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Contact: Sarasota Sharks Inc. Head Coach Brent Arckey (941) 260-9107 [email protected] www.sarasotasharks.org SARASOTA SHARKS WIN THE ALL-FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIPS WHILE ALSO WINNING SEVERAL 18 & UNDER NATIONAL EVENTS. LIAM CUSTER DESTROYS NATIONAL AGE GROUP RECORD. Sarasota - December 14, 2020: Over the weekend the entire state of Florida participated in the Florida Swimming Virtual Championships. The Florida Virtual Championship meet was also part of USA Swimming National 18 & Under Virtual Winter Championships. This event included swimmers competing virtually against all 18 & Under swimmers in the nation. In the national...

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Liam Custer (16) of the Sarasota Sharks breaks 1650 national age group record by almost 8 seconds during this weekend's US Open and Florida Virtual Campionships. Liam is the youngest swimmer to break 14:40 in the 1650. He is currently ranked 3rd in the nation behind Jake Magahey (14:33.78) and Bobby Finke (14:34.27) All-Time Rankings Boys 1650 Freestyle (15-16 age group) 14:37.86, Liam Custer, 2020 14:45.40, Sean Grieshop, 2014 14:51.81, Matthew Hirschberger, 2014 14:52.39, Jeff Kostoff, 1982 14:52.85, Jake Magahey, 2017 To read more go to: https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/liam-custer-throws-down-15-16-nag-record-in-1650-at-florida-virtual-championships/ https://swimswam.com/custer-breaks-sean-grieshops-15-16-nag-in-1650-free-at-fl-champs-1437-86/

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After a long hot couple of months we have had our first cold snap of the season. It's time to dust off the parka's and bring an extra towel to practice to help dry off after we swim. If you do not have a parka and are interested in purchasing one please contact Stacey Leach, [email protected] She can help you order a team parka. The pool is heated to 82 degrees year round so the athletes will be plenty warm when they get in the pool and start moving. The...

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USA SWIMMING ANNOUNCES 9 SITES THAT WILL HOST THE 2020 U.S. OPEN From SwimSwam's BRADEN KEITH "USA Swimming has announced the 9 sites that will host the 2020 U.S. Open Swimming Championships. As part of a reimagined calendar amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, USA Swimming announced in September that the U.S. Open would be held at multiple sites around the country, instead of the traditional single-site setup. Specifically, 9 venues around the country will host the meet. Rather than the traditional 700-800 athletes in one location, this means that that...

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From Swiming World Magizine's ANDY ROSS 2019 400 IM national champion Emma Weyant will be staying at home in Sarasota, Florida this year to train for the Olympic Trials, and is deferring her enrollment to the University of Virginia, where she would have been a freshman this fall. Coach Todd DeSorbo confirmed Weyant’s deferral with Swimming World. Weyant, who was ranked sixth in the world for 2019 in the 400 IM, will be training one more year with Brent Arckey at the Sarasota Sharks, where she has a legitimate chance...

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FROM Sarasota COunty Schools NEWS FEED SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES 23 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALISTS SARASOTA COUNTY, September 22, 2020 – Sarasota County Schools is proud to announce that 23 students throughout the district have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and by meeting published program entry and participation...

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From SwimSwam's BRADEN KEITH 16-year old Liam Custer swam a new lifetime best of the 1000 free in the opening distance night of the Sarasota Sharks’ second post-quarantine on Friday evening. After swimming 12 lifetime bests at the team’s last meet 6 weeks ago, Custer was named the Ultra Swim Swimmer of the Month for July. Custer’s new meet kicked off with the 1000 free, an event he didn’t race in July, where he swam a 9:15.33. That was an 8.27 second drop from the time he swam at the...

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VANDERBILT RECEIVES VERBAL FROM WINTER JUNIORS FINALIST MERCEDES TRABA From SwimSwam's MADELEINE LEPESANT Traba is a rising senior at Sarasota High School. Last November she competed at the Florida High School 3A State Championships. She swam the 200 and 500 free and the 200 and 400 free relays, placing within the top 8 in each event. She finished 4th in both prelims and finals of the 200 free, and she moved from 6th to 4th in the 500 free. Both times were new top times for Traba. She led off...

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NCAA QUALIFIER NICO HERNANDEZ-TOME TRANSFERS TO FLORIDA, WILL SIT OUT A YEAR From SwimSwam's BRADEN KEITH "2020 NCAA Championship qualifier Nico Hernandez-Tome will transfer to the University of Florida after spending his first two college seasons at Alabama. While most college swimmers don’t have to sit out a year when they transfer anymore, because Hernandez-Tome is transferring from one SEC school to another, he will sit out the 2020-2021 season before becoming eligible to compete in 2021-2022. For Hernandez-Tome, who is a native of Sarasota, Florida, this will be a...

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From SwimSwam's JARED ANDERSON Even with the coronavirus pandemic restricting training and competition, it was a banner month of July for 16-year-old Sarasota Sharks swimmer Liam Custer. Custer crushed lifetime-bests in 12 different races at the SYS Summer Social Distance this month. You read that right: a full dozen. The Summer Social Distance meet ran yards events in morning heats, followed by meters events in the evening finals, so Custer ultimately swam six different events, each one in both short course yards and long course meters. Every single swim was...