WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
April 17, 2012
South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, parents and coaches will be busy this weekend.
Swimmers will either participate in the Comets Sizzler, Sunrise Sizzler, IMX Challenge or Swim Miami 2012 on Friday and Saturday.
Thirty of the club’s top swimmers will be honored at the annual Florida Gold Coast Age Group Awards Ceremony on Sunday.
Swim Miami 2012 presented by Nike is one of the top events of the open water swimming circuit along the east coast.
The multi-race event features distances of 800 meters, 1 mile, 5K and 10K and attracts swimmers of all ages from 10-and-under to 60-and-over at every level from newcomers to Olympians at the Miami Yacht Club off Watson Island in Biscayne Bay.
The event, scheduled for Saturday for Florida Gold Coast teams only, will have an in-water start and beach finish.
Two race courses will be used.
For the 800-meter race, swimmers will proceed from the Miami Yacht Club Beach, around the T-Dock and straight along the shore west towards Jungle Island Beach.
In the one mile, 5K and 10K events swimmers will follow a rectangular course totaling 1,665 meters per loop. A feeding station will be provided and the use of feed sticks by coaches will be permitted.
SOFLO has nine boys and seven girls competing. The girls are Lilliana Calero, 13; Leonie Davies, 15; Kylie Herman, 14; Andrea Melendez, 15; Clarisa Melendez, 15; Stephanie Mlujeak, 13; and Samantha Stinemire, 13.
SOFLO’s Leonie Davies was recently added to the Florida Gold Coast All-Star roster for the April 27-28 Open Water Festival in Fort Myers.
The boys are Roger Capote, 16; Ryan Capote, 14; Jack Davies, 13; Estaban Diaz-Velasco, 12; Matthew Gonzalez, 17; Alexander Monti, 13; Julien Pinon, 13; Daniel Reyna, 16; and Marc Rojas, 18.
One of the more inspiring athletes entered is Hector Picard of Fort Lauderdale. Picard is a double arm amputee who competes in swims, triathlons and road and bike races. Picard is entered in the 5K.
The top three male and female finishers will receive awards for overall. Medals will be awarded for first through third in all age groups.
Proceeds benefit the H20S (Helping Others To Swim) Foundation, a non-profit organization.
IF YOU GO
What: Swim Miami 2012 presented by Nike
When: Saturday, 8 a.m. 800 meters; 8:15 a.m. Miami Mile; 8:30 a.m., 5K; 8:45 a.m., 10K.
Where: Miami Yacht Club, 1001 MacArthur Causeway, Miami.
Admission: Free to the public. Parking is $5 per car at Jungle Island. For questions call 305-273-1129 or email email@example.com.
Top seeds Ricardo Roche, 12, Isabella Pittinger, 12, Sarah Schimansky, 8, Joshua Hanks, 8, Kelley Heron, 12, Kevin Porto, 12, and Rafael Rodriguez, 10, head a large field of more than 100 SOFLO, Comets and Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers for Saturday’s in-house 12-and-Under IMX Challenge at Academic Village Pool.
All heats will be mixed girls and boys in the fun meet.
The relays will also be mixed girls and boys and mixed age groups. Instead of the coaches picking the relays, it will be up to the swimmers to select the relay members. It’s a way for the swimmers to socialize and get to know each other.
The IMX Challenge is a motivational program that allows swimmers across the nation to compare themselves to the thousands of other athletes in their age group.
IF YOU GO
What: IMX Challenge
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. Warm-up is 9 a.m.
Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines
Admission: Free. Heat sheets will be posted around the pool. For information call 954-538-3721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Comets Swim Team and Booster Club will host the Broward County Sizzler for south Broward and Dade County teams Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The meet is fun and also a learning experience for young swimmers learning stroke technique, pacing and breathing during races. It’s a way for coaches to gauge how their swimmers are learning the sport during practice sessions.
The meet also introduces what swim meets are all about to swimmers in a non-competitive environment.
Events include 25-yard butterfly, 25-yard backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke, 25-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle relay.
SOFLO has 21 swimmers entered. The girls are Daniela Barreto, 8, Marcela Bucaro, 7, Marli Crichton, 7, Jena Legaspi, 8, Isabella Lizarazo, 8, Gretchen Montgomery, 8, Sara Quintero, 8, and Analucia Raimont, 8.
The boys are Fernando Barreto, 6, Jake Cavanagh, 7, Dennis Dale, 8, Mark Andre De Gracia, 8, Tanner Gibson, 8, Zackary Harris, 7, Ryan Heron, 8, Noah Hew, 7, Luca Hincapie, 5, Sebastian Lares, 7, Alejandro Mateus, 6, Ariel Sanchez, 8, and Ian Torres, 7.
Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers from Mullins Park will compete in the Broward Sizzler at Sunrise.
IF YOU GO
What: Comets Sizzler/Broward County South and Dade County.
When: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Warm-up is 5 p.m.
Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.
Admission: $2. Heat sheets $2. For questions call 954-538-3721.
Florida Gold Coast Banquet
Thirty South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will be among 235 swimmers honored Sunday at the annual 14-and-under Florida Gold Coast Age Group Awards Ceremony at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, noon-4 p.m.
Those being honored for outstanding seasons are Sarah Bucaro, Sophia Bucaro, Steph Campo, Tristan Celestin, Catharine Cooper, Leonie Davies, Kylie Herman, Kelley Heron, Marco Hosfeld, Amber Hunter, Kelly Kealty, Blake Kelley, Emma Lincoln, Juan Lucas, Melissa Marinheiro, Audrey Mason, Alfredo Mesa, Delanie Perez, Julien Pinon, Samuel Quintero, Ricardo Roche, Carlos Rodriguez, Diego Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez, Rafael Rodriguez, Cristian Rossi, Samantha Stinemire, Carly Swanson, Gustavo Valery and Sebastian Vargas.
SOFLO’s national record-breaking boys relays will be recognized along with swimmers who were members of the FGC vs. Florida team, FGC Zone All-Stars, FGC record breakers and national Top 10 single age group ranked swimmers.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com