|More medals for Team Bahamas|
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Apr 14, 2012
The full member swim team representing The Bahamas at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships quickly picked up from where they left off on Thursday evening, in the second session yesterday.
The team opened up the four-day swim meet, taking place at the Betty Kenning Kelly Aquatic Centre with a big medal haul. Albury Higgs, Joanna Evans and Zach Moses all advanced to the finals of the 200-meter (m) free in their respective events. Also moving through the preliminary round was Matthew Lowe, who competed in the 15-17 boys’ 200m free. Trinidad and Tobago swept the event leaving Lowe to place fifth in 1:58.19.
In the 50m fly, both Megan Reid and Keitra Lloyd moved onto the finals. Reid led the way for The Bahamas with 32.50 seconds, which is the third fastest time ahead of Friday night’s finals. Lloyd’s preliminary time was 33.40 seconds. Amira Pilgrim had the best time and held on to win the gold leaving Reid to settle for silver and Lloyd the sixth spot. Pilgrim’s time was 30.90 seconds and Reid’s was 31.96 seconds. Tiara Myrie was the bronze medalist. She stopped the clock at 32.22 seconds with Lloyd swimming 32.76 seconds.
The Bahamas was represented in the girls’ 13-14 fly, with Andreas Weech and Simone Sturrup hitting the water in the finals. Weech was among the favorites to win a medal. She swam 31.32 seconds in the preliminaries and Sturrup swam 31.58 seconds.
Farion Cooper returned in the boys’ 50m and posted 28.71 seconds during the opening session of the swim meet. He would place eighth overall in the finals, swimming 29.02 seconds. The winner was Zuhayr Pigot of Suriname. Pigot’s golden time was 26.81 seconds. Placing sixth in the 50m butterfly was Taryn Smith. T’Auren Moss led the pack of swimmers in the boys’ 15-17 division for the 50m fly event. Moss’ time of 25.47 seconds made him the favorite heading into the finals, but he finished third and teammate Evante Gibson fourth.
A silver medal was picked up by Leslie Campbell in the 100m backstroke. She split the Guadeloupe swimmers Charlotte Backovic and Florence Genipa from pulling off the sweep. Campbell’s time was 1:11.95 and Backovic’s 1:10.18. With two swimmers in the finals of the boys’ 100m backstroke, Team Bahamas was hoping to pull off the sweep, but had to settle for second and eighth. Dionisio Carey got the silver and Meshach Roberts placed eighth. Adding to the medal count was Bria Deveaux, in the girls’ 15-17 100m backstroke. She was the sole competitor in the event for The Bahamas. Je’Nae Saunders placed 13th overall.