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Quartet ends competition at World University Games

Swimmers fail to make semis; Weech has her highest individual finish
  • Armando Moss, along with three other Bahamian swimmers - Evante Gibson, Ariel Weech and Bria Deveaux - ended their competition at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, yesterday. Moss is shown in action in this file photo.

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Jul 16, 2013

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The 27th World University Games came to a close for four young Bahamian swimmers yesterday, as they competed in their respective heats of the 50 meters (m) freestyle at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan, Russia.

All four swimmers, Armando Moss, Evante Gibson, Ariel Weech and Bria Deveaux, failed to make the semi-finals which were held later yesterday evening.

In the Men’s 50m free, Armando Moss finished fourth in his heat and was 43rd overall, in 23.96 seconds. The 20-year-old junior at Xavier University, in Cincinnati, Ohio, had the fastest reaction time in his heat but was still only able to touch the wall in fourth place.

Fellow Bahamian Evante Gibson, a sophomore at Queen's University of Charlotte, was seventh in his heat and 57th overall in 25.77 seconds. The 19-year-old swimmer also had the fastest reaction time in his heat, but according to reports, he simply couldn’t keep up with the much taller swimmers. Gibson stands at just 5’ 5-3/4” tall, which is unusually short for male sprinters in swimming. Still, he competed in six events in Kazan for The Bahamas, and from all indications, he represented the country very well.

The top qualifier for the semis in the Men’s 50m free was Russian Andrey Grechin. He swam a time of 22.26 seconds.

In the Women’s 50m Free, Ariel Weech had her highest individual finish of the two-week event, as she finished third in her heat and 25th overall, in 26.50 seconds. The 21-year-old senior at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln swam five events at the World University Games this summer.

In that same event, Bria Deveaux, who also swims for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, was 34th overall. Deveaux was third in her heat, in 27.34 seconds. The 19-year-old freshman swam six events at these World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Anna Santamans, from France, was the top qualifier for the semi-finals, as she swam 25 seconds flat in the heats.

The World University Games, or Universiade, is a biennial international multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). This year’s event will wrap up tomorrow in Kazan, Russia.

Swimming was the only sporting discipline in which Bahamians participated in at these games.

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