The 2017-2018 season will be the one that Bahamian Albury Higgs will remember especially for her exploits in the 100 metre breaststroke. When she celebrated a decade of being unbeaten in the event at her country’s national championships she was just outside of 2019 Lima PAN AM Games automatic qualifying mark of 1:11.11 when she won in 1:11.18. That would fall to her when she competed at the 2018 Bulldog Grand Slam in Georgia recording another national record mark of 1:10.77. Her last opportunity for long course action would come by way of a time trial at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla Colombia.As the saying in swimming circles goes “last one fast one” and Albury did not disappoint. She crushed her old record to post a time of 1:10.03 on July 21. That put her on the verge of being the first Bahamian woman under the 1:10. mark. She is also dangerously close to the 2019 Gwangju LCM World Championships B standard of 1:09.79. That mark also doubles as the 2018 Hangzhou SCM World Championships . Albury is also in sight of the initial Tokyo 2020 B qualifying mark of 1:09.08. The times will be confirmed by FINA in December.
|100 metre breaststroke||2018 REV National||2018 Athens Grand slam||2018 CAC Games|
|First 50 metres||36.65||33.31||33.11|
|Second 50 metres||34.52||37.46||36.92|
Draftingthecaribbean contacted Higgs on Aug 10 and she spoke about her record swim, coping with the heat in Colombia and the 2017-2018 season
“I decided to time trial the 100 breast on the second day of competition since I was not in the 100 breast event the day before, so I could try to swim a best time while I was tapered. I was happy with the outcome of going a best time and a new national record! (My splits were 33.11 / 1:10.03). Sometimes it is difficult swimming a time trial, since you swim the event on your own, but I stuck to my race plan and was able to push myself, even though no one was in the lane next to me. Coping with the heat in Colombia was somewhat difficult, but being used to swimming outside, for example in Nassau at the Bahamas Nationals, helped us prepare. Staying in the shade and making sure we stayed hydrated were most important. I was very happy overall with my 2017-18 season. Going best times both short course at school and long course for the Bahamas this summer, as well as setting national records, is a great feeling. I am looking forward to this upcoming season and ready to work ever harder!
Albury will be entering her junior year at the University of South Carolina where is she is third fastest swimmer in school history in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.02