The Indianapolis Grand Prix

The Indianapolis Grand Prix is one of the fastest meets of the year in swimming and draws a field of the biggest names in the sport. Bermuda has 3 of our best swimmers in attendance at the prestigious meet and they are competing in the top flight. Lisa Blackburn is swimming the 100 and 200 breast, Roy-Allan Burch is swimming the 50 and 100 free and Julian Fletcher is swimming the 100 breast.  The meet is being held at the facility at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis.

Roy was first up in the 100 free as he continues to try to add this event to his Olympic qualifier.  He had a strong swim finishing with a 51.91.  It was not quite fast enough to make it back for the finals but it was still a good swim for learning.

Next up was Lisa in the 200 breast where she had recently set the Bermuda record at the Grand Prix in Columbus.  She meant business right from the start with a very strong stroke and great turns.  She dropped 4 seconds from her National record while winning her heat.  She will get another shot at it tonight in one of the finals where she hopes to lower her time again.  Lisa said “I feel very strong and the training has definitely prepared me well for this meet.”

Tomorrow morning Roy will be up again in the 50 free where he hopes to lower his time again. We will finish the meet on Saturday with Lisa and Julian up in their main event 100 breast.  Both will be looking for their qualifying times.

Coaches Report – Best of BEST Shipping Meet 2

Sharks Head Coach, Ben Smith reported Saturday 17th was another great day of swimming for the Sharks swim club.  The swimmers from all groups continue to show improvement and have been filling the PB column at each meet so far. This meet was the last opportunity for swimmers to qualify for CARIFTA 2012 which added pressure and importance to many of the swims.  When swimmers reach the level of swimming where they are working very hard to make specific times it can be a huge learning experience. It takes months of preparation to reach the goals in swimming and the results can come down to tenths or even hundredths of a second.  That can be the difference between joy and disappointment. As Sharks we want to have the best results but we feel most proud when we see the effort that the swimmers put into trying to reach their goals.  After this meet we have 7 of the 9 swimmers that were selected for the Carifta team as Sharks members.  I am proud of the achievements of the qualifiers and I am equally proud of the effort of the swimmers that came a little be short of the goal.

New age group record

Shannon Hassell (50 back, 100 back)

Jesse Washington (50 free)

Shannon Botelho, Ryan Robb, Ferdinand Arnold, Jesse Washington (4×50 free relay)

Qualifying time

Aaron Rego qualified for Carifta with his second A time.  Great finish to the meet

Notable performance

Jessie Thomas put in an amazing effort to try to reach her second qualifying time for Carifta. Going into the meet she had never swum the 100 fly in competition and she finished 3 hundredths of a second away from hitting her time.

Vaughn Rowse had an amazing 400 free as he dipped well under the qualifying time.  In the 50 free he swam his personal best but came .15 from getting his QT.

Sophie Froud swam a personal best twice in the 50 free but in the end missed out by 1 tenth of a second.

Sharks also have congratulations for Lisa Blackburn for winning the Bermuda Female athlete of the year on Saturday night.  In all we had a great weekend and we hope to continue to build on our success.

Sharks Coach Rob DeSilva was very proud and impressed by his group of swimmers.  There were many personal best times achieved and there were many notable swims, none more so than 12 year old Shannon Hassell who smashed two age group records and powered her way to three AAA time standards.  Maddy Moore and Ethan Daley both had strong swims which earned them each a double A time standard.

84 % of the 25 juniors in the BOB 2 meet swam PB’s in at least one of their events. This shows that those swimmers who were able to swim at Sandy’s regularly their training paid off. Now that we are back at Warwick we look forward to more swimmers with more successes in the last BOB meet in May. Highlights are to those swimmers who swam at least one event for the first time; those who swam in their first meet and to Elsa and Skylar for their 45 and 19 sec PB respectively.

Carwash – March 24, 2012 at Warwick Academy

You’ve all received the “head’s up” for our carwash on March 24th, this will be held at Warwick Academy from 9:30 to 2:30pm.  Monies raised will go towards club development and I urge everyone to sign up and participate. 

Each  family is asked to sell 10 tickets at $10 per ticket for the carwash and on the Saturday,  people can bring their ticket and redeem for a wash.  Families are encouraged to sell more tickets if you can, the junior and senior family that sells the most tickets will receive a gift certificate to the store of their choice. 

Dianne Moore will be distributing tickets and collecting the funds raised for the Senior Pool and Mary Hazlewood will distribute the tickets and collect the funds raised for the Junior Pool. 

Please email Jacqui Washington at Jacqui-washington@hotmail.com  to let her know what you are able to donate and where and when you are able to work from the list below.   Your donations of time and goods will help to make this carwash a success! 

Volunteers:

2+  adults to take charge of the book stall – set up , selling and breakdown and clearing

2+ adults to  organize the bake stall – set up, selling and breakdown & clearing

4-6 adults to organize the kids and adults doing the carwashing!

Everyone to do clean up

Donations: 

Baked Goods & Popcorn

Books and DVDs

Soap for the Carwash

To Lend for the Carwash:

Long garden hoses, buckets, washcloths.

Many thanks

Nicky

Best of the BEST Shipping Series Meet #2 – Saturday March 17, 2012

Sharks Swimmers,

The Best of the BEST Shipping Meet #2 will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at BASA pool starting at 9 a.m.  This meet is the second meet of the series generously sponsored by BEST Shipping (Meet #3 is scheduled for May 5, 2012).

This meet will be swum in ‘Open’ format (this means that everyone swims against everyone else based on their entry times) but ribbons will be awarded in age groups according to swimmer’s age as at midnight on December 31, 2011.

Upon completion of the 3 meet series, trophies will be awarded to the boy and girl in each age group with the most points. Points will be totaled from 6 events over the meet series and will be based on FINA points (FINA points are allocated according to the time swum for a particular event – the faster the time the greater number of points).  The 6 events must include at least 3 of the 5 swimming disciplines – Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Individual Medley over at least 2 distances for each stroke. Further details of the series awards can be found in Section 19 of the meet program.

There will be a 4 * 50 Freestyle Relay swum at the end of this meet. The relays will be swum in age groups and the Sharks coaches will organise the relay teams.

Click here for the meet program.

Best of the BEST Shipping Series Meet #1 – Saturday March 3, 2012

Sharks Swimmers,

The next swim meet will be the Best of the BEST Shipping Meet #1 to be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at BASA pool starting at 9 a.m.  This meet is part of a 3 meet series generously sponsored by BEST Shipping (Meet #2 is scheduled for March 17, 2012 with Meet #3 on May 5, 2012).

This meet will be swum in mixed ‘Open’ format (this means that everyone swims against everyone else based on their entry times) but ribbons will be awarded in male and female age groups according to swimmer’s age as at midnight on December 31, 2011.

Upon completion of the 3 meet series, trophies will be awarded to the boy and girl in each age group with the most points. Points will be totaled from 6 events over the meet series and will be based on FINA points (FINA points are allocated according to the time swum for a particular event – the faster the time the greater number of points).  The 6 events must include at least 3 of the 5 swimming disciplines – Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Individual Medley over at least 2 distances for each stroke. Further details of the series awards can be found in Section 19 of the meet program.

There will be a 4 * 100 Freestyle Relay swum at the end of this meet. The relays will be swum in age groups and the Sharks coaches will organise the relay teams.

Sharks Bulletin

Good day all,

We had another couple of great meets by Sharks swimmers and we should be very proud of the progress of the family.  At the end of a grueling training camp in Plantation Florida that saw 9 Sharks seniors work extremely hard there was the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championship.  Vaughn Rowse and Nic Patterson both stayed on to compete in this meet which was the first exposure to yards swimming for both of our senior boys.  Vaughn had 3 fast swims and was able to come within 2 tenths of his Carifta QT in the 50 free on the final day.  Nic swam very well and was able to place in the championship finals in the 100 and the 50 fly swims.  His time in the 100 fly gave him the qualifying time for this summer’s Junior Pan Pacific’s in Hawaii.

Also at the meet was Lisa Blackburn who showed much improved form in the breaststroke events at this meets.  Against a very strong field Lisa came third in the 50, 100 and 200 breast but the times that she swam were even more impressive.  When her yards times are converted it puts her very close to the Olympic selection time which I know was very exciting for her.

Over this past weekend the qualification meet was another success for many of our Sharks swimmers.  We are pleased to have so many of our swimmers able to be eligible for the qualification meet which meant they had the BB standard in the event they swam.  Several swimmers were able to swim personal best times at the meet and you could see that the focus in stroke and racing is starting to pay off.  I would like to make special mention of Anna Harrington who has been working very hard in Sharks practices and was very focused at the Florida camp.  She lowered both of her times in the 50 and 100 free and is getting close to her Carifta times.  Philip Hagen was another member of the Florida training camp and when he isn’t growing he has been training hard.  He also swam 50 and 100 free and put in personal best times in both.  His time in the 100 free missed Carifta by 2 hundredths of a second.  Jesse Washington continued his re-writing of the record books with his 100 free breaking the record from 193 and his 50 breaking the record from 1992.  The 1992 record has been a challenge for many top Sharks for quite some time.  I know that Nick Thomson and Roy-Allan are excited that someone finally took that time.

We look forward to the start of the Best of Best this week and hope that we will see the kind of focus, determination and hard work that is expected of all Sharks swimmers.  We want to rule the pool but we need to rule the practice first.

Regards

Ben Smith