Watson-Brown showcases championship pedigree
Logan Watson-Brown demonstrated her burgeoning talent with a host of impressive displays at the Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville earlier this month.
Competing for Baylor High School, the Bermudian made her debut at the State Championships with a preliminary swim in the 200 yard freestyle, lowering her personal best from 1min 52.65secs to 1:51.62. That swim gained her entry to her first Championship final on her very first attempt.
Building on that momentum, Watson-Brown would not be denied a place on the podium, bettering her qualifying time with a new personal best of 1:49.96, to clinch a bronze medal.
Her endeavours also mean she is now the fastest Carifta region swimmer ever at Baylor, bettering Trinidad and Tobago's Kimberlee John-Williams time of 1:52.02 back in 2012.
She also ranks sixth on Baylor's all-time list. The following day in the 100 yard freestyle, further personal bests followed. In the morning heats she recorded a time of 51.68, beating her previous best of 51.84. While missing out on a medal, Watson-Brown managed to post her first sub-51 second swim, touching the wall in 50.89 to finish fourth.
The 200 yard freestyle relay brought further medal joy for Watson-Brown as along with team-mates Ellie Waldrep, Jewel Gordon and Lydia Bohannon, Baylor finished first to win gold.
Buoyed by that, she returned to the pool in the last event of the Championships to swim the fastest opening of the 400 yard freestyle relay. Watson-Brown took charge of the race with her opening split of 24.31.
The field lost touch with her as she split 26.33 to touch in yet another personal best of 50.64, giving the Baylor ladies a lead of more than two seconds.
However, it proved not to be enough as the team had to settle for a third-place finish and bronze.