Lightbourne, Robinson Compete at World Championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Crimson women's swimmers Alicia Lightbourne and Kelly Robinson swam in the 13th Fédération Internationale de Natation World Championships July 26-Aug. 2 in Rome, representing their home countries and Harvard well in competition against the sport's top athletes from around the globe.

Robinson, an incoming freshman representing Hong Kong, finished in the top half of the field in both of her events, the 50- and 100-meter butterflies. Lightbourne, a rising sophomore swimming for her native Bahamas, placed in the top half of one of her two individual races and anchored two relay teams.

Lightbourne placed 48th in a field of 107 swimmers in the 50 breaststroke. She touched the wall in 32.84 seconds, 2.60 behind the winner. She took 60th place among 94 competitors in the 100 breast, finishing less than seven seconds back of the winner in 1:12.60.

The Nassau native also swam the final leg of the 400 free and medley relays. Her split of 57.86 seconds helped the Bahamian team place 20th of 30 squads in the 400 free relay with a total time of 3:48.54. In the 400 medley relay, the Bahamas placed 25th of 35 steams with a time of 4:15.59. Lightbourne swam the anchor leg in 59.46.

Robinson claimed 45th among 102 finishers in the 50 fly. Her time of 27.52 seconds left her 2.08 ticks back of the winning mark. Among the 102 finishers in the 100 fly, she placed 48th in 1:01.25, 4.29 seconds behind the winner.

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