Bahamian collegiate swimmer Zaylie-Elizabeth Thompson had three top-three swims, including a first-place finish, as she and four other Bahamians who swim for the Howard University Bisons were in action at the four-team meet this past weekend.
The invitational that was held on Saturday was hosted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) at the NJIT Wellness and Events Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The other Bahamians that swam were her two brothers Luke-Kennedy Thompson and Mark-Anthony Thompson, Erald Thompson III and Kaliyah Albury.
Zaylie-Elizabeth Thompson won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:27.89. She finished ahead of Long Island University’s Bella Seagrave who swam 2:28.36. Thompson’s teammate Michela Spears placed third after clocking 2:29.54.
The Bahamian finished third in the 200-yard individual medley (IM) with a time of 2:11.44. Spears won that race 2:09.27. Long Island University’s Maaike Broersma edged out Thompson for second place in 2:11.41.
The 200-yard medley relay saw her and her teammates taking the silver medal after clocking 1:48.82. The race was won by Long Island whose team swam 1:47.43.
Luke-Kennedy Thompson swam his way to two second-place finishes in the distance freestyle races. The junior clocked 4:45.84 in the 500-yard free. Winning that race was the host school’s Samuel Deemer who touched the wall in 4:44.99. Long Island’s Daniel Fernandez was third with a time of 4:46.16. Erald Thompson was in that race and clocked 5:04.76 to place 10th.
The 1000-yard free saw Luke-Kennedy Thompson finishing second with a time of 9:53.69. He was edged out by Deemer who clocked 9:53.23. Deemer’s teammate, Keegan Wooding posted a time of 9:57.52 to finish third. Mark-Anthony Thompson who returned from an international meet representing The Bahamas that week, placed seventh with a time of 10:24.36.
Mark-Anthony Thompson also placed fourth in the 200-yard breast when he clocked 2:10.66. Erald Thompson was 10th in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:03.25. Kaliyah Albury had an eighth-place finish in the 1000-yard free when she clocked 12:07.19. Albury placed 10th in the 500-yard free after posting a time of 6:02.59.
The men sport a 3-1 win/loss record on the season while the women sport a 2-2 record. Both teams will head to swim at the H2ounds Invitational on December 2-3. That meet will take place at the Mangione Pool in Baltimore, Maryland on the Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds campus. This is the last meet for the quintet until 2023.