Cayman in fourth place

Shaune Fraser earned three golds and shattered two records at 2005 CARIFTA swim in Curacao Saturday.

Meg Fisher-Well also shone as she earned her first CARIFTA gold medal of the meet, Jodie Foster secured a bronze and the 15-17 Girls relay team garnered a gold medal in the 800m freestyle relay.

Shaune Fraser

Shaune Fraser looks at the clock after winning his fifth gold medal Friday night. Photo: Tara Bush

Cayman is fourth in the medal table at these Championships and is seventh overall in the points going into the final day.

Trinidad leads in points with 642 whereas Bahamas is first in the medal table with 48.

Fraser’s total CARIFTA medals in Curacao is 10 – 8 golds, two silvers and three records.

Fraser said that these were not the races he was aiming for and he had not really rested.

‘My coaches at Bolles tapered me for a race that happened two weeks ago. I am preparing for the World trials or Caribbean and Central American National Championship later this year. But is good to come here and swim fast,’ he said.

Fraser said he did not consider Shane Clarke from Barbados as a rival.

‘We only compete in the pool. We are friends otherwise but it is good to have someone to race with; that pushes me to do better,’ he said.

Parents and fans packed the Scentro Deportivo Korsou. The atmosphere was electric as everyone hoped for the best for their country.

But for the most part it was the Bahamians that were walking up to the podium by the twos. That is until the 15-17 Boys. Fraser entered three races for the night and walked away with three gold — 200m IM, 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly. His time in the 100m freestyle at 52.08 set a new record. One event later, Fraser managed to turn up the steam to set his second record; this time breaking his old record of 2:0895. The new time is 2:0716.

Fisher-Well took gold in the 200m butterfly, clocking in at 2:31.51 in the 13-14 Girls. Foster also secured her bronze in the same event but in the 15-17 Girls.

Foster also played a pivotal role in the 800m freestyle relay. Brigitte Tomascik was first off the blocks for the Cayman team. Tomascik set the tune but it was Foster who built up the substantial lead that placed Cayman in gold medal contention. Lisa Rombough, who swam the third leg, protected the lead and Jennifer Powell brought it home for her team.

‘I am really proud of Brigitte, Jodie, Lisa and Jennifer. They really wanted this win and they worked their hearts off to get it. It is a new event, so their time is a new record,’ said acting national coach Dominic Ross.

It was also a big night for Alexia Robertson who swam her way into her first CARIFTA final. She placed eight overall and in the process managed to make a personal best.

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