Roy Burch was able to make it to the final of several US grand Prix events through the season. *Photo by Ras Mykkal
Roy Burch was able to make it to the final of several US grand Prix events through the season. *Photo by Ras Mykkal

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9: The Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association had another successful season in the pool both locally and overseas.

Although we are proud of all of our swimmers and their performances there are certain swims that stand out. 

The National coaches have selected the top 10 swims of the season in our opinion.

10) Emma Harvey
Harbor Swim club
- She might be the youngest swimmer on the list but she accomplished some big performances for the season. The highlight of the season being her five age group records while attending the North Baltimore Aquatics Summer splash in July.

9) Mitchell Gariepy
Sharks Swim Club
– Mitch was very excited to be competing in his first Carifta Games in Barbados.  He was able to make it to two finals in the breaststroke events and set a new age group record in the 400 IM.

8) Shannon Hassell
Harbor Swim Club
– What made the performance from Shannon extra special was the way that she performed under the new pressure. In the 100 backstroke she dropped 15 seconds and place fifth in the finals.

7) Jesse Washington
Sharks Swim club
– This was Jesse’s first experience at Carifta and he made the very best of it. He came into the event with ‘A’ time standards and by the end he had several AAAA times and had qualified for CCCAN while finishing fourth place in the 100 free.

6) Nic Patterson
Sharks Swim Club
– While competing in the most competitive age group at CCCAN, Nic was able to hit the qualifying time for Youth Worlds and Youth Commonwealth Games in the 50 Butterfly. He also set and a new age group and national record in the 200 butterfly at Carifta Games.

5) Ashley Yearwood
Harbor Swim Club
– Ashley had a very productive year in being part of her team at Baylor and what she accomplished when representing the National team. She won a bronze medal at Carifta Games in the 50 free and then the silver medal in the 50 fly at CCCAN. Her fast swims also qualified her to participate in the Youth World Championships held in Peru.

4) Julian Fletcher
Sharks Swim Club
– Julian was the third highest FINA points swimmer for Bermuda which gave him the opportunity to compete at World Championships in Shanghai.
While in Shanghai he swam personal best times in the 100 breast and the 50 breast. In the 50 breast he set a new National record.

3) Lisa Blackburn
Sharks Swim Club
– Lisa had a breakout meet when she attended CCCAN in Mayaguez Puerto Rico. She was able to set new National records in the 50, 100 and 200 breast and also in the 200 IM. 
With her fast swims she was able to bring home two gold and one silver medal from this prestigious competition.

2) Kiera Aitken
Dolphins Swim Club
– Kiera continues to be the standard for swimming in Bermuda. She set several National records while in Spain and set an all-comers record at Bermuda Nationals.
She made the qualifying time for World Championships, Shanghai in the 50 and 100 back. She made the qualifying time for the London Olympics but the time standard has since been changed which means she has to drop a little more time.

1) Roy Burch
Sharks Swim club
- Roy moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in January 2011 with one goal in mind —  make the Olympic qualifying time.
He was able to make it to the final of several US grand Prix events through the season. 
He set new National records in the 100 and the 50 freestyle while at Bermuda Nationals. He then repeated that feat at World Championships Shanghai.
His new national record in the 50 free was the first time a Bermudian had been under 23 seconds in the 50 free and gave him the selection time for London 2012.