA), respectively.

Delaney Biro (13) was a medalist in every event she swam as well. She took five gold medals and one silver. The golds were in the 100 and 200 fly (1:01.39 and 2:15.94, best), 50 and 500 free (25.66 and 5:17.58) and 200 back (2:20.69); and the silver was in the 100 back with 1:05.53. In the 100 back, gold went to Madison Cummings of East Coast Aquatic Club with 1:01.28. Biro’s biggest drop was in the 200 back (- 9.40 seconds).

In the women’s category (15 and over), Megan Schimansky (15) won five gold medals, two silver and one bronze. She medaled in all the events she swam. Schimansky, who had a very productive summer and represented CSSC at the Futures meet in West Lafayette, IN, scored four best times this weekend. Her biggest drop was in the 100 breast (1:16.79, -15.61). Schimansky had great results in the freestyle events. She broke the 2-minute barrier in the 200-yard free clocking 1:59.42 and swam bests in the 100 and 500-yard distance (55.06 and 5:11.81, respectively). Schimansky will swim the 100 back and the 200 IM for Coral Glades High this season.

As the numbers show, it was a very productive meet for CSSC’s age groupers. “If the swimmer continue to work as they have these last few months, we’ll have a great season,” said Coach Irina James of the White and Blue groups. “The results at this meet show they have a great foundation.” Coach James’s approach is one of making swimmers responsible for their own success. “I’m at the pool every day ready to provide a opportunities for swimmers to do their best,” shared James. “After that, it’s up to them,” she added. “If they want to work hard, put their best effort, show up to practice… It’s all up to them. It seems like they are making good choices.”

Other Notable Performances

Riley McCormick (10) had an outstanding weekend. She almost medaled in every race and swam 100% best times and a new race. In her first time out in the 500 free she swam a time of 6:40.50 (A). McCormick took home four silver medals (200 IM, 50 fly, 100 breast and 100 IM) and three bronzes (50 breast, 200 and 500 free). In the 50 free, McCormick finished fourth with a time of 31.29 (A). Her biggest drop this weekend was in the 100 breast shedding 35.13 seconds of her previous best. This was the second biggest drop for CSSC over the weekend.

Payton Ward (10) swam 100% best times. She took home one silver medal (50 breast, 41.25) and two bronzes (50 back and 100 IM, 38.95 and 1:21.83). Her biggest drop was in the 200 IM (-28.91).

Giulianna Garcia (11) swam 100% best times. She swam seven bests and one new race. Garcia bagged three gold medals in her age group (200 IM, 50 fly and 400 IM), one silver medal (50 breast) and three bronze medals (100 free, 100 fly and 50 back). She scored her biggest drop in the 200 IM (2:28.90, AA, -8.51). Garcia finished the meet with a flare taking gold in the 400 IM in the first time she swam the race. Garcia swam a AA time (5:14.51) in this event.

Faith Fowler swam seven races and in six of them she scored personal bests. She won one silver (200 back: 2:23.19, AA) and two bronzes (200 IM and 100 back). She scored her biggest drop in the 400 IM where she shed 21.30 seconds off her previous best. Her new PR is 5:22.30 (A). Fowler also dropped 20.59 seconds in the 500 free.

Olivia Mason (11) swam eight races and 7 bests. She took one gold medal and one bronze. The gold was in the 200-yard breast with 2:57.17 (JO) and the bronze was in the 50 fly with 31.12 (A). Mason’s biggest drop was in the 500 free (-14.87).

“Faith and Olivia had great races in the 500 free,” said Coach James. “They both had great drops.”

Acacia Jones (14) swam 100% best times. She took two silvers (100 breast and 200 back) and two bronzes (50 fly and 100 IM). Her biggest drop was in the 500 free (-17.35, 5:45.13, A).

Dominique Fajardo (15) swam nine races and six bests. She took three gold medals (200 IM, 50 fly and 50 breast), three silver medals (50 and 100 free, 100 IM) and one bronze (100 fly). Her biggest drop was in the 500 free, where she shed 18.87 seconds stopping the clock at 5:48.31.

Kalvin Hernandez (14) swam nine races out of which in five he swam best times. He took gold in three events (50 fly with 25.50, 50 and 100 free with 23.85 and 53.04). In the 50 fly and 100 free, Hernandez swam best times. He swam the 500 free for the first time clocking 5:29.26. Hernandez also took silver in the 200 IM with 2:15.44 and bronze in the 50 breast and 200 free (33.89 and 1:58.87, respectively). Hernández is freshman at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School.

Other Gold Medalists

  • Sebastian Savino (9) won gold in the 200 IM with 3:03.08 (-12.11).

  • Daniel Nutter (12) won gold in the 50 breast with 38.33.

  • Alexander Meyer, just turned 13, swam eight races and seven bests. He took gold in the 50 and 100 back with 30.19 and 1:03.88, respectively. He also took silver in the 50 free with 25.16.

  • Andres McKeon (14) won gold in the 200 IM with 2:14.04 (-8.20).

  • José Pascual (17) took gold in the 500 free with 5:01.60. Pascual swam two new races (200 free and 100 IM) and scored two best times (100 back and 50 free). He will represent Pope John Paul II at high school meets this fall.

100% Best Times Club

  1. Mila Bond (8) swam 3 new bests.

  2. Rhania Suarez (8) swam 5 bests and 1 new race.

  3. Sarah Tauzer (9) swam 3 bests and 1 new race.

  4. Evan NG (9) swam 1 best and 1 new race.

  5. Kaitlyn Bonasera (10) swam 7 best times and 1 new race.

  6. Riley McCormick (10) swam 7 bests and 1 new race.

  7. Nicole Palacios (10) swam 7 bests and 1 new race.

  8. Payton Ward (10) swam 8 bests.

  9. Fernando Calero (10) swam 1 best and 1 new race.

  10. Sofia Barrios (11) swam 5 best times and 3 new races.

  11. Giulianna Garcia (11) swam 7 bests and 1 new race.

  12. Willow Holmes (11) swam 7 bests.

  13. Lauren Suglio (11) swam 2 bests.

  14. Alejandro Alvarez (11) swam 7 bests and 1 new race.

  15. Mikhail Shikhaleev (11) swam 4 bests.

  16. Sarah LaPlant (12) swam 7 bests and 1 new race. She won bronze in the 100 breast with 1:28.23.

  17. Ashley Nagy (12) swam 8 bests. Her biggest drop was in the 500 free (-21.21).

  18. Joseph Bezerra (12) swam 1 best time and 2 new races.

  19. Jason Bonasera (12) swam 7 best times and 1 new race.

  20. Luc Ferrara (12) swam 7 bests and 1 new race. He won two silvers (200 fly and 400 IM with 2:50.63 and 5:24.56).

  21. Daniel Nutter (12) swam 2 bests and 1 new race.

  22. William Olson (12) swam 7 bests and 1 new race (500 free). Olson reported to coach James that that the 500 was now his favorite event.

  23. Julianna Gatlin (13) swam 3 bests.

  24. Camila Parsons (13) swam 6 bests.

  25. Patrick Franzino (13) swam 8 best times. He took bronze in the 50 back with 31.09.

  26. Fabrizio Parraga (13) swam 3 bests.

  27. Nathaniel Tauzer (13) swam 2 bests.

  28. Acacia Jones (14) swam 6 bests.

  29. Daniela Ortiz (14) swam 3 bests.

  30. Sophia Viner (14) swam 3 bests.

  31. David Blanco (14) swam 3 best times and 3 new races.

  32. Ian Lee (14) swam 2 bests and 1 new race.

  33. Raquel Ciminna (15) swam bests and 3 new races.

Shout Out!

The biggest drop of the meet for CSSC was clocked by Daria Chiarella (17) in the 500-yard free. She shed 37.37 seconds off her previous best. She finished with a time of 5:48.01.

Coral Springs Swim Club Inaugurates Short Course Season This Weekend

04 September 2015

300 swimmers will converge this weekend (September 5-6) at the Coral Springs Swim Complex to take advantage of the first opportunity to race in short course (SCY) in the 2015-2016 season, which will end on March 2016 with the corresponding Junior Olympics, Senior Champs and All-Star championships.

At the 2015 SCY Coral Springs Open Fall Invitational, swimmers of all ages will race for new cuts and best times. Nine local teams are registered to compete.

CSSC's Megan Schimansky (15) is seeded first in five events: the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke with 27.46, 58.46 and 2:05.14, respectively; in the 400 IM with 4:39.27 and in the 500 free with 5:12.23. Schimansky is also seeded second in the 100 free with 55.33 and third in the 200 free with 2:02.47.

Delaney Biro (13) is seeded first in the 200 fly with 2:20.19, second in the 50 free with 24.86 and third in the 500 free with 5:12.95.

Sam Roth (17) is seeded first in 50 fly with 27.35 and second in the 500 free with 5:12.94. Roth is also strong in the 50 free, where she is seeded third with 25.18.

Nico Ferrara (15) is seeded first in the 100 free with 47.88 and third in the 50 fly with 24.06.

Jose Pascual (17) is seeded first in the 500 free with 4:52.61.

GianCarlo Payamps (17) is seeded first in the 100 back with 55.07.

Other Top Seeds

  • Brooke Cordoba (13) is seeded second in the 50 breast with 34.01.

  • Gabby Beltrano (13) is seeded second in the 100 IM with 1:04.24.

  • Julie Mason (14) is seeded third in the 200 IM with 2:27.13.

  • Dominique Fajardo (15) is seeded third in the 50 breast with 34.25.

The weather is supposed to bring some complications but the tentative timeline puts both sessions to finish by around 1:00 p.m. CSSC swimmers are eager to race and put in practice all the tips and strategies learned at the Butterfly and Breaststroke Fitter and Faster clinic last week.

If You Go

Where:

Coral Springs Aquatic Complex

12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Coral Springs, FL 33065

 (954) 345-2121

Warm-up: 8:00 a.m. (both days)

Meet starts at: 9:30 a.m. (both days)

Butterfly and Breaststrokes Clinics in Coral Springs: A Success

30 August 2015

This weekend, more than 60 CSSC swimmers of all ages enjoyed the sport they love at the Fitter and Faster Breaststroke and Butterfly Fundamentals and Performance clinics at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. CSSC swimmers were about half of the total attendees. “It was a great event despite the challenging weather conditions,” said Head Coach Bruno Darzi. “Camille and Brad were so good with the kids. The athletes had a great time,” added Darzi. The weather held on Saturday and, despite a wetter Sunday, both sessions ran smoothly. 2012 Olympian for the US and 2015 Worlds’ silver medalist in the 200-meter butterfly, Cammile Adams, and 2013 National breaststroke champion Brad Craig shared technique tips and strategies to succeed in butterfly and breaststroke races with more than 120 swimmers of all ages.

The younger swimmers participated in the Fundamentals clinic offered on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The older ones joined the fun on Sunday at the Performance clinic at similar times. On each day, a lucky raffle winner stayed over for private lessons with the renowned athletes.

Meredith Roberts, a spokesperson for Fitter and Faster, expressed her satisfaction with the turn out. “Florida is such an enthusiastic community. We were so happy to bring this opportunity to young swimmers in the area,” she said.

Adams, a co-captain of Team USA at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championship, was excited tell her stories with younger swimmers this weekend. “It’s very important for them to know that though we have reached a significant level of success in the sport, we started just like them and we experienced, and continue to experience set backs, bad races and plateaus,” said Adams after the Saturday session. “We are real people. I love to answer their questions: Do I get nervous? Have a I been disappointed after races?” Adams believes in helping younger swimmers connect to her own journey as an athlete in hopes that her trials and tribulations can help them see ways of overcoming theirs. “The challenges are the same always, in many ways. What changes is that as we grow we learn to handle challenges in different ways,” shared Adams enthusiastically.

During the clinics this weekend, Adams focused on working the alignment of the dolphin kick, doing lots of it on the side with the little ones. “I want to help make the butterfly stroke as easy as possible for everyone,” said Adams. When working with the older swimmers, Adams focused is on helping them see that everyone is different and that strategies and plans vary from person to person. “I also will share with them a bit of my college experience and what to think about when making plans and decisions,” said Adams late on Saturday.

Craig ran demanding but fun dryland sessions and had the swimmers busy with tips and corrections in breaststroke, a stroke famous for the intricacies of its technique. Both Craig and Adams worked on starts and had all swimmers try the adjustments with them.

It was a successful event by all measures. “We are hoping to host another clinic in the future,” said Darzi.

To find more information about upcoming Fitter and Faster clinics, click here.

Olympian Cammile Adams to Work With Young Swimmers in Coral Springs this

Weekend

26 August 2015

More than 115 young athletes are registered to attend this Saturday’s Fitter and Faster Clinic at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. Caroline Roberts, a spokesperson for the Fitter and Faster organization, shared her excitement about the event. “It’s great to have athletes of the caliber of Cammile Adams and Brad Craig share with younger swimmers their passion and their expertise,” she said. “The idea of Fitter and Faster from the start was to bring experienced, national level athletes to help the growth of development of young swimmers around the country. We have facilitate clinics in 48 out of the 50 states so far.”

Florida is a stronghold of the sport of swimming. This year, the state has more than 16,000 USA Swimming registered swimmers, roughly 9,000 of which are 12-and-unders. The southern tri-county area is governed by the Florida Gold Coast (FGC) Swimming Committee and currently counts more than 5,300 athletes. “We are always so happy to come to Florida,” said George. “There is such an enthusiasm for swimming and we always get a warm reception. We are happy to partner with the Coral Springs Swim Club to host two clinics on August 29 and August 30." Both clinics will be on breaststroke and butterfly technique.

2012 US Olympic swimmer Cammile Adams, who just returned from a powerful silver medal performance in the 200 fly at FINA Worlds, will be sharing her knowledge of the stroke with attendees. Adams was a captain of the US Team at Worlds this year.

2013 AT&T National breaststroke champion, Brad Craig “will share with swimmers the skills he has learned and mastered to become one of the most powerful and efficient breaststrokers in the country.”

Fitter and Faster has conducted 120 clinics so far this year. “We are growing and expanding and we are happy to connect exceptional ambassadors of the sport with the up-and-coming athletes,” said Caroline George. “We are receiving great feedback from the swimming community. All participants shared their feedback after each clinic and that allows us to adjust, improve and know what swimmers of today need.”

About the Clinics and How to Register

The High Performance Breaststroke and Butterfly Technique clinic is geared toward 12-and over swimmers or swimmers younger than 12 who achieve USA Swimming "A" Motivational Time Standard. Event-day registration fee is $184.00 per person and the online price is $139.00.

For more information and to register online, click here. Limited registration on event day

Performance Clinic Video

The Fundamentals of Fast and Powerful Breaststroke and Butterfly clinic is open to 11-and-under swimmers. The emphasis in this case will be placed on the drills and body position fundamentals that lay the foundation for all four strokes. Event-day registration fee is $105.00 per person and the online price is $79.00.

For more information and to register online, click here. Limited registration on event day.

All athletes must arrive to the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex at 8:00 a.m. to sign in.

Fundamentals Clinic Video

Swimmers are Back to School Today and High School Swimming Season About to

Start

24 August 2015

By Monday August 24 all student-athletes K-12 would have resumed school in South Florida. Public, private and most homeschool programs will be well on their way this week and with that the enthusiasm for new classrooms, new backpacks, notebooks and pencils will carry kids of all ages through the start of their busy routines.

An average 10-and-under swimmer at the Coral Springs Swim Club (CSSC) will swim four times per week, most 11-and-overs practice 5 to 6 times per week and all manage very busy weekends with 6-hour competition days. This all happens while handling a full school schedule, homework and home life.

How is it done? Student-athletes are masters of time management. However, it’s not that easy. They have to work on finding the balance of it all everyday.

As swimmers start the school year and get ready for high school season, CSSC’s Head Coach Bruno Darzi shares his thoughts. “As we approach another high school season, our kids are slowly getting in shape and preparing for all the upcoming meets. [Fall] is an exciting part of our calendar because our swimmers are not just trying to represent our club but also want to do a good job representing their school. [High school swimming] creates a different environment for our athletes making it an exciting experience for them,” he said. More than a dozen CSSC swimmers will represent their schools during 2015-2016 FHSAA season.

CSSC President Danica Schimansky wished everyone a great start to their school year. “Swimmers have to be organized to balance their time between practice and getting all their homework done,” she said. “The key is utilizing their time properly. There really is no wasted time. It's either swim or schoolwork. Then sleep.” Schimansky, who has served as President of the Board of Directors for three years, is mother to two young swimmers at CSSC.

The calendar for the fall promises a good program for all ages. They’ll open up hosting a Fitter and Faster clinic this coming Saturday August 29 with Olympic swimmer Cammile Adams and National champion Brad Craig. The workshops will focus on butterfly and breaststroke technique and strategies to improve performance (to register click here).

Calendar At a Glance

August 29

Fitter and Faster Clinic

August 31

High School Season Starts

September 5-6

Coral Springs SCY Invitational

September 11

Sizzler

September 12-13

Sunrise Pre-JO Invitational

September 18-20

Martin County Invitational

TBA

CSSC Annual General Meeting

September 27- October 4

USA Swimming Convention

October 3-4

FGC Invitational hosted by FLA

October 9

Sizzler @ Sunrise

October 10-11

Sunrise Invitational

October 16-18

Invitational @ Lake Lytal

October 19-24

Mike Horgan Invitational

TBA

Halloween Party

October 19-24

Districts (Classes 1A and 2A)

October 26-31

Districts (Classes 3A and 4A)

October 26-31

Regionals (Classes 1A and 2A)

November 2-7

Regionals (Classes 3A and 4A)

November 6

States Class 1

November 7

States Class 2

November 13

States Class 3

November 14

States Class 4

November 19-22

Winter Champs

TBA

Arena Pro-Series (Grand Prix)

December 3-5

US Nationals

December 5-6

CSSC Sprint Invitational

December 10-12

US Jr. Nationals

Link to full CSSC Calendar, here.

For the FHSAA Class Assignments, click here (courtesy of Florida Swim Network).

Alex Evdokimov Returns from Phillips 66

10 August 2015

What an amazing six weeks for the swimming world. Sectionals, Senior Champs and Junior Olympics everywhere, Pan Americans, Futures, Junior Nationals, Worlds in Kazan and Phillips 66 in Texas, have kept swimmers, coaches and fans busy most of July and what there is of August. CSSC swimmers of all ages raced thousands of meters, collected many personal bests and set new club records during the hot months of summer.

Phillips 66 is ending today at the Northside Swim Center in San Antonio.

For his part, Alex Evdokimov (19) swam his last race, the 200 breast, at this meet on Monday. The race was not exactly what he was expecting but as, all swimmers know, having a tricky race is more common than not. He finished with a time of 2:20.91 (+3.21). “[The meet] didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped,” said Evdokimov who earlier on secured a personal best in the 100 breast (1:03.17). “But, [the experience] has helped me see where I’m at now. I know what I have to work on moving forward,” he added. Exdokimov was the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke champion at the NCAA Ivy League Conference last spring. “I’m ready to take a break for a couple of weeks and then return to college to resume training, looking forward to qualifying for NCAAs.”

Evdokimov is already an Olympic Trials qualifier in both breaststroke events.

At Phillips 66, the ambiance was heated with Michael Phelps’ strong participation in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly. Phelps swam, in both races, the fastest times in those events this year, out-shinning the gold-winning times at 2015 Worlds.

The future is promising. A full year before the summer Olympic games open in Rio, Phelps went 1:52.94 in the 200 fly, an event in which he holds the world record (1:51.51) since 2009. Just in case there were doubts, the next day he won the title in the 100 fly with 50.45 (Phelps’ –still standing- 2009 record is 49.82). Famous butterfliers, Chad Le Clos and Laszlo Cseh were not too happy with Phelps' swims.

On Sunday night, he sent a shout-out to Ryan Lochte across the ocean, swimming the fastest time in the world this year in the 200 IM. With 1:54.75, Phelps beat Lochte's World-title winning 1:55.81 from last week.

Phelps’ results will inspire swimmers of all ages to push hard through difficult times and continue to believe in themselves. At 30, he is the most decorated Olympian of all time and he doesn’t seem to have any intentions of retiring yet. As swimming legend and former CSSC swimmer Dara Torres would say, “age is just a number.”

PHILLIPS 66 RESULTS HERE

Phillips 66 Website

Southern Zones and Kazan Wrap Up; Florida Swimming Takes Title at Zones;

Semeco Anchors 400 Medley Relay at Worlds

09 August 2015

The Florida Swimming LSC won the 2015 Southern Zones Championship this week in Tupelo, Mississippi with a combined score of 824.5 points. It was a tight win against Georgia Zone that finished second with 809. North Carolina Swimming took third place with 780.5. The Florida Gold Coast (FGC) team finished fifth with 407.50. More than 50% of the total score were earned by the FGC girls who finish with a total of 232.5 points and ranked fourth at the end of the meet.

For CSSC swimmers Alexander Meyer (turned 13 at the meet) and Sebastian Vargas (16), Zones was an interesting meet. They both had a busy schedule. Meyer swam ten races, and coming out of a very strong season, he secured two best times: One in the 200-meter free (2:17.51) and the other in the 50 fly (32.56). Meyer had an outstanding participation at the FGC Junior Olympics two weeks ago where he broke the 50-meter free CSSC record twice. The new record stands at 27.94. As the anchor of the Boys 11-12 200-meter medley relay at Zones, Meyer beat his recently achieved record with a fast split of 27.57. “I was glad I beat my record in the relay, but in prelims I went up a little. However, I had lots of fun at Zones,” shared Meyer. “It was a pretty big meet and I liked the pool a lot. It’s a five-year-old pool that’s only used for competition.” Meyer made the best of his adventure. “I made friends and on the last night we traded shirts and caps. It was really fun.” Meyer will take a very short break before he is back in the pool training hard for short course season. “I look forward to Winter Champs,” he said.

Vargas swam a total of seven races at Zones and finaled in the 200-meter butterfly among a tough field of athletes. He swam a best in prelims (2:12.61). “I’m so happy,” he texted coach Bruno Darzi after prelims. At night, he finished fifth with another best of 2:11.46 (1.15 seconds off seed time). Gold went to Jack Smithson with 2:08.82. Vargas, who was seeded fifth into finals, defended his placing against Casey Charles of Southeastern Swimming who touched just 0.06 seconds after him.

“This meet serves as a great building up experience for both swimmers. In this championship, Alex and Sebastian faced athletes they had never raced before and the whole experience was full of new situations for them,” said Darzi. “As part of their development, all swimmers need to learn to swim fast under any circumstances, and this meet offered that chance to them. I’m very proud.” Vargas, a rising junior at American Heritage School, will return to train and prepare for high school season.

Medalists for FGC

  • Andrea Santander (13) won gold in the 200-meter free with 2:06.10, in the 400 free with 4:25.11 and in the 200 IM with 2:21.57.

  • Mary Smutny (14) took gold in the 800-meter free with 9:06.83, silver in the 400 free with 4:27.63 and bronze in the 100 free with 58.84.

  • Izaak Bastian (14) won gold in the 100- and 200-meter breast with 1:07.51 and with 2:28.21, respectively.

  • Rafael Rodriguez (13) won bronze in the 1500-meter free with 16:57.72.

  • Eriana Temperino (14) won bronze in the 100- and 200-meter fly with 1:05.10 and 2:23.49.

  • Victoria Miyamoto (15) won bronze in the 400 IM with 5:08.28 and in the 100-meter breast with 1:14.95.

  • Hailey Jerew (14) won bronze in the 50-meter free with 27.97.

  • Adrian Moya (16) won bronze in the 100-meter fly with 57.84.

  • Matthew Petreski (14) won bronze in the 100-meter breast with 1:09.85.

Full ZONES Results HERE.

Last Day of Races at Kazan

Three-time Olympian Arlene Semeco swam the anchor leg of the 4x100 medley relay on the last day of races at the 2015 FINA Worlds this Sunday. Teammates Jeserik Pinto (back), Mercedes Toledo (breast) and Isabella Paez (fly) swam powerful splits (1:04.66, 1:10.06 and 1:00.57). Paez trains in South Florida with Metro Aquatics and Semeco with Coral Springs Swim Club. Semeco swam her 100 free in 56.45, 0.11 seconds faster than what she swam at Pan Ams a few weeks ago. Venezuela finished 22nd.

The top eight times from prelims swam at finals and gold went to China with 3:54.41. The Swedish team took silver with 3:55.24 and the Australians took bronze with 3:55.56. Team USA finished fourth with 3:56.76.

The men’s 400 medley relay brought the last gold medal for the United States with 3:29.93 in a very exciting race against Australia who finished second with 3:30.08. France took bronze with 3:30.50.

Team USA took the title at Worlds with a total of 23 medals (8 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze).

An Exciting Week for Swimming Fans

08 August 2015

The 2015 FINA World Champs will close tomorrow in Kazan, Russia. As of Saturday, the United States team leads the medals chart in swimming with 18 medals in total (7 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze), five of those seven gold medals belong to Katie Ledecky. The 18-year-old super swimmer secured her fifth gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle this Saturday with a new world record of 8:07.39. That she would win gold in this event was never in doubt, but that she would crush her very own 2014 record by 3.61 seconds, and beat the silver-medal winner by more than 10, was something of a fairy tale ending. Especially considering that at this championship, Ledecky has done the unprecedented: She has confirmed herself queen of the long-distance (3 new world records) and at the same time declared war on the sprinting world, snatching gold in the 200-meter freestyle earlier this week against the world’s toughest 200 free specialists. “I was keeping with the leading pack by the 100-meter mark and felt great,” she said in an interview immediately after the race. “Then I knew I could bring it home.”

What? Bring it home? Wow. She sure did. Ledecky finished the 200 in 1:55.16, pushing Federica Pellegrini, the current world record holder in the event, to second place with 1:55.32. Missy Franklin took the bronze with 1:55.49. Let’s not forget that to get herself into that final she had to swim the 200 in semi-finals just 25 minutes after breaking, for the second time in the meet, the 1500-meter freestyle world record with 15:25.48. Swimming that 200 in semis was hard. “It hurt a lot,” she said, “but I got the job done.”

Earlier in the week, Ledecky won her first gold in the 400-meter free with 3:59.13, almost four seconds faster than the second-place finisher. She swam the third fastest time in the world in 400. The only two faster times are hers, from last summer. She then took gold in the 1500 free with 15:25.48, and anchored the winning 4x200 freestyle relay. In the exciting relay race, Sweden dominated for as much as a body length for most of the first 150 meters. In the last 10 meters of the third 50, Katie McLaughlin closed the gap and Ledecky destroyed the race in the last 50, giving the Americans the gold by 3.04 seconds over the second place. Team USA finished in 7:45.37, Italy took silver with 7:48.41 and China bronze with 7:49.10. The Swedes had to content themselves with fourth place.

Ledecky’s 800 gold of Saturday is her ninth world championship title. She is only out-ranked by Missy Franklin who earned her two new titles at relays at this meet. Praising Ledecky’s performance at Worlds, the Wall Street Journal dubbed her Aquawoman. Showing an amazing range of power, Aquawoman is the first swimmer to win the 200-, 400-, 800- and 1500-meter free in a major competition.

Other Highlights at Kazan

  • CSSC’s Arlene Semeco, representing Venezuela at Worlds, swam the 50-meter free in 25.98. Semeco is currently training to achieve the Olympic qualifying A time in the 50 free (25.28) to book her ticket for what would be her fourth Olympics in Rio next summer. She will be anchoring the 4x100-meter medley relay tomorrow to wrap up the meet.

  • Katie McLaughlin and Cammile Adams are seeded second and fourth for finals, in the 200 butterfly with 2:07.32 and 2:07.96, respectively. Adams will be leading a Fitter and Faster Clinic in Coral Springs at the end of this month.

  • Ryan Lochte won the 200 IM with 1:55.81, making him the world champion in this event for the fourth time in a row. Lochte is the world record holder in the 200 IM with 2:54.00.

  • Nathan Adrian broke the American record in 50 free in semi finals with a time of 21.37. He ended up securing silver at finals with 21.52, out-touched by Florent Manaudou (France) with 21.19.

Highlights from Phillips 66

  • CSSC’s Alex Evdokimov swam the 100 breast in a best of 1:03.17 (-0.17) and is looking forward to having a good race in the 200 breast this coming Monday, August 10.

  • Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly with a crazy 1:52.94, the fastest time in this event since 2009. Yikes!

Highlights from Zones

  • Sebastian Vargas qualified for finals today in the 200-meter butterfly at 2015 Southern Zone Champs in Tupelo, Mississippi. He swam a time of 2:12.61 in prelims, just 0.29 off his best.

  • Florida Swimming is leading the meet so far with a combined score of 632.50 points.

Phillips 66 Opens Tomorrow in San Antonio; Alex Evdokimov to Race in 100 and

200 Breast

05 August 2015

Alex Evdokimov (19) will swim the 100 and the 200-meter breast at the 2015 Phillips 66 National Swimming Championship that opens tomorrow in San Antonio, Texas. The 100 breast is one of the first events and Evdokimov is looking forward to racing. “This is a great meet for me. It motivated me to work hard through the summer,” he said. In the 100, Evdokimov is seeded with a time of 1:03.34. After a few days of rest, he’ll swim the 200 on Monday, August 10. His best in the 200 is 2:17.70.

This is Evdokimov’s second consecutive participation at Phillips 66. “Last year, as an 18-year-old, my performance at Phillips 66 qualified me for Pan Pacs. That was a great experience for me. This year, I’m after best times,” said Evdokimov confidently.

A young and fierce competitor in the breaststroke, Evdokimov is a rising sophomore at Cornell University. As part of the Cornell Big Reds he had a spectacular freshman year. Without consideration for spectators’ nerves, Evdokimov took gold in both breast events at the Ivy League Conference earlier this year. He was named team’s MVP for the 2014-2015 year, along with teammate Dylan Sali.

With his performance at Phillips 66, Evdokimov will wrap up his long course racing and will switch gears to college swimming. His goal for this year is to make NCAA Champs. “I was pretty close last year in the 100. I missed going to NCAAs then by 0.15 seconds. I think it's doable this time around,” said Evdokimov.

The Coral Springs swimmer's confidence resides in his training. “I’ve trained hard. I’ve been swimming pretty close to my best times before the taper. Now that I am well into my rest, I feel good.”

Alex Evdokimov is already an Olympic Trials qualifier in 100 and 200 breast. As of July 14, USA Swimming reported a total of 82 swimmers with Trials cuts in the 100 breast and 64 with cuts in the 200. For a complete list of Trials qualifiers in all events so far, click here.

Eighteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps along with fellow Olympians Cullen Jones, Caitlin Leverenz, Allison Schmitt, Andrew Gemmell, and Nick Thoman are among more than 900 swimmers expected to compete at Phillips 66. 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 100 fly Dana Vollmer is also slated to swim this weekend. Vollmer recently returned to competition following the birth of her son earlier this year. A total of 40 members of the USA Swimming National Team are expected to compete at the Northside Swim Center.

For detailed schedule and timelines, click here.

For LIVE RESULTS, click here.

Live Webcast, here.

Cooper, Schimansky and Pascual Headed to First-Ever Futures Championship

28 July 2015

On December 2014, USA Swimming announced the dates, locations, and time standards for the inaugural Futures Championships. Three Futures meets will take place in the country from this Thursday July 30 to Sunday August 2, the same weekend as Junior Nationals. USA Swimming designated three geographical areas for the Futures program according to map to the right. Florida’s LSCs were assigned to the blue area, which means its qualifying swimmers will join hundreds of others at the end of this week at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Futures championships are designed to bridge the gap between Sectionals champs and Junior Nationals.While the meets are intended for swimmers to make the leap to Junior Nationals, the Future Championships are technically an open-age meet not limited to 18-and-unders. However, swimmers with a time that would qualify them for the U.S. National Championships are not eligible for the Futures Championships. From the Coral Springs Swim Club, Catharine Cooper, Megan Schimansky and Jose Pascual will have the honor to swim at the first issue of this championship. Coach Bruno Darzi will travel with his swimmers early this Wednesday. "It's good to go away and and race swimmers from other LSCs," said Darzi. "At CSSC, we are excited to take a group of swimmers to Futures. It puts healthy pressure on our kids to perform."

Cathy Cooper (15), a rising sophomore at American Heritage School in Plantantiom, wants to wrap up her 2015 long course season with a strong statement. Futures will be Cooper's 10th champioship in what's going of 2015. "This is my closure meet. It's been a very busy seven months and I'm ready to put into action all I have trained and learned this year," said Cooper. Her pretty respectable season has included 2 Arena Pro Series meets, 2 Sectional meets, 2 Senior Champs, the Michael Lohberg International and the CCCAN, among others. Representing Panama at CCCAN, Cooper won silver in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle. She is scheduled to swim both events at Futures this upcoming weekend in Indiana and her times going into the race are 26.89 (50 free) and 59.09 (100 free). "In the 50 I'm focusing on my dive. I have been working on it for a long time and I think it will be good," shared Cooper. "The key in the 50 for me will be on maintaining my tempo at the end." Her plans for the 100 are full of determination. "In the 100 I have tried lots of racing strategies throughout the season, and there is much of the race that is still a mystery to me, however, I plan to go out very fast in the first 50, and I know I can stay fast."

The fall awaits with four main championships for Cooper: States, Winter Champs, Winter Junior Nationals and Panama Interclubes. Last high school season as a freshman, Cooper was the number one qualifier for A-Finals at States. She took bronze in the 100 and finished fourth in the 50. "This year I'm going for gold," she said.

Megan Schimansky (15) is scheduled to swim three events in Indiana at the end of this week, the 100 and 200-meter back (1:07.04 and 2:24.29) and the 800-meter free (9:31.56). “I am most excited to experience this level of competition,” shared Schimansky. “I’m very intense and I take things very seriously, so sometimes I’m not the easiest to coach. At this meet, I want to make [coaches] Bruno and Laura proud and show them how grateful I am for everything they do for me, and how much they mean to me for what they do,” said Schimansky candidly. A diverse swimmer, Schimansky boasts her best times in the backstroke events, and has recently started training and racing long distance freestyle. “Even though I have been swimming long distance consistently through the season, my sprinting has gotten much better, and I feel confident in my 100 backstroke race. I think it’s my biggest chance to get my Winter Junior cut,” she said. “I will try to pace the 200 differently. I’m not holding back at all for the 200 back.”

Schimansky believes the spacing of the events at this meet is a good one for her. “I will swim the 800 free on Thursday and have no racing at all on Friday. “This will help my other two races,” she said. “The 800 takes a lot out of me, so resting from races on Friday will be good.” Regarding the 800 free, Schimansky is very excited. “Now that I have had a taste of it, I feel I can do much better.”

Upon her return from Futures, Schimansky will train for the fall championships. During high school season she’ll swim the 100 back and the 200 IM. She aims to make States this year again and to achieve her Winter Jr. National cuts. “I’m looking forward to short course season,” she said. She is a rising sophomore at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs, where she was named MVP of the 2014-2015 year.

Jose Pascual (17), a native of Venezuela, will be racing in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke and the 200 IM at Futures this weekend. “Though my goals are to make the Winter Junior cuts, I’m taking a different approach at this meet,” said Pascual. “I want to focus on trusting my training and feeling the right way when I race. If you think too much you don’t go anywhere as fast as you can go.”

Pascual, a rising junior at Pope John Paul II in Boca Raton, loves to have a strategy to race. “I like to have a strategy toward my races,” he said. “It always gives me good results. That’s why I feel more comfortable swimming the 200-meter distance, and I think I have the greatest chance to get my cuts in the 200 breast,” he added. “In this race, I’m more in control. I know what I have to do in every 50, how many strokes to take, what to do at every turn. In the 100, none of that applies. So I’ll just have to go for it.” He is seeded with a time of 1:10.30 in the 100 breast and with a time of 2:07.09 in the 200. “Finally, the 200 medley is a good event for me and I’ll see what I can do it in it,” he shared with an optimistic tone. “I feel pretty confident [for Futures]. I’m excited. This meet is going to bring me lots of new experiences and I know I’ll grow as a swimmer.”

Last high school season, Pascual finished 11th overall at FHSAA 1A States Champs in both the 100 breast and the 200 IM. He is looking forward to making A-Finals this coming fall.

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The Fitter & Faster Tour is Coming to Coral Springs in August; Breaststroker Merle

Liivand Invites All Swimmers

27 July 2015

Under the heavy sun at JOs this weekend, the Fitter & Faster table was a visited place in the Plantation Aquatic Center. Merle Liivand, breaststroke specialist from Estonia, is a FINIS swimming ambassador that supports the efforts and events of the Fitter & Faster Tour (FFT), an elite level swim clinic provider in the United States.  As per their website, FFT "enables teams and communities to host professionally managed swim clinics featuring the best swimmers in the world.”  Liivand was enthusiastic to present to passersby swimmers and families a collection of instructional videos in different strokes and distances produced by FFT. She was also promoting an FFT clinic that will take place at the Coral Springs Aquatics Complex next August 30. The upcoming clinic in Coral Springs will feature 2012 Olympian and 200 butterfly specialist Cammile Adams and 2013 AT&T Winter National 200-yard breaststroke Champion, Brad Craig. At this event, attendees will “learn advanced skills and techniques for the two short-axis strokes, butterfly and breaststroke.” Their instruction will focus in developing “power and speed along with an emphasis on outstanding technique.”

Liivand is happy to be part of this program. “I love to help promote anything that would help swimmers enjoy and improve in the sport.” Swimmers of all ages and skill level are invited to participate. To accommodate different needs two levels are offered:

The High Performance Breaststroke and Butterfly Technique clinic is geared toward 12-and over swimmers or swimmers younger than 12 who achieve a USA Swimming "A" Motivational Time Standard. Event-day registration fee is $184.00 per person and the online price is $139.00. For more information and to register online, click here.

The Fundamentals of Fast and Powerful Breaststroke and Butterfly clinic is open to 11-and-under swimmers. The emphasis in this case will be placed on the drills and body position fundamentals that lay the foundation for all four strokes. Event-day registration fee is $105.00 per person and the online price is $79.00. For more information and to register online, click here.

Merle Liivand invites all young swimmers in South Florida to take advantage of this great opportunity. “I recommend the FFT clinics and the Swim Like a Champion video series,” she said. “We are happy to work with CSSC and come to our friends in Coral Springs this coming August.” Liivand is a two-time Baltic States champion and Estonian national team member.

Click the highlighted text to know more about FFT and about Merle Liivand.

LCM JOs Recap; Delaney Biro and Alex Meyer Get Top Results; Botting and Virgin

Take Gold on Sunday

27 July 2015

After six sessions and 226 races, 42 CSSC swimmers swam 119 best times at the 2015 LCM Junior Olympic Championship this weekend in Plantation. From July 24-26 the fastest 14-and-under swimmers of the Florida Gold Coast LSC gathered to celebrate their fast cuts and pursue new ones. CSSC took home 14 medals (2 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze). Eleven of these medals were won in individual events and three in relay events.

The girl teams of all age groups (10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14) medaled in their respective 200-meter medley relays. The 10-and-under team formed by Emily Robertson, Riley Botting, Kaitlyn Armbruster and Riley McCormick, won silver with 2:35.02. The 11-12 and 13-14 teams (Faith Fowler, Giulianna Garcia, Anna Kasperski and Olivia Mason/Gabby Beltrano, Rachel Botting, Delaney Biro and Julie Mason) won bronze with times of 2:19.00 and 2:09.54, in that order.

Delaney Biro (13) and Alexander Meyer (12) were the star racers for CSSC this weekend.

Biro swam 15 races (including relays), made finals in five individual events and bagged 10 best times. “My favorite race was the 50 fly,” shared Biro. I had a very good chance of winning and felt good during that race.” Biro took silver in that event with 29.64 against Gulliver’s Emily Cordovi. “She is a very fast swimmer to go against and it was fun to race her. It made me more confident in my own strength.” To wrap up a very good meet, Delaney Biro led the 400 free relay and gave her team a half-a-second advantage. She swam a best of 1:01.75. Her original goal coming into the meet was to walk away with best times in all her events, and that she did. “I achieved it. I feel happy about having a good meet,” added Biro. The rising eight-grader, that prefers science above other subjects, will resume practices with a mean focus in the 100 fly, 200 free and 50 free.

Meyer, who swam an incredible number of 16 races and 11 individual bests this weekend, was the top medalist for CSSC with a total of four individual medals (1 silver and 3 bronze). He broke the club record in the 50 free twice on Friday. In the morning with 28.09 and then again at night taking silver with 27.94. On Sunday, Meyer won bronze in the 50 back (33.27, best) and in the 100 free with 1:01.85. In prelims, Meyer swam the 100 free in 1:01.78, just 0.17 seconds away from breaking the club record in that event. The 2003 record by Kevin Bandy currently stands at 1:01.62. Meyer is scheduled to swim the first week of August at the 2015 Age Group Southern Zone Championship in Tupelo, Mississippi. That meet will give Meyer the last chance to break the 11-12 100 free CSSC record before aging up. The 100 might not be the only record he aims to break in Mississippi. Confident, Meyer assured on Friday that he “will break [the record in the 50 free] again at Zones.”

Breaststroke Leaders

CSSC is well known for developing high-level breaststrokers, and that was an evident reality at JOs. Riley Botting (10) and Hannah Virgin (14) earned the two gold medals for CSSC this weekend in the 50-meter breaststroke in their corresponding age groups, with times of 40.44 (best) and 35.59, respectively. Virgin took silver in her other two breaststroke events (100 br: 1:18.07; 200 br: 2:48.56). “I feel it was a fairly positive outcome considering I was fighting a cold through the meet,” said Virgin. “However, I was hoping for a 32 in the 50 breast. This meet was my last chance to pick up the club record in long course before I age up. I did my best.” Virgin will focus on training hard to pursue summer national cuts.

On Virgin’s heals, teammate Rachel Botting (13) won silver in the 50 breast with 36.38. “I’m very excited to see the girls take first and second in the 50 breast,” said Coach Bruno Darzi. “It was a great way to close the meet.”

The breaststroke brought more success to CSSC at JOs. Riley Botting (10) won silver in the 100 breast with 1:29.46; and Gianni Savino (14) finaled in every distance (50, 100 and 200) and took the silver in the 200 breast with 2:43.00. In the 100, he finished fourth missing the bronze by 0.8 seconds; and in the 50 he finished eighth with 36.17. “Gian Luca had a very good meet overall,” praised Darzi. “He is not a sprinter, so I was happy to see him final in the 50-meter distance.”

100% Best Times Club (Individual Events)

  • Olivia Mason (12) swam 6 best times out of six races, and her biggest drop was in the 200 free (-9.13 seconds).

  • Ellie Mitova (13) swam one best time out of one race in the 50 breast (-0.07).

  • Tyler Armbruster (9), in his LCM JO debut, swam 3 best times out of 3 races. His biggest drop was in the 100 free (-3.48 seconds).

  • Justin Ruf (10) swam two bests in two races. His biggest drop was in the 50 free (-3.04).

  • Cody Chin (12) swam 9 bests in 9 races. His biggest drop was in the 100 fly where he shed 5.96 seconds.

Standings

The South Florida Aquatic Club (SOFLO) took the title with a combined score of 840 points. East Coast Aquatic Club finished second with 448 and Gulliver Swim Club was third with 359.50. The Coral Springs Swim Club tied in ninth place with Metro Aquatic Club of Miami with 192 points.

Individual Highscore Winners

Girls

10-and-under

11-12

13-14

Erika Pelaez (SOFLO), 60 pts

Anna Auld (ECAC), 42 pts

Emily Cordovi (Gulliver), 52 pts

Boys

10-and-under

11-12

13-14

Agustin Rodriguez (Hialeah), 58 pts

Jie Hoon Lee (SOFLO), 53 pts

Adrian Aguilar (MACM), 61 pts*

 *On Saturday prelims, Aguilar broke the FGC 13-14 50-meter butterfly record previously set by Andy Vasquez in 2008 (26.75). The new record stands at 26.64.

Top Five Scores for CSSC

Alexander Meyer

29

Riley Botting

27

Hannah Virgin

23

Delaney Biro

19

Gianni Savino

13

Second Day of JOs; Seven Medals for CSSC

Published: Saturday, 25 July 2015 23:25

It was overcast and humid at Plantation most of Saturday morning; swimmers are always lucky to be able to jump in the water to cool off. Spectators, coaches, officials and volunteers always have to toughen it up with the help of tents, umbrellas, hats, folded pieces of an old heat sheet or by hugging cold water bottles. There were so many umbrellas that, with a little breeze, one even made it to the competition pool in the middle of a race. The nearby lifeguard was rewarded with a quick dip in order to rescue the umbrella and save swimmers from trampling on it.

CSSC harvested seven medals this second day of racing at the 2015 LCM JOs.

Hannah Virgin (14), Delaney Biro (13) and Gianni Savino (14) took home silver in the 200 breast, 50 fly and 200 breast, respectively.

Virgin finished her 200 breast with 2:48.56 against Dahlia Delgado of Jupiter Dragons who took gold with 2:48.31. “A good race for Hannah who is recovering from a cold,” said Coach Bruno Darzi.

Biro swam a best in the 50 fly in a mad dash against Gulliver’s Emily Cordovi. Biro took silver with 29.64 and Cordovi out-touched her with 29.18. “It was a great performance!” expressed Darzi with satisfaction.

Savino won silver in the 200 breast against tough contenders with 2:43.00. Gold went to Matthew Petreski of Pine Crest with 2:31.21. “It was an exciting race where Gian Luca came from behind and took the silver,” commented Darzi. Savino felt good about his race. “I’m happy I got a medal but I expected to drop a second. It was a good, exhausting race. Petreski is really good. Racing against him kept me going,” he shared.

Alexander Meyer (12) took bronze in the 100 back with 1:12.46 (best) and in the 200 free he swam a best time in prelims (2:17.89) holding his ground in finals, going up slightly (2:18.36). He finished fifth.

The girls 11-12 and 13-14 200 medley relay teams formed by Faith Fowler, Giulianna Garcia, Anna Kasperski and Olivia Mason and Gabby Beltrano, Rachel Botting, Delaney Biro and Julie Mason; in that order, won bronze in what Coach Darzi described as a “great team effort. I was proud of all our swimmers since many were racing from very early and until 9:15 p.m.”

10-and-Unders

The youngest swimmers had fun with relays this Saturday. The girls’ 200-meter medley relay team took silver against AK Sharks with a 2:35.02.

  • Riley Botting (10) and Emily Robertson finished 13th and 17th with 2:41.06 and 2:44.75 (best), respectively.
  • Tyler Armbruster (9) swam a best in the 200 free with 2:56.98.
  • Emily Robertson (10) finished 13th in the 50 fly with a 37.94 (best).
  • Kaitlyn Armbruster, Riley McCormick and Elisabeth Olson swam the 50 fly in 38.52 (best), 40.42 and 42.03, respectively.

Shout Out!

Julie Mason (14) "had an outstanding performance in the 400 IM this morning," said Coach Junior Temotio of the Senior 1 Group. "Julie controlled the race very well finishing with a personal best of 5:47.22 (A, almost AA time)." Mason shed 8.84 seconds off her previous best.

 Standings

At the end of the second day of races, SOFLO was ahead with a combined score of 580 points, East Coast Aquatic Club is second with 322 and Gulliver Swim Club is in third place with 268.50. CSSC was in sixth place, climbing four spots, with 153 points.

Relays

Girls 10-and-under 200 Free Relay

  1. AK Sharks with 2:13.17
  2. Gulliver with 2:18.63
  3. Wahoos of Wellington with 2:18.91

CSSC (Emily Robertson, Kaitlyn Armbruster, Riley McCormick, Riley Botting) finished sixth with 2:20.85.

Boys 10-and-under 200 free relay

  1. East Coast Aquatics with 2:08.92
  2. City of Hialeah Storm with 2:10.30
  3. SOFLO with 2:14.08

Girls 10-and-under 200 Medley Relay

  1. AK Sharks with 2:32.36
  2. CSSC (Emily Robertson, Riley Botting, Kaitlyn Armbruster and Riley McCormick) with 2:35.02.
  3. Gulliver with 2:35.68.

Boys 10-and-under 200 Medley Relay

  1. East Coast Aquatic Club with 2:29.45
  2. City of Hialeah Storm with 2:31.74
  3. SOFLO with 2:33.42

Girls 11-12 200 Medley Relay

  1. East Coast Aquatic Club with 2:12.92
  2. SOFLO with 2:14.63
  3. CSSC (Faith Fowler, Giulianna Garcia, Anna Kasperski and Olivia Mason) with 2:19.00

Boys 11-12 200 Medley Relay

  1. SOFLO with 2:12.76
  2. Gulliver with 2:16.78
  3. Plantation with 2:18.88

CSSC (Alexander Meyer, Wilson Ward, Brian Gonzalez and Cody Chin) finished ninth with 2:21.48.

Girls 13-14 200 Medley Relay

  1. Pine Crest Swimming with 2:08.27
  2. Gulliver with 2:08.86
  3. CSSC (Gabby Beltrano, Rachel Botting, Delaney Biro and Julie Mason) with 2:09.54

Boys 13-14 200 Medley Relay

  1. SOFLO with 2:01.38
  2. City of Hialeah Storm with 2:02.18
  3. Metro Aquatics with 2:02.90

CSSC (Connor Marks, Gianni Savino, Kalvin Hernandez and Andres McKeon) finished fifth with 2:05.41.

Girls 11-12 400 Medley Relay

  1. SOFLO with 4:52.42
  2. SOFLO with 5:09.14
  3. Pine Crest Swimming with 5:09.31

CSSC (Faith Fowler, Cara Virgin, Giulianna Garcia and Anna Kasperski) finished fourth with 5:14.97.

Boys 11-12 400 Medley Relay

  1. YMCA Broward County with 4:08.09
  2. SOFLO with 4:51.49
  3. Gulliver with 4:54.19

CSSC (Alex Meyer, Wilson Ward, Cody Chin and Brian Gonzalez) finished eighth with a 5:19.19.

Girls 13-14 400 Medley Relay

  1. North Palm Beach with 4:39.89
  2. Gulliver with 4:41.74
  3. Pine Crest with 4:43.78

CSSC (Gabby Beltrano, Julie Mason, Delaney Biro and Rachel Botting) with 4:53.28.

Boys 13-14 400 Medley Relay

  1. SOFLO with 4:25.90
  2. Azura with 4:29.02
  3. Metro Aquatics with 4:33.59

CSSC (Connor Marks, Gianni Savino, Kalvin Hernandez and Andres McKeon) finished eighth with a 4:40.95.

Productive First Day of Races at LCM JOs; Alexander Meyer Sets New Club Record

 Published: Friday, 24 July 2015 23:00

The first day of the long course Junior Olympic Championship in Plantation was an exciting one for CSSC’s Alexander Meyer (12) who broke Kevin Bandy's 2003 club record in the 50-meter freestyle in prelims. Bandy’s record was set at 28.12 and Meyer swam 28.09. The new record was short-lived. Meyer established a new one at finals securing the silver medal with 27.94 (-0.15), in a very fast race against PST’s Robert Wilson, who took gold with 27.52. "I will break it again at Zones," Alexander Meyer said confidently after his race. He was selected to represent the Florida Gold Coast LSC at the upcoming (Aug. 4-8) Southern Zone Championship in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Club-record setting is not a new experience for the fast 12-year old. He currently holds the 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle record with 1:08.66. “Alex had a great morning swim and got the club record but his main goal was to break into 27. He took care of that in finals,” said Coach Junior Temotio of the Senior 1 group. “It was an exciting day! With an amazing performance.”

Records added great spice to an already high-end championship. “It's exciting to see a 12-year-old record fall at JOs,” commented Coach Bruno Darzi. “Kevin Bandy was one of the most dominant age-group swimmers we ever had. Alex, in his footsteps, has a great potential and a bright future ahead of him.”

At this competition, 10-and-under races were timed finals. Riley Botting (10) took silver in the 100 breast with 1:29.46, against Michelle Fernandez who took gold with 1:29.42, just 0.04 seconds faster. Botting also finished fourth in the 400-meter free with 5:27.12 (best), and seventh in the 50 free with 32.68 (best). Riley Botting scored 14 points for CSSC this Friday and is currently ranked fourth in the Individual High-Point Award for her age group.

Emily Robertson finished ninth in the 100 fly with 1:27.72 (-6.23) and eleventh in the 50 free with a best of 33.45; and teammate Kaitlyn Armbruster finished tenth in the 100 fly with 1:28.79 (best).

The 11-12s were represented in finals by Faith Fowler (11), who qualified in the 200 back with very fast 2:41.14 (AAA), and finished fifth in finals with 2:41.20. In this event, gold went to Mattie Barfield (12) of FLA with 2:31.80. “I really liked Faith's 200 back swim,” said Coach Darzi, remarking the hard work and progress of CSSC swimmers in this age category. Anna Kasperski (12) was the first alternate in the 100 fly with 1:12.77 (best).

The 200 back saw another finalist for CSSC. Gabby Beltrano (13) finished sixth with 2:37.19 against a fast field. “Gabby did well in the 200 backstroke,” commented Darzi, “She helped our 13-14 200 free relay finish in the top 4. I’m very proud.”

The girls 13-14 field in FGC is a very competitive one. Delaney Biro (13), a favorite in many races, finished fifth in the 50 free with 28.53. She swam 28.41(AAA) in prelims. Biro also finished sixth in the 100 fly with 1:06.23 (best). In the 100 fly, gold went to Emily Cordovi of Gulliver with 1:04.09. In the 400 free, Biro finished fourth with 4:38.91 (best). “Delaney is having an outstanding meet so far,” said Darzi. “She swam three individual events and one relay at finals with very little time between each race. Her performances were impressive. She shaved off three full seconds in the 100 fly and 6.3 seconds in the 400 free. She had to race the 50 free in between and the 200-free relay afterwards. Tough schedule for the first day but she handled it extremely well,” added Darzi.

Hannah Virgin (14) took silver in the 100 breast with 1:18.07. Gold went to Madison Litchtig of North Palm Beach with 1:17.99. Darzi highlighted Virgin’s performance: “Hannah is a strong breaststroker and she finished second even though she is battling a cold.”

Gianni Savino (14) finished fourth in the 100 breast with a time of 1:16.92. “It was a good race for Gian Luca, swimming just shy of his best time. He moved up a spot in finals.”Gold in the 100 breast went to Matthew Petreski of Pine Crest with 1:11.40.

400 Free Results for CSSC

Sarah Schimansky (12): 5:21.65; Rachel Botting (13): 4:52.84; Lauren Noyola (14): 5:03.24; Brian Gonzalez (12): 5:07.53 (best, -9.86); Andres McKeon (14): 4:34.57 (best, -3.75); Gianni Savino (14): 4:55.30.

Girls 13-14 200-meter free relay

1. Pine Crest School with 1:53.75

2. North Palm Beach with 1:55.51

3. Lake Lytal with 1:56.16

CSSC finished fourth (Rachel Botting, Acacia Jones, Gabby Beltrano and Delaney Biro) with 1:57.01

Boys 13-14 200-meter free relay

1. Metro Aquatics with 1:47.44

2. FLA Aquatics with 1:48.35

3. City of Hialeah with 1:48.50

CSSC (Andres McKeon, Kalvin Hernandez, Connor Marks and Gianni Savino) finished thirteenth with 1:54.55.

Girls 11-12 400-meter free relay

1. East Coast Aquatic Clun with 4:21.62

2. SOFLO with 4:23.30

3. FLA with 4:32.53

CSSC (Giulianna Garcia, Sarah Schimansky, Faith Fowler and Anna Kasperski) finished ninth with 4:39.29.

Boys 11-12 400-meter free relay

1. SOFLO with 4:17.55

2. PST with 4:27.76

3. City of Hialeah with 4:30.56

CSSC (Cody Chin, Jack Rummel, Brian Gonzalez and Alex Meyer) finished seventh with 4:33.23.

Standings

At the end of the first day of races, SOFLO was ahead with a combined score of 231 points, East Coast Aquatic Club is second with 144.50 and Gulliver Swim Club is in third place with 112. CSSC was in tenth place with 57 points.

If You Go

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex: 9151 NW  2nd Street. Plantation, Florida  33324

Directions: Plantation Aquatic Complex is located in Central Park. From I-95 go west on 595. Exit North on Pine Island Blvd. to Broward Blvd. On Broward Blvd. head west approximately ¾ of a mile to Central Park. On Central Park make a right. Park entrance is located on Right hand.

For updates visit: www.swimpst.com

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Junior Olympics this Weekend in Plantation: Riley Botting, Delaney Biro and Alexander Meyer are Favorites in their Age Groups

 Published: Thursday, 23 July 2015 22:51

This weekend will witness the culmination of the long course season for 14-and-under swimmers at the 2015 LCM Junior Olympics (JOs), where qualifiers from all three geographical areas of the Florida Gold Coast LSC will race for gold and team titles at the Plantation Aquatic Complex. Twice a year, in March (short course) and July (long course), the age groupers celebrate their hard training at a fast and high-level competition. The traditional categories at JOs are: 10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14. 10-and-under races will be swum in prelims and will be timed finals. The top-eight times from prelims for 11-12 and 13-14 will return for finals in the evening. This year, prelims start at 9:00 a.m. and finals at 6:00 p.m. every day.

Representing the Coral Springs Swim Club (CSSC), the very fast 10-year-old Riley Botting has a full program to swim during the weekend. She is the number two seed in the 50 and 100 breast with 40.46 and 1:28.12, respectively. Botting is also slated to swim all the freestyle events in her category: the 50 (32.69), 100 (1:14.01), 200 (2:36.18) and 400 free (5:39.41), and in all four she is within the top eight seeds. Though she is particularly fast in breaststroke and freestyle, Botting is a well-rounded swimmer and to demonstrate it, she is seeded sixth in the 200 IM with 2:58.70.

In her long-course-JO debut, teammate Kaitlyn Armbruster (10) is seeded eighth in the 100-meter fly with 1:30.19.

In the 11-12 age group, Faith Fowler (11) is seeded seventh in the 200-meter back with a time 2:44.16 (AA).

Ana Kasperski (12) sports the eighth best time in the 100 fly with 1:12.37; and favoring the long-distance, Sarah Schimansky (12) is seeded eighth in the 1500 free with 20:21.11 (yards).

Alexander Meyer (12) is seeded second in the 100 free with 1:02.87, third in the 50 back with 33.67 and fourth in the 50 free and the 100 back with 28.91 and 1:15.34, respectively. Meyers is also a favorite in the 200 free with a time of 2:20.27 (seeded 6th).

It seems like it will be a great meet for Delaney Biro (13). She boasts six top seeds going into the meet. She is the girl to beat in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 29.65. A versatile swimmer, Biro will be in the center of the battle for gold in several other events. She is seeded fifth in the 50 free with 28.44, sixth in the 400 free with 4:45.21, seventh in the 100 free with 1:02.30 and eighth in the 200 free and the 200 IM with 2:15.92 and 2:37.86, respectively.

Hannah Virgin (14), who is swimming unattached as she just returned from Swedish Junior Nationals, is seeded first in the 100 breast with 1:14.18. She is also seeded second in the 50 breast with 34.20.

Backstroke specialist, Gabby Beltrano (13) is seeded fourth in the 100 back and the 50 back with 1:10.30 and 32.47. She is also sixth in the 200 back with 2:34.68. Rachel Botting (13) is also well-positioned for the weekend. She is seeded fourth in the 50 breast with 36.35, and fifth in the 200 free with 2:14.65.

Gianni Savino (14) is a tough competitor in the breaststroke events. He is seeded second in the 200 breast with 2:41.02 and third in the 100 breast with 1:15.30. In the 50 breast, Savino is seeded sixth with 35.31. Savino won gold in the 100 and the 200 breast last month at the Michael Lohberg International Invitational.

Kalvin Hernandez (14) is going into the weekend with the third best time in the 50 fly with 28.84. Hernandez is also seeded seventh in the 50 free with 27.10.

To complete a pretty strong leading team for CSSC, Kyle Oliver (14) is seeded fourth in the 50 back with 31.54.

It will be a packed weekend in Plantation with about 600 swimmers scheduled to swim in prelims each day. The weather forecast promises rain on all three days but, as things go in South Florida, athletes, coaches and spectators will just have to wait and see.

The Closed-Deck policy will be in effect and due to the high volume of athletes, the meet will be run using chase starts: Prelims girls will finish at the diving well end. Boys will finish at the shallow end. All Finals will finish at the diving well end.

If You Go

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex: 9151 NW  2nd Street. Plantation, Florida  33324

Directions: Plantation Aquatic Complex is located in Central Park. From I-95 go west on 595. Exit North on Pine Island Blvd. to Broward Blvd. On Broward Blvd. head west approximately ¾ of a mile to Central Park. On Central Park make a right. Park entrance is located on Right hand.

For updates visit: www.swimpst.com

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Pan American Recap; Semeco Keeps Pushing Forward

Published: Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:56

CSSC’s Arlene Semeco had a busier-than-expected week in Toronto competing for Venezuela at the XVII Pan American Games. The 2007 Pan American Champion in 50 and 100-meter freestyle swam four races at her fourth Pan Am’s appearance. Semeco’s focus this time around was the 50 free. However, to support her team she swam the 100 free and anchored both the 4x100 free and medley relays for Venezuela.

Semeco opened the meet with the 100 free. She qualified for B-Finals with a time of 56.56, her best time since 2012. She decided to scratch finals that evening and instead joined forces with teammates Yennifer Marquez, Jeserik Pinto and Andreina Pinto in Finals for a fourth place-finish with a 3:46.24 in the 400-meter free relay. Gold went to Canada with 3:36.80 (new Pan Am record). The US took silver with 3:37.01 and Brazil took bronze with 3:37.39.

On July 17, Semeco qualified second for B-Finals in the 50 free with 25.83. At night, in a very tight race against Liliana Ibáñez of Mexico and Chinyere Pigot of Suriname, Semeco tied in second place with Pigot with a time of 25.79. Ibañez finished first with 25.48. This is Semeco’s third best time since January this year, when she swam 25.73. Her standing best since London 2012 is 25.62 from this past May at the Coral Springs LCM Invite. Semeco has been dropping consistently in the 50 for two years as she pursues her fourth qualification for the Olympics. The FINA qualifying period for Rio 2016 is from March 1, 2015 to July 3, 2016; and the A cut for the Women 50 free is 25.28.

To wave goodbye to the Toronto Games, Semeco anchored the 400 medley relay at finals. The Venezuelan team (along with Semeco: Isabella Paez, Merecedes Toledo and Carla Gonzalez) finished sixth with a time of 4:13.88. Gold went to Team USA with 3:56.53 (PanAm Record), silver to Canada with 3:58.51 and bronze to Brazil with 4:02.57.

Arlene Semeco will travel to Kazan, Russia in a week to participate in the 2015 FINA World Championships.

The United States crowned themselves swimming champions at Pan Ams this year with a total of 32 medals (12 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze). Brazil is second in the medals chart with a total of 26 medals (10, 6, 10) and Canada is third with a total of 27 medals (8, 10, 9). The dominance of the USA, Canada and Brazil in this sport is evident in the big gap between the third place in the medals standing chart and the rest. Argentina finished fourth with 3 medals. Venezuela finished sixth overall with a total of 2 medals by Andreina Pinto. It was a memorable meet; with 41 Pan Am records broken. Team USA broke 19 of those records, Brazil broke 12, Canada 8 and Colombia and Bahamas, 1 each.

2015 Pan Am Swimming Results

Final Day of LCM Senior Champs; Gulliver Swim Team Takes TitlePublished: Sunday, 19 July 2015 22:10

By roughly a 500-point lead, Gulliver Swim Club took the title at the 2015 LCM Senior Champs with a combined score of 1,532.50 points. Miami Swimming took the second place with 1,063.50 and SOFLO finished third with 809. It was a busy weekend with multiple weather delays at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, but as always, athletes made the best of it. Kyla Valls (Miami Swimming) and Miguel Cancel (Gulliver) won the 15-16 High-point Awards with 118 and 142.50, respectively; and Kelly Fertel (Gulliver) and Thiago Sickert (Ace Swim Club) won the High-point Awards in the Open category with 123 and 144, in that order.

CSSC’s Megan Schimansky and Catharine Cooper each took bronze on the last day of the meet. Schimansky in the 100 back with 1:07.04 (best), and Cooper in the 50 free with 27.13. In the 100 back, Jessica Nava (Pine Crest) took gold with 1:05.99 and Kelley Heron (SOFLO) took silver with 1:06.44. In the 50 free, Marta Ciesla (Pine Crest) finished first with 26.04, and Claire Maiocco (Trinity Prep) took silver with 27.10.

In the B-Finals of the 15-16 Girls 100 back, Kristin Sauer finished fourth with a best of 1:12.73 (-2.55). Coach Junior Temotio of the CSSC Senior 1 team was excited about his swimmers’ performance. “They have dropped times and made finals through the weekend,” he said. “My swimmers work hard and I’m happy to see them progress.”

In the Open 100 back, Stephanie Campo said goodbye to her pre-college swimming career with a best time of 1:10.52. She finished third in B-Finals. Campo will be moving to University of Massachusetts, Amherst early in September.

Other Finalists

  • Rebecca Wilkerson finished eighth in B-Finals in the 100 breast with 1:22.49.
  • Nico Ferrara finished third in B-Finals with 25.50.
  • Bryce Pierce finished fifth in B-Finals in the 50 fly with 26.62.

New Records

  • During prelims, Marta Ciesla broke the FGC Girls 15-16 Open Record in the 50 free with 25.62. The previous record (25.82) dated from 2000 and was set by Kara-Lynn Joyce.
  • To continue her record-setting performance this weekend, Jessica Nava took gold in the Girls 15-16 50 fly and broke the FGC record with a time of 27.70. The old record (27.86) belonged to Ana Anaya (2009). On Saturday, Nava also established a new FGC record in the 100 fly with 1:01.25.

Despite the challenges presented by thunderstorms, the meet ran smoothly and organizers from the Coral Springs Swim Club expressed their satisfaction with the volunteer participation and overall attendance. “We had more than 60 positions to fill every day and we had no difficulty finding people to help,” said Volunteer Coordinator Sharyn Mason. “We are happy to count with the support of parents, siblings and friends at this meet,” she added. At the gate, the flow of spectators was steady through the weekend. “A great number of the older swimmers drive themselves early to the meet,” said Rhonda Virgin for CSSC. “Then, it’s nice to see their parents come later to cheer and support them.”

The July championship madness is far from over. CSSC will have swimmers at the LCM Junior Olympics next weekend in Plantation, at FINA World Champs next weekend in Kazan, Russia, at the Futures Championship (July 30-Aug 2) in Indiana, at the Age-Group Southern Zone Champs (Aug 4 - 8) in Mississippi, and at Phillips 66 National Champs (Aug 6-10) in San Antonio, TX.

Relays

Girls 200 medley relay

1. Miami Swimming with 1:58.64

2. Trinity Prep with 2:01.38

3.Boca Raton Swim Team with 2:03.38

CSSC (Kristin Sauer, Rebecca Wilkerson, Lindsey Sauer and Nicole Gautieri) finished 9th with 2:09.45

Boys 200 medley relay

1. Miami Swimming with 1:47.21

2. Boca Raton Swim Team with 1:47.78

3. Westminster Academy with 1:48.66

CSSC (Giancarlo Payamps, Henrique Yamamoto, Bryce Pierce and Nico Ferrara) finished 14th with 1:54.43

Girls 400 medley relay

1. Miami Swimming with 4:25.40

2. Trinity Prep with 4:27.84

3. SOFLO with 4:31.64

CSSC (Stephanie Campo, Rebecca Wilkerson, Lindsey Sauer and Nicole Gautieri) finished 14th with 4:47.70.

Boys 400 medley relay

1. Azura Florida Aquatics with 3:58.74

2. Boca Raton Swim Team with 3:59.91

3. Gulliver Swim Club with 4:00.31

CSSC (Giancarlo Payamps, Henrique Yamamoto, Bryce Pierce and Nico Ferrara) finished 12th with 4:14.98.

RESULTS

RE-PLAY OF FINAL SESSIONS, Courtesy of Florida Swim Network

Another Fast Day of Competition at Senior Champs; Megan Schimansky Takes Silver in 50 Back

 Published: Saturday, 18 July 2015 21:50

Though the morning started cooler on Saturday compared to the blistering Friday, the prelims session was interrupted multiple times by the lightning alarm. The weather challenges caused changes in the schedule that included: two remaining heats of the Boys 200 Free Relay from Friday pushed to the afternoon, 9 heats of the 400 IM were declared timed finals, the 800-meter free relays and all time-trials were canceled.

Megan Schimansky (15), a backstroke specialist, won silver in the 50 back with a best of 31.54; she was barely out-touched by Allison Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale with 31.49. Bronze went to Claire Maiocco of Trinity Prep Aquatics with 31.70. Schimansky’s drop in the 50 back is quite significant. She has been consistently chipping time away from that race, swimming bests both at the Michael Lohberg International in June and at Sectionals last week. “I thought it was a good race,” said Schimansky with an upbeat and cheerful tone. “My head was back and, you know, it’s a 50 so I just went for it. If I could change anything I would probably want my head back a bit more and I would have wanted to go faster in the first 25,” she added. The drop is a pleasant surprise. “I train distance about four times a week. So I’m happy to see my constant dropping in the 50-meter distance.”

Later in the day and after long waits due to weather delays, Schimansky swam the 400-meter individual medley and finished eighth with a time of 5:21.19, 3.67 seconds off her best. “I’m happy with my performance in the 400 IM,” she shared, stating that she is still training heavily. “I felt that my slowest leg was the butterfly. I need to be more rested in order to go faster in butterfly,” said Schimansky. “Also the weather delays affected me. Muscles get tight and the wait doesn’t make things easy on the legs.”

Schimansky, who is slated to compete at the Futures Championship in Indiana at the end of the month, has a positive outlook for Sunday. “I’m looking forward to the 100 back. I hope the weather holds,” she said. Schimansky is seeded first in the 100 back with a time of 1:07.21. To add some fun to the mix, Megan Schimansky will close the weekend with the 200 IM and she expects to have fun with that race and see what she can do in finals. “Senior Champs gives me an opportunity to get experience in my races to better define my strategy for Futures.”

The Coral Springs Swim Club has harvested 21 bests so far in the two days of competition.

Saturday Finalists

  • Stephanie Campo (18) finished fifth in B-Finals in the 200 free with 2:12.14.
  • Kristin Sauer (16) finished sixth in B-Finals in the 50 back with 33.68 (best), the exact time she swam at prelims.
  • Sebastian Vargas (16) finished first in B-Finals in the 100 fly with 59.88, just 0.02 off his best. He left behind Christian Kopecki of SOFLO who finished second with 1:00.08
  • Bryce Pierce (18) finished seventh in B-Finals in the 200 free with 2:01.33.

Standings

Gulliver Swim Club continues ahead with a combined score of 970 points. Miami Swimming follows in second place with at 558.50 and SOFLO is third with 440.

Kyla Valls and Miguel Cancel are leading the 15-16 category with 87 and 89 points, respectively.

In the Open category, Kelly Fertel and Nick Carter are first in the high-point chart with 89 and 90 points, in that order.

Megan Schimansky is the top scorer for CSSC with 45 points.

New FGC Record & New Olympic Trial Cuts

Jessica Nava (15) of Pine Crest Swimming established a new FGC record in the 100-meter fly with 1:01.25. She took down 2010 Chelsea Britt's time of 1:01.67.

Nick Carter (25) of Gulliver Swim Club swam his Olympic Trial cut in the 200-meter back with a time of 2:03.64. He took gold in this event.

Eric Williams (24) of Boca Raton Swim Team swam his Olympic Trial cut in the 50-meter free as the first leg of the 200-meter free relay.

Shout out!

Carly Brewington bravely swam today the 50-meter back finishing with a time of 40.52, just recovering from having her wisdom teeth pulled out earlier this week.

To watch the replay of Saturday Finals, click here.

If You Go

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex

               12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

               Coral Springs, FL 33065

Admissions: $3.00

Heat Sheets: $3.00

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LIVE RESULTS

Weather Puts a Damper On Finals This Friday @ LCM Senior Champs

 Published: Friday, 17 July 2015 23:01

LCM Senior Champs prelims was carried out without weather delays at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions this Friday in Coral Springs. The enthusiasm for finals was swiftly squelched by a powerful thunderstorm that poured buckets in the area this afternoon. A meet committee convened at different times to assess the situation and finally at 7:00 p.m., finals was called-out. Prelims times became final times.

CSSC originally qualified six swimmers for finals: Megan Schimansky, Catharine Cooper, Stephanie Campo, Nicole Gautieri, Nico Ferrara and Bryce Pierce.

Schimansky took silver in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:27.90. Camila Quineche of Peru took gold with 2:27.32 and Melannie Vargas of Big Gator pocketed the bronze with 2:28.69.

Cooper finished in fourth place in the 100-meter free with a 1:00.23.

Daria Chiarella (16) and Emily Puia (15) swam best times in the 100 free (1:05.23 and 1:05.24). Luisa Suzuki (16) 1:07.41.

Ferrara finished sixth in the 15-16 Boys 100-meter free with 54.96.

College-bound Nicole Gautieri, Lindsey Sauer and Rebecca Wilkerson swam the 100 free in 1:03.83, 1:03.86 and 1:04.66, in that order.

Bryce Pierce (18) tied in 16th place with Nicolas Junghahn, in the 100-meter free with a best of 54.92. Giancarlo Payamps (17) swam a best in the 100 free (57.57) and Henrique Yamamoto finished the 100 free in 1:00.20.

In the 50 breast, for the Girls 15-16, Luisa Suzuki finished with 41.41. In the Girls Open, Gautieri and Wilkerson finished with times of 36.52 and 37.78, respectively. In the Open 50-meter 50 breast, Henrique Yamamoto and Dennis Hopkins (finished with 34.27 (best) and 36.34 (best).

The long distance event of the day was the 400-meter freestyle. Campo and Pierce both finished tenth in their categories with 4:35.39 and 4:17.77 (best).

The CSSC ladies (Wilkerson, Sauer, Campo and Gautieri) finished eleventh in the 200-meter free relay with 1:55.08. Two heats of boys are still to swim in the 200 free relay. They are scheduled for Saturday morning before the start of prelims.

Diego Sanguinetti (24) a member of the U.S. National Down Syndrome Swim Team (NDSST) swam a best of 1:49.53, an improvement of 4.11 seconds over his previous best from April this year. Sanguinetti is swimming through this weekend on his quest for cuts to participate in the upcoming 2015 European Open Down Syndrome Championship (SCM) that will take place in Loano, Italy next November. To support Diego’s endeavors, teammate Kelly Pinilla from CSSC’s White Group set a lemonade-and-bracelets stand at the meet this weekend. 80% of the sales will be donated to the NDSST and the remaining 20% to the Michael Lohberg Scholarship Fund. Kelly’s goods will be available through Saturday.

As of Friday night, Gulliver Swimming was ahead with 502 points. Miami Swimming was in second place with 284.50, and SOFLO in third with 234. Kyla Valls (Miami Swimming) and Miguel Cancel (Gulliver Swimming) are leading the 15-16 field with 52 and 49 points, respectively. In the Open category, Anya Egorova (Gulliver) and Nick Carter (Gulliver) are at the top of the High Point charts so far, with 52 and 40 points, in that order.

According to weather.com, there is a 50% of T-Storms in Coral Springs for Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m.

Florida Swim Network Live Webcast of FINALS : HERE

If You Go

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex

               12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

               Coral Springs, FL 33065

Admissions: $3.00

Heat Sheets: $3.00

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LIVE RESULTS

Schimansky, Cooper, Vargas and Ferrara Lead the Way for CSSC This Weekend at LCM Senior Champs

 Published: Thursday, 16 July 2015 13:15

Located at the edge of the Everglades, the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex will witness fierce competition between the fastest 15-and-over swimmers of the region. 44 teams and 603 athletes are entered into the 2015 FGC LCM Senior Championship that will take place from this Friday July 17 to Sunday July 19. At this meet, there will be two age categories, the 15-16 and the Open (17-and-over, and 14-and-under qualifiers).

“We are very excited to host another championship this year,” said Coral Springs Head Coach Bruno Darzi. “Our swimmers have trained hard all season and though most of them are focusing on other upcoming meets, I'm excited to see them racing this weekend,” added Darzi.

Megan Schimansky (15), who is just returning from a triple-final performance at summer Sectionals, is seeded first in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke with 1:07.21 and 2:24.39, respectively. She is seeded second in the 50 back with 31.69. Also strong in the long distance free and individual medley races, Schimansky is seeded sixth in the 400 free and 400 IM with 4:36.90 and 5:17.52; and seventh in the 200 IM with 2:32.48.

Catharine Cooper (15), a freestyle sprinter, is seeded third in her two strongest events: the 50 and 100 free with 26.89 and 59.09.

Sebastian Vargas (16) and Nico Ferrara (15) are seeded fourth and fifth in the 100 fly and 50 free with 59.86 and 25.23, respectively.

Nicole Gautieri (18) is seeded eighth in the Women 50 breast with 35.93.

Rebecca Wilkerson (18) and Bryce Pierce (18) are seeded tenth each in the 100 breast and 50 fly, respectively with times of 1:19.42 and 26.48.

Long distance swimmers Stephanie Campo (17) and breaststroker Jose Pascual (17) are seeded twelfth in the in 400 free and 200 breast, respectively, with times of 2:34.68 and 2:31.17.

Giancarlo Payamps is seeded fourteenth in the 50 back with 29.71.

Schedule

Friday: 200 back, 100 free, 200 fly, 50 breast, 400 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay.

Saturday: 200 free, 50 back, 200 breast, 100 fly, 400 IM and 800 free relay

Sunday: 100 back, 50 fly, 100 breast, 50 free, 200 IM, 1500 free, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay

Warm-up for Prelims: 7:00 a.m. every day

Prelims: 8:30 a.m. every day

Warm up for Finals: 4:00 p.m. every day

Finals: 5:30 p.m. every day

If You Go

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex

               12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

               Coral Springs, FL 33065

Admissions: $3.00

Heat Sheets: $3.00

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LIVE RESULTS

Summer Sectionals Wrap Up; Evdokimov Takes Silver in the 100 Breast; Schimansky Top Finalist for the Girls

 Published: Monday, 13 July 2015 22:01

Overcoming the heat and the fast rhythm of a three-day high level championship meet, the CSSC contingent turned out 11 best times this past weekend. Five girls and six guys traveled to Orlando to participate at the Southern Zone Summer Sectionals that took place at the YMCA Aquatic Center.

Swimming in a field that included the likes of Elizabeth Beisel, Natalie Hinds, Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir and Caeleb Dressel, six of the eleven swimmers from Coral Springs made finals. “We had mixed results,” said Coach Bruno Darzi. “Most of the swimmers were swimming through this meet, since their training is geared toward upcoming championships,” he added. “I’m really happy with them swimming times that are slightly off their bests at this point.”

Alex Evdokimov (19) made A-Finals in all three of the breaststroke events, took silver in the 100 with 1:03.66 and swam two best times in the 50-meter distance (29.49 and 29.60). He also swam a best time in the 50 free (24.25). He finished fourth in the 50 breast (29.60) and fifth in the 200 breast (2:20.81) scoring a total of 46 points for CSSC. Evdokimov is scheduled to compete at the 2015 Speedo Junior National Championships from July 30 to August 3.

Catharine Cooper (15), Megan Schimansky (15) and Jose Pascual (17) are currently training for the 2015 Futures Championships that will take place at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana, from July 30 to August 2. All three swimmers made finals at Sectionals this past weekend.

Schimansky was the top finalist for the girls, making finals in all three of the backstroke events. She finished fourth in C-Finals in the 50 back with 31.78 (just 0.09 off her best). In the 100 back, she finished fifth in D-Finals with 1:07.89. To wrap the weekend, Schimansky took first place in D-Finals with a time of 2:25.15. Schimansky also swam the 400 IM (5:23.51).

Cooper, who just returned from a successful 2-silver-medal performance at the 2015 CCCAN, made finals in the 50-meter freestyle. She finished second in C-Finals with a time of 27.11 (just 0.20 off her best).

Pascual, a breaststroker and IM specialist, swam the 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast and the 200 IM, making D-Finals in the 200 breast. He finished fifth with a time of 2:32.15.

College-bound Stephanie Campo, Lindsey Sauer, Rebecca Wilkerson and Bryce Pierce are working hard through their last summer before going off to their new adventure. “I’m enjoying working with them as they prepare to compete at the collegiate level,” said Darzi.

Wilkerson made finals in the 50-meter breast, finishing seventh in D-Finals with a time of 37.50. Pierce swam two best times, one in the 200 free (2:00.23, AAA) and the other in the 400 free (4:18.02, AAA). He made finals in the 50 fly and finished seventh in C-Finals with a time of 26.78 (just 0.30 off his best). Campo, who last April swam best times and finaled at the XXV South American Junior Swimming Champs, swam the 200 and 400 free with 2:11.34 and 4:39.10. Sauer swam four events (100 and 200 free, 50 and 100 fly) at Sectionals and is preparing to swim next weekend at Senior Champs. Her best race was in the 50-meter fly (31.62).

Nico Ferrara (15) swam four best times over the weekend. It was a productive meet for him. In the 50 and 200 free he swam 25.23 (AAA) and 2:09.05 (AA), respectively. In the 50 and 100 fly he swam 28.19 and 1:03.02 (AA).

Sebastian Vargas (16), who was selected to represent the Local Swimming Committee (FGC) and is currently training for the upcoming Age Group Southern Zones Champs that will take place at the Tupelo Aquatic Center in Tupelo, Mississippi from August 4 to 8, swam a total of six events at Sectionals. His best race was the 200 fly (2:14.99, AAA).

Henrique Yamamoto (17) swam a total of five events this weekend and took home a best time in the 50 breast with 34.67.

The ladies from Scarlet Aquatics took the title with 553 points, while the powerful men from the Gator Swim Club dominated with a total of 591 points. However, the combined score gave the win to Bolles School Sharks 992 points. The individual high-point award winners were Megan Moroney of Saint Andrews Swimming with 83 points, and Caeleb Dressel of Bolles School Sharks with 109.

CSSC Wraps Up Long Course Area 2s with Strong Finish; Acacia Jones and Riley McCormick Double Gold Winners

 Published: Sunday, 12 July 2015 19:30

Sunday was full of medals for the Coral Springs Swim Club (CSCS). The team went home with a total of 35 of them (16 gold, 12 silver and 7 bronze). Individual and relay winners contributed to the tally, reaping new JO and Senior Champs cuts.

10-and-Unders

The younger ones won 12 medals for the team (5 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze).

Riley McCormick (10) won the title in the 100-meter freestyle with a best of 1:21.76, being the only girl in her age group to get her JO cut in this event. McCormick also won gold in the 50-meter back with a best of 44.24 (JO). To close her day, McCormick took bronze in the 50 breast with 49.04 (JO). It was a very productive day for her.

In the 50 breast, Payton Ward (10) took silver with a best of 48.83, making the JO cut; she also finished fourth in the 100 fly with 1:43.59 and seventh in the 50 back with 46.05 (best).

Elisabeth Olson (10) finished sixth in the 100 free with 1:26.24.

Camryn Meyer (8), an up-and-coming young swimmer, dropped almost 4 seconds in the 100 free to finish with a 1:31.46.

The boys were on fire. Sebastian Savino (9) swam his first-ever JO cut in the 100-meter freestyle and took gold in a fast showdown against teammate Alejandro Alvarez, who also got his JO cut and finished second. Savino finished with a time of 1:22.14 dropping 10.04 seconds, and Alvarez finished with 1:22.27, clocking a 3.56-second drop.

To keep it exciting, Alvarez and Savino reversed roles in the 50-meter backstroke. Alvarez took gold with 43.25 (JO) and Savino silver with 43.72 (JO).

Alvarez wrapped up the meet with another JO and a silver medal in the 50-meter breast with a time of 50.52 (-3.53).

Tyler Armbruster took bronze in the 100 fly with 1:56.45. He also finished sixth in the 50 back with 48.09.

Coaches Jessica Nugent-Long and Bar Bogoslavsky of the CSSC Mullins Park Program, highlighted the performances of Selina Guan, Rhania Suarez, Lily McGee, Dhara Ayapati, Hailey Wells, Roni Lubarsky, Randall Rassi, Paul Pokatragool, Jack Rummel, Grant Aran and Ryan Brander. "They all did amazing. It was a great way to wrap a great meet with awesome times," said Bogoslavsky.

Relays

The CSSC Girls 7-10 team took bronze in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 3:02.45. First went to SwimFast with 2:56.43 and second to Sunrise Swimming with 3:01.55.

The boys 7-10 team, formed by Sebastian Savino, Paul Pokatragool, Alejandro Alvarez and Tyler Armbruster took the title in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 3:01.21. They had a nine-second lead over the second place (Sunrise Swimming).

11-12

Swimmers from Gold, White and Blue groups earned a total of 8 medals (3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze).

Sarah Schimansky took gold in the 200-meter breaststroke with 3:26.78, dropping 12 seconds from her previous best. She raced against Amanda Walker of Pompano Piranhas who finished second with 3:27.61.

In a close race against Sunrise’s Lalainie Bannister (12), Briana Dattile (11) took silver with 42.66 (best, JO). She also finished fourth in the 100 free with 1:15.56 (best).

Kelly Pinilla (11) finished sixth in the 50 back with 42.81.

Cara Virgin (12) finished eighth in the 100 fly with 1:37.54.

Jack Rummel (12) won gold in the 50 back with 38.42 (best, JO) and bronze in the 100 free with 1:11.84 (best, JO).

CSSC boys were strong in the 50 back. Besides Rummel taking the title, Grant Aran (12) took bronze with a best of 39.81 (JO), Jason Bonasera (12) finished sixth with 42.48 (best) and William Olson finished seventh with 42.67 (best).

Wilson Ward (11) won gold in the 50 breast with a time of 41.88 (best, JO) and teammate Ryan Brander (11) finished eighth with 47.15 (best).

Pete Pokatragool (11) finished fourth in the 50 back with 41.55 (best).

Favio Savino (12) finished fifth in the 100 free with 1:13.39 (best).

Relays

The CSSC Girls 11-12 team (Kelly Pinilla, Briana Dattile, Amber Candido and Ashley Nagy) won silver in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 2:41.76, conceding the gold to Sunrise Swimming who finished in 2:38.71.

The boys team (pictured above: Jason Bonasera, Fabio Savino, Jack Rummer and Wilson Ward) also took silver in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:36.11. First place went to Barracudas with 2:29.46.

13-14

The top age-groupers added a total of 11 medals to the count (7 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze).

Acacia Jones (14) and Lydia Szakacs (13) dominated the 200-meter breaststroke sweeping the top two places with times of 3:02.66 and 3:06.28, respectively. It was a great race in which both Jones and Szakacs scored significant drops (26.32 and 6.17 seconds, in that order). They destroyed the JO cut (3:10.79) by as much as 8 seconds. Jones also won gold in the 50 breast with 39.24 (JO). Jones won four gold medals this weekend, three in the 50, 100 and 200 breast and one as the breaststroke leg of the Girls 13-14 200 medley relay.

Julie Mason (14) and Connor Marks (13) took gold in their respective 200-meter backstroke races with bests of 2:46.12 (-6.94) and 2:36.00 (-2.91, JO). Marks accomplished in this meet what he came to do. He swam seven best times and six JOs.

Mason also destroyed the JO in the 50-meter backstroke taking bronze with 36.92 (best). Teammate Acacia Jones finished seventh in the 50 back with 38.24 (JO).

Lauren Noyola (14) took gold in the 100 free with 1:05.20 (JO, best).

The 50 breast was a tight race between the second and the eighth place. Ellie Mitova (13) finished sixth with 43.02 (best, JO), and Olivia Reposa (13) finished eighth with 43.71 (best).

Sam McCormick (13) took gold in the 50 breast with 37.71 (best, JO). He also finished sixth in the 100 free with 1:05.81.

David Blanco (14) took silver in the 100 free with 1:04.87 (JO, best). He also finished sixth in the 50 back with 38.06 (best).

In the 200 back, Andres McKeon (14) and Greg Trimble (13) finished fourth and fifth with times of 2:38.58 and 2:50.32, in that order.

Patrick Franzino (13) finished fifth in the 100 fly with a time of 1:17.51 (best) and seventh in the 50 breast with 41.19 (best).

Relays

The CSSC Girls 13-14 team (Julie Mason, Acacia Jones, Lauren Noyola and Olivia Reposa) won gold in the 200-meter medley relay with 2:20.85.

The boys team (Connor Marks, Sam McCormick, David Blanco and Greg Trimble) won silver with a time of 2:17.00. First place went to Barracudas with 2:12.98.

15-18

The senior group swimmers earned a total of 4 medals (1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze).

Emily Puia (15) took gold in the 200-meter back with a time of 2:54.81 (best). She also took silver in the 50 back with 37.09 (best).

Luisa Suzuki (16) went home with two Senior Champ cuts on Sunday. She won silver in the 50 breast with 40.43 (best), and she also finished fourth in the 100 free with 1:06.96 (best).

Carly Brewington (15) finished fourth in the 50 breast with 42.39.

Dennis Hopkins took bronze in the 50 breast with 36.96. Hopkins finished fifth in the 200 breast with 3:11.18.

The next stop for swimmers in South Florida is at the LCM Senior Champs (15-and-over) that will take place at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex from July 17-19; and the LCM Junior Olympics (14-and-under) that will be hosted by Plantation Swim Team from July 24-26.

FULL RESULTS OF AREA 2s HERE

Second Day of Competition at Area 2s; CSSC Takes 22 Medals

 Published: Saturday, 11 July 2015 22:03

It was a very hot Saturday in Sunrise. In the morning, temperatures ranged from 88° to 91° F, but swimmers made the best of it. CSSC harvested a total of 22 medals (8 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze) on the second day of the LCM Area 2 Championship.

10-and-Under

Alejandro Alvarez (10) snatched two gold medals. One was in the 50-meter free (35.44, JO, -2.74) and the other in the 100-meter back (1:39.95). Alvarez also took sixth place in the 100-meter breaststroke with 1:58.33, clocking a huge drop of 10.15 seconds. He is slated to swim the 100 free, 50 back and 50 breast on Sunday.

Payton Ward (10) took silver in the 50 fly with 42.80 and Kaitlyn Armbruster also won silver in the 100 breast with 1:49.73 (best)

Riley McCormick (10) and Tyler Armbruster (9) each took bronze in their 50 free with 37.72 (best) and 37.44 (JO), respectively. McCormick also finished fifth in the 100 back with 1:37.35 (best). Mr. Armbruster also finished fourth in the 50 fly with a best of 48.29 and seventh in the 100 breast with 2:02.31 (best).

Elisabeth Olson (10) had a seventh place finish in the 50 free with a time of 38.72 (best).

Coach Bar Bogoslavsky of the Mullins Park Program was excited with the overall results. “At prelims we had some great swims,” she said. “From our program, we had four boys that made finals: Jack Rummel, Ryan Brander, Grant Aran, and Darion Louis-Jeune. Every swimmer did amazing and we are so proud of how they swam. Can’t wait to see how tomorrow goes,” she shared enthusiastically. In the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 age group categories, CSSC had 26 finalists swimming 40 races in the evening.

11-12

Briana Dattile (11) took gold in the 100-meter breaststroke with 1:33.05 (best, JO). Dattile swam back-to-back bests dropping a total of 4.86 seconds. She was on a roll also winning silver in the 50-meter freestyle with 34.20 (best, JO).

Sarah Schimansky (12) took bronze in the 100 breast with a time of 1:36.84 (best). Schimansky also swam back-to-back bests in this race, shedding a total of 5.23 seconds. In the 50 free, Schimansky finished eighth with a time of 36.62.

Kelly Pinilla (11) was the only girl finalist for CSSC in the 100-meter backstroke. She finished sixth with 1:31.54.

In prelims, Jack Rummel (12) from Gold group qualified second to finals in the 100-meter backstroke earning his first JO cut with a time of 1:24.22. Rummel dropped 7.57 seconds in this race. As it happens to all swimmers at some point, Rummel got disqualified in finals, making his morning swim all the more relevant. William Olson (12) also made finals in the 100 back and finished fourth with a time of 1:30.26.

Rummel was at it again in the 50-meter fly, he took silver with a time of 38.31. In this event, Grant Aran (12) finished fourth with 40.90 and William Olson finished seventh with 43.98.

Wilson Ward (11) took bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke with 1:37.38 and Ryan Brander (11) finished sixth with 1:40.72 (best, -5.23).

To wrap up a great day, Jack Rummel took gold in the 50-meter free with 33.06 (best, JO). Teammates Grant Aran and Darion Louis-Jeune finished fourth and seventh, respectively, with 35.07 and 35.53.

13-14

In the 100-meter breaststroke, Acacia Jones (14) took gold with 1:24.46 (best, JO) and Julie Mason took silver with 1:26.04 (best, JO). Both girls swam morning and afternoon bests.

Brooke Cordoba (13) took gold in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:48.01 and Lauren Noyola (14) stole gold in the 50-meter freestyle with 30.90 (best). Sofia Marquis of Plantation had to content herself with silver with a time of 30.99 in the 50 free and Brooke Cordoba tied for bronze in this race with Robyn Patton of Swim Ft. Lauderdale with a time of 31.09.

In the 100 back, Julie Mason took bronze with a best of 1:18.27 and Acacia Jones finished fifth with 1:19.01 (best).

In the 50-meter butterfly, Olivia Reposa and Lydia Szakacs finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with times of 34.95 (best, JO) and 35.46 (JO).

Andres McKeon (14) was the number one qualifier in the Boys 13-14 100-meter backstroke with a best of 1:12.57 (JO, -1.71). He scratched finals. Greg Trimble (13) took bronze in the 100 back with 1:18.95. Trimble swam back-to-back best times in this event. Patrick Franzino (13) finished fourth, on Trimble’s heels, with 1:19.87 (best).

Kyle Oliver (14) and Connor Marks (13) made prelims count and both swam their JO cuts in the 50-meter butterfly with times of 32.44 (-8.55) and 33.11 (-0.36), in that order. They qualified for finals third and seventh respectively, but both scratched having accomplished their goal in the morning. This move allowed teammate Patrick Franzino (13) to swim in finals, since he was first alternate. Franzino did not waste the opportunity and got his JO cut finishing sixth with a best of 33.03 (-1.98).

In the 100 breast, Sam McCormick and Patrick Franzino finished fourth and eighth, with 1:25.09 (best) and 1:29.19 (best), respectively.

David Blanco (14) took silver with 29.16 (best, JO) in a race against Sweeting Sweeting of Hammerhead Aquatics who took gold with 28.63.

Sam McCormick finished seventh in the 50 free with a time of 30.47 (best).

15-18

Emily Puia (15) took silver in the 100-meter backstroke with 1:20.44. Christine Bergamini of Pompano took gold with 1:17.00. Puia also finished fourth in the 50 fly with a time of 35.55 (best). Carly Brewington finished sixth in the 50 fly with 36.41 (best).

Luisa Suzuki took silver in the 100-meter breaststroke with 1:30.78 (best).

Kristin Sauer finished fourth in the 50 free with 31.71 and Carly Brewington finished fifth in that race with 32.92.

Dennis Hopkins (17) finished sixth in the 100 breast with 1:26.78 and seventh in the 50 free with 30.24.

Relays

The CSSC Girls 13-14 team won silver in the 200-meter freestyle relay with 2:08.58, conceding the gold to the Barracudas who finished in 2:04.95.

The CSSC Girls 7-10 and 11-12 teams for the 200-meter free relay won bronze in their respective races with 2:44.23 and 2:28.41. The first and second places in 7-10 category went to SwimFast with 2:33.04 and Sunrise Swimming with 2:34.77. In the 11-12 age group, first and second went to Sunrise Swimming with 2:19.71 and Barracudas with 2:22.88, respectively. To the right: Girls 11-12 Relay Team (Left to Right: Kelly Pinilla, Ashley Nagy, Briana Dattile and Amber Candido).

The CSSC Boys 13-14 team won gold in the 200 free relay with 2:04.34 and the Boys 11-12 team won bronze in their respective 200 free relay with 2:21.85. First place went to Sunrise Swimming with 2:07.49 and second to SwimFtL with 2:18.64.

If You Go

Where:City of Sunrise Civic Center Pool

             10610 West Oakland Park Blvd,

             Sunrise, FL 33351

When: July 10-12

  • Friday Warm-up: 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday Meet starts: 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Prelims Warm up: 7:00 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Prelims start: 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Finals Warm up: 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Finals Start: 5:00 p.m.

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Connor Marks Shines on First Day of FGC Area 2 LCM Championship; Schimansky takes Gold in 200 IM

 Published: Saturday, 11 July 2015 10:48

Connor Marks (13) opened his weekend with a bang. His plans were to achieve JOs in the new category (13-14) and that’s what he did. In the Friday session of the Area 2 Champs in Sunrise, Marks blew the JOs out of the water in the 200 and 400-meter freestyle. In the 200 free, he took silver with a time of 2:18.44 dropping an impressive 5 seconds flat. “I'm proud of Connor for performing so well. It's a nice drop considering he improved his time at the Michael Lohberg Invite just two weeks ago,” said Coach Bruno Darzi late on Friday. To close the evening, Marks was on fire in the 400-meter free. He dropped 7.24 seconds and finished in third place with a time of 4:57.05, beating the JO by 5.64 seconds. His splits were: 1:13.39, 1:16.24, 1:15.33 and 1:12.09. A great start of the weekend for Connor Marks.

Sarah Schimansky (12) acknowledged no competition in the 200 IM. She took gold with a time of 3:06.04 (best) out-swimming her closest competitor, Haidy Aleman of Plantation Swimming, by 6:46 seconds.

Tyler Armbruster (9), Greg Trimble (13) and Lauren Noyola (14) were top finishers as well. Armbruster took silver in the Boys 10-and-Under 200 free with 2:58.57 (JO) in a great swim where he shed 15.58 seconds from his previous best. Greg Trimble took silver in the 400-meter IM with 6:08.68. Noyola took bronze in the Girls 13-14 400 free with 5:00.42 (JO), clocking the biggest drop for CSSC on Friday: 45.62 seconds.

385 swimmers from 13 different teams were entered into Area 2s this summer. With a total of 27 best times to wrap the first day, CSSC swimmers will race on Saturday and Sunday for more gold, JO and Senior Champs cuts.

Other Top Finishers

200-meter freestyle

  • Payton Ward (10) finished 5th with 3:11.25 (best)
  • Willow Holmes (10) finished 7th with 3:13.85 (best)
  • Amber Candido (11) finished 4th with 2:46.39 (best)
  • Julie Mason (14) finished 7th with 2:28.89 (best)
  • Emily Puia (15) finished 5th with 2:29.92
  • Luisa Suzuki (16) finished 6th with 2:33.92
  • Sebastian Savino (9) finished 5th with 3:04.71 (best)
  • Jason Bonasera (12) finished 7th with 2:47.91 (best)
  • Fabio Savino (12) finished 8th with 2:48.86
  • Greg Trimble (13) finished 6th with 2:26.82 (best)

200-meter IM

  • Elisabeth Olson (10) finished 4th with 3:37.55 (best)
  • Olivia Reposa (13) finished 8th with 2:57.91 (best)
  • Patrick Franzino (13) finished 5th with 2:46.81 (best)
  • Sam McCormick (13) finished 6th with 2:47.62 (best)
  • Luisa Suzuki finished 5th with 2:56.43 (best)
  • Emily Puia finished 6th with 3:01.32 (best)

400-meter freestyle

  • Julie Mason finished 5th with 5:14.32 (best)
  • Lydia Szakacs (13) finished 6th with 5:14.41 (best)
  • Greg Trimble finished 5th with 5:07.39 (best)

If You Go

Where:City of Sunrise Civic Center Pool

             10610 West Oakland Park Blvd,

             Sunrise, FL 33351

When: July 10-12

  • Friday Warm-up: 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday Meet starts: 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Prelims Warm up: 7:00 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Prelims start: 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Finals Warm up: 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Finals Start: 5:00 p.m.

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Arlene Semeco to Swim at her Fourth Pan American Games

 Published: Friday, 10 July 2015 14:45

The bright and cheerful 31-year-old swimmer from Venezuela is at a great place in life: that place defined by self-sufficiency, independence and personal power to steer own life. The three-time Olympian will travel today to Toronto to meet the rest of the Venezuelan delegation for the opening of the XVII Pan American Games. This will be the fourth time that Semeco, a freestyle sprinter, represents her country at Pan Ams. These inter-American games are held every four years, always the year before the Summer Olympics. At 19, Semeco first qualified to the 2003 games that were hosted by the Dominican Republic. At the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Semeco was the champion in both the 50 and 100-meter freestyle; and in 2011, she won bronze in the 100 free. Twelve years after her first Pan Am experience, Semeco is slated to race this year in the 50-meter free and in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

“At this point in my life and swimming career, I’m enjoying the sense of doing what I do because I choose to do it. My training and preparation today is different to what it was when I was younger, and so it’s my approach,” she said before leaving to Toronto. “I’m strong and ready. As I prepared for competition day after day the last few years, I recognize that my body needs more time to recover from practices and therefore my training strategy has evolved to accommodate those needs,” she added. Semeco’s training no longer involves double practices and it is focused on a combination of high intensity and relative low yardage. “Besides my work in the water, I add other elements to my training that help break the monotony and help me enjoy different physical dimensions. After all,” she quipped with a giggle, “I have been doing this for more than 20 years.” Semeco complements with Yoga, Pilates and lots of time in the weight room. “I’m in constant communication with my coach and I enjoy practices, but I’m loving that I’m very much an active participant in the decisions we make with regards to my preparation.”

Semeco, who has been a club swimmer for the Coral Springs Swim Club since early 2007, was coached by legendary 6-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg, who passed away in 2011 after battling a rare blood disorder. In 2013, at a pool dedication to honor Lohberg’s legacy, Semeco spoke about the great influence that Lohberg had in her as a person and as a swimmer. "[He] changed me and made me the best swimmer I could ever be,” she said then. Coached by CSSC Head Coach Bruno Darzi since Lohberg’s passing, Semeco describes that Darzi’s ability to listen and understand her changing needs has been key to her continued success. “I have to listen carefully to my body and Bruno listens with me. It has made all the difference. No longer can we guide ourselves only by standard training approaches. We find ourselves tweaking and fine-tuning week after week. His flexibility and understanding have helped me find new ways to do things and the motivation to push hard when it gets difficult,” said Semeco. “There have been moments in which I’ve wondered ‘Am I still able to do this?’ and those are the times in which the support of my coach and those around me, make me strong.”

Innovative water and dryland training are just part of the equation. Semeco, a registered dietician, a certified sports nutritionist and, among other things, a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, knows the importance that the right foods and hydration have in performance. “A great deal of my focus goes into the fuel I use to power my body,” she shared. “My diet, besides consisting of healthy and nutrition-packed foods, also includes key supplements. With the level of training I do and to meet the recovery demands of my body, keeping those vitamins in check is very important. Good food alone is not enough.”

A veteran swimmer in the international arena, Semeco looks forward to this Pan Am adventure. “I am psyched about what I’m doing. I’m enjoying this stage fully with the freedom of doing it because I want to. I don’t need to prove anything to myself or anybody anymore.”

Arlene Semeco is one of 6,000 athletes from 41 countries from the Americas that will compete in Toronto this month. Athletes will compete in 48 sports disciplines. 45,000 attendees are expected today at the Pan Am Dome (formerly known as the Rogers Centre) in downtown Toronto; and millions of viewers will tune into TV and online broadcasts of the opening ceremony. The show will include a performance by Cirque du Soleil that will represent all 48 disciplines. This massive show will involve 625 performers. Earlier today, the pinecone shaped cauldron was unveiled at the heart of the Pan Am Dome. This cauldron will be lit at the end of the ceremony to signify the official start of the games.

Swimming has been a part of all sixteen editions of the Pan American Games. The United States and Venezuela have competed at every Pan Am Games since the inaugural edition at Buenos Aires, 1951. The U.S. leads the continent in medals through the years with an amazing 4,172 total number of medals won so far. Venezuela is ranked seventh with a total of 524 medals.

Semeco and 20 other Venezuelan swimmers will race against a very fast field from July 14 to 18. The Women 50-meter freestyle will take place on July 17. After participating at Pan Ams next week, Arlene Semeco will return briefly to Florida before taking off to the FINA World Championship in Kazan, Russia.

In Toronto, the US team will feature the performance of iconic figures such as Natalie Coughlin in the 50 and 100 free, Allison Schmitt in the 200 free and Cullen Jones in the 50 free. From Florida, Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks Swim Team will swim the 100 and 200 back.

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LCM Area 2 Champs Opens in Sunrise This Weekend; Alvarez, Marks and Puia Lead the Way

 Published: Thursday, 09 July 2015 19:35

From July 10 to 12 Sunrise Swimming will host the 2015 Florida Gold Coast Long Course Area 2 Championships, or as it’s known for most, Area 2s. The meet will take place at the City of Sunrise Civic Center. For some swimmers, Area 2s is a final chance to get JO and Senior Champs cuts before the respective championship of the season; for others it is their first championship meet where they have the opportunity to swim in finals if qualified in prelim races. The top eight times from the morning session (prelims) will swim at night for gold, silver and bronze. Coral Springs Swim Club (CSSC) is taking a total of 78 athletes to Area 2s this year, and they look strong going into the meet with a total of 25 first-place seeds, 23 second-place seeds and 19 third-place seeds (including relays). 28 of the 78 swimmers are from the Mullins Park Program coached by Jessica Nugent-Long and Bar Bogoslavsky. “Our expectations are that our swimmers will improve their stamina through the long course 50s,” shared Nugent-Long. “I am excited to see them able to increase their performance as a whole in long course racing, this being the last long course meet for our group.” Beginner swimmers ages 6 to 9 swim in the Red and Green groups at Mullins Park, and ages 10-12 swim in the Gold group. These three groups are the foundation to the age-group swimming program at CSSC. “I hope the kids have gathered some much needed experience and skills from this long course season and training, and that they will be able to implement it in their swims this weekend,” said Nugent-Long confidently.

The boys are well represented in this meet. Connor Marks, recently turned 13, is seeded first in the 50 and 200-meter backstroke with times of 34.89 and 2:38.91. He is also seeded second in four events: the 50 fly, 50 free, 100 free and 400 free with times of 33.47, 29.85, 1:05.65 and 5:04.29. “This weekend I want to get JOs in these events,” said Marks, “I’m very close to all of them.” A talented young swimmer, Marks took a break after a great 10-and-under experience. “I decided to come back to swimming because I missed it, and I feel I came back faster,” he shared. Marks felt the comeback was hard at the beginning, however, thanks to the support and motivation provided by his teammates, he soon felt really good during training. “Then I started feeling better and better and started to drop time. That was exciting and gave me all the motivation I needed to work even harder.” Last short course season, Connor Marks closed his 11-12 era with a bang, making the 2015 FGC All-Star team. Last April, Marks started training with CSSC’s National Team, the top training group at the club. “I’m in a new group, I’m swimming more yardage and I’m enjoying swimming very much,” he added. As Marks moves through the new category (13-14) he plans to pursue Senior Champs cuts and Sectional cuts in order to qualify for higher and faster meets.

Alejandro Alvarez (10), from Coach Irina James’s White group, promises a good performance at Area 2s. He is seeded first in the 50 free and the 50 back (38.18 and 45.95), second in the 100 free (1:25.83) and third in the 200 free and 100 back (3:12.80 and 1:39.03). “July is an exciting time for both White and Blue with Area 2s and JOs,” said Coach James. “I expect to see swimmers support each other, show their team spirit and have fun racing!” There are 8 White and Blue swimmers that will swim in both Area 2s and JOs. 16 of them are slated to participate in Area 2s chasing an opportunity to swim at JOs and 9 of James’ swimmers are scheduled to swim only at JOs this summer. 

For the older swimmers, Emily Puia (15) is seeded first in the 100 and 200 backstroke with 1:22.31 and 2:58.90. She is also seeded second in the 50 back with 38.29 and third in the 200 free with 2:28.47.

Other Top Seeds for the Weekend

In first place…

  • Briana Dattile (11) in the 100 breast with 1:37.91
  • Sarah Schimansky (12) in the 200 IM with 3:06.12
  • Brooke Cordoba (13) in the 200 fly with 2:47.40
  • Lydia Szakacs (13) in the 200 breast with 3:12.45
  • Julie Mason (14) in the 100 breast with 1:28.76
  • Lauren Noyola (14) in the 100 free with 1:07.10
  • Luisa Suzuki (16) in the 50 breast with 41.52
  • Tyler Armbruster (9) in the 100 fly with 1:55.27
  • Forest Bai (10) in the 50 fly with 44.87.
  • Wilson Ward (11) in 50 breast with 44.62
  • Sam McCormick (13) in 50 breast with 38.72
  • Andres McKeon (14) in the 100 back with 1:14.28
  • Dennis Hopkins (17) in the 50 breast with 37.04

In second place…

  • Payton Ward (10) in the 50 fly with 43.08.
  • Sarah Schimansky (12) in the 200 breast with 3:38.78.
  • Ellie Mitova (13) in the 50 breast with 42.98.
  • Kristin Sauer (16) in the 200 IM (2:50.78), in the 50 free (31.71) and in the 100 fly (1:18.92).
  • Luisa Suzuki (16) in the 100 free with 1:07.58.
  • Sebastian Savino (9) in the 50 back with 46.13.
  • Fabio Savino (12) in the 100 free with 1:15.56 and in the 200 back with 3:11.26.
  • Jack Rummel (12) in the 50 free and in the 50 back with 34.12 and 41.08, respectively.
  • Greg Trimble (13) in the 400 IM with 6:04.39.
  • Andres McKeon (14) in the 200 back with 2:39.74.

In third place…

  • Elisabeth Olson (10) in the 200 IM with 3:44.01.
  • Payton Ward (10) in the 100 fly with 1:43.33.
  • Riley McCormick (10) in the 100 free and 50 breast with 1:24.26 and 49.90, respectively.
  • Sarah Schimansky (12) in the 50 free with 34.83.
  • Acacia Jones (14) in the 100 back with 1:20.18 and in the 50 breast with 43.57.
  • Lauren Noyola (14) in the 50 free with 31.24.
  • Carly Brewington (15) in the 50 breast with 42.45.
  • Luisa Suzuki (16) in the 100 breast with 1:31.39.
  • Tyler Armbruster (9) in the 50 free with 39.09.
  • Wilson Ward (11) in the 100 breast with 1:39.36.
  • Andres McKeon (14) in the 100 breast with 1:25.87 and in the 100 fly with 1:16.10.

Relays

Seeded first…

  • Girls 7-10 200-meter Medley Relay
  • Boys 7-10 200-meter Medley Relay
  • Girls 13-14 200-meter Medley Relay
  • Boys 13-14 200-meter Medley Relay
  • Girls 11-12 200-meter Freestyle relay
  • Girls 13-14 200-meter Freestyle relay

Seeded second…

  • Girls 11-12 200-meter Medley Relay
  • Boys11-12 200-meter Medley Relay
  • Boys 13-14 200-meter Freestyle relay

Seeded third…

  • Boys 11-12 200-meter Freestyle relay

Florida Gold Coast (FGC), the local USA Swimming governing body in the region, is organized into three different geographical areas. Area 1 corresponds to West Palm Beach County, Area 2 to Broward County and Area 3 to Miami-Dade. Each area will host their final long course season developmental championship this weekend. Area 1 Champs will take place at the Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center and Area 3 Champs will be swam at the Academic Village Swimming Pool in Pembroke Pines. All swimmers that achieve JO and/or Senior cuts this weekend will qualify to swim at the upcoming LCM Junior Olympic Championship (July 24-25, Plantation) and LCM Senior Champs (July 17-19, Coral Springs).

For Area 2s informational website click HERE.

If You Go

Where:City of Sunrise Civic Center Pool

             10610 West Oakland Park Blvd,

             Sunrise, FL 33351

When: July 10-12

  • Friday Warm-up: 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday Meet starts: 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Prelims Warm up: 7:00 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Prelims start: 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Finals Warm up: 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday Finals Start: 5:00 p.m.

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CSSC Swimmers On their Way to Summer Sectionals in Orlando

 Published: Wednesday, 08 July 2015 22:43

Every year, the Speedo Sectionals Championship Series gather top swimming talent from across the United States.  The series has 21 stops scheduled for 2015, four in the Eastern zone, five in the Western Zone and six in each the Central and Southern Zones.  The state of Florida is part of the Southern Zone. The last two stops of the series for the Southern Zone will be at Orlando, FL and Athens, GA this week (July 9-12). In Orlando the meet will be hosted by YMCA Central Florida at the YMCA Aquatic Center, and in Athens it will be hosted at the Gabrielsen Natatorium. A select group of 11 fast swimmers from the Coral Springs Swim Club are on their way to compete at the Orlando meet.

The girls are Stephanie Campo (17), Catharine Cooper (15), Lindsey Sauer (18), Megan Schimansky (15) and Rebecca Wilkerson (18). The boys are Alex Evdokimov (19), Nico Ferrara (15), Jose Pascual (17), Bryce Pierce (18), Sebastian Vargas (16) and Henrique Yamamoto (17). Overall, the CSSC contingent will participate in 53 races. “Some of these swimmers have been training specifically for this meet, others are swimming through it. We’ve had a very productive season so far,” said Head Coach Bruno Darzi, who will travel with the swimmers to Orlando this weekend. “It’s exciting to accompany in this trip the graduating swimmers that will be moving onto their collegiate career in the fall,” added Darzi.

Catharine Cooper, who just won two silver medals (50 and 100 free) at the 2015 CCCAN in Barbados, leads the ladies with top seeds. Just 15 years old, Cooper is seeded 12th out of 128 (top 9%) in the 50-meter free with 26.91. In the 100 free, she is seeded 29th in a field of 149 fast swimmers (top 20%). At this meet, Cooper sports the second fastest time for a 15-year old in both races, only out shined by Abigail Burke of Highlander Aquatics (26.78 in 50 free and 57.88 in 100 free).

Megan Schimansky, a backstroke specialist, is going into competition seeded 17th in the 50-meter backstroke with 31.69. She is also seeded 41st out 145 (top 28%) in the 100 back with 1:07.21; and 37th out of 114 (top 32%) with 2:24.39.

University of Massachusetts-bound Stephanie Campo will be swimming her signature events: 200, 400 and 800-meter free (2:11.28, 4:34.68 and 9:26.74). Campo was a finalist in these events at the 2015 South American Junior Swimming Championship that took place in Lima, Peru last April.

Rebecca Wilkerson, who will start swimming at California University of Pennsylvania in the fall, will swim four events and her best seed is in the 50-meter breast where she is 22nd with a time of 36.82.

Lindsey Sauer will swim four events and her best seed is in the 50-meter butterfly with 30.90. She is seeded 39th. Sauer is moving to Kentucky at the end of August to swim for Asbury University.

Alex Evdokimov, who last season won the title in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke for Cornell University at the NCAA Ivy League Conference Championship, is seeded 2nd and 3rd in those races, respectively, with times of 1:03.43 and 2:17.70. Evdokimov is also seeded 6th in the 50 breast with 30.02. In the 100 breast, Evdokimov will challenge Jared Pike of Club Seminole who is seeded first with 1:02.41. In the 200 breast, the CSSC star will race against Dan Wallace and Nicholas D'Innocenzo of Gator Swim Club, first and second seeds with 2:15.94 and 2:17.22, in that order.

Bryce Pierce is slated to race in six events. He is best seeded in the 50-meter butterfly, where he is going 22nd with 26.48. In the fall, Pierce will swim for the University of the Cumberlands’ Patriots.

Jose Pascual’s best seed is in the 50 breast with 32.40. He will swim 5 events this weekend including the 100 and 200 breast and 200 and 400 IM.

Sebastian Vargas, Nico Ferrara and Henrique Yamamoto will swim seven, five and five events each. Vargas’s top seed is in the 100 fly with a time of 59.86. Ferrara’s best ranking is in the 50 fly with 28.24 and Yamamoto’s best seeding is in the 50 breast with 28.48Y.

It should be an exciting weekend. Two-time Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel is seeded first in six events (200, 400 and 800 free, 200 back, 200 fly and 400 IM). She is going second in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 back.

If You Go

Where: YMCA Aquatic Center

             8422 International Drive Orlando, FL

When: Thursday July 9 to Sunday July 12

Prelims warm-up: 6:30am

Prelims start: 9:00am

Finals warm-up: 3:30pm

Finals start: 5:00pm

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Perfect Potluck for Senior Champs

 Published: Friday, 03 July 2015 10:13

The hospitality ladies have set up a perfect potluck for CSSC families to donate baked goods and breakfast casseroles for Senior Champs. The CSSC Hospitality Team appreciates your donations!

Please note that we will give 2 community service hours for each homemade baked good, up to 4 hours per day.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS WEDNESDAY JULY 15, 2015.

Thank you for supporting our athletes and volunteers!

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Jones at 954-614-9346 or Liz Suarez at 954-709-0733

International Meets Recap; Cooper and Virgin Bring Home 3 Medals Each

 Published: Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:54

2015 CCCAN, Barbados

Catharine Cooper (15) had a stellar performance at the XXIX Central American and Caribbean Championship (CCCAN) that took place in Barbados last week from June 23 to the 27. An international swimmer for Panama since age 13, Cooper won two silvers for her country in her signature events, the 50 and 100-meter freestyle with times of 26.89 and 59.35. She also led the first ever Mixed 200-meter Freestyle Relay for Panama taking bronze with 1:45.85. “The relay was a fun experience,” said Cooper. “It’s the first time I participate in a mixed relay, other than in practice, and it really brought great excitement to our group. I was the starter and when I was at the blocks I realized I would race against only guys. It was quite funny. I was followed by Franco Reyes and Maria Fernanda Far. Andres Lares wrapped it up. I enjoyed this relay very much. I wish I can do more mixed relays in the future.”

Cooper had specific goals for the 50 and 100 free. She was going for gold. "In both races I gave everything I had," continued Cooper. "My preparation in these races was strong and I went into each knowing exactly what I would do and I did it. In the aftermath, I wouldn't change anything," she added.  "Amira [gold in 50 free] and Arianna [gold in 100 free] are great swimmers and it was great to be challenged by them. I swam best times in both events and secured my qualification for Singapore with an A time in the 50 free. In prelims in the 100 free I went out fast and was surprised that the girls racing with me were holding back a bit. I told myself: I can't pace with them. Not when they are going slow." Cooper qualified first for finals in the 100 free with 1:00.01. In finals her goal was to chase and give battle to Arianna Sanna of Dominican Republic. They went together stroke by stroke until the end. "I held my ground but I had nothing else left in me and she did," said Cooper smiling. "I’m happy with the results and I look forward to the rest of the summer.” Cooper made the A cut in the 50 free and the B cut in the 100 free for the 5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championship that will take place in Singapore, August 25-30. Cooper also swam the 200 free and finished tenth with 2:15.86.

Puerto Rico took the title at CCCAN this year with 878.33 points. Panama finished sixth with 394.50 points and also sixth in the medals count chart with a total of 31 medals (11 gold, 16 silver and 4 bronze), a considerable jump from the 2013 CCCAN, in which Panama finished in thirteen place with 22 medals (5 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze). This year, the top place in the medals count chart went to Trinidad and Tobago with 41 medals (26 gold, 13 silver and 2 bronze). Cooper competed in the Women’s 15-17 category, where Panama was the Age Group Champion with 130 points.

2015 SUM-SIM, Sweden

Hannah Virgin (14) earned three medals last week (June 24 - 28) at the 2015 Summer Swedish Youth Swimming Championship (SUM-SIM) that took place in Trollhättan. Representing Club SK Neptun of Stockholm and to open a successful meet, Virgin won a silver medal as part of the Girls 15-and-Under 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Virgin lead off the charge with a powerful split of 2:14.35. Her team finished with a time of 9:00.33. “I had a lot of fun with my Neptun teammates and the other friends I made last year at the Nordic Championship,” said Virgin.

In her two strongest events, the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke, Virgin won bronze medals with times of 1:15.97 and 2:44.25, respectively. “It was great to come back this year and place in three events at [this meet],” shared Virgin. “Last year, I only placed in one event.” She remarked that on the whole, her participation at the SUM-SIM was “Very exciting!” Virgin also swam the 200-meter free and the 100-meter butterfly where she finished 11th and 13th with times of 2:16.00 and 1:11.90. Two of Virgin’s best races at this championship were in the 200 IM, where she swam back-to-back bests (prelims and finals). In finals, she finished fourth with 2:30.39, just 0.03 off the third place finisher. An exciting race with a tie in the first place, so technically Virgin finished with the third best time of her age group.

Placing first on the medals chart was Club Järfälla Simsällskap with 22 medals (9 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze). SK Neptun was eleventh with a total of 12 medals (2 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze), three of which were earned by Hannah Virgin. The title went to Club Helsingborgs Simsällskap with 640 points. SK Neptun placed fourth with 339.

SUM-SIM is one of the largest and most prestigious competitions in Sweden open to girls and boys ages 13 to 17.

Hannah Virgin and Catharine Cooper at International Meets this Week

 Published: Tuesday, 23 June 2015 22:09

Hannah Virgin (14) and Catharine Cooper (15) from the National Group of the Coral Springs Swim Club are currently abroad and ready to compete at two top international championships. Virgin will swim at the 2015 Swedish Youth Championship (SUM-SIM) and Cooper will represent Panama at this year’s issue of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championship (CCCAN).

SUM-SIM will take place this June 24 to 28 at the Arena Älvhögsborg in Trollhättan. Traditionally, this championship is held twice a year. During the summer the races take place in long course and during the autumn/winter in short course (meters). SUM-SIM is one of the largest and most prestigious competitions in Sweden open to girls and boys ages 13 to 17. Virgin will swim representing SK Neptum, a club located in Stockholm and home to elite Swedish swimmers like three-time Olympic medalist Therese Alshammar.

A resident of Parkland, Virgin is slated to swim five events in four days starting this Thursday June 25 with the 200 individual medley, where she is seeded 16th with 2:31.15. Her top events are the 100 and 200 breaststroke which she will swim Friday and Saturday, respectively. In both races she is seeded sixth with times of 1:14.18 and 2:41.25. On Sunday, she’ll wrap it up with the 100 fly (1:09.76) and 200 free (2:13.38).

600 swimmers from all over Sweden will participate this year in the SUM-SIM.

2015 SUM-SIM Live Results Here

On an adventure of her own, Cathy Cooper is in Barbados with the rest of the National Panamanian team to participate in what would be her second CCCAN experience. This championship is hosted by the Barbados Aquatic Centre in Wildey from June 23 to 27.

Cooper first qualified to represent Panama in this international event in 2013. This year she’ll swim the 50, the 100 and the 200 free in the Girls 15-17 category. She’ll start tomorrow Wednesday June 24 with the 200 free where she is seeded tenth with 2:13.16. On Thursday, Cooper will swim the 50-meter free, the event where she strongest. She is seeded third with 27.52 and she’ll be challenging Amira Pilgrim from Trinidad and Tobago and Rebecca Maduro of Aruba who are seeded first (26.92) and second (27.14), in that order. The last day of the championship, Cooper, a rising sophomore at American Heritage School, will swim the 100 free where she holds the fifth fastest time (59.99).

Athletes from 28 countries will participate in the CCCAN this year. This championship also involves other aquatic sports such as Open Water Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Water Polo and Diving. The last two sports’ events will take place in Puerto Rico.

2015 CCCAN Live Results Here

T2 Aquatics Takes Title at 2015 Michael Lohberg International Invite; CSSC Gianni Savino Dominates in Breaststroke

 Published: Monday, 22 June 2015 16:31

After three days and 2,262 splashes, the 2015 Michael Lohberg International Invitational came to an end. “It was a great weekend, with no weather delays and great results for everyone,” said CSSC Head Coach Bruno Darzi late on Sunday. T2 Aquatics from Naples took the title, with a margin of more than 350 points over the second place, with a combined score of 697.5. In second place was East Coast Aquatic Club (ECAC) with 324 and in third Hialeah Swim Club with 297. CSSC placed fourth with 245 points. T2 Aquatics also won in both girls and boys categories. The T2 girls accounted for 362.5 points and the boys for 332.

CSSC closed the meet with a total of 169 best times and 31 medals (7 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze). Arlene Semeco (31) and Gianni Savino (14) were the top gold winners for the team this weekend, taking home two gold medals each.

Semeco, a three-time Olympian for Venezuela who is to swim at the upcoming PanAm Games in Toronto, took gold in her signature events, the 50 and 100-meter freestyle with times of 25.93 and 57.14, respectively.

Savino dominated the breaststroke field in his age group. In the 50, 100 and 200-meter distance, he fought for the gold with Aaron Rodriguez (Hialeah) and Andres Garcia (unattached). In the 100 and 200-meter breast, Savino conquered the competition with strong finishes, taking the gold with 1:15.30 (AA) and 2:41.02 (AAA). "It was hard work and all but in the end it felt pretty good," shared Savino. In the 50 he took silver with 35.31, conceding the gold to Rodriguez (34.54). On Sunday, in an exciting and narrow race against Rodriguez in the 100 breast, Savino out touched him with his 1:15.30. Rodriguez finished second with 1:15.41. Garcia finished third with 1:16.72. "This was my favorite race of the weekend," he added. "The 200 tends to feel a bit long, the 50 is short, but the 100 feels like the perfect distance." A productive weekend for Savino with 12 races, 9 bests, 2 golds and 1 silver. He also had solid swims in distance events, some of which he was swimming for the first time in long course: 400-meter free (4:47.70, AA), 400-meter IM (5:31.85, A) and 1500-meter free (19:53.02, A). It was a sight to see teammates Julie Mason, Bryce Pierce and Greg Trimble stay back to count and cheer for Savino as he completed his long swim. A rising eighth grader at Westglades Middle and science enthusiast, Savino scored a total of 28 points for CSSC. He plans to continue to improve his times to qualify for the next tier of meets.

Delaney Biro (13) was the top scorer for the club with 43 points. She swam 16 races, made finals in all events she swam and managed seven bests. She took home 4 medals, two of which she battled for on Sunday. She took gold in the 50-meter fly with 29.65 (best) against Eriana Temperino (ECAC) who finished second in 29.90 and Madison Cummings (ECAC) who followed in third place with 30.63. In the 50-meter free, Biro won silver with 28.44 (best). In this race, first place went Temperino with 27.94 and third to Tiareth Cijntje (Sithoc) with 28.68.

New Club Record!

To wrap a successful meet that yielded her 3 medals and 8 bests out of 16 races, Riley Botting (10) broke Taylor McKnight's 2003 club record (1:29.30) in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:28.12, dropping 2.56 seconds from her pre-meet time. In this event, Botting took the silver medal in a very exciting race against Michelle Fernandez of Hialeah Swim Club who took gold with 1:27.11.

Sunday Finals Results

In the 100-meter back, Gabby Beltrano (13), who swam 100% best times this weekend, took silver in her category with a time of 1:10.30 (AAA). Faith Fowler (11) and Megan Schimansky (15) both swam best times and finished fourth in their respective age groups with times of 1:16.62 and 1:07.21. Kaitlyn Armbruster (10), who had her finals debut at this meet, finished sixth with 1:32.17 (best, A). Emily Robertson finished eighth with 1:33.25. For the boys, recently turned-13 Connor Marks finished fifth with 1:11.84 (best).

In the 50-meter butterfly, besides Biro winning gold in the Girls 13-14, CSSC had six other girl finalists in their respective age groups. Gabby Beltrano finished fourth with 31.98 (best), Anna Kasperski (11) finished sixth with 32.58 (best), Riley Botting took seventh place with 39.07 and both Giulianna Garcia (11) and Acacia Jones (14) finished eighth with 34.16 and 32.59, respectively. Lindsey Sauer (18) finished fifth with 31.23.

The boys were represented in the 50-meter fly by Alex Evdokimov (19) who took gold with a best of 25.78, Bryce Pierce (18) who secured the bronze with 26.79, and Kalvin Hernandez (14) who took bronze in the Boys 13-14 50 fly with a best of 28.84 (A).

The 100-meter breast, brought Riley Botting’s new club record and Gianni Savino’s close win against Rodriguez. It also brought a fourth place for Rachel Botting (13) and Rebecca Wilkerson (17) with 1:23.33 (AA, best) and 1:19.42 (AA, best). Brooke Cordoba (13) finished sixth with 1:26.85 and Lydia Szakacs (13) finished seventh in 1:27.66 (best).

In the 50-meter free, to complement Semeco’s win in the 15-and-Over category, Delaney Biro and Alex Evdokimov took silvers in their respective races with 28.44 (AA, best) and 24.68 (best, AAA), only out swam by Eriana Temperino, 27.94 and Luke Torres with 24.66, respectively. Alexander Meyer (12) finished third in his age group with a best of 28.91. Riley Botting, Rachel Botting and Catharine Cooper (15) finished fourth in their categories with 33:14 (AAA, best), 28.95 (AA, best) and 27.05 (AAAA), in that order. Cooper will represent Panama this week at the 2015 Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championship (CCCAN)that will take place in Barbados.

To close the night and the meet, the 200-meter individual medley finals saw Kaitlyn Armbruster (10) and Jose Pascual (16) take fourth places in their age groups with 3.14.34 (A, best) and 2:16.57 (AAA, best), respectively. Riley McCormick (10) finished fifth with 3:14.84 (A), Giulianna Garcia (11) finished seventh with 2:48.28 (AA, best) and Acacia Jones finished eighth with 2:45.27 (A).

Long Distance Races

Megan Schimansky, one of the most versatile swimmers at CSSC, took bronze in the 800-meter freestyle with 9:31.56 (AAA). Delaney Biro finished eighth in her category with a best of 10:16.54 (AA).

In the 1500-meter free, Austin Pillado, a rising junior at Davis & Elkins College, finished seventh in the Men 15-and-over with 18:25.48 and, as mentioned above, Gianni Savino swam the race for the first time in long course to finish eighth with 19:53.02 (A).

High Point Score Winners

For CSSC

Category

Swimmer

Points

Girls 10-and-under

Riley Botting

34.5

Girls 11-12

Anna Kasperski

9

Boys 11-12

Alexander Meyer

24

Girls 13-14

Delaney Biro

43

Boys 13-14

Gianni Savino

28

Girls 15-and-over

Megan Schimansky

33

Boys 15-and-over

Alex Evdokimov

23

Overall

Girls 10-and-Under: 1. Michelle Fernandez (Hialeah SC), 65 points. 2. Rachel Yordi (North Miami ST), 46 points. 3. Elizabeth Chevaldova (T2 Aquatics), 43 points. 4. Riley Botting (CSSC), 34.5 points.


Boys 10-and-Under: 1. Agustin Rodriguez (Hialeah SC), 68 points. 2. Dario Martin (North Miami ST), 43 points. 3. Hubert Huang (T2 Aquatics), 42 points.

Girls 11-12: 1. Paige MacEachern (St. Andrews), 68 points. 
2. Ana Kondratovitch (Big Gator), 64 points. 3. Anna Auld (ECAC), 61 points.

Boys 11-12: 1. Laur Mason (T2 Aquatics), 75 points. 2. Josh Zuchowski (ECAC), 58 points. 3. Santiago Marin (T2 Aquatics), 42 points.

Girls 13-14: 1. Emma Feehery (T2 Aquatics), 70 points. 1. Eriana Temperino (ECAC), 70 points. 3. Shayna Fetes (St. Andrews), 55 points. 4. Delaney Biro (CSSC), 43 points.

Boys 13-14: 1. Aaron Rodriguez (Hialeah SC), 71 points. 2. Jovan Maduro (Sithoc), 61 points. 3. Bryan Rivero (Hialeah SC), 60 points.

Girls 15-and-Over: 1. Rachael Bradford-Feldman (St. Andrews), 41 points. 2. Kaitlyn Hauser (T2 Aquatics), 39 points. 3. Darby Goodwin (St. Andrews), 38 points.


Boys 15-and-Over: 1. Luke Torres (St. Andrews), 48 points. 2. Nick Sharp (St. Andrews), 44 points. 3. Wyatt Kellett (T2 Aquatics), 33 points.

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Swimming in Finals for CSSC Tonight (Sunday)

 Published: Sunday, 21 June 2015 13:04

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Today's finals will start earlier!!! The new meet warm-up time is 3:30 p.m. Finals will start at 5:00 p.m.

Delaney Biro, Arlene Semeco, Gianni Savino and Alex Evdokimov are number one finalists in different events for tonight’s last session at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. Biro is going first into finals in the Girls 13-14 50-meter butterfly with 30.47. Semeco, who will represent Venezuela in the 2015 Pan American Games next month in Toronto, is the number one seed for tonight’s Women 50-meter free with 26.77. Savino, who is stealing the show in the breaststroke races, is the first seed in the Boys 13-14 100-meter breast with a best of 1:16.40 (AA). Evdoimov is the man to beat tonight in the Men’s 50-meter butterfly with a best of 26.77.

More finals

In the 100-meter back, CSSC qualified six swimmers for tonight’s finals in different age groups. Gabby Beltrano (13) is seeded third with a best of 1:11.88. Faith Fowler (11) and Megan Schimansky (15) are both seeded fourth in their respective age groups with times of 1:18.39 (best) and 1:08.13, in that order. Emily Robertson is seeded fifth with a best of 1:31.44. Connor Marks (13) is seeded sixth with 1:13.44 and Kaitlyn Armbruster will make her second appearance in finals, seeded eighth with 1:35.50.

In the 50-meter butterfly, CSSC qualified five swimmers for finals. Kalvin Hernandez (14) is seeded third with 29.22. Bryce Pierce (18) is seeded fourth with 27.28. Gabby Beltrano is seeded fifth with a best of 32.42. Riley Botting (10) and Anna Kasperski (12) are both seeded sixth in their respective age groups with 38.62 and 33.14.

In the 100-meter breaststroke, the Botting sisters lead the way for the girls. Young Riley is seeded second in her age group with a best of 1:30.17 (AAAA). Rachel (13), on her side, is seeded third with 1:23.57 (best). Rebecca Wilkerson (17) is seeded fifth with a best of 1:20.64. Brooke Cordoba and Lydia Szakacs, both 13, are seeded sixth and seventh respectively with 1:28.24 and 1:30.69.

In the 50-meter freestyle, Delaney Biro, Alexander Meyer (12) and Kalvin Hernandez are seeded third in their respective categories with 29.14, 29.43 and 27.15. Riley and Rachel Botting, Catharine Cooper (15) and Alex Evdokimov (19) are all seeded fourth in the 50 free in their age groups with times of 33.22 (best), 29.28 (best), 27.65 and 25.66, respectively.

Finally, in the 200-meter individual medley, Riley McCormick (10) is seeded fourth with a best of 3:14.46. Kaitlyn Armbruster (made finals again!) is seeded fifth with 3:14.56 (best) and Giulianna Garcia (11) is going eighth into finals with 2:49.51 (best). The following swimmers are first alternates for the 200 IM in their corresponding age group: Acacia Jones (14), Brian Gonzalez (11), Andres McKeon (13) and Bryce Pierce (18).

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Today's finals will start earlier!!! The new meet warm-up time is 3:30 p.m. Finals will start at 5:00 p.m.

Hot Saturday @ Michael Lohberg International Invitational; Two New FGC Records

 Published: Sunday, 21 June 2015 10:50

Nineteen CSSC swimmers made finals on Saturday at the 4th Annual Michael Lohberg International Invite. “Swimmers are still going strong and showing great support for each other,” said coach Irina James after a hot and busy day. “It is so great to watch them cheer for each other. The positive energy is contagious,” she added. There can be no doubt. The CSSC team harvested 46 best times and 8 medals on Saturday. The Michael Lohberg International was a BB qualifying meet until last year. For this issue of the meet, the qualifying standards were lifted to A cuts. These results give a good representation of what the field would look like next month at the season’s championships (JOs and Senior Champs).

Gianni Savino (14) won the title in the Boys 13-14 200-meter breaststroke with a best of 2:41.02 (AAA). He acknowledged no competition in this race, leaving Andres Garcia (Unattached) and Aaron Rodriguez (Hialeah) 6 and 7 seconds behind him in second and third place. Savino is having a spectacular weekend so far with seven best times in seven races and a great swim, first time out in long course, in the 400-meter individual medley where he finished seventh with a 5:31.85 (A).

Gabby Beltrano (13) and Kyle Oliver (14) both took silver in their respective 50-meter backstroke races. Beltrano, who is also going 100% best times this meet so far, finished with 32.47. Oliver touched the wall in 31.54, dropping a whopping 14.95 seconds.

Riley Botting (10) took bronze in the 200-meter free with 2:38.40 (AAA). Botting also finished fifth and eighth in the 50 back and 100 fly with 39.72 (AA) and 1:37.79 (JO), respectively.

Rachel Botting (13) also took bronze in the 200-meter free with a fast 2:14.65 (AAA, -11.41). The oldest Botting is also scoring high this weekend with 7 bests out of 8 races and 3 finals qualifications. On this second day of competition, Botting also finished eighth in the 200-meter breast, one of her strongest events, with a 3:05.32.

Alexander Meyer (12) secured the bronze in the 50-meter back with 33.67 (best, AAA) and Megan Schimansky (15) did the same in her age group with a best of 31.69. At the end of the day, CSSC earned 1 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals.

The 200-meter free was a strong event for CSSC overall. Alex Meyer finished fourth in his age category with 2:20.27 (AAA). Bryce Pierce (18) finished sixth with 2:01.23. Delaney Biro (13) and Lindsey Sauer (18) both finished seventh in their corresponding 200 free with times of 2:16.56 and 2:13.90, in that order. Emily Robertson (10) finished eighth in her age group with a best of 2:47.37 (AA).

Biro, who at the end of Saturday had swum 11 races, made finals in all her events and earned 26 valuable points for CSSC, is ranked fourth in the individual high points for her category. On Saturday, she finished fourth in the 100-meter fly with 1:09.76 and seventh in the 50-meter back with 35.15.

Julie Mason (14) swam a powerful 200-meter breast race, finishing fifth with a 3:01.64 (AA, -3.43).

Cal-U bound Rebecca Wilkerson (17) finished eighth in the 200 breast with 2:56.69.    

GianCarlo Payamps (17) finished fifth in the 50 back with 29.85, just off his best.

The 100-meter butterfly brought interesting developments for CSSC. Kaitlyn Armbruster (10) made her first finals ever, qualifying fourth with a best time of 1:32.84. With the thrill of the evening session, Armbruster swam a new best of 1:30.19 (AA). She finished fifth.

Anna Kasperski (12) swam the 100-meter fly in a fast 1:12.37 (AAA, -3.73). She finished fourth at finals.

Giulianna Garcia (11) also swam a mean 100 fly. In prelims she went 1:16.58 (best) and at night she dropped again to finish seventh with 1:15.50 (AA).

Lindsey Sauer (17), who will attend Asbury University in the fall, finished eighth in the 100 fly with a 1:12.76. Sauer swam a best in prelims (1:09.92). She is having a productive weekend with 4 bests out of five races, thus far.

The boys were strong in the 100 fly. Cornell’s Alex Evdokimov finished third with a 59.67, just off his best. University of the Cumberlands’ bound Bryce Pierce finished fifth with 1:00.09 and Sebastian Vargas, who was the king of the 200 fly on Friday, finished sixth with 1:00.38. In this event, gold went to Luke Torres of Saint Andrew’s Aquatics with 56.36 and silver went to Raichel De Freitas of East Coast Aquatics with 59.63. Torres is leading the Men 15-and-over with 32 points.

The long-distance event of the day was the 400-meter individual medley. Megan Schimansky finished fourth in the 15-and-Over category with 5:20.90. Acacia Jones dropped 7.03 seconds to finish ninth with 5.45.93.

To spice the day, Agustin Rodriguez (10) of Hialeah Swim Club established two new FGC records in the 10-and-under category. He swam the 200-meter freestyle in a new best for Florida Gold Coast of 2:19.45, taking down Nick Manousos' 2002 record (2:19.99). In the 100-meter butterfly, Rodriguez opened a new horizon with a fast 1:11.60, taking down Alberto Gomez' 2010 record (1:12.17).

At the end of Saturday, and well in the lead, T2 Aquatics finished with a combined score of 697.5 points. In second place was East Coast Aquatic Club (ECAC) with 324 points and in third, Hialeah Swim Club with 297. CSSC is currently in fourth place with 245 and St. Andrews’ Aquatics is fifth with 188.

CSSC Girls are in third place with 165 points. T2 Aquatics is first with 362 and ECAC is second with 188.

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Ten Medals for CSSC on Day One of Michael Lohberg Invite; T2 Aquatics Leads the Field

 Published: Saturday, 20 June 2015 11:58

After a fast day of racing, CSSC swimmers accounted for ten of the medals of Friday’s sessions. Two gold medals, five silver and three bronze sealed a productive day for CSSC that yielded 50 best times. Sprint freestyler Arlene Semeco took gold in the 100-meter freestyle with 57.14 and Sebastian Vargas (16) secured the first place in the 200-meter butterfly with 2:12.32 (best).

As always, CSSC is cutting edge in breaststroke. Three silvers went to Riley Botting (10), Hannah Virgin (14) and Gianni Savino (14) in their respective 50-meter breaststroke races with 40.65 (best), 36.25 and 35.31 (best), respectively. The other two silvers went to Megan Schimansky (15) in the 200-meter backstroke with a best of 2:24.39 (AAA) and to Alexander Meyer (12) in the 100-meter free with 1:02.87 (best, AAA).

Delaney Biro (13) won two bronze medals, one in the 200-meter butterfly (2:38.65, AA, best) and the other in the 400-meter freestyle with 4.45.21 (AAA, best).

Mount St. Mary bound Nicole Gautieri (18) took bronze in the 50-meter breast with a best of 35.93.

Coach Irina James, of Blue Group, highlighted Faith Fowler’s first swim of the 200 back in long course. “She swam a double-A time, made finals where she dropped two seconds, to finish fifth with a 2:44.16,” said James. “Anna Kasperski swam an almost-AAA time in the 100-meter free in prelims,” added James. In the morning Kasperski touched at 1:06.97 and at finals she clocked 1:07.03. James also mentioned Brian Gonzalez’s first time performance in the 400-meter free. Gonzalez finished the race with a time of 5:17.49 (A). James also gave a shout-out to Riley Botting for her best time in the 50-meter breast. “My swimmers are off to a great start and I am proud of their performances. It's great to see these swimmers get AA times, they work hard,” added James enthusiastically.

CSSC high-scorers were Delaney Biro with 17 points and Riley Botting with 10. They both were ranked third in their respective age groups. Ahead in the Girls 10-and-under is Michelle Fernandez of Hialeah Swim Club with 18 points. In the Girls 13-14, the top scorer of the first day was Eriana Temperino of East Coast Aquatics with 25 points.

T2 Aquatics led the field on the first day of competition with 27 medals and 364.5 points. East Coast Aquatic Club ranked second with 154 points and Hialeah Swim Club was third with 146. CSSC followed in fourth place with 131 points.

100% Best Times Club

  • Kaitlyn Armbruster (10) and Giulianna Garcia (11) swam a best time in their only race of the day, the 100-meter free. Dropping 1.17 and 0.95 seconds, respectively.
  • Riley Botting (10) swam four best times. Her biggest drop was during prelims in the 50-meter breast (-0.87, AAAA).
  • Emily Robertson (10) swam back-to-back best times in 100-meter free.
  • Faith Fowler (11) swam two best times and 1 new race. Her biggest drop was during finals in the 200-meter back (-2.15).
  • Anna Kasperski (12) swam back-to-back best times in the 100-meter free.
  • Olivia Mason (12) swam one best time in the 50-meter breast (-0.59).
  • Gabby Beltrano (13) swam three best times. Her biggest drop was in the 100-meter free (1.75).
  • Delaney Biro (13) swam four best times and one new race on Friday. Her biggest drop was in the 400-meter free (-3.62).
  • Brooke Cordoba (13) swam four best times. Her biggest drop was from prelims to finals in the 200 fly (-1.77).
  • Ellie Mitova (13) swam two best times. Her biggest drop was in the 50 breast (-1.96).
  • Lydia Szakacs (13) swam one best time in the 50 breast (-0.48).
  • Acacia Jones (14) swam one best time in the 400 free (-1.36).
  • Nicole Gautieri (18) swam three best times. Her biggest drop was at finals in the 50-meter breast (-0.69).
  • Lindsey Sauer (18) swam one best time in the 100 free (-0.51).
  • Brian Gonzalez (11) swam one best time and one new race. He dropped 0.30 seconds in the 100 free.
  • Gianni Savino (14) swam four best times. His biggest drop was in the 50 breast (-1.34). In that event, he swam with incredible precision the same time in prelims and finals (35.31).

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2015 Michael Lohberg International Invitational Opens Today at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex

 Published: Friday, 19 June 2015 09:12

Almost 400 swimmers from 19 different teams are gathering this weekend at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex to race in the 4thAnnual Michael Lohberg International Invitational. This fast meet (minimum USA Swimming A cuts required), honors the memory of the legendary, 6-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg, founder of the Coral Springs Swim Club (CSSC), who passed away in 2011 after a long battle with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder.

“It’s a great honor to continue to work every day, year after year, to fulfill Michael’s vision,” said Bruno Darzi, Head Coach of CSSC. “His legacy to us goes beyond a particular coaching approach or technique. He saw the importance of the integral development of young athletes. He believed our work had to go beyond the strokes and the speed. He believed we should push for the formation of good people, hence our motto: ‘Developing winning attitudes and healthy lifestyles. Developing character along with a spirit of achievement,’” shared Darzi. To ensure Lohberg's transformative ideas would stand the test of time and to support the hard work of student athletes, the CSSC Board of Directors established a scholarship fund. On April 2015, through the Train-Like-A-SEAL event, CSSC raised more than $20,000 for the Lohberg scholarship fund. Five graduating seniors were recognized this year at the Annual Banquet with this prestigious award.

Last year, CSSC started the “Share a Michael Lohberg Memory” forum.

With 66 athletes, T2 Aquatics from Naples is the team that brings the most swimmers to the meet this year. The host team sports the second largest contingent with 50 athletes and St. Andrews Swimming from Boca Raton, entered 42 swimmers.

Leading CSSC, three-time Olympian Arlene Semeco, Riley Botting (10), Hannah Virgin (14) and Gianni Savino (14) are seeded first in different events. Semeco goes into the weekend with the fastest time in the 50-meter freestyle (24.76); Botting is seeded first in the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke with 1:30.68 and both Virgin and Savino hold the fastest times in the field in their respective 50-meter breaststroke events (34.20 and 36.65, in that order).

The Michael Lohberg International Invitational is a prelims-and-finals meet that offers a great opportunity for fast racing in the middle of the long course season. The prelims sessions are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. every day and the finals sessions will start at 5:30 p.m.

  • Friday events: 200 back, 100 free, 200 fly, 50 breast, 400 free.
  • Saturday events: 200 free, 50 back, 200 breast, 100 fly, 400 IM
  • Sunday events: 100 back, 50 fly, 100 breast, 50 free, 200 IM, Women 800 free, Men 1500 free.

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Best times at Sizzler; Pokatragool Takes First

 Published: Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:28

On Friday June 5, Azura Florida Aquatics hosted the first FGC Sizzler of the month at the Caporella Aquatic Center in Tamarac. Four girls and two boys from the Coral Springs Swim Club harvested 17 best times at this short course meter competition. The next sizzler of the month will take place on June 27 at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines. At every sizzler, 8-and-under swimmers have the opportunity to race the 25 (yard or meter) distance of each stroke.

Paul Pokatragool (8) took first place in the Boys 25-meter Breaststroke with 24.69. On his other three events (25 fly, 25 back and 25 free), Pokatragool finished fourth with times of 24.22 (best), 25.59 and 19.60 (best), respectively.

Camryn Meyer (8) finished fifth in the 25-meter fly and 25-meter breast with times of 19.38 (best) and 23.93 (best), in that order. In the 25 free, she finished sixth with 19.59. In the 25 back, Meyer touched the wall at 28.35.

Meyer and Pokatragool were the recipients of the 2015 Green Group Coaches’ Award at the CSSC Annual Banquet.

Rhania Suarez (8) finished seventh in the 25 fly, 25 back and 25 breast with 22.68 (best), 23.43 (best) and 27.72 (best). In the 25 back she clocked a drop of 4.16 seconds. In the 25 free, Suarez finished tenth with 21.81.

Alejandra Gil, just turned 7, had a great race in the 25 fly. She dropped 7.06 seconds to finish in a time of 31.81. In the 25 back, 25 breast and 25 free, Gil swam times of 34.81, 34.53 (best) and 25.37, respectively.

Mariana Montes (7) and Randall Rassi, just turned 8, swam 100% best times. Montes: 25 fly, 29.28; 25 back, 33.94; 25 breast, 34.15 and 25 free, 24.22. Rassi: 25 fly, 31.46; 25 back, 28.31; 25 breast, 28.13 and 25 free, 23.27.

Montes, Suarez, Gil and Meyer took third place in the Girls 8-and-under 100-meter free Relay with a time of 1:25.93. The first place went to Azura Florida Aquatics with a fast 1:14.63 and the second place went to SOFLO with 1:25.07.

Coaches Bar Bogoslavsky and Jessica Nugent Long were “proud of their [swimmers] hard work.”

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Botting, Robertson, Virgin, Cordoba and McKeon Take Top Places on Second Day of NPB Summer Kickoff

 Published: Tuesday, 09 June 2015 11:09

This past weekend was a very productive one for CSSC. Regardless of the heat and the long sessions, 78 swimmers produced 141 best times. Riley Botting (10) was the top scorer for the club with six gold medals and one solid race in her first time out at the 400-meter freestyle. On the first day, Botting took three first places (100 breast, 50 fly and 50 free). On Sunday, she took the title in the 100 free (1:14.85, best, AA), 50 breast (42.47) and 50 back (41.03). Not happy with those, she ventured into the 400-meter free with gusto. She swam a 5:39.41 (AA). Botting was the top finisher for 10-and-under girls in this race. Kate Kaplan (10) from PST also swam the 400 free and finished with a time of 5:56.56 (JO).

Cara Virgin (12) took gold in the 50-meter breast with 42.72. In this same race, Giulianna Garcia tied for second with CiCi Robinson (NPB) with a time of 43.33; and Faith Fowler finished sixth with 47.41.

CSSC swept the first two places in the Girls 10-and-Under 100-meter butterfly. Emily Robertson took gold with 1:37.15 and Payton Ward took silver with 1:43.33 (best).

Brooke Cordoba (13) took bronze in the 200-meter individual medley with 2:45.07 (-7.68, A). Jennifer Secrest, 13 (NPB) finished first with 2:34.79 and Madison Lichtig, 14 (NPB) finished second with 2:41.85. Cordoba had a great weekend. She swam 5 best times in 6 races. In the 100 free she stopped the clock at 1:11.16 (best). To wrap up her weekend, Cordoba swam the 200-meter butterfly for the first time clocking a 2:51.71. “She looked very strong the entire race,” said Coach Junior Temotio. “She conquered two A times, one in the 200 free and one in the 200 IM,” added Temotio.

Andres McKeon took silver in the 400-meter free with a best of 4:39.55 (-13.29, AA). Andres McKeon (13) finished eighth in the 200 IM with 2:38.56 and seventh in the 100 free with a time of 1:02.56 (AA).

As the team switches into summer schedules (morning practices), Coach Bar Bogoslavsky highlighted that “most of [the] Mullins Park swimmers did really well this weekend and will only get faster in the weeks to come.”

12-and-Unders

200 IM

In a pretty close race with Megan Smith of Plantation Swim Team, Riley McCormick (10) finished second in the Girls 10-and-under 200-meter individual medley with a time of 3:15.91 (JO, A, -6.61). Smith took first with 3:15.42. On McCormick’s heels Kaitlyn Armbruster (10) took third with 3:16.20 (JO, A, -6.91).

Rhania Suarez and MacKenna Bonney, both eight, swam the 200 IM for the first time with times of 4:13.52 and 4:15.20, respectively.

Ben McCraken (9) finished 8th in the 200 IM with a 3:31.68 (BB), first time out in this event. Pete Pokatragool finished 9th with 3:39.20 (-6.64). Sebastian Savino (9) finished 10th with 3:42.46 (BB, first time out).

100 Free

Emily Robertson finished fourth in the 100-meter freestyle with a 1:17.01 (best, JO, AA). Kaitlyn Armbruster finished seventh with 1:20.71 (best, JO, A).

Ben McCraken finished ninth in the 100 free with 1:25.19 (-14.86).

Faith Fowler (11) finished sixth in the 100 free 1:12.33 (best, JO, A). Sarah Schimansky (12) finished seventh in the same event 1:12.73 (JO, A, -2.05).

Alexander Meyer (12) took silver in the Boys 11-12 100 free with 1:04.99.

100 Fly

Giulianna Garcia finished second in the Girls 11-12 100-meter butterfly with 1:20.37 (JO). Faith Fowler finished sixth in the same event with 1:26.63 (-6.90).

50 Breast

Riley McCormick finished fifth in the 50 breast with 49.90 (best) and Payton Ward finished seventh in the 50 breast with 51.09 (best). Camryn Meyer (8) finished tenth with 52.23 (best).

For the boys, Justin Ruf (10) finished fifth in the 50 breast with 51.52.

50 Back

As mentioned above, Riley Botting took first in the 50 back with a 41.03 (AA). In this event, Emily Robertson finished fourth with 42.71 and teammate Kaitlyn Armbruster finished fifth with 43.01 (best, A).

Ben McCraken (9) finished fourth in the 50 back with 43.14 (JO, -8.78) and Pete Pokatragool finished fifth with 44.05 (JO, best).

In the 11-12 Girls category, Giulianna Garcia finished fifth in the 50 back with 39.57.

Jack Rummel (12) finished 6th with 41.08 (best).

13-and-Overs

200 IM

Julie Mason (14) finished fifth in the 200 IM with 2:49.81 (-3.11). She also finished sixth in the 100 back with 1:22.44.

Dominique Fajardo (15) finished eighth in the 200 IM with 2:43.85 (-7.13, A). She also swam best times in the 100 free and the 100 back of 1:04.59 (AA) and 1:20.36, respectively.

100 free

Emily Puia (15) swam an A time of 1:06.02 in the 100 free.

200 Breast

Lydia Szakacs (13) finished third in the 200-meter breast with a 3:12.49 (best). Madison Lichtig finished first in 3:01.10 and Nicole Gomez took second with 3:03.34. Szakacs also swam a best in the 100 back (1:31.22). She also swam the 400-meter free in 5:23.34 (best, -1.10).

Ellie Mitova finished fourth in the 200 breast with 3:21.88.

Dennis Hopkins (16) swam the 200 breast for the first time and stopped the clock at 3:04.95.

100% Best Times Club

  • Kaitlyn Armbruster swam 6 bests. Her biggest drop was in the 50 free (-8.25).
  • Daria Chiarella swam 3 bests. Her biggest drop was in the 200 IM (-6.83).
  • Dominique Fajardo swam 6 bests. Her biggest drop was in the 200 free (-7.50).
  • Kalvin Hernandez swam 3 bests. His biggest drop was in the 200 free (-25.76).
  • Zachary Huang swam 1 best and 1 new race. He dropped 8.71 in the 50 free.
  • Ben McCracken swam 5 bests and 1 new race. His biggest drop was in the 50 fly (-15.16).
  • Pete Pokatragool swam 6 best times. His biggest drop was in the 200 IM (-6.64).
  • Greg Trimble swam 1 best and 2 new races. He dropped 6.30 in the 100 breast.
  • Payton Ward swam 5 best times and 1 new race. Her biggest drop was in the 50 breast (-1.64).

Shout outs!

  • Amber Candido swam the most races for CSSC in this meet. She swam 8 races.
  • Justin Irwin (14) clocked the biggest drop of the meet for CSSC, shedding 53.98 seconds in the 400 free with a time of 5:14.04.
  • Koral Wizst (14) swam the 200 free for the first time in 3:10.30.

7th Annual NPB LCM Summer Kick-off: Botting, Schimansky and Hernández Take First Places on Saturday

 Published: Monday, 08 June 2015 19:06

To celebrate the first weekend off from school, swimmers can’t think of anything better than a good meet. 78 CSSC athletes competed last weekend at the 7th Annual NPB Summer Kickoff hosted by the North Palm Beach swim club at the Plantation Aquatic Center. There were two sweltering hot days of double sessions with the 13-and-overs swimming in the mornings and the 12-and-unders in the afternoon.

The Younger Ones

Leading a strong group of 10-and-unders, Riley Botting (10) took three first places on Saturday.  In her age group, Botting is the queen of the 100-meter breast, and as such she secured her placing with an AAA swim (1:31.77). The swimmer who finished in second place clocked a time 17.09 seconds slower. Botting also finished first in the 50-meter butterfly with a best of 38.42 (-2.47) and in the 50-meter free with 34.10.

CSSC girls dominated the scene in the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke. Not only did Botting take first but Kaitlyn Armbruster (10) secured the fifth place in the race with a time of 1:51. 73 (-4.45); Camryn Meyer (8) followed in sixth place with a time of 1:52.34 and Elisabeth Olson (10) finished seventh with 1:52.48 (-5.40). In this same race, Kaitlyn Bonasera (10) clocked a huge drop of 18.24 seconds touching the wall at 2:09.70.

The boys were also strong in the 100 breast. Justin Ruf (10) finished third with a time of 1:51.00 (BB) on his first time out; and Pete Pokatragool (10) followed close behind, finishing in fourth place 1:52.02 (best).

Emily Robertson (10), another rising prospect at CSSC, finished second in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:32.16 (-5.26, JO, A). Robertson also took third place in the 50-meter butterfly with 41.67 (JO).

In the 50 fly, Kaitlyn Armbruster took second place with a best of 40.39 (JO) and Payton Ward (10) finished seventh with 43.08 (best, BB).

Riley McCormick (10) took fifth in the 200 free with 3:00.56 (-5.37, BB, JO).

The 10-and-under boys were well represented in the 100-meter backstroke by Ben McCraken (9) who finished third with 1:35.17 (best, JO); Pete Pokatragool (10) who finished fifth with 1:37.08 (best) and Justin Ruf who finished tenth with 1:45.71 (first time out, B).

In the 11-12 Girls group, Sarah Schimansky (12) took gold in the 200-meter freestyle with a best time of 2:31.56 (A). Following close were Madison Kozel (Azura) and Isabella Chambers (PST) who finished second and third with times of 2:32.17 and 2:33.33. Schimansky also swam the 50 free and 50 fly in 35.98 and 46.63, respectively.

Cara Virgin (12) finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke with a best of 1:32.36 (-2.61, A). She swam a three best times out of three races on Saturday. Her other two bests were in the 50-meter fly and 50-meter free (39.39 and 33.94).

Faith Fowler (11) finished sixth in the 100 breast with 1:38.80 (-7.49, BB) and Sara LaPlant (11) finished 10th with 1:45.23.

Ian McCraken (12) finished seventh in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:32.13 and Jack Rummel (12) finished twelfth in the 200 free with 2:46.31 (B, first time out).

The Older Ones

The 13-and-overs had a great day of their own. Brooke Cordoba (13) took bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke with 1:30.00. She also finished sixth in the 200-meter free with a time of 2:28.19 (A, -3.72) and seventh in the 100-meter fly with 1:19.62 (BB, -0.16).

Julie Mason (14) finished third in the 200-meter back with 2:53.06 (-9.15). Mason also finished fifth in the 400-meter individual medley with 5:56.06.

For the boys, Kalvin Hernandez (14) swam three bests out of three races on Saturday. He took gold in the 50-meter freestyle with 27.56 (AA, -4.02); and finished fifth and sixth in the 100-meter fly and 200-meter free with 1:10.86 (-21.49) and 2:17.41 (-25.76, A, JO), respectively.

Other Top Finishes

  • Lydia Szacaks (13) finished 4th in the 100-meter breaststroke with 1:30.42. Szacaks also finished 11th in the 100-meter fly with 1:25.70 (best).
  • Ellie Mitova (13) finished 7th in the 100-meter breaststroke with 1:32.39 (-4.94).
  • Mount St. Mary College bound Nicole Gautieri (18) finished 8th in the 15-and-Over 100-meter breaststroke with 1:26.80. She also swam the 50-meter free in 29.56 (AA).
  • Dominique Fajardo (15) finished 8th in the 50 free with 28.80 (-1.07, AAA).
  • Andres McKeon (13) finished 5th in the 100-meter breaststroke with 1:25.87 (-18.70)
  • Greg Trimble (13) finished 8th in the 400-meter IM with 6:04.39.
  • Guillermo Barrios (13) dropped 20.23 seconds in the 100-meter fly (1:22.52).

Beth Wilkerson: Volunteer of the Year

 Published: Friday, 05 June 2015 14:40

Beth Wilkerson was recognized as "Volunteer of the Year" at the Annual CSSC Banquet last Saturday May, 30. The Banquet was held at the Ballroom of Temple Kol Tikvah in Parkland. As it is for any other non-profit organization, CSSC's success depends largely on the participation and dedication of community members. Mrs. Wilkerson has been a parent at CSSC for 17 years. She has been officiating for the last 15. She served as the Official's Chair for the club and she continues to referee and lead every home meet at the Aquatic Complex. Mrs. Wilkerson's two children passed through the program and this year, her daughter Rebecca graduates high school and moves on to swim for UCal in Pennsylvania. "I am humbled for this recognition," said Beth, as she is commonly known to all. "It's not just one person who can make it happen. There are many, many families and individuals who volunteer at every meet and every event to support the efforts of swimmers and coaches," she added.
Mrs. Wilkerson is an advocate for parental involvement in children sports. "There are many ways to help, and such opportunities are very rewarding." Mrs. Wilkerson found her niche in officiating. "Through my experience as an USA Swimming official, I have met wonderful people and made friends for life," she said.
Beth Wilkerson is a sought-out facilitator of Stroke and Turn clinics and through her work she has trained and supported the development of many officials that today serve the South Florida swimming community.
On behalf of the community, the CSSC Board of Directors recognized her work and dedication of many years.

CSSC 2015 Annual Banquet: A Night of Awards and Dancing

 Published: Sunday, 31 May 2015 08:40

Every May, the Board of Directors of the Coral Springs Swim Club hosts their Annual Banquet where swimmers of all ages and their families, enjoy a formal dinner and the dance floor with their coaches. 306 attendees gathered Saturday night at the Ballroom of Temple Kol Tikva in Parkland to celebrate another year of swimming, friendships and successes. 123 swimmers and their families participated this year. “This is the highest number of people joining us at the celebration since I have been with the club,” said Danica Schimansky, President of the Board of Directors. “I am happy that the attendance of the banquet continues to increase every year. In 2014, we had the pleasure of hosting 280 people, this year there were many Mullins Park swimmers and families attending for the first time, which is great,” added Schimansky.

To open the event, Schimansky welcomed everyone and thanked all volunteers, parents, coaches and swimmers for their hard work and dedication.

As it’s customary, each coach proudly announced the Coaches’ Award recipients of the year for each of the nine training groups. The Board of Directors together with Head Coach Bruno Darzi made several other important recognitions, such as the Volunteer of the Year, Swimmers of the Year, High IMX/IMR Scores Certificates and New Record-Breakers Certificates.

The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Beth Wilkerson, a former member of the Board of Directors and parent to Rebecca Wilkerson, one of the graduating seniors this year. Ms. Wilkerson served CSSC as Official’s Chair for more than five years and continued to support the team as head official and referee at all the club’s home meets.

Four New Records

  • Graduating senior Stephanie Campo for establishing the 2014 15-16 800-meter freestyle with a time of 9:26.74.
  • Cathy Cooper for establishing the 2014 13-14 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.26.
  • Nico Ferrara for establishing the 2015 13-14 50 and 100-yard freestyle with times of 21.75 and 47.88.

One of the most important events of the night was the presentation of the Michael Lohberg Scholarship Awards to qualifying graduating seniors. In 2013, CSSC established a scholarship fund to honor the memory and life’s work of the late Michael Lohberg, six-time Olympic Coach and founder of CSSC. The purpose of the scholarship is to “recognize swimmers in the [club] who exemplify outstanding achievement in school, athletics, and sportsmanship.” In April this year, the club ran its bi-annual fundraiser to benefit this scholarship fund and raised more than $20,000 through the Train-Like-A-Seal event. At the banquet, five graduating seniors were presented with their scholarship awards.

2015 Michael Lohberg Scholarship Recipients

  • Stephanie Campo, committed to University of Massachusetts, Amherst received $1,500.
  • Nicole Gautieri, committed to Mount St. Mary College, received $1,500.
  • Lindsey Sauer, committed to Asbury University, received $1,500.
  • Rebecca Wilkerson, committed to California University of Pennsylvania, received $1,500.
  • Bryce Pierce, committed to University of the Cumberlands, received $1,500.

2015 Coaches’ Awards

  • Red Group: Alejandra Gil and Randall Rassi
  • Green Group: Camryn Meyer and Paul Pokatragool
  • Gold Group: Abby Frank and Jack Rummel
  • White Group: Emily Robertson and Rafael Opperman
  • Blue Group: Olivia Reposa and Cody Chin
  • Senior 2B Group: Daniela Ortiz and Brandon Schutz
  • Senior 2A Group: Daria Chiarella and Dennis Hopkins
  • Senior 1 Group: Nicole Gautieri and Gian Luca Savino
  • National Group: Stephanie Campo and Bryce Pierce

Just as last year, three-time Olympian Arlene Semeco and Cornell’s Alex Evdokimov were awarded the Female and Male Swimmer of the Year Award, respectively.

The Board of Directors allocates funds every year to recognize every athlete’s work with a gift. This year, all swimmers received blue headphones blue the CSSC logo on the earpiece.

Six baskets were raffled at the banquet along with private lessons with CSSC coaches.

2015 Raffle Winners

  • Melanie Suglio: Spa Basket
  • Faith Fowler: Wine Basket
  • Olivia Mason: Athletic Basket
  • Andres McKeon: Doggy Basket
  • Mila Bond: Mommy and Me Basket
  • Ellie Mitova: Daddy and Me Basket
  • Kayleigh Didovic and Lucas Opperman: Swimming Lessons with Coach Bruno Darzi
  • Diego Sanguinetti and Sam McCormick: Swimming Lessons with Coach Junior Temotio
  • Fernando Calero and Hayden Conrad: Swimming Lessons with Coach Jessica Nugent Long
  • Sophia Viner and Ashley Nagy: Swimming Lessons with Coach Dave Cowmeadow Meyer Family and Roni Lubarsky: Swimming Lessons with Coach Laura Azevedo
  • Riley McCormick and Barrios Family: Swimming Lessons with Coach Irina James
  • Hailey Wells and Abby Frank: Swimming Lessons with Coach Bar Bogoslavsky

“It is always nice to see everyone dressed up, having fun and receiving well-deserved gifts and awards. It was a very fun night. The dance floor was still full at 10:00 p.m.,” remarked Danica Schimansky.

To celebrate the end of cycle and the beginning of other, Isabella Pittinger and Catharine Cooper shared a fun video that shows what swimming at CSSC feels and looks like:

Swimmers of The Month: May

 Published: Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:54

During the month of May, CSSC swimmers, from the Mullins Park program, participated in three meets. To start the month they swam the first day of the IMR Pentathlon in Sunrise, a week later some raced at a Sizzler meet hosted by American Heritage and finally, they swam plenty of best times at their first home long course meet of the season at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex (May 16-17).

Coach Jessica Nugent Long and Bar Bogoslavsky are very proud of their swimmers dedication and achievement. “Teams Red, Green and Gold are the building blocks of age group swimming at CSSC and we are excited to recognize special traits of commitment and positive work attitude in our young athletes,” said Nugent Long. For the month of May, Nugent Long and Bogoslavsky highlight Hailey Wells (10) and Lucas Opperman (9) as Swimmers of the Month.

In the recent Coral Springs LCM Invite, Hailey Wells swam four best times. Her biggest drop and best finish was 100-meter breast where she placed 12th with a time of 1:59.87 (-3.50). In the same meet, Wells swam three BB cut times: 100 free (1:31.77), 50 back (49.42) and 100 breast (1:59.87). “I have been swimming for three years,” said Wells. “I love to swim because it is a lot of fun. I love to compete.” At age 10, Wells enjoys the sport and is aware of its benefits. “Not only does it make me stronger physically but it also make me stronger mentally,” she added. 

Lucas Opperman also had a productive month. In the IMR Pentathlon, Opperman swam his first two B cuts in long course in the 50-meter breast (59.11) and 50-meter back (55.01) respectively. Later in the month, in the Coral Springs LCM Invite, Opperman finished 7th in the 10-and-unders 100-meter back with 2:01.61. Also, the month before he was part of the winning 100-yard medley relay team at a Sizzler in Tamarac. Opperman swam the fly leg. The team of young boys (Pokatragool, Armbruster, Opperman and NG) snatched first place in a tight race against the Barracudas with a time of 1:37.69. For Opperman swimming is special. "I love to swim because I want to be strong,” he shared. “I love to be part of the team. I want to help improve my team," he added.

Both swimmers remarked on how much they enjoyed attending practices and working with their coaches. “We love our coaches,” said Wells and Opperman. Wells added: “They are very nice and help me with anything I need to fix in all my strokes.”

According to Sporteology, and multiple other sport related websites, swimming is the second hardest sport, only losing to Gymnastics. Swimmers of all ages know how demanding this discipline can be, however its rewards far out weight the difficulty. “Swimming can be very challenging,” shared Hailey Wells. “But it allows me to stay focused and committed. Most importantly, [it teaches me] to never give up!”

Productive Weekend for Thirteen-and-Overs at Coral Springs

 Published: Sunday, 24 May 2015 09:06 

The older contingent of CSSC swimmers produced a total of 110 best times this past weekend at the 2015 LCM Coral Springs invite (May 16-17). 57 of these times were swum in their Sunday session. The biggest drop of the second day was scored by Megan Schimansky (15) in the 400-meter individual medley. She dropped an outstanding 72.95 seconds in this event, stopping the clock at 5:17.52 (AAA) and finishing third. First place went to Jessica Allen of London Aquatic Club with 5:13.37 and second to Daniella Van Den Berg of Azura Florida Aquatics with 5:14.82. Schimansky also took third place in the 200-meter back with 2:27.23 (AAA).

Catharine Cooper (15) took first in the 50-meter free with 27.30, just off her best time. She was followed by Courtney Stewart (17) of Broward Elite Spirit Team with 28.12 and Ellie Wong (15) of London Aquatic Club.

Hannah Virgin (14) took two second places on Sunday, one in the Girls 13-14 200 free (2:13.38, best) and the other in the 100 fly (1:09.76, best). Virgin swam five races over the weekend out of which four were best times. Her biggest drop was in the 100 fly (-2.24). Virgin also finished fifth in the 50 free with a time of 29.38.

Rachel Botting (13) swam 100% best times over the weekend. On Sunday, she finished second in the 400 IM with 5:50.85 on her first time out. Botting also took third place in the 13-14 100 breast with 1:24.61 (-3.07). She finished seventh in the 50 free with 29.54.

Delaney Biro (13) finished third in the 13-14 200-meter free with 2:18.73. She swam a total of four best times this meet.

Acacia Jones (14) finished third in the Girls 13-14 400 IM with a time of 5:52.96 (JO, A). She dropped 16.59 seconds in this event.

Julie Mason (14) finished sixth in the 100 breast with a best of 1:28.76. Mason swam 100% bests this weekend.

U-Cal bound Rebecca Wilkerson (17) finished second in the 100 breast with a best of 1:20.74. Wilkerson also clocked a substantial drop in the 400 free (4:56.85), where she shed 20.48 seconds.

Andres McKeon (13) finished fourth in the Boys 13-14 200 free with a best time of 2:09.95 (AAA). McKeon swam a total of five bests this meet, dropping the most in the 200 back (-27.08).

Gianni Savino finished fifth in the Boys 13-14 100 breast with a best of 1:18.15 (-4.01). He swam a total of 4 best times this weekend.

100% Best Times Club

  • Rachel Botting with 6 bests. Her biggest drop was in the 400 free (-9.35).
  • Madelyn García (13) swam 4 bests and 2 new races.  She dropped 23.13 in the 13-14 200 IM (3:19.53).
  • Camila Parsons (13) swam 5 bests and 1 new race. She swam the 100 fly in 1:23.97 landing really close to the JO cut and dropping 16.73 off her previous best.
  • Olivia Reposa (13) turned in two bests and swam 4 new races during this meet. She dropped 4.27 seconds in the 100 breast (1:39.86).
  • Acacia Jones swam five best times and a new race. Her biggest drop was in the 400 IM (16.59).
  • Julie Mason swam 6 best times. Her biggest drop was in the 200 breast (-8.16).
  • Dominique Fajardo (15) swam 5 best times and a new race.  Her biggest drop was in the 200 free (-9.26).
  • Fabrizio Párraga (13) swam three races this weekend. Two new races and one best time. In the 100 free, Párraga dropped 12.26 seconds.
  • Ian Lee (14) swam two bests out of two races. He dropped 6.52 seconds in the 100-meter free (1:15.46).
  • Luiz Hosfeld (16) swam 5 bests and 1 new race. Hosfeld dropped 24.46 in the 400 free (5:02.30).

FULL RESULTS HERE

Last Day of Long Course Invitational: Botting, Kasperski, Marks and Meyer Take First Places in Morning Session

 Published: Tuesday, 19 May 2015 19:50

Riley Botting (10) and Anna Kaperski (12) were the top finishers for the 12-and-under CSSC girls on the second day of the 2015 LCM Invite that took place in the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Botting swam six best times this weekend. On Sunday, she took first place in the 100-meter breast with a time of 1:30.68 (AAAA). As if that was an easy feat, Botting also finished third in the 10-and-under 200-meter free with 2:36.18 (AAA); and fourth in the 50 free with 32.69 (AAA).

Kasperski took first place in the Girls 11-12 100-meter fly with a time of 1:16.10 (AA). This was the first time Kasperski swam the 100 fly in long course. Following her in second place, the powerful Giuilianna Garcia finished with a best of 1:20.30. Kasperski wrapped the meet with a fourth place in the 50 free (31.40).

The boys’ top finishers were Connor Marks and Alexander Meyer, both 12. Marks swam a furious 200 back in 2:41.09, a AA time on his first time out. In his wake was Sebastian Lares of Azura Florida Aquatics, who touched second at 2:43.65. Marks also broke 30 in the 50 free (29.85), finishing third.

Alexander Meyer finished first in the 50 back on Sunday, clocking a best time (34.56, AAA). Meyer also took second in the 200 free with a best of 2:21.22 (AA).

Mullins Park

“At the Sunday session, our swimmers had great races,” said Coach Bar Bogoslavslky of the Mullins Park program. “Eight-year-olds Camryn Meyer and MacKenna Bonney each swam a B time in the 200-meter free (3:41.39 and 3:47.63, respectively),” she added. Bogoslavsky also highlighted the performance of Tyler Armbruster in the 200 free where he dropped 28.03 seconds (3:14.15, B) and in the 100 fly, where he finished sixth with 1:55.27 (B). Hailey Wells (10) swam 100% best times and secured her BB time in the 100 breast with 1:59.87. Ryan Brander (11) swam a B time in the 100 breast (1:47.66). “The rain didn’t stop them. We are super proud of our swimmers,” commented Bogoslavsky.

Highlights

  • Emily Robertson (10) finished 3rd in the 50 back with 40.56 (AA), 5th in the 100 fly (1:33.95, A) and 7th in the 200 free (2:51.55, A).
  • Camryn Meyer (8) finished 6th in the 100 breast with 1:50.59 (BB).
  • Alejandro Alvarez (10) finished 8th in the 50 back with 45.95 (BB).
  • Cody Chin (12) finished 9th in the 50 free with a time of 31.64 (JO, A).
  • Ellie Mitova (12) dropped 4.39 seconds in the 200 free (2:35.48, A).

100% Best Times Club

  • Kaithlyn Armbruster (10) swam 3 best times and 3 new races this weekend. She finished 6th in the 100 fly with 1:35.24 (JO, A).
  • Willow Holmes (10) swam 5 best times and a new race. She finished 8th in the 50 back with 43.68 (JO).
  • Nicole Palacios (10) swam 5 best times and a new race. She dropped 4.82 seconds in the 200 free (3:18.75, BB).
  • Emily Robertson (10) swam 4 best times and 2 new races. Her biggest drop was in the 200 free (-7.07)
  • Payton Ward (10) swam 2 best times and 4 new races. Her biggest drop was in the 50 free (-10.45).
  • Giulianna García (11) swam 6 bests. Her biggest drop was in the 200 IM (-4.85).
  • Ashley Nagy (11) swam 6 best times. Her biggest drop was in the 200 IM (-23.50).
  • Brian González (11) swam 5 best times. His biggest drop was on the 200 IM (-8.15).
  • Melanie Suglio (11) swam 2 best times and 4 new races. Her biggest drop was in the 50 back (-19.29).
  • Anna Kasperski (12) swam 3 best times and 3 new races.
  • Olivia Mason (12) swam 6 best times. Her biggest drop was on the 100 fly (-23.52).
  • Sarah Schimansky (12) swam 6 best times. Her biggest drop was in the 400 free (-17.05).
  • Hayley Conrad (12) swam 3 best times and 3 new races. Her biggest drop was in the 100 free (-5.94). She finished 9th in the 50 back (41.79, BB).

FULL MEET RESULTS HERE

Saturday Afternoon Session Yields Plenty of Best Times for 13-and-Over Swimmers

Published: Sunday, 17 May 2015 16:39

The 13-and-over and Open events were scheduled for the afternoon session. 51 13-and-over swimmers from the Coral Springs Swim Club turned in 53 best times the first day of the 2015 LCM Coral Springs Invitational.

Hannah Virgin (14) finished first in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:36.00. Virgin also finished fifth in the 100 free with a best of 1:04.06. She scored 34 points.

The top scorer for CSSC was Megan Schimansky (15) with 49 points. Schimansky secured a second place in the 100-meter back with 1:08.61, just shy of her best. The first place went to Aitana Robinson (17) of the London Aquatic Club (Canada) with a time of 1:06.70. Schimansky also finished third in the 200 IM and 400 free (2:32.48 and 4:37.65, both bests).

Delaney Biro (13) had a productive first day. She finished second in the 200 IM and the 400 free with bests of 2:37.86 and 4:48.83. Biro also finished fifth in the 100 back with 1:17.10 (best, JO). Biro scored 48 points.

Thirteen-year-olds Gabriella Beltrano and Rachel Botting both scored 43 points. Beltrano scored the biggest drop of the day for the older swimmers, shedding 32.84 seconds in her 400 free (5:01.43, JO). She also finished third in the 100 back, one of her signature events, with a time of 1:14.79. In the 200 IM, Beltrano finished sixth with 2:43.57 (JO). Botting, on the other hand, finished third in the 400 free with a time of 4:51.53 (JO, AA). She also finished fourth and seventh in the 100 free and 200 IM respectively, with times of 1:03.95 (JO, A) and 2:43.93 (JO, A).

Julie Mason (14) finished third in the 200 breast with a time of 3:05.07 (JO, A). She swam three for three in this session: three races and three best times.

For the boys, Sebastian Vargas (16) finished third in the 200 fly with 2:16.86 and Andres McKeon (13), who was the top scorer for the boys with 31 points, finished 6th in the 100 free and 100 back with times of 1:01.00 (best) and 1:14.68, respectively.

Gianni Savino (14) finished fifth in the 400 free with 4:47.79 (JO, AA) in his first time out and swam a JO in the 100 free (1:04.17)

Other top finishers for CSSC

  • Lydia Szakacs (13) finished sixth in the 200 breast with a best of 3:13.07.
  • Catharine Cooper (15) finished sixth in the 100 free with 1:01.42.
  • Acacia Jones (14) finished seventh and eighth in the 100 back and 400 free, respectively, with times of 1:20.18 and 5:11.58.
  • Brooke Cordoba (13) finished eighth in the 200 breast with 3:15.99.

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12-and-Unders are on Fire at Coral Springs LCM Invite

Published: Sunday, 17 May 2015 14:52

Riley Botting and Alexander Meyer were the top finishers for CSSC on the opening session of the 2015 Coral Springs LCM Invitational (May 16-17), their first long course home meet of the year. The meet started on time and the morning session ran smoothly. 79 12-and-under CSSC swimmers turned in 61 best times on their first session.

Riley Botting (10) swam three for three: three races, three best times. In all of them she finished second accruing 51 points for CSSC. In the 200-meter, Botting dropped 5.91 seconds stopping the clock at 2:58.70 (AAA). In the 100 back she finished with 1:29.94 (-5.22, AA) and in the 50 breast, her time was 41.33 (-1.74) a whopping AAAA time. The first place in the 200 IM and the 50 breast went to Michelle Fernández of Hialeah Swim Club with 2:54.78 and 40.10; in the 100 back, the first place went to Becca Montero of AquaKids Sharks (1:26.33).

Alexander Meyer (12) also swam three bests Saturday morning and was the top scorer for CSSC boys with 51 points. He took first in the 100 ba