Cayman swimmers take aim at the world

While Cayman Islands top swimmers set six new Cayman Islands national records this past few weeks, financial support provided from one of Cayman’s leading legal firms, Walkers, will now allow Cayman’s top swimmers to take on the world in the premier 2005 international competitions, the World Championships and the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships (CCCAN). Walkers, as the major sponsor of the Cayman Islands National Senior Swim Team, now join long-term swim team sponsors Cayman Airways, Cable & Wireless and SPEEDO.

National Coach Dominic Ross and the all female team of Kaitlyn Elphinstone, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Powell, Heather Roffey and Laura Stafford have just returned from their successful trip to the Shetland Islands and the Island Games competition. The team collected 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze medals, and their haul of 9 medals contributed one-half of the Cayman Islands team total of 18 medals. Heather Roffey set new National Records (short course meters) in the 100M Butterfly (1:04.31) and 200M Freestyle (2:06.56) while Laura Stafford lowered her old National Record in the 100M Individual Medley (IM) (1:07.95).

Meanwhile, Shaune Fraser recently competed at the prestigious Janet Evans Invitational Grand Prix in Los Angeles, California and as a tune-up for the World Championships being held this week in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While competing in the Janet Evans meet as one of the youngest swimmers against formidable international competition, Shaune finished 4th in the 200M Butterfly (2:02.06), 5th in the 200M Freestyle (1:51.58) and 5th in the 200M IM (2:05.66). He set new National Records in each of the three events he swam, and his times in the 200M Butterfly and 200M IM will now rank him in the Top 100 swimmers in the world.

Shaune was also recently recognized by USA Swimming as one of the fastest age group swimmers in the United States for the 2004-2005 (short course yards) season. Furthermore, Shaune Fraser posted the fastest age group time for 15-16 Boys in the USA in the 400 Individual Medley

USA National Rankings (15-16 Boys) for Shaune Fraser

1st in the 400 I.M.

2nd in the 200 Free

3rd in the 200 Fly

3rd in the 200 I.M.

11th in the 100 Free

Immediately following the World Championships in Montreal, Shaune will be joining fellow National Team members Jodie Foster, Jennifer Powell, Joel Rombough, Peter Stasiuk and Brigitte Tomascik for the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships (CCCAN) that will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from August 1-9. Acting National Head Coach Dominic Ross will again accompany his team as part of his plan for international competitions and recognizing the need to keep his athletes properly trained and exposed at international levels if they are to continue to achieve their personal bests and strive for excellence.

CCAN is the penultimate aquatics-only championships within the Central American and Caribbean region and is widely known as a ‘fast’ meet (see table below). This year, the 24th CCAN will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at the facility built for the 2003 Pan Am Games.

CCAN is run by ASUA, the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas, a sports organization with the purpose of organizing, supervising and controlling the amateur

aquatics activities of Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming, Masters and Open Water events in the Western Hemisphere. Cayman does not have water polo, diving nor synchronized swim teams, thus only competes in the competitive swim events.

There will be 28 participating countries at CCCAN from the Central American & Caribbean region. Opening Ceremonies are Aug 2nd, followed by six days of competition. Competition is in the standard age groups format (age as of midnight Dec 31), with a maximum of two competitors per event. It also includes a Senior group for swimmers 18 Years & Over. CCCAN will be conducted in a prelims/finals format, under FINA rules.

Commenting on their financial support, Walkers partner Mark Lewis noted ‘Walkers is extremely keen to extend our local community support not only through our Children and the Arts programme, but also into the children’s sporting arena.

‘We as a firm take extremely seriously the very positive community contribution that Walkers can make to programmes designed to stimulate and educate our kids. This is particularly important in times when social pressures and crime rates significantly threaten the environment in which our children live.

‘Walkers have made the decision to support Cayman swimming in particular because of the programme’s proven ability to teach respect, team work, discipline and time management and expand the horizons of the children involved with access to overseas travel and education opportunities.’

In the pool at both the World Championships and CCCAN, Cayman’s top swimmers will be wearing the latest SPEEDO technology, the FASTSKIN II, and be outfitted from head to toe in SPEEDO gear. All gear will also prominently display the Walkers name together with other swim sponsors Cayman Airways and Cable & Wireless, and will be featured in races televised internationally, as well as in interviews of Cayman swimmers at these competitions, and photos printed by the global media.

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