Collegiate swimmers in action over the weekend

It was a busy weekend for four Bahamian collegiate swimmers as they were in their respective pools at two National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) swim meets this past weekend.

The swimmers who were in action were Izaak Bastian representing the Florida State University Seminoles, Lilly Higgs representing the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, her sister Margaret Albury Higgs representing University of South Carolina Gamecocks and Davante Carey swimming for the McKendree University Bearcats.

Bastian and the Higgs sisters were in action at the Georgia Technical University Meet at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

On Friday night, Bastian made the NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 50-yard freestyle when he clocked 19.93 seconds to finish first in the ‘C’ final.

The sophomore swimmer helped the Seminoles secure the second spot in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:09.56. The team included Bastian, Griffin Alaniz, Max McCusker and Peter Varjasi.

That same quartet returned to the pool on Saturday night to swim in the 200-yard medley relay. They clocked 1:24.80 to finish second, and made the NCAA ‘B’ time.

Bastian was back in the pool on Saturday night when he swam in the 100-yard breaststroke. His time in that race was 53.51 seconds, and he finished fourth in that race to get the NCAA ‘B’ time.

Bastian was back in the pool last night but no results from Sunday were available up to press time. His next meet will be at home for FSU in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, January 11, 2020. They will go up against the University of Alabama in a dual meet.

Lilly Higgs was brilliant in her 100-yard breaststroke when she touched the wall second in 1:00.56 to make the NCAA ‘B’ time. In that same race was her sister Margaret Albury Higgs who finished fourth in a time of 1:00.81. She also made the NCAA ‘B’ time.

Albury Higgs was in action on Friday night in the 200-yard Individual Medley (IM). She clocked 1:59.73 to record a NCAA ‘B’ time.

Both sisters were in the pool last night, but no results were available up to press time.

Lilly Higgs’ next meet will be the Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday December 4. Margaret Albury Higgs’ next meet will be at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, on Saturday January 11, 2020.

Carey was exceptional in the pool at the Purdue University Invite. He swam a whopping five individual races and four relay races in the short course portion of the meet. All of his events were done in personal best times. The former Queen’s College student then swam in the Purdue Invite long course time trials which was done yesterday morning. He finished that meet with a personal best time of 58.12 seconds in the 100 meters (m) back.

That meant his previous personal best time, which happened to also be the national record, was lowered. The previous record was 58.96 seconds that he set in June of this year.

In the short course portion of the meet on Friday night, Carey swam the 100 yards race in 48.95 seconds. He made the NCAA ‘B’ standard. That time is also the sixth-fastest time to qualify for the 2019-2020 NCAA Division II Championships.

In the 50-yard backstroke, the freshman clocked a personal best time of 22.42 seconds for the fourth-fastest time in NCAA Division II this season. He helped his team to three school records and top five times in the NCAA Division II.

In the 200-yard medley relay, Carey along with teammates John Heaphy, Gregg Luchinsky and Alexander Skinner finished in a time of 1:28.70. They finished third in the ‘A’ final.

The 400-yard medley relay saw Carey along with Heaphy, Matija Pucarevic and Skinner finish in a school record time of 3:15.88. They finished fifth in the ‘A’ final and now have the third-fastest time in the NCAA Division II.

In their final relay of the meet on Saturday night, Carey along with Pucarevic, Luca Simonetti and Skinner clocked 3.00.51 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. They finished eighth in the ‘A’ final and recorded a new school record. That time was the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA Division II this season.

Carey will return to the pool on January 11, 2020 at the Washington University in St. Louis Meet in O’Fallon, Illinois.

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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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