Margaret Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming


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.


Margaret Higgs about to start race in Hawaii Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

Higgs, who is now a freshman at the University of South Carolina ( touched the wall in 2:36.20 (split times 1:14.78 and 1:21.42) to be 8th among all swimmers in the morning. In the Championship final she went out in 1:14.78 and finished in 1:20.92 for a total time of 2:35.60. That performance was the 2nd fastest effort of her career.

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.

Age Host Country & year Medal Time
16 Martinique 2016 Gold 2:35.33
15 Barbados 2015 Gold 2:39.53
14 Aruba 2014 Gold 2:41.04
13 Jamaica 2013 Gold 2:49.32
12  Bahamas 2012 Gold 2:57.61
11 Barbados 2011 Bronze 3:00.40


Margaret and Lilly Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

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).


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