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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Open Water Bermuda National Swimming Championships

Eric Soria
The Open Water Bermuda – National Swimming Championships took place at the Clearwater Beach on Southside.

Eric Soria and Annette Budge are the Male and Female 5K Champions, while Brian Desmond and Lindsay Scherer are the Male and Female 1500m Champions, Bella Howes and Lucas Castree are the 400m Female and Male Champions.

Soria clocked a winning time of 1:15:28, with Ilya Cherapau was second in 1:19:32 and Matthew Neuber finished third in 1:25:43.

Budge was the 6th swimmer to cross the line clocking 1:33.00, Alyson Scherer was the second female finisher and 7th across the line in 1:42:26 and clocking a time of 2:03:05 was the third female finisher and 10th overall Caitlin Conyers.

Desmond was clocked across the line in 21:57, he was followed by Jack Harvey who clocked 22:40 and Sam

Williamson finished third in a time of 24:37.

Scherer was the 10th swimmer at the distance to cross the line in a time of 29:39, Madeleine Durkin was the second female and 11th over with a time of 29:53 and finishing 15th at the distance was the third female finisher Caroline Wright who clocked 30:49.

The Girls dominated the 400m Swim Distance with Howes clocking a winning time of 6:28, Caitlin Coleman was second in 6:35 and Daria Desmond finished third stopping the clock in 6:36.

Castree was the first male and 4th overall clocking 6:52, the second male finisher was Brandon Sangster who was 7th across the line with a time of 7:53 and Mike Gazzard was the third male finisher and 9th overall with a time of 8:11.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Swimming Coach Ben Smith On Upcoming Season

The 2017/18 Swimming Season is fast approaching and the Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association has put things in place to ensure that the athletes perform at a high standard.

Ben Smith the National Swimming Coach said, “We have raised the Standard for events so that we can move to the next stage, we just don’t want to compete anymore we want to get into finals and even podium.”

Smith went on to say, “A new event is set to take place in the New Year which would see Caribbean swimmers go up against South American Swimmers in a Meet”.

When asked about Rebecca Heyliger’s future Smith stated, “We are in talks with Heyliger as she has indicated she is thinking about retiring from International competition, but we are still early in talks and we should have more in the coming weeks.”

Thursday, September 07, 2017
Harvey to Compete in County Team Championships

Former Bermuda Carifta Swimmer Emma Harvey who now represents Scotland has been chosen to represent the Somerset team for British National County Team Championships 2017.

Harvey who attends Millfield Academy has been selected to represent Somerset in Division 1 of the National County Team Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on October 8th 2017.

Harvey recently represented Scotland at the Youth Commonwealth Games, were she met up with former Carifta teammates Jesse Washington and Madelyn Moore.

Harvey won Scotland’s first Medal at the Games taking Bronze, in the Women’s 50m Butterfly.

Harvey splits her time between Bermuda and the UK.

Harvey has an impressive track record of success on both sides of the Atlantic.

A fantastic performance at the 2016 CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Martinique saw her win Eight Medals, Five of them Gold, a performance she followed up in 2017 with Five Medals at the Scottish Age Group Championships, Silver at the British Junior Championships and Gold at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet.

Harvey holds the Scottish Age 13 Records for 50m Butterfly over both Short and Long Course and also holds the Bermudian 100m Butterfly Record.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Bermuda Born Swimmer Wins Gold in Championships

Canada added three medals to its total at the 6th FINA World Junior Championships, the same Championships that Bermuda’s Madelyn Moore and Jesse Washington have been competing in and reported on by www.islandstats.com in Indianapolis.

An email sent to all media has now highlighted a young lady Jade Hannah, who was born in Bermuda but now represents Canada.

The women’s 4×100m Medley Relay put an exclamation point on Day 6 of the meet for Canada, which finished with a national record 15 medals, behind only the host Team USA.

The team of Hannah, Faith Knelson, Penny Oleksiak and Taylor Ruck won Canada’s fifth relay gold of the competition in a world junior record 3:58.38. The women won all three relays, and contributed to wins in the two mixed relays, all in world junior record times.

Hannah and Knelson set the table for Rio 2016 Olympian’s Oleksiak and Ruck, with backstroker Hannah leading off in fourth. Knelson’s breaststroke leg moved Canada up to second place with a 2.26-second gap behind Team USA when Oleksiak entered the water. The Rio silver medallist in the 100-m butterfly shaved that down to .51 seconds. Ruck’s freestyle put Canada into the lead by .19 seconds at the turn and she held on for the win ahead of Team USA’s 3:59.19. Japan took bronze in 3:59.97 as all three medal nations went under the previous record.

“It was a great experience all in all, definitely a lot of exposure to things that I haven’t experienced before, so having everything like that has been a great experience,” Hannah added.

Monday, August 28, 2017
Moore & Washington Continue Competing in Championships

Madelyn Moore and Jesse Washington continued competing in the 6th FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis.

Competing in the Women’s 100m Butterfly Moore won Heat 1 touching the wall in a time of 1:05.88 that saw her finish 47th overall.

Competing in the Men’s 100m Freestyle, Washington recorded a time of 51.96 which saw him finish 7th in Heat 7 and 43rd overall.

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