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Moore breaks one-minute barrier

Madelyn Moore became only the fifth local female swimmer to break the one-minute barrier in the 100 metres freestyle on Saturday evening on the third day of the Schroders Summer Age Group Championships at BASA pool.

In 40 years of the modern era of Bermuda swimming there has only been five female swimmers break the one minute barrier in the 100 metres free, but on Saturday evening the just-turned 13-year-old joined that elite group. Moore had some issues with her goggles in the morning heats of the 100 metres free but in the finals she was all about business. The record in her age group was 1:01.14 but Moore lowered it to 59.46 with a performance that electrified the pool for the rest of the night.

In the very next heat Shannon Hassell swam 1:01.13 to set her second AAA time which makes her eligible for selection to this summer’s CCCAN Championships in Costa Rica. Jayson Hassell followed his sister and hit his A time in the 100 free which makes him eligible for the National training team.

“After this we saw multiple personal bests and some fast duels between many of our top male swimmers,” said national coach Ben Smith. “One of the most impressive swims was from Dejan Wellman who came in with a personal best of 57.04 but raced to a 55.18.”

The 200 metres backstroke was the next event up for grabs and the record breaking continued. Finn Moseley took nearly two seconds off his record from the morning heats to swim a 3:32.76 on his way to winning the eight and under event. The rest of the backstroke events were strong but it was in the 50 metres fly where the records were taken by a trio of swimmers.

Emma Harvey in the 11-12 swam 31.14 taking the record from Ashley Yearwood which was set in 2007. Moore, who has just starting to sample the butterfly, swam 30.56 to take the 13-14 record from Ashley Aitken set in 1999.

Jesse Washington followed the girls’ lead with his 27.09 which beat the 28.14 set in 2001 by Darren Woods. The 50 metres back and 100 IM saw several close races and even more personal best swims. The night was finally capped off when Shannon Hassell swam the 400 metres free where she lowered her personal best from 4:58.67 to her new 4:45.81 record which took the record of Ashley Yearwood of 4:46.90 from 2008.

The event continued yesterday with more record breaking and fast swimming. Personal best times started the meet in the 50 breast followed by the 100 metres back. The first record fell in the 100 metres fly with Emma Harvey taking another of Ashley Yearwood’s records, swimming 1:12.69. She was out to lower that again in the finals last evening.

The 200 IM and 200 metres breaststroke events followed with plenty of PBs leading into the finals. Moore was back at her record breaking best in the 50 free where she went 27.34 taking the record of Ashley Aitken of 27.46 from 1999 which was before she was born.

To finish off the morning there were two relay records taken by the Sharks teams. First in the 4x50 medley, 13-14 the girls team of Shannon Hassell, Paige Bruton, Jessie Thomas and Maddy Moore went 2:13.66 in shaving almost three seconds off their own record from April.

The Boy’s 15-16 team of Philip Hagen, Ferdinand Arnold, Shannon Botelho and Jesse Washington also dropped nearly three seconds from their record set in April.

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Published May 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm (Updated May 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm)

Moore breaks one-minute barrier

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