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).
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:
Sophia El Chantiry
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.
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 Vilar, Marli Dearen, Samuel McCormick, Briana Dattile, Pedro DaSilva, Victoria Veiga, Kiara 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".