Four Bahamans head for World Championships – Nassau Guardian

Within two weeks, the FINA World Swimming Federation has approved a four-member team representing Bahama at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The contest starts on Saturday, June 18th and ends on Sunday, July 3rd.

In the 19th edition of the Duna Arena Championship in Budapest, the Bahamas will be contested by Lily Higgs, Yzak Bastian, Lamar Taylor and Zaily Eliza Bestonpson.

Sarah Knowles is the head coach of the team. Rochelle Bastian is a team manager and Cordero Bonamy is a physiotherapist.

The president of the Bahamas Aquatics Algernon Cargill said he feels the team has a strong presence in Budapest.

“We look forward to the team going well and having a positive representative. We are very excited about this team,” Cargill said.

Taylor and Thompson are still college swimmers – Taylor at Henderson State University and Thompson at Howard University. Cargill said this would be good not only for young people, but also for older people.

“It will be the first experience for Thompson and Taylor at the FINA World Swimming Championships. Taylor has previously represented the Bahamas at the FINA World Swimming Championships. It will be a good experience for all four members and the semi-finals. I hope I can swim in the finals, “said Cargill.

Bastian represented Bahamas in the 18th edition of Gwangju, South Korea in 2019, swimming for the second time in these championships. Bastian and Taylor were in Budapest for the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships. Higgs, Taylor and Bastian were in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 2021, World Short Course Championship. Thompson represented the Bahamas in April at the 2022 Carifta Games, leading the team’s captain to the fourth straight victory. This is the first time a 17-year-old has represented the country at an advanced level.

Higgs and Bastian have just graduated from college. Higgs from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and Bastian from Florida State University (FSU). Bastian heads to the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) to earn a PhD in physiotherapy.

Cargill is in Budapest for the FINA Bureau Conference on behalf of the CCCAN (Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Federation) region. Four Bahamans head for World Championships – Nassau Guardian

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