More CARIFTA qualifiers on final day of BSC meet

Bahamian junior swimmers continue to excel in the water this season, as even more were able to qualify for CARIFTA on the second day of the 9th Annual Leno Barracuda Swim Club Invitational, at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex on Sunday.

The new date for the 2021 CARIFTA Aquatics Championships has not been set as yet. It was set for Easter Weekend, April 3-6, in Wildey, Barbados. A date will be confirmed early next month.

The Barracuda Swim Club saw its very own Grace Farrington powering her way to meet the CARIFTA standards when she clocked 2:41.14 to win the 15-17 girls 200 meters (m) breaststroke. Alpha Aquatics Club’s Mikayla Blacquiere was the only other competitor in the race. She finished that race in 3:05.11.

The Barracuda Swim Club’s Rhanishka Gibbs continued her good swims on the weekend, when she powered her way to dip under the CARIFTA qualifying time in the 13-14 girls 50m breast. She clocked 35.89 seconds to win that event. Also going under the CARIFTA qualifying time was Alpha’s Maria Fox, who clocked 38.41 seconds to finish second. Mako Aquatics Club’s Tia-Isabella Adderley finished third in 38.97 seconds.

In the long-distance race, 14-year-old Barracuda swimmer Kyana Higgs was spectacular in the 13-14 girls 400m individual medley (IM). She was able to go under the CARIFTA qualifying time as she swam her way to touch the wall first in 5:44.91. Her teammate, Khalilah Barr finished behind her with a time of 6:19.15.

Alpha Aquatics Club’s Zaylie-Elizabeth Thompson won the 15-17 girls 200m freestyle when she swam 2:17.58 to meet the CARIFTA qualifying standard. Second place was won by Lyford Swim Club’s Delaney Mizell, who touched the wall in 2:21.01. Mia Sastre, who swam unattached, was third when she posted 2:23.79.

There were awards given out to the high-point achiever for both the boys and the girls in every age category. The winners were chosen according to who racked up the most points.

There was a tie in the 15 and over men age category as two Barracuda swimmers, Msanaa Bosland and Emmanuel Gadson, tied for 32 points. Over on the women’s side in that age category, it was Grace Farrington who scored 36 points to win the high-point trophy.

The 13-14 boys saw a narrow finish as Turks and Caicos Aquatics swimmer Tajhari Williams won with 41 points. For the 13-14 girls, it was Kyana Higgs who walked away with the high-point trophy when she was able to rake in 52 points. She had a 20-point advantage on her closest competitor.

Blue Waves Swim Club swimmer Dijon Simmons swam away with the high-point trophy in the 11-12 boys category. He scored 49 points. The Barracuda Swim Club’s Trinity Pratt convincingly won the 11-12 girls high-point trophy when she finished with a nine-point advantage. She scored 51 points.

In the 9-10 boys age category, the Barracuda Swim Club’s David Singh scored 54 points to win the high-point award. His teammate, Christin-Alyssa Clarke won the 9-10 girls age group with 42 points.

It was eight-year-old Kriston Rolle, who swam under the Blue Waves Swim Club,  who came away with the 8-and-under boys high-point award when he finished with 46 points. On the girls’ side it was Mako Aquatics Club’s eight-year old Taylen Nicholls winning the high-point trophy when she scored 41 points.

Next on the swimming calendar will be the Bahamas Aquatics Federation’s Last Chance Meet 2021, slated for March 5-6. It will be a FINA (International Swimming Federation) sanctioned 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games and 2021 FINA Short Course Worlds meet.

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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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