The Bahamian National Swim Team, which included three young Abaco swimmers, fell just short of gold at the 31st CARIFTA Aquatics Championships held in Martinique. That is not to say there were not stellar performances across the board as the National Team surged to a Silver medal – in no small part thanks to Abaco swimmers Miller Albury, Brayden Dam and Roman Pinder.
This is Miller’s 5th consecutive CARIFTA Team selection and proved to be his best performance to date, winning 3 Gold Medals and setting a new CARIFTA record for The Bahamas.
Miller (16) Swam in the 15-17 age group where he won Gold in the following events: 4×100 freestyle (New CARIFTA record), 4×100 Medley relay (backstroke) and 4×50 freestyle relays.
Miller said this was his most enjoyable CARIFTA to date. Being a returning team member, and one of the Seniors on the team he provided support, advice, and encouragement to the newcomers.
Miller represents Alpha Aquatics out of Nassau, and attends Canterbury School in Connecticut.
Brayden Dam was the youngest to qualify for this year’s CARIFTA team and the youngest Abaco swimmer to make a National team at only 11 years old, which is the youngest possible age. He had all personal best swims and added to his events for CARIFTA 2017 with additional CARIFTA cuts.
Brayden swims for Abaco Swim Club.
Roman Pinder was a power house in all three 11-12 relays earning two silver and a bronze in the relays. Roman had personal best and made CISC cuts in multiple events which helps secure a spot on Team Bahamas this summer.
Roman also swims for Abaco Swim Club.
The team was accompanied by friends, family and support including Coach Sara Knowles.
Team Bahamas has captured top three in four of the last five years at the CARIFTA Aquatics Championships.
The next big swim event, CISC, is in Nassau June 29 – July 2.