Lilly Higgs of The Bahamas, a top regional age group standout has committed to swimming for the University of North Carolina starting September 2018.
Lilly has been the CARIFTA Championships top sprint breaststroker for the last two years. She has also been unbeaten in the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke for the last three extending to her final year of the 13-14 age group. Since winning her first CARIFTA medal, a bronze for Team Bahamas at the Aruba Championships in 2014 she has become a powerhouse for her country at the annual championships. Her overall CARIFTA medal tally now stands at 30 medals won, eleven of which are Gold.
Lilly created history for her country and the CARIFTA region last season when she won a Silver medal in new 15-17 and senior national record in the 50 metre breaststroke at the Commonwealth Youth Games July when The Bahamas hosted the competition. She would also lower the 15-17 and senior national record See link below
Her impressive run at the junior level also extends to the World Junior Championships where she competed at two editions, 2015 in Singapore and recently in Indiana. Lilly bettered her times from her first campaign and registered the top CARIFTA regional performances in all the events she competed in. She again lowered the national mark in the 100 metre breaststroke
|Aug 25, 2015||World Juniors||Singapore||50 metre breaststroke||33.19||21st|
|Aug 27, 2016||World Juniors||Singapore||100 metre breaststroke||1:13.00||24th|
|Aug 30, 2017||World Juniors||Singapore||200 metre breaststroke||2:40.48||29th|
|Aug 28, 2017
|World Juniors||Singapore||200 metre individual medley||2:25.73||40th|
|August 23,2017||World Juniors||Indiana||50 metre breaststroke||32.84||20th|
|August 25,2017||World Juniors||Indiana||100 metre breaststroke||1:11.18||22nd|
|August 28,2017||World Juniors||Indiana||200 metre breaststroke||2:39.87||30th|
|August 26,2017||World Juniors||Indiana||200 metre individual medley||2:23.41||34th|
When draftingthecaribbean spoke to her about her college choice she had the following thoughts
“After many trips to schools and teams around the country, I decided that my best option for continuing my education and training was right here in North Carolina at UNC. I am so excited to be a Tar Heel!”.
Lilly will join a number of talented Bahamian women competing at the NCAA Division I level. Those swimmers include Laura Morley who competes at University of Indiana –Bloomington and older sister Albury who swims for the University of South Carolina.