NCAA swim: Student athletes make a splash


Tribune Sports Reporter


SEVERAL Bahamian student athletes set school records, new personal bests and earned spots on the medal podium at their respective NCAA swimming conference championships.

Jamilah Hepburn made school history and continues her freshman season of milestones for Stonehill College at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships at the Moore Field House in New Haven, Connecticut.

Hepburn made programme history in the 100 breaststroke with her first place finish in a time of 1:06.33 seconds.

She posted the first NE10 Championship title in programme history. She was also a member of the 400 medley relay A team that finished fourth in a school-record 4:00.00 alongside Sydney Stockwell, Katie Keating and Sofiya Gobora.

Hepburn also finished fourth in the 200 breast in 2:28.08. She was one of several Bahamian swimmers to turn in standout performances at the Division II level. For the McKendree Bearcats, DaVante Carey was a first team All-GLVC selection in the 200 Medley and 400 Medley Relays at the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Championships at the Elkhart Health and Aquatics Center in Elkhart, Indiana.

Carey finished with four personal bests and two relay conference records at the meet.

He won the ‘C’ final of the 200 back with a personal best time of 1:48.26 seconds going under the NCAA ‘B’ cut. Carey also swam in the ‘B’ final of the 100 back and finished in a new personal best time of 47.36 to earn an NCAA ‘B’ cut.

In the 100 Fly ‘B’ final, Carey swam another personal best time of 48.09 to finish second for another NCAA ‘B’ cut qualifying time.

After breaking the 200-yard medley conference record on Wednesday, Carey teamed with Felipe Pinhero, Gregg Lichinsky and Xander Skinner to break the school and GLVC record 400 medley record in 3:09.63.

Also in Division II, Lamar Taylor was one of the standouts for Henderson State at the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference (NSISC) Swimming and Diving Championships, at the Mayers Aquatics Center in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Individually, Taylor won the 50 and 100 free for the Red Wave.

In the 50 free, he took first place in 19.58 for a new school and conference record along with an NCAA ‘A’ cut.

In the 100 freestyle, he finished in 43.47 and earned an NCAA ‘B’ cut.

In the 200 free relay, he teamed with Patryk Dabrowski, Jase Pinckney and Tim Holt, broke their own NSISC record in 1:19.75 to earn first place and an NCAA ‘B’ cut.

In the 200 medley, Taylor, Oscar Patten, Pinckney and Holt swam to an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:28.14.

In NCAA Division I, Izaak Bastian helped lead his Florida State Seminoles to a sixth place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Swimming and Diving Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the 200 medley, Bastian teammed with Mason Herbet, Max McCusker and Peter Varjasi won bronze in 1:23.15. It was a new school record and improved on their previous qualifying time. The quartet also finished seventh in the 400 medley relay.

Individually, he swam a personal best in the 50 free with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 19.93 - a new personal best - to finish 28th overall. He finished 11th in 100m breast in 52.38, the 10th fastest time in FSU history. He also finished 17th in 200 Breast in 1:55.36.

Lilly Higgs also swam at the ACC championships for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Higgs teamed with Ellie VanNote, Sophie Lindner, and Grace Countie to win bronze and set a new school record in the 400 medley relay in 3:30.87.

It was an NCAA automatic qualifying time.

In the 200 medley, Higgs, Greer Pattison, Lindner, and Countie teamed up to set a new record and earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:35.58 to earn another NCAA Championship automatic qualifying time.


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