By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, August 20, 2022—Adrian Rendon realized how much he loved swimming when he was out of the pool for two months.
Rendon broke his right arm in P.E. class at school when he was running and fell. He couldn’t get his cast wet in the pool but he did try to stay in shape with some dryland training.
“I missed it a lot,” Rendon said. “When I came back I caught up pretty quick. My arm feels pretty good, it doesn’t hurt anymore.”
Rendon is fully recovered and back in the pool with his SOFLO teammates.
At the July 14-17 Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics at Sailfish Park, he swam three personal best times in individual events and was a member of three relays that also turned in best times.
Rendon posted best times in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:15.08, dropping 4.76 seconds; 200-meter backstroke in 2:26.13, dropping 3.72; and 200-meter butterfly in 2:32.02, dropping 1.11. He was also a member of the 400-meter medley relay, 200-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter medley relay. His favorite stroke is the backstroke.
In addition to JOs, his other top meet was the 2019 Winter Championships where he earned high point.
Rendon, 13, an eighth grader at Tequesta Trace Middle School, has been swimming for eight years. He started when he was 5, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Wisthon Rendon, a senior at Cypress Bay High School. He played soccer for three years but gave it up to focus on swimming.
“I saw my brother swimming and I wanted to be like him,” Rendon said. “I like swimming. I like it best when I improve my times.”
Rendon said swimming has helped him out of the pool with discipline, time management and focus.
“I am training hard in every practice and doing my best,” said Rendon, who is in Silver Group and trains with Coach Jack Davies. He said he is working hard to qualify for major meets in the future.
Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Rendon joins SOFLO swimmers Niccolo Miccolis (May), Alex Golding (April), Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR Swimmers of the Month.
SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and 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.
The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.
Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Bobby Finke, Patrick Callan, Hunter Armstrong, Brooks Curry, Zack Harting and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Nick Albiero, Jacob Pebley, Coleman Stewart, Justin Ress, David Curtiss, Charlie Clark and Ryan Lochte.
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