Club’s youth swim team breaks 36-year state record

— While millions of people watched California Chrome’s unsuccessful attempt to break a 36-year-old record at the Belmont Stakes on June 7, four Belleair youngsters broke a different 36-year-old record.

Not since 1978 has a 10-year-old and-under team in Florida’s Private Club League ever swam faster than two minutes and two seconds in the 200 meter free-style relay. And the Belleair Country Club’s Breakers swim team beat the record by almost two seconds.

Blake Johnston, Tyler Roberton, Asher Flesch, and Sawyer Flesch, all 10 years old, set the record at the 2014 Private Club League Championship meet in the Gandy Pool at the Kelly Recreation Complex in Lakeland with a time of 2:00.91. The previous record was 2:02.76.

“We’re always proud of the men and women who participate in our various sports activities, but today we’re especially proud of the boys on our 10-and-under swim team and their significant accomplishment,” said Ed Shaughnessy, general manager of Belleair Country Club.

“Coach Craig Coghlan and his staff have put together a fine team that continues to exhibit the level of prestige and excellence our club was founded on and continues to operate around.”

The club’s competitive swimming team was formed in 2008. Coghlan began with the Breakers as an assistant coach four years ago and took over as head coach in 2012.

The Belleair Country Club traces its roots to 1897 and is Florida’s first golf club. Located at 1 Country Club Ln., it is the home of two, 18-hole, Donald Ross designed, waterfront golf courses. The club offers various amenities including dining, croquet, tennis, event planning, a sports center and a marina with access to the Gulf of Mexico.

The swim team is a spring and summer competitive league that includes nine southwest Florida country club swim teams.

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