Pedraza excels at nationals


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Fort Lauderdale open-water swimmer Joey Pedraza likely qualified for the USA Swimming National Team after placing second in the 5K and fifth in the 10K events during the Open Water National Championships in Castaic, Calif.

The 2013-14 OWNT roster will not be announced until Friday, but the top six finishers in the in the nationals qualify for the team.

Pedraza had a strong start in the 10K event on Friday and finished with a time of 1:56.09.664.

On Sunday, he finished in second place in the 5K with a time 57:22.68. His time was just a fraction of a second away from the first-place finisher Andrew Gemmell, of the Nation’s Capital Swim Club, who finished with a time of 57:22.07.

Pedraza is a member of the Davie Nadadores Swim Team and a 2007 graduate of Pine Crest High School.

During his time at Pine Crest, he set a state record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:23.48. He also was the state champion in the 200 individual medley during his senior year.

Track and field

Whether you are young or old and you think you have what it takes to the compete in Olympic-style events, you will have your chance in June.

The Miami Northwest Express Track Club will be playing host to its 38th Track & Field Classic at Miami Dade College, North Campus at Traz Powell Stadium from June 7-9.

Teams and athletes have already registered from as far away as Jamaica. With additional participants from 13 other states and 26 cities in Florida, there will be a lot of competition.

Last year’s event had more than 2,500 participants from ages 5 to 85 from the United States, Jamaica, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Trinidad, the U.S. Virgin Islands and more.

The events include: 100-meter run, 200-meter run, 50 yard-run, 400-meter relay and 400-meter hurdles.

To register for this event, visit

If you would like you have your event showcased, please email Corey W. Campbell, at campbell.corey

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