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Record-breaking swimmers win yet more medals

Bermuda’s gold medal relay team at 2017 Carifta Games. Payton Zelkin, Jessica Bruton, Elan Daley and Taylor White. In the centre is world 100 metres breaststroke champio Alia Atkinson, of Jamaica. (Photograph by Doug Patterson)

Bermuda’s swimmers collected another ten medals on the final night of competition at the Carifta Swimming Championships in the Bahamas last night to take the team’s haul to 39, a Carifta record for the island, with three more gold medals.

Prior to last night’s finals Bermuda had already bettered their 2016 achievement of 21 medals with 29 medals already won before yesterday’s competition at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in Nassau.

Payton Zelkin got the ball rolling with a gold in the opening final, the 11-12 girls 400 metres freestyle, which she won in 4mins 43.68 secs. Elan Daley finished seventh in the same event in 4:58.20.

However, she was soon on the podium again when she added to her medal haul with victory in the 50 metres freestyle in a time of 27.50.

Zelkin was third in that same event, taking the bronze after touching the wall in 28.66.

Bermuda picked up a total of six medals in the freestyle finals with Sam Williamson winning the silver in the boys 11-12 50 free with a time of 26.68.

Jesse Washington and Madelyn Moore won bronze in their 15-17 50 metre events, Moore clocking 26.97 and Washington 23.91.

Earlier, Jesse Washington and Ethan Daley were fifth and sixth respectively in the 15-17 400 metres freestyle race, Washington clocking 4:26.43 and Daley 4:27.81.

Logan Watson-Brown was fifth in the girls 13-14 50 metres in 28.00 seconds.

Williamson won Bermuda’s third gold medal for the night when he placed first in the 100 metres breaststroke in 1:13.04.

Elan Daley picked up another medal in the girls 11-12 100 metres breaststroke final, finishing second in 1:22.30 to win the silver. Taylor White took the team’s medal haul to 37 with a strong second place finish in the 11-12 girls 200 metres backstroke, clocking 2:35.09.

White and Daley were then part of a 4x50 metres freestyle relay team that placed second in one of the final events of the evening. Zelkin and Jessica Bruton were the other members of the team that clocked a time of 1:57.06 to finish second behind Jamaica who had a winning time of 1:55.77.