Trinidad and Tobago’s Emiro Goossen started his senior year at the University of Florida with a personal best swim at the All Florida Invite at Nova Southeastern University. The meet which ran from Friday Sep 23 to Sunday Sep 25 saw Emiro setting a new personal standard in the 400 yard individual medley.
His personal best before the start of competition was 4:32.03 .he had posted that time in 2011. At the invite Goossen lowered it considerably to place 4th in the B final in a time of 4:19.74.
Emiro, who is a top freestyle sprinter with personal best times in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle 44.06 and 1:36.81, swam longer freestyle races as well. He competed in the 1650 yard freestyle where he finished 11th in 17:05.36.In the 500 yard freestyle he finished 22nd in 4:53.27.
In 2012 while Emiro was a student at the Bolles School in Jacksonville Florida he would team with future Olympians Ryan Murphy (United states 2016), Joseph Schooling (Singapore 2016) and Santo Condorelli (Canada 2016) to set the fastest time ever done by high school team in the 200 yard freestyle relay of 1:19.27.
Suriname’s Olympian Evita Leter started off her 2016-2017 collegiate season with a win at the All Florida Invite which was held from Friday Sep 23 to Sunday 25 at Nova Southeastern University.
Evita’s win came in the 100 yard breaststroke for her school Florida Gulf Coast University. Competing in the A final she grabbed the initiative with a 30.38 split. The field could not overcome her early advantage and she went on to win 1:05.16.
The Eagles senior would get other podium positions in relay action. Her 400 yard medley relay A team of Barbara Caraballo (backstroke), Fanny Teijonsalo (butterfly) and Katie Latham (freestyle) stopped the clock in a total time of 3:54.28 for 3rd place. Leter’s breaststroke split was 1:05.76. In the shorter 200 yard medley relay Evita posted the fastest breaststroke split of 29.07 to have her Eagles in the lead. However they would be over taken by the University of Florida team that won in 1:43.36. Her teammates Fanny Teijonsalo (backstroke 26.09) Yee Wong (butterfly 25.34) and Katie Latham (freestyle 23.25) helped to finish runner up in a time of 1:43.75.
In the 200 yard freestyle relay she started the relay in 24.58 to help the B team to 6th place in a total time of 1:37.87.In the individual 50 yard freestyle Evita was 3rd in the B final in 24.86 .She had posted 24.76 in the heats.
The 100 yard freestyle saw her placing 22nd in 54.10. She was 20th in the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:36.84.
At the Rio 2016 Olympics Leter competed in the 100 metre breaststroke where she placed 37th in a time of 1:14.96.
Bahamian swimmer Keith Lloyd was among the first swimmers in a competitive meet in the US collegiate system. His Delta State University challenged the University of Alabama in Alabama on Friday September 9.
In the 400 yard medley relay his Statesmen B team was the 6th fastest on the day with a time of 3:38.87. The 6ft Junior was 7th in the 100 yard backstroke in 58.10.In the 100 yard butterfly he was 12th fastest in a time of 55.68. In the 400 yard freestyle his A team had won with a time 3:10.94. Alabama won the contest 211 to 83.
Over the summer he combined with his Barracudas teammates to set a new national record of 1:34.77 in the 200 metre freestyle relay at the 2016 RBC Nationals Championships.
Margaret Higgs of The Bahamas raised the profile of the CARIFTA region in age group swimming when she made the final of the 200 metre breaststroke event at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii on Saturday August 27.She was the only swimmer from the region to qualify for a Championship final at the 2016 edition of the age group meet which featured top swimmers from aquatic powerhouses The United States of America, Japan and Australia.
Coming into this competition Margaret already had a stellar season in the event as she won the 15-17 CARIFTA title in Martinique in Championship record and personal best of 2:35.33. Later in her home country she added the CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships) title, which she won in a time of 2:36.83, yet another Championship record. Based on her impressive CARIFTA record in the event, her feat should come as no surprise. Except when she made her debut at CARIFTA in 2011 when she won a Bronze medal Margaret has never lost.
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Younger sister Lilly also earned a second swim in the 200 metre breaststroke. Lilly who won the Silver medals in the 200 metre breaststroke at both CARIFTA and CISC in the 15-17 category posted 2:40.91 to place 16th overall in the morning heats. In the final she split 1:16.96 and 1:21.95 for a final time of 2:38.91, two seconds faster than in the morning.
Margaret placed 30th in the 200 metre individual medley in a time of 2:26.33 (split time 1:11.44). Lilly was 18th in 2:24.35 (split time 1:09.27).
The final day of action of the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming championships in Hawaii saw the entire male contingent from The Bahamas in action in the 50 metre freestyle. It would be Gershwin Greene and Jared Fitzgerald who would make it to the final in the event.
Greene entered the meet with a 23.71 which he registered at the RBC national championships when he won Bronze in the 15 and over category. He equalled that time of 23.71 to place 13th overall and earn a second swim. In the B final he went faster to clock 23.68 to finish 7th overall. He had the following thoughts about the competition
“Overall I have been learning from the top swimmers in the World. This is my first meet outside of the Caribbean regional meets and some the United States (mainland) meets I .It is really motivating me to learn from them and be the best I can be.”
Fitzgerald who recently committed to the University of Indiana (https://swimswam.com/bahamas-national-teamer-jared-fitzgerald-commits-indiana-2017) and is the reigning 15-17 CARIFTA champion continued his quest for his first sub 24 seconds performance. After taking the CARIFTA title in Martinique in 24.00, he would log 24.06 for 4th at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships CISC. In the heats he would post 24.02. The B final saw him placing 8th in 24.05.
Izaak Bastian who is the 2016 13-14 boys CARIFTA champion in the event equalled his Gold medal winning time and personal best time of 24.25 to place 24th .
The 15-17 Silver medallist N’nhyn Fernander was 25th in 24.27.
Bastian would just miss a second swim in the 200 metre breaststroke when he placed 17th in 2:26.08 (split time 1:09.59).
The quartet would combine their efforts for 7th in the 400 metre medley relay. The splits for each leg were Greene backstroke 1:05.17, Bastian breaststroke 1:06.82, Fernander butterfly 55.89 and Fitzgerald freestyle 52.49 for a total time of 4:00.17. The day before in the 400 metre freestyle relay they were also 7th. In relay order the splits were Fitzgerald 52.19, Fernander 52.64, Bastian 54.79 and Greene 53.44 for a final time of 3:33.06.
Top Bermudan age group swimmers Jesse Washington and Madelyn Moore completed their participation at the 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii on Saturday August 27.
Competing in the 50 metre freestyle Washington ended his season with a time of 24.32. That performance was just off his season and personal best of 24.19 done at the Caribbean Island Swimming championships in July when he placed 5th in the 15-17 boys final. A day earlier he raced in the heats of the 100 metre butterfly where he stopped the clock in a time of 59.57 (split time 27.64) for 28th overall. Jesse said of the overall meet
“The Pan Pacifics have been great”
Madelyn Moore has dominated the 15-17 girls age group regionally in the 50 metre freestyle event. This is evidenced by her winning both the CARIFTA and CISC titles for the 2016-2017 season. In Hawaii she finished 18th in time of 27.08. Earlier in the meet she was 24th in the 200 metre backstroke in a time of 2:37.58 (split time 1:14.01). Madelyn had the following thoughts about the competition
“Junior Pan Pacs has been a great experience .I have been racing a lot faster swimmers but it has been fun”
The third day of swimming action of the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming championships on Friday August 26 saw N’nhyn Fernander earning a second swim in the 100 metre butterfly.
Fernander who is the reigning CARIFTA 15-17 100 metre butterfly champion with a Gold medal winning time of 56.36 qualified for the B final of the event in Hawaii with a new personal best time .N’nhyn had splits of 26.25 and 29.78 for a total time of 56.03 for 15th place. He lowered his personal standard of 56.27 set at the Bahamian Nationals in June. In the B final he clocked the 3rd fastest time of his career when he placed 7th in a time of 56.31. His splits this time were 26.06 and 30.25. Fernander had the following thoughts on the competition.
Overall the meet has been really great. It is good to socialize and get out and experience new things and experience a new place and a different time zone. Being a swim meet like this it allows you to realize that soon it may be possible to achieve greater things. These kids are really fast so it gives you great competition and push. This swim meet I have dropped a bit of time and I am really happy with that .I am really happy that I got to race before I go to Ohio State to train. Although we got to socialize and go to the pool every day and be in a new place, itis always good to be with people you want to be close with for the rest of your life and hang out with people that really matter to you and basically be a team and that’s what Team Bahamas is all about.
Teammate Izaak Bastian set yet another age group record this season when he placed 28th in a time of 59.13. That broke the nearly 2 decades old standard of 59.23 by Olympian Nicholas Rees set at the CCCAN Championships on July 5, 1997. Rees attended Ohio State University from 2000 to2003 .With that record performance Bastian now holds national marks in the 13-14 age group in the 50 metre freestyle, 50 ,100 and 200 metre breaststroke and 50 metre butterfly.