Moore scoops two medals for Bermuda
Madelyn Moore underlined her potential at the 2013 Carifta Swimming Championships in Jamaica at the weekend.
The promising swimmer won two medals competing at the National Stadium Pool in Kingston.
Moore won the gold medal in the 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke final on Saturday. She led the race from start to finish, touching the wall in a time of 32.84 which is a new Bermuda record.
The Warwick Academy student then followed up that superb showing by winning the silver medal in the final of the 100 metre backstroke yesterday in a time of 1:14.10 which is also a new Bermuda record.
“I am very excited and worked very hard for it,” said Moore, who is making only her second appearance at the regional junior swim meet. “I didn’t think I would get the times that I’m getting and when I looked at up at he clock I was very proud of myself.
“It was a proud moment standing on the podium. When I was standing on the first place podium I tried to hold back tears but I was very excited and proud of myself. All these girls in my age group are very hard working and they deserve it too.”
National coach Ben Smith added: “I’ve been hoping that this is what we would see because Madelyn has been training really hard all year so it was set up for her to perform well and she still has her better events coming.”
Also standing on the podium on Saturday was reigning Junior Male Athlete of the Year Jesse Washington.
The Warwick Academy student, who moved up to the 13-14 age group this year, recorded a personal best time of 1:01.17 en route to claiming the bronze medal in the 100 meter butterfly. And he did so the hard way after having to come from behind to grab a place on the podium.
“I had to race hard to get that medal,” he said. “The new age group is a good challenge.”
Washington narrowly missed out on another podium finish yesterday after placing fourth in the final of the 50 metre butterfly in a time of 27.02 which is a new Bermuda record.
He also set a new Bermuda record with a time of 2:02.83 en route to finishing fifth in the final of the 200 metre freestyle.
Also setting a new Bermuda record in the pool at the weekend was Carifta Swimming Championships debutant Emma Harvey who placed fifth in the final of the 11-12 girls 100 metre butterfly in a time of 1:13.36.
Bermuda’s 11-12 girls 4x100 medley relay team also set a new Bermuda record with a time of 5:07.80 en route to qualifying for the final which they finished in seventh.
Summing up the swim meet to this point, coach Smith added: “It’s been a very strong meet and the competition is very vast from all the countries.
“Most of our swimmers are doing personal best times so the records are falling and our guys are swimming faster than they’ve ever swum before but the competition is strong.”
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