Mexican Cogswell Swimmers

Justin and Alex Cogswell FloresShown are Angel Alexander Flores Cogswell (right), age 13, and his younger brother, Justin Clemente Flores Cogswell, age 10.
Alex did nine events and Justin did six, which was all they could do in their different age categories at a meet October 31st, November 1st and 2nd.
Alex’s time in the 50 free was 28.58 that’s .26 seconds short of qualifying for the Mexican (National short course swim meet) in December 2014. Alex turned 13 in July 2014, so he is just starting out in the age 13-14 category. Alex swam his first 400 IM (Individual Medley of all four strokes), each 50 meters but didn’t do as well as he’d hoped. Unfortunately, he developed a bad chest cold two weeks prior to this three day state meet requiring antibiotics. So, he really wasn’t able to swim up to his full potential. Justin (10) placed 10th in a couple of his 10 -11 category with 75 some kids competing in his age group at this larger meet. They swam six different races a piece throughout the three day meet.
They live in a small town outside of Guadalajara, in Ajijic. Their team only has around 12 kids on the team. Most kids that compete at this level are swimming at least 2 hours a day 5 to 6 days a week. These boys swim three days a week for about 45 minutes; Saturdays they swim about 30 minutes more. Alex also does a Crossfit class twice a week to build muscles without lifting weights.
In November, Alex attended another swim meet to better his 50 freestyle since he came so close the last time. He made it in 28.09 seconds including a flip turn on a 25 meter pool, which was a qualifying time for the Mexican National meet in December for 13 & 14 age group. The Mexican National event will be in December, two hours drive from where we live and during the holidays. So, we probably won’t attend since it’s just one event, but we’re so proud of this personal accomplishment.
He has another year to stay in this bracket and hopefully will have an opportunity to qualify in the other strokes along with longer distance races as well.
In addition to swimming, Alex plays the guitar and sings in the Presbyterian Church choir with his mother (Heather Sue who is married to Miguel Angel Flores Monteon) and grandparents (Larry and Pamela Cogswell.) Justin plays the clarinet and sings in CREM, a youth orchestra and vocal group.

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I am a retired minister of the United Church of Canada. I am currently Editor of the Cogswell Courier, the newsletter of the Cogswell Family Association.
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