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Another record-breaking performance by Izaak

WILDEY, Barbados – Bahamian swimmer Izaak Bastian swam his way to a new meet record of 28.68 seconds in the boys 15-17 50m breaststroke during the 43rd CARIFTA Swimming Championships at the Barbados Aquatic Center this morning.

Bastian, who goes into tonight’s final with the leading time, broke his own meet record of 28.69 seconds, set last year in Jamaica.

The Bahamas is looking to extend its lead tonight as several other athletes also advanced to the final rounds of the competition.

Joining Bastian in the finals with a time 31.07 seconds is DaVante Carey. The duo are expected to nab the first and second spots.

In search of his eight medal, Marvin Johnson heads into the boys 11-12 200m IM with a leading time of 2:29.96. Joining him with the fifth-fastest time of 2:35.95, is Bahamian Tristin Ferguson.

Johnson will also be in the boys 11-12 100m freestyle. He enters the finals with 59.20 seconds, the only swimmer to go under a minute in his age category. Ferguson will be up against him, posting the second-fastest time of 1:00.04. The two have a very good chance of coming out the pool with the gold and silver medals.

Delaney Mizell will also be in action tonight in the girls 13-14 200m IM race. Representing the boys 13-14 in that race will be Erald Thompson III, who heads into the finals with the sixth fastest time.

The girls 13-14 200 IM will feature Anya McPhail. Whe clocked the eighth-fastest time of 2:37.38. Luke-Kennedy Thompson and Davante Carey will be representing team Bahamas in the boys 15-17 200m IM. Thompson has the fastest time in that event with 2:16.47. Carey swam 2:18.73 to secure the final spot in the finals.

Rhanishka Gibbs heads into the girls 11-12 50m breaststroke finals with the second fastest time among her age group with a time of 36.81. Representing the boys in that event, will be Ethan Pinder and Amauri Bonamy. Pinder’s time was 36.02 seconds and Bonamy’s time was 36.15 seconds.

The girls 13-14 50m breaststroke will see Zaylie-Elizabeth Thompson and Devin Cuffy-Bethel with a chance to get two medals. Thompson’s time was 35.57 seconds and Cuffy-Bethel’s time was 36.19 seconds.

Thompson III and Nigel Forbes will be in the boys 13-14 50m breaststroke. Forbes finished with a time of 32.63 seconds and Thompson III’s time was 32.69.

It was a blistering time for Jamilah Hepburn in the girls 15-17 50m breaststroke. Hepburn’s time of 34.41 seconds is the fastest heading into the finals. She will look to lower that time later tonight. She will be joined by her teammate, Katherine Slatter, who swam a time of 37.12 seconds.

Slatter will also represent The Bahamas in the girls 15-17 200m butterfly after she secured the eighth fastest time of 2:41.44.

Zaylie-Elizabeth Thompson and Mizell will be looking to secure medals in the girls 13-14 100m freestyle. Thompson’s time was the second fastest at 1:00.27 this morning and Mizell swam 1:01.56 for the fifth-fastest time.

Team captain Katie Cabral will be the lone representative for The Bahamas in the girls 15-17 100m freestyle finals after recording a time of 1:01.80. Lamar Taylor will be the sole Bahamian representative in the boys 15-17 100m finals. He finished with the fourth-fastest time of 54.13 seconds.

Forbes swam his way into the finals with a time of 2:23.29 in the boys 13-14 200m butterfly preliminaries.

In the final race of the day, it was Ian Pinder and Samuel Gibson qualifying for tonight’s final in the boys 15-17 200m butterfly. Pinder swam 2:27.70 and Gibson’s time was 2:24.82.

The Bahamas will look to finish day three strong to remain at the top of both the medal and points the standings heading into the final day of competition tomorrow.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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