FERNANDER FLIES TO PERSONAL BEST ON DAY 3 OF JUNIOR PAN PACIFICS, BASTIAN SETS AGE GROUP RECORD

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N’Nhyn Fernander Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

 

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.

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N’nhyn Fernander Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

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.

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Izaak Bastian Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

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.

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