Jesse Washington, Jack Kirby and Lilly Higgs represent for CARIFTA region by making Championship finals at 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

The first day of competition of the Commonwealth Youth Games at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre in the The Bahamas saw three swimmers from the CARIFTA region making it to the prestigious Championship final, Jesse Washington of Bermuda, Jack Kirby of Barbados and Lilly King of The Bahamas. The competition will see young swimmers aged 15 to 18 for the boys and girls 14-17 for the girls in action from Wednesday July 19 to Saturday July 22.

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Jesse Washington Photo courtesy of the Bermuda Sun

Bermuda’s Jesse Washington made the first Championship final for the region when he placed 6th in the 50 metre butterfly .He recorded a personal best and new 17-18 national record time of 25.17. The race was won by Scott McLay of Scotland in 24.53. Silver went to Dylan Koo of Singapore in 24.55 and the Bronze was won by Welsh swimmer Lewis Fraser in 24.66.

Washington has gotten progressively faster throughout the season and is now in sight of the senior national record of 24.77 by Olympian Roy-Allan Burch(2008,2012)

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Bermudian Olympian Roy-Allan Burch and national record holder in the 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of swimbrain.com

Analysis of Washington’s 100 metre butterfly races for the region

Competition Date Venue Time Medal/Position
CARIFTA 2017 April 16 The Bahamas 25.38 6th
CCCAN 2017 June 30 Trinidad and Tobago 25.23 Silver
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 25.17 6th
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Jacky Kirby in action in the backstroke Photo courtesy of Baylor Swimming

In the 100 metre backstroke it was Jack Kirby from Barbados who made the first Championship final . In the heats of the event Kirby set a new 15-17 national record and personal best when he clocked 57.01. That bettered the old mark of 57.91 set by Olympian Nicky Neckles (1996, 2000,2004,) at the 1996 Atlanta Games. In the final he posted 57.26 to place 6th overall.

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Nicky Neckles Photo courtesy of barbadostoday.com

The race was won by Francis Fong of Singapore in 56.42.The Silver went to  Mclay of Scotland 56.53 and the Bronze to Kennard Campbell of Australia in 56.85.

Kirby has being having a great season so far winning Silver at CARIFTA, winning Gold at CCCAN and now making a final at major international competition.

Kirby’s 100 metre backstroke results for the region

Competition Date Venue Time Medal/Position
CARIFTA 2017 April 16 The Bahamas 58.20 Silver
CCCAN 2017 June 30 Trinidad and Tobago 58.12 Gold
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 57.01 heats
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 57.26 6th
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Lilly Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

Also making a major international final was hometown girl Lilly Higgs who completed the CARIFTA Region Championship final trifecta on Day one .Lilly stopped the clock in a new personal best of 2:36.43 to place 6th as well. The winner of the event was England’s Layla Black in a time of 2:31.00. Silver went to Mya Rasmussen of New Zealand in 2:31.49. Bronze was won by South Africa’s Hanim Abrahams with a clocking of 2:32.32.

Higgs has also enjoyed success in the event this season as she won the Silver medal in the event at CARIFTA when her country hosted the event earlier this year.

Competition Date Venue Time Medal/Position
CARIFTA 2017 April 16 The Bahamas 25.38 6th
CCCAN 2017 June 30 Trinidad and Tobago 25.23 Silver
Commonwealth Youth Games July 19 The Bahamas 25.17 6th

Other regional swimmers who finished just outside of the top eight to make a Championship final included

Name Country Event Time Place
Madelyn Moore Bermuda 50 metre butterfly 28.91 9th
Victoria Russell The Bahamas 50 metre butterfly 28.93 10th
Jeron Thompson Trinidad and Tobago 50 metre butterfly 25.69 10th
Danielle Titus Barbados 100 metre backstroke 1:05.70 9th
Peter Morley The Bahamas 100 metre backstroke 1:00.40 10th
Izaak Bastian The Bahamas 200 metre breaststroke 2:22.91 9th
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