Top swimmers make a splash

BAHAMIAN collegiate swimmers took centre stage as a pair of new national records emerged from the 2019 Toyota US Open, hosted in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lilly Higgs, swimming for the North Carolina Tar Heels, set a new mark in the 100 breast while Laura Morley of the Indiana Hoosiers did the same in the 200 breast.

Morley set the new record and got a FINA Olympic B cut in the 200 breas in a time of 2:27.83 seconds in the prelims. She finished 6th overall in the A final with a time of 2:28.38.

Morley also competed in the 200 IM (79th overall in 2:20.17), 100 breast (23rd overall in 1:11.20).

Higgs set the new record of 1:09.52 in the prelims and eventually finished 15th overall in the finals with a time of 1:09.92.

She also finished with a new personal best time in the 200 Breaststroke and 17th overall in a time of 2:31.23.

Also at the meet, Joanna Evans of the Texas Longhorns competed in the 200 freestyle and finished 23rd overall in a time of 2:03.88.

Izaak Bastian of the Florida State Seminoles competed in the 50 Freestyle and finished 27th in 23.49.

He also swam the 100 breast (25th overall - 1:02.76 in prelims and 1:03.51 in finals), and the 200 Breaststroke finishing (42nd overall in 2:20.90).


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