CISC gets underway at Betty Kelly-Kenning Complex
The region’s top swimmers gathered at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex yesterday for the start of the 2016 Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC).
The four-day swim meet commenced in grand style, with accompaniment from a junkanoo rush-out and a host of other musical entertainment.
Prime Minister Perry Christie was also on hand to celebrate the opening of the meet. He gave the opening address and welcomed the 20 nations represented at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) sponsored meet.
Team Bahamas got off to a strong start on the opening day off competition. One of the leaders of the local squad, collegiate standout at the University of Texas Joanna Evans was the first to get on the podium for Team Bahamas. She won gold and set a new CISC record in the women’s 800 meters (m) freestyle in a time of 8:40.68.
Matthew Lowe added another gold and established his own record in the men’s 1500m swim in a time of 16:22.01; multiple CARIFTA gold medalist Izaak Bastian captured gold and set a new CISC record in 15-17 boys 200m breast in a time of 2:23.43; and in the 15-17 girls 200m breast, the sister duo of Albury and Lilly Higgs captured gold and silver. Albury touched the wall in a record setting time of 2:36.83, and Lilly clocked 2:42.87 for the silver medal.
Dustin Tynes finished second in the men’s 200m breast in 2:20.97 and Ohio State commit N’Nhyn Fernander was third in the 15-17 boys 100 fly in 57.01 seconds.
The Bahamas is being represented by a 69-member team at the meet. Action in the pool resumes this morning at 10 a.m., and will run through Sunday.
Competing countries include The Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Grenada, Aruba and the Dominican Republic.