Standout Bahamian swimmer Lilly Higgs to attend UNC

Lilly Higgs

Standout Bahamian swimmer Lilly Higgs has committed to attending the University of North Carolina.

Higgs has been the CARIFTA Championship's top sprint breaststroker for the last two years. She has also been unbeaten in the 50 and 100-metre breaststroke for the last three, extending back to her final year of the 13-14 age group.

Since winning her first CARIFTA medal, a bronze for Team Bahamas at the Aruba Championships in 2014, she has become a powerhouse for her country at the annual championships. Her overall CARIFTA medal tally now stands at 30 medals won, 11 of which are gold.

She now takes those talents to UNC.

“After many trips to schools and teams around the country, I decided that my best option for continuing my education and training was right here in North Carolina at UNC.  I am so excited to be a Tar Heel,” Higgs said of her decision.

In attending UNC, Higgs will join a number of talented Bahamian women competing at the NCAA Division I level. Those swimmers include Laura Morley who competes at University of Indiana –Bloomington and older sister Albury, who swims for the University of South Carolina.

Higgs created history for her country and the CARIFTA region last season when she won a silver medal in a new 15-17 and senior national record in the 50-metre breaststroke at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas back in July. She also set a new 15-17 and senior national record over 100 metres.

Her impressive run at the junior level also extends to the World Junior Championships, where she competed at two editions, 2015 in Singapore and recently in Indiana where she bettered her times from her first campaign and registered the top CARIFTA regional performances in all the events she competed in.

She again lowered the national mark in the 100-metre breaststroke.

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