Swimmers impress in series opener
Dozens of personal bests were recorded at the first event in the Best of the Best Shipping Series on Saturday at the BASA pool.
Swimmers from the Sharks, Dolphins and Harbour clubs competed with Madelyn Moore of Sharks and Emma Harvey of Harbour producing sterling performances.
Moore blazed her way to a AAA time in the 50 metres freestyle as well as picking up two ‘A’ times in her other events while team-mate Jessie Thomas had a fine 50 butterfly event in which she picked up an ‘A’ time, qualifying her for the Bermuda national team.
There were also impressive swims from Shannon Hassell, Brittany Siddle and young Ethan Daley, as well as strong performances from all of the Sharks.
“This was a great beginning to the Best of Best series and we look forward to more sensational swims in the coming weeks and months,” said Sharks coach Rob DeSilva.
National coach Ben Smith continued with praise of the Sharks swimmers in what was an early test of the spring season.
“Several swimmers had very strong meets but there were some that stood out that deserve special mention,” said Smith. “Aaron Rego had a very good swim in the 50 fly where he made his first ‘A’ standard which qualifies him for the national team and has him half qualified for this year’s Carifta Games.
“Jesse Washington set a new age group record in the 50 butterfly with an ‘AAAA’ time.
“Philip Hagen has been working extremely hard for this day and it was very exciting to see him have a breakthrough meet with three personal best times and all of his swims qualifying him for this year’s Carifta.”
Harbour’s Harvey smashed two age-group records, lowering the 100 Individual Medley by over two seconds to 1:20.55.
She also lowered the 200 backstroke mark, knocking almost nine seconds off the previous record.
The ten-year-old then anchored the girls’ nine and ten relay in the 4x100 freestyle along with team-mates Ashley Irby, Lizzie Thresh and Alyssa Paynter, to establish an age group record.
Other 4x100 freestyle age group relay records were also established by Harbour teams including the eight and under boys that included Nick Pilgrim, Finn Moseley, Jack Thorpe and Jack Harvey, and the nine and ten boys boasting Jude Moseley, Myles Packwood, Yannick Hillier and Alex Pilgrim
Hagen swam to three AA times in the 50, 100 and 400 freestyle events making him selection for the Carifta team travelling next month to the Bahamas.
Dolphin swimmers established 75 personal bests out of 91 individual swims.
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