Miami Shores residents Sydney Bent, Danielle Franzosa and Julia Ortiz along with Coral Gables sisters Lauren and Stephanie Potter helped the TRIBE 13 ROX of the Tribe Volleyball Club win the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championship in Dallas.
According to team reps, they are the first team in the tri-county area to win natioinals.
In the gold medal match, TRIBE 13 ROX edged Florida’s OVA 13 Asics 25-23, 25-27, 15-11.
TRIBE 13 ROX fought off several crucial match points from several top teams to reach the finals. They faced the two-time defending AAU national champs and one of the favorites during the four-day competition.
The champs are Captain Lauren Bandera (OH), Sydney Bent (OP), Danielle Franzosa (Libero), Lauren Gold (MB), Kaitlin Haeffner (MB), Julia Ortiz (OH), Captain Lauren Potter (OH), Stephanie Potter (DS), Ava Shmueli (S) and Shari Stenglein (DS/S). Ing-Marie Stenglein is the team mom. Alberto Bandera is the assistant coach, and Albert Sturgeon is the head coach.
Gulliver Swim Club’s Jana Mangimelli was fifth in the 200 individual medley in a personal best 2:12.75 during the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships and U.S. World Championship Trials in Indianapolis.
The time was nearly a second better than her previous best and placed her 25th in the FINA world rankings.
Mangimelli was 0.64 seconds from runner-up and Olympic gold medalist Elizabeth Beisel of the University of Florida.
Earlier in the competition, Mangimelli also swam a personal best 2:31.14 in the 200 breaststroke, finishing 14th.
Mangimelli has been swimming for Gulliver since December 2012. In March, she was crowned the Speedo Sectional Champion in two events: the 200 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke.
Mangimelli’s fifth place finish at the World Championship Trials makes her eligible for a spot on the U.S. National Team. On Sept. 2, USA Swimming will announce the national team roster, which will include the top six swimmers from the combined results of the 2013 Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships/U.S. World Championship Trials and the 2013 U.S. Open.
• The Gulliver Swim Club is USA Swimming-certified and open to all athletes – Gulliver students and non-Gulliver students. The club offers various levels of training, practice and competition year-round. For information about the club, visit www.gulliverswimclub.org.
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade County and the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund invite swimmers of all ages, abilities and skill levels to participate in iSwim for Jenny, a week-long fundraising event Aug. 10-16 at participating Miami-Dade County Parks and community pools.
Set a goal to swim a certain number of laps and solicit pledges from friends and family. Participants can be individuals or teams. Monies raised benefit the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund to provide scholarships for beginner learn-to-swim lessons for underserved children and water safety education.
Swimming must be done at a neighborhood community pool with lifeguard and/or one of the Miami-Dade County Parks aquatic facilities/donation collection sites listed below:
AD Barnes Pool
3401 SW 72 Ave.
Palm Springs North Pool
901 NW 176 St.
South Dade Pool (Helen Sands)
16350 SW 280 St.