The 2018 CARIFTA class remains undaunted in their pursuit for excellence in senior aquatics. One swimmer from that Kingston 2018 class is freshman Izaak Bastian of the Bahamas who had a breakout meet at the 2019 Atlantic Coastal Conference Championships for the Florida State Seminoles.
Before coming to University Bastian’s best in the 100 yard breaststroke stood at 54.21. A time which he lowered at November’s Georgia Tech Invitational where he swam 54.16(split time 25.53). In the morning heats of the event at the ACC Championships held from Feb 27 to March 2 at the Greensboro Aquatics Center in Greensboro, North Carolina he crushed that mark by exactly a second to make his first major collegiate Championship final . His split was 24.80.He is the first Seminole to make the ACC Championship final since Jason Coombs in 2016
In the medal race Izaak went out fast in 24.73 and came back in 28.08 to place sixth and earn a new personal best time of 52.81. With that time he now becomes the fastest Bahamian and English speaking Caribbean swimmer of all time in the event .The previous standard was held by Olympian Dustin Tynes (Rio 2016) when he recorded 52.93 (split time 24.78). He set that time at the 2016 Big Ten Championships while competing for Ohio State University.
Tynes along with Christian Selby of Barbados were members of the 2014 Baylor team that hold the American independent high school relay record of 1:27.74.
That swim by Bastian make the second fastest performer in Florida State history behind Coombs who holds the record at 52.11 from the 2015 NCAA Division I Championships. The fastest time from the CARIFTA region is held by Aruban Jordy Groters who recorded 52.70 (split time 25.16) form the heats of the 2016 NCAA Division I Championships.
TOP TIMES FROM THE CARIFTA REGION
|Izaak Bastian||The Bahamas||52.81||2019|
|Raiz Tjon A Joe||Suriname||52.88||2018|
|Dustin Tynes||The Bahamas||52.93||2016|
|Greg Penny||US virgin Islands||54.03||2014|
|Rafael van leeuwaarde||Suriname||54.31||2015|
|Julian Fletcher||US virgin Islands||54.44||2012|
|Adriel Sanes||US virgin Islands||54.46||2019|
He started the competition on the best possible note as the Seminoles won the Bronze and set a school record of 1:23.65 in the 200 yard medley relay. It was the first medal for Florida State in the event since 2014 when the former relay record holders won Silver in 1:24.72. Izaak now joins country woman McKayla Lightbourn as Bahamians holding school records.
|100 yard backstroke||52.39||2014|
|200 yard IM||1:58.11||2014|
|400 yard freestyle relay||3:15.76||2014|
When Florida State placed fourth at the NCAA’s 2014 they finished just ahead of the University of Florida team that had as their lead off leg Trinidad and Tobago’s 2010 Commonwealth Gold 50 metre backstroke medallist Christian Paul Homer who has split 21.88.
|backstroke||Emir Muratovic||21.18||Pavel Sankovich||20.99|
|breaststroke||Izaak Bastian||23.78||Jared Pike||24.14|
|butterfly||Kanoa Kaleoaloha||19.96||David Knight||20.46|
|freestyle||William Pisani||18.71||Paul Murray||18.98|
Izaak would lower his time as well in the 200 yard breaststroke. In the morning heats he earned a second swim with a time of 1:58.88.That got him a lane in the C final.In the initial stages of the race that night he trailed Notre Dame’s senior Steven Shek 55.62 to 55.15. He used a powerful back half to dominate the field and win decisively in 1:56.62 to win by over a second and half . His swim was the fastest by a Seminole at ACC’s since 2015. That also put as the best Bahamas has ever produced in the event as he bettered another Tynes’s 2016 Big ten performance. This time it was his heats swim of 1:57.46 (split time 55.98).He also rises to third overall in the CARIFTA region all time rankings.
In the 400 yard medley relay the Seminoles placed fourth in a time of 3:05.50. That is the best placing for the team since 2014 when that team set a then meet and conference record of 3:04.47
|backstroke||Emir Muratovic||46.22||Pavel Sankovich||45.31|
|breaststroke||Izaak Bastian||52.56||Jared Pike||52.56|
|butterfly||Kanoa Kaleoaloha||44.95||David Knight||45.20|
|freestyle||William Pisani||41.71||Paul Murray||41.40|
Izaak spoke to draftingthecaribbean on March 4 about his Conference experience
” My first ACC experience was amazing to say the least.I honestly surprised myself with the times I did.I have been training all semester really hard and even last semester as well.Before ACC’s I dropped 2/tenths of a second in the 100 and 200 breaststroke .I really did not know what to expect going into this championship meet.I had been working really hard even after our mid semester meet especially during our training meet to be better than I was there.So I was hoping to be faster but I honestly did not know how much faster I would be .So to come out with a 52.8 was really exciting for me because I was 53.1 in the morning so I thought I would probably go 53 again. But somehow I went 52.8 .I was really happy about that.I honestly did not know I had beaten Dustin’s best time so that is really encouraging going into my next three years to know that I have already done that and hopefully will have a long way to go and more time to drop .Also the 200 was pretty good.It was poorly executed in the morning but luckily I got another swim. I was able to improve my time and fix my mistakes. I think I could have been faster if the 200 was on any other day than the last one. I was a little bit tired going into the final day.Meets like CARIFTA have prepared me for these longer four or five day meets.It was not too bad but I believe I could have been a little bit faster. It was a great experience overall.Our senior did very well so it was great to see them on their last ACC’s performing so well for the team.The team atmosphere was really something different.Everybody getting behind each other no matter what race it was.You always had people creaming from the sidelines cheering.It was just a great atmosphere to be in and race in so I am really happy to be a part of this team and to be a part of something big like that to make my first ACC’s as a freshman and score for the team was a big deal for me”.