DaVante Carey and Marvin Johnson picked up two gold medals apiece on day two of competition at the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Swimming Championships currently ongoing at the Barbados National Aquatics Center, in Wildey, Christ Church, Barbados.
The meet got underway on Friday, and wraps up tomorrow.
Carey won the two gold medals in the 15-17 boys 50 meters (m) backstroke and 100m butterfly events, and Johnson won the 11-12 boys 50m and 100m butterfly sprints.
On Saturday morning, Carey swam 28.13 seconds in the 50m backstroke, enough for him to qualify for the final later that night. In the final, Carey lowered his time to 26.91 seconds to win gold. His personal best time is 26.84 seconds. The youngster is having a superb year in swimming. He was one of the top performers at the REV 2019 National Swimming Championships a week ago.
In Barbados, the silver went to Bahamian Lamar Taylor, swimming a personal best time of 27.30 seconds. For Taylor, this is his first year swimming in the 15-17 boys age group. The Bahamian duo forced Venezuela’s Diego Mas to settle for the bronze medal. He swam 27.71 seconds.
In the 100m butterfly, Carey swam a personal best time of 56.18 seconds to win the gold medal. His best coming into the meet was 56.26 seconds. St. Lucia’s Jayhan Odlum-Smith touched the wall in second in 56.22 seconds. Taking the final place on the podium was Venezuela’s Jorge Otaiza.
For Johnson, he blazed his way to victory in the in the 50m fly in 31.23 seconds to win the first gold medal of the meet for Team Bahamas. He held off Jamaica’s Brady Macpherson Lewison, who won the silver medal. His time was 31.59 seconds. The Dominican Republic’s Mauricia Arias swam 31.65 seconds to win the bronze medal.
Johnson returned to the deck about 20 minutes later to swim the 100m butterfly. The 12-year-old set a personal best time, winning the gold medal in 1:02.54.
Bermuda’s Elijah Daley swam 1:04.08 to hold on for the silver medal. He held off Mexico’s Emilio Reyes, who was right behind him in a time of 1:04.46.
Nigel Forbes secured a bronze medal for Team Bahamas on Saturday night in the 13-14 boys 200m breaststroke. His time was 2:31.79. Erald Thompson III finished fourth for The Bahamas in a time of 2:33.59. The gold medal was won by Roberta Bonilla in a time of 2:27.58. Mexico’s Tomohiro Takahashi’s time of 2:30.59 placed him second.
The first medal Team Bahamas won was a silver in the 11-12 mixed 200m freestyle relay. That team of Johnson, Rhanishka Gibbs, Tristin Ferguson and Giann Sands swam 1:51.27. Mexico touched the wall before Team Bahamas, finishing in 1:50.64. Finishing third was the Dominican Republic in 1:52.35.
The first race of the meet featured Bahamian Kaliyah Albury – the 15-17 girls 800m freestyle race. According to Head Coach Travano McPhee, Albury’s race sparked some energy for the team as she swam a personal best time of 9.55.74. She shaved almost six seconds off her previous best time of 10:01.54. She finished 11th.
Winning that race was Honduras’ Michelle Ramirez who touched the wall in 9:14.59. Julianna Penner, from Venezuela, was the silver medalist, finishing in 9:17.57. Mexico’s Andrea Gomez touched the wall in 9:20.79.
In action last night were Johnson, Ferguson, Forbes, Carey, Taylor, Ariel Weech and Keianna Moss and 4x100m relay teams.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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