Bahamian swimming trio in NCAA action
A trio of Bahamian National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) swimmers, namely Izaak Bastian, DaVante Carey and Luke-Kennedy Thompson, are in the pool as they competed successfully for their various schools last weekend.
Bastian, a sophomore swimmer for the Florida Southern University Seminoles at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta Georgia. His Seminoles went up against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, October 26.
Bastian swam in the 200 yards medley relay, 100 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard breast.
In the 100 yard breast, the decorated CARIFTA swimmer touched the wall first in a time of 55.49 seconds. His splits were 26.10 seconds in the first 50 yards and 29.39 in the second 50 yards.
Bastian finished ahead of Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Yang who swam in 56.18 seconds. Third place went to Yang’s teammate Daniel Kertesz. He finished the race in 56.42 seconds.
Bastian returned to the pool to swim in the 200 yard breast where he finished second place with a time of 2:03.15.
Georgia Tech’s Caio Pumputis was the first one to touch the wall in that race. His time was 2:01.59. Tanner Doan finished behind Bastian as he recorded a time of 2:03.54.
Bastian and his Seminoles teammates of Griffin Alaniz, Max McCusker and Peter Varjasi finished second in the 200 yards medley relay. Their time was 1:29.85.
Georgia Tech’s A team won that race with a time of 1:29.25. Third place went to the Seminoles’ B team 1:32.25.
The breaststroker had a busy summer swimming for The Bahamas on the world stage at both the FINA (International Swimming Federation) Junior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
He will return to the pool on Friday, November 8, when the Seminoles head to the University of Florida to face them.
On Saturday, November 9, they will play host to Florida Southern University, the University of North Florida and the University of West Florida.
Thompson was also in action for his Howard University Bison in the NCAA Division I on Saturday. His school was in action against Mary Washington University at home as they remain unbeaten on the season with three straight wins.
Thompson was in the pool for two races. He won comfortably in the 1000 yards freestyle swimming with a time of 10:07.28.
Mary Washington captured second and third in that race. Noah Carpenter was second with a time of 10:15.81 and Austin Farrar was third as he recorded a time of 10:31.56.
Thompson was second in the 400 yards individual medley, swimming in a time of 4:16.99. He was close behind Carpenter who won that race with a time of 4:16.81. Farrar was third again as he recorded a time of 4:28.53.
The long-distance specialist who had a great CARIFTA Games this year in Wildey, Barbados, was also a part of The Bahamas swimming team at the Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru over the summer.
The freshman and his Bison was in action last night against American University. No results were available at press time.
Carey was in action in NCAA Division II for his McKendree University Bearcats on Saturday at the Lindenwood Invite in St. Charles, Missouri.
He took part in four races – two individual and two relays. The former Queen’s College student swam in the 200 yards medley relay, 50 yards freestyle, 100 yards backstroke and the 200 yards freestyle.
In the 200 yards medley relay, he and his teammates John Heaphy, Gregg Lichinsky and Xander Skinner set a new school record with a time of 1:30.27.
Finishing second place was the University of Indianapolis A team with a time of 1:30.30. Drury University A team finished third with a time 1:31.01.
Carey’s other podium finish was in the 100 yard back where he finished third. His time was 49.93 seconds.
Delta State University’s Giulio Brugnoni won that race in a time of 49.44 seconds. Second place went to Drury’s Nathan Bighetti who touched the wall in 49.55 seconds.
The Bahamian helped his men’s team to a second place finish at the meet. The freshman and his Bearcats will be in the pool competing on Friday, November 8, at the Drury Invitational.
Like Bastian and Thompson, Carey was remarkable at the 2019 CARIFTA Games. He represented The Bahamas at this year’s Pan-Am Games and the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in the summer.
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