Team Bahamas Off to Strong Start

The Bahamas got its five-peat quest off to a positive start as they put on a show on the first day when they racked up 262 points at the 36th CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Willemstad, Curacao.

They also hauled in a total of 20 medals that includes eight golds, five silvers and seven bronze medals.

The Cayman Islands is in second with 175 points and Barbados sits in third with 135 points.

Nigel Forbes was too much to handle as he won the 15-17 boys age category 100 meters (m) butterfly with a new CARIFTA record of 54.73 seconds. He broke the nine-year record which was 54.85 seconds.

The Bahamas took the gold in the 11-12 boys and girls 200m breaststroke races. Jaylah Threadgill swam a personal best of 3:03.68 to win the girls category. Trace Russell touched the wall in 2:50.46 to carry the gold in the boys division.

Emmanuel Gadson picked up the gold medal in the 15-17 boys 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:22.85. After false starting in the 11-12 boys 200m breast, David Singh made up for it by winning the 50m back race with a time of 31.15 seconds. Saleste Gibson secured the gold in the 11-12 girls 100m fly when she stopped the clock on 1:09.11.

After those six indivudual gold medal performances, Team Bahamas picked up two gold medals in the 400m freestyle relays when the 11-12 girls and boys team came out on top The girls won their race in 4:26.31 and the boys pulled away from Cayman Islands to win their event in 4:09.72.

Action continues this morning with the preliminaries of the 200m freestyle, 50m fly, 100m back and the 400m individual medley.