The Bahamas in ninth at CCCAN Championships
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 04, 2013
The morning session at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships yesterday proved to be a splashing success for Team Bahamas, as the team added a number of medals and a new record to its count.
Victoria Russell inked her name into the history books when she set a new national record in the 100 meters (m) breaststroke for 11-12 girls. Russell finished second in the event in a time of 1:21.36. Her teammate, at the meet currently ongoing in Costa Rica, Margaret Albury-Higgs, held the old record of 1:21.88. Russell finished second behind Chade Nercisio who swam 1:18.06. Anahi Schreuders got the bronze medal, out-touching Barbara Ochoa who placed fourth. Schreuders’ time was 1:21.84 and Ochoa’s time was 1:24.75.
Albury-Higgs added a silver to the medal count when she turned in a time of 2:47.48 in the 200m breaststroke for 13-14 girls. Herminia Sanabria won in 2:45.82, and Junice Martin was third in 2:55.68.
Joanna Evans picked up a silver in the 200m free for 15-17 girls. She stopped the clock at 2:07.64 behind Gabriela Santis of Guadeloupe who won in 2:06.53. Finishing third was Isabella Paez of Venezuela, in 2:08.48.
Falling short of a medal in the 200m was Alexander Encinar. He came in fourth in the 200m breaststroke. Encinar’s time was 2:37.21. Jared Fitzgerald also lined up in the event but was disqualified.
The team of Fitzgerald, Encinar, N’Nhyn Fernander and Gershwin Greene placed fourth in the 400m free relay in a time of 3:55.66. Venezuela won in 3:40.23 and Aruba came in second in 3:51.13.
Simone Sturrup finished in the top eight in the 100m
butterfly, and Taryn Smith was fifth in her age group of the 100m butterfly event. Joshua Roberts was sixth in the 400m free, in a time of 4:47.21. In the 100m backstroke, Dionisio Carey’s time of 1:05.58 placed him eighth.
The Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) fielded a 21-member team for the championships. Those swimmers include Celia Campbell, Russell, Sturrup, Albury-Higgs, Evans, Laura Morley, Smith, Ashley Butler, Izaak Bastian, William Russell, Roberts, Encinar, Fitzgerald, Greene, Fernander, Carey, Perez Moss, Tre Taylor, Dustin Tynes and Iona Charlton.
After two days of competition, The Bahamas was sitting in ninth with 106 points. Venezuela was out front with 440 points, followed by Costa Rica and Aruba which accumulated 248 and 179 points respectively. Honduras was in fourth, Barbados in fifth, Guatemala is sixth, Trinidad and Tobago is in seventh and Panama is eighth.
The Bahamas has a total of seven medals – two gold and five silver. Venezuela is leading medal count with 40, inclusive of 18 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze. Trinidad and Tobago has 12 medals – six gold, one silver and five bronze. Honduras is third with 13 medals – five gold, five silver and three bronze, and Aruba, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador round out the top seven countries.