Suriname’s Raiz Tjon A Joe qualified for his second Championship final in the yard breaststroke in Atlanta Georgia when he stroked his way to a new season and personal best of 54.45.His split time was 25.25 on his way to qualifying third fastest for the final .His previous season best was 54.64 done at the Florida 1A State Championships. In the final the 18 year old Azura Florida Aquatics standout finished 8th in 55.59.His time done in the morning would have placed him 4th. Raiz had won the 100 metre breaststroke Silver medal in the 15-17 age group at the 2015 CARIFTA championships in 1:07.71
The second CARIFTA region swimmer who advanced to a championship final was SwimMac Carolina’s Bahamian swimmer Albury Higgs. She blasted her season best of 1:06.24 as well as her personal best of 1:03.17 to clock a new standard of 1:02.24.Her split time was 29.52 .She had been the 9th fastest swimmer overall but with the scratch by Alex Walsh of Nashville aquatics she advanced to the final .In the final she placed 8th with a 1:02.49.Higgs won the 100 metre breaststroke Gold medal in the 15-17 age group at CARIFTA in Barbados earlier this year in 1:15.18. She also competed in the same event at the World Junior Championships in Singapore where she clocked 1:13.02.
Team mate and sister Lilly won the B final of the 100 yard breaststroke .she came from behind for the win. Trailing the field in the 5th place at the halfway way mark with her split of 29.46 she came back to win in 1:01.94. Higgs won the 13-14 100 metre breaststroke at this year’s CARIFTA in 1:14.35.At the World Junior Championships she posted a time of 1:13.00.
Countryman Izaak Bastian of Saint Andrews clocked his 3rd fastest ever 100 yard breaststroke of 57.36 to finish 53rd .His 50 yard split was 26.75. Bastian won the 13-14 100 metre breaststroke at CARIFTA in 1:08.27.
Another Bahamian Jared Fitzgerald of Peddie was 105th in 1:00.49 .His split time was 28.97.Jared was 7th at this year’s CARIFTA in 15-17 100 metre breaststroke in 1:11.11.
Albury Higgs competing in the 400 yard Individual medley finished 25th in 4:22.94. The 16 year old beat her season best of 4:34.89 as well as her personal best of 4:29.89.She won the CARIFTA Silver medal in the 15-17 age group in the 400 metre individual medley in 5:07.81. At the World Junior Championships she stroked her way to 5:04.13.
Aruban Patrick Groters who is representing Pine Crest Swimming was 27th in male equivalent in 3:58.74.He was the CARIFTA 15-17 Silver medallist in the 400 metre individual medley in 4:40.16.At the World Junior Championships he was timed in 4:43.26 for the same event.
In 100 yard backstroke Groters recorded a big time drop. Heading into these Championships he had a 100 yard backstroke season best of 55.03 and a personal best of 54.35 .He crushed those standards to record 51.05 for 66th . His 50 yard split was 24.87.At the 2015 CARIFTA championships he won Bronze in the 15-17 100 metre backstroke in 1:00.63. In Singapore at the World Junior Championships he registered a time of 59.88.
In the 200 yard freestyle Raiz clocked the 3rd fastest relay split of the competition of 19.96 on his 2nd leg to help Azura to 15th overall in 1:24.40.
Bahamian Gershwin Greene’s second leg of 20.55 helped Baylor to 16th overall in 1:24.42.
Groters 2nd leg for Pine Crest was timed at 20.65 .Pine Crest finished 21st in1:24.91.
Bastian produced a 21.16 second leg effort for Saint Andrews .Jamaican teammate Jesse Marsh split his 3rd leg at 22.25. Saint Andrews finished 23rd overall in 1:25.04.
Fitzgerald had an opening time of 21.71 to help Peddie to 30th overall in a total time of 1:26.24.