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The Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association have unveiled their list of the top ten performances of the year by the Island's swimmers.

National swim coach Ben Smith made the announcement, with the rankings taking into account performances at home and abroad.

Kiera Aitken, the female Athlete of the Year, was awarded first place for her performance at the CISC Championships in Cuba when she brought home four gold medals, while Emma Franklin occupies places four and five, after also impressing at the CISC event.

Other notable successes were Nicolas Patterson's five new age-group records in the butterfly, and Mitch Gariepy's three gold medals and two silver at the Coral Springs Swim Club Invitational Long Course Swim Meet in Florida.

Emma Franklin earns two spots in the Top Ten Swims for BASA this year. The youngest member of the team at the CISC Championships in Cuba and did Bermuda proud bringing home the bronze in the 200 Backstroke event. She also narrowly missed winning two more medals finishing 4th in the 100 and 50 Backstroke events. Franklin continued to excel overseas earning her a second spot in our Top Ten by taking the bronze medal in the 50 Backstroke event.
Nick Patterson set five new age group records in the butterfly events this past season, two of which were overseas. He set the records over 50, 100 and 200metres.
Mitch Gariepy shone this year setting 15 age group records for the season and picked up five medals at the Coral Springs Swim Club Invitational Long Course Swim Meet in Florida.
Tyler Smith held a constant fast pace in the 800 freestyle at an Invitational meet which secured him an ?A? time and a National Training Team invitation.
Nick Thomson set a new 17-18 record in the Men?s 50 Butterfly event at the CAC games in Puerto Rico breaking a 15 year-old record previously held by Stephen Fahy.
Kiera Aitken won multiple medals at the CISC Championships in Cuba this year, including bringing home four gold medals in the following events: 100 Backstroke, 50 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle and 200 Backstroke. She continued her streak winning a silver medal as part of the IM Relay team and added two bronze in the 50 Freestyle and the Freestyle Relay team.
Lisa Blackburn was in top form at the CISC Championships in Cuba this year also. She excelled in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke events bringing home a gold medal for each and added two silver medals to her collection in the 50 Breaststroke and IM Relay events.
Roy-Allan Burch brought home the bronze for Bermuda at the CISC Championships in Cuba and battled hard to finish in the top six for his remaining three events.
Benedict Parfit swam hard overseas to set two new records this year, first in the 100 Freestyle in May and again in the 50 Freestyle at the British Gas ASA Youth Championships.

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Published December 29, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 29, 2010 at 8:17 am)

Aitken's golden haul tops 2010 list

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