Athletics, Swimming And Judo Up Next For Bahamas
#By BRENT STUBBS
#Senior Sports Reporter
#WITH the tennis competition completed, the focus for Team Bahamas at the XVIII Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, switches to athletics, swimming and judo this week.
#Both the 19-member track and field team, the 10-member swim team and the two judokas will begin competition today as the third and final week of competition swings into high gear.
#The games will wrap up on Sunday.
#At the swim complex in the National Sports Village – Videna, Laura Morley will be the first Bahamian to make her splash as she competes in the women’s 100 metre breaststroke heats at 11am.
#William Tyler Russell will be entered in the men’s 100m breaststroke.
#Also on tap will be the 4 x 100m freestyle relays where the Bahamas will be competing in both the women’s and men’s events.
#In the ladies’ event, the selection will come from the combination of Morley, veteran Ariel Weech and sisters Lilly and Margaret Albury Higgs.
#The men will come from all six competitors of the team, inclusive of Russell, DaVante Carey, N’Nhyn Fernander, Jared Fitzgerald, Gershwin Greene and Luke Kennedy Thompson.
#During the course of the week, the swimmers will be in action in their individual events as well as the mixed 4 x 100m free relay; 4 x 100m medley for men and women and mixed relays.
#Individually, Morley is also competing in the women’s 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley; Margaret Albury Higgs will be in the women’s 200m breaststroke; Lilly Higgs is in the women’s 100 and 200m free and Ariel Weech will be in the women’s 50m free.
#On the men’s side, William Tyler Russell is also competing in the 200m breaststroke; Davante Carey is in the 100m backstroke; N’Nhyn Fernander is in the 100m butterfly; Jared Fitzgerald is in the 200m freestyle; Gershwin Greene in 50m freestyle and Luke Kennedy Thompson will be in the 1,500m freestyle and 200m individual medley.
#Their team is being coached by Andy Loveitt, assisted by Jorge Rodriquez. The team manager is Rochelle Bastian.
#Over at the Athletic Stadium in the National Sports Village – Videna, national record holder Ken Munnings will perform in the first five of his 10 events over the next two days in the men’s decathlon, starting at 2pm.
#He will contest the 100 metres, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m. On Wednesday, his final events will be 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500m.
#Also today, Grand Bahamians Brianna Bethel and Ty’Nia Gaither will carry the Bahamian flag in the women’s 100m semi-finals, while Warren Fraser is entered in the men’s event.
#It will be a busy day for the track team as Katrina Seymour will contest the women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals and national record and defending champion Jeffery Gibson will be joined by Andre Colebrooke in the men’s 400m hurdles.
#Individually, Gaither and Anthonique Strachan will double up in the 200m; Doneisha Anderson will be the lone representative in the 400m and national record holder Pedrya Seymour and Devynne Charlton will battle it out in the 100m hurdles.
#Bethel, Gaither, Strachan, Charlton and the two Seymours are also listed in the pool for the women’s 4 x 100m relay. They are hoping to get a chance to run one of the top 16 times to get a chance to compete at the IAAF World Championships next month in Doha, Qatar.
#As for the men, Cliff Resias is in the 200m; Grand Bahamian Alonzo Russell, who booked his ticket to Qatar at the BAAA Nationals in Grand Bahama a week ago, will be in the 400m; Donald Thomas and Jamal Wilson are both in the high jump and twin brothers Latario and Lathone Collie-Minns are scheduled to compete in the triple jump.
#The Bahamas will also have a lane in the 4 x 400m with the pool comprising of Cliff Resias, Alonzo Russell, Andre Colebrooke, Jeffery Gibson, Michael Mathieu and Ojay Ferguson.
#Rudolph Ferguson is the head coach for the team. He will be assisted by Tyrone Burrows, James Rolle and Kennord Mackey. Dawn Woodside-Johnson is the manager.
#The two judokas – Sasha Ingraham and Cynthia Rahming – will compete in their judo competition, starting on Thursday. They will be coached by Onesi Portorreal-Pons.
#In tennis, the team of Justin Roberts and Baker Newman competed in the men’s team. They both made it to the second round in singles, but lost as a pair in doubles in the first round. They were coached by Derron Donaldson. The chef de mission for the Bahamian delegation is D’Arcy Rahming.