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The 2015 FGC SCY Junior Olympic Championship opened Friday in Coral Springs. At this meet, qualifying 14-and-under swimmers race for individual and team titles. There are two Junior Olympic Championships (JOs) in the year, one every July (long course, 50-meter pool) and this one on every March (short course, 25-yard pool). This 2014-2015 season, 838 swimmers -from 40 different teams- met the rigorous cuts established by Florida Gold Coast (FGC) for Areas 1, 2 and 3 (Miami-Dade, Broward and West Palm Beach).hannah virgin

Girls rule the region this season with 462 female athletes registered to swim this weekend versus 376 boys. There are 10 teams bringing more than 35 swimmers to the meet. South Florida Aquatic Club (SOFLO) leads the field with a strong contingent of 69 swimmers, followed by Coral Springs Swim Club (CSSC), Gulliver Swim Club (GRSC) and Metro Aquatics (MACM) with 42 swimmers each. Blue Marlins of Hialeah (BMHG) signed up 41 swimmers and Pine Crest Swimming (PCS), Plantation (PST) and Jupiter Dragons (JDST) are next with 40. Finally, Azura Florida Aquatics (AZFL) and Miami Swimming (MS) close ranks of the top 10 largest teams with 38 and 37 swimmers, attending JOs.

CSSC will be lead into action by Riley Botting (9), Giulianna Garcia (10), Hannah Virgin (14) and Nico Ferrara (14). These swimmers are seeded in top 3 positions in several events. Botting goes into the meet with the second best time in the 100-yard breaststroke with 1:19.32 (AAA) and ranked 3rd in the 50 breast and 100 individual medley with 36.14 (AAAA) and 1:12.86 (AAA), respectively.

García is seeded 2nd in the 100 IM and the 200 free with 1:12.58 (AAA) and 2:20.05 (AAA).

Hannah Virgin, a 4-time gold medal winner at the past Speedo Winter Champs, is seeded 1st in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke with 1:06.01 and 2:21.98. She is also leading the way with the second best time in the 50 breast with 30.80.

Nico Ferrara (14), a club record holder for Coral Springs, is ranked 1st in the 50-yard butterfly with a fast 24.28. He is also 2nd in the 50 and 100 free with 22.23 and 48.44, in that order.

This year, the strong candidates for the high-point award per age group are:


Isabella Chambers (10) of PST, seeded 1st in 5 events.

Joshua Zuchowski (10) of East Coast Aquatic Club (ECAC), seeded 1st in 7 events.


Vanessa Mesa (12) of SOFLO, seeded 1st in 5 events.

Andres Wong (12) of MACM, seeded 1st in 4 events.


Jessica Nava (14) of PST, seeded 1st in 6 events. Nava, the current FGC record holder in the 100 fly, is close in several other races to establish a new record, specially in the 200 fly where she is only 0.15 seconds away.

Adrian Aguilar (14) of MACM, seeded 1st in 4 races.

To highlight the prestige of the championship, each swimmer is allowed to race in a maximum of 7 races.

The Coral Springs Aquatic Complex will host 3451 races this weekend, starting on Friday, March 6. Warm up for prelim races is scheduled to start promptly at 7:30 a.m. every day. The meet will run in 2 pools, the west pool for girl races and the east pool for boys.

Finals will be streamed live by Florida Swim Network. To watch the webcast, click here.


If You Go

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex

              12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

              Coral Springs, FL 33063

Parking for coaches, officials and volunteers available in the facility.

Parking for parents and general public will be available across the street.

Meet start: 9:00 a.m.

Finals Warm-up time: 3:30 p.m.

Finals start: 5:00 p.m.

Admission: $ 3.00 per person

Heat Sheets: $ 3.00

Closed deck policy will be in effect: The deck will be partially closed for parents.

JO Important Announcement!

Head Coach Bruno DarziDear Coaches,

I hope you are ready for the weekend. We are looking forward to host another great championship meet.
I would like to remind you that Daylight savings will start on Sunday, March 9. Remind your swimmers, parents and coaches to adjust their clocks on Saturday night.

The All-Star sign up table will be located in front of the record board, right next to the life-guard office. Please encourage your swimmers to sign so they can support of LSC. Top 6 swimmers of each individual events will automatically qualify for the FGC All-Stars team.
The All-Stars meet will be held at Indian River, Fort Pierce, FL on April 5-6. For more information about the All-Stars Team, contact Julie Smiddy at juliesmiddy@gmail.com.

Our Town will be going on during the weekend. We encourage all team to use Royal Palm Blvd to come to the pool. Sportsplex will be open but traffic may be heavy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. We are working with the City of Coral Springs Police Department to make sure traffic runs smoothly. Both lanes will be open. Parking is free and will be available across the street and at the Westchester Elementary School parking lot.

I will be accepting corrections/ deck entries prior to the seeding of the meet until tomorrow, March 5 at 12:00pm (noon). All other deck entries will have to be made on site. You may not change events, only add new athletes and events, or events for athletes who have room under the maximum event limit.

The meet warm up for prelims starts at 7:30am, while finals starts at 3:30pm.

Heat sheets for coaches will be available at the coaches' office. Please stop by when arriving at the pool. For deck entries, you MUST bring proof of time. You will not be allowed to use the computer at the office. Have your swimmer's information ready to go. Make sure to bring cash. Deck entries will be doubled.

Swimmers not in the meet must bring their USS card as proof of registration.

Boys events will be swum at the East pool (25 meter). Girls events will be swum at the West Pool (50 meter). All finals will be swum at the West Pool.

Friday's 500 Free, Saturday's 400 IM and Sunday's 1650 Freestyle are timed final events, swum together and scored separately. Teams must provide their own timers for the 1650 Free.

The 500 Freestyle and the 400IM the top 10 swimmers in the following age groups (10 & under, 11-12, 13-14 for the 500 Free); (11-12, 13-14 for the 400IM) will swim at night, all others with the preliminaries. The 1650 freestyles are swum as timed finals following preliminaries on Sunday. All age groups will be swum together, scored separately, swum fastest to slowest alternating girls, boys.

Any swimmer that is checked-in and does not show up to the finals or prelims timed-finals, that swimmer will be barred from their next individual event and fined $25.

Positive check in for the 500 Freestyle, 400 IM and 1650 will be closed at the times listed below. Swimmers who fail to check-in may swim, only if an open lane is available without creating another heat.

Event Age Group Day Check-In Closing Time
500 Free 10 & Under/11-12/13-14 Friday 09:30 AM
400 IM 11-12/13-14 Saturday 09:30 AM
1650 Free 11-12/13-14 Sunday 09:30 AM

Brian Murphy is our Meet Referee.

Time Trials will be held on Saturday and Sunday (time permitted) only. Entry fees are $5. Relays are $10.

See you this weekend.

Bruno Darzi
Head Coach
Coral Springs Swim Club
email: bruno@coralspringsswimclub.com
facebook: facebook.com/CoralSpringsSwimClub


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JO History

Year Results
Combined Champion
2015 SOFLO Metro Aquatic
2013 SOFLO Metro Aquatic Club
2012 SOFL Pine Crest Swimming
2011 SOFL Fort Lauderdale Aquatics
2010 Lake Lytal Lighting Pine Crest Swimming
2009 Coral Springs Swim Club Fort Lauderdale Aquatics
2008 Coral Springs Swim Club Pine Crest School
2007 Coral Springs Swim Club Pine Crest School
2006 Coral Springs Swim Club Pine Crest School
2004 Plantation Swim Team Metro Aquatic Club

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