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Sharyn Mason

Four members of Coral Springs Swim Club traveled to Lucas, Kentucky to compete in the 2024 USA Swimming Southern Zone Open Water Championships. The open water meet, held May 31 – June 2 and hosted by Kentucky Swimming, jumped off from Sunset Cove Beach at Barren River Lake State Park. Events included individual swims of either 2 or 5 kilometers, relay events of 1200 meter distances, and team pursuit events 2 kilometers long. CSSC National Team members John Albornoz, Reese Balkcom, Addison Palumbo, and Anthony Palumbo were members of the...

Sharyn Mason

Coral Springs Swim Club team members recently competed at the 16th Annual Long Course Summer Kickoff, hosted by North Palm Beach Swim Club, but held at the Central Park pool in Plantation. The Summer Kickoff, June 1-2, featured timed finals sessions both Saturday and Sunday, with the senior swimmers competing in the mornings, and the 12 & under groups going at it in the afternoons. Unfortunately, the weather became a factor on Sunday morning, and four events were cancelled, namely the 13 & over 100 meter backstroke, 200 meter butterfly,...

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Close to 40 members of Coral Springs Swim Club made the trip to the west coast of Florida, specifically Naples, to compete in the 2024 T2 Norris Foundation Meet, held during Memorial Day weekend and hosted by T2 Aquatics. Attendance at the Norris Meet has developed into an annual tradition for CSSC, and swimmers ranging in age from 8 – 18 made the journey with their families to continue the team’s participation during this year’s travel meet. CSSC was extremely successful, as five swimmers earned a total of ten gold...

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A host of the newer swimmers from Coral Springs Swim Club spent their most recent Saturday morning competing at the Boca Raton Simple Developmental Invite. The Simple Invite meet, hosted by Boca Raton Swim Club, featured Sizzler type events (25 yard distances) for the 8 & under swimmers, along with 50 yard distances of each stroke and the 100 yard individual medley for the 14 & under contingent. The purpose of the developmental meet was to, like a Sizzler, introduce new and inexperienced swimmers to competition and the logistics of...

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Reese Balkcom, of CSSC’s National Team, got her feet wet in terms of competitive swimming at the very young age of five years old. Her family was living in Texas at the time, and after completing swim lessons covering everything from being safe in the water to learning the strokes, she transitioned to the competitive swim team in her community. After about five years with her team in Texas, Reese’s family relocated to South Florida and she found a new swim home with Coral Springs Swim Club. She began with...

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CSSC’s John Albornoz and Mariana Montes were each victorious in the individual point competitions at the 2024 IMR/IMX Challenge, held April 26-28 at the Sunrise Civic Center pool. An IMR/IMX meet consists of events of varying distances, with swimmers earning a certain number of points depending on the placing of the swimmer. Points are then tallied to determine pentathlon (five events) champions and sextathlon (six events) champions. The distances of the events are shorter within the IMR challenge and longer in the IMX competition. The age category is also instrumental...

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After an extremely lengthy hiatus from hosting swim meets at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, with the last being the Michael Lohberg Invitational in June of 2023, CSSC finally returned home, to host the Coral Springs Closed Invitational, April 19-21. Coral Springs Swim Club, which is the best in the business in terms of efficiency, proficiency, and hospitality invited eleven Florida teams, as well as teams from the Bahamas and Jamaica to compete during the debut of the newly renovated pool venue. Fittingly, the winner of the first event on...

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Alex Warner was on fire at the Sunrise Sizzler, held Friday, April 19th at the Sunrise Civic Center pool. Warner, competing in the boys’ 9 & over age group, took the top spot in the 25 yard backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle events, with his wins coming in a variety of ways. In the backstroke race, Alex earned a time of 17.62, which was more than two seconds faster than the second place finisher, a huge margin of victory in a 25 yard distance. The breaststroke race was just the opposite,...

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CSSC team members traded in the comfort of a swimming pool for the uncertainty of a recreational lake, as 35 swimmers traveled to Dania Beach recently, to compete in the Florida Gold Coast Open Water Championships. The one day meet, hosted by Hurricane Aquatics on April 13th, and held at Tigertail Lake Recreation Center, featured swims with distances of 2 kilometers and 5 kilometers in both men’s and women’s age groups. To put that into perspective, a 5K swim is the equivalent of 5,468 yards, or more than three 1,650...

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It seems to be a common occurrence at swim meets lately that a current member of Coral Springs Swim Club breaks a club record held by a former swimmer. This time, it was Michael Tiani, who, at the Sunshine State Showcase meet, broke the club record in the boys 10 & under 500 yard freestyle, touching the wall in a time of 5:47.09. Tiani came in approximately 4 seconds under the previous record which had been set in 2021. Not only did Michael grab a record, but he also took...