Over the next five weeks, SPA swimmers will be competing in several championship meets beginning with Southern Zone Southern Sectionals, Florida Age Group Championships, FS Senior Championships, USA Swimming Junior Nationals, USA Swimming Senior Nationals as well as Area 3/5 Championships.
Traveling to the YMCA in Orlando, Florida for the Southern Zone Southern Sectional (Sectionals) meet will be: Calvin Bryant, Joshua Chen, Courtney Coleman, Bexhet Dovolani, John Farese, Autumn Finke, Summer Finke, Olivier Gilbert, Alexander Grant, Luke Hanner, Noah Harasz, Ethan Long, Jonathan Long, Mark Marshburn, Peyton Palsha, Savannah Sawyers and Emma Spilman. Sectionals has no age restriction but does require that swimmers meet certain cut times. It is the fastest of the summer championship meets held in Florida
The following week is the Florida Age Group Championships (FLAGs) at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Competing for SPA will be: Joseph Brockman, Hannah Davis, Sydney Davis, Taylor Emerson, Robert Finke, Julia Finster, Ana Forristerm, Emma Forrister, Magellan Grant, Maslin Grant, Alanna Growe, David Harris, Kelly Harris, Tyre Hill, Kayla Kies, Caleb Kravitz, Gordon Leadbetter, Syndey Leadbetter, Connell Murch, Gracelyn Palsha, Eli Rust, Alexandra Walker and William Walker. FLAGs is for swimmers ages 14 and Under. Swimmers must achieve certain ‘cuts’ to compete. Long Course FLAGs also serves as the final selection for the Florida Swimming Zone Age Group Championship team which will compete against teams from other LSC’s in San Antonio, Texas this year.
The week after FLAGs is the Florida Swimming Senior Championships (Senior Champs) to be held at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce, Florida. The list of SPA swimmers who will be competing has not been finalized. Swimmers compete in either a 15/16 age group or Senior group.
After FS Senior Championships come the USA Swimming Championship meets: 2014 SPEEDO Junior National Championships (18 and Unders) and 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships (no age restriction), both of which will be held in Irvine, California on subsequent weeks. Current SPA swimmers qualified for Junior Nationals are Calvin Bryant, John Farese, Robert Finke and Summer Finke. Qualifying for Senior Nationals currently are Calvin Bryant, Autumn Finke, Summer Finke, and Melanie Margalis. Swimmers can still qualify for Junior and/or Senior Nationals at Sectionals, FLAGs or Senior Champs.
Area 3/5 Championships will be held the first weekend in August. Swimmers compete in age groups. If a swimmer has a ‘FLAGs cut’ in an event, he/she cannot swim that event in his/her age group, having to compete in that event in the Senior group. SPA swimmers not at Junior Nationals or Senior Nationals are expected to either compete in the meet or work the meet.