SATURDAY, APRIL 14: Today Ben Smith, National Swim Coach for Bermuda, reporting from the Carifta Swimming Championship in Nassau, Bahamas, said:

“Going into Day 2 of the Championship, I thought it would be tough to top the amazing start we had but our two young swimmers were not done with their medal grab!  With 3 swimmers in the finals doing 7 different events, we knew things were going to be busy and exciting.

“The 200 free was up first and we had Shannon Hassell swim another strong swim finishing in 5th place.  After her big PB in the morning I was very happy with her consistency. Ashley Yearwood had a very good 200 dropping a further 2 seconds off her record from the morning heat.  The field of swimmers was very fast and she claimed 5th place in a close finish.”

“Gold Medal winner Jesse Washington looked very relaxed in the morning as he left the field behind but in tonight’s final his top competitor was up for a challenge.  They both went out very fast and at the 100 meter mark they were both under Carifta record pace.  At the final turn Jesse fell behind but he was in no mood to lose and he came in with a very fast finish to grab his second gold lowering his amazing record from the morning to a 2:07 which is 3 seconds faster than our 13 and 14 record (even though he is only 12).”

“In my planning I thought that there would be a medal presentation to give Jesse a rest in between races but there would be no break and Jesse had 12 minutes before he was on the blocks again!  In the 50 fly he fell behind early but by the last 10 meters had surged to the lead to take his second gold of the night. Ashley finished off the 50 flys by lowering her morning time but once again in a close finish she placed 5th.”

“We finished our night with the 100 back and Shannon Hassell did not want to be left out.  She battled all the way to the finish and was able to capture her second medal, this time the silver.  Ashley lowered her personal best in her hundred final finishing in 5th place for the 3rd time for the night.”

“I am so proud of the entire team and we are excited about the possibility of adding even more medlas today.”

“The Bermuda National Swim Team arrives home on via American Airlines Flight # 308 on Tuesday at 8.10 Pm and we hope everyone will come out to congratulate them.” 

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