Sports Briefs: 03.21.19

Over-55s tennis, a poolside fund-raiser, and lifeguard training

Horcasitas Wins on Clay

Playing in his first International Tennis Federation 55s tournament recently, Vince Horcasitas, a real estate broker with Saunders and Associates, though unseeded, swept through five clay court matches to win the Miami Beach Tennis Cup. 

“It was a 32-draw with players from all over the world,” Horcasitas said in an email. “It was my first tournament in this age group.”

On the way to the championship, Horcasitas defeated the eighth seed, Ludek Kleibl of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-0 in the second round; Achim Gass, the top seed, a German who is ranked seventh in the 55s worldwide, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals; James Tracy of Doral, Fla., 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals, and Denis Dumas of Montreal, the second seed, 6-2, 6-1 in the final.


Laps for Lessons

Norma Bushman, the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s aquatics director, is overseeing until March 30 a “laps for lessons” scholarship fund-raiser at the Y’s pool, with pledges keyed to laps swum by registrants. The top fund-raiser is to receive a three-pack private lesson, the second place fund-raiser is to receive one free nine-week session in any of the Y’s swim classes, and the third-place fund-raiser is to be given a Y.M.C.A. swag bag, according to a flier.


Lifeguard Training 

Sunday junior lifeguard training sessions culminating in 9-through-12-year-old and 13-through-15-year-old swim tests are being held from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays (except April 14 and 21) at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter through June 16. 

A flier announcing the sessions, which began March 3, says that “returning junior lifeguards must take a swim test to qualify for our summer program,” and that, as a prerequisite, “trainees will be asked to swim 50 yards freestyle, to tread water in the deep end of the pool for at least five minutes, and to swim 10 to 15 yards underwater in the deep end of the pool.”