Arianna adds another CAC gold medal for Bahamas

by: Shayne Stubbs

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace is on pace for a huge gold sweep in the Central American and Caribbean Games, taking place in Veracruz, Mexico.

Last evening, Wallace secured her second gold medal for the games in the women's 100 meter freestyle while setting another CAC record with a time of 54.87, besting the former record set by Vanessa Garcia of Puerto Rico (55.00). Ariel Weech took part in the same race but placed seventh.

Wallace captured her first gold medal for the games when she won the 50 meters butterfly on Sunday while setting a new record with a time of 24.46.

Her growth is well documented. In 2006 she, Nikia Deveaux, Ariel Weech and Alana Dillette secured the CAC bronze in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay.

She began to find invidual success in the 2010 CAC games securing two silver medals in the 50 meters freestyle and the 100 meters freestyle. She also reeled in two gold medals in the 50 meters butterfly and the 100 meters butterfly. She added two more medals when the Bahamas female relay team took bronze in the 400 meter medley relay and the 800 meter freestyle relay.

Elvis Burrows competed later in the evening, placing sixth in the 50 meter butterfly with a time of 24.80.

Margaret Higgs missed out on securing the bronze in the women's 200m breaststroke, placing fourth with a time of 2:38.67. She finished behind Mercedes Toldedo of Venezuela.

Wallace and Higgs were to compete again later in the evening but their races were not started by press time. Wallace was entered in the women's 100 meter butterfly and Higgs in the women's 400 meter individual medley.



Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014 


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