Published: Tuesday, 07 March 2017 13:52
Written by Elizabeth Butler
This past weekend The FGC SC Area 2 Developmental Championship Meet was help at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center. CSSC swimmers have been training hard to sharpen their technique and increase their speed. Their efforts certainly paid off at the event. Coach Michael Smiechowski said, “I was very proud of the blue and white groups for an excellent weekend of swimming. We had 149 best time swims and 17 new J.O qualifying times!”
Chloe Carignan and Lydia Lanahan not only dropped significant time in every event in which they competed at the meet, but also placed 1st in 2 events. The 100 Back (1:05.34) and the 100 Free (58.45) for Cardigan and the 200 Back (2:25.51) and 1650 Free (19:03.12) for Lanahan.
The meet also served as the perfect venue for Samantha Schoenborn to showcase her improved technique. She enjoyed a 1st place finish in her 200 Free (2:33.33), 2nd place in both her 100 and 200 IM’s (1:24.65, and 2:56.73 respectively), and 3rd place in her 50 Free (32.27). Jason Bonasera also gave a strong performance. He enjoyed a 1st place finish by shaving 13 seconds from his 1650 Free, finishing the challenging race with a new personal record of 18:13.39.
Kenan Kocoglu shaved 2 seconds off his 100 IM for a 1st place victory at 1:02.48, and Mariana Montes shaved nearly 5 seconds from her 100 Fly (1:25.93) also commanding 1st. More impressive time drops for 1st place victories include Elizabeth Olson finishing in her 100 Fly at 1:12.09, nearly 9 seconds faster than her previous personal best and Carolyn Powell finishing her 50 Free at 30.81, 2 seconds faster than her previous personal best.
Cody Chin dropped an impressive 7 seconds from his 200 Fly for a 1st place finish at 2:11.81. Chin also dropped time in his 50 Free for a 2nd place finish (25.07). Patrick Franzino dropped 1.3 seconds from his 100 Breast and beat out the competition for a 1st place victory with an impressive time of 1:10.27. Rhania Suarez not only came in 1st in her 100 IM (1:23.85), but she also shaved 6 seconds off her 100 Breast for a 3rd place finish and a new personal record of 1:35.28.
More impressive swims include Grace Nemanic’s 2nd place finish in her 100 Breast (1:20.86), Miguel Kocoglu’s 3rd place finish in his 100 Back (1:18.83), Alejandro Alvarez’ 4 second improvement in his 200 Free for a 2nd place finish (2:16.81), Gannen Tages’ 2nd place finish in his 200 Breast (2:45.82), Amber Candido’s 3rd place finish in her 400 IM (5:26.21), Guillermo Barrios’ 2nd place finish in his 50 Back (29.82), and Hailey Wells taking 2nd in her 200 Free at 2:16.24 and shaving an impressive 14.63 seconds off her 500 Free for a 5th place finish (6:05.14).
Swimmers who showed improvement times also include Kaitlyn Bonasera’s 3 second improvement in the 100 Fly for a 3rd place finish at 1:13.26, Luciano Alzate’s 10 second drop in his 50 Back (56.79), Daniella Balkcom’s 7.5 second drop in her 500 Free for an 6th place finish at 6:21.09, Kennedy Grisby’s 13.5 second improvement in her 100 Breast (1:56.36), Brittney Bean’s nearly 1 second improvement in her 100 Free (1:21.39), Frederick Chang’s 3 second improvement in his 50 Breast (36.40), and Mila Bond’s 7 second improvement in her 100 Breast for a new personal best of 1:44.85 and a 10th place finish.
The trend of hard work and dedication during practice to show improvement in performance continued with Isabella Perez, who placed 4th in her 50 Breast (43.12) by improving her time by over 4 seconds, Lilla Megyeri, who placed 4th in her 100 Breast and 5th in her 100 Back (1:37.21 and 1:28.50 respectively), Victoria Veiga, who placed 4th in both her 100 Breast (1:24.10) and 50 Breast (38.47), Ashley Nagy, who placed 4th in her 1650 Free by shaving 21 seconds from her previous record and finishing at 20:57.53, Sebastian Savino, who placed 6th in his 100 Back (1:20.97), Sara Laplant, who placed 6th in her 100 Breast (1:22.51), Olivia Mason, who placed 4th in her 200 Free (2:08.44), and Payton Ward who placed 3rd in his 100 Fly with a final time of 1:12.60 and a 3 second improvement over his previous personal best.
Coach Smiechowski is confident that the performances from this meet are evidence to an exciting 2017 season. “It’s a great start to the championship season and should provide momentum for JOs in a couple of weeks." We are eagerly anticipating Junior Olympics and are confident that CSSC swimmers, coaches, families, volunteers and fans will have a memorable experiences that will be both inspiring and rewarding.