Phillip sisters notch personal bests in FINA World Championships

Amarah and Elinah Phillip at the FINA World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photo-Tracy Bradshaw

Amarah and Elinah Phillip at the FINA World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photo-Tracy Bradshaw

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Sisters Elinah and Amarah Phillip made history, becoming the territory’s first swimmers to represent the BVI Swimming Federation during the 12th FINA World Championships held in Doha, Qatar.

The federation, formed in 2008, became the fastest of the territory’s sports to participate in it’s world governing body global championships.

In the Women’s 100m Freestyle on Thursday morning, Elinah—the first swimmer in OECS Championships history to break 60 seconds with her 59.83 time last month, then produced a personal best of 58.92 a week later in England to eclipse the 59.15 she recorded during the summer—had the third best swim of her career in 59.30. She covered the first half of the race in 31.20. The 13-year old sensation has dipped under 60 seconds three times in the last month in her young career and five times since the summer.

Amarah chopped her personal best time from last month’s 1:03.62 in England to 1:02.16 passing the halfway mark in 32.51.

In Saturday’s 50m Freestyle, Elinah swam a personal best and National Record of 26.74 seconds, lowering her previous best from 26.81. Amarah missed her personal best by .001 with her time of 28.62.

In the 100m Butterfly, Elinah recorded a time of 1:06.77, reaching the halfway point in 36.08.

Amarah, who was at 36.59 seconds in the first half of her race came within shouting distance of her 1:08.29 personal best with a mark of 1:08.83.

”The world championships was an unforgettable experience,” Elinah said. “I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to compete against, observe and learn from some of the best swimmers in the world.”

Amarah echoed similar sentiments. “The world championships was amazing to say the least,” she said. “I am thankful for being able to compete at the world championships and witness some incredible swims.”