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CCCAN swim team returns home with 29 medals

The Bahamas Aquatic Federation’s swim team returned home from the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Swimming Championships in Barbados on Thursday night with 29 medals – nine gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze.

The championships began on Friday, June 28 and wrapped up on Tuesday, July 2, at the Barbados National Aquatics Center, in Wildey, Christ Church, Barbados.

Marvin Johnson, DaVante Carey and Lamar Taylor were all gold medalists for The Bahamas.

Johnson, an 11-12 boys category swimmer, came away with five gold medals and two individual silver medals.

He blazed his way to victory in the 50m fly in 31.23 seconds to win the first gold medal of the meet for Team Bahamas on Saturday night.

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.

Johnson’s third gold medal came in the 50m butterfly. He swam his way to a personal best of 28.10 seconds to win the gold. The silver medal was picked up by Emilio Reyes who swam 29.06 seconds. Powering his way to the bronze medal with a time of 29.41 was Grenada’s Nathan Fletcher.

The young Bahamian swimmer continued his gold medal haul on Monday night in the 100m freestyle. He held on to win it after leading at the end of the first 50m in 57.36 seconds with silver medalist Luis Martinez closing the gap.

Martinez, who hails from Mexico, swam 57.42 seconds. Johnson’s teammate, Tristin Ferguson, finished third with a time of 58.11.

On the final night, Johnson picked up his final gold medal of the meet. He touched the wall in 26.08 seconds in the 50m freestyle race. 

Coming in second behind Johnson was Jayen Viscaino of Curacao. His time was 26.51 seconds. Ferguson was the bronze medalist when he finished the race with a time of 27.05 seconds.

Carey won three gold medals in the 15-17 boys 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke events. He also won a silver medal.

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 is 26.84 seconds. The youngster is having a superb year in the pool.

In Barbados, the silver went to Taylor, swimming a personal best 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, for his time of 27.71 seconds.

In the 100m butterfly, Carey swam a personal best 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 56.22 seconds. Taking the final place on the podium was Venezuela’s Jorge Otaiza.

In the 100m backstroke, Carey was outstanding as he swam that race in 58.81 seconds. He had to catch up in the final 50m as Mas, the bronze medalist, had the lead on the turn.

Barbados’ Tristan Pragnell was the silver medalist with a time of 59.64 seconds. Mas’ time was 1:00.06.

Taylor won a gold medal and almost broke the CCCAN record in the 50m freestyle. He finished the meet with a silver and bronze medal. His winning time of 23.33 seconds in the 50m freestyle was one-tenth of a second shy of Jacinto Ayala’s CCCAN record.

Mas placed second in this race with a time of 23.76 seconds. Mexico’s Trueba de la Portilla was third as he touched the wall in 23.87 seconds.

Nigel Forbes won five medals – four silver and one bronze in the 13-14 boys category. Rhanishka Gibbs finished with a silver medal in the 11-12 girls category.

Ferguson and Keianna Moss (13-14 girls) finished with two bronze medals apiece.

Delaney Mizell (13-14 girls), Erald Thompson III (13-14 boys) and Ariel Weech (18-and-over girls) won a bronze medal.

In the relays, The Bahamas finished with a silver and bronze medal.

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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