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Bruton shines with three-medal haul in Florida

Jennifer Bruton was one of the outstanding performers for Bermuda at the Michael Lohberg Invitational Meet in Coral Springs, Florida, at the weekend, winning three medals at the four-day meet.

Bruton, 10, picked up her third medal with a good performance in the 50 metres butterfly where she won bronze with a time of 36.16sec.

Bruton also finished sixth in the 100 freestyle in 1:13.19, closely followed by Skylar Trott in seventh place in 1:14.82.

Sunday's final day featured the 400 freestyle, 50 breaststroke and 50 butterfly for the younger age groups and the 200 butterfly and 100 freestyle for the older age group.

Bermuda also entered teams in the 4?x?50 medley relays in the 9 and 10 and the 11 and 12 boys' age groups.

At the end of the heats on the final day of action, four Bermuda swimmers advanced to the finals which were delayed due to severe weather.

Sam Williamson came seventh in the 50 breaststroke, clocking 47.48 seconds in the boys' 9 and 10 age group, while Brett Smith was seventh in the 50 breaststroke for 11 and 12 age group, finishing in 41.01.

In the morning heats, the boys' 4?x?50 medley relay teams broke two age group records. In the 9 and 10 boys, the quartet of Finn Moseley, Williamson, Max McCrimmon and Brian Desmond set a record time of 2:46.39, smashing the previous record by 42 seconds. In the 11 and 12 boys, the team of Brett Smith, Keagan Woolley, Nick Brando and Jude Moseley took 14 seconds off the previous record with a time of 2:21.84.

“This was a young team which has had the opportunity to gain valuable international experience and face different challenges than they would normally,” said Richard Goodwin, the Bermuda coach.

“I'm very pleased to see these young swimmers respond in a very positive fashion to these challenges and perform well in the process.”

Bruton made it to finals in all three of her events from the morning in a highly competitive field of girls.

She earned a bronze medal in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:22.12, a fourth-place finish in the 200 individual medley, clocking 2:58.84, and a fifth-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 33.31.

Finn Moseley earned a silver in the 10 and under boys' 100 backstroke with an outstanding performance, knocking 12 seconds off his seed time in his two swims for the day. His time in the final was 1:24.50.

Brando reached two finals in the 11 and 12 boys, finishing sixth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:43.91 and fourth in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:14.78. Smith clinched a bronze medal in the 100 backstroke, moving up four places from his morning swim, with a personal best of 1:12.97.

The 10 and under boys' 4?x?50 freestyle relay team of Brian Desmond, Max McCrimmon, Finn Moseley and Sam Williamson set an age group record with a time of 2;22.89, knocking 36 seconds off of the previous record.

The final swim for the Bermudian team on Friday evening was the 11 and 12 boys' 4?x?50 freestyle relay where Smith, Brando, Woolley and Jude Moseley recorded a time of 2:04.59.

In the evening finals, Bruton advanced to three evening finals from her three outings in the morning heats. She again took a bronze medal in backstroke, this time in the 50 with a time 38.03.

She finished fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:29.74 and rounded out the evening with a seventh place in the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:41.85. Trott finished just behind Bruton in the 50 backstroke to take fourth place in 40.27, which improved her heat time by half a second.

Desmond set a 9 and 10 boys' record in the morning heats, clocking 2:46.53 in the 200 freestyle and was the first alternate for the evening's final. Finn Moseley added another medal to his meet collection with a bronze in the 50 backstroke, with a time of 39.52.

In the boys' 11 and 12 age group, Smith and Brando were second and third in the 50 backstroke for the silver and bronze medals with times of 33.81 and 34.31.

Keagan Woolley, competing in the final of the 100 breaststroke, managed a seventh place finish with a time of 1:32.93.

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Published June 25, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated June 25, 2014 at 1:01 am)

Bruton shines with three-medal haul in Florida

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