SWIFT Swimming is maintaining its name as having super fast swimmers to look out for.
At this year’s Speedo Winter Swimming Championships in Plantation, Florida, the Swift team won a gold medal, three silver and one bronze and scored 244.00 points to once again lead all other Caribbean and Bahamian teams.
The team was led by Alec Sands, Tyler Russel and Victoria Russell. Leading the medal haul charge, however, was Joshua Murray, who won a gold medal and two silver medals in the 50 breast, 100 breast, and 100 fly events. Victoria Rusell took a silver in the 50 breast, and Devante Carey took a silver in the 50 back.
The performances by Swift swimmers are as follows:
Joshua Murray - 50 breast gold - 31.63, 100 breast silver – 1:09.34, 100 free silver – 55.54
Victoria Russell - 50 breast silver -31.63
Devante Carey - 50 back silver – 29.27
Along with the medal perfomances were the following fantastic finals point scoring performances and awesome PB swims:
Alec Sands, swimming in many tough longer swims and in an extremely competitive combined 15-16 year old age group, still racked up some serious points for Team Swift.
Sands was so close to medalling with his 4th in the 1,000m free in 9:54.52, 5th in the 500 free in 4:48.37, and 8th in the gruelling final day 1,650m free final in 17:41.11.
Joshua Roberts got a 5th in the 200IM in 2:07.67, a 6th in the 50 free final in 23.54, 6th in the 500 free in 5:01.06, 6th in the 400IM in 4:34.82, 7th in the 200 back in 2:08.78, 7th in the 200 free in 1:50.93, and an awesome 7th in the 100 free final in 50.70.
Tyler Russell just missed several medals with a 4th place finish in the 200 breast in 2:20.79, and his 4th in the 100 breast final in 29.80, and a 5th in the 100 breast in 1:05.07. Tyler also got a 6th in the 200 IM in 2:08.07 and a 9th in the 400IM with a time of 4:41.29.
Peter Morley got a 5th in the 100 back final in 1:00.65, 5th in the 50 back final in 28.43, 6th in the 200 back final in 2:12.33 and 10th in the 400 IM final in 4:49.37.
Paul Bevans got a very respectable 4th in the 50 free final with an awesome time of 24.10, and 5th in the 100 free final with a time of 53.26.
Cecily Bowe was in action for Team Azura. Cecily had an awesome 6th in the 50 breast final with a great PB time of 35.54, 10th in the 100 breast final with a time of 1:19.50.
Personal bests were also achieved in 50 fly (31.14), 200 breast (2:59.42) and in the 100 free (1:01.94).
Celia Campbell finished 5th in the 50 back final in 29.50.
Tristan Russell got 7th in the 400 IM in 5:13.68, a 10th in the 200 breast in 2:46.54, and a 10th in the 50 breast final in 35.37. Tristan also had PBs in his 500 free in 5:51.67, the 200 free in 2:11.25, the 200IM in 2:27.35 and in the 100 breast in 1:17.93.
Joshua Murray also got a 5th in the 50 fly final in 27.61. Devante Carey also got a 5th in the 100IM final in 1:04.68, 8th in 100 breast final in 1:16.33, 10th in the 100 back final in 1:07.71, and 9th in the 50 breast final in 33.98.
Victoria Russell also got 4th in the 100 breast in 1:10.73, and 5th in the 50 fly in 27.92.
Dylan Roberts dove into the pool on the final day of competition to achieve a great PB swim in her 50 back with the time of 33.60.
Anya MacPhail had several great PB performances over the four days in the 100 fly in 1:14.56, 100 free in 1:03.20, 200 breast in 3:00.10, 200 free in 2:16.37, 200IM in 2:37.63 and also the tough 400IM in 5:28.31.
Jazmine Trottman also had several spectacular and very memorable PB performances, including the 50 free in 28.55, 100 free in 1:02.54, 200 free in 2:16.35 and the 500 free in 6:13.56.
Leslie Campbell had great PB performances in the tough 15-16 division, posting 30.90 in the 50 back and in the 50 fly she almost broke 30 with her 30.03 performance.
Michael Walkine had a great PB performance in the 50 breast with a rocking time of 30.30.
Arleigha Hall was the solo Freeport Swift swimmer, posting PBs in the 100 free in 58.44 and the 50 fly in 28.56.