Swim4Nick Swim Clinic Set For August 21 At Plantation Aquatic Complex


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, August 10, 2022—The fifth annual Swim4Nick Swim Clinic is set for Sunday, August 21 at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The free clinic, that benefits the Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund, Inc., is for novice and intermediate, middle and high school swimmers. It is a clinic and not a swim lesson. Participants should know all four strokes. The clinic is 9 a.m.-noon.

The clinic is meant to help local swimmers improve their swim strokes as well as bring swimmers from different high school and club swim teams together for a day of fun and remembering Nicholas Dworet and to help keep his legacy alive.

Dworet was killed Feb. 14, 2018 in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting. Dworet started swimming at age 7 and had a scholarship waiting for him at University of Indianapolis the fall of 2018 and hoped to swim in the 2020 Summer Tokyo Olympics.

Dworet was always helping friends and teammates. In his memory, the swim clinic is held in his honor for swimmers who want to improve through hard work and dedication just as Dworet did through the years.

High school, college and club coaches will be on hand to work with swimmers. Swimmers will be coached on all four swim strokes and will move from station to station to get tips from the coaches.

There will be giveaways and raffles. Swimmers will receive a welcome gift. After the clinic swimmers will enjoy a pizza lunch and raffle where every swimmer will receive a prize.

Since it was started, the clinic has hosted nearly 300 swimmers of all ages. The Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund, Inc. has given away more than $18,000 in scholarships and aid to local swimmers.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Ana Frable was among scholarship recipients this year. Other recipients were Alejandro Huerta, Tristan Bragg, Joshua Cajuste, Maggie Carlson and Giulianna Garcia.

Registration closes Friday, August 19. To register go to http://www.swim4nick.org or email nicholasdworetfund@gmail.com. No children under 8 years old will be allowed to participate. The Nicholas Dworet Fund, Inc. Swim4Nick is a 501C(3) charity.

OPEN WATER SWIMMING
The second annual Swim With Nick Ocean Race, presented by Salty Sports Society, is Oct. 1 at 7:30 a.m. at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park in Dania Beach. Distances are 500 yards, 1.2 and 2.4 miles. Presenting sponsor is Broward Health Coral Springs. To register go to http://www.swim4nick.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

TYR JUNE GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Amber Connor


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, August 8, 2022–Amber Connor is more than willing to work hard in swimming.

The Chapel Trail Elementary School fifth grader loves everything about the sport including the social aspect and dry land training.

“I like swimming with my teammates, I made a lot of friends,” Connor said. “At the same time I still have to focus on swimming. I really love dry land. I like pushups, crunches, running and all the types of exercises we do.”

Connor loves to support her SOFLO team. The last time SOFLO had a fundraiser she called all her relatives and told them “they had to contribute,” according to her mom.

Connor, 10, currently swimming with the Meteorites, will move up to Asteroids and work with Coach Luis this month. Her next meet is the Aug. 27 SOFLO/TYR Back To School Developmental Meet.

Connor has been swimming for four years. She learned how to swim and then joined SOFLO where she worked with Coach George and moved up the ladder from pre-team to Little Dippers and Dippers. Her older sister, Jiana, 14, also swims.

“I like the swimming competition the most,” Connor said. “I am competitive.”

Connor competed in an after-school soccer program but said swimming is now “the priority.”

Her favorite stroke is freestyle. “I’ve been getting a lot better with freestyle,” she said.

Connor has progressed with every swim meet. She was most happiest with the Last Chance Summer Invite when she got three Junior Olympics cut times in the 50 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle. “I like the short, fast races,” she said.

Her goals for the season with Asteroids are to “get at least five more JOs so I can move up. I know I have to work hard and keep up.”

Her mom, Marsha, has watched her daughter become more disciplined with her time thanks to swimming.

“She is disciplined with her time and makes sure she gets to her classes on time,” Marsha said. “I’m glad she got involved with swimming just to have a set routine and be able to manage homework, school and swimming.”

She loves the fact that both of her daughters are involved in swimming.

“I love it because I never learned to swim when I was young. I knew living in Florida I wanted them to learn to swim when they were young. By them just going to swim classes I found out about swimming competitions. I entered them and never looked back.

“I think it’s taught them discipline. It gets them out of the house doing some form of exercise. I like swimming as an exercise sport. I’m learning how much time and commitment it takes.”

Connor said her mom supports her and motivates her on both her good and bad days in the sport.

“I let them know that setbacks in life are expected. Swimming teaches life lessons and setbacks happen. I let her know she can be down for a little bit but you have to get yourself back up and push harder because anything you want in life is not going to be easy. You have to make the effort.”

A normal day for Connor is school from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. After coming home and eating, she gets ready for swimming practice at 4. After dinner she does homework and then goes to bed. She also makes time for her favorite computer game Roblox. Connor hopes to swim in high school and would like to work toward a college scholarship.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Connor joins SOFLO teammates Eva Ortiz (May), Sally Golding (April), Natalie Gembicki (March), Sofia Lugo (February) and Valentina Remmele (January) as 2022 Swimmers of the Month.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its female-sponsored athletes are ESPY Sportswoman of the Year Katie Ledecky, 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Aussies Win Big; Carter Shut Out Of Medals At XXII Commonwealth Games


By Sharon Robb
BIRMINGHAM, England, August 3, 2022—Australia, Canada, England and Scotland took turns winning gold medals on the sixth and final night of the XXII Commonwealth Games Wednesday at Sandwell Aquatic Center.

In the much-anticipated women’s 400-meter freestyle, Aussie world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Ariarne Titmus outdueled Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh to win in a Games record 3:58.06, her third gold medal of the Games. McIntosh, who scratched from the 200 butterfly for a rest day, was second in a national record 3:59.32. Aussie Kiah Melverton was third in 4:03.12.

Scotland’s Duncan Scott won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:56.88 ahead of Tom Dean of England in 1:57.01 and New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt in 1:57.59. It was Scott’s second gold medal of the Games.

Canadian Kylie Masse won the 50-meter backstroke in a Games record 27.31. Aussie Mollie O’Callaghan was second in 27.47 followed by Aussie teammate Kaylee McKeown in 27.58.

Aussie teenager Sam Short, 18, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:48.54, shaving nine seconds off his career-best. Northern Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen was second in 14:51.79 and England’s Luke Turley was third in 15:12.78.

England broke the Aussies’ relay streak, winning the final men’s relay, the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:31.80 with Paul Brodie Williams, James Wilby, James Guy and Tom Dean. The Aussies were second in 3:31.88 and Scotland third in 3:35.11.

The Aussie women had no trouble winning the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:54.44 followed by Canada in 3:56.59 and England in 3:59.44. It was the Aussies ninth consecutive gold in the relay. Relay members were Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon and Mollie O’Callaghan.

The Aussies won gold in 12 out of 19 events including a sweep of all five freestyle events where only one podium finisher out of 12 was a non-Australian and sweep of all three women’s relays.

Two-time Olympian Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago lost his final shot at a medal in the 50-meter freestyle. For the second time in a Games event Carter just missed a medal placing fourth in 22.10. Brit Ben Proud won his third Commonwealth gold in the event in 21.36.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Adam Peaty Bounces Back With Gold; Dylan Carter Makes Finals At XXII Commonwealth Games


By Sharon Robb
BIRMINGHAM, England, August 2, 2022—In front of his hometown crowd, redemption was sweet for world record holder Adam Peaty at the XXII Commonwealth Games Tuesday at Sandwell Aquatic Center.

After finishing an unexpected fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke, the 27-year-old Brit came back to win his first Commonwealth career gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke in a season-best 26.76 and fifth Commonwealth gold of his career. He won silver in the event in 2014 and 2018.

The media was harsh after Peaty suffered his first defeat in his specialty event in his eight-year career. Peaty took time off after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. suffered a broken foot in the gym in May, did not compete at worlds in June and is still not 100 percent. His cast was removed only a month ago.

“I just reverted to who I am,” Peaty said. “Mel [Marshall, his coach] said to me ‘today you wake up and play,’ but I said, ‘No, today I fight.’ And I gave literally absolutely everything in my race. I don’t care about the time. I don’t care about the result. I just care about enjoying that crowd and winning.

“It’s been a tough Games, a very hard Games. I came from literally the lowest point two days ago, and I just said ‘you know what, I am a fighter, I am not going to let just anyone take this and walk it.’ I had to work hard for it. I struggled, to be honest, really, really struggled.”

In other finals:
South African Lara van Niekerk knocked off countrywoman and defending champion Tatjana Schoenmaker in the 100-meter breaststroke to win in 1:05.47. Schoenmaker took silver in 1:06.68 and Aussie Chelsea Hodges won bronze in 1:07.05.

Brit Brodie Williams won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:56.40, just 1/100ths ahead of Aussie Bradley Woodward in 1:56.41 and South African Pieter Coetze in 1:56.77.

Aussie teenager Elizabeth Dekkers, 18, won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.26 followed by Brit Laura Stephens in 2:07.90 and Aussie Brianna Throssell in 2:08.32.

Aussie reigning champion Mollie O’Callaghan came from behind against an impressive field to win in 52.63 followed by Shayna Jack of Australia in 52.88 and Aussie Emma McKeon in 52.94.

Canadian Josh Liendo won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.24. James Guy of England and Matt Temple of Australia tied for second in 51.40. South African Chad le Clos was fourth in 51.61.

Aussie defending champion Ariarne Titmus broke her own Games record in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:13.59. It was an Aussie sweep with Kiah Melverton in 8:16.79 and Lani Pallister in 8:19.16

The Aussies continued to dominate the relays winning the mixed 4×100-meter medley in 3:41.30 followed by Canada (3:43.98) and England (3:44.03). The winning foursome was Kaylee McKeown, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Matt Temple and Emma McKeon.

Two-time Olympian Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago has another shot at a medal on Wednesday, the final day of the Games. The Plantation American Heritage alum was the fifth fastest qualifier after the semifinals of the 50-meter freestyle in 22.35. Two-time defending champion Ben Proud of England was top qualifier in 21.63.

The meet concludes Wednesday with prelims at 5:30 a.m. EST and finals 2 p.m. EST.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Aussies Continue To Dominate XXII Commonwealth Games; Dylan Carter Competes Tuesday


By Sharon Robb
BIRMINGHAM, England, August 1, 2022—After four days of competition, Australia owns the XXII Commonwealth Games at Sandwell Aquatic Center.

Kyle Chalmers won the Aussies’ first gold medal to open Monday night action in the 100-meter freestyle in 47.51. Brit Tom Dean took silver in 47.89 and Scotland’s Duncan Scott took bronze in 48.27. It was Scott’s 10th career medal, making him the most decorated Games athlete for Scotland. Chalmers had already broken the Games record in semis in 47.36.

Aussie teammate and reigning Olympic and world champion Kaylee McKeown won the 200-meter backstroke in a Games record in 2:05.60 followed by Canadian Kylie Masse in 2:07.81 and Scot Katie Shanahan in 2:09.22.

Aussie Emma McKeon won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.90. South African Erin Gallagher and Aussie Holly Barratt tied for second in 26.05. It was McKeon’s 12th Commonwealth gold medal.

The Aussies ended the evening with a Games record 7:04.96 to win the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay with Elijah Winnington, Flynn Southam, Zac Incerti and Mack Horton. It was the Aussies’ 13th win in 14 years of the Commonwealth Games. England took silver in 7:07.50 and Scotland took bronze in 7:09.33.

Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh, 15, won her second gold medal of her debut Games after winning the 200-meter individual medley in a best time and world junior record 2:08.70, just ahead of Aussie Kaylee McKeown by 0.82 seconds. Brit Abbie Wood was third in 2:10.68. Earlier, McIntosh won the 400 IM in a Games record.

New Zealand’s Andrew Jeffcoat won the 50-meter backstroke in 24.65 followed by South African Pieter Coetze in 24.77 and Canadian Javier Acevedo in 24.97.

Two-time Olympian and Plantation American Heritage alum Dylan Carter, 25, of Trinidad and Tobago will compete in the 50-meter freestyle heats on Tuesday.

The meet continues Tuesday with prelims at 5:30 a.m. EST and finals 2 p.m. EST.

SPEEDO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

IRVINE, Calif.—U.S. junior national team member and Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski of FAST was fifth fastest qualifier in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:00.71 Monday at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Zuchowski is coming off senior nationals. He is prepping for Junior Pan Pacs later this month in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com