Bahamas ends time at UANA Swimming Cup with 14-medal haul
Team Bahamas ended its time at the inaugural UANA (Unión Americana de Natación) Swimming Cup on a high note, coming up with seven medals (three gold and four silver) on the final day of competition.
The three-day meet, which was designed for athletes from Central America, South America and the Caribbean that are in UANA Zones I and II, wrapped up yesterday in Coral Springs, Florida, at the Coral Springs Athletic Complex.
Nigel Forbes secured the first gold medal of the day in the 11-12 boys’ 100-meter (m) breaststroke in 1:15.07. Breno Baspo, from Brazil, was second in 1:16.06, and Natha Ochoa Neurouth, of Mexico, finished third in 1:18.91.
Forbes was also third in the 50 fly in 28.36 seconds.
The second gold came in the 15-17 boys’ 50m breaststroke, as Izaak Bastian finished a full second ahead of his closest competition in 1:04.37. Kevin Diaz Wurg took silver in 1:05.51 and David Hose Solis was third in 1:06.02.
Lamar Taylor won the third gold medal in the 13-14 boys’ 50m backstroke in 28.62 seconds. Taylor was also second in the 50m butterfly in 26.59 seconds and third in the 100m free in 54.77 seconds. Keianna Moss secured the other silver medal for The Bahamas, finishing the 11-12 girls’ 50m backstroke in 33.71 seconds. Also on Sunday, Devante Carey finished fifth in the 15-17 boys’ 50m butterly in 26.05 seconds; Katelyn Cabral was seventh in the 13-14 girls’ 50m butterfly; Marvin Johnson was sixth in the 11-12 boys’ 50m butterfly and fifth in the 50m backstroke; and Bastian was eighth in the 50 backstroke.
On Saturday, Forbes won gold in the 11-12 boys’ 50m breaststroke and finished second in the 11-12 boys’ 100m butterfly, Izaak Bastian won gold in the 15-17 boys’ breaststroke, Jamilah Hepburn was third in the 13-14 girls’ 50m breaststroke and Moss was third in the 11-12 girls’ 100m backstroke.
On Friday, Taylor won a silver medal in the 13-14 boys’ 50m free and Bastian scored a silver in the 15-17 boys’ 50m free.
The UANA Swimming Cup served as a qualifying event for the Youth Olympic Games, Pan American Games and FINA World Championships.
Countries that participated include Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and St. Vincent.
Established in 1948, UANA is “a sports organization with the purpose of organizing, supervising and controlling, in the Western Hemisphere, the amateur aquatics activities of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, master and open water swimming”