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Rain didn’t spoil the fun at finals on the first day of JOs. The meet ran on time and the excitement of relays was contagious. Though the place bubbled with people and activity, swimmers, coaches, officials and volunteers made the whole event run smooth.

hannahFor the host team, the day saw a collection of exciting races. Hannah Virgin won the Girls 13-14 100-yard breaststroke with a best time of 1:05.24, in a tight race against Hailey Jerew who finished in 1:05.40.

Delaney Biro (13) clocked an 8.30 seconds drop in the 500 free. She fished 5th in her age group with 5:12.95. She also finished 9th in the 50 free with 24.86 (best).

Gabby Beltrano, who just turned 13, finished 9th in the 200 back with 2:13.56.

nico divesNico Ferrara (14) won gold tonight in the 50-yard freestyle at Junior Olympics. He won with a time of 21.97, just 0.22 seconds off his best, which he swam this morning in prelims. Both prelims and finals times break his own CSSC record in this category. "I was very excited when I looked up to the board," said Ferrara. "I wanted to break 22 but wasn't sure it would happen." This new time in the 50 free, positions Ferrara as the 16th fastest 14-year old male swimmer in the event in the country.

Ferrara also took bronze in the 100 fly with 54.93. This is the meet Ferrara has been training for and he looks forward to two more days of races.

alexConnor Marks (12) swam a strong 200-yard backstroke, dropping in prelims and finals, he finished 4th overall with a time of 1:17.54. He dropped a total of 10.03 seconds. This fourth place in finals qualifies Marks to be part of the 2015 FGC All-Stars team.

Alex Meyer (12) finished 6th in the 50 free and the 100 IM with times of 25.66 and 1:05.83, respectively. “I made All-Stars!,” he shared happily on Friday night.

Every year, top-6 times in JOs are qualified to participate in the FGC All-Star team that, later in the month, races against Florida Swimming. So far, Virgin, Biro, Ferrara, Marks and Meyer have the option to join the fastest team in the region this season.


In the Girls 13-14 200-yard freestyle relay, CSSC finished 4th with a time of 1:41.12. Delaney Biro led off the charge with a 24.98 split, followed by Gabby Beltrano who swam a 26.01. The third leg went to Rachel Botting with 25.34 and Hannah Virgin anchored with a solid 24.79. Results: 1st Pine Crest: 1:38.56, 2nd North Palm Beach: 1:40.22, 3rd AquaKids Sharks: 1:40.89.

The Boys 13-14 took 5th in their respective 200 free relay race with 1:36.12. Team: 1. Ferrara with 22.08, 2. Kalvin Hernandez with 24.17, 3. Andres McKeon with 24.08 and 4. Gianni Savino with 25.79. Results: 1st Metro Aquatics: 1:31.59, 2nd. St. Andrews: 1:34.43.

The Girls 11-12 400 free relay finished 13th with a time of 4.10.85. Schimansky was first with a 1:04.90, Olivia Mason was second with 1:02.48, Olivia Reposa was the third leg with 1:01.93 and Ana Kasperski took care of the rest with a 1:01.54. Results: 1st SOFLO: 3:45.00, 2nd ECAC: 3:55.31, 3rd Azura: 3:59.26.

The Boys 11-12 400 free relay team made up by 1. Connor Marks (59.12), 2. Jason Allen (1:01.81), 3. Brian Gonzalez (1:00.80) and 4. Alex Meyer (58.54), finished 3rd with a time of 4:00.27. Results: 1st Metro Aquatics: 3:47.55, 2nd SOFLO: 3:53.10.


There were five new FGC records established during the Friday’s sessions, two in the Age Group category and three in the Open category. Aitor Fungairino (14) from Metro Aquatics broke the two age group ones. First he took down the 8-year-old record established by Carlos Omana in the 200-yard backstroke. Fungairino swam a 1:51.52 in finals crushing Omana’s time by 1.47 seconds. Toward the end of the finals session, Fungairino swam a stellar 500-yard freestyle breaking Julien Pinon’s 2013 record (4:35.28) with 4:33.22.

The 10-and-under boys were on fire. Sebastian Lares of Azura broke the FGC OPEN record in the 100-yard butterfly freshly established last year by Josh Zuchowski (1:03.85) with a 1:03.79. Joshua Zuchowski, in turn, decided to break the 100-yard individual medley FGC Open record with a time of 1:03.81, taking down Alberto Gomez’s time of 1:05.26.

Finally, Metro Aquatics Boys 13-14 Team broke their own standing FGC Open record in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:14.71 by 1.56 seconds (previous record: 7:16.27).

Friday Wrap Up

SOFLO lead the field on Friday with a combined score of 373 points. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami is second with 211, followed by Pine Crest with 197.

Saturday and Sunday Finals will be streamed live by Florida Swim NetworkTo watch the webcast, click here.

To watch the replay of Friday’s Finals: 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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