The Plantation Swim Team, the premier competitive club in the city, had an opportunity to square off against the top clubs across the country at the 23rd annual Speedo Winter Championships at the Plantation Aquatic Complex in Central Park from Nov. 21-24.
The event attracted nearly 60 teams and 1,267 athletes competed for the top trophies in several events, including distance and relay.
Jimmy Parmenter, the head coach of the Plantation Swim Team, has been involved in the club operation for more than 20 years and helped organize the event. The event drew competitive swims clubs from several areas, including New York, Tennessee, Colorado and the Bahamas.
"It was an exciting time for the city of Plantation and we had more athletes this year," Parmenter said. "It really has grown and turned into a great event with several competitors that have been able to go on and do some great things in the sport."
The South Florida Aquatic Club finished in first place in both the boys and girls rankings.
The Plantation Swim Team girls squad finished 10th overall while the boys were in 21st place. The team combined for a 14th-place finish overall amongst all clubs.
"We were pleased with the effort," Parmenter said. "We had a solid performance and are happy with how everyone is doing. It comes in cycles and we have graduated a lot of kids from our team. It's about working with the different age groups and helping them get better."
Isabella Chambers, 9, represented the Plantation Swim Team with the highest individual score and a first-place finish while registering 68 points. Chambers ranked first in the 100-yard and 50-yard back stroke as well as the 100-yard free relay and 100-yard individual medley, second in the 100-yard breast stroke and in third in the 50-yard free relay.
The Plantation Swim Team girls finished third in the 800-yard free relay. The team members were Chloe Adams, Sophia Oliva, Aly Pacitti and Krissa Robinson.
In the girl's 17-and-over 1,000-yard free relay, Adams came in third while Pacitti finished seventh in the 400-yard individual medley. Olivia ranked ninth in the 50-yard free relay while Robinson finished third in the 100-yard fly.
The Plantation Swim Team boys had an eighth-place ranking in the 800-yard free relay. The team consisted of Felipe Farias, Eitan Ghelman, Justin Falcon and Nicholas Pacitti.
In 200-yard back stroke, Daniel Escobar was sixth in the boys' 11 division. Juan Zapata ranked ninth in the boys' 12 division while Victoria Abad placed ninth in the 13 girls division. Carly Hyman picked up a 10th-place score in the girls 14 division. Megan Abad was fourth in the 15-16 division. Skye Downey, 17, also had a seventh-place standing.
Yannai Michael finished 10th in the boys 9-and-under 50-yard free relay.
The Plantation Swim Team of Florida Gold Coast Swimming operates as a function of the Plantation Park and Recreation Department and is under the governing body of USA Swimming.
The city of Plantation will host the Southern Zone South Sectional Championship from March 13-16 in 2014.
"It should be another great event with some top swimmers," Parmenter said.