Fitzgerald, Higgs in action at FINA Worlds

Action continued for Team Bahamas at the 2019 FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Aquatics Championships at the Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwanju, South Korea.

In action on Wednesday morning for the first time in the pool was 20-year-old Jared Fitzgerald in the preliminary rounds of the men’s 100 meters (m) freestyle. Fitzgerald swam out of lane zero in heat five, touching the wall in 51.88 seconds. He finished ninth in that heat out of 10 swimmers. His splits were 25.26 seconds in the first 50 and 26.62 in the second 50 meters.

Overall, Fitzgerald finished 71st out of 120 swimmers after coming into the event with a seed time of 51.29 seconds.

The University of Tampa swimmer still has one more event to swim in, the 50m freestyle. That race is set for this morning at 10:43 in Gwanju, 9:43 p.m. EDT last night in The Bahamas. His seed time in that event is 24.04 seconds. No results were available up to press time.

After that race, the 20-year-old will head to Lima, Peru, to represent The Bahamas at the 18th Pan American Games.

In action yesterday morning in Gwanju, Wednesday night in The Bahamas, was Margaret Albury-Higgs in the 200m breaststroke. Higgs swam in heat two, lane nine, and touched the wall in 2:30.50. She finished 10th in that heat.

Overall, she finished 25th out of 33 swimmers, lowering her personal best time from 2:30.83 to 2:30.50.

Earlier in the week, Higgs finished 35th out of 55 swimmers in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:10.65.

Higgs, 20, is now done at the championships. She will look to build on her performances at these championships when she heads to Lima, Peru, to swim in the Pan American Games. She will also look to continue to build on her illustrious career at the University of South Carolina this fall.

Swimming in the final event for Team Bahamas will be Joanna Evans. She will compete in the 800m freestyle preliminaries today at 11.54 a.m. in Gwanju, 10.54 p.m. EDT last night locally. Her seed time going into that event is 8:44.53. She was set to swim in heat three, lane four.

She finished 16th out of 43 swimmers in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:11.06, and posted a time of 2:02.76 to finish 31st out of 61 swimmers in the 200m freestyle.

Bastian is the fourth member of the team who represented The Bahamas. He has wrapped up his pool time at the championships. In the 100m breaststroke, the 18-year-old Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles swimmer clocked 1:03.60 to finish 58th out of 87 swimmers. In the 50m breaststroke, he finished 49th out of 78 swimmers after posting a time of 28.98 seconds.

After this meet, the Bahamas Aquatics Federation (BAF) will turn its attention to the 2019 Pan American Games where 10 Bahamian swimmers will be competing against some of the top swimmers in the region. The swimming portion will be held at the VIDENA Aquatics Center and gets underway on August 6.

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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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