Ashley Yearwood was back from boarding school and competing in the meet. *File photo
Ashley Yearwood was back from boarding school and competing in the meet. *File photo

MONDAY, MARCH 19: On a Beautiful Saturday at the pool there was a sense of tension on deck as this was the last opportunity for swimmers to race their way on to the Carifta swim team at the Best of the BEST Shipping Meet #2. 

The meet was very fast with so many swimmers swimming amazing personal best times and reaching personal goals for the day.

It is the nature of the sport but it is always tough when swimmers get so close to reaching their goals and fall short by tenths or even hundredths of a second but that was what we witnessed on this day.

There were several swimmers that came very close to making their selection times but just missed out. 

They were supported by their teammates and will all continue to work hard to make it to future meets. 

There was one breakthrough with Aaron Rego setting his second and final qualifying time in the 50 free to become the last qualifier for the Carifta team.

Coach Ben Smith highlighted Vaughn Rowse for his performance at the meet. 

After dipping four seconds under the qualifying time in the 400 free with much excitement it came down to missing the 50 free by one-tenth. 

Coach Smith said: “I am proud of the hard work that he put in to get this close to the time and even though this is a tough miss I know that we will see him at the top level in the future.”

Jesse Washington continued his fast swimming by lowering his own 50 free record.  Shannon Hassell was anxious to get her name in the record books before she moved to the next age group and reached her goal twice. 

In the 50 back she lowered Ashley Yearwood’s record by half a second and then lowered Rebecca Sharpe’s record in the 100 back by an amazing three seconds.

Both of these swims bode well for Carifta as the past record holders were also Carifta medalists. 

The Boys 13-14 Sharks relay team lowered the age group record from 2:20.85 down to an impressive 1:55.37.

Once again, it was Emma Harvey who led the way for the Harbour Swim Club with another two age group records. Her first was in the 50 fly, lowering it to 0:34.79 and the second was in the 100 fly as she took another two seconds off her own record, dropping it 1:16.59.

It was also great to have Ashley Yearwood back from boarding school and competing in the meet.

Significantly, she swam under the minute for the 100 freestyle for the first time and had strong swims in 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. 

Ashley Irby had a great 100 freestyle race, as she dipped under 1:10 for the first time. Many of the club swimmers swam a number of personal bests and hitting the required ASCA standard times for the overseas club trip.