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The Bahamas still ahead in Barbados

WILDEY, Barbados –  It was not supposed to be a strong showing by team Bahamas on day two the 2019 CARIFTA Swimming Championships, but the swimmers did not get the memo. as they swam their hearts out to secure 18 medals – nine golds, six silvers and three bronze to bring the medal count to 39 medals overall.

The team is swimming at the Barbados Aquatic Center. After last night’s finals there are two more days of pool action left and The Bahamas is in a great position to be the overall champions for a third straight year.

In total the, Bahamas has won 18 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals. In second place behind Team Bahamas in the medal standings is Jamaica with 34 medals – 11 golds, 16 silvers and 7 bronze. Trinidad and Tobago is in third place with 17 medals – 8 golds, four silvers and five bronze.

On the points table, The Bahamas leads the 22-team competition with 457 points. Jamaica is in second place with 390 points. Trinidad and Tobago sits in third place with 312 points.

It was another dominating night for Grand Bahamian Marvin Johnson who won four more gold medals. That brings his gold medal count to seven in total.

In his first race, the boys 11-12 200 meters (m) freestyle, he swam 2:07.92 to win the gold medal. At the halfway mark, the future of Bahamas swimming had already broken away from his competitors.

Tristin Ferguson, his teammate who swam next to him in lane three, picked up the silver medal with a time of 2:10.18. Aruba’s Jaydon Croes won the bronze medal in a time of 2:11.36.

Johnson said he’s hoping to win even more gold medals.

“So far the meet has been going pretty well,” Johnson said. “I am aiming at getting ten individual gold medals. My relay team is pulling through so I may get another three or four medals from that.”

Later in the evening, Johnson won gold in the boys 11-12 50m butterfly in record a time of 28.26 seconds. Grenada’s Nathan Fletcher was second in a time of 29.20 seconds. It was Brady Macpherson Lewison who won the bronze medal in a time of 29.77 seconds.

Johnson explained why he’s performing at such a high level.

“First of all, I listened to my coach, Andy Lovett, and my parents. Every time coach tells me to do something, I may be reluctant at first but in the end after it is explained, I know that it will help and benefit me in a positive way. Also being in church and following God’s plan and what he wants for me has helped me,” Johnson said.

Johnson was not finished just yet. He powered his way to win gold in the boys 11-12 100m backstroke as he posted a time of 1:08.44. He had the race locked up right after he made the turn at the 100m mark.

Lewison won silver with a time of 1:09.90.  Bermuda’s Elijah Daley was the bronze medalist, recording a time of 1:09.95.

Johnson and his team of Ethan Pinder, Asher Johnson and Ferguson swam away with the gold medal in the boys 11-12 4x100m medley relay with a time of 4:46.54. Marvin Johnson gave his team a comfortable lead at the start of the race. Pinder, Johnson and Ferguson increased the lead to give their team the victory.

The silver was won by Suriname with a time of 5:02.79. Winning the bronze medal behind them was the host nation, which posted a time of 5:08.56.

After breaking the boys 15-17 4x100m freestyle relay meet record on day one of competition, the team returned to the pool last night and broke another meet record to win gold. This time it was in the 4×100 medley relay race.

The team of DaVante Carey, Izaak Bastian, Ian Pinder and Kevon Lockhart put on a show for the spectators as they broke their own record of 3:56.06 from last year’s meet. Last night, they won the race with a time of 3:54.32. Carey and Bastian were members on both teams.

Carey gave the team a great start. He handed it over to Bastian who extended their lead. Pinder and Lockhart did a great job of getting them to their record-breaking performance.

Pinder showed how hungry he was. At the start his leg, the butterfly leg, his goggles fell off but he still continued for his team. He said; “Even though my goggles fell off before I dove in, I still gave the race my all.”

Jamaica won the silver medal in a time of 4:02.69. Trinidad and Tobago came in third place with a time of 4:04.48.

It was Nigel Forbes who picked up his first gold medal at this edition of the games in the boys 13-14 50m butterfly. Forbes swam 26.47 seconds. He had to hold off silver medalist Nathaniel Thomas of Jamaica. Thomas won the silver in a time of 26.73 seconds. Winning the bronze medal was Suriname’s Feranto Stuger with a time of 26.81 seconds.

Earlier in the night, Carey won gold in the boys 15-17 100m backstroke as he was the only swimmer to finish the race in under a minute, recording 59.83 seconds. His teammate, Lamar Taylor, was second as he swam the race in 1:00.17. Barbados’ Tristan Pragnell was the bronze medalist with a time of 1:01.15.

The Bahamas won gold and bronze in the boys 15-17 50m butterfly. Winning the gold was the experienced Izaak Bastian, team captain, with a time of 25.10 seconds. He held off St. Lucia’s Jayhan Odlum-Smith who posted a time of 25.64 seconds. It was Davante Carey, Bastian’s teammate who brought in the bronze medal as he swam the race with a time of 25.88 seconds.

Luke-Kennedy Thompson picked up his second gold medal of the competition in a tight boys 15-17 400m individual medley. Thompson finished the race with a time of 4:44.68. He trailed silver medalist Roan Baker Barbados, for most of the race. It was the final 200m when he did the breaststroke and the freestyle that secured him the gold medal.

Baker swam 4:46.73 to lock in the silver medal. The bronze medal was won by Jake Bailey of the Cayman Islands. He recorded a time of 4:48.76.

In that race was Thompson’s younger brother Mark-Anthony Thompson who finished sixth. He improved his seed time from 5:35.11 to 5:10.85.

The team will be back in the pool this morning at 9 a.m. in the preliminaries as they look to get a top eight spot to return to the pool tonight. Events for this morning include the 200m individual medley, 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly along with the relays.


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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