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Albury-Higgs strikes gold for The Bahamas

The country moves up to eighth from ninth at the CCCAN Championships
  • GOLD MEDALIST: Margaret Albury-Higgs won gold for The Bahamas in the 13-14 girls’ 100m breaststroke at the CCCAN Championships currently ongoing in Costa Rica. The Bahamas sits in the eighth spot with 172 points.

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jul 05, 2013

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The gold medal in the 100 meters (m) breaststroke at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships, for 13-14 girls, now hangs from the neck of Margaret Albury-Higgs.

The young swimmer struck gold in the evening session of the championships on Wednesday in Costa Rica. Albury-Higgs swam 1:16.90 for the win over Daisy Ramirez who was second and Herminia Sanabria who placed third in times of 1:19.34 and 1:19.64 respectively. That was the only gold captured by Team Bahamas on that day.

Celia Campbell added a bronze medal to the team’s total when she finished third in the 50m backstroke for 11-12 girls. Her time was 34.55 seconds. Mendizzabel Stefanie won the gold, and Ana Gonclaves was second.

In the 13-14 boys’ division, Alexander Encinar came in third in the 100m breaststroke in 1:09.29. Mikel Schreuders was the winner in 1:08.37, and Alexander Rodriguez came in second, in 1:09.21.

Just missing out on capturing a medal in the 50m back was Gershwin Greene. He swam a time of 29.49 seconds. Pulling off a 1-2 finish in the 50m freestyle for 15-17 girls was Ally and Gaby Ponson of Aruba. Bahamian Taryn Smith was sixth in the race. Ally Ponson won in 27.24 seconds, and Gaby Ponson was second in 27.40 seconds. Smith finished in 28.30 seconds.

Perez Moss placed fifth in the 50m free in a time of 24.36 seconds, and Ashley Butler was seventh in her division of the 50m free, in 28.36 seconds. Cherelle Thompson won that race in 26.84 seconds.

In the 200m butterfly, Smith touched the wall and stopped the clock at 2:31.38. That time gave her a seventh place finish. The wining time of 2:16.14 was swam by Isabella Paez, a new meet record. Marlene Bruten had the old record of 2:19.42, which was done in 1981.

Joshua Roberts was seventh in his final in 33.72 seconds. Coming in sixth in the 15-17 boys’ 50m backstroke was Dionisio Carey in 28.61 seconds. Antoine Khazne won, Cristian Ricardo was second and Harrison Olle finished third.

In the 800m freestyle relay for 15-17 boys, the team of Carey, Perez Moss, Tre Taylor and T’Auren Moss came in fifth in 9:16.26. Venezuela took the gold, Panama the silver and Costa Rica the bronze. Greene, N’Nhyn Fernander, Jared Fitzgerald and Encinar placed fourth in a time of 9:14.96, in the 13-14 boys’ 800m free relay.

The Bahamas is slowly climbing up the ladder, moving up to the eighth spot with 172 points. On Wednesday, up to press time, the country was in ninth with 106 points and seven medals. Venezuela is out front with 685 points, followed by Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago with 383 and 290 points respectively. Guatemala has 288 points and Aruba has 273 points for fourth and fifth respectively.

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