Medal delight for Warwick team
Ben Smith heaped praise on his Warwick Academy swimmers as they returned home from the Speedo Winter Junior Championships in Florida, with a medal haul.
The team of eight, Taylor White, Daria Desmond, Adrian Argent, Tayla Horan, Bella Howes, Jack Harvey, Brian Desmond and Caleb Ingham, competed against a strong opposition to finish with seven medals, one gold, three silver and three bronze.
Harvey proved the standout performer winning gold and two silvers, with the remaining medals coming courtesy of Brian Desmond, Ingham and White.
“I'm delighted with the results,” he said. “Not only did we win seven medals, but Brian, Jack and Caleb secured AAAA standard times, the highest possible standard.”
Although medals are the aim from any championship, Smith was most pleased with the manner in which his team handled the pressure of a big event.
“Around 1,100 swimmers entered the event, which is one of the biggest in South Florida,” he added. “The competition was really strong and to see those sort of performances from all eight swimmers was brilliant.
“We also had new additions to the team such as Taylor Horan reach her first individual finals.
“It's always great winning medals, but the performance overall from the entire team was the most pleasing thing. You never know what to expect from tournaments like this, but everyone performed really well and in front of University coaches, which is promising.
“The aim is for these swimmers to progress and swim at universities abroad and they've shown they can compete.”