- Published: Friday, 03 February 2017 12:56
- Written by Elizabeth Butler
The South Florida Aquatic Club and Comets Swim Team Booster Club hosted the TYR SOFLO Open on January 27th- 29th at the Academic Village Swimming Pool in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Coral Springs Swim Club not only attednded the event, they brought their A game to it. The weekend was exciting and full of outstanding performanes by our swimmers.
Micaela Sierra enjoyed a 1st place victory in the 200 Breast. She improved her previous time by 6.67 seconds and beat out the competition, finishing the race at an impressive time of 2:28.41. Sierra also placed 4th in the 100 Back (1:07.58).
More highlight performances at the meet include Giulianna Garcia, who finished 2nd in both the 200 Free (2:08.09)and the 100 Fly (1:04.50) as well as 3rd place in the 200 IM (2:23.64) and the 100 Back (1:06.76), Sarah Schimansky, who came in 2nd place in the 500 Free (5:27.76), and Olivia Mason who placed 4th in the 50 Free at 26.52.
Aran Grant placed 5th in the 50 Free, finishing out the race at 24.68 and David Blanco also placed 5th in the 50 Breast at 31.00. Briana Dattile came in 6th place in both the 50 Breast and 50 Free with respective times of 34.69 and 27.75. Emily Robertson shaved a second off her previous best time in the 200 Free, coming in at 2:11.41 and in 6th place. Robertson also dropped nearly 13 seconds off of her 200 IM for a new personal best time of 2:42.29.
Faith Fowler placed 6th in the 200 Back (2:23.65) and dropped 6.5 seconds from her 400 IM, securing her an 8th place finish at 4:54.68. Ryan Brander also placed 6th in 2 of his Breast races with a time of 34.22 for the 50 Breast and a time of 2:46.67 for the 200 Breast. Brian Gonzalez earned 8th place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:48.01, and Mariana Montes shaved time off her 50 Fly for an 8th place finish at 39.07 as well as her 200 Free for a 9th place finish at 2:44.01.
Kalvin Hernandez dropped nearly 5 seconds from his 500 Free (5:06.38) as well as 1 second from his 100 Back (58.26) where he came in 7th place, Amber Candido dropped 8.5 seconds from her 200 Breast (2:50.88), securing her 9th place. The time drop trends continued. Hailey Wells dropped 24 seconds off her 500 Free (6:19.77) and 5 seconds off her 200 IM (2:45.82), Daniella Balkcom dropped 16 seconds off her 200 IM (2:51.99), Jason Bonasera dropped 11 seconds from his 500 Free (5:25.80), Kayleigh Didovic droped nearly 4 seconds off her 200 Free (2:58.57), and Kaitlyn Bonasera dropped over 5 seconds from both her 100 Fly (1:16.58) and her 200 IM (2:46.35).
More impressive time drops include Glory Lee and Katelyn Lay, who each dropped 7 seconds from their 50 Back (1:06.61 and 53.46 respectively), Miguel Kocoglu, who dropped 10.5 seconds from his 100 Back (1:18.97), Fabrizio Parraga, who dropped 5.5 seconds from his 50 Breast (37.75), Sarah Tauzer, who dropped 7 seconds from both her 200 Free (2:45.87) and her 100 Back (1:29.93), Cody Chin, who dropped over 19 seconds from his 500 Free (5:44.42), and Ashley Nagy, who shaved nearly a minute off her 400 IM (5:47.84).
CSSC coaches were impressed by the performances of every swimmer who brought their A games to the Meet, "The gauntlet has been dropped, if we can expect to see such amazing improvements and performances throughout 2017, then I am very excited about the coming year". We are eagerly anticipating our next opportunity to perform this year. 2017 is provong to be an exciting year.