The Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) held its CARIFTA Trials at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Center, from March 10-11, 2017. On Sunday, March 12, the 2017 CARIFTA team was officially ratified. Among the contingent that was selected, 12 swimmers came from Grand Bahama. Of this 12, seven are members of the Open Water Team. The Grand Bahamians will compete at the CARIFTA Swimming Championship on April 15-19 in Nassau.
Further, Grand Bahama can also boast about having produced the youngest swimmers (male and female) on the 2017 CARIFTA team. They are Nigel Forbes, Jr. (GB Tritons) and Abayomi Brown (Freeport Aquatics Club), both are 11 years old and both qualified for the team on their first year of eligibility. Nigel will swim nine individual events 400m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 200m and 400m individual medleys), and Abayomi will swim five individual events ( 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 400m individual medley, and 200m butterfly).
Older swimmers joining Abayomi and Nigel in the swimming excitement are: Katelyn Cabral (13-14 girls)– 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 100m, 400m freestyle, and 200m individual medley; Lamar Taylor (13-14 boys) – 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m & 1500m freestyle, 200m butterfly, and 200m backstroke; Trent Albury (13-14 boys) – 400m and 1500m freestyle and 400m individual medley; Jasmine Gibson (15-17 girls) – 50m, 100m, 200m butterfly, and 50m freestyle and Brianna Nesbitt (15-17 girls) – 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle.
The Open Water team consists of Rommel Ferguson, Tenniya Martin, Jasmine Gibson, Lamar Taylor, Darren Laing, Shimon Lopez, and Kris Smith.
These swimmers represent two Grand Bahama based swim clubs which are Freeport Aquatics Club led by head coach and veteran national team coach, Bert Bell and Grand Bahama Tritons Swim Team directed by head coach and national team coach, Andy Loveitt.
There are high expectations of these Grand Bahama based swimmers, as they portray a mixture of new comers to the national team circuit, and some experienced national team members and CARIFTA medalists. All of the swimmers have toiled hard, and they have made significant sacrifices in order to represent their country at this level, and they, undoubtedly, will represent their island and their country well.
Published Thursday, March, 16, 2017