Bak students swim their way to Junior Olympics


Lyla Ibrahim

Salcedo takes a breath as she is about to finish the 50 backstroke. “I like the start of the race when I’m flying off the block and start the first stroke,” Salcedo said.


Junior Olympics for swimming was a three day event held in Coral Springs. Two students from Bak competed in this event.

“It gets me excited about competing against other people,” Ryan Rose, four time Junior Olympic swimmer said.

The Junior Olympics for swimming happens every year around March, for swimmers under the age of 14 who have qualified by meeting the required times for their events, at different competitions during the year.

“I qualified for the 50 meter backstroke, 100 meter backstroke, 50 meter butterfly, and 100 meter butterfly,” Rose said.

Sara Salcedo, four time Junior Olympic swimmer was one of these swimmers.

“I qualified for the 50 meter backstroke,” Salcedo said.

To prepare for the Junior Olympics swimmers practiced Monday thru Thursday for two hours in the afternoon. Then Saturday mornings from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. They also cut sugar out of their diet a week before the competition.

“It’s a fun activity and sport that makes me want to try harder,” Salcedo said.

According to the website, www., some people who enjoy swimming want to take it to a competitive level. This can provide the health benefits of a vigorous workout as well as the fun and thrill of competition. The main strokes used in competitive swimming are breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.

“I started swimming because I liked watching the Olympics, and I wanted to exercise and stay healthy,” Rose said.

For this year’s Junior Olympics, Rose placed first in 50 fly, and second in 100 fly. Salcedo placed fourth in 50 backstroke.

Sarah Andrews, Junior Olympic coach, said. “[They] are both very hard workers and it is amazing to see them achieve their goal.”