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Carifta medal winners bask in glory

The spotlight shone brightly on Carifta Swimming Championships medallist Madelyn Moore and Jesse Washington upon their arrival at LF Wade International Airport last night.

The dynamic duo stamped their authority at this year’s regional championships in Jamaica where they accounted for the Island’s impressive haul of seven medals that included three gold.

Moore led the Island’s charge with four medals and finished as the high points swimmer in the girls’ 11-12 age bracket.

The Warwick Academy student won gold medals in the girls 11-12 50 metres freestyle and 50 metres backstroke, silver in the 100 metres backstroke and bronze in the 100 metres freestyle. She also set two national age group records in the 50 metres backstroke (32:84) and 100 metres backstroke (1:14.10) for added measure.

Moore’s schoolmate Washington also made his presence felt in the pool as he won the gold medal in the boys 13-14 100 metres freestyle, silver in the 50 metres freestyle and bronze in the 100 metres butterfly. He also set national age group records in the 50 metres freestyle (25:21), 100 metres freestyle (54:71), 50 metres butterfly (27:02) and 200 metres freestyle (2:02.83) and swam a personal best (1:01.17) in the 100 metres butterfly.

Moore’s proud mom Diane said she was delighted to see all the hard work her daughter put into her preparations pay dividends in Jamaica.

“Coach Ben (National Coach Ben Smith) has worked so hard with these children and all the hard work they have put in has paid off,” she said. “She went and did what we had hoped she would do and I’m just happy for her.

“This was something you kind of waited and hoped for and it’s an absolutely amazing feeling. The whole thing was fantastic and all the kids were brilliant.”

Washington’s father, Larry, described his son’s achievements in the pool as “awesome”.

“I think he really had to dig deep to get anything and the whole family is so happy and proud of him,” he said. “He put a lot into his preparations and when he left Bermuda he wasn’t one hundred percent because everyone had this flu going on. We were trying to nurse him back to health at least a week before he left.”

Moore and Washington were among seven swimmers on the team that attend Warwick Academy.

“We are immensely proud of all the athletes from Warwick Academy that went, especially Jesse and Maddy who won medals,” said Warwick Academy director of development Jane Vickers. “Seven athletes on the swimming team go to Warwick Academy and we know the amount of hard work and dedication that it takes, not only to compete at this level, but to do exceedingly well in school as well. It takes a huge amount of commitment from the children and their families as well and we are just so thrilled for them.”

As well as scooping medals Bermuda’s swimmers set 63 personal bests and 18 national age group records at the National Stadium Pool in Kingston.

“I think they’ve done a fabulous job,” said Sports Minister Wayne Scott.

National coach Smith added: “Everyone worked really hard, lots of fast times and obviously we had the medal winners. But with the 63 personal bests that’s was our real achievement ... get as many people swimming as fast.”

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Published April 05, 2013 at 9:11 am (Updated April 05, 2013 at 9:11 am)

Carifta medal winners bask in glory

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