Joanna Evans continued to shine at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) on Wednesday, November 19, winning more hardware for her collection.
Evans was able to reel her second silver medal in the 800 meter freestyle. She finished closely behind Andreina Pinto, who set a new CACâ games record with a time of 8:39.49.
Evansâ time was 8:39.61.
With that time Evans bested the national record, 8:39.75, she set at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in the 800 meter freestyle.
As indicated by the times of Pinto and Evans, the race was an awfully close one with .12 tenths of a second separating the two swimmers, leaving spectators wondering who had won the contest.
Vice President of The Bahamas Swimming Federation John Bradley noted that Evans has grown so much over the year in her previous competitions.
" Joanna has improved so much in just this year, it's tremendous. She went to the Youth Olympics, she went to Commonwealth and now she is at the CAC Games where she has done tremendously well in all her events.
" This is her last year in high school and some people don't realize that. She's focused and if she keeps doing what she's doing now, she's going to go a long way," he expressed.
He praised 14-year-old Albury (Margaret) Higgs out of Abaco. She made the finals in all her events, the womensâ s 200 meter individual medley, the 100 meters breaststroke, the 200 meter breaststroke and the 400 meter individual medley.
Higgs set two personal bests in two of her four races at the games.
She set a personal best of 2:38.67 in the 200 meter breast stroke with a 4th place finish and a personal best of 5:09.14 in the 400 meter individual medley with a 5th place finish.
" Overall I think the team is doing extremely well. It's a high level meet and as a country I think we're doing well.
He also noted that Evans, along with Elvis (Verance) Burrows, Ariel Weech and Arianna Vanderpool Wallace, will be getting ready to compete in the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar in December.
Published Friday, November 21, 2014