November 06, 2013
Swimmers from SWIFT Swimming Club had many outstanding swims over the past two weekends, both at home here in The Bahamas (Swat and Barracuda swim meets) and abroad at the high school level.
To start the excitement off on Friday evening, Joanna Evans set a new national standard in the 1,500 meter (m) free, in 17:23.39. Although it is not an official CARIFTA event, her time would have been good enough for 14th overall, at the recent FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai. This past weekend, Evans made the CARIFTA standards in the 50, 200 and 400m free events.
The other SWIFT swimmers making the CARIFTA standard for next year's CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Aruba were Jasmine Gibson (13-14 girls) in the 50 and 100m free events, Tenniya Martin (11-12 girls) in the 100, 200 and 400m free events, Darren Laing (11-12 boys) in the 50, 100 and 200m free, and 50 and 100m fly events, Shimon Lopez (11-12 boys) in the 50 and 100m fly events, Joshua Rigby (15-17 boys) in the 100m free, Victoria Russell (13-14 girls) in the 50 breast and 50 free events, Joshua Roberts (13-14 boys) in the 50, 100, 200 and 400m free events, and Alec Sands (13-14 boys) in the 200 and 1,500m free events.
SWIFT had three swimmers swim CARIFTA standards at swim meets in the United States. Converting yard times to long course meter times, Laura Morley (15-17 girls) made the standard in the 200 fly, 100 and 200m breast, 200 and 400 Individual Medley (IM), and the 200m back events. Also, Margaret Albury Higgs (13-14 girls) made the standards in the 200 and 400 IM, 100 and 200 breast, 100 and 200 fly, and 200 and 400m free events. Zach Moses (15-17 boys) qualified in the 100 breast and 200m IM events.
Back here at home, Darren Laing won the Wendy's Swimmer of the Meet Award for his five CARIFTA qualifying standards. SWIFT will now focus on making its presence felt at the Winter Swimming Championships, from November 21-24, in Plantation, Florida.
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