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.”