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.
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.