Lila Higgo is swimming for the Bolles Sharks and the 2022 13-14 CARIFTA champion and record holder at 30.19 with a PB of 30.08. Her team mate and Olympian Jillian Crooks and defending CARIFTA 15-17 champion of TAC Titans would also be in the sprint event.
Lifespan 007 open water swim through their official Facebook account shared the update on the match and extended greetings.
The TYR Pro Swim Series in Fort Lauderdale has seen national records and all-time best swims being achieved and The Cayman Islands would not be left out. The meet is held at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center and saw two of the fastest women ever that have ever represented the Cayman Islands competing in the 50-metre backstroke.
In the heats Lila crushed her PB to make her first TYR championship final with a swim and CIASA(Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association) record of 29.20 A record can be set by CIASA registered member .It is also the fastest time by a 15-17 CARIFTA representative in the last 5 years.
Crooks would also join her with new PB her of her own of 30.00.That bettered her standard achieved to win the CARIFTA crown in 2022.That also doubled as a new senior national record.
In the toughest field she has ever swum against Lila again dipped under the 30 seconds barrier to place eighth in 29.54. The race was won by Olympian and defending World Champion in the 100 metre backstroke American Regan Smith in 27.55.
Jillian competing in the B final was second in a yet another PB and senior national record of 29.56. The race was won by University of Florida commit Julia Podkoscielny. Julia is the daughter of Polish Olympian Mariusz . He is the head coach at the Pine Crest school and responsible for the age group development for many of the top CARIFTA swimmers.
With this breakthrough Higgo is now the fourth fastest female swimmer to have swum at the CARIFTA Championships. The top three is headed by World Championship Bronze medallist Analia Pigree 27.27 of French Guiana.Second is 2012 CAC Bronze medallist Mathilde Jean of Guadeloupe 28.52 (15-17 CARIFTA best) and third is Bermudan record holder Madelyn Moore .Crooks is eighth overall.
The CARIFTA record is held by Trinidad and Tobago’s Kristin Julien at 29.81 since 2014. This could be year that we witness a medal podium with sub 29 seconds performers.