Ashley Yearwood, Rebecca Heyliger, Lisa Blackburn, Stephanie Myles and Julian Fletcher all won medals yesterday [June 24] at the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships [CISC] being held in Aruba.
Both Lisa Blackburn and Julian Fletcher won gold medals, with Fletcher setting a new CISC record, the third CISC record broken by a Bermudian swimmer at these Championships. Bermuda’s medal tally is now up to 14, and despite having one of the smallest teams, Bermuda is presently ranked 5th out of 15 countries competing on the medal table.
Gold medalist Lisa Blackburn in action in Aruba, photo by Doug Patterson:
Ashley Yearwood continued the medal haul for Bermuda in the first event of the evening with a 2:10.96 in the 200 free giving her the bronze medal.
In the senior girls Stephanie Myles dropped 5 seconds in her 200 free to place 5th. Ashley Yearwood was back in the pool again in the 100 back where she had a strong time finishing 4th. Rebecca Heyliger swam the senior 100 back with a 4 second drop giving her the bronze medal.
Nic Patterson got a second shot at the 100 fly when someone scratched. He had a good swim and finished 8th. Rebecca Heyliger swam the 100 fly with a 2 second pb and was just touched out at the finish to claim 4th.
Bermuda finished the night with the 200 breaststroke swimmers and they finished with a bang. Lisa Blackburn and Stephanie Myles took the gold and bronze medal, with Lisa Blackburn just missing out on the CISC record.
Julian Fletcher spent 3 laps in a battle until he pulled away in the last 25 meters taking both a gold medal and the CISC record on his way.
Roy-Allan Burch, Shannon Hassell and Jesse Washington — who have all already won medals –all had the day off from competition yesterday, but will be back in the pool. National Coach Ben Smith predicts lots of excitement tomorrow with the 50 freestyles and 50 backstrokes events.
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