The Bahamas looking for more golds tonight
WILDEY, Barbados – The Bahamian swimmers put up some strong performances this morning during the preliminary events at the 34th CARIFTA Swimming Championships at the Barbados Aquatic Center and look forward to adding to their medal haul tonight.
Swimming sensation Marvin Johnson will head into the boys 11-12 200 meters (m) freestyle finals with the fastest time of 2:08.47. His teammate Tristin Ferguson joins him after posting a time of 2:13.98, the third fastest time.
Johnson also has the leading time of 1:09.08 heading into the 100m backstroke. In addition to those two races, he has the fastest time in the 50m butterfly.
Devante Carey and Lamar Taylor finished with the top times in the boys 15-17 100 backstroke. Carey goes into the finals with a time of 1:00.95, Taylor’s time was 1:01.40.
Carey will also go into the boys 15-17 50m butterfly with the fastest time in the field with 26.02 seconds. His teammate, Izaak Bastian posted the third fastest time of 26.14 seconds.
Nigel Forbes has the leading time in the boys 13-14 50m butterfly heading into the finals. He recorded a time of 27.24 seconds.
Zaylie-Elizabeth Thompson will also be in action tonight. She posted the third fastest time of 2:12.46 in the girls 13-14 200m freestyle.
The Bahamas strongest program is the breaststroke and that event will not run tonight, but head coach Travano McPhee said that he still expects the swimmers to do well.
“I will not call the second day our weakest day, but we are a breaststroke country and not having a breaststroke event on this day gives us a little disadvantage. We were still able to get in the finals. The ones who are seeded in the 200m freestyle are very good. We should have four or five of them coming back tonight in the 200m freestyle and 50m butterfly races. The senior boys along with the boys and girls 13-14 did an awesome job. We should be strong in that. There are also the 100 backstrokes that we should do good in too. We are also trying to get some medals in the relays because those are double points,” McPhee said.
The Bahamas has nine gold, five silver and seven bronze medals after day one.
The Bahamas sits atop with 233 total points followed by Jamaica’s 177 points. In third place is Trinidad and Tobago with 155 points.
Coach McPhee said that the team is healthy with William Seymour, the team’s doctor, treating them if they need medical treatment. He wants to keep the open water swimmers healthy, motivated and focused on their event that is set for Wednesday.
Competition tonight starts this evening at 6 p.m. OurTv channel 212 will carry the action from 8 p.m.