By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, January 17, 2018—Sebastian Lares of South Florida Aquatic Club and several other Florida Gold Coast swimmers will be among a field of nearly 400 swimmers from 33 countries for this weekend’s UANA Swimming Cup at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.
The inaugural Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) meet is an international age group meet featuring swimmers competing in 2,325 individual events and 140 relays. The format will be a dual meet between Central America, South America and Caribbean. Neither North Americans or Canadians are allowed to compete.
Each country is limited to a maximum of six girl and six boy swimmers per age group. Swimmers have no limit in event entries but only two swimmers from each country can score.
Swimmers are competing in 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 boys and girls age group categories.
Lares will be joined by several Florida Gold Coast swimmers including SOFLO teammate Gaby Banks of Jamaica, Azura Florida Aquatics’ Adriana Gooding of Trinidad & Tobago and Panama’s Emily Santos and Ireyra Tamayo and Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander of Venezuela, Daniel Jacobs of Aruba, Nicholas and Simone Vale and Annabella Lyn of Jamaica and Racine Ross of Trinidad & Tobago; TS Aquatics’ Luis Bucaro of Guatemala;St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Izaak Bastian of the Bahamas; Curacao’s Chade Nersicio of East Coast Aquatics and Ecuador’s Victoria Abad Wood of Plantation Swim Team in the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.
Lares will compete in six 13-14 events: 400-meter freestyle, 200- and 400-meter individual medley, 50- and 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter breaststroke.
Santander is seeded first in the 15-17 200-meter individual medley in 2:20.47. She is also entered in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke.
Timed final competition begins each day at 10:20 a.m.
The meet will also serve as one of the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games, Pan American Games and FINA World Championships. UANA is the regional governing body for aquatic sports in the Americas and has been in existence since 1948.
IF YOU GO
What: UANA Swimming Cup.
When: Friday-Sunday, 10:20 am timed finals each day. Warm-ups 8:30 a.m.
Where: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs
Of note: Swimmers from the Central American & Caribbean (CCCAN) and South American Swimming Confederations (CONSANAT) will compete and try to qualify for various major meets including the Pan American Games. For more information, call 954-340-5032.
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