Swimming team going beyond expectations

by: Andrew Coakley, Sports Editor

Albury Higgs and Joanna Evans are leading the way for the Bahamian National swimming team at this year’s swimming Carifta in Aruba.

It was day three of the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Savaneta, Aruba and Albury and Evans helped to keep The Bahamas in the medal hunt, picking up a series of individual medals.

In the Girls 13-14 200M IM Albury Higgs picked up gold, finishing in first place with a time of 2:28.48, beating her time in the preliminaries.

The Bahamas also picked up a bronze medal in the event, from Lilly Higgs, who finished third with a time of 2:34.29.

Albury Higgs picked up another gold in the Girls 13-14 50M Breast stroke, with a time of 34.92.  Victoria Russell picked up the silver medal with a time of 35.18.

In the girls 13-14 200M Butterfly, Albury Higgs collected a silver medal with a finishing time of 2:28.05.

In the Girls 15-17 200M IM, The Bahamas collected a gold and silver medal, helping to increase the number of medals for the country.  Joanna Evans finished first with a time of 2:25.61 for the gold and Laura Morley took second place with a time of 2:25.98.

Joanna Evans collected another gold this time in the Girls 15-17 100M Freestyle, with a time of 58.51.

There were other swimmers who came up big at this year’s Meet, giving The Bahamas a well-rounded team.

In the Girls 11-12 50M Breaststroke, Cecily Bowe took third place with a time of 37.09. Bowe improved on her time from the prelims, where she had finished with a time of 38.26.

In the Boys 11-12 50M Breastroke, finals The Bahamas finished second and fourth. Izaak Bastian received a silver medal in the event with a time of 33.12. Although he did not get a medal, T’Lez Foulkes finished with a time of 34.64 for fourth place.

In the girls 15-17 50M Breast stroke finals, Laura Morley took gold with a stunning time of 33.90, way ahead of Grenada’s Oreoluwa Cherebin who was second with a time of 35.00.

In the Boys 15-17 50M Breast stroke, The Bahamas finished first as Dustin Tynes finished out front with a time of 29.08. Alexander Encinar of The Bahamas was fourth, with a time of 30.58.

In the Boys 11-12 100M Freestyle, The Bahamas had to settle for third and fourth, as Martinique took the top two spots. Samuel Gibson was third with a time of 1:00.74 and T’Lez Foulkes was fourth with a time of 1:01.24.

The Bahamas had taken a good place on the medal board after day one of the Meet, picking up 14 quick medals after the first day of competition.

The swimmers who were expected to have big time performers have come through for the team so far, swimming with confidence. This year’s team is making up for last year’s team that did not perform as well as they had expected.

In fact, thus far, this year’s team is doing way more than had been expected of them.

Coaches are expecting The Bahamas to return home this weekend with a “truck load” of medals.

Published  Friday, April 25, 2014

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