Harbour claim medal haul in Ontario
The Harbour Gold Squad claimed 25 medals, including 15 gold, at the Gus Ryder Memorial Cup Invitational at the Olympium Pool in Etobicoke, Ontario, last week.
The seven swimmers representing Harbour were Alyson Scherer, Lindsay Scherer, Finn Moseley, Myeisha Sharrieff, Caitlin Coleman, Giada Dudley-Pun and Brandon Adkins.
They also secured seven silver and three bronze medals, as well as setting 31 personal bests in 38 swims.
Coaches Shona Palmer and Jenny Smatt were delighted with team's performances.
“The swimmers applied themselves in training all week, set their goals and each of the them rose to the challenges presented,” Smatt said.
“Following this intense training week, the results are a great indication of what is to come for us as a team and for the sport of swimming in Bermuda.”
Alyson Scherer and Finn Moseley set the tone early in the meet, making significant improvements to their personal bests and capturing gold in the 100 metres freestyle events. They posted times of 57.01 and 1:01.52 respectively.
The afternoon session brought outstanding swims from Brandon Adkins, dropping almost five seconds in the 200 freestyle to a personal best time of 2:17.40; Giada Dudley-Pun capturing gold in a personal best time of 35.99 in the 50 breaststroke; Caitlin Coleman swimming to a personal best time of 41.08 in the 50 butterfly and Myeisha Sharrieff to a personal best time of 2:26.44 in the 200 freestyle.
On Sunday Sharrieff captured gold in the girls 11 to 12 100 freestyle in 1:06.39; Scherer won another gold in the girls 15 and over 200 freestyle with a personal best of 2:18.09 and Moseley claimed gold in the boys 13 to 14 50 backstroke in a personal best time of 30.83.
The meet finished with the 50 freestyle where Harbour swimmers took gold in several age groups, all achieving personal best times in this event.
“I am really proud of each of the swimmers' performances and as a team they came together to support and encourage each other in practice and in competition.” head coach Shona Palmer said.
“One of the main goals is qualifying for international age group meets. We are thrilled that in addition to those who have already met the qualifying standards, many others are now closer to qualifying, with Finn Moseley achieving one time in the 50 freestyle and narrowly missing a second qualification by hundredths of a second during the meet.”