Team Bahamas got the job done in the pool for a second year in a row.
With a total of 789 points and a grand total of 56 medals, inclusive of 26 gold, 22 silver and 11 bronze, The Bahamas repeated as the top country in swimming at the 2018 CARIFTA Swimming Championships, held March 31 - April 3 in Kington, Jamaica.
Eighteen of those 56 medals hauled in by some of the top swimmers in the region came by way of Grand Bahamian athletes. Making up the majority of medal wins from Grand Bahama were Lamar Taylor (Freeport Aquatics) in the Boys 13-14 Category and Nigel Forbes in the 11-12 Boys’ Category. Marvin Johnson Jr., chipped in with two medals, one individual and one relay.
Forbes’ multi-medal run started from Day One at the National Aquatic Centre. The GB Tritons representative won his first gold of the meet in the 11-12 Boys’ 200 metres Breaststroke. Forbes touched the wall in the time of two minutes and 43.39 seconds (2:43.39).
He won his second gold of the day and the meet later that evening in the 11-12 Boys’ 100m fly in the time of 1:04.09. Johnson Jr., (Freeport Aquatics) also competed in the event, but placed seventh and turned in a time of 1:07.31.
Taylor also struck gold on day one in the 13-14 Boys’ 50m Backstroke. Taylor got to the wall first with a time of 28.38 seconds. He ended the day with a silver medal in the 100m Fly in the time of 1:00.24.
Katelyn Cabral, GB Tritons, finished the day competing for a medal. However, she finished sixth in the 13-14 Girls’ 50m Backstroke in the time of 31.98 seconds.
Forbes and Johnson Jr., missed out on the medal podium of the 11-12 Boys’ 200m Freestyle. The duo completed the final in sixth and seventh, with times of 2:10.70 and 2:12.56, respectively.
Forbes bounced back in the 50m Fly to finish with a silver medal later on in the session. Forbes clocked 28.61 seconds in the race.
Taylor added another gold, this time in the 50m Fly. He swam out to a time of 26.86 seconds in the win.
Abayomi Brown competed to add another medal on the day for Team Bahamas. However, Brown finished in sixth place, while competing in the 11-12 Girls’ 100m Backstroke. She finished in the time of 1:15.90. Brown later competed in the 400m Individual Medley, but came away with a fifth place finish. Her time in the event was 5:47.46.
Johnson Jr., ended his day with a fourth place finish in 11-12 Boys’ 100m Backstroke. Johnson Jr., clocked 1:13.12 in the finish.
Taylor nabbed his third gold of the competition in the 13-14 Boys’ edition of the 100m Backstroke. Taylor had the lead time of 1:01.41.
Forbes ended Day Two with a bronze medal finish in the 400m Individual Medley in the time of 5:20.18.
Forbes and Taylor continued their impressive medal haul on Day Three. Taylor secured the silver medal in the 13-14 Boys’ 200m Individual Medley. Taylor clocked in a time of 2:19.85 in the second place finish.
Brown and Johnson Jr., also competed in the 11-12 Girls and Boys editions of that race. Brown finished fourth in the time of 2:40.64, while Johnson Jr., came in at sixth place in the time of 2:36.49.
Forbes would claim the gold in the 50m Breaststroke in the time of 34.03 seconds. Forbes later added a bronze medal for Team Bahamas in the 200m Fly. He eventually clocked a time of 2:36.34.
Johnson Jr., finally captured his first medal in first CARIFTA meet in the 100m Freestyle. “Little Marvi” turned in a time of 59.16 seconds.
Taylor swam away with the gold in the 13-14 Boys’ 100m Freestyle in the time of 54.42 seconds.
Forbes and Johnson Jr., also competed in the Mixed 11-12 400m Freestyle Relay. They teamed with Keianna Moss and Mia Sastre to capture the silver medal in the time of 4:11.29.
Cabral also competed in the 13-14 Girls’ 800m Freestyle Relay. She and the team of Salene Gibson, Zaylie-Eliza Thompson and Giovanna Eneas would finish fifth in the event in the time of 9:18.46.
Taylor and Freeport Aquatics’ Rommel Ferguson competed in the Boys’ 800m Freestyle, but the team finished sixth in the time of 8:53.60.
Taylor and Forbes landed their final gold medals of the event on Day Four. Taylor claimed the gold in the 50m Freestyle in the time of 24.27 seconds. Forbes captured the gold in the 100m Breaststroke in the time of 1:15.81.
Forbes also competed in the 400m Freestyle, but swam to a sixth place finish in 4:40.97. Johnson Jr., also competed in that race, but finished eighth in the time of 4:50.29.
Ferguson competed in the 13-14 Boys’ 400m Free, but came away with a 14th place finish in the time of 5:03.44. Johnson Jr., also finished the day with a fourth place finish in the 11-12 Boys’ 50m Freestyle in the time of 24.14 seconds.
Ferguson and Taylor also helped Team Bahamas grab the silver medal in the 13-13 Boys’ 200m Freestyle Relay. Also on the team were Roman Pinder and Kierro Stubbs. The team turned in a time of 1:42.89.
Left to compete for The Bahamas and represent Grand Bahama are Darren Laing and Taye Fountain. They are expected to compete in the open water swim, which takes place at James Bond Beach, Oraccabessa, Saint Mary, Saint Mary Jamaica.