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Saturday, January 14, 2017
BASA LONG COURSE QUALIFYING MEET

Carys Nokes in Action
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The Bermuda Amatuer Swimming Association held a Long Course Swimming Meet at the National Sports Center Pool, giving youngsters the opportunity to meet Carifta Qualifying Standards.

The Meet which took place at the same location as the Bermuda 10K Road Race finished with four swimmers meeting the Standards and three Records were broken.

With a Personal Best time of 5:29.20 Sam Williamson broke his own 11-12 Boys 400 Meter IM record time of 5:44.45 he set back on May 20th 2016 during the Validus National Championship.

Williamson also broke Ethan Daley’s 11-12 Boys 200 Meter IM Record time of 2:37.06 he set on April 20th 2014 during the XXIX Carifta Swimming Championships in Aruba when he touched the wall in 2:33.74.

Another Ethan Daley Record fell when Keagan Woolley recorded a time of 33.97 during the 13-14 Boys 50 Meter Breaststroke, break the record of 34.27 set back on May 22nd 2016 during the Validus Bermuda National Championships.

Finn Moseley met the Standard during the 11-12 Boys 50 Meter Backstroke clocking 35:19.

Carys Nokes met the Standard for the 11-12 Girls 100 Meter Breaststroke touching the wall in a Personal Best time of 1:29.15.

During the 11-12 Girls 50 Meter Butterfly Jaedyn Judd met the qualifying standard with a Personal Best time of 33:49.

Woolley met the Standard in the 13-14 Boys 100 Meter Freestyle with a time of 59.21.

 
 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Olympians Fletcher & Burch Retire from Swimming

Roy Allan Burch
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Bermuda Olympians Julian Fletcher and Roy-Allan Burch have announced their retirement from competitive swimming.

Fletcher had a very strong 10-year swimming Career which was capped off with an Olympic selection and 11 National Records in his last 12 months of competition.

Fletcher is a testament to what can be achieved if you continue to train towards your dream. As an age group swimmer, he faced disappointment by not reaching qualifying times or competing at the highest level but he persevered and continued to work.

He was able to swim for 4 years at Southern Methodist University in a Division one program and has finished his career as an Olympian.

Bermuda National Coach Ben Smith said, “We are proud of Fletcher’s accomplishments and would like to wish him well in his future endeavors.

Burch is a two-time Olympic athlete who has so many accomplishments over his amazing career.

What Burch was able to accomplish over the last 2 years by overcoming an injury that had him in a wheelchair all the way to reach the Olympic selection time was amazing.

He has made a path for future swimmers to dream of competing at the highest level.

Smith went on to say, “As the poster person from FINIS swim products Burch also was an example to swimmers throughout our region. As he continues to give motivational talks in the US and moves on to his post swimming Career we wish him well and want him to know that we are all proud of what he has accomplished.”

Fletcher in a statement said, “I believe my successful career in swimming has come to an end. I am satisfied with the results from this year, earning 11 National records in 12 months is a great accomplishment. Swimming has always been a major part of my life, but now I believe that it’s my time to move on and focus on a professional career out of the pool.

I will continue to give back to the sport, and help our younger swimmers achieve their dreams of earning a Carifta medal, swimming in an NCAA D1 school and representing Bermuda at the highest level. I'm glad that I made that 4 year plan towards reaching an Olympic final, because it can now be used as a reference for athletes in the future.

I would have not been able to achieve my Olympic dream without Ben Smith, Richard Goodwin and our senior athletes that set a precedent for Bermuda swimming. Also, it's important to credit the effort from the parents who volunteered time to help the athletes succeed.

I hope to be involved with coaching and developing our high performance athletes, and using my wealth of knowledge from a 10 year career in competitive swimming to improve our results on an international stage.”

Burch states, “After much deliberation, I have decided that my swimming career has come to an end. It has been difficult to find the motivation to continue. With the changes in my personal life and major changes in my program, it has created more difficult circumstances to perform at the level I expect of myself. Being I can now longer give my highest efforts to my training and racing, I feel that it is appropriate for me to retire from a swimming career that has made me so proud, but has also created a lot of pain.”

“It has been a wonderful experience competing for Bermuda, over the years I have learned many valuable lessons that I will take through the rest of my life. I could go on and on, but truly I would like to simply extend my gratitude to those who have helped make this dream a reality,” concluded Burch.
Monday, January 09, 2017
Coach Talks Swimmers Long Course Performances

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Following the three days of coverage by www.islandstats.com of the four Bermuda Swimmers Brian Desmond, Keagan Woolley, Gabriella Pittman and Skyler Powell taking part in the 2017 Ontario Launch into Long Course in Canada, coach Ben Smith rounded up the overall performances of the group.

Smith said, “After participating in an intensive training camp during the Christmas break 4 young swimmers travelled to Ontario Canada seeking qualifying times for Carifta 2017. In order to be eligible for selection to Carifta they needed to get 2 AAA time standards. Pittman was the only swimmer of the 4 to already have one time and was looking for the second time while Desmond, Woolley and Powell all needed to swim both qualifying times.

Pittman swam 5 events and reached 5 Finals. Pittman was able to reach Personal Best times in 6 of her 10 swims, her highlight being the Silver Medal in the 50 meter Freestyle and setting her second AAA in the 100m Freestyle making her eligible for the Carifta selection.

Woolley swam 5 events and made 5 Finals. He was able to reach 7 Personal Bests out of his 10 swims, winning 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals. He set a new record in the 50 Breaststroke with the time of 34.24 taking the record from Ethan Daley. Woolley’s 50 Freestyle was a time of 26.86 which gave him one AAA and puts him in position to get his second qualifying time next weekend in Bermuda.

Powell swam 5 events making finals in all events. She was able to get 1 Bronze Medal, 1 Silver Medal and 3 fourth place finishes. Powell recorded AAA times in 4 events after coming into the meet not having any AAA, it was impressive seeing her hit qualifying times in the 50, 100, 200 Freestyle’s while setting a AAA in the 400 Freestyle and also breaking Emma Harvey's record swimming 4:45.43.

Desmond swam 6 individual events, which gave him 5 Finals. He was able to get 2 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals while swimming a very taxing set of events, he reached the AAA time in the 100 Freestyle and just missed out on the AAA in the 400 Freestyle. In the last event of the meet Desmond saved his best for last, he attacked the 200 Freestyle with tremendous determination, with AAA as his only goal, touching the wall with a Gold and his second qualification with a time of 2:08.56 ending an amazing trip from these four young swimmers that have done us proud.”
Sunday, January 08, 2017
More Medals for Bermuda Swimmers in Canada

Woolley with his Medal
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Four swimmers from Bermuda Brian Desmond, Keagan Woolley, Gabriella Pitman and Skyler Powell concluded taking part in the 2017 Ontario Launch into Long Course at the Pan American Games Pool in Ontario, Canada.

On the Third and Final Day, all four took to the Pool and Medals were won yet again.

During the 13 - 14 Girls 50 LC Meter Butterfly A Final, Powell won the Bronze Medal recording a time of 31.81, while Pitman finished 5th with a Personal Best time of 33.61.

Desmond finished 8th in the 13 - 14 Boys 50 LC Meter Butterfly A Final with a time of 32.37.

Pitman went to the podium in the 13 - 14 Girls 50 LC Meter Freestyle A Final when she finished second touching the wall in a time of 29.59, while Powell finished 4th clocking 30.10.

Woolley clocked a Personal Best time of 26.86 on his way to collecting a Bronze Medal during the 13 - 14 Boys 50 LC Meter Freestyle, while Desmond finished 5th with a time of 28.20.

Woolley captured the 13 - 14 Boys 100 LC Meter Breaststroke A Final Gold Medal touching the wall in a time of 1:16.36, while Powell finished 4th in the 13 - 14 Girls 200 LC Meter Freestyle A Final with a time of 2:17.70, while Pitman recorded a Personal Best time of 2:24.62 on her way to finishing 7th.

Earlier in the day during the 13-14 Girls 50 LC Meter Freestyle Preliminaries, Powell recorded the fastest qualifying time of 28.95 which was a Personal Best, while Pitman finished third touching the wall in a time of 29.42.

Woolley recorded the third fastest 13-14 Boys 50 LC Meter Freestyle time during the Preliminaries clocking a Personal Best 27.32, Desmond also had a Personal Best time finishing 6th clocking 28.44.

Woolley went into the 13-14 Boys 13-14 LC Meter Breaststroke Final with the fastest Preliminary time of 1:18.03.

Powell recorded the second fastest qualifying time during the 13-14 Girls 200 LC Meter Freestyle Preliminaries with a Personal Best time of 2:15.96, Pitman also advanced to the Final with the 7th fastest time of 2:25.18.

Desmond touched the wall first in the 13-14 Boys 200 LC Meter Freestyle Preliminaries with a Personal Best time of 2:09.23.


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Saturday, January 07, 2017
Medals Won by Bermuda Swimmers in Canada

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Four swimmers from Bermuda Brian Desmond, Keagan Woolley, Gabriella Pitman and Skyler Powell are taking part in the 2017 Ontario Launch into Long Course at the Pan American Games Pool in Ontario, Canada.

On Day Two of the three day event, all four took to the Pool and Medals were won and Two Bermuda Records were Broken.

Powell won the 13-14 Girls 400 LC Meter Freestyle Silver Medal touching the wall with a Personal Best time of 4:45.43, breaking Emma Harvey’s record of 4:46.38 set back on June 27th 2015 at the Scottish National Open Championships.

Desmond won the 13-14 Boys 400 LC Meter Freestyle Gold Medal with a Personal Best time of 4:35.96. Desmond also picked up a Silver Medal when he finished second during the 13-14 Boys 50 LC Meter Backstroke Final with a Personal Best time of 32.32.

During the 13-14 Boys 50 LC Meter Breaststroke A - Final, Woolley won the Silver Medal with a time of 35.40.

Desmond won the Silver Medal during the 13-14 Boys 100 LC Meter Freestyle A - Final with a time of 59.30, while Woolley won the Bronze Medal with a Personal Best time of 59.40.

Woolley won the 13-14 Boys 200 LC Meter Breaststroke A - Final Gold Medal with a Personal Best time of 2:49.35.

During the 13-14 Girls 50 LC Meter Backstroke A - Final, Pitman finished 4th with a Personal Best time of 35.62, while Powell finished 4th in the 13-14 Girls 100 LC Meter Freestyle A - Final with a Personal Best time of 1:02.77, while Pitman finished 7th with a time of 1:03.52.

During the 13-14 Boys 50 LC Meter Breaststroke Preliminaries Woolley set a New Bermuda Record with a time of 34.24, breaking Ethan Daley’s time of 34.27 set back on May 22nd 2016 during the Validus Bermuda National Championships
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