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Yearwood to fly flag for Island at Worlds

Bermuda swimmer Ashley Yearwood will be flying the Island’s flag at the Junior World Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru, next week.

Yearwood will compete in the 50, 100 and 200 metre freestyle; the 50 and 100m butterfly and the 50 and 100m backstroke events.

She recently swam at the CCCAN championships in Puerto Rico last month, coming away with a silver medal and a new age group record in the 50 butterfly.

Also representing Bermuda at the Championships is Nick Patterson, who has been preparing at an intense training camp in Canada, funded by the National Junior Athlete Sponsorship Programme.

Patterson, who also competed at the Canadian Age Group Championships in Montreal last month, will swim the 50, 100, 200 and 400m freestyle and the 50, 100 and 200m butterfly events in Lima.

National coach Richard Goodwin said: “Both swimmers are in their final days of preparation for this meet, which will mark the climax of their swimming season.

“They are looking forward to the meet with confidence and heightened expectations.”

The Championships will be contested over six days of competition, starting on Tuesday, and will feature the standard format of heats in the morning, followed by semi-finals and finals in the evening.

Goodwin said Yearwood would be renewing acquaintances at the Championships, with many of her former school mates also representing their respective countries.

“This junior version is limited to girls between 15 and 17 years, and boys between 16 and 18 years at the time of the competition,” he said.

“Over 600 swimmers from 64 countries will be competing at these championships, ensuring that the level of competition will be intense. It’s highly likely that the swimmers who will be competing here will also be the names to watch for in the future at the senior swimming competition venues.”

“Ashley Yearwood will be representing Bermuda at these championships, having also attended the last one held in Monterrey. She will see some very familiar faces at the meet, as she will be lining up with her school chums from the Baylor School in Tennessee, only this time they will each be representing their countries.

“These are: Bria Deveaux from the Bahamas, Kimberlee John-Williams from Trinidad and Tobago and Kristen Vredeveld from the United States.

“This same quartet set a 15 and 16 national age group freestyle relay record in US high school competition last season. To complete the circle, the US National Junior Coach will be Dan Flack, who is also the Baylor School head coach.”

Ashley Yearwood shows off the silver medal she won in the 15-17 50 metres butterfly at the Caribbean Championships in Puerto Rico.

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Published August 11, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 11, 2011 at 9:55 am)

Yearwood to fly flag for Island at Worlds

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