The Lake Lytal Lightning Swim Team hosted the 2017 Mike Horgan Invitational on October 13-15, 2017 at Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Complex in West Palm Beach. Coral Springs Swim Club were honored to be among the teams invited to the annual event held to honor Horgan, who served as Lake Lytal's head developmental coach. Horgan passed away at age 50 in August, 2011 but will always be remembered as one of Florida Gold Coast’s most influential Swim Coaches.
Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic qualifying times were met at the Invitational by 8 CSSC swimmers . Riley McCormick qualified in her 100 IM, finishing 2nd at 1:06.89 and both her 50 Free and 200 Free by finishing in 4th place in both races with respective times of 27.24 and 2:09.20 as well as her 200 Breast, finishing in 7th place at 2:49.62. Nicole Creed also achieved a FGCJ qualifying time by placing 4th in her 100 Back at 1:09.95. Emily Robertson also qualified in 4th place in her 100 Fly at 2:35.31 and her 200 Free at 2:12.97, as did Payton Ward in her 200 Back at 2:51.81.
Carolyn Powell, Mariana Montes, andMila Bond qualified in their 50 Free with respective times of 31.29, 31.7, and 32.43. Montes also qualified in her 50 Fly at 35.80 and her 100 IM at 1:30.11. Powell also qualified in her 100 IM at 1:21.83Sammy Schoenborn in her 200 Free at 2:29.12, her 50 Breast at 43.17, her 50 Fly at 37.49., her 100 IM at 1:24.65.
CSSC swimmers also showed improvements by dropping times at the meet including Grant Aran who dropped 2.37 seconds from his 100 Back (1:00.97), finishing in 2nd place and 3.29 seconds from his 200 Free (1:55.4), finishing in 3rd. Aran earned a total of 62 points for CSSC in the 4 events in which he competed at the meet. Jason Bonasera dropped over 5 seconds from both his 200 Free and 200 IM (1:56.92 and 2:16.65 respectively) and earned a cumulative 43 points. Ryan Brander placed 7th in his 200 Breast (2:34.46) by dropping 7.59 seconds from his previous record
Payton Ward dropped a whopping 15.67 seconds from her 200 Breast (2:51.81). Payton competed in 4 legs and earned 16 points at the Invitational. Other significant time improvements include John Lynch’’s 27.38 drop in his 200 Free (2:23.27), Grayson Yellin’s 24.85 second drop from his 200 Free (2:19.32), Savannah Korb’s 24.76 drop in her 200 Free (2:52.37) Kenneth Rattray’s 15.18 drop in his 100 IM (1:58.30), Faith Suther’s 12.66 second drop in her 200 Free (2:20.43), andAlejandro Alvarez’ 19.12 second drop in his 200 IM (2:37.15).
More impressive swims include Micaela Sierra’s 3rd place finish in her 200 Breast (2:35.38), Giulianna Garcia’s 4th place finish in her 200 Fly (2:16.80), Darion Louis-Jeune’s 4th place finish in his 50 Free (24.69), and Kaitlyn Bonasera’s 6th place finish in her 200 Fly (2:41.58) which she achieved by dropping 5 seconds from her previous personal record.
CSSC swimmers were honored to be able to participate in an event that pays homage to a man who played such an important role in the swim community.
The Coral Springs Swim Club Mullins groups participated in the June Woogler Memorial IMX Challenge at Sunrise on October 7-8, 2017.
CSSC was well represented at the meet and some stand out swims from the Sizzler portion include 6-year-olds Daniel Gil-Restrepo and Luke Reese, who tackled their 25 Butterfly with skill. Gil-Restrepo completed the race at 24.12 and in 1st place, while Reese wasn’t far behind, finishing at 30.53 and in 3rd. Gil-Restrepo also swam an excellent 25 Back and finished in 2nd place with a time of 25.28 while Reese earned 2nd in his 25 Breast at 34.30.
Gigi Martin, also aged 6, placed 2nd in her 25 Free at 20.97 while 8-year-old Mikhel Martin placed 3rd in her 25 Fly at 21.09.
Our Girls team, consisting of 6-year-old Isla El Chantiry, 7-year-olds Aveline Harding and Sydney Larsen, and 8 year old Alex Palekar, came in 2nd in their 100 Free Relay with an impressive cumulative time of 1:15.89. Gigi Martin, 7-year-old Vanessa Rodriguez Walker, and 8-year-olds Mikhel Martin and Samantha Grossman also competed in the relay. The finished at 1:25.72, and in 6th place.
Daniel Gil-Restrepo and 8-year-olds John Albornoz, Anthony Schurr, and Jorge Aguila represented CSSC in their 100 Free Relay and placed 4th with a time of 1:18.48.
The Sizzler event included races that are challenging for our younger swimmers, aged 8 and younger, such as the 100 Breast, 100 Back, 200 Free and 200 IM. However, the Mullins group certainly rose to the challenge. Coach Bar Bogoslavsky reported, “we had some great swims from everyone in the club. Mullins group swimmers brought their A game and were ready to race. We had some great swims this weekend”. SHe continued, adding accolades to those swimmers who took a risk and competed in some of the more challenging heats, “A little shout out to our swimmers who swam the 200 IM and the 200 Free. They all killed it and we look forward to seeing them continue to improve over the season”.
The Girls 13 and Over 200 Breast was an exciting race with even better results as CSSC took 1st by Faith Fowler at 2:29.97, 3rd by Giulianna Garcia at 2:21.62, and 4th by Micaela Sierra at 2:25.05.
14-year-old Darion Louis-Jeune beat out his competition in his 200 Breast by placing 1st with an impressive time of 2:37.10 as well as his 200 Fly at 2:28.98. More 1st place finishes for CSSC include Giulianna Garcia in her 200 Fly (2:19.26) and 200 IM (2:19.45), 10-year-old Emily Robertson in her 100 Fly(1:05.62), 10-year-old Sammy Schoenborn in her 200 Free (2:27.05), and 14-year-old Gregory Trimble in his 400 IM (4:38.67).
Emily Robertson also swam an amazing 100 Back in 1:10.13, earning her 4th place. Louis-Jeune, also performed well in this stroke, finishing his 200 also in 4th place at 2:27.33. CSSC swimmers Alejandro Alvarez, John Lynch, and Grayson Yellin came in not far behind Louis-Jeune and one right after the other with respective times of 2:36.56, 2:44.89, and 9 2:49.87.
It’s events like these that get us excited to see what else our swimmers have in store. As our swimmers continue to work with our coaches and sharpen their skills and techniques, we can’t wait to see what the rest of 2017 has in store.
Photo Gallery from the 2017 June Woogler Memorial IMX Challenge