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.

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

Deadlines Nearing For Nicholas Dworet Fund, Florida Gold Coast Scholarships; East Carolina Drops Program

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, May 21, 2020—High school seniors still have time to apply for two scholarships.

The Nicholas Dworet Fund Scholarship and Florida Gold Coast Soaring Eagle Scholarship, each worth $1,000, are available.

The Nicholas Dworet Fund Scholarship is for Broward County swimmers and divers only who competed for a Broward team in 2019-2020.

The scholarship is named in honor of the former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School swim captain and honors student, one of 17 killed Feb. 14, 2018 in a mass shooting on the Douglas campus. He was preparing to swim in college after earning a scholarship to the University of Indianapolis and had aspirations to represent Sweden in the Tokyo Olympics.

Deadline to apply is May 30th. Those interested can go to http://nicholasdworetfund.org/newsApplicants must be accepted to a college and planning to attend in fall of graduating year. Applicants do not need to be swimming or diving for a college to win the scholarship. An application can be found at https://nicholasdworetfund.org.

The Florida Gold Coast Soaring Eagle Scholarship also honors Dworet. All Florida Gold Coast swimmers intending to swim in college are eligible to apply. The scholarship encourages and supports a FGC athlete’s drive and determination similar to Dworet’s.

The deadline is May 31 to apply. The application can be found on the FGC website.


Another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic is the elimination of swimming and diving program at East Carolina University.

Officials announced Thursday that the men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s tennis programs will be cut as part of the school’s budget restructuring efforts because of COVID-19. The cutbacks affects 68 student-athletes and nine coaches from the four programs. The cuts are estimated to save $4.9 million.

The college will honor all scholarships of the affected student-athletes who want to continue their studies at East Carolina. If athletes decide to transfer to another swimming program, they will be immediately eligible to compete under NCAA guidelines that state they can compete when their college discontinues the sport.

The men’s swim team was defending American Athletic Conference champion and had won four conference titles in the last six years.

“Today’s decision came after a deliberate review and in-depth analysis of the athletics department’s budgets and programs,” said Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson in a prepared statement.

“The current athletics budget was not sustainable pre-COVID-19 and the university was working closely with athletics to decrease the annual deficit over the next year. With the pandemic, the deficit began to grow significantly where the impact was immediate and will affect future revenue and expenses for years to come. Ultimately, the reduction of sports aligns ECU with our American Athletic Conference peers and provides a road map to a more sustainable future for the university and athletics.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com