The Bahamas age group standout Lilly Higgs turned in a number of strong performances to help William A Hough high school capture the North Carolina 4A State Championships. The meet which was held from February 9-10 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary North Carolina saw the Higgs medalling in all of the 4 events that she contested. She left the 2017 Championships with a Silver and 3 Bronze medals
Lilly would win her Silver in the 100 yard breaststroke in the 100 yard breaststroke. In the championship final she would have the advantage at the first 50 yards as she had the only sub 29.50 split, registering a time of 29.48.At the final wall the Huskies junior would be just out touched by Middle Creek senior Julia Poole, 1:01.98 to 1:02.19.For Lilly that swim marked her best performance at the Championships . In 2015 she was 2nd in the B final in a time of 1:05.83 and last she won the Bronze in 1:03.24.
In the final of the 200 yard freestyle relay Higgs lead off the team with a new personal best of 24.25. The efforts of teammates Madelyn Brotherton 24.37, Hannah Hermanson 24.71and Heidi Lowe 23.48 contributed to the total team time of 1:36.81 which earned the Bronze medal.
In the 200 yard individual medley Higgs was the youngest medallist as Gold and Silver were won by seniors Poole and Kate Moore (Green Hope) in 1:58.96 and 2:00.71 respectively .Lilly stopped the clock in a time of 2:02.61 for the Bronze.
The final of the 200 yard medley relay saw the Huskies team of Kensley Merrit (backstroke) 26.35, Higgs (breaststroke) 28.68, Katelyn Qualls butterfly (26.09) and Marissa Lassell (freestyle) 23.61capturing the Bronze medal in a time of 1:44.73.
Lilly, who is the reigning CARIFTA Champion in the 15-17 50 and 100 metre breaststroke had the following thoughts about the Championships.
“At high school state meet I thought my swims went really well considering I wasn’t shaved, tapered, or in a new suit. For both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke I was within less than a second of my best times, so I’m looking forward to hopefully dropping time at my end of season meet. The state meet itself is very exciting and full of energy which helped me get ready for my races. Everyone cheers and gets each other pumped up for their races and all the positive energy was what enabled my team to bring home the state championship for the second year in a row!”
The Huskies won the Championships tallying 270 points. Lilly will be one of the standouts The Bahamas will be looking to score heavily for the nation as they host CARIFTA Championships from April 14-19 this year.