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Two to represent The Bahamas at FINA World Juniors

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Aug 26, 2013

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Junior swimming sensations Joanna Evans and Dustin Tynes were selected to represent The Bahamas at the fourth edition of the International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) World Junior Swimming Championships.

The Bahamian duo is among 500 swimmers registered for the championships, which starts today. The six-day meet will take place at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Rashid Sports Complex, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tynes will dive into the water first, competing in the 100 meters (m) breaststroke.

On Tuesday, Evans will swim in the 800m freestyle. She is the senior national record holder in the event. Wednesday is an off day for both swimmers, and they will jump back into the pool on Thursday and Friday. Evans has the 400m freestyle on Thursday, and Dustin will swim in the 50m breaststroke on Friday. The 50m free for girls will also take place on Friday, and Evans will compete in that event. The final event that will feature a Bahamian will be the 200m free, the highlight of the evening. The meet is expected to come to an end shortly after that event.

Evans’ best time in the 400m freestyle is 4:25.46, and 8:59.49 in the 800m freestyle. As for Tynes, a personal best time of 30.23 seconds was recorded in 50m breaststroke, and 1:07.22 in the 100m breaststroke, both this year. A total of 42 championships records were set at the third edition of the meet, which took place in Lima, Peru, in 2011.

Swimmers representing 19 countries captured more than 50 medals. Sitting on top of the medal chart in 2011 was the United States of America (USA) with 11 gold, eight silver and three bronze. Japan had 19 medals and Canada finished with 14. The inaugural championships took place in 2006.

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