Warwick make a splash at championships
Warwick Academy’s high performance swim team returned from the Speedo Winter Championships in Plantation, Florida, with a medal haul, while one student also secured qualification for next year’s Carifta Championships in Barbados.
In only the second year of the programme, the team of 12 swimmers made a splash in their second appearance at the competition, which attracts many of the best young swimmers in Florida and several from the Caribbean.
It was a memorable championships for Caleb Ingham who secured his second triple A time classification, which has seen him qualify for next year’s Carifta Championships in Barbados, while Zebedee Wakeley took a huge stride to joining him in by gaining his first triple A time classification, taking him halfway to clinching qualification.
Meanwhile, Logan Watson-Brown enjoyed a great weekend with silver in the 50 backstroke, silver in the 50 freestyle, gold in the 100 freestyle and gold in the 100 backstroke, leaving her tied in second-place in her age group.
Other highlights included Taylor White winning bronze in the 200 butterfly, lowering her personal best by a further 4.5 seconds, while Brian Desmond continued his high level of performance with a silver medal in the 500 freestyle and silver in the 200 freestyle.
All 12 swimmers who attended secured several personal best times and many saw huge drops in time in several events leaving head coach Ben Smith delighted. “We are very proud of these swimmers and the fantastic results at this meet,” Smith said. “They have worked hard since September and it’s always important to get strong results to validate the hard work.”
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