Sharks Club Championships – Fri, May 11, 2012 Cancelled!!!

Due to the weather conditions the Sharks Championships will be postponed until a later date.

Our Club Championships are being held on Friday, May 11th, 2012.  Please review the details of the meet below:

When:   Friday May 11th, 2012

Where:  Warwick Academy Pool a.k.a.  Sharks Headquarters

When:   4:30 pm warm up and set up.  Meet starts at 5:30 pm – should finish by 7:30 pm-ish.

Points and Meet Format:

This meet counts towards the overall high points for the season (these are club age group awards).  It is really important that every swimmer swim all events – even if it means swimming something that is not    their favorite event.  There are also Sharks club records that can only be broken at this meet – swimmers should be trying to break these records (the records can be viewed here).

Events are really short – longest is the 100m IM – for those newcomers this is one length of each stroke.

  • Swimmers 8yrs & under swim 25m – 1 length only of each of the 4 strokes.
  • All other swimmers swim 50m – 2 lengths of each of the 4 strokes.
  • Swimmers age group will be determined by their age on the day of the meet.

Help Required:

Officiating: The following officials are required:

  • Referee
  • Starter
  • Chief Timekeeper
  • 12 Timekeepers
  • 1 Runner

Parents, please email Tina Rego at or with your offer of help and the job you would like to do.

Set Up and Clean Up:

  • As the meet is manual, there are relatively light duties involved with both aspects.
  • Many hands make light work.  We just need to make sure the deck is left clean and the trash is in the bins.

Food and Drinks:

  • No food or drinks should be on deck.  This is a request from the school to limit trash accumulation.  Please do your best to comply…it will ease the job at clean up time!
  • Pizza and watermelon will be supplied for all swimmers after the meet.  Please note that swimmers will have to supply their own drinks during and after the meet.
  • Parents please email Beth Harrington at with your RSVP for pizza and your offer of watermelon or baked goods for the  pizza dinner

See you at the pool!

Best of the BEST Shipping Series Meet #3 – Saturday May 5, 2012

Sharks Swimmers,

The Best of the BEST Shipping Meet #3 will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at BASA pool starting at 9 a.m.  This meet is the last meet of the series generously sponsored by BEST Shipping.

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 Medley 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.

Carifta 2012 – Five Medals on Day 4

The way this week of swimming has gone you start to wish it wouldn’t end.  Bahamas did an amazing job hosting the meet and the pool facility was fast and well maintained.  It was also such a pleasure to work with such a fantastic group of kids.  Their effort in every swim was special and they all seem to feed off each other’s positive energy.  As a coach I wish that all of Bermuda had an opportunity to experience this.  It is the norm to highlight the negatives but to see hundreds of kids that are brought together for their common goals and have our little team shine the way they have makes me so proud.

The final session felt different.  The energy of the meet was electric and the swimmers seemed to be feeding off the atmosphere right from warm up.  Jesse was our first swimmer in the 400 freestyle and he was given some added incentive.  The Cayman team came to us to let us know that Jesse had a chance to win an award.  The award is given to the 11&12 boy that can win the 200 and 400 free events.  This award is given in the name of a past Cayman swimmer who was the first gold medallist for Cayman and he won the 200 and 400 free.  Not long after those wins he sadly died in a car crash and this award is in his honour.  They were all routing for Jesse to win the 400 as it is not common to win both events. Unfortunately just as Jesse was preparing to go to the marshalling area he tweaked his neck and was in quite a lot of pain.  He swam hard and made a new pb but was in discomfort on every breath.  He still set the record won a bronze medal and added to his medal total.

Next up was the 50 free where there wouldn’t be a lot of breathing and little room for error. He finished this race the way he had all the others by blistering home in record time and in first place.  This is his favourite race and after shattering the elusive William Massey record on his way to gold you couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.

Two races two medals and Ashley Yearwood was up next.  Every year she seems to find a way to grab a medal and her last Carifta would be no different as she finished tied for third getting her bronze medal. Now 3 for 3 we had Benedict up in the 50 and he was raring to go.  With a very fast 24.4 he captured the silver medal and kept our streak alive.

Shannon Hassell was our last swim for the meet and as the top seed we were quietly optimistic. She had already taken bronze and silver so I told her she needed to complete the set.  Anyone that had a chance to see her swim was in for a treat as she left her competition far behind from the beginning and her gold was never in doubt. Just as we were preparing for the medal presentation we were given another surprise as Katrina was put into the final after a scratch giving us one more Bermuda swimmer to vote for. She swam a great pb in the final and finished this Carifta on a positive note. My preliminary tally has this team close to surpassing one of our best results but with a team of this size it really is tough to beat this group. They had 51 personal best times, 16 age group records and 1 national record. Jesse was awarded the 11&12 swimmer of the meet and had the most points of any swimmer in the meet.

Please join me in congratulating this group of athletes that represented us with such excellence.

Carfita 2012 Day 4 Morning Session

On the final morning heats of the 2012 Carifta the plan was to finish strong.  Everyone had another opportunity to swim and another opportunity to better their times. The first event was the 400 freestyle and we had Jesse Washington, Philip Hagen and Nick Patterson competing.  Jesse moved directly to tonight’s final as the top heat is done at night.  He is seeded 3rd behind the two swimmers from Guadalupe who he has been battling for the entire meet.  Next was Philip in his 400 where he lowered his personal best time.  Nick Patterson had a strong swim but finished 1 second above his personal best time still feeling the effects of the 200 fly from the previous night.

Next up was the most exciting event in the meet, the 50 free.  This event is splash and dash and there is no room for error.  Shannon Hassell swam a 30:80 finishing 14th with a new personal best.  Maddie Moore swam a personal best of 30:39 taking 12th. Aaron finished his first Carifta with another personal best swimming 32:42 and placing 27th. Jessie swam 27:49 which is 6 hundredths away from William Massey’s age group record and has him seeded 2nd for tonight’s final.  Philip finished off his Carifta by breaking 28 for the first time with a time of 27:83 finishing 20th. Ashley Yearwood had a strong morning, swimming 27:72 and she will be in the fast 50 final tonight. Benedict Parfit was the next person to join the final party with a blistering 50 0f 24:41 which has him seeded 2nd for the finals. He followed this great swim with the 100 breast but suffered foot cramps right off the start and finished in 14th.

We finished the morning with the 200 back and we had Maddie Moore finish her meet with a 7 second personal best and a time of 3:00:79.  Shannon Hassell was not ready to end her meet and dropped her personal best by 15 seconds and is seeded first for the finals with a relaxed 2:44:82.  Katrina Beverage rounded out the morning with a good 200 finishing with a 2:38:41.  We will have 5 finals swims tonight and finishing off this amazing 2012 Carifta.

Carifta 2012 – Another Gold on Day 3

We had 3 swimmers make the finals on Day 3 and all three had great opportunities to get onto the podium. Shannon Hassell was looking to add to her medal haul, Nick Patterson was looking to finish his Carifta career in his main event, the 200 fly, and Jesse was looking to do another special swim in one of his favourite events.

Shannon battled hard in her 100 lowering her personal best by a second and finishing with 1:05:83 where she placed 6th.  This was a great swim for Shannon but it is very difficult to get to the podium in the sprint events.

Nick was taking in the moment when they called the finalists for the 200 fly.  When you have been coming to this meet for 6 years and you are in the finals of your main event for the last time it can be a tough feeling.  He attacked the race from the start and was within the first 3 after the 100 mark.  He fell to 4th on the 3rd 50 and was in a battle on the last lap.  As he surged and his competitor faltered he ran out of pool and finished in 4th place with a new age group and National record of 2:15:36.

Jesse once again stole the spotlight with an amazing performance.  Earlier in the day he became our first 11-12 swimmer to swim under a minute but that would not be enough in the final and he knew it.  He went out fast and reached the 50 first but after the turn was in second place.  For the last 10 meters he caught his Guadalupe competitor and then attacked the finish where he once again grabbed gold. The clock read 57:31 which put the record far away from where it was in the morning and had the pool buzzing about Bermuda’s young speedster.

Carfita 2012 Day 3 Morning Session

Shannon Hassell swam another personal best and will be in the final of the 100 free in 7th place at 1:06.58.  Maddy Moore dropped 3 seconds from her PB to swim a 1:08.66 just outside the finals.  Jesse Washington swam an easy 59.55 to break the Bermuda age group record.  The old record at 1:01:73 was held by William Massey since 1992.  Aaron Rego lowered his personal best by 8 seconds to 1:11:92 and finished in 26th place.  Philip Hagen continued his good meet with a strong 100 free at 1:00:09 which gives him his second qualifying time for CISC making him eligible for selection. Ashley Yearwood finished off the freestyles for the morning with a 1:01:73 which left her in 10th place and second alternate for tonight’s final.

Jesse Washington was up next in the 200 fly where he swam a 2:46.01 which broke Nic Patterson’s record from the 2007 Carifta.  He finished 7th in the heats but he was scratched from the final so that he could focus on the 100 free final. Nic Patterson finished the morning session with a comfortable swim placing him in 5th for tonight’s final.  We will be keen to see what Shannon, Jesse and Nic do tonight.

Carifta 2012 – 3 More Medals on Day 2

Going into today I thought it was tough to top the start of the meet we had last night but our two young swimmers were not done with their medal grab.  With 3 swimmers in finals doing 7 swims we knew things were going to be busy and exciting.

The 200 free was up first and we had Shannon swim another strong swim finishing in 5th place.  After her big PB in the morning I was very happy with her consistency. Ashley Yearwood had a very good 200 dropping a further 2 seconds off her record from the morning heat.  The field of swimmers was very fast and she claimed 5th place in a close finish.

Jesse Washington looked very relaxed in the morning as he left the field behind but in tonight’s final his top competitor was up for a challenge.  They both went out very fast and at the 100 meter mark they were both under Carifta record pace.  At the turn final turn Jesse fell behind but he was in no mood to lose and he came in with a very fast finish to grab his second gold lowering his amazing record from the morning to a 2:07 which is 3 seconds faster than our 13 and 14 record.

In my planning I thought that there would be a medal presentation to give Jesse a rest in between races but there would be no break and Jesse had 12 minutes before he was on the blocks again.  In the 50 fly he fell behind early but by the last 10 meters had surged to the lead to take his second gold of the night. Ashley finished off the 50 flys by lowering her morning time but once again in a close finish she placed 5th.

We finished our night with the 100 back and Shannon Hassell did not want to be left out.  She battled all the way to the finish and was able to capture her second medal, this time the silver.  Ashley lowered her personal best in her hundred final finishing in 5th place for the 3rd time for the night.

Carfita 2012 Day 2 Morning Session

We had another busy morning in the heats with 18 individual swims and all 9 swimmers competing.  After a late finish from the first night’s finals it could have been a sluggish morning but we managed to get 13 personal best times from the heats.

Shannon Hassell lead the way with a 5 second drop in the 200 free to reach the finals and a 2 second drop in the 100 back where she is seeded second for tonight’s finals. Ashley Yearwood had 3 events for the morning and she swam all very fast.  Her 200 free was a 3 second PB and set a new 17&18 Bermuda record which got her into tonight’s final.  Her 50 fly was next which was not her best time but was good enough to reach the finals. She finished with the 100 back where she tied for the top seed in tonight’s final with a 1:08.63.

Jesse coming fresh off his gold medal from last night swam a relaxed 200 free that broke the Bermuda age group record set in 1993 by 3 seconds, qualified him first for tonight’s finals by nearly 4 seconds and puts him within a second of our 13&14 record. He followed that performance with a personal best and record time in the 50 fly which also makes him top seed for the finals.  Special note for the 200 free swim by Philip Hagen that lowered his personal best by 13 seconds and gives him his first qualifying time for this summer’s Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

Tonight we hope to improve on the strong start from day 1 and increase our medal tally.  We presently stand 12 in points which is even more impressive because many of our competitor countries have teams of 30 to 40 swimmers and we have 9.

Gold, Silver and Bronze on Day 1 at Carifta 2012

After the first morning gave us so many finals we were very excited to see what this team could do in the pressure of the finals.  Once again we had our young girls in the 50 back to start the action and they started us off very well.  Maddie Moore lowered her time from the morning and moved from 8th to 6th position.  As a true 11 year old in her first Carifta this was a great debut.  Shannon Hassell in her second Carifta was ready to move up and was able to lower her personal best and capture our first medal with her bronze winning swim.

Next up was Jessie Washington in the 50 back and he knew that this would be a challenge as backstroke is his third best discipline.  He had a very strong swim and was able to keep the medal haul moving with his first Carifta medal which was a silver.

Ashley Yearwood had a strong 50 back but was only able to get a 6th place even though it came down to the finish.  Benedict Parfit lowered his time in the 50 back to a very fast 28.64 finishing in 8th position.

Jesse might only be 12 years old but he had a plan and was not going to be denied this time. This was one of the best Bermuda swims that I have witnessed.  The swimmer from Guadalupe took the early lead and seemed to take control of the race by the 75 meter mark.  After the swim Jesse told me he saw the swimmer and said to himself this is my race. His last 25 meters was spectacular as he raced into the lead finishing with a 1:06.34 which lowered the record he set in the morning and gave us our first gold for the meet.  It was a very strong opening day and it was a proud moment to see our young swimmer on the podium as the anthem played.

Friday we have the 200 free, 50 fly and 100 back and all of our swimmers will be back in action. We hope to continue the early success into day 2.

Carifta 2012 Day 1 Morning Session

With a team of 9 swimmers we have a much smaller group than recent years but the swimmers are all prepared to swim big.  On the first morning we had all 9 swimmers in action and we had a great start.  First up was the 50 backstroke and we started off with Maddie Moore dropping 2 seconds and qualifying for the finals in 8th place.  Shannon Hassell learned a lot at last year’s Carifta and was able to lower her time by a second and qualify for the finals in 3rd place.  Jesse Washington started off his busy meet by taking 2 seconds off his best time qualifying second for the finals and setting the new age group record.  Ashley Yearwood and Benedict Parfit both had fast morning swims and were able to make it into tonight’s finals.

With a quick turnaround Jesse Washington came back even stronger in the 100 fly where he dropped 2 seconds from his best time to set a new record and to be the top seed for tonight’s finals.  Ashley Yearwood also had a strong swim where she took her sister’s age group record and qualified for the finals.  After a good rest we hope to see some great results from tonight’s finals.