Bermuda finish on a high note in Aruba
Bermuda’s swimmers added nine more medals to their overall haul of 32 — including 13 gold — on the final day of the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Aruba yesterday.
Madelyn Moore claimed gold in the girls’ 15-17 50 metres freestyle, setting a meet record in a time of 25.97sec to qualify in the A standard for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October.
Moore had already won gold in the 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly, and silver in the 100 freestyle during the five-day meet.
Bermuda started the final session on a medal-winning note, with Logan Watson-Brown scooping silver in the girls’ 13-14 50 freestyle in 27.24. She then won silver in the 200 backstroke in 2:29.83 for her sixth medal, having won gold in the girls’ 13-14 50 backstroke and 200 freestyle, as well as silver in the 50 butterfly and 100 freestyle.
Brian Desmond continued his dominance in Aruba with a Bermuda age-group record of 4:18.32 on his way to winning gold in the 400 freestyle.
Kai Legband set a personal best in the boys’ 15-17 50 freestyle in 23.61, which was six hundredths of a second off the Youth Olympic Games A standard.
Also winning medals were Giada Dudley-Punn who grabbed bronze in the girls’ 11-12 100 breaststroke in 1:20.41, while Taylor White also won bronze in the girls’ 13-14 200 backstroke in 2:33.10.
Jack Harvey finished third in the boys’ 13-14 200 breaststroke — although his time did not register and he had to endure a nervous wait until he was confirmed the bronze medal-winner.
The session finished with the 13-14 relay races, with Bermuda’s girls’ team of Watson-Brown, Payton Zelkin, White and Gabriela Pitman finishing third before being disqualified for a start infraction.
In the boys’ race Harvey, Sam Williamson, Adam Young and Desmond, capped off a superb night in the pool for Bermuda by winning gold.
Ben Smith, the national swim coach, said: “The large number of finals and the medal performances gave us all an exciting week.
“The swimmers all worked hard together and fed off the positive energy of Team Bermuda.”
Smith also thanked Diane Moore and Tori Powell, his team managers, assistant coach Richard Goodwin, and Doug Patterson, the Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association president, for their “unwavering support”.