Motivated from a semifinal appearance from Rhanishka Gibbs on Day One of the FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Junior Championships, Team Bahamas returned to action yesterday, looking to build off that performance at the VIDENA Aquatics Center in Lima, Peru.
Keianna Moss, Nigel Forbes and Erald Thompson III swam two races each while Marvin Johnson and Gibbs swam one race each.
Moss’ best finish of the morning came in the girls 200 meters (m) butterfly. The 17-year-old placed 22nd overall in that event when she clocked 2:35.64 in the second heat. She swam splits of 31.62, 38.27, 42.59 and 43.16 seconds. Heading into the final with the fastest time was Italian Paola Borrelli who swam 2:14.29.
Moss’ first event of the morning was the girls 100m freestyle that also featured Gibbs. Moss was the fastest of the two when she posted a new personal best time of 1:00.65. Her time was enough to place her at 26th overall after swimming splits of 29.13 and 31.52 seconds in the sixth heat. Gibbs was in action in the heat just before Moss. She placed 37th overall with a time of 1:02.14 which had splits of 28.88 and 33.26 seconds.
Italian Matilde Biagiotti has the fastest time of 55.92 seconds heading into the semifinals.
Forbes was brilliant in the boys 100m fly, placing 23rd overall. Johnson was 36th overall. Forbes swam 56.71 seconds after swimming 25.78 seconds in the first 50 meters and 30.93 seconds in the final 50 meters in the seventh heat. His fellow Grand Bahamian Johnson swam a time of 58.94 seconds and was able to have splits of 26.73 and 32.31 seconds in the eighth heat.
Portugal’s Diogo Matos posted the fastest time of 53.22 seconds going into the semifinals last night.
In the boys 200m individual medley (IM), Forbes and Thompson were in action. Forbes placed 33rd overall with a time of 2:12.83 while Thompson swam 2:19.19 to finish 47th overall. Forbes’ splits were 26.23, 33.29, 39.15 and 34.06 seconds. Thompson’s splits were 28.47, 36.29, 41.12 and 33.31 seconds. His 28.47 seconds split on the fly leg was a personal best.
Turkish’s Yigit Oktar swam the fastest time of 2:01.76 heading into final.
Thompson swam the boys 200m free and placed 52nd overall after touching the wall in 2:09.18. The 18-year-old recorded splits of 28.92, 32.52, 33.76 and 33.98 seconds. Romania’s David Popovici had the fastest time of 1:49.40 in that event heading into the final.
Action continues this morning for The Bahamas as Moss swims in the girls 50m fly, Gibbs in the girls 100m breaststroke, and Forbes and Johnson in the boys 50m free.