Bajan swimmers do well


BARBADIAN?swimmers Lani Cabrera and Alexis  Clarke performed encouragingly in their maiden participation at the 15th FINA?World Swimming Championships at the Palau Sant Jordi complex  in Barcelona earlier this month.
Cabrera’s coach Neal Studd of Florida Gulf Coast University, who attended the meet, said he was very impressed with both swimmers in their first outing.
He said that while they were not targeted  to make the semi-finals, Cabrera and Clarke  performed creditably.
“Their professionalism while representing their country was outstanding. I believe the experience of the world’s highest stage will empower them to future successes,” Studd said.
Cabrera dropped 12 seconds off her 2013 CCCAN silver medal performance in the 800-metre  freestyle while Clarke posted a personal best time  in the 200-metre freestyle.
Cabrera returns to Florida Gulf Coast University later this month while Clarke heads to Dubai for  the 4th Junior World Swimming Championships.
Trinidadian George Bovell III was the top Caribbean finisher at the Championships with a bronze medal finish in the men’s 50-metre freestyle. He posted a time of 22.51 which was just 0.19 seconds off the gold place finish by Cielo Cezar of Brazil (21.32).
Alia Atkinson of Jamaica was ninth in the  100-metre breastroke with a time of 1:07.63 and  12th in the 50-metre breastroke with 31.27. Another Caribbean semifinalist was Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace. She placed 15th in  the 50-metre freestyle (25.24).
The United States topped the medal count with  33 medals, followed by China (26) and Russia (19).
Four world records were broken at the championships. American Katie Ledecky was chosen as the best female swimmer while Yang Sun of China was named the best male swimmer. The United States were also named as the best team of the Championships.
The next FINA World Championships are slated for Kazan, Russia in 2015. (PR/EZS)


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