DaVante Carey was the only Bahamian swimmer in the pool at the Duna Arena on Wednesday, as the 7th FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Junior Championships continued in Budapest, Hungary.
Carey powered his way to a 40th place finish overall in the junior men’s 100 meters (m) butterfly. The 17-year-old clocked 55.90 seconds in that race. He got off to a very fast start, swimming out of lane nine in heat six. He kept up with the top finishers in his heat, touching the wall at the halfway mark in a time of 25.50 seconds. Carey came home in 30.42 seconds.
“It was a good race. I knew I had to take it out fast knowing that I was in the outside lane and I did that. I went out the fastest I ever went out in that event. I felt it was a good swim but I think that I could have done a li’l better,” Carey said.
That was his second event at the championships. On Tuesday morning, he finished 51st overall in the 100m backstroke with a time of 59.03 seconds. He has two more events to go – the 50m backstroke and the 50m fly.
Today is a big day for Team Bahamas. Carey, along with his teammates Lamar Taylor and Izaak Bastian, will be in the pool this morning.
Carey will swim in the 50m fly. This is one of his better events as he holds The Bahamas’ national record in it, recording a time of 26.46 seconds at the 2019 REV National Swimming Championships in Nassau, The Bahamas. After today, he will have one more event, the 50m fly, that he will be featured in tomorrow.
Taylor has two events this morning – the 50m back and the 50m free. He is confident going into these races after being disqualified in the 100m backstroke on Tuesday morning.
“I feel really confident in my 50 free and 50 back. I hope to bring down times,” Taylor said.
Taylor heads into the 50m free with a seed time of 23.33 seconds, and in the 50m back with a seed time of 27.14 seconds. After today, the 16-year-old swimmer still has two more events – the 50m fly tomorrow and 100m free on Saturday.
Bastian will be swimming in the 50m free event, which he said is a fun race for him. The 18-year-old’s seed time coming into this event is 23.18 seconds.
“I am excited. This is my fun race and my lower pressure one. I have been feeling pretty good in the water and hopefully I can keep it going for the rest of the meet,” Bastian said.
He has two more races after this one. The Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles swimmer will swim in the heats of the 200m breast tomorrow and the heats of the 50m breast on Saturday.
While in Budapest, Team Bahamas took a tour of the city and visited St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
The six-day competition wraps up on Sunday at the Duna Arena in Budapest.
The championships began in 2006 and are held biennially for junior male and female swimmers. The three-member Bahamian team is up against some of the best junior swimmers in the world.
The meet is accommodating about 800 swimmers from 131 countries.
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