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Roy Allan Burch swims a 23.11 just missing the cut for the Olympics and could very well be his final shot at glory (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Roy-Allan Burch met the B standard for Olympic qualifying at the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships in the Bahamas.

Burch swam 22.95sec in the first leg of the 4x50 free relay on Wednesday, comfortably under the 23.05 standard set by governing body Fina last year.

However, the Bermuda Olympic Association has confirmed that Burch will need to hit the A standard of 22.27 when he returns to the pool for the 50 free tomorrow.

It will be the last chance that the Olympian has of making it on to the island’s squad for the Rio Games in August.

The championships have been good to Bermuda so far, with the island racking up 13 medals in the first couple of days of competition.

Logan Watson Brown added a gold last night in the 100 back to the silver he won in the 50 back the previous evening. It was Watson Brown’s third medal of the competition, after he and his 4x50 mixed relay team-mates, Brian Desmond, Sam Williamson and Payton Zelkin, claimed silver on Wednesday.

Rebecca Heyliger got in on the act too yesterday, claiming bronze in the women’s 50 fly, finishing in 28.60.

It has been a good couple of days all around for Bermuda, with Emma Harvey setting new championship records in the 100 fly and 50 back.

Harvey took gold in both on Wednesday, and lowered the record time she set in the heats for the 100 fly, swimming 1:04.68 during the day, and returning to finish in 1:04.20 in the final.

In winning the 50 back, Harvey posted a time of 30.12.

There were also medals for; Madelyn Moore, who took bronze in the 50 back with a time of 30.91, Vanessa Esposito, who swam a 9:23.37 to take bronze in the 800 free and Williamson, also finished third in the boys 200 breaststroke.

Ethan Daley raced first for Bermuda on Wednesday, finishing fifth in the 13-14 boys 1500 in a time of 18:11.04.