Washington looks to peak at CAC Games
Jesse Washington will look to hit peak form when he competes in his first major international event at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, this summer.
Washington admits he was far from his best at the Validus Bermuda National Championships at the Aquatics Centre at the weekend ó although he still won all but one of the seven events in which he competed.
The Sharks swimmer is understood to have already qualified for the CAC Games and will warm up for the quadrennial multi-sport event by competing at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara, California, and the Caribbean Amateur Swimming Championships in Aruba.
ďThe [Validus Championships] havenít been too good, but they havenít been too bad,Ē said Washington, who won yesterdayís 100 metres fly in a time of 1min 1.18sec. ďIím quite a way off my PB, but Iím not shaved and weíve rested a little bit. Iím not disappointed.
ďAt local meets I donít really care about winning or the times. I just care about how I feel. You have to understand that itís a process.
ďIíve got a few meets in the summer and Iím looking for better results. The whole season is built to swim fast at the end of July [for the CAC Games]. Hopefully I should be swimming fast by next month.Ē
Washington, who hopes to perform the 50, 100 and 200 free, and the 50 and 100 fly in Barranquilla, insists he will be not fazed by competing at the CAC Games ó the oldest regional games in the world, starting in 1926 in Mexico.
ďIím really excited about [the CAC Games],Ē Washington said. ďIím not sure if Iím going yet. Ben Smith [the Bermuda swim coach] says Iíve qualified, but I donít remember hitting the qualifying time.
ďThere will be really fast swimmers there, but Iím always looking to compete.
ďI donít want to say Iím going for experience. If I go and swim well itís a lesson and if I go and swim bad, itís still a lesson. Itís always learning.Ē
Washington will attend the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, this autumn on a scholarship. He was recommended to the university by its former swimmer Julian Fletcher, who represented Bermuda at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
ďAll credit to Julian for guiding me and putting me in contact with the coaches there,Ē said Washington, who graduates from Warwick Academy on Saturday. He really helped me with the recruiting process; heís been a mentor for me. I plan to follow in his and Roy-Allan Burchís footsteps, going through the competitions all of the way up until the Olympics.Ē
Several records were broken during the three-day meet, with Sam Williamson shattering Trevor Nelsonís 1994 record in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:11.82. Meanwhile, Logan Watson-Brown broke the 100 and 400 free records.
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