Carey off to impressive start for McKendree

Bahamian freshman swimmer DaVante Carey put on a show during his first meet at the McKendree University at the 2nd annual St. Louis Showcase in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Saturday, September 16.

Carey is known for the backstroke and the butterfly but in this, his first collegiate meet, he swam all four strokes including the breaststroke and freestyle.

In the 50 meters (m) butterfly sprint, the 17-year-old finished first overall with a new meet record time of 25.68 seconds. The former meet record in that event was held by the Bearcats’ Matija Pucarevic, who swam 26.40 seconds.

Second to Carey in that event was Lindenwood University’s Patryk Winiatowski who posted a time of 25.83 seconds. Third place went to Carey’s teammate Gregg Lichinsky who recorded a time of 25.93 seconds.

The 17-year-old inked his name in the meet’s record book when he swam a blistering 27.96 seconds to win the 50m backstroke. This event is his best event as he holds the Bahamian national record of 26.46 in that event.

Finishing close behind Carey with a time of 28.05 seconds was St. Louis University’s Janssen Gamilla. Gerald Brown of Lindenwood finished third with a time of 28.25 seconds. Brown held the previous record in this event with 28.83 seconds.

The recent Queen’s College graduate was not done in the pool yet. He returned and swam in the 50m breaststroke. He was impressive in that event as he swam to a second-place finish. His time in this event was 31.34 seconds.

Austin Stevenson of the University of Missouri-St. Louis was the top finisher in the meet. His time was 31.19 seconds. Third place saw Lindenwood University’s Maxime Eekhof finishing with a time of 31.35 seconds.

In his final individual race of the day, the 50m freestyle, Carey finished 18th place with a time of 25.38 seconds. It is not a normal race for him, but it seems like he may be called upon to swim all four strokes for the Bearcats.

The Bearcats went first and second in that event. Winning that race was Xander Skinner who touched the wall in 23.20 seconds. Pucarevic was second with a time of 24.23 seconds. Winiatowski carted off the third-place finish with a time of 24.41 seconds.

Carey was a part of the record-breaking mixed 200m medley relay team. His Bearcats carted off with the top time of 1:57.32. That lowered the school’s own record at the meet of 1:57.40.

Lindenwood University’s A and B teams were second and third place, respectively. The A team’s time was 1:57.59. The B team posted a time of 1:57.89.

The Bearcats finished first in the men’s team rankings with 485 points. Lindenwood University was behind them with 481.50 points. Third place went to St. Louis University which tallied 314.50 points.

Overall, Carey and his Bearcats finished third with the combined scores of 767 points. St. Louis finished first with 986 points and Lindenwood was second with 907 points.

The Bearcats will jump back into the pool at the Southern Illinois University swim meet in O’Fallon, Illinois on Friday, October 4.

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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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