Swim team finish with a flourish
Bermuda’s swimmers finished the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados, with a total of 29 medals after winning seven more medals during the fifth and final day of competition yesterday.
The team claimed five silver and two bronze medals to finish with six gold, 16 silver and seven bronze.
Imojen Judd and Bella Howes in the 11-12 girls 50 metres freestyle finished joint third to earn bronze medals after clocking an identical time of 28.70 seconds.
Logan Watson-Brown won the silver in the 15-17 50 metres freestyle when she finished second in 27.10. Maddy Moore, in the 18 and over age group, also claimed the silver in the 50 metres freestyle with a time of 26.72.
Also placing second in their events were Taylor White in the girls 13-14 and Jack Harvey in the boys 15-17 200 backstroke.
White recorded a time of 2min 29.42sec while Harvey touched the wall in 2:11.92. Bermuda’s other silver medal came in the girls 11-12 4x100 medley relay where the team of Judd, Giada Dudley-Pun, Pippa Charleson and Howes clocked a time of 4:52.75.
Also picking up a bronze medal on the final day was the boys 11-12 4x100 medley relay team of Harlan Watson-Brown, Rhys Insley, Elijah Daley, Brandon Adkins who finished third in 4:39.62.
The team added to their medal haul with seven medals on Monday when they won two gold, two silver and three bronze to reach 22 medals after the first four days.
There were also some fourth and fifth-place finishes yesterday as Elan Daley placed fourth in the 50 freestyle while Judd, Elijah Daley and Adam Young placed fifth in their respective 200 backstroke events. Judd clocked 2:35.63, Daley 2:33.24 and Young 2:15.46.
Giada Dudley-Pun placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:21.97 while White was fifth in the 13-14 girls 400.
Sam Williamson was seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.74 and eighth in the 400 freestyle in 4:21.71 yesterday.
Reflecting on the team’s success, Ben Smith, the national coach, could not hide his delight.
“Having our swimmers step up to this challenge over the five days was impressive,” he said. “There were ups and downs with some swimmers disappointed with their results and others shattering personal best times.
“Overall, it was a team effort and we are extremely proud.”