Sunrise Swimming hosted their annual Firecracker 400 and IMR Pentathlon April 28-30, 2017 at the Sunrise Civic Center. Coral Springs was honored to compete with some of the best teams from Florida’s Gold Coast. Head Coach Bruno Darzi was pleased with the way CSSC competed at the event. He said that the “incredible results” were due to the fact that “we had exceptional time drops in all age groups from top to bottom.”
Three of our swimmers crushed their competition by earning 1st place in three different events in which they participated. Brian Gonzalez placed 1st in his 400 Free (4:34.70) by dropping 6.4 seconds from his previous record, in his 400 IM (5:21.13) with another impressive drop of nearly 11 seconds, as well as his 100 Fly (1:10.64). Riley McCormick also shaved time from her previous personal bests in order to secure 3 1st place victories. She beat her previous record in her 50 Fly by over 2 seconds for a final time of 33.50, her 50 Back by 7 seconds for a final time of 37.20, and her 200 IM by 8.5 seconds for a final time of 2:47.57. Megan Schimansky finished 1st in her 400 Free (4:44.15), 400 IM (5:35.57), and 100 Back (1:14.45). Schimansky also notably came in 2nd in the remainder of races in which she competed at the event including her 100 Fly (1:24.99), her 100 Breast (1:39.33), and her 200 Free (2:22.28). Samantha Schoenborn commanded 1st in both her 50 Breast and 200 IM with respective times of 48.91 and 3:21.23.
With even more noteworthy 1st place finishes it was evident that CSSC swimmers and coaches have been working hard at practice to improve their time, technique, and skill. Carolyn Powell shaved time from both her 50 Back (43.95) and her 100 Free (1:21.00) in order to win 2 1st place victories at the event. Sarah Schimansky improved her time in her 100 Back by 3.6 seconds at 1:24.30. Schimansky also placed 1st in her 200 Free with an impressive time of 2:26.67L. Gian Savino also had 2 1st place finishes, one in his 100 Breast (1:19.91) and the other in his 400 IM (5:40.69).
Jason Bonasera achieved 1st place by shaving over 30 seconds from his previous record in his 400 Free (4:46.61) while Giulianna Garcia shaved nearly 8 seconds from her 400 IM (5:30.35). Connor Marks also improved his previous 400 IM record and secured 1st place at 5:26.57, a 19 second improvement. Mariana Montes shaved 6.7 seconds from her 50 Fly (42.72), while Wilson Ward shaved 6.7 seconds from his 100 Breast (1:24.71), each securing 1st. Grant Aran also impressively placed 1st in his 200 Free (2:14.60).
Olivia Reposa achieved 2nd place in three different events including her 400 Free (5:16.48), her 100 Fly (1:25.16) and her 200 Free (2:31.51). Reposa placed 3rd in the 3 remaining events in which she participated. Gannen Tages placed 2nd in both his 100 Fly and Breast (1:15.57 and 1:25.73 respectively) while Ashley Ruf also enjoyed a 2nd place finish in her 200 Free (2:43.17).
More notable placements from the weekend include Samuel McCormick and Andres McKeon’s 2nd place finish in their 200 Frees with respective times of 2:34.90 and 2:05.94, Ashley Nagy’s 2nd place finish in her 100 Fly (1:33.78), Emily Robertson’s 2nd place finish in her 50 Back (38.19), Lilla Megyeri’s 3rd place finish in her 50 Fly (44.59)
Impressive time drops were seen in many IM swims including Gregory Trimble’s 4.6 second drop in his 400 for a 3rd place finish at 5:12.43, Daniella Balkom’s 20 second drop for a 3rd place finish in her 200 at 3:09.50, Alejandro Alvarez’s 9 second drop for a 4th place finish in his 200 at 3:07.96L, Amber Candido’s 11 second drop for a 5rd place finish in her 400 at 6:06.74, and Guillermo Barrios’ 26 second drop in his 400 for an 8th place finish at 5:37.09,
The Free was another race where we saw significant improvement over the weekend. Marli Dearen shaved 21 seconds from her previous record in her 200 for a new personal best of 2:47.08 while Faith Fowler shaved nearly 14 seconds from her 400 for a new personal best of 4:54.93. Both Dearen and Fowler placed 4th in their respective races. Alejandra Gil beat her previous record by 2.5 seconds and finished in 5th place at 1:33.28. More impressive Freestyle time drops include Olivia Mason who dropped 23 seconds from her 400 (5:05.98), Fernando Calero, who dropped nearly 40 seconds from his 200 (3:21.28), Mila Bond, who dropped 25 seconds from her 100 (1:29.33), Madison Hockman, who dropped 7 seconds from her 200 (2:46.10), and Grayson Yellin, who dropped 32 seconds from his 200 (3:00.77).
Selina Guan tackled her 50 Fly with determination and managed to improve her time by nearly 14 seconds (52.57) as did Sherwin Sterling for a 2 second improvement and 7th place finish at 48.50. Miguel Kocoglu improved his Breaststroke by nearly 10 seconds for a 4th place finish in his 50 at 44.61. More noteworthy Breaststroke swims include Ysabella Sapp’s improvement of 19 seconds in her 50 (51.13), Brandon Schutz’s improvement of 15 seconds in his 100 (1:31.45).
Darzi is optimistic that the results of this meet will continue throughout the season. He said, “I am excited to see how our kids will perform at our first long course meet of the season this weekend."