Last weekend, the Board of Directors of the Coral Springs Swim Club hosted their Annual Banquet at the Ballroom of Temple Kol Tikva in Parkland. This highly anticipated is one of CSSC’s most enjoyable traditions. Every year, swimmers of all ages and their families enjoy a formal dinner dancing with their coaches. 308 attendees gathered Saturday night to celebrate another year of swimming, friendships and successes. “It was amazing to see such a huge crowd,” said Danica Schimansky, President of the Board of Directors. We grow every year and this year we had our biggest turnout ever. The swimmers enjoy seeing each other all dressed up with dry hair,” joked Schimansky. “They all looked amazing!” she added.
To open the event, Schimansky welcomed everyone and thanked all volunteers, parents, coaches and swimmers for their hard work and dedication. She then went on to introduce CSSC Swim Club Board of Directors as well as CSSC employees and volunteers who work behind the scenes and help ensure that the swim club runs smoothly.
Each Coach proudly presented the Coaches’ Award recipients of the year for each of the nine training groups. The Board of Directors together with Head Coach Bruno Darzi made several other important recognitions, such as the Volunteer of the Year, Swimmer Volunteer of the Year, Swimmers of the Year, IMX and IMR Scores Certificates. Each award was followed with joy as the crowd clapped for each recipient. This is just part of what makes the family-friendly atmosphere unique. Schimansky noted “This year the swimmers showed so much support for each other. The cheers for each swimmer were so loud. I love to see that.”
The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Frank Biro. His daughter Delaney swims with the national group and has been with the team about 9 years. Biro runs the Omnisport at swim meets. He has trained every new Omnisport operator CSSC has acquired in the past 4 years. Biro is a Broward County Sheriff and often turns down shifts to volunteer at our meets when we are short and need him to run Omnisport. Biro’s dedication to CSSC goes beyond support for his daughter as he often volunteers at swim meets even when his daughter is not swimming. He has been known to work a night shift and head straight to a meet with zero sleep. Biro is always smiling and friendly and in Schimansky’s words, “a true pleasure to work with”.
Autumn Charni was recognized as Volunteer Swimmer of the Year in recognition of the many hours of volunteer work and happy attitude that he has dedicated CSSC over the past 13years. Charni of one of 4 CSSC seniors graduating this year.
Megan Schimansky was presented the Female Swimmer of the Year award and Jose Pascual was recognized as Male Swimmer of the Year.
2016 Michael Lohberg Scholarship Recipients
One of the most significant events of the night was the presentation of the Michael Lohberg Scholarship Awards to qualifying graduating seniors. In 2013, CSSC established a scholarship fund to honor the memory and life’s work of the late Michael Lohberg, six-time Olympic Coach and founder of CSSC. The purpose of the scholarship is to “recognize swimmers in the [club] who exemplify outstanding achievement in school, athletics, and sportsmanship. At the banquet, three graduating seniors were presented with their scholarship awards.
- Henrique Yamamoto, committed to The University of California Riverside, received $1,000.
- Daria Chiarella, committed to University of Central Florida, received 500.
- Giancarlo Payamps, committed to American University, received $500.
2016 Coaches’ Awards
- Red Group: Jorge Aguila and Molly Chaison
- Silver Group- Viviana Fernandez and Lucas Mendicino
- Green Group: Sebastian Sterling and Mila Bond
- Gold Group: Melanie Suglio and Anthony Vargas
- White Group: Emily Robertson and Riley Mccormick
- Blue Group: Giulianna Garcia, Riley Botting and Brian Gonzalez
- Senior 2 Group: - David Blanco, David Garbutt and Camila Parsons
- Senior 1 Group: Brooke Cordoba and Gregory Trimble
- National Team: Delaney Biro and Henrique Yamamoto
The ballroom was filled with smiles and laughter as attendees were celebrating each other’s success. Head Coach Bruno Darzi recalls, “The kids dressed to impress and had an amazing time. They loved their new CSSC hats.”
The Board of Directors allocates funds every year to recognize every athlete’s work with a gift. This year, all swimmers received a baseball cap embroidered with the CSSC logo and our 5 seniors received a towel embroidered with their name.
Eleven gift baskets were raffled at the banquet as well as 30 minute private lessons with CSSC coaches.
2016 Raffle Winners
- Coach Bruno and Mila Bond: Safari Sea Creature Basket
- Molly Chaison: Pool Side Basket
- Valerie Block: Pet Basket
- Brooke Cordoba: Kids Toy Basket
- Lanahan Family: Pecan Basket
- Kevin Rattray: Red Wine Basket
- Maya Lubarsky: White Wine Basket
- David Stouffer: Italian Pasta Basket
- Kellie Thirkell: Spa Basket
- Patron Bar set Basket- Danielle Jones: Patron Bar Set
- Patron Golf Basket-Richard Martin: Patron Golf Basket
- Ashley Nagy and Rachel Botting: Swimming Lessons with Coach Bruno Darzi
- Camila Parson and Barrios Family: Swimming Lessons with Coach Brian
- Christine Palumbo and Abby Frank: Swimming Lessons with Coach Jessica Nugent Long
- Sarah Laplant and Gulianna Garcia: Swimming Lessons with Coach Dave Cowmeadow
- Rhania Suarez and Amber Candido: Swimming Lessons with Coach Mike Smiechowski
- Selina Guan and Catherine Voit: Swimming Lessons with Coach Emma Volz
- Marianna Montes: Swimming Lessons with Coach Bar Bogoslavsky
- Nicole Palacios and Sandra Mccormick: Swimming Lessons with Coach Laura
Darzi was quite satisfied with the event, “the banquet was a complete success. The Board members did an outstanding job putting everything together. I am excited for the new year and looking forward to the next banquet.”