Samuels and Hupman hit qualifying standard for CCCAN championships
Seth Samuels and Connor Hupman achieved their primary objectives competing at the Schroders Spring Long Course Swimming Championships at the National Sports Centre at the weekend.
The pair both hit the qualifying standards for the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships in the 50 metres freestyle and are now poised to make their international debuts for Bermuda.
Samuels competed in the boys 13 to 14 age group and Hupman among the boys 11 to 12.
“Seth Samuels hit his triple ‘A’ time to qualify for CCCAN this summer and so did Connor Hupman,” Ben Smith, the national coach, told The Royal Gazette.
“Both of them hit their qualifying times for CCAN and for them it will be the first time they have qualified for international competition.”
The CCCAN Championships will be held in Barbados Aquatic Centre in Barbados from July 8 to 14.
Last weekend’s meet featured some of the island’s contingent that competed at the Carifta Swimming Championships ― also hosted by Barbados last month ― and made their mark having achieved numerous victories.
Marleigh Howes was the biggest winner having racked up a remarkable seven wins across a range of events.
Arabella Newport-Derbyshire also impressed with six victories as did Taylor White who came away with four.
Brandon Atkins also enjoyed a solid meet as he secured five wins, two of which came as the sole competitor in his event.
Violet Smith and Finn Mosely were the remaining Carifta swimmers achieving wins at this weekend’s meet.
“The swimmers from Carifta have had about a week off since Carifta and it was a good opportunity to have them compete in front of the home crowd after the winning ways in Barbados,” Smith added.
“Really this meet was an opportunity for some people to try and hit qualifying times for CCCAN or Commonwealth Games and World Championships, and that’s why we saw some make some attempts there.
“Overall it was a good meet across all the age brackets. There were several fast swims and the added bonus of having both Jesse Washington and Emma Harvey performing in front of the young swimmers.”
“This is kind of a test period. It was a championship meet which is setting us up getting ready for the National Championships on May 20 to 22, and we continue to see improvements from all levels of swimmers.”
Bermuda’s 12 member team secured 19 medals, including four gold, and placed sixth among the 18 competing nations competing at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Barbados last month.