The Bahamas wraps up action at FINA worlds

The Bahamas wrapped up action at the 2019 FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Aquatics Championships at the Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwanju, South Korea, yesterday morning, July 26.

The Bahamas began action on Sunday, July 21. 

Representing The Bahamas were Izaak Bastian, Margaret Higgs, Joanna Evans and Jared Fitzgerald. 

In action for The Bahamas yesterday morning in Gwanju were Fitzgerald in the men’s 50 meters (m) freestyle and Evans in the women’s 800m freestyle.

Fitzgerald swam out of lane eight in heat seven as he powered his way to a sixth-place finish with a quick time of 24.15 seconds. He did not lower his seed time of 24.04 seconds but managed to have a good race.

Overall, the 20-year-old finished 75th out of 130 swimmers.

Earlier in the week, the University of Tampa swimmer, Fitzgerald, swam in the 100m freestyle and finished 71st out of 120 swimmers. His seed time in that event was 51.29 seconds.

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


Evans was set to be next in the pool but she and Coach Roric Fink decided to scratch the event as she received a Did Not Start (DNS) tag on the official results.

This was set to be Evans’ third race at these championships. It was a great measuring stick for her and her fellow swimmers.

“The meet was not where I would’ve liked it to be, but it is always a learning experience when you compete on the world stage,” Evans said.

“There is always something to work on and I’m excited to get back into training to work towards 2020. I’m excited because the other swimmers are fired up for the next year as well.”

As the most senior member on the team, Evans said that the small contingent had high morale.

“Morale was definitely high,” she said.

“It’s great to share knowledge amongst senior swimmers and to share inspiration and ideas for future meets and preparation.”

On Sunday morning, Evans finished 16th out of 43 swimmers in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:11.06. Evans, who celebrated birthday number 22 on Thursday, posted a time of 2:02.76 to finish 31st out of 61 swimmers in the 200m freestyle on Tuesday morning.

She is entering her final year at the University of Texas.


Higgs lowered her personal best time on Thursday morning when she swam 2:30.50 in the women’s 200m breaststroke. She finished 10th in heat two and finished 25th out of 33 swimmers. Her previous personal best was 2:30.83.

On Monday, the 20-year-old swimmer finished 35th out of 55 swimmers in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:10.65.

She will look to build on her performances at these championships when she heads to 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.


Bastian wrapped up his pool time at the championships on Tuesday when he swam in the 50m breaststroke event. He finished 49th out of 78 swimmers after posting a time of 28.98 seconds.

In the 100m breaststroke on Sunday, the 18-year-old Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles swimmer clocked 1:03.60 to finish 58th out of 87 swimmers.

He will be heading to Budapest, Hungary, to swim at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships set for August 20-25.

Not only was The Bahamas represented in the pool, but Algernon Cargill, president of the Bahamas Aquatics Federation (BAF), draped medals on podium finishers. He presented medals to the medalists in the women’s 200m freestyle.

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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