By Sharon Robb
ST. PETERSBURG, March 30, 2021–After a successful month of swimming in March, South Florida Aquatic Club continues its busy schedule in April with the first of several meets Wednesday through Saturday.
Seventeen swimmers (11 girls, 6 boys) will compete against clubs from throughout the nation in the International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) East Coast Elite Showcase Classic Championships at North Shore Aquatic Complex. The age group meet is sponsored by TYR.
Its the first long road trip for SOFLO swimmers and coaches in more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All safety precautions will be observed at the meet.
SOFLO swimmers competing in 137 individual events are:
Jaden Amores, 14, who opted to compete in the elite meet instead of last weekend’s Florida All-Star dual meet against Florida Swimming; current TYR Swimmer of the Month Jenesys Amores, 12; Gabriella DeLuna, 14; Elise Dinehart, 12; Genesis Escobar, 13; Katelyn Gembicki, 13; Amanda Grubbs, 12; Ryan Harries, 11; Tania Mantilla, 13; Alexander Miller, 14; Nicholas Pelaez, 14; Felipe Rodriguez, 13; Alexandra Strong, 12; Juan Vallmitjana, 12; Sarah Vasquez, 13; Izzy Wilson 14; and Olivia Wilson 11.
The short course yards meet is open to 14 & under swimmers with qualifying times; 10-12-14 year olds with a minimum of A times; and 9-11-13 year olds with a minimum of BB times. There are prelims and finals Wednesday through Saturday.
Among teams competing are North Baltimore, Virginia Gators, Annapolis Swim CLub, Team Pittsburgh, Club Wolverine Bolles, Parkway, Denver, Dakota Riptide, Pine Crest and Plantation Swim Team.
Last week the March 23-27 ISCA International Senior Cup was held attracting some of the nation’s top teams and swimmers including Ryan Lochte, Caeleb Dressel, Farida Osman, Joseph Schooling, former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Ilya Evdokimov and SOFLO swimmer Miguel Cancel.
North Shore Aquatic Complex is located on the St. Petersburg waterfront. It features a 50-meter pool with diving board, 25-meter training pool with zero depth entry, a play pool with a giant flume slide, splash pad, and accessible zero depth entry.
A limited number of spectators is being allowed into the venue.
Spectators will be allowed to enter to watch their swimmer’s race only. Spectators are expected to enter the facility just prior to their swimmer’s race, and to promptly exit the facility as soon as the race is completed.
Spectators will be required to always wear masks properly, all times and, without exception. Mouth and nose must be fully covered. Those with a health issue preventing the proper wear of a mask should plan to watch the live stream outside the facility on their own devices.
Spectators will be required to always maintain 6 feet of social distance.
Rows in the spectator stands are clearly marked “with blue X” and spectators should sit on a X only. 1 family or same household per X.
Spectators are not allowed to sit in seating areas behind the stands, nor are they allowed to bring chairs, cushions, towels, blankets, etc. into the facility. There is no congregating inside the facility.
There is no food or drink allowed into the facility.
Spectators wishing to speak with their swimmer should plan to do so outside the gate and fenced area. Spectators should not interact with swimmers in front of or next to the spectator stands as this causes congestion and violates proper social distance.
The marshals are parent-volunteers who are there to make sure everyone complies with the published guidelines.
Those unable to comply with the published safety protocols for any reason should plan to watch the event from outside the venue. Those determined to be non-compliant will be asked to leave the facility immediately and without warning.
The meet is being live streamed on-demand by Floswimming. There is a subscription fee.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com