Burrows wins heat at swimming worlds, but fails to qualify for semis
Guardian Sports Editor
Published: Jul 29, 2013
Three Bahamians got into the pool at the St. George’s Palace indoor sporting arena in Barcelona, Spain yesterday, and were just off their personal best times in the three events contested.
Finally, the swimming portion of the 15th FINA World Aquatics Championships are underway, and three of the four Bahamian swimmers saw action yesterday.
Matthew Lowe, 18, swam in the heats of the men’s 400 meters (m) free, and failed to make the final as he finished eighth in his heat and 40th overall in a time of 4:03.01. Only the top eight finishers from the morning heats qualified for last night’s final, which was won by Chinese Sun Yang in 3:41.59. Kosuke Hagino, from Japan, won the silver medal, in 3:44.82, and American Conner Jaeger won the bronze medal, in 3:44.85.
Lowe’s best time in the event is 4:02.81 which was turned in at the RBC National Swimming Championships in June this year. The national record in this event was set by Jeremy Knowles 10 years ago, a time of 3:59.01.
Grand Bahamian Vereance Burrows, 24, was the second swimmer to see action for The Bahamas, and he finished just off his national record time in the men’s 50m fly. Burrows was the highest individual finisher for The Bahamas yesterday. He won his heat and finished tied for 26th overall in the men’s 50m fly. Burrows swam a time of 23.98 seconds, just off his national record time of 23.74 seconds which was done at the world championships four years ago. Only the top 16 finishers qualified for last night’s semi-finals.
The other Bahamian to see action yesterday, was 20-year-old McKayla Lightbourn in the women’s 200m individual medley (IM). Lightbourn finished ninth in her heat, and was 39th overall, in 2:20.83. Lightbourn’s national record in the event is 2:19.72.
Lightbourn will be the only swimmer in action for The Bahamas today. She will swim out of heat two in lane two of the women’s 100m backstroke.
On Thursday, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace will swim out of lane three in heat six of the women’s 100m free. On Friday, Vereance Burrows will jump into the pool in heat seven, lane two of the men’s 50m free, and on Saturday, Vanderpool-Wallace will swim out of lane five in heat seven of the women’s 50m free, and Lowe will swim in lane two, heat one of the men’s 1,500m free.
The world championships will conclude next Sunday.