LILLY HIGGS AND IZAAK BASTIAN WIN HISTORIC SILVER MEDALS ON DAY TWO OF COMMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES

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Commonwealth Youth Games Silver medallists and Head Coach from left to right Lilly Higgs Silver medallist women 50 metre breaststroke, Head Coach Olympian Andy Knowles, Izaak Bastian Silver medallist men 50 metre breaststroke Photo courtesy of Lynne Fraino

The second day of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (Thursday July 20) being held at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre in The Bahamas saw history created by the Bahamian breaststroke duo of Lilly Higgs and Izaak Bastian.

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Lilly Higgs on the podium with historic Silver medal Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

The Games which are in its fifth installment saw Lilly Higgs winning Silver in the 50 metre breaststroke for girls. After posting a time of 33.10 in the heats to be seeded third Higgs went all out in the final stopping the clock in a time of 32.52 to win the Silver medal .She finished just behind  Christie Chue of Singapore who Gold in a time of 32.38. The Bronze went to Ciara Smith of New Zealand in 32.56. Lilly‘s time is a new personal best, 15-17 age group record and senior national record. That bettered her old personal best and national record time of 32.70 when she won Gold at the CARIFTA Games earlier this year at the same venue. It was also the FIRST the CARIFTA region had won a medal of any colour at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Additionally she became the FIRST Bahamian man or woman to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games in this event at either the Youth or Senior level. Lilly is also only the SECOND woman from the CARIFTA region to medal in this event. The first was Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson who won the Silver medal in Glasgow in 2014.Higgs is also only the SECOND person to win a medal for The Bahamas  at the Commonwealth Games both senior and junior. The first medal was won by Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace when she won Silver at the 2014 Glasgow Games in the 50 metre butterfly.Draftingthecaribbean got a few words from Higgs after her groundbreaking achievement.

“It’s always an honor to represent the Bahamas on a national level, and to be able to be the first medalist for swimming at Youth Commonwealth Games makes it an even greater honor. Going into the event and going into finals I was seated third, and I knew I had to have a good start and breakout stroke to be in the medal contention. The race felt really smooth and I was able to perform really well. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the meet holds. Go Bahamas!”

The hometown fans would have more to cheer as history would be continued to be made in the very next event through the efforts of Izaak Bastian. Also competing in the 50 metre breaststroke Izaak crushed his heats time of 29.55 and his personal best of 29.39 to win Silver in a new personal standard of 28.77.

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2017 Commonwealth Youth Games medallists in the 50 metre breaststroke from left to right Izaak Bastian of The Bahamas Silver medallist,Michael Houlie of South Africa Gold medallist,ZongXian Khoo of Singapore Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

He finished behind South African Michael Houlie who posted 27.68 for the Gold. Zongxian Khoo of Singapore won the Bronze in a time of 29.19. With that medal winning performance Izaak became the FIRST male medallist at the Commonwealth Youth Games for the Bahamas and the region .He also becomes the FIRST Bahamian male medallist at the Commonwealth either junior or senior. And only the Third medallist of either gender at any level of the Commonwealth Games behind Vanderpool-Wallace and his teammate Higgs just moments earlier. He gave draftingthecaribbean the following thoughts about his performance.

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Historic Commonwealth Youth Games Silver medallists Lilly Higgs anb Izaak Bastian Photo courtesy of Lynne Fraino

“The race felt really great especially watching Lilly go in the heat before me and come second. It really inspired me. I wanted to try my best and do what I could to and represent the best I could. I didn’t know if it was going to be a medal or not but I just wanted to get out and have a good race. To touch the wall and see second was really surprising .It was a new experience and I felt very excited to race against persons from all across the world and just regionally. It was a new experience and something I had to get over .Instead of being able to swim easy in the morning and then faster in the night. Swimming fast twice in the day was definitely a change for me. To come back in the night and swim almost half a second faster than my best time was amazing”.

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

TEAM JAMAICA OPENS ACCOUNT WITH 9 MEDALS ON OPENING DAY OF CARIFTA 2017 SWIM CHAMPS IN THE BAHAMAS

Team Jamaica got off to a good start on the opening day of the 32nd annual CARIFTA Swimming Championships in The Bahamas. The Jamaican contingent won 9 medals Four Gold Two Silver and Three Bronze medals and saw 24 personal best times established

Age Group Event Name Time Placing Old time
1 15-17  Girls 800 metre freestyle Annabella Lyn 9:40.98 4th 9:48.72
2 11-12 Girls 200 metre breaststroke Sabrina Lyn 3:12.82 11th 3:20.37
3 11-12 Girls 200 metre breaststroke Isabella Sierra 3:32.84 15th 3:38.96
4 15-17 boys 200 metre breaststroke Adrian Grant 2:39.17 12th 2:39.76
5 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke Zaneta Alvaranga 33.50 4th 34.29
6 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke Paig’e Lewis 35.91 16th 37.31
7 11-12 boys 50 metre backstroke Nathaniel Thomas 32.02 2nd 32.78
8 11-12 boys 50 metre backstroke Joshua Alleyne 32.72 3rd 34.57
9 13-14 girls 50 metre backstroke Brianna Anderson 31.47 3rd 31.90
10 13-14 boys 50 metre backstroke Kyle Sinclair 30.17 5th 31.18
11 13-14 boys 50 metre backstroke Akeem Alleyne 31.68 12th 33.38
12 15-17 boys 50 metre backstroke Mattheau Bonner 30.11 17th 30.41
13 11-12 Girls 100 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn 1:08.91 2nd 1:09.92
14 11-12 Girls 100 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga 1:08.95 3rd 1:11.01
15 13-14 boys 100 metre butterfly Kyle Sinclair 1:03.70 8th 1:05.57
16 13-14 boys 200 metre breaststroke Cameron Brown 2:34.39 Bronze 2:34.43
17 15-17 boys 200 metre breaststroke Sean Douglas-Gooden 2:33.71 8th
18 11-12 girls 50 metre backstroke Zaneta Alvaranga 33.34 4th 33.50
19 11-12 boys 50 metre backstroke Nathaniel Thomas 32.02 Gold 31.64
20 13-14 boys 50 metre backstroke Kyle Sinclair 29.77 4th 30.17
21 15-17 girls 50 metre backstroke Shaun Johnson 31.57 6th 31.09
22 11-12 Girls 100 metre butterfly Sabrina Lyn 1:07.22 Gold 1:08.91
23 11-12 Girls 100 metre butterfly Zaneta Alvaranga 1:08.02 Silver 1:08.95
24 15-17 boys 100 metre butterfly Jesse Marsh 57.83 5th

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Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 Boys 50 metre backstroke Gold
Nathaniel Thomas 11-12 Gold medallist in the 50 metre backstroke.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The First Gold medal came from Nathaniel Thomas in the 50 metre backstroke. Competing in his first ever Championship final he stormed to victory in a new personal best time of 31.64.This broke the more than 5 year medal drought Jamaica had in the event .The last medal was won by Timothy Wynter in 2009 when he took Gold in then a Games record time of 30.37 .That time still stands as the 11-12 national record.

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Sabrina Lyn reacts to winning the 11-12 100 metre butterfly Gold medal in anew national record time
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Zaneta Alvaranga Silver medallist in the 100 metre butterfly and World Record holder and CARIFTA 2017 commentator Alia Atkinson.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The next CARIFTA title would come again in the 11-12 age group. This time from the girls. Sabrina Lyn also competing in her first ever Championship final had put the 100 metre butterfly national record of 1:08.87 by countrywoman Simone Vale under threat with a heats time of 1:08.91. In the final she became the first 11-12 Jamaican girl under 1:08.00 when she took Gold in a personal best time of 1:07.22.Teammate Zaneta Alvaranga was also well below the old national standard winning the Silver in a personal best time of 1:08.02. This was the first time Jamaica was winning better than a Bronze medal in the event in over a decade.

The third Gold medal would come via the 13-14 girls 400 metre freestyle relay. They demolished the old national standard of 4:12.73. That mark was set before anyone  of the members of the team were born was set at the Caribbeean Islands Swimming Championships in 1996 in San Juan Puerto Rico by Olympians Angella Chuck and Janelle Atkinson, her sister Jilandre Atkinson and Kerrie Ann Steer , a coach at the Tornadoes Swim Club. The team of Gabrianna Banks, Brianna Anderson, Simone Vale and Emily MacDonald took the title in 4:06.08.MacDonald held off a spirited challenge from Trinidad and Tobago’s Gabriella Donahue who was looking for her 3rd Gold medal of the night. This is the first medal for Jamaica of any kind in the event for over a decade.

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15-17 Golden Girls from left to right Anjuii Barrett , Shaun Johnson,World Record Holder and CARIFTA 2017 commentator Alia Atkinson ,Annabella Lyn and Britney Williams.Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The senior Girls in the 15-17 age group replicated the Gold medal performance. The team of Anjuii Barrett, Shaun Johnson, Annabella Lyn and Britney Williams took the relay title in a time of 4:02.11. They were just off the national record of 4:01.62. This is the first win for Jamaica in the event since 2013 when the national record was established at the Kingston championships.

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13-14 200 metre breaststroke Silver medallist Cameron Brown .Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The evening’s final started with a Silver medal winning performance from Cameron Brown in the boys 13-14 200 metre breaststroke. He swam to a new personal best of 2:34.39. This is a major improvement from 2016 where he was 6th in 2:39.43. He continues to track the national standard in this event of 2:33.55.The last time Jamaica won a medal in this event was 2005 when Matthew Hilton won Silver.

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15-17 200 metre breaststroke from left to right Lilly Higgs The Bahamas Silver medallist, Albury Higgs The Bahamas Gold medallist and Bryanna Renuart Jamaica Bronze medallist

In the 15-17 girls event Bryanna Renuart repeated her 2016 Bronze medal winning performance with a 2:47.05 effort in The Bahamas. She kept the Jamaican streak alive of medalling in the event every year since 2011.

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Brianna Anderson 13-14 Girls Backstroke Bronze medallist

Brianna Anderson would win her individual medal in the 50 metre backstroke when stopped the clock in 31.47. That is the first medal for Jamaica in the event since Angara Sinclair won the Gold in 2104 in the national record  time of 31.02.

The 13-14 boys team of Kyle Sinclair, Dominic Mullings, Akeem Alleyne and Cameron Brown won the Bronze in the 400 metre freestyle relay in a time of 3:50.90. That is the first medal in the event for Jamaica since 2014.

Analysis of final times and places

Name Event Age Group heats Placing  FinalsTime Placing
Cameron Brown 200 metre breaststroke 13-14 2:37.16 4th 2:34.39 Silver
Bryanna Renuart 200 metre breaststroke 15-17girls 2:48.53 3rd 2:47.05 Bronze
Annastzaia Chin 200 metre breaststroke 15-17girls 2:54.82 4th 2:57.50 6th
Sean Douglas-Gooden 200 metre breaststroke 15-17 boys 2:34.46 8th 2:33.71 8th
Zaneta Alvaranga 50 metre backstroke 11-12 girls 33.50 4th 33.34 4t
Nathaniel Thomas 50 metre backstroke 11-12 boys 32.02 2nd 31.64 Gold
Joshua Alleyne 50 metre backstroke 11-12 boys 32.72 3rd 32.99 7th
Brianna Anderson 50 metre backstroke 13-14 girls 31.47 3rd 31.59 Bronze
Kyle Sinclair 50 metre backstroke 13-14 boys 30.17 5th 29.77 4th
Shaun Johnson 50 metre backstroke 15-17 girls 31.57 6th 31.09 5th
Sabrina Lyn 100 metre butterfly 11-12 girls 1:08.91 2nd 1:07.22 Gold NR
Zaneta Alvaranga 100 metre butterfly 11-12 girls 1:08.95 3rd 1:08.02 Silver
Nathaniel Thomas 100 metre butterfly 11-12 boys 1:05.79 2nd 1:07.16 4th
Emily MacDonald 100 metre butterfly 13-14 girls 1:10.25 6th 1:08.41 5th
Kyle Sinclair 100 metre butterfly 13-14 boys 1:03.70 8th 1:04.17 8th
Angara Sinclair 100 metre butterfly 15-17 girls 1:06.95 5th 1:07.71 7th
Jesse Marsh 100 metre butterfly 15-17 boys 58.07 5th 57.83 4th
11-12 girls 400 freestyle relay 11-12 girls 4:30.26 6th 4:29.79 7th
11-12 boys 400 freestyle relay 11-12 boys 4:22.19 8th
13-14 girls 400 freestyle relay 13-14 girls 4:06.08 Gold NR
13-14 boys 400 freestyle relay 13-14 boys 3:50.90 Bronze
15-17 girls 400 freestyle relay 15-17 girls 4:02.11 Gold
15-17 boys 400 freestyle relay 15-17 boys 3:42.29 7th

BAHAMIAN STANDOUT LILLY HIGGS MEDALS IN ALL HER EVENTS TO HELP WILLIAM A. HOUGH HIGH SCHOOL CAPTURE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Lilly Higgs

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!”

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North Carolina 4A State Champions William A Hough high school women’s team

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.

MARGARET HIGGS MAKES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL IN THE 200 METRE BREASTSTROKE AT JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

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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.

 

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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 (https://swimswam.com/swimmac-winter-nationals-qualifier-albury-higgs-chooses-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

 

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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).

MARGARET AND LILLY HIGGS MAKE FINALS ON DAY 2 OF JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

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

 

Bahamian sisters Margaret and Lilly Higgs were the first swimmers to earn a second swim at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships on Friday August 25th in Hawaii.  The sisters  who have dominated the 100 breaststroke event regionally  in the 15-17 category by  sweeping Gold and Silver both at CARIFTA in Martinique and CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming championships)  in their home country. Lilly booked her spot with a 1:13.08 effort (split time 34.69) for 13th overall. Older sister Margaret qualified for another swim with a time of 1:13.79 (split time 34.70) .She placed 15th overall.

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Margaret Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

In the B final later that day Margaret would place 4th in a time of 1:13.65 (split time 34.83). She had this to say after her swim

“It is always an honour to represent the Bahamas, but this trip is really special since it’s the first time the Bahamas has sent a team to Junior Pan Pacs. It is a great feeling making history. My first event was the 100 breast, and although I didn’t go a best time, I came 4th in the B final swimming alongside my sister. I’m looking forward to my next two events on Saturday”

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Lilly Higgs Photo courtesy of Rochelle Bastian and Bahamas Swimming

 

Her sister Lilly had splits of 35.22 and 38.91 to finish 6th in a time of 1:14.13. Speaking after that swim she said

I am proud to have had the opportunity to be on the first Bahamian team taken to Jr Pan Pacific Championships. Before my first event, the 200 free, I had a technical difficulty but still performed as well as I could. The 100 breaststroke was my second event. In the prelims I went one of the fastest times I’ve swam this season, enabling me to swim in the B final and place 6th.

 

Bermudan standout Madelyn Moore was 44th in the 100 metre freestyle in a time of 1:01.57.

REGIONAL YOUNGSTERS DISPLAY THEIR TALENTS AT 2016 JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Bermudan team from left to right Jesse Washington and Madelyn Moore Photo Courtesy of Islandstats.com
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The Bahamas team from left to right Albury Higgs,Izaak Bastian, N’nhyn Fernander,Jared Fitzgerald,Lilly Higgs and Gershwin Greene Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

The CARIFTA region’s talented youngsters are currently displaying their skills at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Hawaii. Two countries will represent the region at this meet, The Bahamas and Bermuda.

The Bahamas contingent includes sisters Albury and Lilly Higgs, N’nhyn Fernander, Gershwin Greene and Jared Fitzgerald. The team from Bermuda consists of Jesse Washington and Madelyn Moore.

The meet which also features teams from the United States of America, Japan, Canada and Australia has seen a number of competitors and meet record holders that have gone to perform well in senior waters. Those names include Rio 2016 Gold medallists Townley Haas and Simone Manuel.

On the first day of competition on Wednesday August 24 Fernander and Fitzgerald set personal bests.

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Jared Fitzgerald Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

 

 

In the 200 metre freestyle Jared dropped time by more than a second to stop the clock in 1:58.96 (split 57.57) and finish 26th.

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N’nhyn Fernander Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

 

Teammate Fernander lowered his personal best time by almost time by almost 2 seconds to register a time of 1:01.88 (split time 29.81) for 18th .

Lilly was 42nd in the 200 metre freestyle with a time of 2:12.12.Washington was 29th in the male equivalent in 2:02.67.His teammate Moore was 28th in the 100 metre backstroke in 1:09.23.