Day one of the CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association) got underway yesterday February 17 in Athens Georgia at the University of Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium. The CARIFTA region was again represented at this Conference Championships. The outstanding performer on the opening day was Florida Gulf Coast senior Barbadian Lani Cabrera. She along with team mates Elise Haan 1:47.67, Linda Shaw 1:48.67, Barbara Caraballo1:48.48 combined to win the 800 yard freestyle relay Gold medal .Cabrera swam the anchor in a time of 1:49.01.The total time for the team was 7:13.83. That performance broke the Eagles school record of 7:16.90 that the team (which included Cabrera) had set when they won the conference title last year. It also broke the conference record set by Davidson at the 2014 Championships. The margin of victory by the Eagles was more than 6 seconds.
In the men’s competition the Howard team with Bahamian Farion Cooper and Jamaican Nicholas Haughton moved to 4th all-time in Bison history when they finished 7th in 7:09.35. That team of Jared Miller 1:42.83, Cooper 1:49.95, Jonathan Hill 1:49.90 and Haughton anchor 1:46.77 lowered their season best time by more than 10 seconds. Haughton also improved on his season best relay time of 1:49.26.
In exhibition swims the Eagles 200 yard medley relay B team finished with a time of 1:39.96. Swimming the breaststroke leg was Suriname’s Evita Leter who clocked 27.66. Her Trinidad and Tobago Kristin Julien anchored the C team to a total time of 1:43.79 with her freestyle leg of 22.93.
In the men’s relay the Bison B team with Farion Cooper doing the backstroke 25.50 helped the B team to a time of 1:43.50.