Roy Burch couldn’t see his time from the water.
He’d just finished the opening leg of the 200-meter mixed freestyle relay at Wednesday’s Caribbean Championships, but from Burch’s place in the pool, the scoreboard was out of sight.
A teammate leaned down and asked him if he had seen his time.
“She was like, ‘Oh, you went 22.95 (seconds),’” Burch, who trains at SwimMAC Carolinas said Thursday. “I was like, ‘Great. Sounds good.’”
For the first time since a potential career-ending injury in March 2015, Burch swam below the Olympic B qualifying time of 23.05 seconds. The time makes him eligible for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Official selections for the Bermuda national team are July 7-11, but Burch’s time should cement his spot on the team.
There was no grand celebration Wednesday – only satisfaction at a comeback from two torn patellar tendons completed.
“It wasn’t the kind of moment that many people think it may have been,” Burch said. “I was happy and relieved and it was nice that for the work that I’ve done, I’ve made some progress.”