The 26th Annual 2016 Speedo Winter Champs Meet was hosted by Plantation Swim Team. On November 17-20th, Coral Springs Swim Club competed alongside 50 other swim teams at Central Park’s Plantation Aquatic Complex pool in Plantation, Florida.
Azura Florida Aquatics placed 1st in the Championships with 1,390 points, followed by East Coast Aquatic Club at 2nd place with 1,205 points, while 3rd went to Pine Crest Swim Team with 1,108 points. Coral Springs Swim Club placed 10th among 51 Teams with a cumulative 403 points (266 earned by our women and 137 by our men).
Head Coach Bruno Darzi was thrilled with the events that transpired over the weekend. He said, "I am proud of our team performances This past season has been especially challenging due to the pool renovations and the limited pool space. We had some incredible individual performances".
Giulianna Garcia certainly performed at the event. She earned an impressive 58 points for CSSC in the Womens age 11-12 division. Garcia swam in 8 final events and earned 2nd place in the 200 Fly (2:18.15), the 400 IM (4:50.44) and the 100 Fly (1:02.10). She also dropped 6 seconds from her 200 Breast and came in 3rd at 2:35.86.
Riley Botting earned 39 points and Briana Dattile earned 19 in the same age group. Botting beat her personal best time by nearly 5 seconds with a 1st victory in the 200 Breast (2:33.81). Botting also swam a skilled 50 Breast with a 2nd place finish at 33.29. Dattile also tackled the 50 Breast and placed 4th at 34.08.
Connor Marks dropped time in almost every event. He earned 27 points for CSSC in the Mens age 13-14 division. Some of his stand out events include his 2nd place finished in both the 50 and 100 Back (27.61 and 57.85 respectively) and 3rd in the 200 Back where he finished at 2:04.33 by dropping nearly 5 seconds from his personal best time.
The trend of our swimmers achieving personal best times at the meet continued with Samuel McCormick who placed 2nd in his 50 Breast at 29.42 by dropping a half a second from his previous record. McCormick also dropped 9.5 seconds from his 200 Breast and finished in 9th place at 2:23.55.
Sarah Schimansky and Riley McCormick both channeled their ability to endure the strenuous 1650 Free Schimansky dropped 22 seconds from her previous record in the event, finishing at 18:41.66 and in 6th place while McCormick dropped 37 seconds from hers finishing at 19:51.95 and earning 7th.
Kalvin Hernandez earned 18 points for CSSC. He placed 6th in both the 50 Fly (24.29) and the 100 Free (48.62) and 7th in both the 100 IM (56.52) and 100 Fly (53.37). Megan Schimansky earned a cumulative 11 points for CSSC by placing 4th in her 50 Back (28.09) and 7th in her 200 Back (2:12.46).
Other stand out performances from the Championships include Julie Mason’s 8th place in her 400 IM (4:58.62), Faith Fowler’s 500 Free (where she swam a personal best by 2.60 seconds at 5:28.76), Ryan Brander’s 9th place finishes in both the 50 and 200 Breast (34.17 and 2:47.54), Cody Chin’s 7th place finish in the 100 Fly (57.33), Brooke Cordoba’s 9th place finish in the 50 Breast (33.43), and Andres McKeon’s 10th place finish in the 200 Free (1:48.36).
With such these performances we are greatly looking forward to our upcoming meets. We wish all of our swimmers, coaches, and their families a Happy Thanksgiving and are thankful for all that you do to make CSSC such a success.