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: Natalie Gembicki


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, April 10, 2022–Natalie Gembicki loves training in her team’s 25-yard pool at Westminster Christian School.

“I love the small atmosphere, it creates a sense of family and I love that vibe,” said Gembicki, 17, a junior at Cutler Bay Senior High School.

At the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships, Gembicki competed in 11 events at Academic Village Pool. She had 10 best times in individual and relay events including six in individual events. She totaled 91 points in high point.

Gembecki’s highest finish at seniors was sixth in the 100-yard individual medley in a best time 59.73, dropping 0.26 seconds. Her biggest time drop was 4.25 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:03.64 for sixth place.

“I went into senior champs thinking ‘you know what, I’m going to do good at this meet,'” Gembicki said. “I was telling my sister I thought I was going to do really well. I was just ready to swim fast. Before my last race, the 200 IM finals, I went into the Ready Room and I was like ‘All right guys, last race, let’s go crazy.’ I was really hyped up for senior champs.”

Gembicki has been swimming since she was 7. She trained with the Riptides, Big Gators and Gulliver Prep before moving to SOFLO 13 months ago and training with Coach Lou and Great Whites Group.

“I love it, he is the best coach I’ve ever had when I think of all my coaches,” praised Gembicki. “He really puts the work and dedication into coaching his swimmers at every practice.

“I love my teammates, they are so positive during practice. They are there for me and they get me through it. We get each other through it.”

Her two biggest meets have been FGC Senior Championships and FHSAA Class 1A State Championships which she has qualified for three times. She has two USA Swimming Futures cuts in the 200 IM and 100 freestyle and hopes to pick up a few more.

“At states I focused more on my sprinting events and when I focus more on my sprinting I do very well,” Gembicki said. “I swam the 200 free and 100 free and I improved on those at states. At senior champs, I did well in all my other races except the 100 free. I’ve improved on everything this last season.”

Gembicki has a true passion for swimming and is self-motivated to do well.

“When you achieve your goals it’s the best feeling ever,” Gembicki said. “To have your teammates there you form a bond, too. I just love swimming. Then some days you kind of hate it because you don’t do so well at practice or it’s a distance set and it’s boring. But you look back on that, it’s all the memories.”

Swimming has helped her manage her time.

“I go from morning practice to home, I have 30 minutes to get ready for school, then I go to school. Then after school ends, I have 30 minutes we start swim practice and dryland. The rest of the day is relaxing but then you have to do homework. It’s tough but you learn it and it gets easier as you learn it. I’ve been doing it for such a long time it’s now a regular thing.”

With school and swimming Gembicki doesn’t have a lot of free time, but she does love photography and a few of her photos will appear in the school’s yearbook. She’s also done dance, gymnastics and soccer but decided to focus solely on swimming. Making it even better is her mom Deb is a USA Swimming official.

“My mom saw all these swim moms on the pool deck relaxing when I was playing soccer,” Gembicki said. “She introduced me to swimming and I loved it so we continued with that.”

Recently, Gembicki visited the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where she hopes to continue her swimming and academics. She got a chance to train in high altitude which took some adjusting to. She hopes to be a meteorologist and “fly into hurricanes taking photos that you’ll probably see on the Weather Channel.”

Gembicki also lifeguards at a summer camp at her home pool along with her teammates who are camp swim instructors. “We live at the pool in the summer,” Gembicki said.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Gembicki joins SOFLO teammates Sofia Lugo and Valentina Remmele 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 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, 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 FEBRUARY GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Sofia Lugo


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 25, 2022–Sofia Lugo set herself up for success through hard work and dedication.

And because of it, the Falcon Cove Middle School seventh grader had outstanding BB Championship and Junior Olympic meets.

At BBs, she got four more Junior Olympic cuts in the 500 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 IM. And at JOs, she competed in ten events, including three relays and posted five best times.

“I had two or three JO cuts from all separate meets before that,” Lugo said. “I knew that I needed to get more because I knew I was capable of more than two or three JO cuts. At the BB Championship meet I was so happy. It was definitely my favorite meet of the season so far.

“My best meet was probably the BB championship meet because I had so much fun. I went out and started with the 500 and dropped lots of time in that and I was very excited. And then I went out and did my 200 fly and I dropped between 8 and 10 seconds. I was so excited about getting that JO cut. The 200 fly was the one event that I really wanted to get the JO cut in. That’s what made my meet perfect.”

Her coach and teammates were happy for her as well. They see firsthand how hard she works.

“She had a phenomenal BBs,” said her Silver Group coach Jack Davies. “She has put forth an incredible amount of work this season to set herself up with a full slate of events for JOs. I’m incredibly excited to follow the next challenges she sets for herself in and out of the pool.”

Lugo, 13, started swimming when she was 3 and competing at age 7. She followed in the footsteps of her older sisters, Jacque and Raquel.

“My siblings started swimming and I had no idea what was going on when I was dropped off at the pool,” Lugo said. “I enjoyed watching it and it started to get me excited to swim. I finally started to understand what I was actually suppose to be doing when I started.”

You can hear it in her voice how much she loves the sport.

“I do love swimming,” she said. “There are so many aspects to it that are so unique, unlike every other sport, that I love so much. There is no other sport where you’re having to do so much work on your body and you can’t even breathe at the same time. I don’t know what specific part but I just love the feeling of being in the water. Running can be so tiring, but for me I can never get tired of swimming.”

Swimming has helped her outside the pool as well.

“It’s definitely helped with time management especially in school when I have to get assignments done,” Lugo said. “It’s made me more organized with my things, too.” That includes her artwork and shopping for vinyl records.

While she is versatile in all strokes, her favorite is butterfly.

“Especially when you are all stretched out, it just feels so good in the water, ” Lugo said. “I used to be a freestyler, but at some point it sparked in me where I became a butterflier when I turned 13.”

The sky is the limit for Lugo who has plenty of goals to keep her busy training in the pool.

“Since I already have a full set of JO cuts for 13-14, I’m trying to work on getting some more senior champs cuts,” Lugo said. “I have four right now.”

She would also like to swim high school in two years at Cypress Bay where her sisters swam.

“Both of my sisters were in it and they tell me all the time to do it because they had so much fun and enjoyed it so much,” Lugo said.

“I am very excited about the future. I have many goals that people think are probably unattainable at this current time. I do want to go under a minute in my 100 fly which seems like a big goal for someone who just turned 13, but I think I’m capable of it and I want to do it. I want to swim in Futures and other major meets. I know what it will take.”

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 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, 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 NOVEMBER GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Olivia Dinehart


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 29, 2021–It was no small feat to win a state title at the Nov. 6 FHSAA State 1A Swimming Championship, one of the fastest meets in state history.

Cutler Bay High School junior Olivia Dinehart stole a little of state powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles’ thunder winning the state title in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.28, an automatic All-American time.

The victory capped off a perfect season for the 16-year-old. In addition to her state title, she was third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.61, another All-American time.

“I went into the meet seeded first so there was a little bit more pressure,” Dinehart said. “But then I went into finals seeded third so it kind of took some of the pressure off. I was thinking on the blocks that I worked for this. I was losing for the first 75 and the last 25 I caught up and out-touched the girl next to me. It was an amazing feeling. I had all my teammates cheering for me behind the blocks. That was awesome.”

At the Region 4-1A meet, she was second to U.S. Junior National team member Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest in the 200 IM in 2:04.91 and won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.06, an All-American time. She won two District 12-1A titles in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.79 and 200 IM in 2:10.36. At the GMAC Swimming Championships, she won the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.17 and 200 IM in 2:11.19.

Dinehart has been swimming since she was a baby and competitively since she was 7. She also played soccer for two years in elementary school but scheduling conflicts led her to focus solely on swimming.

“When I was at that age it was my teammates that helped me like the sport so much,” Dinehart said. “But thinking about it at this age it’s just so nice to see when you work hard and then getting to see that pay off later. You can’t really see that with other sports. That reward is probably what’s kept me going this long.”

Dinehart has benefitted from swimming in several ways.

“The discipline and time management has helped me and working with the team is important especially in high school swimming. A lot of people think swimming is an individualized sport. But you learn to think of your team before yourself. If that means going into an event that you don’t usually swim so you can get the team more points, whatever it is. That’s the biggest takeaway for me.”

Dinehart said her favorite event is the 200 breaststroke “on a good day” with the 100 breaststroke a close second.

Now ranked fourth in the state, Dinehart has already verbally committed to Auburn University. She will work with Associate Head Coach Vlad Polyakov, a three-time Olympian, world champion and NCAA champion. The former Florida Gold Coast swimmer at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Coral Springs Swim Club, where he worked under six-time Olympic coach and Hall of Famer Michael Lohberg, joined the staff after nine seasons at Louisville.

Auburn was one of the top women’s teams in the nation last season along with NCAA champion Virginia, Stanford, Indiana and Arizona State.

Dinehart has some lofty future goals.

“I definitely want to place at NCAAs, if not win a breaststroke event,” she said. “That would be an awesome goal. Winning with a team is one of the reasons I picked Auburn. Their selling point was if you’re not willing to work for a team and you’re more individualized then maybe this program isn’t for you. But that’s exactly what I was looking for. Winning a championship with the team would be awesome.”

Before her junior high school season, Dinehart was a two-time finalist at the State 1A High School Swimming Championship in 2019 and 2020. In 2019, she was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.87) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:05.16). In 2020, she was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.79) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:04.19). In 2019, she was a two-time District 12-A and region champion in both the breaststroke and IM events.

Her biggest turning point in swimming came at the Summer Junior Olympics Long Course meet when she was 14. She got her summer junior national cut and everything snowballed after that.

“I realized I had been working for seven years and this is what it led to,” Dinehart said. “I thought if I could keep going I could be potentially really good and that would be amazing.”

There are two other Dinehart siblings in swimming, Olivia’s twin sister Elena and younger sister Elise. Elise Dinehart was the TYR March Girl Swimmer of the Month.

“People are always surprised when I say this but we are not competitive at all,” Dinehart said. “And if we are, it’s in a very healthy, controlled way. My little sister will compare our times when I was her age. I think that’s very normal. We grew up in an atmosphere that was very supportive. We’re just happy for each other whenever we do well.”

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 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, 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 JULY GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Jemma Baldwin


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, August 24, 2021–Even at age 10, Jemma Baldwin is fearless in and out of the pool.

“She is not afraid of anybody or any thing, she is not shy and will put an older kid in place in a heartbeat,” said her Bronze Group coach Rose Lockie.

“It wasn’t really that unexpected her doing well at JOs. She is one of the youngest in the group and training with 11- and 12-year-olds all the time. She works really, really hard.”

The hard work paid off. Baldwin turned in her finest performance at the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics, playing a key role in SOFLO winning the girls’ team title. She was the top scoring SOFLO girl swimmer with 40 points, ranked second in high point for 10-and-under girls.

Baldwin won two individual events and three relays. She won the 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter butterfly. She was also a member of the girls’ winning 200-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter medley relay and mixed 200-meter medley relay.

She swam five best times in the 400-meter freestyle (5:15.61, 18.23 time drop), 200-meter individual medley (2:54.34, 1.86 time drop), 100-meter backstroke (1:23.42, 1.37 time drop), 50-meter butterfly (35.10, 2.15 time drop) and 200-meter freestyle (2:33.01, 9.96 time drop).

“My favorite event in short course would be the 100 fly and in long course I really like the 400 free,” Baldwin said.

“I knew I would have a good JOs,” Baldwin said. “I am very confident in everything that I do in swimming. JOs was my biggest event so far. I was happiest with the 400 free. It was my second time swimming the 400 free and I dropped a lot of time.”

Baldwin is a fifth grader at Hawkes Bluff Elementary School in Pembroke Pines. She started swimming competitively at age 6 with the Midnight Sun Swim Team in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her dad said she has been swimming “since she was in diapers.” She was also involved in gymnastics and ice hockey but decided to focus solely on swimming. “Swimming wasn’t really a popular sport in Alaska, ice hockey was probably the most popular,” she said

“I just really like being in the water,” Baldwin said. “I like competition. I want to do well in practice. I really like Coach Rose, she’s funny.”

The family moved to South Florida in June, 2018. Since joining SOFLO, Baldwin has improved greatly. “I like the coaches, they are not strict or so hard on you but they are hard on you because they want you to do better. I’m glad I’m in swimming.”

Baldwin likes being challenged in workouts, meets and school, where she is a straight A student. She’s always pushing herself, said her dad.

“I like the racing part in swimming,” Baldwin said. “I have a lot of friends on SOFLO just because I have been there for so long. I know just about everybody in my group.”

Baldwin hopes to swim in high school and college.

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 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, 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 MAY GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Amanda Grubbs


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, June 25, 2021–Amanda Grubbs has the best reason for swimming.

“I like that it’s in water and not on land,” Grubbs said. “It’s a good competitive sport and good for your mentality.”

A seventh grader at Southwood Middle School in Palmetto Bay, Grubbs, 12, hopes to swim for her school swim team in addition to club swimming.

Grubbs has been swimming for five years, the last two with South Florida Aquatic Club and before that Flying Fish Swim Club.

“I’m very happy with the SOFLO program,” Grubbs said. “I’m working hard to get better.”

Grubbs does enjoy other sports with her friends including tennis but is focused on swimming.

“Swimming has done a lot for my mental strength,” Grubbs said. “It’s good for time management especially in the summer and afternoons.”

At the SoFlo Memorial Day Intrasquad Long Course Challenge at Academic Village Pool, Grubbs was first in the 11-12 girls’ 50- (33.40) and 100-meter butterfly (1:14.29), 100-meter freestyle (1:08.23) and 100-meter backstroke (1:20.97). She was also second in the 400-meter freestyle (5:06.70).

“Speaking as Amanda’s Coach, it’s fair to say her performance at the Intrasquad meet is why she was selected Swimmer of the Month,” SOFLO coach Isidro Planell said. “Amanda is definitely a firecracker especially when it comes to her swimming.

“She has improved tremendously over the past few months and has started learning to apply her racing to her practices which definitely is the reason for her success the last few meets. I am very excited as her coach to see her continue improving and see where her competitive nature takes her.”

Grubbs and her family are planning a short vacation to avoid any conflict with swimming and summer meets. Her older sister, Sophia, is also a member of SOFLO and trains with Coach Lou.

“Maybe two or three days for a small vacation,” she said. “We don’t want to miss too much swimming and practices because there are big meets coming up in July.”

While she is versatile in all strokes, she said her favorite strokes are backstroke and butterfly. “To be honest my favorite is more butterfly because I am getting better in fly more than backstroke, it’s faster,” she said.

Grubbs said one of her biggest turning points in the sport came at a practice session. “I was at one practice and I felt so good. I felt so fast and I thought maybe I could go even faster. I felt like I could do anything in that moment.

“I didn’t have any JO cuts in the beginning and then I started getting them, one after another, over and over again. I thought wow, I can go faster and it’s just gotten me further. I got really motivated.”

Her most memorable meet was at Gulliver Prep where she got her first JO cut in the 200 freestyle.

“Coach Issy was cheering me on and I went so fast,” Grubbs said. “And then the next race I got another JO cut. I did so good and beat everyone in the race. But then it kind of turned out bad because the next day was my birthday so I aged up and lost the cuts.”

Grubbs has several goals for the future including swimming on a high school team and making states and competing for a college. “I can’t wait to get better and better,” she said.

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 newly-minted 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, 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 DECEMBER GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Gaby Avila


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 17, 2021—Since joining South Florida Aquatic Club two years ago, Gaby Avila has seen her swimming improve. And that has motivated the 14-year-old even more for the future.

“It’s definitely the best choice I made coming to SOFLO,” Avila said. “I like the coaches and my team. Once I changed teams I noticed I was actually excited to go to practice. I had motivation. I definitely enjoyed it. My improvement was amazing and coaches, too.”

Avila had a great month of swimming in December. At the 30th Speedo Winter Championships, she swam freestyle legs on the second place 200-yard medley and 400-yard medley relays and fourth leg on the third place 400-yard freestyle relay.

Avila also had time drops in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.05 (0.56 drop), 100 freestyle in 56.13 (1.41) and 50-yard butterfly in 29.32 (0.02). She had lifetime-best times on every relay swim and sprint freestyle individual events. She also won a 50-yard freestyle swim-off in 25.52 (0.53 drop), another best time.

“I was a little shocked at first when Coach told me I was Swimmer of the Month, but very grateful,” said Avila of her first-time honor.”

Avila has been swimming since she was 6 months old. Her family wanted her to be water-safe and active. “I just kept doing it and getting better. It was something I liked to do,” she said.

Avila has an athletic background. She participated in soccer, taekwondo, gymnastics, ballet and hip-hop dancing in addition to swimming. The last three years she narrowed it down to swimming and gymnastics and now focuses solely on competitive swimming.

“My competitive swimming got to the point where I had to choose one or the other and I stuck with swimming,” Avila said.

“It’s interesting to see in practice how much happens. Sometimes you complain it’s so hard today, but then at a meet when you get the results you didn’t possibly expect it’s a good sense of accomplishment and that’s really nice to have.

“I think I am getting stronger and mentally tougher,” Avila said. “I feel I had to tough it out mentally to work harder. I had to change my mindset into thinking I have to work hard every single day if I want to see a change. Thanks to that mental change I started to improve physically and that helped my swimming.”

Avila said her biggest meet so far was her last 12-and-under Florida Gold Coast Long Course Junior Olympics. It was the first meet where she ever made finals. “That was really special to me,” she said.

Her goals for the future include improving and “building a nice career in the sport,” Avila said. “My goals are getting certain cuts in times. There are always times you want to improve and beat. If there is a time I haven’t dropped in the last two years, this is the year I want to drop that time.”

When she isn’t training, competing, going to school or doing homework, Avila loves to cook and bake. While with Bronze Group, she brought in her homemade pecan pie which was a hit.

Avila, a freshman at West Broward High School, will make her high school debut this week when West Broward meets Flanagan and host Nova on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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.

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