The psych sheets predicted that this year’s CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Fort-de-France, Martinique, would be one of the closest in quite some time, and following the opening day of competition yesterday, they appear to be spot on.

On Tuesday, the team turned in a number of strong performances, including two record breaking swims to take a small lead into tonight’s races. The Bahamas finished the first day of action with 206 total points, just 19 points ahead of Guadaloupe with 187, Martinique with 158 and Trinidad and Tobago with 117.

They captured six gold medals on the day, three silver and two bronze.

The Bahamas boys 15-17 4×100 freestyle relay team, made up of N’Nhyn Fernander, Gershwin Greene, Miller Albury and Jared Fitzgerald set a new meet record with their time of 3:33.54. Izaak Bastian took the boy’s 200m breaststroke in 2:26. In the preliminary round he set a new meet record in that event in a time of 2:23.27.

The 15-17 girls also won gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay in 4:02.28

Margaret Higgs won the 15-17 girls 20m breaststroke in 2:35.33. Her sister Lilly was second in 2:38.54 and Bryanna Renuart from Jamaica was third in 2:44.87.

Fernander captured an in individual gold as well in the 100m butterfly in 56.36 seconds.

Lamar Taylor won gold in the 11-12 boys 50m backstroke in 31.48 seconds, Devante CArey scored a silver medal in the 13-14 boys 50 backstroke and Samuel Gibson took silver in the 13-14 boys 100m breast.

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