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The Bahamas beats Trinidad Tobago

July 21, 2017

It might not be the results they had envisioned, or hoped for, but the beach volleyball experience for The Bahamas at the 6th Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) here in Nassau, The Bahamas, ended on a positive note yesterday morning as the progress in the sport became evident.
The two boys teams battled each other with the 'A' squad of Nathan Wert and Kyle Wilson coming out on top over the 'B' squad of Aaron Springer and James Cleare; and in girls play, not only did The Bahamas actually win a set, but they scored an impressive victory over Trinidad & Tobago.
Up until yesterday morning, The Bahamas had come up empty in 20 sets against international opponents. It looked like much of the same would continue as the Trini pair of Tsyan Selvon and Ebony Williams jumped out to an early lead against Mechelle Moss and LaTavia Braynen in the seventh and eighth place game for the girls. They took the opening set, but Moss and Braynen never gave up. They battled back to take the final two sets, and salvage a victory to bring their beach volleyball experience to a close at the CYG Bahamas 2017. In the end, they prevailed, 15-21, 21-18 and 15-10.
The Bahamas scored six straight points on Moss' serve to pull away from Trinidad & Tobago in the final set.
"We just stayed focussed and upbeat, and we were able to come out on top," said Moss. "It feels great to finally come out with a victory. We improved in a lot of areas, and that's a good thing. We fought hard and we kept believing in ourselves. The first set was kind of close so we knew that we had the ability to play with them - we just stayed focussed and kept battling."
The six straight on Moss' serve in the third set broke an 8-8 deadlock, and gave The Bahamas six match points. Trinidad & Tobago quickly erased two of them, prompting Team Bahamas Coach Glen Rolle to call a timeout. That served to settle the team down, as they put the match away on the next point. An attempted kill by Trinidad & Tobago sailed long, and Team Bahamas celebrated a hard fought victory.
"We only needed one more point to win the match, and we got it," said Moss. "I love this sport, and would love to continue playing it. I could see myself playing again for The Bahamas in the future. We just have to continue to work hard and we'll get better."
Rolle concurs.
"These girls worked hard for this, and it shows that hard work pays off," said Rolle. "Whenever you could get a win, it's a good day, and I'm just happy that we were able to do it today. The girls started to get comfortable, and once they got comfortable, they started playing much better. They executed and came out on top. I'm very happy for them."
Rolle said that beach volleyball program is on the right track, and it's just up to them as coaches to continue to develop the young players.
"We're trying to get this program to the highest level possible," he said. "We want to be able to qualify for the junior worlds, and then the Olympics after that. We have the resources. We have the beaches, we have the sand. We just need to come together now, and make things better for one another. We have all the tools to be successful," he added.
Moss is getting ready to go off to college in the fall, but said that the sporting discipline of beach volleyball is definitely something that she could see herself progressing in, in the future.
Braynen was also upbeat about the victory, and is looking forward to better results in beach volleyball in the future.
"It feels really good to get this win. Beach volleyball is a lot of fun, but you have to play hard to accomplish what you want to in the sport. We got more comfortable as we moved through the tournament, and we played better," she said.
In the boys game, Wert and Wilson defeated Springer and Cleare in straight sets, 21-15 and 21-8. It was their only victory of the competition. Wert and Wilson finished 11th in the competition, while Springer and Cleare were 12th.
"Even though we had a lot of losses, it was a great experience," said Wert. "This was our first tournament together, and we got some invaluable experience. We did our best and it was a lot of fun. I could definitely see myself going further in the sport," he added.
The gold and bronze medal matches, in both genders, will be held this morning at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility at the foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge.
The CYG Bahamas 2017 continues today with six of the nine sports on the docket. Over 1,000 athletes from 64 countries are competing in the CYG Bahamas 2017.

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Bastian wins bronze for The Bahamas

July 21, 2017

Izaak Bastian won the country's sixth medal at the 6th Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) last night, and his second, touching the wall in a personal best time in third place in the boys 100 meters (m) breast.
One night after touching the wall in second place in the boys 50m breast at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex, Bastian came back in the longer race and won bronze. He finished in 1:03.71.
Michael Houlie, of South Africa, won the gold medal in 1:01.86, and Zongxian Khoo, of Singapore, captured the silver in 1:03.41. Bastian barely held off Heath Macleod, of Australia, who was fourth in 1:03.81.
"It feels really good," said Bastian. "I just went as fast as I could and came away with something. That's a good feeling. I turned and I felt the others were still with me so I just picked it up. I just put it all on the line, especially the last 25. Coming back home, I felt really good so I just went for it. I wish I had gone out a lil faster. That's the only thing I wish I would have done differently. I'm doing the best that I could to represent my country, and to come away with two medals at one of the highest levels for junior athletes is a good feeling."
That last half of the race was something special for Bastian. He touched the wall at the 50m mark in last place, but passed five swimmers coming home to win the bronze medal for The Bahamas. It was the fourth bronze and sixth medal in total for The Bahamas at these Commonwealth Youth Games.
The Bahamas placed two athletes in the final of the girls version of the race and just missed coming away with another medal.
Swimming in her third final of the youth games, and coming off a silver medal performance in the 50m breast, Abaconian Lilly Higgs powered her way to a fourth place finish in the girls 100m breast last night.
Higgs swam a new Bahamian national record of 1:11.40 to finish fourth. It was a personal best time for her by more than half of a second.
"It's always hard to come fourth because you are so close to getting a medal, but it was a good race for me so I'm really proud about it," said Higgs. "Taking a look at my splits, I wish I took it out a lil faster, and I might have been able to do a bit better. Other than that, I think it was a well executed race for me and I'm pretty happy about it."
Hanim Abrahams won the gold medal in 1:10.14, Ciara Smith, of New Zealand, was second in 1:10.72, and Christie Chue, of Singapore, just out-touched Higgs for the bronze medal, finishing in 1:11.07. The other Bahamian in the race, Victoria Russell, was eighth in 1:14.82.
"I was a nit nervous because originally I was seeded ninth, but I just said to myself that I have nothing to lose," said Russell. "I went out there and did as best as I could. It was a good feeling just to make the final. I could see myself progressing, and that's a good feeling. I'm just going to continue working hard to get to big meets like this and try to represent my country well."
The other Bahamian in the boys 100m breast, William Russell, swam 1:07.38 in his morning heat and finished 14th overall.
In the girls 400m free, Zoe McCarroll was 12th overall in 4:51.12, and Brianna Nesbitt finished 13th overall in 4:54.51.
In the boys 400m free, Alec sands finished 16th overall in 4:13.98, and Joshua Roberts was 19th overall in 4:31.72.
In the girls 100m fly, Jolise Newbold finished 19th overall in 1:10.68.
In the boys 100m fly, Ian Pinder was tied for 14th overall in 58.59 seconds, and Miller Albury was 18th overall in 58.95 seconds.
In the girls 200m back, Virginia Stamp finished 13th overall in 2:33.04, and Celia Campbell was 14th overall in 2:39.96. In the boys version of that race, Peter Morley was 10th overall in 2:10.27, and Miller Albury finished 14th overall in 2:20.59.
Finally for The Bahamas in swimming on Friday night, the mixed 4x100m free relay team of Miller Albury, Izaak Bastian, Lilly Higgs and Victoria Russell, finished 10th in 3:50.33. Singapore won the gold medal in 3:36.01, England finished second in 3:36.17, and Scotland won the bronze medal in 3:37.05.
The CYG Bahamas 2017 continues today and runs through the weekend. Over 1,000 athletes from 64 countries are competing in the CYG Bahamas 2017.

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The Bahamas finishes winless in rugby competition

July 21, 2017

It's been a rough ride for The Bahamas' junior national rugby team at the sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) here in Nassau, The Bahamas.
Playing over at the original Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium, The Bahamas has struggled to score during the competition, and has also struggled to keep opponents off the scoreboard.
They were blasted again yesterday, but managed to score their second try of the competition, thereby showing some progress. The Bahamas feel to Sri Lanka in the fifth and sixth place game, 43-5. Sri Lanka was up 26-0 at the end of the first half, and outscored The Bahamas, 17-5, in the second half.
In its previous five matches, The Bahamas had been outscored, 308-5. They finished with a winless 0-6 record in the competition.
Samoa won the gold medal, doubling up England, 10-5. England settled for the silver medal. Fiji captured the bronze medal, beating Canada, 28-14, in the bronze medal game.
In girls play, Australia won the gold medal, beating Canada in the gold medal game, 31-5. Wales won the bronze medal, taking care of the Fiji Islands in the bronze medal game, 19-14.
The Bahamas didn't have a girls team in the competition.
The CYG Bahamas 2017 continues today and runs through tomorrow. Over 1,000 athletes from 64 countries are competing in the CYG Bahamas 2017.

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Fans missing out on great games as Bahamas lands two silvers
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DESPITE reports of low attendance at some events associated with the Commonwealth Youth Games being hosted in the capital this week, federation representatives for the games yesterday applauded the Local Organising Committee for "enduring gracefully"...

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Silver medals for The Bahamas

July 21, 2017

One got the feeling that it would be a special night for The Bahamas when Lilly Higgs came into the 50 meters (m) breast final highly ranked, and another Bahamian joined her in the finals as Izaak Bastian qualified in the boys race.
As it turned out, both won silver medals for The Bahamas on the second night of swimming of the 6th Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Aquatics Centre. They got the first silver medals at these games for The Bahamas, adding to the two bronze medals the host country got in judo.
Higgs touched the wall in 32.52 seconds last night for the silver. Christie May Chue, of Singapore, won the gold medal in 32.38 seconds, and the top qualifier from the morning session, Ciara Smith, of New Zealand, had to settle for the bronze medal in 32.56 seconds.
"I was seeded third going into the final so I knew that I had a good chance to win a medal," said Higgs last night. "I just had to go out there and execute, and that's what I did. It's such an honor to represent The Bahamas and to get a medal here at home makes it even sweeter. In warm-ups I worked on my start a bit 'cause I knew that I had to get out fast tonight. It feels good to perform well and get a silver medal. It all turned out well," she added.
In the boys race, Bastian was more than half of a second faster than his previous personal best time as he touched the wall in 28.77 seconds. Michael Houlie, of South Africa, won the gold medal in 27.68 seconds.
Bastian was second, and ZongXian Khoo, of Singapore, finished third in 29.19 seconds.
"This is one of the more special medals that I have ever won because of the level of the meet and the level of support that I got tonight," said Bastian. "These are people I never raced before, so I didn't know what to expect tonight. I just went out there and gave it my all, and came away with a silver medal. I'm elated with that. This gives me a lot of momentum and confidence going into the rest of the summer."
Bastian, who attends high school in the United States, is expected to represent The Bahamas at the 6th FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Junior Swimming Championships later this summer. Those championships will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, from August 23-27, 2017. As for the race last night, at 16 he was the youngest athlete in the final. He said he didn't know what to expect and is happy that he came away with the silver.
"I knew I was in the race, but I didn't know where I was. I just went out there and gave it my all. Seeing second was a complete shock, and it felt really nice," he said.
Higgs said that for both of them to win silver medals is huge for The Bahamas' swimming program. It's the first medals in swimming for The Bahamas at the Commonwealth Youth Games level.
"I was able to turn around and watch Izaak's race, and for both of us to get a silver medal for The Bahamas, that's a great feeling. I'm glad that we could get it done," said Higgs.
The other Bahamian in the girls 50m breast, Victoria Russell, was the first alternate for the final. She missed the final by three one hundredths of a second, finishing ninth overall in 34.40 seconds.
Bahamian Tyler Russell was 13th overall in the boys 50m breast, finishing in 30.34 seconds in the morning preliminaries.
In the boys 50m back, Devante Carey missed the final by three spots, finishing 11th overall in 27.61 seconds. His teammate, Miller Albury, was 13th overall in 27.99 seconds.
In the girls 400m Individual Medley (IM), Katherine Slatter had to settle for 11th overall, finishing in 5:47.63. In the boys version of that race, Alec Sands was 12th overall in 4:44.51, and his teammate Tristan Russell finished 16th overall in 5:04.37.
In the girls 50m back, Virginia Stamp had to settle for 14th overall, finishing in 31.28 seconds. Her teammate, Katelyn Cabral, was 18th overall, finishing in 32.40 seconds.
In the boys 100m free, Miller Albury touched the wall in 14th place overall, finishing in 53.98 seconds. Kevon Lockhart was 20th overall, touching the wall in 55.40 seconds in his morning heat.
The only Bahamian in the girls 100m free, Katelyn Cabral, was 24th overall in 1:03.46.
In the final race of the night, The Bahamas' mixed 4x200m freestyle relay team of Miller Albury, Zoe McCarroll, Alec Sands and Lilly Higgs, finished eighth overall in 8:33.67. New Zealand won the gold in 7:50.85, England won the silver medal in 7:55.79, and Australia won the bronze medal in 7:57.74.
In beach volleyball, the ride came to an end for The Bahamas as the girls dropped their quarter-final match to Scotland at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility yesterday. The team of Mechelle Moss and LaTavia Braynen lost in straight sets, 21-5 and 21- 14, their third straight loss at the CYG Bahamas 2017.
The Scottish squad of Jennifer Lee and Emma Waldie wasted little time with the Bahamian duo, ending the match in less than a half hour. The first set lasted just 12 minutes and the second was 16. The Bahamas went on to lose a relegation match to England, and will now play Trinidad & Tobago in the seventh and eighth place game.
The British pair of Ellena Jane Austin and Yasmin Kaashoek disposed of Moss and Braynen in straight sets, 21-10 and 21-15. It was their second victory over The Bahamas in the six-day competition. The Bahamas will play the Trinidad & Tobago team of Tsyan Selvon and Ebony Williams in the seventh and eighth place game at 10:40 a.m. this morning.
In boys play, The Bahamas' 'A' team of Nathan Wert and Kyle Wilson lost to the Jamaican team of Javarie James and Daunte Smith in straight sets, 21-17 and 21-6, and will now play The Bahamas' 'B' team, Aaron Springer and James Cleare, in the 11th and 12th place game. That game is scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning. Springer and Cleare lost their relegation match to the Trinidad & Tobago team of Devaughn Martin and Daynte Stewart in straight sets, 21-8 and 21-15.
The CYG Bahamas 2017 continues today and runs through the weekend. Over 1,000 athletes from 64 countries are competing in the CYG Bahamas 2017.

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The Bahamas crashes out of tennis competition at CYG

July 21, 2017

The tennis segment of the 6th Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) is now over for Team Bahamas.
Bahamian Donte Armbrister gave it all he could yesterday, but came up just short against Eleftherios Neos, of Cyprus, in boys singles. Isabel Donaldson lost in straight sets in girls singles, and the duo of Armbrister and Donaldson fell in the mixed doubles competition.
In boys singles, in a match that was delayed twice because of rain, Armbrister battled hard but fell in straight sets to a player who is ranked nearly 1,000 slots ahead of him on the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) rankings for juniors. Armbrister lost, 6-4 and 6-3.
Armbrister is at number 1265 in the ITF Juniors Rankings, and his opponent Neos was at number 278 going into the match. Still, that didn't stop the gutsy young Bahamian from giving it his all against the more seasoned Neos.
"It was a good match. Congratulations to my opponent from Cyprus -- he fought a bit harder and came out on top," said Armbrister yesterday. "I feel as though I'm progressing. I just have to continue to work harder and I'll get there. The experience was wonderful. Playing in the Commonwealth Youth Games at home is an amazing feeling. I appreciate the support that I got from the crowd."
Armbrister was broken just twice in the match, but both came at crucial moments. At 3-4 in the second set, and serving at 15-30, he served up his only double fault in the match. Two points later, Neos got the break with a forehand winner. Going in for the kill, Neos served out the match at love, ending it on an ace. Neos will now move on to the quarter-finals.
In girls singles, in the round of 16, Donaldson came up short to Anika Seneviratne, of Sri Lanka. She lost in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-3.
In mixed doubles, the team of Armbrister and Donaldson fell to James Story and Morgan Cross, of Wales, in straight sets. They lost, 6-2 and 6-1.
It was another rough day on the field for The Bahamas in rugby sevens as they lost convincingly in two games yesterday. The Bahamas fell to Canada, 42-0, and were shut out by Sri Lanka, 76-0. The team has completely whitewashed in the majority of its games, scoring just five points over the two days of competition. They will play again this morning in the fifth and sixth place game when they take on Sri Lanka again. That match is set for 9 a.m. today.

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Curry wins bronze The Bahamas' boys beach soccer team wins

July 21, 2017

Adrian Curry knew that he had to get out fast last night and run one of the better races of his life in order to win a medal for The Bahamas at the 6th Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG).
In one of the tightest races of the night at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Curry crossed the finish line in third place, running 10.61 seconds. It was a 1-2-3 Caribbean sweep as Adell Colthrust, from Trinidad & Tobago, won the gold medal in 10.55 seconds, and Kevon Stone, of Jamaica, claimed the silver medal in 10.59. Curry was third, running the same time as the fourth place finisher Danelson Mahautiere, who is also from the Caribbean. Mahautiere represented Dominica.
Coming off his trip to the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) World U18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, last week, Curry said that he is just happy to end his season on a high note.
"It was a long season, and I'm just happy to bring another medal home for my country," he said. "I knew it was going to be tough, but I just went out there and focussed on my race. It's a great feeling to win the bronze, especially in my hometown. It's been a long season and to end it with a medal at a high level competition like this is a good feeling. I just want to continue to progress. Next year, I'm looking to make some more teams and continue to get better."
The other Bahamian in the boys 100m, Kristin Major, was 13th overall in 11.07 seconds. He made the semis, but failed to make the final.
In the girls 100m final, Bahamian Tylar Lightbourne finished tied for fifth in a personal best run of 12.04 seconds. Julien Alfred, of St. Lucia, won that nation's first ever gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games level, finishing in 11.56 seconds. Riely Day, of Australia, was second in 11.59 seconds, and Deondra Green, of Canada, won the bronze medal in 11.62 seconds. Onassha Rogers, of Guyana, finished fourth in 11.78 seconds, and Vera Chinedu, of England, tied Lightbourne for fifth, finishing in 12.04 seconds. The other Bahamian athlete in the girls 100m, Lakelle Kinteh, was 11th overall in 12.21 seconds. She made the semis, but failed to make the final.
"I broke my personal record twice, so that's a good feeling," said Lightbourne last night. "I didn't get the start that I wanted to and my drive phase could have been a bit stronger, but I can't be disappointed with the effort that I had. I made it to the final and I'm proud of myself. It's a real good feeling. I could feel myself progressing so that's a good thing. You could expect me to be on the medal podium next time," she added.
The Bahamas had one athlete make the girls 400m final. Doneisha Anderson, who is fresh off a fourth place finish at the World U18s last week, finished third in her heat and qualified seventh overall for the final in 54.82 seconds. The other Bahamian in the girls 400m, Marissa White, failed to qualify for the final. She finished 14th overall in 57.12 seconds.
Neither Bahamian athlete in the boys 400m qualified for the final. Corey Sherrod was 10th overall in 49.60 seconds, and Tyrell Simms failed to finish.
The Bahamas had two athletes in the girls long jump. Amelia Peterson and Lakelle Kinteh finished seventh and eighth in distances of 5.56m (18' 3") and 5.41m (17' 9"), respectively. Jordan Lewis was ninth in the boys discus with a best throw of 43.20m (141' 9"); and in the girls shot put, Dachye Stubbs was 10th with a best throw of 12.28m (40' 3-1/2") and Acacia Astwood finished 15th with a best throw of 8.94m (29' 4").
In beach soccer at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility last night, The Bahamas' girls team suffered a tough loss to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The fell 2-1 in a penalty shootout after playing to a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation. They will play Trinidad & Tobago at 6:45 p.m. this evening in their final round-robin game.
The boys, on the other hand, got a huge 7-3 win over Antigua & Barbuda. They too will play Trinidad & Tobago today. That match is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.
In boxing, The Bahamas' only boxer Lenox Boyce fell to Brian Galelemogwe, of Botswana, on points. He lost, 4-1.

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A total of 15 young men and women will work alongside technicians at the stadium

July 21, 2017

With a reputation for catering to outdoor events of all types and sizes, Bahamas Waste's involvement in this year's Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) should come as no surprise. As a sponsor of the CYG Bahamas 2017, Bahamas Waste provided about $40,000 in equipment, ranging from portable restroom facilities to hand sanitizing units, all free of charge.
For this year's games, the company made a special effort to incorporate young Bahamians in keeping with the idea of 'Youth Assisting Youth'. Bahamas Waste joined forces with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) Rangers to engage a group of enterprising young Bahamians to help them provide the necessary services at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium and all other venues. Already, the partnership has generated discussions about future endeavors, and has created apprenticeship opportunities for rangers interested in both the mechanical and biodiesel fields.
"It was really important for us as a company to get young people involved," explained Operations Manager Ethelyn Davis. "We really wanted them to see that while the avenues of sports and athleticism are important, that is not the only way to be successful. We wanted to show them how the work we do at Bahamas Waste could present them with alternative career paths."
This collaboration is the first to take place between the RBDF and Bahamas Waste, and will see 15 young men and women work alongside Bahamas Waste technicians at the stadium. The rangers were given first-hand training on important health and safety procedures, and provided with the necessary safety gear as well.
"Our teams are on hand for all of the sporting events being contested for this year's games and at all of the venues -- the old track and field stadium, the new stadium, the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, the tennis facility, the Betty Kelly-Kenning Swim Complex, the national beach soccer stadium, and the Clifton Heritage site for cycling," noted Davis. "We are very honored to be a part of this international event and want to make sure we show the best of our island and, most importantly, we want our guests to see it clean and pristine."
The CYG Bahamas 2017 continues through the weekend and will wrap up on Sunday. Over 1,000 young athletes from 64 member nations of the Commonwealth are competing in the youth games.

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ALIV Sponsors 200 Kids for Buddy Hield Summer Basketball Workshop

July 20, 2017

ALIV, The Bahamas’ newest mobile network, has teamed up with organizers of the Buddy Hield Summer Basketball Workshop and will sponsor 200 children to attend the highly anticipated camp free of charge. The camp will be held July 28-29 at the Kendall G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium...

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VI Commonwealth Youth Games Bahamas 2017
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July 20, 2017

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Empty seats as fans stay away
Empty seats as fans stay away

July 20, 2017

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard said it is too early to say if the Commonwealth Youth Games will yield a viable return on the government's $7m investment despite a meagre turnout on opening night, adding: "Investments are not just financial..."

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Sixth place finish for Higgs in swimming

July 20, 2017

The swimming portion of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) began yesterday at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Aquatics Centre, and just one Bahamian made a final.
A total of 20 athletes will represent the country in various swimming events over the course of the weekend -- eight of them competed on opening day -- and only Lilly Higgs qualified to compete in a final.
Higgs finished sixth overall in the girls 200 meters (m) breaststroke in 2:36.43. Eleanor Black, from England, won the gold in 2:31, Rae Rasmussen, from Australia, took the silver in 2:31.49, and Hanim Abrahams, from South Africa, was third in 2:32.32.
Higgs finished fourth in her morning heat in 2:37.37. Bahamian Katherine Slatter also competed in that heat and finished fifth in 3:00.59.
Brianna Nesbitt was able to win her 200m free heat in 2:20, but the time wasn't fast enough to qualify her for the final. Zoe McCarroll also competed in the girls 200m freestyle. She finished eighth in heat four in 2:18.56.
Izaak Bastian finished third in heat three of the boys 50m butterfly in 26.11 seconds. Devante Carey also competed in the boys 50 butterfly. He finished sixth in heat four in 26.24 seconds. Victoria Russell was the sole female representative in the girls 50m butterfly. She finished third in her heat in 28.93 seconds and was an alternate for the final.
Bastian was an alternate for the final in the boys 200m breaststroke. He finished fourth in his heat in 2.22.91. William Russell also competed in that heat and finished sixth in 2:28.32.
"We had a lot of the kids swim best times, so I think that was good. We told them coming into the competition that this was a higher level than the competition at CARIFTA," said Team Bahamas Head Coach Andy Knowles. "You can't really hold back at all in the morning, because there is no guarantee that you will make it to the evening swim. I think it was just an adjustment period. I think that this is the next level that the kids need to aim for. We have dominated CARIFTA for the last few years now, so we have to get them used to racing kids who are really fast.
"Today wasn't our strongest day, but I think we will be stronger on day two, especially in the 50 breast. Our goal will be to get as much swimmers as possible to advance to the second swim. We had one today and had like four or five come really close, so if we can get a couple in that we will be really good."
The swimming action continues today at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Aquatics Centre, beginning at 10 a.m.
In tennis yesterday, Bahamian Donte Armbrister won his opening match in boys singles, 6-3 and 6-1, over Graham Mani Jr., of the Solomon Islands; and William Holowesko finished seventh in the boys timed trial in cycling in 12:26. Matthew Oliveira, of Bermuda, won the gold, finishing in 12:06, Dylan Hughes of Scotland was second, finishing in 12:18, and Sebastian Berwick of Australia won the bronze, finishing in 12:21.

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The Bahamas loses again in beach volleyball, but girls make quarters

July 20, 2017

The Bahamas' girls and both boys beach volleyball teams lost yesterday, but the country was able to salvage something as the girls survived a draw, allowing them to play in today's quarter-finals. Hence, they are still alive for a medal at these 6th Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) here in Nassau, The Bahamas. Meanwhile, the best both boys teams could finish is ninth.
In the girls match, the Bahamian duo of Mechelle Moss and LaTavia Braynen battled hard, but fell to top seed Australia in straight sets, losing 21-8 and 21-15. They played much better on Wednesday than they did in their opening match against England in which they scored just 12 points.
"We're getting better. I feel great about our performance because we're making progress and you can see it," said Moss about their play so far at the CYG Bahamas 2017. The beach volleyball segment is ongoing over at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility at the foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge. This competition represents The Bahamas' first-ever experience in girls beach volleyball at this level, and the country's first-ever experience against major world powers in girls beach volleyball. Moss and partner Braynen are not fazed at all.
"I'm okay that we weren't successful with a victory because we really put our all into it. We tried our best. As we go along we get a lot better, and that's a good sign," said Moss.
Moss also excels in softball. The 17-year-old two-sport star said that she is just trying to suck up the entire experience of the Commonwealth Youth Games -- her first international exposure representing The Bahamas -- before she goes off to college in the fall. She'll be attending St. Augustine's College (SAC) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
"I'm still trying to soak up the whole experience of the Commonwealth Youth Games," said Moss. "I'm looking forward to everything that's attached to the games. It's been a great ride so far and hopefully it continues. We're into the quarter-finals, so we're just going to come out and give it our all."
The girls survived a draw among the cellar-dwelling teams and will play Scotland in their quarter-final match today. That match will be played at 10:30 a.m. this morning over at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility. The winner of that match will play the winner of the match between New Zealand and England in the semi-finals.
"We played much better today. Our execution was top of the line, and with a little more work, we'll be right there," said Braynen. "We believe that we could compete against anyone right now. We feel good with where we're at. We just have to serve more consistently, be more aggressive with blocking and attack a lil more."
The boys 'B' team of Aaron Springer and James Cleare lost both of their matches yesterday. They fell to Australia in their first match, 21-9 and 21-6, and lost to St. Lucia in their second match, 21-10 and 21-19. They will play Trinidad & Tobago in their next match, today at 12:10 p.m. The Bahamas' 'A' team of Nathan Wert and Kyle Wilson also lost yesterday. They fell to South Africa, 21-18 and 21-9, in just under 45 minutes. Wert and Wilson will play Jamaica in their next match at 11:20 a.m. today.
"The match was good at the beginning, but after being out in the hot sun, I think that we just got tired and wore down a bit," said Wert. "We really needed to win that game, and I'm upset that we didn't, but I'm happy with the effort. I'm looking forward to playing Jamaica. It should be a good match. We haven't played them before so it should be interesting. The plan remains the same -- to go out there and give it our best, and see how good we could do against them."
Wert and Wilson were right in that first set against South Africa yesterday, until faltering late. They were competitive again at the start of the second set, but lost 11 of the final 12 points to drop the match in straight sets.
"They used a lot of strategy against us and it worked out in their favor," said Wilson. "It was hard to attack them because of how they were serving, but we gave it our best and just came up short. The second set we were kind of fatigued, and also I think we got down on ourselves a bit for dropping a tough first set that we feel we should have won. We just need to stay calm and settle down a bit. Once we do that, we'll be alright. I know that we could do a lot better, and we will."
Both of The Bahamas' boys teams failed to make the quarter-finals. The best they could finish in this competition is ninth.
The CYG Bahamas 2017 continues today with seven of the nine sports on the docket. Also, the athletics portion of the game gets underway today. Over 1,000 athletes from 64 countries are competing in the CYG Bahamas 2017.

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