Congrats to 12-year-old Matthew Limbacher (T2 Aquatics) who set a new U.S. National Age Group record in the boys 11-12 50-meter breaststroke event. Matthew touched the wall in 31.63, almost 8 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, breaking a record that has stood since 1992.
We got a chance to talk with Matthew at FLAGs earlier this year:
Cover photo: from T2 Aquatics
Florida Swim Network is honored to be bringing you all the action from the 2013 TYR Jax50, Florida’s own “duel in the pool” sprint!
Use the #2013TYRjax50 hash tag
This year’s event will have two types of awards, one for the professional swimmers in the form of cash and one for each age group:
Pros Cash Awards:
Age Group Swimmers Awards:
For events 67-76 (50 yard freestyle):
Ribbons for 1-8th place will be awarded events 1-66 for age group events 14 & younger.
All funds raised go to Planet Swim Foundation.
Final day action at the NASA Showcase Class, billed as the fastest age group meet in the country, lived up to its name with an epic battle in the 400 IM. 14-year-old Grant House faced off with 13-year-old Michael Andrew in a race that came down to the final wall and resulted in two sub-4 minute finishes.
We had a chance to speak with both competitors earlier in the week. Listen to how differently the two boys train, both resulting in some of the fastest young swimmers in the country.
At the close of the meet, swimmers of all ages were scrambling to get their photograph with Michael Andrew, and he seemed to enjoy the attention as well as graciously signing autographs. Everyone in attendance is looking forward to watching these two young men develop over the next few years.
Note: Florida Swim Network has had to cancel livestreaming the 2013 All Stars meet due to extenuating circumstances. We are disappointed but will do our best to bring you results and other types of coverage such as photos.
Check out the All Stars, where the “best of the best” of Florida’s age group swimmers battle in the pool on April 6-7. Live from Indian River State College, home of the 2013 NJCAA National Champs, the top age groupers from Florida Swimming will dual with the best from Florida Gold Coast.
Florida Gold Coast Itinerary – not yet available
Be sure to use the hash tag #FLAllStars13 whenever you tweet or post an Instagram!
Florida Swim Network is proud to be the official broadcaster of the NASA Showcase Classic. Billed as the “fastest age group meet in the country,” the Showcase Classic has already showed some incredible speed on day one with stand out swimmer Michael Andrew from Indie Swimming, Kansas. At just 13 years of age, Michael is posting times high school seniors would be jealous of!
200 Backstroke – 1:50.91
50 Free – 20.87
At the 28th Carifta Swimming and Water Polo Championships at the National Stadium Pool in Kingston, Jamaica, the international swimmers who train here in Florida rose to the occasion, starting with Trinidad and Tobago junior Dylan Carter, who smashed a new Carifta and national age-group record as he splashed to two gold medals on opening night.
Carter, who trains with Davies Nadadores here in Florida, anchored the winning Boys 15-17 400 meter freestyle team that included Emiro Goosen (Bolles Sharks), Jabari Baptiste and Joshua Romany (The Race Club) to a Carifta record in three minutes, 33.73 seconds. Carter also won the 200m Free with a time of 1:50.35 over Davie teammate Jody Groters, who claimed silver with 1:59.14. Carter and Romany also led Trinidad to a gold in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:56.33.
In the 100 meter Butterfly, Carter, who is focusing on the World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai in August, distanced himself from rest of the field and touched the wall at 55.00, setting a new Carifta age group record.
In the 13-17 1500 Free, Davie’s Patrick Groters gained bronze and silver in the 400 IM, while brother Jordy Groters later won gold in the 15-17 year old 200m Breaststroke and the 400 IM. Patrick also led his Aruba relay to a win in the 400 Medley Relay
Joshua Romany also won the 15-17m Fly in 25.06, while Zuhayr Pigot, from Miami Metro Aquatic Club, claimed silver in the 50 and 100 fly.
The ladies were not to be outdone as Alexandria Donahue (Greater Tampa) stroked her way to silver in the Girls 15 -17 200m Breaststroke. Brienne Renfurm, also from Miami Metro Aquatic Club, claimed silver on both the 50 and 100 back.
Another Florida-based swimmer, Tyla Martin (Pine Crest) followed up with gold in the next event, the Girls 15 – 17 100m fly, winning in a time of 1:03.32, and then another gold in the 50m Fly in 29.05.