Over the last two weeks, Harbour swimmers have seen great success at both the Validus National Championships held this past weekend at the National Aquatics Center as well as the Schroder’s Long Course Age Group Championships held May 3rd – 7th.
Harbour coaches are excited about the pipeline of talented swimmers in the Club. The depth of swimmers in the program is a strong indication of what is in store for Bermuda’s swimming future.
At the conclusion of the Validus National Championships, Harbour saw a clean sweep in the Girls 12 and Under High Point awards. Giada Dudley-Pun was the National Champion in the Girls 12 and Under category, followed by Josephine Duerden who placed second and Myeisha Sharrieff third.
Brandon Adkins captured the high point trophy for the highest ranked Individual swim in the Boys 12 and Under category. Dudley-Pun also produced the highest ranked Girl’s 12 and Under Girl’s Individual swim.
The meet saw a number of highlights including Pippa Charleson and Brandon Adkins, who achieved qualification standards for CARIFTA 2019, while many other Harbour swimmers achieved a number of personal bests.
Dudley-Pun broke the Girls 11-12 National Record in the 200 Breaststroke in a time of 2:58.21, breaking her own record of 2:59.98 set earlier this year while representing Bermuda at CARIFTA 2018.
Just two weeks before at the Schroders LC Age Group Championships, Harbour swimmers also saw tremendous success across all Age Groups.
Josephine Duerden was the 11-12 Age Group High Point winner, swimming a number of personal bests that brought her to the title, while Arabella Newport-Derbyshire set three new National Age Group records, smashing the Girls 400M Freestyle National Age Group record in a time of 6:47.86, establishing a new National Age Group record in the Girls 8 and Under 200 Backstroke in a time of 3:27.48 and broke her own record in the Girls 100 Backstroke in a time of 1:38.65.
Violet Smith broke the Girls 8 and Under National Age Group Record in the 50 Backstroke in a time 43.98.
The Harbour 10 and Under Mixed 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay Team consisting of Flora Betts, Nathan Burrill, Brooke Castree and Thomas Cechini established a new National Age Group LC Record, while the 10 and Under Mixed 4 x 100 Medley Relay Team consisting of Violet Smith, Thomas Cechini, Brooke Castree and Nathan Burrill established a new National Age Group Record.
In the 11 - 12 Mixed 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay, Harbour swimmers Jared Moore, Josephine Duerden, Charleson and Brandon Adkins broke the National Age Group Record and the same group did it again in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay.
Harbour Head Coach, Shona Palmer added, “The swimmers commitment to the program has been highlighted over the last two Championship meets where swimmers have enjoyed many personal bests, set new A, AA and AAA standards as well as new National Age Group Records.”
As success continues to hit new heights at Harbour, September of 2019 brings the introduction of the new Harbour Gold Squad, which has been designed to push Harbour swimmers across all age groups to reach their maximum potential. Qualifying times must be met in order to receive an invitation to the Gold Squad, which has presented tremendous excitement and forward-focus amongst the swimmers.
The program will kick off in the summer months with pre-season training and will consist of quality training in the pool, strength and conditioning, nutrition education and mental preparedness training. The program will also bring swimmers a combination of overseas training camps and competitions in the Fall of this year and early next. One of the differentiators of this program relative to others on-island is the depth of coaching staff to implement and sustain this type of program.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
National Swimming Championships 2018 Day Four
The fourth and Final Day of the 2018 Validus National Swimming National Championships took place at the National Aquatics Center.
Giulio Ligori lowered the 9-10 year old record while competing in the Boys 12 & Under 200 LC Meter Freestyle A – Final, the 10-year old touched the wall in a time of 2:24.00 breaking Elijah Daley’s record of 2:25.24 set back on April 21st, 2017 at the MAC Invitational in Canada. Brandon Adkins was second in 2:25.29 and Flynn Watson-Brown finished third with a time of 2:30.41.
Jesse Washington won the Boys 13 & Over 200 LC Meter Freestyle Final clocking a time of 2:00.74, Brian Desmond was second in 2:02.49 and Zebedee Wakely finished third in 2:09.89.
Tayla Horan won the Girls 13 & Over 50 LC Meter Breaststroke A – Final touching the wall in a time of 41.29, Mia Ferguson was second in 42.15 and Talia Thompson finished third with a time of 43.40.
With a time of 35.51, Jack Harvey won the Boys 13 & Over 50 LC Meter Breaststroke Final, Tommy Marshall was second in 37.84 and Daniel Ossett finished third stopping the clock in a time of 41.77.
The Girls 13 & Over 100 LC Meter Backstroke A – Final was won by Logan Watson-Brown who touched the wall in a time of 1:08.84, Shannon Hassell was second in 1:11.10 and Gabriela Pitman was third in 1:16.11.
More records were broken on Day Three of the Validus National Swimming National Championships going on at the National Aquatics Center.
Logan Watson-Brown had a hand in three records, he first came during the Girls 13 & Over 100 LC Meter Freestyle A – Final when she was clocked at 59.33, breaking Emma Harvey’s record time of 59.34 she set back on March 24th, 2016 during the XXXI Carifta Swimming Championships.
Watson Brown would then break the Girls 13 & Over 400 LC Meter Freestyle record during the A Final when she was clocked in 4:38.21, breaking Payton Zelkins record time of 4:39.53 at the XXX CCCAN Swimming Championships on July 2nd, 2017.
Watson-Brown was a member of the 13-14 Mixed 400 LC Meter Freestyle Relay team alongside Brian Desmond, Taylor White and Sam Williamson who clocked a record time of 4:04.90.
The 15-16 Mixed 400 LC Meter Freestyle Relay team of Gabriela Pitman, Skyler Powell, Joshua Thorne and Giulio Ligori clocked a record time of 4:25.46.
Flynn Watson-Brown, Bella Howes, Imojen Judd and Harlan Watson-Brown set a new record time of 4:44.35 during the 11-12 Mixed 400 LC Meter Freestyle Relay.
The second night of the Validus National Swimming National Championships started off with another record breaking performance at the National Aquatics Center.
During the Boys 13 & Over 400 LC Meter IM Brian Desmond touched the wall in a time of 5:02.22, breaking Ethan Daley’s record time of 5:02.27 set back on June 4th 2016 during the Age Group International in Canada.
Gabriela Pitman clocked the fastest Girls 13 & Over 50 LC Meter Backstroke Preliminary time of 34.14, Shannon Hassell was second clocking 34.81 and Jaedyn Judd finished third with a time of 35.93.
During the Boys 13 & Over 50 LC Meter Backstroke Preliminaries, Jesse Washington clocked the fastest time of 30.56, Jack Harvey finished second with a time of 30.90 and Caleb Ingham finished third with a time of 32.02.
The first night of the Validus National Swimming National Championships started off very well at the National Aquatics Center.
The competition started with the distance events with the 400, 800 and 1500 meter Freestyle. Every swimmer that raced tonight swam Personal Best times.
In the 12 and Under 400 Freestyle, Pippa Charlson and Brandin Adkins had very strong Personal Best times, taking huge chunks off their previous best to win the Girls and Boys events. Charlson touched the wall in time of 5:14.95, while Adkins was clocked at 5:07.97.
In the Girls 800 Freestyle, Taylor White of Sharks Swim Club lowered her Personal Best and the 13-14 Age Group Record that she set 2 weeks ago at Schroders, she recorded a time of 9:47.19.
In the last event of the night, Brian Desmond put on a true display of fast swimming. At the 800-meter mark of his 1500 meter Freestyle race he set a new record in the 800 by lowering Ethan Daley’s record by over 12 seconds.
He continued on his pace to also break the 1500 meter Freestyle record that he already owned by 19 seconds, clocking a time of 17:25.62.