While many high school students have their sights set on graduation and college, one senior is aiming for an additional goal: the 2020 Summer Olympics, writes Rebecca Panico for the Union News Daily.
Kai Legband is working toward swimming for Bermuda in Tokyo in two years — and he may have a shot. In April, the Union High School Senior took home two Silver Medals in the 50 and 100 meter Freestyle during the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Jamaica.
“When I touched and looked up at the scoreboard it was unreal,” said Legband. “It’s a great achievement.”
Legband — who has dual citizenship through his Bermudian mother — swam in six races as part of the Bermuda team, but Freestyle sprints are his forte. He swam in March at the EZ North Speedo Short Course Championships in Ithaca and won both events.
It was just one of the many competitions he swam in this year.
The 17-year-old student regularly competes for Union High School and the Tidal Wave Swim Team, based at the Boys & Girls Club of Union County. He finished third in the 50 and 100 events at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in February.
One of Legband’s future stops is the October Youth Olympics in Argentina, where he will swim for Bermuda. He’ll need to shave six-tenths of a second off his best time to meet the 51.40 qualifying standard for the 100 Freestyle.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Harvey Concludes Competing in Barcelona
The second stop of the 2018 Mare Nostrum Tour kicked off in Barcelona, with former Bermuda Carifta Swimming Championships multiple Medalist Emma Harvey concluding taking part representing Millfield.
Harvey would finish 35th competing in the Women’s 50m Freestyle touching the wall in a time of 27.28, Harvey would then finish 32st competing in the Women’s 100m Butterfly with a time of 1:04.31.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Harvey Competes in Barcelona
The second stop of the 2018 Mare Nostrum Tour kicked off in Barcelona, with former Bermuda Carifta Swimming Championships multiple Medalist Emma Harvey representing Millfield.
Harvey would finish 19th competing in the Women’s 50m Butterfly touching the wall in a time of 28.24, Harvey would then finish 46th competing in the Women’s 100m Freestyle with a time of 59.84.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
FINA Send A Letter To Bermuda
An open letter has been sent to all 209 members of the International Swimming Association (FINA) including Bermuda warning them not to cooperate with a mysterious rival league attempting to sign up top athletes.
The letter, signed by FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu and also published on the world governing body's website, explains how FINA has become "aware" of a "so-called" international competition, the International Swimming League, which they "do not recognize".
"For the sake of clarification, the 'International Swimming League' is neither recognized by nor affiliated to FINA," the letter explains.
"Further, FINA has neither sanctioned the competitions organized by this entity, nor approved their sanction by other FINA bodies (continental, regional and national bodies).
"Consequently, the competitions of the 'International Swimming League' are not FINA sanctioned nor FINA approved.
"They are not part of the international calendar.
"The results and records achieved in these competitions are not and will not be recognized."
Little information has so far emerged about the International Swimming League.
insidethegames has obtained a contract sent to a swimmer in which the organization is said to have a registered office in Zurich.
However, the proposed contract is between the athlete and Pavhara Properties Limited, a company organized and existing in accordance with the laws of Cyprus.
insidethegames has not been able to contact either the League or Pavhara Properties Limited and it is not yet clear how many athletes have signed up.
The contract reveals that an International Swimming League Championship is due to take place at some point in December in which entrants will be split across eight clubs and teams.
No venues have been revealed, but participants have been promised a $1,770.00 appearance fee plus a total prize money pot of $842,400.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
BASA Long Course Swim Meet Round Up
The Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association hosted a Summer Long Course Swim Meet at the National Sports Center.
Finn Moseley won the 13-14 Boy’s 100 LC Meter Freestyle clocking a time of 1:02.86, Leo Foster was second in 1:06.95 and Charlie Thorpe finished third in 1:07.30.
The Men’s 15 & Over 100 LC Meter Freestyle was won by Jesse Washington who touched the wall in a time of 55.87, Zebedee Wakely was second in 1:00.54.
Skyler Powell won the Women’s 15 & Over 50 LC Meter Backstroke clocking 35.03, Shannon Hassell was second in 35.05 and Gabriela Pitman was third in 35.82.