Margaret “Albury” Higgs continues to ‘bring home the gold’ earning the High Point trophy at both the Royal Bank of Canada National Championships and at the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships in June.
At the RBC National Championships, which were held from June 14 to 17, Albury won ten gold medals and two silver medals along with three gold medals in relay events. Her efforts earned her the high Point trophy for 11-12 girls. “I think I did well at Nationals considering I had to go to CISC right afterwards,” Albury said.
Representing Swift Swim Club, Albury said “I wanted to get the high point trophy because I knew I wasn’t going to do a bunch of events and because I had CISC right afterwards. So I wanted to the best I could.”
During Nationals Albury earned gold in 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter and 800 meter freestyle, 50 meter, 100 meter and 200 meter breaststroke, 200 meter and 400 meter individual medley and 100 meter butterfly. She earned two silver – one in 200 meter butterfly and one in 50 meter freestyle, as well as three gold: one each in 400 meter freestyle relay, 400 meter individual medley relay and 200 meter individual medley relay.
She left three days after Nationals to travel to Aruba for CISC (June 23 to 27) which she noted that it was tough going from Nationals right to CISC; however, after the competition was over she had represented her country well bringing home five medals, including three gold as well as the High point Trophy for 11-12 girls.
“I didn’t really get that nervous but it definitely is different than the Nationals,” Albury said. “In the CISC you are going up against all the national swimmers from different countries.”
CISC is a bigger, and tougher, meet than CARIFTA and she said it felt “great to qualify to represent the Bahamas and to do well. It was good to face competition from other countries.”
She enjoyed the trip, meeting many of the same people that she met at CARIFTA as well as making connections with some new people.
During the competition she earned five medals. She received gold medals in the 50 meter, 100 meter and 200 meter breaststroke, silver in the 400 meter freestyle and a bronze in 200 meter individual medley. She also placed fourth in 200 meter freestyle and sixth in 100 meter freestyle.
She says she is looking forward to the challenge ahead moving up to 13-14 age group and she is working to qualify for next year’s CARIFTA as well as CCAN (which is a more difficult event to qualify for).