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Sea Dragon May Open
Our second long course meet of the season was a very successful event for our swimmers. Cape Aquatics swimmers posted forty-two best times including six new standards reached. Among best times posted was Alexa Ferro (15) with best times in the 100m Butterfly (1:16.96 -1.91s) 200m Breaststroke (3:19.52 -3.34s BB), 400m Free (5:12.22 – 7.92s) and 100m Breaststroke (1:32.19 -0.28). Connor McFall (12) reached best times in the 50m Free (41.44 – 1.35) and 100m Backstroke (148.13 -5.00). Sophie Pellegrino (16) posted personal best times in the 100m Backstroke (1:14.52 – 1.90 A) and 200m Backstroke ( 2:43.66 – 2.77). Skye Persechino (14) reached personal best times in the 100m Backstroke (1:18.02 – 7.22 BB), 200m Freestyle (2:14.47 – 0.12), 100m Breaststroke (1:28.44 – 10.42 BB) and 100m Freestyle (1:02.69 – 1.17 Senior cut). Jacob Ricke (13) had best times in 50m Freestyle (36.19 – 3.89) and 100m Backstroke (1:39.07 – 6.08). Hayden Tedhams (15) improved his time in the 50m Freestyle (27.52 – 0.24). Alissa Varlam (12) posted a best in the 20m Breaststroke (50.14 – 1.34) Lilyana Veltman (14) had a best time in the 100m Backstroke (1:29.00 – 13.31 B).
MEAT RAFLE AT BURNT STORE TAVERN
Thank you to Kelli for organizing the Cape Aquatics Meat Raffle fundraiser at the Burt Store Tavern May 6th. $1,200 was raised in this fun event. Thank you to the Saiz fmily for donating $200 in meat for the raffle and Burnt Store Tavern for supporting this event with three packs of meat and T-Shirts. Great effort by our swimmers in helping with the 50/50 ~ Alexa, Amanda, Dylan, Gianna, Hayden, Lior, Taylor and Zach.
FAST SWIMS IN OCALA
Our team had an outstanding meet this past weekend in Ocala. Cape Aquatics swimmers posted 49 personal best times for Long Course events despite the fact that we train Short Course in our 25-yard pool. Six swimmers achieved new standards.
Gi Johns had best times in the 50m Back (-2.11), 50m Breaststroke (-2.05), 100m Breaststroke (-1.41) and 100m Free (-1.66). Anthony Muschiana (8) swam to a “B” in the 10 & Under 50m Backstroke dropping 3.79 seconds. Audrey Muschiana (10) reached “B” in the 10 & Under 50m Free lowering her best by 4.53 seconds, and “BB” in the 200m Free dropping 17.42 seconds. Sophia Muschiana (11) shaved 5.65 seconds off her 200m Free with an 11 & 12 “BB” time and in the 400m Free, she swam 31.17 seconds under her best reaching the 11 & 12 “BB” standard. Skye Persechino arguably had her best ever meet with five new standards and two Cape Aquatics team records. In the 400m Free Skye lowered her best by 17.07 seconds with a new team record of 4:41.72L (FLAG, Senior and AAA). In the 800m Free Skye broke the team record lowering her best time by 23.59 seconds with a 9:50.20L (FLAG, Senior and AAA). She also reached “FLAG, Senior and AAA” in the 50m and 200m Free and “FLAG & AA” in the 200m I.M. Tylor Tedhams continues to show remarkable improvement lowering her best in all eight events she swam. She posted a new “BB” in the 50m Butterfly, “A” in the 200 & 400m Free and “FLAG & AA” in the 800m Free. Hayden Tedhams lowered his best time in the 100m Free breaking the one minute barrier with a Senior cut of 59.71L and shaved 4.04 seconds off his best 400m Free with a Senior cut time of 4:24.64L. Amanda Saiz lowered her best time in the 200m I.M. by 6.21 seconds. Kenny Upton went seven for seven as he lowered his best times in the 50m Fly, 50m Back, 100m Back, 50 and 100m Free, and 50 & 100 Breaststroke. Alissa Varlam (12) had four best times lower them in the 50m Back, 50m Free, 100m Breaststroke and 200m Free.
Great job swimmers! Keep up your efforts. We’ve got a great program in place.
GCST FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE RACES
Our swimmers had a very productive meet Friday. Posting 32 best times and 12 first time events resulting in six new standards being reached.
Taylor Tedhams (11) started things off with a Florida Age Group Championship (FLAG) cut in the 500 yard Freestyle with a time of 5:50.15 (AA). R.J. Jellerson (10) pick up a ‘B’ in the 10 & Under 100 yard Free (1:27.51), Gi Johns (13) attained a ‘B’ in the 13 & 14 100 yard Free (1:09.61), Lior Chkoury (15) posted a ‘B’ in the 15 & 16 50 yard Free (27.51), Amy Barcena (14) finished with a ‘B’ in the 13 & 14 50 yard Free (31.80) and Skye Persechino (14) achieved an ‘A’ in the 13 & 14 100 yard Butterfly.
Cape swimmers completed 12 new events and put up 32 best times.
Kudos to our outstanding swimmers and their equally outstanding coaches. Our next meet is the Spring Area 5 Championships February 24 ~ 26 at the CENTENNIAL PARK AQUATIC CENTER, 1120 Centennial Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL, 33953
USMMA wins Skyline Conference Championships
Congratulations to United States Merchant Marine Academy Swimming & Diving winning the 2023 Skyline Conference Championships at S.U.N.Y. Purchase, January 28 & 29. Our very own Jack Pellegrino scored 40 points in the meet with 5th place in the 500 & 200y Free, 6th in the 100y Free and 4th in the 200y Butterfly. Well done Mariners!