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Swimming: Bastian And Higgs Make A Splash In The Atlantic

By RENALDO DORSETT

Tribune Sports Reporter

rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

FRESHMAN sensations Izaak Bastian and Lilly Higgs delivered impressive performances on the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming circuit for their respective programmes last weekend.

Bastian swam to a pair of individual wins for the Florida State Seminoles while Higgs had first and second place finishes for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Bastian and the 21st-ranked Seminoles men's team fell to 1-3 with a 184-116 loss to the No. 14 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils.

He took the first win of the meet for the Seminoles with a time of 55.90 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke. He followed with first place in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:03.51.

He was also a member of the second placed 200 yard medley team in a time of 1:28.18. "Hats off to them, they had one of the top recruiting classes in the country and it's bittersweet because one of our alumni (Bob Bowman) is doing a great job with their programme. We just have to keep plugging away," said Seminoles head coach Neal Studd.

Bastian recently represented the Bahamas at the Youth Olympic Games ahead of his debut with the Seminoles.

Higgs and the Tar Heels women defeated No. 19 South Carolina, 157-143. South Carolina features the elder of the Higgs sisters, Albury Higgs, swimming her junior season.

Lilly finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.04 while Albury finished fifth in 1:04.09.

Lilly also finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:16.14 while Albury was fourth in 2:18.86.

Lilly was also a member of the first place 200-yard medley relay team in 1:40.83.

"I'm very pleased with tonight's results," UNC head swimming coach Rich DeSelm said. "More so with the team's spirit and energy and enthusiasm. Some of the best I've seen in a long time. It's something we've been talking about and working on and they came to swim and dive today. It was really awesome to see. Very, very proud of them."

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