Bahamas finishes fifth at Goodwill Games
Team Bahamas racked up 414 points to finish in fifth place at the 2019 Goodwill Games at the swimming pool of the VOS in Paramaribo, Suriname, which wrapped up on Sunday, August 18, 2019.
Winning the meet for a sixth straight time was Trinidad and Tobago with 1470 points. In a distant second with 986.5 points was Jamaica. The host nation was third with a score of 940.5 points.
The Bahamas finished with 32 medals – five golds, 17 silvers and 10 bronze.
The Bahamas’ male team finished in fourth place with 270 points. Trinidad and Tobago was atop that division with 761 points. Suriname was second with 447.5 points. Rounding out the top three in that division was Jamaica with 416 points.
On the female side, Team Bahamas ended with 144 points to finish in fifth place. Trinidad and Tobago gained 673 points to finish first in that division. Jamaica was second with 544.5 points and third place was captured by Suriname with 481 points.
The Bahamas was very strong in the combined 13-14 age group as they finished third behind Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica with 185 points. Trinidad and Tobago finished with 304 points to win that division and Jamaica was close behind with 302 points.
In the 11-12 boys age group, The Bahamas was third with 119 points. Guyana carted off with 145. Trinidad and Tobago was second with 142 points.
The Bahamas also finished third place in the boys’ 13-14 age group with 80 points. Trinidad won that age category with 177 points. Jamaica was second with 124 points.
The girls’ 13-14 age group saw The Bahamas finishing third with 105 points. Jamaica was the winner with 187 points. Trinidad was second in that age group with 127 points.
The Bahamas was strong in the 13-14 girls’ category as two swimmers finished in the top three position. Dedrie Higgs had a great meet as she and Jamaica’s Aaliyah Heaven finished tied for first place with 57 points. Mia Sastre finished third behind them with 48 points.
Higgs and Sastre won the gold and silver medals in the 13-14 girls’ 200 meters (m) individual medley (IM) respectively. Higgs won that race in 2:43.39 and Sastre finished with 2:45.01. Touching the wall third was Trinidad and Tobago’s Jade Foncette. Her time was 2:47.06.
The Bahamian duo was not done as yet. They went on to win the gold and silver medals in the 13-14 girls’ 200m freestyle. Higgs won that race with a time of 2:22.87. Sastre recorded a time of 2:24.19. Foncetta was third again as she finished with a time of 2:26.08.
Sastre decided to set a personal best time of 1:11.96 to win the gold medal in the 13-14 girls’ 100m butterfly. Heaven was the silver medalist with a time of 1:15.08. Jamaica’s Taeija-Lee Hall-Watts was the bronze medalist with a close 1:15.38.
Team Bahamas’ Donald Saunders gave a valiant effort as he was close to winning the high-point award in the boys’ 9-10 age group. He finished second with 53 points. He was two points shy of Trinidad and Tobago’s Liam Carrington who finished with 55 points. Carrignton’s teammate Christiano Rivas was third with 41 points.
Caleb Ferguson of The Bahamas was in a three-way tie for third place in the boys’ 11-12 age group with 31 points. He was tied with Trinidad and Tobago’s Andre Sandy and Guyana’s Vladimir Woodroffe.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Khadeem Braithwaite won that division with 51.5 points. Guyana’s Elliott Gonsalves was second place with 43 points.
The Bahamas’ Rondon Williams won the gold medal in the 13-14 boys’ 50m backstroke with a personal best time of 31.47 seconds.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Keishawn Daniel was the silver medalist with a time of 31.82 seconds. The bronze medal was picked up by Jamaica’s Adrian Balfour who recorded a time of 32.79 seconds.
Daniel Ferguson III also picked up a gold medal for The Bahamas. He did it on the boys’ 11-12 age category 100m butterfly with a personal best time of 1:06.98. The silver was won by Gonsalves with a time of 1:11.54. Sandy captured the bronze medal with a time of 1:12.71.
Shirley Mireault was the head coach. The team was managed by Patrick Ferguson.
Last year, The Bahamas finished third with 670.5 points and 53 total medals – 21 golds, 16 silvers and 16 bronze.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism