2016 CARIBBEAN ISLANDS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 29, 2016 – July 2, 2016
- The Bahamas
- FINA Qualifying Standards
- See live results via Meet Mobile
In April of 2015, SwimMAC’s Roy-Allan Burch of Bermuda ruptured both of his patellas in a dynamic dryland workout.
The injury left his knees unable to bear any weight, forcing him into a wheelchair so that his tendons could re-bind together. The road to recovery had him move from wheelchair to walker, from walker to crutches, from crutches to more load-bearing activities, and from those into this weekend’s Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships.
Yesterday, in an incredible feat of recovery, Burch posted 22.95 in the lead-off leg of the Bermudan mixed 18 and over 200 free relay, coming in .33 under the FINA ‘B’ standard of 23.05. He was only .68 off the FINA ‘A’ standard.
“I’m really pleased to be back under 23 again,” Burch told SwimSwam. “I knew it was only a matter of time, and I was glad I was able to get it done before qualification ends.”
Fellow 2008 Olympian out of the Caribbean Elvis Burrows of the Bahamas tweeted: “Most impressive swim of 2016 goes to @Roy_Burch. Year ago he was in a wheelchair, last night 22.9 to get his Olympic B cut.”
Most impressive swim of 2016 goes to @Roy_Burch. Year ago he was in a wheelchair, last night 22.9 to get his Olympic B cut @swimswamnews
— Sir Elvis V Burrows (@ElvisVB) June 30, 2016
Burch will take on the individual 50 freestyle this Sunday, where his chief competition for the Caribbean title will be Renzo Tjon-a-Joe of Suriname. Tjon-a-Joe comes into the meet with a 22.30.