ArticlesFeb 27 2012
The Florida Gold Coast Area 2 Developmental Meet brought out the best in Mullins Park swimmers at the Sunrise Aquatic Complex.
The 16-swimmer contingent impressed their age group coaches Jessica Nugent and Keri Welch during morning prelims and championship finals with several best times and impressive time drops.
Victoria Grimaldi of swam her best time in the 50-yard butterfly in 53.44, bettering her previous best of 58.52.
Grimaldi also bettered her 100-yard breaststroke time from 2:04.70 to an impressive 1:59.70.
Also in the 50-yard butterfly, Greg Trimble went from 52.33 to 45.32; former Mullins Park Swimmer of the Month Brooke Cordoba went from 49.53 to 47.67 and Brian Gonzalez went from 57.45 to 51.64.
Cordoba earned her "BB" cut time in the 100-yard individual medley, in morning prelims in 1:33.20 and dropped to 1:29.55 in finals. It was one of the first times she swam the event.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Kailey Norusis went from 1:48.07 to 1:43.00 and Gonzalez dropped from 2:14.31 to 1:57.66.
Madelyne Garcia had a big drop in the 50-yard freestyle from 53.65 to 48.14. Also in the sprint event, Andres Garcia went from 46.90 to 40.42.
Making championship finals on Saturday were Greg Trimble in the 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle; and Brooks Brown in the 100-yard breaststroke.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Kailey Norusis dropped from 1:43.69 to 1:41.53.
Brooke Cordoba also made finals in the 100-yard individual medley and 200-yard freestyle. Despite losing her goggles, Cordoba dropped five seconds in the 200-yard freestyle from 2:59.19 to 2:54.27.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Kyle Oliver went from 1:38.76 to 1:34.25.
CJ Earnest, swimming in his events for the first time, did well in the 50-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke and now has a good base to work from, Nugent said.
"All the swimmers are working really hard," Nugent said. "In some of them I see a focus I've never seen before. They are really hungry and a lot of them are close to JO cuts. They are all goal-oriented, focused and making the adjustments we are asking them to make and swimming the swims we ask them to."