Action continued for Team Bahamas at the 2019 FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Aquatics Championships as three of the four swimmers representing the country got in the pool at the Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwanju, South Korea.
Swimming out of heat three of the women’s 100 meters (m) breaststroke on Monday, Margaret Albury Higgs was sixth in her heat and finished 35th overall out of 55 swimmers in 1:10.65. She was only about six tenths of a second off her personal best and national record time of 1:10.03 that was set at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Higgs, 20, will return to the pool for the heats of the 200m breaststroke that will be held at 10:50 a.m. Thursday morning in Gwanju, 9:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) Wednesday night in The Bahamas. Higgs will swim out of heat two and will go into that event with a seed time of 2:30.83, done at the CAC Games last year. Just the top 16 times will move on to the semifinals.
Izaak Bastian was back in the pool for the heats of the men’s 50m breast on Tuesday. He was eighth in his heat and finished 49th overall out of 79 swimmers in 28.98 seconds. Bastian, 18, went into the heats with a seed time of 28.20 seconds that was done at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships this year. He was 58th out of 87 swimmers in the men’s 100m breast in 1:03.60 on Sunday.
Bastian’s time at the world championships is done. He will now prepare for the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships which is set for August 20-25 in Budapest, Hungary, and for his sophomore year with the Florida State Seminoles.
Taking part in her second event of the FINA World Championships on Tuesday was Joanna Evans in the heats of the women’s 200m freestyle. Evans, 22, was eighth in her heat and finished 31st overall out of 61 swimmers in 2:02.76, significantly off her personal best and national record time of 1:58.03 that was done at the CAC Games last year. She was 16th out of 43 swimmers in the women’s 400m free in 4:11.06 on Sunday.
Evans will return to the pool for the heats of the 800m free at 11:54 a.m. Friday in Gwanju, 10:54 p.m. EDT Thursday night in The Bahamas. She will swim out of heat two, and just the top eight times will move on to the final. Evans goes into that event with a personal best and national record time of 8:31.18 that was done at the World University Games in 2017.
The final Bahamian to see competition for The Bahamas is Jared Fitzgerald. He swam in the heats of the men’s 100m freestyle last night but the result was unavailable up to press time. Fitzgerald, 20, will compete in the heats of the men’s 50m freestyle at 10:43 a.m. Friday morning in Gwanju, 9:43 p.m. EDT Thursday night in The Bahamas. He will swim out of heat seven, and goes into that event with a seed time of 24.04 seconds that was done at the REV Bahamas National Swimming Championships this year.