Meet immersed in best times

  • High-water marks: Pippa Charleson wins the 12 and under 400 metres free at the Validus Bermuda National Championships yesterday on a fantastic 

evening of swimming in which a slew of personal bests were broken at the National Aquatic Centre (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    High-water marks: Pippa Charleson wins the 12 and under 400 metres free at the Validus Bermuda National Championships yesterday on a fantastic evening of swimming in which a slew of personal bests were broken at the National Aquatic Centre (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Oh so close: Sam Williamson comes close to the national 13-14 age-group record in the 100 breaststroke yesterday, but his time of 1min 11.99sec was just one-hundredth of a second outside the mark of 1:11.98 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Oh so close: Sam Williamson comes close to the national 13-14 age-group record in the 100 breaststroke yesterday, but his time of 1min 11.99sec was just one-hundredth of a second outside the mark of 1:11.98 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)


A slew of personal best times were broken on the first night of the Validus National Swimming Championships at the National Aquatics Centre last night.

In the 12 and under 400 freestyle, Pippa Charleson and Brandon Adkins had very strong personal bests, taking huge chunks off their previous marks to win the girls and boys events.

In the girls 800 freestyle, Taylor White, of Sharks, lowered her personal best and the 13-14 age-group record that she set at the Schroders Age Group Championships two weeks ago.

In the final event of yesterday evening, Brian Desmond broke the 1,500 metres freestyle record.

At the 800m mark he also set a record in the 800, by lowering Ethan Daley’s time by more than 12 seconds. He continued on his pace to also break his own 1,500 standard by 19 seconds.

“We are hoping that this great start is an indication of the great swimming to come this weekend,” Ben Smith, the Bermuda head coach, said.

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Published May 18, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated May 17, 2018 at 10:42 pm)

Meet immersed in best times

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