Olympian Vien Nguyen Wins Opening Event At XXI FLA International Cup

By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, June 27, 2019—Two-time Vietnam Olympian and national record holder Vien Nguyen of South Florida Aquatic Club won her first event Thursday at the XXI FLA International Cup at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Nguyen, 22, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:53.55. She has three events left to swim: 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter backstroke and mixed 100 freestyle.

The remaining SOFLO contingent begins competing on Friday. They are: Marco Cabrera Duarte, 18, Lance Lesage, 16, Jacqueline Lugo, 17, Garrett Oliver, 16, Juan Pablo Pineda, 17, Lucy Smutny, 16 and Robert Wilson, 16.

All sessions are timed finals. The meet features 22 Florida Gold Coast, Caribbean and out-of-state teams, down from 31 last year.


What: XXI FLA International Cup

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday and Saturday, Session 2A, 8 a.m., Session 2B, 30 minutes after Session A, Session 2C, 5 p.m.; Saturday, Session 3, 8 a.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 9 a.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Of note: All sessions are timed finals. Admission is $5 per sesssion. All sessions pass is also available. Heat sheets are free online. For information call 954-593-8552 or go to Plantation Swim Team’s website.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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