TYR MAY BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Niccolo Miccolis


By Sharon Robb
MIAMI, July 25, 2022–Niccolo Miccolis is seeing his hard work and dedication pay off.

At 9, Miccolis was one of the youngest swimmers to make his Junior Olympics cut in the 50-meter freestyle during the BB Championships.

Miccolis, who trains with SOFLO age group coach Chloe Hampson, recently moved up from the Bull Sharks to Blue Sharks.

“He is a very hard worker,” Hampson said. “Basically, he is ready for practice early, he shows up to practices and he is always there and very focused.

“I give him a workout, I write the set and I decide the focus and he goes and does it. He will ask questions at practice. He is very focused for a 9-year-old and I have worked with a lot of 9-year-olds. I was one myself.”

Three weeks ago Miccolis got his JO cut at BB Championships and competed the next week at JOs.

“He was so excited at his first JOs,” Hampson said. “He came in, had a new JOs shirt and walked in all confident.”

At JOs, Miccolis finished 21st in the 10-and-under 50-meter freestyle in 36.29. His best time is 34.87. He also swam anchor leg on the second place 200-meter medley relay with teammates Michael Barber, Toma Petkov and Ethan Phan and swam anchor on the 200-meter freestyle relay with Barber, Luis Escobar and Gabriel Ferrer.

Miccolis, 9, is a fourth grader in the Magnet Program at George Washington Carver Elementary School in international studies. His older sister Didia, 11, swims with the Makos and his little brother Leone is taking lessons.

“I am more competitive at practice than my sister but in races she does a little better,” said Miccolis, who has been swimming since he was 2 and started competitive swimming at 8.

“I like competitive swimming and I’m really good at it,” he said. “I like being in the water. I have to keep on training so I can be good. It’s fun. Coach Chloe makes me improve.”

His mom Laura said he loves to stay busy. Swimming has helped him with time management.

“Swimming gives me something to do instead of just sitting on the couch,” Miccolis said. “I like to be organized. I like to have a good schedule. I don’t think I have too much free time with swimming and school.”

His favorite stroke is freestyle.

“I like it a lot,” he said. “I got my first JO in the freestyle. I liked being at JOs because I was one of the youngest swimmers. It was a good experience for me. It was my biggest meet. This has been my best season so far.”

Miccolis played soccer during the winter season and loves skateboarding. He is training to be a certified scuba diver when he turns 10 so he can dive with his sister who is already certified. He likes to collect foreign money. He loves school and his favorite subjects are math and social studies. His favorite swimmer is Caeleb Dressel. He trains close to home at Westminster Christian School’s pool.

“It’s perfect for us because they are all swimming at different times and my husband (Fabio) and I are going back and forth from school and practice,” Laura Miccolis said.

“I am so happy all my kids are swimming,” she said. “I started them early when they were little because I wanted them to be ready in case they fell in a pool. We started them with AquaKids and kept going. We like this environment. We never thought we could start competitive swimming. It keeps them busy and focused. It helps them to be organized and manage their time.

“Niccolo and Didia put a lot of effort into it. Working hard in swimming makes them realize they get results. They put in the effort and it helps them to succeed and improve. We know they are working hard on the little things and these are the little steps that make them realize it is worth it to keep going and working hard to make new goals.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Miccolis joins SOFLO swimmers Alex Golding (April), Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR 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 male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Jacob Pebley and Ryan Lochte.

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

TYR MAY BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Giorgio Rusconi


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, June 23, 2021–After quitting the sport for karate, Giorgio Rusconi returned to competitive swimming five years ago.

And, the 14-year-old is very glad he did.

At the SoFlo Memorial Day Intrasquad Long Course Challenge at Academic Village Pool, Rusconi got his spring sectionals cut in the 100-meter breaststroke, winning the 13-14 age group in 1:14.07. It was his first long course cut.

“Making the sectional cut was an added bonus,” Rusconi said. “I didn’t really know the sectional cut before that. It gave me a lot of confidence. That has to be my biggest meet so far. I got to JOs before but I did total garbage at them. I just had a bad day and was psyched out.”

On the third and final day of the intrasquad meet, Rusconi won the 50-meter breaststroke in 34.80 and 200-meter breaststroke in 2:50.25. He posted new Junior Olympic cuts in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.

At the two-day Boca Blossoms Closed Invite at Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center, Rusconi won the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:06.69, dropping 0.45. Rusconi was also third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.74 and tenth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:29.21.

Training with the Silver Group, Rusconi has developed a tremendous work ethic.

“Giorgio’s recent successes, culminating in his first spring sectionals cut, is the result simply of his impeccable attention to detail at practice,” said his age group coach Jack Davies.

“His ability to consistently produce, assess and adjust his stroke makes him very easy to coach. He is always respectful and fun to engage with on the pool deck.

“I look forward to seeing him continue to grow and rise to new challenges as he progresses.”

Rusconi will be a junior this fall at Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines. He was able to skip a grade while living in Jamaica. While attending high school he is trying to complete his AP and ACE college requirements. “I have this plan and I have been doing pretty well on it so far,” Rusconi said.

After getting his brown belt in karate, second only to a black belt in the sport’s ranking system, Rusconi resumed swimming in Jamaica with his friends. He is now focused solely on swimming.

Rusconi joined South Florida Aquatic Club in late 2019 and has made remarkable progress. He plans to swim the high school season but likes the challenges and harder workouts club swimming provides.

Rusconi’s favorite stroke is breaststroke but added he is “trying to get a lot better at butterfly.”

Asked what he likes the most about swimming, Rusconi said “it makes me kind of feel like I’m flying. I like the feel of the water and my teammates.

“My teammates are so nice,” Rusconi said. “They are always super supportive. I love those guys.”

When Rusconi moved to the U.S., his teammates made it easier for him to adjust.

“I didn’t really know anybody at all when I moved but swimming at SOFLO I made a lot of friends there,” Rusconi said. “It was easy for me to adjust.”

Rusconi was born in Atlanta, Ga. His father is Italian, a former competitive snow skier, and his mother is Jamaican. He has triple citizenship. He speaks Italian and is learning Spanish.

His biggest goal currently is to move up to Gold Group. “That’s been my goal for the past six, seven months,” he admitted. “I really want to make it on that team.”

Eventually, he would like to represent Jamaica at the CCCAN and CARIFTA meets and compete internationally. His times are nearing the meet qualifying cuts. He would also like to compete in college, he 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 male-sponsored athletes are newly-minted 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Jacob Pebley and Ryan Lochte.

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