WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
The Comets will compete this week in what age group coach Luis Soler calls “The Big Dance.”
After an impressive showing at last weekend’s District II South Short Course Championships, the Comets have qualified a large contingent for this week’s Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics Short Course Championships at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.
The four-day meet begins Wednesday with timed finals in the 1,650-yard freestyle distance event. Warm-up is 3:30 p.m. The girls and boys races begin at 5 p.m.
The meet takes a day off on Thursday and resumes Friday through Sunday.
“This is what these kids have worked for all season,” Soler said. “They know when they get to this meet it’s because they worked hard and put in the time. Now it’s their time to end the short course season on a good note.”
The Comets qualified seven swimmers—five boys and two girls—for the 1,650.
The girls contingent is Leonie Davies, 13, with a seed time of 18 minutes and 42.49 seconds and Carly Swanson, 12, 20:44.54.
The boys qualifiers are Blake Kelley, 14, 17:29.81; Javier Menchaca, 14, 19:37.08; Alfredo Mesa, 11, 20:12.32; Raphael Mora, 11, 20:43.12 and Alexander Viloria, 12, 20:57.73.
The season-ending meet is the most prestigious short course event of the season. It is open to all Florida Gold Coast swimmers who achieved qualifying times during the season.
The public is welcome to come out and watch some of South Florida’s top age group swimmers.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com
March 9, 2010