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The Bahamas finished eighth at CCCAN Championships

  • Joanna Evans is shown on the medal stand (middle) after receiving one of her gold medals at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships. Evans and Team Bahamas finished eighth at the CCCAN Championships, with 292 total points.

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jul 08, 2013

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Team Bahamas collected 20 medals to finish ninth in the medal count at the 28th Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships, which wrapped up on Saturday in Costa Rica.

The Bahamas might have been ninth in the medal standings, but overall, the 21-member team was eighth, with 292 points. Venezuela scored 1,067 points to win the championships over host Costa Rica and Guatemala. Costa Rica came in second with 711 points and Guatemala finished third with 497 points. Honduras, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados followed.

In the medal chart, the 20 medals won by members of Team Bahamas included six gold, seven silver and seven bronze. Venezuela collected 94 medals and Trinidad and Tobago finished with 34 medals for second. More than 40 gold medals were captured by the Venezuelan team, which also added 27 silver and 25 bronze medals to its count. Trinidad and Tobago got 16 gold medals, seven silver and 11 bronze, and both Honduras and Aruba, the third and fourth teams respectively in the medal count, collected more medals than Trinidad and Tobago but fell short on the number of gold medals won. Honduras finished with 11 gold medals, 16 silver and 11 bronze for a total of 38, and Aruba had 10 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze for a total of 37.

The team members who competed in the championships were Celia Campbell, Victoria Russell, Simone Sturrup, Albury Higgs, Joanna Evans, Laura Morley, Taryn Smith, Ashley Butler, Izaak Bastian, William Russell, Joshua Roberts, Alexander Encinar, Jared Fitzgerald, Gershwin Greene, N’Nhyn Fernander, Dionisio Carey, T’Auren Moss, Tre Taylor, Dustin Tynes, Perez Moss and Iona Charlton.

Higgs had to settle for fifth in the 200 meters (m) individual medley, finishing in 2:34.96. Sara Pastrana, of Honduras, won that event in 2:30.87.

Evans won gold in the 1,500m freestyle, swimming an amazing time of 9:06.43, and Morley got the silver in the 100m breaststroke when she stopped the clock at 1:17.22. Adding a silver to Team Bahamas’ count was Greene in the 13-14 boys’ 50m freestyle event. His time was 25.27 seconds.

Falling short of gracing the medal podium was Tynes, who competed in the 100m breaststroke for 15-17 boys. Tynes’ time was 1:07.82. This was also the same result for Simone Sturrup as she came in fourth in the 50m freestyle for 13-14 girls. Sturrup’s time was 28.14 seconds.

Celia Campbell came in eighth in the 100m backstroke for 11-12 girls. Her time was 1:16.90. Joshua Roberts touched the wall and stopped the clock at 1:13.52 in the 100m backstroke in his age group, and Tyler Russell turned in the eighth fastest time, 1:17.16.

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