This past weekend, Coral Springs Swim Club traveled down to Sunrise to participate in the Sunrise Open Invitational. Saturday, September 23 was a typical hot autumn day in Florida’s Gold Coast but our swimmers didn’t let the heat adversely affect their performances. Instead, their technique, skills, and team spirit were just as bright at the South Florida sun, making it a very successful day.
9-year-old Carolyn Powell impressed us all at the event. She competed in 3 different events and not only achieved new personal best times in each of her races, she also placed 1st in both her 50 Back at 34.55 and her 50 Free at 29.53. Powell finished out her day by placing 4th in her 100 IM at 1:20.00, scoring an overall 20 points for CSSC.
Giulianna Garcia competed in 3 different events. She placed 1st in her 100 Fly (1:02.44), 3rd in her 100 IM (1:04.79), and shaved a noteworthy 11 seconds off her previous personal record in her 500 Free, and came in 6th at 1:04.79. Riley McCormick also swam 3 events with skill and precision. McCormick placed 2nd in her 100 IM at 1:08.43, 3rd in her 500 Free at 5:55.69, and 4th in her 100 Breast with a new personal best of 1:19.62.
Many CSSC Swimmers enjoyed 2nd place, including Rhania Suarez by shaving 1.5 seconds off her 50 Free and finishing at 30.75, earning her 17 points, Andres McKeon’s 500 Free (4:56.10), and Emily Robertson’s 100 Fly (1:07.69). Robertson also placed 7th in her 50 Free and earned 12 points at 28.20.
10-year-old Brittany Bean placed 3rd in her 100 Breast (1:29.99) while 11-year-old Nicole Creed also enjoyed a bronze finish in her 50 Back (32.97) as well as 9th place in her 50 Free (28.51), earning 9 points for the race. More 3rd place victories include Faith Fowler’s 200 Back (2:17.77), Lydia Lanahan’s 50 Back (33.01), Sarah Schimansky’s 500 Free at 5:30.20, Micaela Sierra’s 100 Breast at 1:11.01, and Mariana Montes’ 50 Free at a new personal best of 31.02 while also banking 16 points for CSSC.
More personal bests were achieved this weekend, proving that our swimmers have been working diligently during practice in order to sharpen their skills. Isabella Perez enjoyed a 5th place finish in her 200 IM at 3:01.44, an improvement of over 32 seconds. Perez also improved her 50 Free by over 4 seconds at 31.77, a time which placed her in 6th and earned her an impressive 13 points.
Jason Bonasera shaved over 13 seconds from his 100 Breast, placing 9th at 1:08.99, Guillermo Barrios shaved 2.6 seconds from his 500 Free, placing 7th at 5:19.07, Grant Aran shaved a second from his 50 Back, placing 6th at 27.98, and Briana Dattile shaved nearly a full minute from her 500 Free with a new record of 5:47.43. Dattile also earned 4.5 points in for her time in her 50 Free at 27.37.
Kaitlyn Bonasera shaved time from all 3 events in which she competed with impressive times in each of 2:40.00 and 5th place in her 200 IM, 1:12.72 and 7th place in her 100 Fly, and 1:16.24 in her 100 IM as did Mila Bond. Bond shaved 9 seconds from her 50 Back ( 42.42), 5 seconds from her 50 Breast (1:39.64), and 3 seconds from her 50 Free (32.43) for which she earned 6 points for CSSC.
Coach Bar Bogoslavsky was proud of her swimmers, especially two rookie swimmers from the Mullins Group,for whom the Sunrise Open Invitational was their first competition with CSSC. She reflected, “we had some first time swimmers participate and they brought the speed, Olivia Ratliff and Ethan Persten swam their first meet and did a great job”. Ratliff and Peterson both competed in 2 events, the 50 Back and 50 Free, and achieved impressive times. (44.84 and 34.26 respectively for Ratliff and 50.01 and 39.96 respectively for Peterson).
Beginners weren’t the only CSSC Swimmers to make an impression at the event, other noteworthy swims, Katelyn Lay shaved off an impressive 23.5 seconds from her 100 IM with a new personal best of time 1:54.62. Lay also achieved new personal records in both her 50 Free (47.29) and 50 Back (50.03). Mikhel Martin also swam his personal best in 3 events, including his 50 Back at 45.47, his 100 Breast at 2:00.29, and his 50 Free at 39.71.
More new personal bests swam by the Mullins Group at Saturday’s invitational include Savannah Kautz and Samantha Grossman’s 5 second improvement in each of their 50 Frees (44.08 and 45.86 respectively), Anthony Palumbo’s 4 second improvement in his 50 Free (37.81), Max Cisternas’ 3 second improvement in his 50 Back (50.51), Kyra Rattray’s 2.7 second improvement in her 100 Breast at 1:42.49 and 1.7 second improvement in her 50 Free at 37.39, Jorge Aguila’s 2 second improvement in his 100 Breast (1:52.82), and Joslyn Brown and Gigi Martin’s 1 second improvement in each of their 50 Backs (51.98 and 1:02.04 respectively). Coach Bar also congratulated both Cailin Duggins and Sebastian Sterling, who “gave it their all”.
Coach Bar concluded, “myself and Coach Jessica are very proud of the hard work our swimmers have been putting in during practice”. Both Coaches are eagerly anticipating the June Wollger Invitational at Sunrise on October 7th and 8th.