Docksider Open Highlights Harbour Swimmers

June 26, 2018

The conclusion of the Bermuda swim season was hosted by Docksiders on Friday night [June 22] at the National Sports Center, making for “an exciting finish to the season, with Harbour dominating proceedings throughout the night.”

A spokesperson said, “The biggest achievement of the season and the night was made when Arabella Newport-Derbyshire broke four National Age Group Records in all four of her events. She started the evening breaking her own record of 43.67 in the 50M Backstroke in a time of 42.72.

“Following that she broke her own record of 1:34.99 in the 100M Backstroke in a time of 1:32.32 and then went on to break the 50M Freestyle record of 38.95 previously held by Marleigh Howes in a time of 38.02. She concluded the evening swimming the 200M IM, where she smashed the record of 3:32.32 previously held by Emma Harvey in a time of 3:27.97.

“Newport-Derbyshire’s times brought her an invitation to the new Harbour Gold Squad which commences in September 2018. Her teammate, Caitlin Coleman, who swim to a personal best in the 100 Freestyle, eclipsed her previous time by over two seconds and also received an invitation to the Gold Squad.

“The evening was a success for Harbour swimmers across many fronts. The club as a whole brought 136 personal bests and some exciting race finishes. Pippa Charleson swam to a big personal best in the girls 11 to 12 50M Butterfly in a time of 31.66. In the boys 13 and over 100M Freestyle Brett Smith swam to a personal best in a time of 55.75, winning the event.

“The final event of the night continued with more excitement in the Boys 13 and over 50M Freestyle where Brett Smith touched out Evan Farrow to win the race in a time of 25.52. The times swum by those swimmers as well as other Harbour members attending CCCAN in Aruba at the end of the week is a great indication of where their meet preparation currently stands.”

Harbour Head Coach Shona Palmer said, “The swimmers have worked really hard through the season. Their efforts and dedication were evident in the results achieved at the last meet of the season. I’m so proud of all of the personal accomplishments made by each swimmer this season and look forward to what the 2018-2019 season brings to the Club.”

President of Harbour Swim Club Steve Castree said, “This finish to the season is the result of an incredible five year development plan for Harbour. The batch of young swimmers coming through is a direct result of the increase in focus on development, which has been in place for several years.

“The investment of time is rendering amazing results and the creation of the Gold Squad as well as an additional senior squad results in Harbour offering the deepest swim program on the Island as additional coaching staff join the team. Allowing more children to access this sport is important in developing their life long skills.

“At Harbour the athlete’s personal development and their athletic development go hand in hand.”

“Harbour looks forward to many more years of a successful partnership with Docksider for these events.”

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