Washington off to flyer in the pool

  • Podium displays: Jesse Washington, the top Bermuda male swimmer, has been in fine form for the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas

(Photograph by Ben Smith)

    Podium displays: Jesse Washington, the top Bermuda male swimmer, has been in fine form for the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (Photograph by Ben Smith)


Jesse Washington has made a blistering start to the new year competing for Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Washington, a multiple Carifta Championships medal-winner, won the 50 metres freestyle and 100 butterfly competing against Loyola University New Orleans at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Centre in Dallas, Texas, on January 4.

He then followed up that impressive display by winning the 200 freestyle and helping his team to a second-place finish in the 8×50 freestyle relay competing against Oklahoma Baptist at the same venue last weekend.

Washington narrowly missed out on another trip to the podium after finishing fourth in the 100 freestyle.

“I am proud of Jesse and what he has been doing in his first year of university,” Ben Smith, the national swim coach, said.

“I know they have been going through a heavy training cycle, so having him get this kind of result while being sore and tired will be a boost to his confidence.”

The 19-year-old freestyle and butterfly specialist has represented Bermuda at the Central American and Caribbean Games, Youth Olympic Games, Junior Pan Pacific Championships, FINA World Junior Championships and the Youth Commonwealth Games.

He also holds the national 200 freestyle record of 1min 54.41sec, which he set at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Nassau, Bahamas, in 2017.

Washington and his Southern Methodist University team-mates return to action today when they take on Texas A&M at home.

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Published Feb 1, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Feb 1, 2019 at 9:52 am)

Washington off to flyer in the pool

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