Team Bahamas Extends Lead After Strong Second Day

After two days of competition, The Bahamas national junior swimming team has managed to build on their lead with 546 points as they look to defend their CARIFTA Swimming Championship in Willemstad, Curacao.

Sitting well behind them is the Cayman Islands. They tallied up 385 points to remain in second place. Moving into the third place slot is Trinidad and Tobago who has 246 points.

The Bahamas was able to reel in some more medals to bring that total up to 41 medals. They have 18 golds, 11 silvers and 12 bronze medals.

Setting the tone for the evening session were Saleste Gibson and DNDN McKenzie. They were able to win gold and silver medals respectively in the 11-12 girls 200 meters (m) backstroke event. Gibson secured her third individual gold medal when she stopped the clock on 2:20.49. McKenzie posted a time of 2:23.31 to take home the silver medal.

Swimming a very well executed race was Christon Joseph in the 11-12 boys 200m backstroke to secure the second gold medal of the night for The Bahamas. Joseph had a good turn at the wall used the last 50 meters to pull away from the field and posted a time of 2:17.00.

Gibson returned to the podium when she got the gold medal in the 50m butterfly. She touched the wall in 30.02 seconds to get the win.

Skyler Smith and Alissa Ferguson swam away with the gold and silver medal in the 11-12 girls 100m backstroke respectively. Smith took home the gold medal with a time of 1:14.19. Ferguson clocked 1:15.02 for the silver medal.

Smith and Ferguson interchanged positions in the 400m individual medley (IM) as Ferguson carried home the gold and Smith with the silver as the duo was able score maximum point for The Bahamas in that race. Ferguson was able to swim 6:00.88 while Smith posted a time of 6:01.15.

David Singh followed up on Ferguson’s performance and had a golden swim of his own in the 11-12 boys 400m IM. He swam 5:24.80 to get the victory.

The Bahamas picked up four gold medals out of a possible six 400m medley relay. They won the 11-12 girls, 11-12 boys, 15-17 girls and 15-17 boys divisions. The 11-12 boys and girls did not lose a relay at this meet.