BASA Names 2013 Carifta Swimming Team

March 21, 2013

The XXVII CARIFTA Swimming Championships will be held from March 30th to April 3rd at the National Stadium pool in Kingston Jamaica.

A BASA spokesperson said, “The last opportunity to qualify was on March 9th and at the conclusion of the meet we had 18 swimmers qualified for the team. This doubles the size of the team from last year’s successful trip to Bahamas. We have added a strong group of younger swimmers to the team and will be looking to gain experience from so many newbie’s.

“The team will be travelling to Jamaica on Wednesday March 27th and returning on Thursday April 4th. The competition is taking place from Saturday March 30th to Tuesday April 2nd with the Open water swim on the 3rd.

The events schedule will be as follows:

  • 1,500 free 13+
  • 200 free
  • 200 IM
  • 400 free
  • Open
  • 200 breast
  • 50 fly
  • 50 breast
  • 50 free
  • Water
  • 50 back
  • 100 back
  • 100 free
  • 100 breast
  • 100 fly
  • 400 IM
  • 200 fly
  • 200 back
  • 4 x 100 FR
  • 4 x 100 MR
  • 4 x 200 FR
  • 4 x 50 FR

Selected team members are:

Vaughn Rowse (17) – Sharks Swim Club/ BASA Training Team

  • # 2B Men 15-17 1500 Free 17:57.55L’
  • # 32 Men 15-17 200 Free 2:07.61L’
  • # 44 Men 15-17 100 Back 1:10.70L’
  • # 90 Men 15-17 400 Free 4:28.34L’
  • # 96 Men 15-17 50 Free 27.04L
  • # 118 Men 15-17 5000 Free NT

“This will be the first Carifta for Vaughn Rowse who has been very close to qualifying on several occasions. Vaughn is a distance swimmer and has been showing huge progress in these events over the season. Vaughn will also become the first Bermuda swimmer to participate in the Carifta open water 5k.

Dejan Wellman (17) – Harbour/ BASA Training Team

  • # 14 Men 15-17 50 Back 31.92L’
  • # 38 Men 15-17 50 Fly 30.73L’
  • # 68 Men 15-17 50 Breast 35.34L’
  • # 74 Men 15-17 100 Free 58.19L’
  • # 96 Men 15-17 50 Free 26.47L’
  • # 102 Men 15-17 100 Breast 1:19.55L’

“This will be the first Carifta for Dejan. Dejan has reaped the reward for his longevity in the sport. By staying involved in swimming, he has reached his goal of finally making the CARIFTA team.

Sophie Froud (17) – Sharks Swim Club/ BASA Training Team

  • # 13 Women 15-17 50 Back 34.23L’
  • # 31 Women 15-17 200 Free 2:20.45L’
  • # 43 Women 15-17 100 Back 1:14.65L’
  • # 89 Women 15-17 400 Free 4:57.87L’ 11
  • # 95 Women 15-17 50 Free 29.87L’
  • # 107 Women 15-17 200 Back 2:38.71L’

“This will be the first time that Sophie competes at Carifta. Sophie has strong ability in the freestyle and backstroke events.

Philip Hagen (16) – Sharks Swim Club/ BASA Training Team

  • # 14 Men 15-17 50 Back 32.32L’
  • # 20 Men 15-17 100 Fly 1:07.52L
  • # 32 Men 15-17 200 Free 2:07.00L’
  • # 50 Men 15-17 400 IM 5:25.93L’
  • # 62 Men 15-17 200 IM 2:28.35L’
  • # 68 Men 15-17 50 Breast 35.33L
  • # 74 Men 15-17 100 Free 57.94L
  • # 90 Men 15-17 400 Free 4:31.05L
  • # 102 Men 15-17 100 Breast 1:17.85L

“This will be the second time that Philip “Cheesy” Hagen competes at Carifta. Last season he made huge improvements to make the times to compete at Carifta. He then lowered all his times at Carifta to qualify for CISC.

“He hopes that his first try in the 15-17 age group will see him lower all his times again and qualify him for this summer’s CCCAN in Costa Rica.

Shannon Botelho (14) – Shark Swim Club/ BASA Training Team

  • # 12 Men 13-14 50 Back 33.31L’
  • # 36 Men 13-14 50 Fly 30.81L’
  • # 42 Men 13-14 100 Back 1:13.12L’
  • # 66 Men 13-14 50 Breast 39.46L’
  • # 72 Men 13-14 100 Free 1:01.37L’
  • # 100 Men 13-14 100 Breast 1:51.81L’
  • # 106 Men 13-14 200 Back 2:36.36L’

“This will be Shannon’s second time at Carifta. He missed last year as he recovered from a shoulder injury but has been swimming very well this season and is hoping for good results at this year’s meet. Shannon is capable in all 4 strokes and will be looking

Alex McCallum (14) – Harbour Club/ BASA Training Team

  • # 18 Men 13-14 100 Fly
  • # 30 Men 13-14 200 Free 2:19.41L’
  • # 60 Men 13-14 200 IM 2:39.88L’
  • # 94 Men 13-14 50 Free 27.89L’

“This will be the first Carifta for Alex. With a renewed enthusiasm and effort in training this season, Alex has been selected for his first CARIFTA team. He is a gifted sprinter with a natural feel for the water.

Vanessa Esposito (14) – Harbour Club/ BASA Training Team

  • # 1A Women 13-14 800 Free 10:09.58L’
  • # 5 Women 13-14 200 Breast 3:02.47L
  • # 29 Women 13-14 200 Free 2:18.70L
  • # 35 Women 13-14 50 Fly 33.39L
  • # 59 Women 13-14 200 IM 2:45.00L’
  • # 65 Women 13-14 50 Breast 45.83L
  • # 71 Women 13-14 100 Free 1:04.17L’
  • # 87 Women 13-14 400 Free 4:54.51L’
  • # 93 Women 13-14 50 Free 30.15L
  • # 99 Women 13-14 100 Breast 1:29.41L’

“This will be the second Carifta for Vanessa. She continues to progress in the sport of swimming as a result of her ongoing commitment.

Shannon Hassell (13) – Shark Swim Club/ BASA Training Team

  • # 1A Women 13-14 800 Free 10:26.72L’
  • # 11 Women 13-14 50 Back 33.60L
  • # 29 Women 13-14 200 Free 2:18.12L
  • # 41 Women 13-14 100 Back 1:10.90L’
  • # 71 Women 13-14 100 Free 1:04.61L’
  • # 87 Women 13-14 400 Free 5:04.64L’
  • # 105 Women 13-14 200 Back 2:39.76L

“This will be the third time that Shannon competes at Carifta. She has moved into the 13/14 age group this season but will be looking to replicate what she did in the 11/12 age group last year.

“Shannon won a gold, silver and bronze medal at last year’s Carifta helping us to have one of our most successful meets ever. She has shown great promise in the backstroke events but will also be showing her worth in freestyle this season.

Jesse Washington (13) – Shark Swim Club/ BASA Training Team

  • # 12 Men 13-14 50 Back 30.78L
  • # 18 Men 13-14 100 Fly 1:03.78L
  • # 30 Men 13-14 200 Free 2:04.71L’
  • # 36 Men 13-14 50 Fly 27.86L
  • # 42 Men 13-14 100 Back 1:09.99L
  • # 72 Men 13-14 100 Free 56.36L
  • # 88 Men 13-14 400 Free 4:28.80L
  • # 94 Men 13-14 50 Free 25.53L

“Jesse Washington will be competing in his third Carifta Swimming Championships. Last year Jesse was able to capture the 11&12 age group Champion trophy with his spectacular 5 gold and 1 silver medal haul.

“This year he moves up to the 13 and 14 age group and is hoping to continue his success. He has the potential to have another great meet.

Madelyn Moore (12) – Shark Swim Club/ BASA Training Team

  • # 9 Women 11-12 50 Back 33.59L’
  • # 27 Women 11-12 200 Free 2:22.15L’
  • # 39 Women 11-12 100 Back 1:13.48L’
  • # 69 Women 11-12 100 Free 1:03.20L’
  • # 91 Women 11-12 50 Free 28.95L
  • # 103 Women 11-12 200 Back 2:39.29L’

“Last year was her first Carifta and she was one of the youngest swimmers at the meet. This year she has already taken several records and is looking to be one of our contenders at the meet.

“In both the backstroke and freestyle events she is looking very strong and should do well. She will also be a part of our 11 and 12 relay team.

Megan Lau (12 – Dolphins Club/BASA Training Team

  • # 3 Women 11-12 200 Breast 3:20.30L’
  • # 45 Women 11-12 400 IM 6:24.36L’
  • # 63 Women 11-12 50 Breast 41.37L’
  • # 97 Women 11-12 100 Breast 1:34.49L’

“This will be the first Carifta for Megan. She enjoys swimming all the strokes but has focused her training in the technical breast stroke in recent months. She also enjoys long distance and open water swims. She is looking forward to rising up to the competitions at Carifta.

Josh Irvine (13) competing 11-12 – Dolphins Swim Club/BASA Training Team

  • # 16 Men 11-12 100 Fly 1:18.41L’
  • # 34 Men 11-12 50 Fly 35.02L’
  • # 40 Men 11-12 100 Back 1:25.54L’
  • # 76 Men 11-12 200 Fly 2:58.46L’

“This will be the first Carifta attendance for Josh. Josh is one of the initial Dolphin Swim Team swimmers to train with the BASA Training Team and has enjoyed the opportunity to train with a variety of swimmers. With a focus on the butterfly, Josh is looking forward to his first Carifta experience with his Bermuda teammates.

Evan Farrow (12) – Dolphins Swim Club/BASA Training Team

  • # 10 Men 11-12 50 Back 39.99L’ 6
  • # 28 Men 11-12 200 Free 2:29.54L’
  • # 70 Men 11-12 100 Free 1:07.50L
  • # 86 Men 11-12 400 Free 5:15.05L’
  • # 104 Men 11-12 200 Back 3:12.26L’

“This will be the first Carifta for Evan. Evan is a good all round swimmer but excels at the longer distances. He has been age group champion for a number of Bermuda’s swim meets over the last couple of years. He looks forward to representing Bermuda with his teammates at CARIFTA.

Ethan Daley (11) – Sharks Swim Club/BASA Training Team

  • # 4 Men 11-12 200 Breast 3:28.80L’
  • # 34 Men 11-12 50 Fly 37.17L’
  • # 58 Men 11-12 200 IM 2:59.69L’
  • # 64 Men 11-12 50 Breast 46.18L’
  • # 92 Men 11-12 50 Free 31.67L’
  • # 98 Men 11-12 100 Breast 1:34.50L’

“This will be the first time that Ethan attends Carifta. He was training very hard in Bermuda last season and showed promise to make this year’s team. He is now training in Canada and has continued to show improvement. Ethan is strong in all 4 strokes and will benefit greatly from his first Carifta experience at such a young age.

Alex Pilgrim (11) – Harbour Swim Club/BASA Training Team

  • # 10 Men 11-12 50 Back 36.74L’
  • # 16 Men 11-12 100 Fly 1:30.83L’
  • # 28 Men 11-12 200 Free 2:27.82L’
  • # 40 Men 11-12 100 Back 1:21.99L’
  • # 58 Men 11-12 200 IM 2:52.73L’
  • # 70 Men 11-12 100 Free 1:08.07L’
  • # 86 Men 11-12 400 Free 5:26.10L’
  • # 104 Men 11-12 200 Back 2:51.54L’

“This will be the first Carifta for Alex. Alex has continued to improve in swimming which, in turn, has given him a higher level of confidence and faster times in all of his events.

Emma Harvey (11) – Harbour Swim Club/BASA Training Team

  • # 15 Women 11-12 100 Fly 1:16.00L’
  • # 33 Women 11-12 50 Fly 32.36L
  • # 39 Women 11-12 100 Back 1:17.09L’ 3
  • # 45 Women 11-12 400 IM 5:53.07L’
  • # 57 Women 11-12 200 IM 2:43.98L’
  • # 63 Women 11-12 50 Breast 41.76L’
  • # 97 Women 11-12 100 Breast 1:34.27L
  • # 103 Women 11-12 200 Back 2:45.05L’

“This will be the first Carifta for Emma has firmly established herself as an up and coming swimmer. She is proficient in all four strokes and naturally excels at the individual medley.

Ashley Irby (11) – Harbour Swim Club/BASA Training Team

  • # 3 Women 11-12 200 Breast 3:26.68L’
  • # 27 Women 11-12 200 Free 2:29.06L’
  • # 33 Women 11-12 50 Fly 34.99L’
  • # 69 Women 11-12 100 Free 1:06.63L
  • # 85 Women 11-12 400 Free 5:15.84L’
  • # 91 Women 11-12 50 Free 30.79L’

“This will be the first Carifta for Ashley. Ashley is another young swimmer to watch. Her determination and speed in the freestyle events is exceptional.

Alyssa Paynter (11) – Harbour Swim Club/BASA Training Team

  • # 57 Women 11-12 200 IM 3:06.00L’
  • # 85 Women 11-12 400 Free 5:31.53L’

“This will be the first Carifta for Alyssa has been a faithful club member for several years. Her dedication to swimming has culminated in her qualifying for the CARIFTA team.”

Accompanying the team will be National Coaches Ben Smith and Richard Goodwin, team manager Diane Moore, athletic trainer and massage therapist Dominique Nannette along with team photographer and chaperone Doug Patterson.

Coach Ben Smith is “hopeful that we can surpass our strong result from last year that saw a record medal haul. We have added some very strong young talent to the team this year and we hope to get some great results from these inexperienced Carifta competitors.”

Coach Richard Goodwin. “I am very much looking forward to this year’s CARIFTA. I have every expectation of some exciting competition and some great performances by our team.”

BASA President Tim Petty is “very pleased with the growth in the team size and in the ability to perform even with the challenges that we have had this season with the pool closure. Good luck to all these great youngsters, do Bermuda proud.”

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  1. Winnie Dread says:

    Congrats to all who made the team, good luck to you all.

  2. OMG says:

    Sophie Froud participated in a previous CARIFTA in 2011.