CSSC’s Alex Warner Earns Triple Gold at Sunrise Sizzler

Sharyn Mason

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, coming down to the wire, with Warner winning by a slim 0.08 seconds.  In addition, Alex won the freestyle race by just over half a second.  Lastly, he posted a very solid fifth place result in his fourth event, the butterfly, for a tremendous swim meet.

Six members of Coral Springs Swim Club made their swim meet debuts at the Sunrise Sizzler, with outstanding results.  Each of them posted at least one finish within the top 15, with most earning top ten placings.  Shining for CSSC was newcomer Simone Kheifets, whose best result was a marvelous second place in the girls’ 9 & over backstroke event. Other results for Kheifets included fourth in the butterfly, sixth in the freestyle, and tenth in the breaststroke, for a very exciting welcome to competitive swimming.

Dylan Dollman excelled in the breaststroke, taking the fifth spot in the girls’ 9 & over event, among her four races. Ana Sofia Mogollon Velazquez, entered into the girls’ 7-8 age group, grabbed seventh in the freestyle, an outstanding result for one of the youngest CSSC swimmers.  Simone Brown also notched a top ten result via her ninth place finish in the girls’ 9 & over freestyle. Catalina Preston in the girls’ 9 & over, and Logan Dean on the boys’ side of the same age category, also had excellent swim meets for their first forays into competition. The best finish for Preston was fourteenth in the breaststroke, and Dean took thirteenth in the butterfly.

A host of Coral Springs Swim Club “veterans” also displayed much success at the Sunrise Sizzler.  Starting with the 7-8 age category, Jalanah Deroze just missed 100% top ten finishes, posting results of fourth in the freestyle, fifth in the backstroke, tenth in the breaststroke, and a near miss of eleventh in the butterfly.  In the boys 7-8 competition, Hunter Gruver notched three top ten finishes, including sixth in the backstroke, ninth in the breaststroke, and tenth in the freestyle.  Also competing in the boys’ 7-8 grouping was Oliver Pazmino, whose best result was 14th in the breaststroke.

A recap of the girls’ 9 & over age category must begin with Avery Jeffries, who earned four top ten results. Avery was the runner up in the breaststroke, barely missing out on the first place ribbon.  Jeffries also took third in the butterfly, sixth in the backstroke, and seventh in the freestyle, for an extremely strong swim meet. Sticking with the 9 & over girls, Fleur Lombard was solid for CSSC, taking fourth in the breaststroke, seventh in the butterfly, ninth in the backstroke, and twelfth in the freestyle. Skye Amon (best result fourteenth in butterfly), and Luciana Merchan (best result seventeenth in butterfly) also swam very well for Coral Springs Swim Club.

A pair of boys joined Alex Warner and Logan Dean in the boys’ 9 & over age group, each posting top ten finishes. David Tejada grabbed third place in the breaststroke for his best finish.  Tejada also earned results of seventh in the backstroke, ninth in the butterfly, and thirteenth in the freestyle. Lucas Pazmino was the seventh place finisher in the butterfly, took eighth in the freestyle, and touched the wall tenth in both the backstroke and breaststroke.  With the continued consistent success at the Sizzler swim meets, the future is bright for the up and coming CSSC athletes.



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