Bastian is a part of record-setting relay team

Bahamian collegiate swimmer Izaak Bastian has etched his name in the record books again, as he and the Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles’ men’s 200-yard medley relay team swam to a new school record at the Morcom Aquatics Center, competing against the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers in a dual meet in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday.

The junior and his teammates, freshman Mason Herbert, sophomore Peter Varjasi and sophomore Domsen Demsar, swam 1:26.85 to win that race. Bastian’s split was 24.34 seconds.

LSU ‘A’ team was second with a time of 1:28.61, and finishing third was the Seminoles ‘B’ team in 1:28.92.

Overall, Bastian and the Seminoles men’s team won the dual meet, 170.5-91.5, to sport a perfect 3-0 win-loss record include 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), on the season. FSU men’s swimming is nationally ranked at number 16.

Bastian swam two individual races over the weekend – the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events.

He finished tied for second in the 100-yard breast in 55.40 seconds, as LSU’s Luca Pfyffer also touched the wall in 55.40 seconds. Winning the race was LSU’s Mitchell Mason who posted a time of 54.96 seconds.

In the 200-yard breast, Bastian was third overall with a time of 2:02.02. Finishing second with a time of 2:01.79 was Mason, and Pfyffer was the winner in this race after he posted a time of 2:00.18.

Next up for Bastian and the Seminoles is a matchup in their home pool against the Gardner-Webb University Running Bulldogs on Saturday at 11 a.m.

After that meet, the Seminoles will face the Auburn University Tigers at Auburn, Alabama, on Wednesday, January 20. That will be their last dual meet before the ACC Swimming Championships, set for February 24-27.

It has been tough for Bastian since his 2019-2020 season came to a halt in March 2020, as he looks to continue his development and possibly qualify for the 2021 Olympics. He has a chance to lower his times this coming Saturday.

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Simba French

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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