Only Swimmers competed in the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas.
Madelyn Moore finished 2nd in the Girl's 50m Freestyle Heat 5, to advance to the Final with a time of 26.74, during the inal Moore touched the wall in a time of 26.54 to finish 5th.
Jesse Washington was clocked at 23.79 finishing 3rd in the Boy's 50m Freestyle Heat 3, he also advanced to the Final. In the Final Washington finished 5th clocking 23.56.
Coach Richard Goodwin said, “This was a very pleasing way for them to conclude their participation in this meet. It shows their focus and dedication to the sport of swimming. It further indicates the progress they are making and has set a new standard for their future involvement.”
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Olympian Burch Named SwimMAC Ass. Coach
SwimMAC Carolina announced today that it has added two-time Olympic swimmer Roy Burch as Assistant Coach at the club’s Huntersville, N.C., location. With one of the most inspirational stories in competitive sports, Burch suffered a career-ending injury as he was training for his third Olympic quest. He will help coach swimmers in the Senior groups at SwimMAC’s Charlotte north location.
Burch competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and again at the 2012 Games in London as a member of the Bermuda contingent. In the midst of training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, he suffered a bi-lateral patella rupture in both his knees. Over the next six months, he worked his way back from being wheelchair bound to relearning how to walk, and finally getting back in the pool. Burch competed at the 2016 Caribbean Island Swimming Championships in June and was able to score a FINA “B” standard as the lead-off leg of the Bermudian mixed freestyle relay. Sadly, it wasn’t a strong enough performance to secure a spot on the Olympic team.
In January this year, Burch announced his retirement and the start of his new career as a coach. In addition to his position with SwimMAC, Burch is the Head Swim & Dive Coach at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville.
“Roy Burch has faced and overcome great adversity in his life,” said SwimMAC Head Coach Terry Fritch. “As a swimmer, he has shown determination, hard work and how the love of a sport can result in success in the pool and in life. Because of his experiences and character, we are excited for him to join our coaching staff and mentor our young athletes.”
The addition of Burch to the SwimMAC coaching staff is the latest move for the club that is regaining its national prominence in the competitive swimming world. This fall, SwimMAC Carolina will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to return to SwimMAC,” said Burch. “The club played a pivotal role in my Olympic training. I’m excited to get to know everyone and share my love of swimming with all the kids training there. If I can help motivate one child or inspire them to pursue their dreams, then I’ll consider myself a success.”
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
National Coach Running for Parliament
National Swimming coach Ben Smith does not see a conflict of interest if he is successful in the General Election and the One Bermuda Alliance retain the Government.
Smith says, “I intend to continue to coach and help develop these young people, I think that is why I was approached to run, people saw what I was able to do and they wanted that energy and drive within the Government.”
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Bermuda Finish 5th in CCCAN Championships
Bermuda finished the 2017 Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships in Trinidad and Tobago in 5th place having won 38 Medals.
The Bermuda Swimmers won 12 Gold, 17 Silver and 9 Bronze Medals.
The Bermuda 11-12 Girls won their Division with 208 points 112 points ahead of the second place team from Puerto Rico.
Bermuda took their Medal Count at the 2017 Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Trinidad and Tobago to 38 when the final swimmers concluded.
Bermuda won another 9 Medals on the final day and also saw Elan Daley break another CCCAN Record along the way.
A twenty-two year old record was broken as Daley won the 11-12 Girls 50 LC Meter Freestyle with a time of 26.82, breaking the record of Cerian Gibbes which was set back on July 1st 1995. Payton Zelkin won the Bronze Medal in the race with a time of 28.01.
Zelkin captured a Silver Medal during the 11-12 Girls 400 LC Meter Freestyle when she touched the wall in a time of 4:39.53, the 11-12 Boys 50 LC Meter Freestyle Silver Medal went to Sam Williamson who clocked 26.58.
Jesse Washington won the Silver Medal during the 15-17 Boys 50 LC Meter Freestyle with a time of 23.77, while Logan Watson-Brown won the 13-14 Girls 50 LC Meter Freestyle Bronze Medal clocking 27.87.
Daley captured the Silver Medal during the 11-12 Girls 100 LC Meter Breaststroke when she stopped the clock in a time of 1:19.28, with Williamson winning the 11-12 Boys 100 LC Meter Breaststroke with a time of 1:13.20, with Taylor White winning the 11-12 Girls 200 LC Meter Backstroke Silver Medal with a time of 2:36.66.
Jessica Bruton, Zelkin, Daley and White powered their way to victory in the 11-12 Girls 400 LC Meter Medley Relay clocking a time of 4:48.23.
Skyler Powell finished 7th competing in the 13-14 Girls 400 LC Meter Freestyle clocking a time of 4:47.44, Madelyn Moore clocked a time of 26.85 on her way to finishing 4th during the 15-17 Girls 50 LC Meter Freestyle Shannon Hassell also finished 4th while competing in the 15-17 Girls 200 LC Meter Backstroke stopping the clock in a time of 2:28.87.
Watson-Brown finished 7th competing in the 13-14 Girls 200 LC Meter Backstroke with a time of 2:35.78, Gabriela Pitman finished 8th competing in the 13-14 Girls 50 LC Meter Freestyle, Zelkin finished 4th in the 11-12 Girls 100 LC Meter Breaststroke clocking a time of 1:20.47 and Bruton finished 4th competing in the 11-12 Girls 200 LC Meter Backstroke stopping the clock in a time of 2:41.57.