The University of South Carolina’s Albury Higgs of The Bahamas competed in the SEC (Southeastern Championships) in her first year of college making a B final and lowering her personal bests in the 200 yard breaststroke and the 400 yard individual medley.
The meet which took place from Feb 14-18 at the Allan-Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center in Knoxville Tennessee saw the freshman competing in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke and the 400 yard individual medley in her SEC debut.
It would be the 200 yard breaststroke where she would make her greatest impact. Heading to the conference she had a season best time of 2:18.76 (split time 1:05.96) and a personal best time of 2:14.06 (split time 1:03.99). In the heats of the event it was clear that both times would be committed to history as she covered the first 100 yards in a time of 1:03.34. When she touched the final wall Albury would have a new season and personal best time of 2:12.67. That would be good enough to earn her an evening swim in the B final. In that final the first 100 yards was again the indicator of the personal best to come. Higgs went out even faster with a split time of 1:03.23. The question was now how much she would lower her personal standard by. When she hit the pads the time registered was 2:11.49 for 5th place .Another personal best by more than a second.
Her success in the longer breaststroke event is a continuation of her form in 2016 when she was crowned the 15-17 CARIFTA champion in March and the 15-17 CISC Champion in June in the 200 metre breaststroke. Also bettered in both her heats and final swim was the NCAA Division B standard of 2:15.99.
In the 400 yard individual medley Higgs would again better her season best of 4:22.79 and personal best of 4:19.56. Albury would register a time of 4:18.65 to better the NCAA Division I B standard of 4:19.39 for 28th overall. This is yet another event in she reigned supreme in regional age group waters for 2016 .This, as she took the CARIFTA title in the 400 metre individual medley in Martinique and later took the CISC title in The Bahamas in the summer.
The 100 yard breaststroke saw Albury bettering her season best of 1:03.99 when she clocked 1:02.81 (split time 29.19) for 25th overall.
When asked about her first SEC experience by draftingthecaribbean Albury had these thoughts
“It was an amazing experience representing the gamecocks at my first SEC Championships! I was happy to go best times in both my 200 Breaststroke and 400 IM, and had so much fun with my teammates. Mostly I was glad to be able to score some points for the team”.
The Gamecocks finished 9th in the women’s competition with 505,