Super Smith re-writes freestyle record books
Bermuda swimmer Tyler Smith delivered a sterling performance last weekend at the Mailboxes Unlimited Winter Age Group Championships, shattering the 11 and 12 boys freestyle record by nearly a minute.
The meet, which was held from Friday to Sunday, saw young swimmers from the Dolphins, Sharks, and Harbour swim clubs brave the cold weather, high winds and rain to participate in the championship.
Smith, competing in the 1500 metre freestyle, broke the record in the 11 and 12 boys age group while representing Harbour, taking almost a whole minute off the previous record in a time of 19 minutes, 13.08 seconds.
National swimming coach and Harbour swim coach, Richard Goodwin, was thrilled with Smith's performances which were the highlight of the weekend for his club.
“The Harbour Club highlight of the meet was on the first night when Tyler Smith swam to a new age group record in the 1500 metres freestyle event,” he said.
“Tyler has been training very hard and I'm happy to see him rewarded with this record after all of his effort over the past three months. Distance is his specialty, as he maintains a continuous, non-stop pace over the entire race”.
Ben Smith, aquatics manager, national coach and Sharks coach, also acknowledged Smith's achievement.
“For me the highlight of the meet was from Tyler Smith of Harbour Swim Club when he shattered the 1500 metre free record on Friday night,” said Smith. “He set a very strong pace from the first 50 and in the last 500 he even seemed to get strong and faster.”
Also making a splash in the pool was Nick Patterson, who broke his own 200 metres record in the butterfly for Sharks, while seven-year-old Brynn Telenko showed promise in the eight and under girls' category on her way to winning the age group.
Vaughn Rowse was also impressive with five personal bests in his five events.
Dolphins had an encouraging weekend with their 38 swimmers competing in 150 individual events, earning and three age group championships, 77 medals, 35 ribbons and 81 personal bests with an average improvement of 15.36 seconds each.
Madelyn Moore put in a commanding performance with first place finishes in all five of her events to win the girls' nine and ten age group.
Moore was joined by Evan Farrow (nine and ten), and Miles Cave (boys' 13 and 14) winning their age groups for the club.
The nine and ten-year-old boys also excelled with five Dolphin boys coming in the top six Evan Farrow, Josh Irvine, Ryan Stocek, Jude Moseley and Jason Buechel.
Dolphins manager Trevor Cowan said: “We saw two exhilarating races between Evan Farrow and Josh Irvine, first in the 100 metre freestyle where they finished first and second with a time difference of only 0.26, and then again in the 100 metre backstroke where they finished second and third with a time difference of only 0.22 seconds.
“Madeline Moore put in a commanding performance, poor Victoria Davis lost her goggles after her first 100 metres into the 800 metres freestyle but she kept competing.”