Team Bahamas sees action at junior worlds

Lamar Taylor, Izaak Bastian and DaVante Carey were all in the pool on Thursday morning as the 7th FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Junior Swimming Championships continued at the Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

Carey and Taylor were in the 50 meters (m) backstroke event and finished 40th and 41st overall respectively. There were 85 swimmers who competed in that event.

Taylor and Bastian were in the 50m freestyle event and finished 31st and 33rd respectively. There were 110 swimmers in that event.

Carey powered his way to a time of 27.09 seconds in the 50m back. He swam in heat number eight and finished 10th in that heat and 40th overall. Carey, the national record holder in that event, was off his record-breaking time of 26.46 seconds that he swam at the 2019 REV National Swimming Championships here in Nassau.

Taylor was unable to lower his personal best of 27.14 seconds in the 50m back after recording a time of 27.31 seconds. He finished 10th in heat number six and was 41st overall.

In the 50m free, Taylor finished in a time of 23.52 seconds to finish 10th in heat number 10 and 31st overall. It was about two tenths of a seconds off his personal best of 23.33 seconds.

His teammate, Bastian, swam that race in 23.60 seconds, swimming in heat 12 and finishing eighth in that heat and 33rd overall. It was not near his personal best time of 23.18 seconds. Before the race, Bastian said this was a fun race for him and that he felt no pressure.

The Bahamian trio will return to the pool today and will wrap up action at the championships tomorrow.

Taylor, who hails from Grand Bahama, will be in the pool today swimming in the heats of the 50m fly. His seed time in this event is 25.60 seconds.

He will swim in the 100m free heats tomorrow morning, and his personal best time in that event is 52.58 seconds.

Carey, a recent graduate of Queen’s College, will swim in his final event of the meet in the 50m fly today. He has a personal best time of 25.03 seconds in that event.

Bastian, a Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles swimmer, will swim in the heats of the 200m breast today and the heats of the 50m breast tomorrow. His personal best in the 200m breast is 2:18.03, and in the 50m breast, his personal best is 28.20 seconds.

The six-day competition wraps up on Sunday at the Duna Arena in Budapest.

The championships began in 2006 and are held biennially for junior male and female swimmers. The three-member Bahamian team is up against some of the best junior swimmers in the world.

The meet is accommodating about 800 swimmers from 131 countries.

Jump Line – The six-day competition wraps up on Sunday at the Duna Arena in Budapest

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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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