Sam Williamson leads way as Harbour Club swimmers make international splash
Squad members of the Harbour Swim Club drew plaudits after a number of impressive performances in international events.
Among them was Sam Williamson, who is studying at Bath University in England. He established a Bermuda Open record in the Men’s 400-metre Individual Medley in a time of 4min 35.62sec while competing in the British Championships.
Also making a splash recently was Myeisha Sharrieff, Brandon Adkins, Thomas Cechini and Connor Hupman, who were part of the Bermuda squad at the Carifta Games in Curacao.
Sharrieff, who will be college-bound later this year, set a personal best of 30.29 in the Women’s 15-17 50m backstroke, as she narrowly missed out on a podium place but successfully achieved both Youth Commonwealth Games and CAC Games qualifying standards.
She did enjoy medal success, winning bronze as part of the 400 and 800 freestyle teams alongside Imojen Judd, Adriana Argent and Bella Howes, as well as setting a personal best time in the 50m butterfly, while reaching the final of that event as well as in the 100m backstroke.
The boys’ team boasted numerous personal bests and finals placements across an impressive range of sprint and distance events as Cechini and Hupman entered new age-group categories.
Senior swimmer Adkins achieved qualifying standards for the Youth Commonwealth Games and CAC Games in the 50m backstroke, 200m and 400m freestyle, just missing the podium in the latter two.
Cechini and Hupman also recorded significant personal best times in multiple events. Hupman made the finals in five out of seven events and Cechini was similarly impressive, earning top-ten finishes in the 1500m, 800m and 400m freestyle.
“We celebrate the achievements of our swimmers who have delivered outstanding performances both in the UK and the Caribbean,” said Harbour coach Shona Palmer. “It’s wonderful to see their hard work and dedication pay off.”
Fellow Harbour coach Jenny Smatt also reflected on the pivotal role the club’s swimmers are likely to play in the future of the national swimming programme.
“Many of our swimmers have already achieved their season goals and are clearly a critical part of the future of Bermuda swimming,” she added.
“Not only do their times earn them consideration for representing our country at the highest level, they show the necessary dedication and tenacity required for long and successful athletic careers.
“We are excited for what’s to come and couldn’t be more proud of the example they have set for our younger swimmers in and out of the pool.”