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Bermuda scoop four medals

Bermuda coach Ben Smith

Bermuda made a flying start to the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships in Aruba last night, capturing four medals, including one gold, and set a national and meet record.

The highlight of the first session for Bermuda saw the foursome of Sam Williamson, Payton Zelkin, Caleb Ingham and Logan Watson-Brown set a meet record en route the winning the gold in the 13-14 4x50 metres mixed relay.

The island’s team of Madelyn Moore, Skyler Powell, Brett Smith and Kai Legband also earned a place on the podium after clinching silver in the 15-17 mixed relay.

Earlier, Brian Desmond opened the island’s medal account after securing the silver in the boys’ 15-17 1500 freestyle and establishing a national record.

Bermuda had two podium finishers in the boys’ 15-17 1,500 freestyle as Adam Young touched the wall right behind compatriot Desmond to claim the bronze.

“This was a great start to the competition,” Ben Smith, the Bermuda coach, said.

Bermuda are being represented at the annual championships by a 20-strong squad spearheaded Jesse Washington and Moore.

Bermuda clinched a fourth-place finish in the medals table at last year’s event in Trinidad and Tobago, capturing a total of 38 medals — 12 gold, 17 silver and nine bronze — as well as winning the under 11 and 12 girls category.

The championships run until July 3.