Sharks Championships Results and Bermuda Nationals

Good Day – please find attached the entry form for National Championships 2013.  Please take note of some changes for this year’s championships.  The meet will be held at the new National Sports Centre Aquatics Facility from June 6-9.  Make sure you contact your coaches regarding eligibility and entry into this competition.  We look forward to seeing you at the pool next weekend.  Good luck to all!

Schroders Summer Age Group Day Three Prelims

Under overcast skies the Schroder’s Summer age group championships continued on Saturday morning with very fast swims to reach tonight’s finals.  Charlotte Faries was able to hit her A time today that qualifies her for her invite to the National training team.

Three individual records were taken in the heats and we can hope for more tonight.  Finn Mosley lowered his own record in the 200 backstroke from 4:14.30 to 3:34.62.  Emma Harvey was back in record form shaving 4 tenths off her own record in the 100 IM going 1:14.26.  Philip Hagen continued his recorded setting ways in the IM with his 1:05.11 which lowered his own record.  We also saw the Sharks 13-14 girls relay swim the 4×50 free in record time.  Maddy Moore, D’Andra Seymore, Jessie Thomas and Shannon Hassell made up the team that took the record from 2:00.27 to their time of 1:57.43.  The Shark boys joined together in the 15-16 age group to lower their own record from 1:49.01 to 1:48.48 this team was made up of Jesse Washington, Philip Hagen, Shannon Botelho and Ferdinand Arnold.  The Harbor Quartet for the 11-12 girls with Emma Harvey, Lynsey Palmer, Alyssa Paynter and Ashley Irby took the record from a previous Harbour team setting a new time of 2:06.65 beating the previous time of 2:08.01.

Schroders SAG 2013 Saturday Heats Results

Schroders Summer Age Groups Day One

The Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association’s Schroders Summer Age Group Championships got underway at the BASA Pool.

The first night saw some very impressive swims to start off a long weekend of racing. First up was Maddy Moore in the 50m Backstroke Time Trial, Moore was looking to set her last record in the Girls 11 and 12 Age Group as her Birthday is tomorrow and she will have to set her sights on Girls 13-14 records.

The previous Girls 11 and 12 Age Group record which Moore set herself was 32.93, but Moore shattered that with a 30.76 which is faster than the current Girls 13-14 record and 1 hundredth of a second slower than the Girls 15-16 record.

Next saw some strong swims in the 400m Freestyle events for the 10 and Under Age Group and several swimmers swam personal best times. The 800m Freestyle was next in the water and Shannon Hassell captured the lead right from the start and pushed herself throughout the race Girls 13 – 14 race.

Hassell lowered her Personal Best and broke the 800 record in the process, the previous record was held by Eleanor Gardner set back in 2005 at 10:00.59 Hassell came in at an impressive 9:49.84.

The last event for the evening was the 1,500m Freestyle that saw several swimmers lower their times in some strong distance swims.

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Best of the Best Shipping Meet #3 – April 27, 2013

Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association announces the final results of the Best of the BEST series of three swim meets.

Hamilton, Bermuda, April 30, 2013; Mr. Ben Smith, Aquatics Manager/National Swimming Coach/Head Coach of Sharks Swimming Club today, said: “Saturday marked the close of the Best of Best Swimming series at the BASA pool at Saltus. All 3 of these meets sponsored by Best Shipping have seen very strong results from the swimmers from all clubs. It was really good to see so many personal best times as the season gets close to the Championship portion.”

In terms of the Sharks Swimming Club, Mr. Smith commented: “The Bermuda Sharks Swim Club was very proud of the results that we had from several of our swimmers from different levels of the programme. We had two swimmers make the standard to be invited to the BASA National Training Programme. Izzy Dutranoit and Jessie Bruton both lowered their times and hit the A standard and will be happy to join the early morning practices in the near future. It was good to see Lisa Blackburn back in form with her strong 100 free swim. Maddy Moore continued her spectacular season with a record breaking day. She had 3 events and a relay and was able to break a record in all 4 of those events. Her 100 freestyle time of 1:00.84 lowered her own record by a whole second. Jesse Washington was also in record form where he swam personal best times in his 3 individual events and was able to set records in 3 of his 4 swims. In the 100 freestyle and the 50 free he took the records from Olympian Roy-Allan Burch who set them in 2000.

Mr. Smith continued: “In the 5th Development meet of the season we continued to see great enthusiasm from this group of swimmers. It was very encouraging to see several more swimmers hit their B standard and be able to participate in the standards meets in the future.”

Richard Goodwin, National Swimming Coach and Head Coach of Harbour Club said: “Emma Harvey led the way for Harbour Swimming Club, by eclipsing two age group records in the 11 and 12 year old age group. Her 200 individual medley swim of 2:38.41 broke a 26 year old record set by Olympian Jenny Smatt back in 1987 by almost a second; whilst her 100 individual medley time of 1:14.64 took 1 ½ seconds off the previous record set by Ashley Yearwood in 2007.

Ashley Irby also had a great meet, by posting three personal best times; highlighted by an 8 second drop in the 400 freestyle. Joining the list of swimmers who each managed three personal bests in the meet were: Cameron and Max de St.Croix, Jack Harvey, Jessie Marshall, Max McCrimmon, Alyssa Paynter and Anna Wilcox.

Finally, Harvey, Irby and Paynter were joined by Lynsey Palmer in breaking the 4 x 50 girls’ medley record by 6 seconds in a new time of 2:23.94.”

Mr. Smith added: “Our collective thanks are extended to David Sousa, Joe Viera and Judy Hagen from BEST Shipping, who sponsored the “Best of the Best” Series of Three Swim Meet. Their patronage and support allows us to offer the children a wonderful series of competitions which serve to raise the standard of national swimming in Bermuda.”

Best of the Best #3 Results

Bermuda Brings Home 34 Medals from CISC

Lisa Blackburn, Julian Fletcher and Jesse Washington (photo courtesy of Doug Patterson)

Lisa Blackburn, Julian Fletcher and Jesse Washington (photo courtesy of Doug Patterson)

On the final day of the meet the team aimed to finish with a bang and did not disappoint.  Three swimmers were in the finals with their events back to back and the expectations were high.

Jesse Washington was up first in the premier sprint event with his focus on impressing his peers and showing what he could do on the big stage again.  From the start he was out front with a strong straight arm swim and one breath to the touch over 50 meters. His time of 25.53 breaks the 13&14 record by 1 hundredth of a second, a record that has stood since 1989 from Gerri Mewitt.  Roy was envious as that was a record that he had missed at that age.  His gold medal swim also crushed the CISC record that was 26.28.

Next in the water was Lisa Blackburn with the 100 Breast and you could see the focus in her eyes as an Olympic qualifier from St Lucia was in the next lane.  This was Lisa’s main event and she wanted it bad.  Her competitor started fast and held a good lead at the 50 meter turn but the desire for gold was too strong and on every stroke Lisa gained on her.  At the finish it was Bermuda’s second gold and second CISC record in a row.

Julian was the next in the water in his 100 breast and the water was already stirred up by Bermuda so he knew what he had to do.  His first lap was strong and he had the lead at the 50.  The pull-out saw his two closest competitors pull even and had his teammates wonder what Julian would do.  As the swimmers raced for home Julian caught one of them in the corner of his eye and he surged on the last 10 meters.  He took the CISC record and the third Bermuda gold in a row.

Stephanie Myles was next in the pool in her favorite event, the 800 free. and she set the pace from lap 1. She took it to the field pulling away and lowering her best time by 7 seconds coming very close to Kiera’s National record on her way to the fourth gold medal for Bermuda this evening.

The final event for Bermuda’s swimmers at the meet was the 200 IM with Nic Patterson, Stephanie Myles, Lisa Blackburn and Julian Fletcher ready to go. Nic swam first and swam a strong race finishing in 7th place.

Next up was Lisa and Stephanie and they were pushing right from the start. Stephanie finished off her meet with an impressive 4th finish.  Lisa was looking to put a cap on an amazing 5 day meet. She battled in the fly and gave up a huge lead to a backstroke but her breastbone leg was so amazing, you could hear Bermuda’s small team screaming as she surged into the lead and then crushed the field on the free leg to take the Bermuda and CISC record along with her second gold of the night.

Julian wasn’t sure how he would do in this event as it has not been a focus for him.  He, like Lisa, was behind after the breast but the lead looked insurmountable.  Every stroke he gained and he tried hard to push for the lead but the silver was his.

The 34 medal count for the Bermuda team at the Caribbean Island Championships had our competitors complimenting our swim program. 10 swimmers produced this result.  All of them were important as they supported each other and fed off each other’s success.

Thank you to all that have supported us in reaching this amazing finish and we hope to continue to build from strength to strength. Judy Hagen did a great job in keeping the team fed and well rested. Dominique Nanette did a great job as the team therapist as he kept them in the form over the last 5 days to allow them to swim fast in so many events. Doug Patterson is responsible for all the amazing photos in action and on the podium.  Most of all thank you to these Bermuda swimmers who put their all into this meet and gave such great accolades to Bermuda.  As the National Coach I am so proud that every one of the 10 swimmers scored in the meet and swam their best. The National program has been producing very well over the years but this was an amazing experience and shows what progress we have made at all levels.

CISC Day 4

Roy receives gold in 50 free

Roy receives gold in 50 free

This was the lightest day so far for events with Bermuda swimmers participating.  Philip Hagen was up first in the 400 free and he had an amazing swim.  His time of 4:31.05 is a 10 second PB and put him in 8th place for the evening finals.  The way he swam the race was very good as his second 200 was faster than his first and he is pumped for the finals.  Next up was Jesse in his 400 free where he swam a very relaxed race in order to be ready for the finals where he was seeded 4th.  Stephanie Myles and Nic Patterson will also be competing in the 400 free finals.

Next up was the 50 breast where Julian cruised into the final with both Stephanie and Lisa joining him as they compete in the women’s 50 breast finals. Shannon Hassell and Jesse Washington finished the morning with their qualification for the 200 back finals and we hope to continue the success of previous finals after a quick rest up.

The finals began with the 400 freestyle events. Stephanie Myles was up first and she lowered her PB by 7 seconds on her way to the silver medal with a 4:37.56. Nic Patterson was next finishing in 6th place and then Philip Hagen finished in 8th.  Jesse Washington was in the battle for the night in his 400 as he went 4:28.80 giving him the silver at the final touch.  The old 13-14 record was 4:42 but he has erased it after only being in the age group for 6 weeks.

Lisa Blackburn continued her medal haul in the 50 breast with a very good time to take the silver.  Julian followed her with his own strong 50 coming in with the bronze medal.

Shannon Hassell finished the night with her own silver medal in the 200 back.  Every stroke against her competitor was close but it came down to the touch.

This takes us to 28 medals to this point in the meet and we were 5th in the medal count at the start of the evening’s finals.  Bermuda has a small team and are challenging much bigger countries with much bigger teams.  This group is exceptional and are making Bermuda proud each day.

CISC Day 3

This morning Bermuda was very busy again in the pool with lots of heats.  The first event was the 50 free and Ashley Yearwood was Bermuda’s first competitor.  She swam a strong 27.84 to place herself 5th for the evening’s final. Nic Patterson had a personal best swim of 26.48 in his 50 and finished in 15th place. Next up were our senior girls Lisa Blackburn and Rebecca Heyliger.  Lisa swam 27.54 to take 3rd seed followed closely by Rebecca’s 27.89 that has her 4th for the evening finals. Roy-Allan finished up the morning 50 freestyles with a 23.05 which puts him firmly in the top spot for the final tonight in his Olympic qualifying event. Julian Fletcher also made it into the final after having a tie for the final spot and having to do a swim-off to get in.  His heat time was a personal best and he lowered it by 4 tenths to reach the final.

Jesse Washington cruised into the 3rd seed for tonights 100 fly in 1:09.22.  Shannon Hassell swam the 50 back in 33.81 to take the 3rd seed with both of her fellow competitors merely tenths ahead of her. Jesse also was able to take the 3rd seed in the 50 back with 32.43. Ashleys 50 back was 31.81 placing her 4th seed.  Philip swam a PB of 32.75 finishing 16th in his 50 back and Roy is seeded 6th after a 28.89.

Philip tried a new event this morning with the 100 breast where he swam well and finished 12th with a 1:17.85.  Bermuda finished the morning with Shannon and Jesse in the 200 free.  Shannon swam 2:20.03 to take 2nd seed and Jesse swam a very relaxed 2:14.71 to take the 4th seed. Nic Patterson will be swimming the 200 fly in the evening finals and we hope to be adding to our medal tally with so many opportunities.  Presently Bermuda is in 9th place out of 15 countries and hope to move back up the rankings.

National Coach Ben Smith reported with the 50 free starting off the events for the Bermuda team we were very excited with the amount of swimmers we had in the finals.  Ashley Yearwood started out with a strong 50 but the race was very fast and she finished in 7th place. Lisa Blackburn and Rebecca Heyliger were in the 18 and over group and they had a great battle.  Rebecca swam a new PB and finished in 4th and Lisa raced her way to a bronze medal.  Next up was our Olympian Roy-Allan Burch in his main event along with Julian Fletcher fresh off his swim off to get into the final.  Julian had another strong swim and moved into 7th place. Roy swam his best unshaved and untapered 50 free with a 22.85 to take the gold medal. This was great preparation for him as it was his last race before the Olympics and it was great for his confidence.

Next up was Jesse Washington in the 100 fly and he was in a winning mood.  He swam 1:03.78 which broke the 13-14 Bermuda record and gave him another gold medal. Nic Patterson came in 6th in his 200 fly in a very tough swim. Lisa continued her medal haul with an impressive 200 fly that lowered her National record as she took the silver.

The 50 back was up next and we once again had plenty of finalists.  Shannon Hassell had a hard time staying straight and with a couple of lane line bumps she settled for the bronze medal. Jesse was up next and he also had issues with swimming straight and was touched out at the finish giving him the silver. Ashley Yearwood didn’t have her best start in her 50 back but she finished strong and grabbed the bronze medal with a 31.41. Rebecca Heyliger had a strong 50 lowering her best time, coming in 5th. Roy-Allan finished the 50 backs with a 28.14 which sets a new Bermuda National record and placed him 5th.

Shannon Hassell has been showing great promise in the freestyle events and she really pushed herself in the 200 free final.  She lowered her PB by 3 seconds and finished in 3rd place taking the bronze. The silver medalist only beat her by 5 hundredths of a second.

Jesse ended the day with a bang in his 200 free.  He lowered the Bermuda 13-14 record from 2:11.15 to 2:05.21.  This amazing swim gave him the gold medal but it showed the real level of his talent and hard work.

After 3 days of competition we have 23 medals and we hope to move up the points table after another amazing night of swims. The team is getting along well and performing at their highest.  With two days left in the meet we want to keep moving forward with the level of success.  Watching these great Bermuda athletes competing so well for their country is a treat and I hope it will bring some well-deserved recognition to the sport of swimming.

CISC Day 2

The morning heats were very short with many of the longer events going straight to the finals.  Roy-Allan, Shannon and Jesse all had the day off  while  Philip Hagen had two very good morning swims where he had great personal best swims in the 50 free and 100 fly.  Both of his times qualified him for CARIFTA 2013. Nic Patterson was the only other swimmer participating in the morning finishing 9th just missing out on the finals.

CISC Day 2 finals

Ashley Yearwood continued the medal haul for Bermuda in the first event of the evening with a 2:10.96 in the 200 free giving her the bronze medal. In the senior girls Stephanie Myles dropped 5 seconds in her 200 free to place 5th. Ashley was back in the pool again in the 100 back where she had a strong time finishing 4th. Rebecca Heyliger swam the senior 100 back with a 4 second drop giving her the bronze medal.

Nic Patterson got a second shot at the 100 fly when someone scratched.  He had a good swim and finished 8th.  Rebecca Heyliger swam the 100 fly with a 2 second pb and was just touched out at the finish to claim 4th.

Bermuda finished the night with the 200 breaststroke swimmers and they finished with a bang.  Lisa and Stephanie took the gold and bronze medal with Lisa just missing out on the CISC record.  Julian spent 3 laps in a battle until he pulled away in the last 25 meters taking both a gold medal and the CISC record on his way.

National Coach Ben Smith noted the beginning of the night Bermuda was sitting at 5th out of 15 countries with one of the smallest teams. We now have 14 medals with 3 days left to compete.  He predicts lots of excitement tomorrow with the 50 freestyles and 50 backstrokes events.