After an action-packed 4 days, the 2017 Annual Speedo Championships have come to an end. Coral Springs Swim Club members performed not only well, they also showed tenacity, grit and sportsmanship. Our swimmers have been working hard with our Coaches in preparation for the Championships and it is exciting to see how their hard work during practice materializes into impressive swims during competition.
The final team results are as follows. CSSC placed 14th out of the 47 teams competing in the championships with a total of 300 points. The top teams were Pine Crest in 1st place with 1317.5 points, followed by Azura Florida Aquatics in 2nd with 1165 points and Saint Andrew’s in 3rd with 923.5 points. Our Womens team earned 206 points and were ranked 9th while our Mens team earned 94 points and were ranked 19th.
Many of our swimmers achieved Junior Olympic qualifying times at the Championships including 14-year-old Sarah Schimansky and 12-year-old Kaitlyn Bonasera in their 1650 Free (18:40.14 and 20:12.43 respectively), 14-year-old Olivia Mason in her 50 Fly (29.46), 14-year-old Grant Aran in his 50 Fly (25.74), 200 Back (2:08.03) and his 50 Back (27.86), 11-year-old Nicole Creed in her 50 Back (32.16), 13-year-old Brianna Datile in her 50 Breast (34.77), 12-year-old Elizabeth Olson in her 100 Fly (1:12.38), 12-year-old Payton Ward in her 200 Breast (2:52.67) and 100 Free (1:01.20), 10-year-olds Sammy Schoenborn and Carolyn Powell in their 200 Free (2:29.71 and 2:30.21 respectively) Powell also qualified with her 2nd place finish in her 50 Back at 33.78, and 14-year-old Jason Bonasera in his 200 Breast (2:30.71) and his 100 Free (53.66)
14-year-old Brian Gonzalez qualified for the Spring Sectionals in his 1650 Free (17:14.53), as did 16-year-old Chloe Carignan in her 50 Free (28.67), 16-year-old Andres McKeon and 14-year-old Darion Louis-Jeune in their 50 Fly (25.88 and 28.06 respectively),
13-year-olds Giulianna Garcia and Riley McCormick both qualified for Summer Sectionals in their 50 Fly with respective times of 27.62 and 28.53 as did 18-year-old Megan Schimansky with her 1st place finish in her 50 Fly at 28.49, 13-year-old Micaela Sierra with her 6th place finish in her 50 Breast (31.88), 14-year-old Faith Fowler in her 50 Back (30.37)
David Blanco (16), Connor Marks (15), Guillermo Barrios (15), Sam McCormick (15), Patrick Franzino, Gregory Trimble (16), and Sofia Barrios (14) all qualified for the Winter Sectionals in their 50 Fly with respective times of 25.61,26.22, 26.24, 26.30, 27.00, 27.27 and 29.78. Ryan Brander (13) qualified in his 50 Breast at 32.85 while 10-year-olds Mariana Montes and Isabella Perez qualified in their 200 Free with respective times of 2:36.11 and 2:39.53.
The Championships are over but with these qualifying times, CSSC can look forward to more exciting events as 2017 comes to an end.
Photo Credit: Lorena Schoenborn
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