TYR SEPTEMBER GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Jianna Amores


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, November 10, 2022–Jianna Amores is happy she chose swimming.

Amores, 12, a seventh grade home schooler competed in gymnastics, volleyball, tennis, soccer and basketball and did dance and tap dance classes, but decided she wanted to focus on one sport.

“I’m glad I did,” Amores said. “I wanted to focus and get good at one sport. Gymnastics was really hard and I really like swimming. I gave up everything for swimming.”

Amores started swimming at 4 and then left the sport to try gymnastics. She returned to swimming two years ago and is happy she did. She already has her JO cut in the 100 butterfly.

“I wanted to try swimming out again,” she said. “SOFLO is fun and all the meets are good. I’ve made a lot of friends and Coach Issy is a great coach.”

Amores trains with head age group coach Isidro (Issy) Planell and Mako Sharks.

“I often speak with the Mako Sharks about leadership and how a true leader does not tell people what to do, but sets the standard for everyone in the room,” Coach Issy said. “Jia is a great worker simply put. Her results are just a tiny glimpse into the tremendous amount of work she puts in on a daily basis.

“She does not hesitate whenever I raise the bar nor does she challenge it. I give her a challenge and she tries to beat it always.

“She already had the JO cut in the butterfly but going a best time early in the season is never something to complain about.”

Coach Issy also coached her older siblings, Jaden, 15, and Jenesys, 13. “It’s safe to say she knew what was going to be expected of her in Makos from their experience,” Coach Issy said.

Amores said it is an advantage of following in her siblings’ foot steps.

“Being the youngest, they paved the way for me,” Amores said. “I learn from them. It’s a big advantage having an older brother and sister. I compare times when they were younger and I beat Jaden when he was 12 by one second in the 100 fly. They do support me at meets when they can even though they are 13-and-up and I am 12- and-under.”

Amores trains six days a week. She said the sport has helped her manage her time for school and watching TV. She hopes to swim in high school and earn a college scholarship.

“I like the training,” Amores said. “It is worth the time and sacrifice. I am happy to be there. I am having fun with my friends. I like competing against them and racing them. I am super competitive. I’ve always been so competitive. It helps me get better.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Amores joins SOFLO teammates Carolina Carrera (August), Lydia Smutny (July), Amber Connor (June), 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

TYR MARCH GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Elise Dinehart


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, April 23, 2021–It was only natural Elise Dinehart would follow in the footsteps of her older twin sisters Elena and Olivia in swimming.

The family affair has turned into an advantage for the young talented swimmer.

Dinehart, 12, is in seventh grade and swims for Southwood Middle School along with South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mako Sharks group coached by Isidro Planell.

“It definitely helps having her sisters around,” Planell said. “They both work very hard and are positive influences for Elise when it comes to work ethic, attitude and being good people.”

Her work ethic paid off at the March 11-14 Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics at Coral Springs and March 31-April 3 International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) East Coast Elite Showcase Classic Championship in St. Petersburg.

Dinehart scored 34 points (ninth place in high point for 11-12 girls) at JOs where she placed third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:18.63 dropping 4.76 seconds off her previous best; fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:28.65, dropping 19.51 and fifth in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:04.23, dropping 5.95.

“I think at the end of the meet I was really, really tired,” she said. “I was really happy with all my races.”

At ISCA, she was fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke, scoring 15 points and leading SOFLO girls in high point scoring. “That was really cool, the meet was a new experience because it was national,” she said.

Dinehart has been swimming for most of her life. She was 7 when she started competing in swim meets.

“I followed my sisters in swimming,” Dinehart said. “I was swimming already but I did watch them practice. It’s an advantage having older sisters because I can look up to them. I want to be like them when I’m older.

“We’re not competitive against each other. They do help me and give me advice about meets and stuff.”

Like many of her teammates, Dinehart loves to race.

“I love being competitive and racing people a lot,” she said. “I’m glad I stayed with swimming. It’s what I want to do. I really like it. I feel like when I am not doing well in practice or a meet, the next day I get more excited to try and go faster. It motivates me.”

Swimming has helped Dinehart with her time management when it comes to school.

“I’ve been working hard in school just like I do in swimming,” Dinehart said. “There is an advantage being home schooled because I can relax more, but I really want to go back to school.”

Dinehart’s long range goals include high school and college swimming and maybe even a trip to the Olympics one day. Dinehart is also in the art magnet program at middle school where she paints and draws.

Planell enjoys coaching Dinehart and watching her progress.

“Her work ethic is incredibly admirable,” he said. “Whenever she comes on deck for practice she brings positive energy along. She usually and almost always is the first person in the water. She always asks me to watch her strokes and see where she needs improvement.

“She never backs down from the challenges I throw at her during practice. In fact, she always responds positively by accepting the challenge and pushing through the entire set whether or not she hits the mark. She truly does set the example of what it means to be a Mako.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

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 Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Kelsi Dahlia, Lilly King, Melanie Margalis, Ashley Twichell and Molly Hannis.

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