February 02, 2021
A number of Bahamian swimmers attained CARIFTA qualifying standards at a fiercely contested Alpha Aquatics Club Swim Meet on Friday and Saturday at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex in New Providence.
Although the CARIFTA Aquatics Championships in Wildey, Barbados, have been postponed form April to a date to be announced later, local swimmers still showed up and put on fantastic performances at the three-session meet this past weekend. There were several new CARIFTA qualifiers as well as some who lowered their times. President of Alpha Aquatics Celestial Darville said she was happy to see how the swimmers performed.
“From the performances that I saw, I was amazed by the swimmers. It has been a rough time for everyone involved. A lot of the kids are still not back in school. The mental space with a lot of them is up and down but they came out and gave it their all and we could not be more pleased with what we saw, especially on such a cool weekend,” said Darville.
Rachel Lundy, who is no stranger to the CARIFTA scene, met the CARIFTA standard in the 400 meters (m) freestyle in the 15-17 girls division. She won that race with a time of 4:46.90 over the weekend. The Mako Aquatics Club swimmer comfortably dipped under the CARIFTA qualifying time of 4:53.10. Barracuda Swim Club’s Grace Farrington clocked 5:12.11 to finish second. Kaliyah Albury swam unattached and touched the wall in third place in 5:14.46.
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