BAHAMAS BREASTSTROKE STARS LAURA MORLEY, MARGARET AND LILLY HIGGS CONTINUE TO LOWER NATIONAL RECORDS AS RIO OLYMPIC BID BECOMES MORE LIKELY

Laura Morley Silver medallist at Geneva ,Ohio SPEEDO sectionals and new Bahamian record holder
Laura Morley 100 metre breaststroke Silver medallist at Geneva ,Ohio SPEEDO sectionals and new Bahamian record holder at 1:11.83 Photo courtesy of http://iuhoosiers.com/
Margaret Higgs
Margaret Higgs Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque
Lilly Higgs
Lilly Higgs Photo courtesy of carifta2016mque

Over the last year three names have come to dominate the headlines in the breaststroke events for the Bahamas .Those swimmers are Laura Morley (Indiana University) and the Higgs sisters Margaret and Lilly (SwimMac Carolina).

In 2009 on July 27 Alicia Lightbourne (Harvard) set the senior national record for the Bahamas at 1:12.60 at the World Championships held in Rome, Italy. It was not until almost 6 years later on July 17, 2015 that Lilly Higgs lowered the mark to 1:12.32. That record would last until March 4 when older sister Margaret, a South Carolina commit lowered it at the Southern Premeir meet on March 3. Competing in the A final she split 33.94 en route to a new senior national record of 1:12.07.Lilly would threaten that record when she won Gold at the recently concluded CARIFTA swimming Championships with a personal best of 1:12.12 (split time 33.97). The record would fall again but it would be lowered by Laura Morley in her Silver medal performance at the

Over the last year three names have come to dominate the headlines in the breaststroke events for the Bahamas .That trio are Laura Morley (Indiana University) and the Higgs sisters Margaret and Lilly (SwimMac Carolina).

In 2009 on July 27 Alicia Lightbourne (Harvard) set the senior national record for the Bahamas at 1:12.60 at the World Championships held in Rome, Italy. It was not until almost 6 years later on July 17, 2015 that Lilly Higgs lowered the mark to 1:12.32. That record would last until March 4 when older sister Margaret, a South Carolina commit lowered it at the Southern Premeir meet on March 3. Competing in the A final she split 33.94 en route to a new senior national record of 1:12.07.Lilly would threaten that record when she won Gold at the recently concluded CARIFTA swimming Championships with a personal best of 1:12.12 (split time 33.97). The record would fall again but it would be lowered by Laura Morley in her Silver medal performance at the SPEEDO Sectionals in Geneva Ohio on April 2. Morley would take out the race in 34.22 and come back in 37.61 to set a new Bahamas best of 1:11.83.

In the 200 metre breaststroke the Hoosiers freshman had set standard at 2:36.23 in December 2015.At the Southern Premeir Margaret had split the race at 1:14.41 and came home in 1:21.23 to record a new Bahamian record of 2:35.64. She would take that down even further when she put together a race with the splits of 1:13.13 and 1:22.20 to stop the clock in a time of 2:35.33.At the SPEEDO sectional Morley would regain control of the 200 breaststroke when she clocked 2:35.03 (split time 1:14.72). Lilly Higgs, the youngest of the trio is not far behind with her personal best of 2:37.93 recorded in March.

With the Rio 2016 Olympic B qualifying standards for the 100 and 200 metre breaststroke events set at 1:10.22 and 2:32.08 respectively it is not unreasonable to think any one of the trio can better those times and book a ticket to Brazil.

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