St. Andrew’s Swimming Scotty Invitational Begins Friday With Record Field

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By Sharon Robb

January 23, 2015—The first major swim meet of the year in Palm Beach County gets under way Friday with a record field at St. Andrew’s Swimming’s ninth annual Scotty Invitational.

The meet has attracted most of the Florida Gold Coast teams from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

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The field includes swimmers from Azura Florida Aquatics, Gulliver Swim Club, Pine Crest Swim Team, Hialeah, SwimFast, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs Swim Club, Florida Keys Swim Club, Heritage Aquatic Team, Sunrise Swimming, Blue Marlins, East Coast Aquatic Club, Miami Country Day Aquatics, YMCA of South Palm Beach County, SwimFast, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Hammerhead Aquatics, Bob Karl Swim Club, Oxbridge Academy, and host St. Andrew’s Swimming.

With 812 swimmers, it is St. Andrew’s Swimming’s biggest meet in the program’s club history and one of the largest hosted by a FGC club.

“It’s definitely our biggest meet,” said host coach Sid Cassidy. “We are thrilled at the cross-section of teams that want to come up and swim at St. Andrew’s. We are counting on the weather to come through for us.”

Host St. Andrew’s Swimming has the largest team entered with 79 swimmers including several of its elite swimmers.

Megan Moroney, 17, is entered in five events. The University of Virginia-bound swimmer will compete in the 400-yard individual medley, 200-yard butterfly, 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly.

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Rachael Bradford-Feldman, 17 is entered in seven events. She will swim the open 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke.

Brody Heck, 17, will also swim seven events. He is entered in the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

Jamaican Sidrell Williams, 18, will also compete for St. Andrew’s. He is entered in six events including the 50-yard freestyle, one of his best events.

Host St. Andrew’s Swimming has the largest team entered with 79 swimmers including several of its elite swimmers.

Megan Moroney, 17, is entered in five events. The University of Virginia-bound swimmer will compete in the 400-yard individual medley, 200-yard butterfly, 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly.

Rachael Bradford-Feldman, 17 is entered in seven events. She will swim the open 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke.

Brody Heck, 17, will also swim seven events. He is entered in the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

Jamaican Sidrell Williams, 18, will also compete for St. Andrew’s. He is entered in six events including the 50-yard freestyle, one of his best events.

The meet is a yards meet with prelims and finals.

St. Andrew’s senior level swimmers already started long course competition at Gulliver Prep two weeks ago. The swimmers are prepping for the Feb. 12-14 Arena Pro Series event in Orlando or Feb. 20-21 Senior Invitational at Plantation depending on qualification times.

“Some of them are focused on the Short Course Yards LSC Championships in March while the top half of that group is focused more on meters and competing in the Speedo Championships or NCSA meet in Orlando,” Cassidy said. “They are swimming both courses in training.”

The March 17-21 National Club Swimming Association meet in Orlando will be selecting an All-Star team to compete at the May Irish Long Course National Championships in Dublin. Legendary coach Peter Banks is hosting the event.

“That’s really the focus for Megan, Rachael and Brody,” Cassidy said. “The NCSA is a national level meet, one of the fastest and deepest and stepping stone to making a jump to the national junior team.”

The USA-sanctioned meet features swimmers 8-and-under to open age group divisions.

IF YOU GO:

  • What: Ninth annual Scotty Invitational
  • When: Friday-Sunday
  • Where: Reid Family Pool, Duff Tyler Aquatic Complex, St. Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton
  • Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 5 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 9 a.m., Session 3, noon; Sunday, Session 4, 9 a.m., Session 5, 1 p.m.
  • Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $2 per session. For information call the team office 561-210-2128.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com