Local Swimmers Do Well at Florida Meet

Sarah Lott begins the backstroke. Courtesy photo

Charger swimmers returned to Los Alamos Wednesday, after successfully competing in the 2013 Gulf Coast Swim Team Invitational Meet in Fort Myers, Fla.

With 740 swimmers competing, it was not a surprise to see World Championship qualifying cut times being made in the top heats. Los Alamos Charger swimmers did surprisingly well with several of the kids earning places in the top-16 finals heats (see results below). 

Congratulations goes out to Maria Venneri, who got her first Sectional cut in the 200 backstroke at this meet, along with Sarah Lott, who earned two more Sectional cuts in her 100 freestyle and 200 butterfly races. She secured her first Sectional cut at the High School State meet in her 200 free in February.

Other Charger swimmers, who had amazing races at this meet, and great time drops in their events, include Radhika Iyer and Sydney Schoonover.

The team spent their last few days in Florida running around Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando.

Top 16 Finishes: (Long course meters)

Maria Venneri:              200 Backstroke                5th place             2:28.14
(15-16 Girls)                 100 Backstroke                7th place             1:10.31
                                      200 IM                             15th place           2:37.94
Sarah Lott:                   100 Freestyle                    8th place            1:00.63
(15-16 Girls)                 100 Butterfly                     15th place           1:08.49
                                      200 Butterfly                    10th place           2:34.46
                                      50 Freestyle                    12th place           29.18

Isabelle Runde:            100 Backstroke                14th place           1:13.74
     (13-14 Girls)             200 Backstroke               16th place           2:37.46

Kaan Unal:                   1500 Freestyle                 11th place          19.32.25
     (13-14 Boys)

Isabelle Runde in the 100 Fly. Courtesy photo
Maria Venneri in the breaststroke leg. Courtesy photo
From left, Wendy Lott, Maria Venneri, Isabelle Runde, Radhika Iyer, Sarah Lott, Sydney Schoonover and Beverly Leasure at Universal Studios. Courtesy photo

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