Swim squad set for CAC Games

Cayman Swimming’s delegation to CAC Games Cartagena 2006 is: Heather Roffey, Jennifer Powell, Jodie Foster, Brett Fraser and Shaune Fraser. While three of the five swimmers are rookies to the CAC Games, they are not new to international competition as team has 32 Carifta experiences between them. Each swimmer is entered in multiple events.

CAC Team Captain Heather Roffey, 20, earned gold four years ago at CAC Games in El Salvador, in the 200 metre butterfly event, and made multiple other finals. An Olympian before she started at the U of South Carolina, Heather made the NCAA Championships her first year. She is also a strong competitor in distance events, enjoys Cayman’s Open Water and has been the first female finisher in the last three years of Flowers Sea Swims. Heather is a valuable relay team swimmer and has a great finish. Roffey accepted the Cayman flag from Director of Sports Dalton Watler at a Flag Presentation put together by the Department of Youth and Sports, with the CIOC in support.

Jennifer Powell, 19, is a strong sprinter. A recent Commonwealth Games competitor, Jennifer enjoyed her first CCCAN experience in El Salvador. She is a valuable member of the U of Miami swim team. From a swimming family, her grandmother competed on the international level, sister Shauna competed in the Maracaibo CAC Games in ’98.

Jodie Foster, 16, is a versatile swimmer in both stroke and distance. Jodie trained in Canada for a while after being displaced by Ivan. She is looking forward to her first CAC Games, as last summer she really enjoyed her first Island Games, where the girls earned a relay medal. She appreciates having the college girls back to train with.

The Fraser brothers are both strong, beautiful swimmers that competitors from the rest of the Caribbean look to for inspiration and challenge. Now 16 and 18 years old and easily over 6 ft tall, yet not finished developing, it is exciting to imagine where their swim careers may take them.

Ever-younger brother Brett showed his stuff at Carifta this year, dominating the backstroke events, and bringing home considerable hardware. Brett trains in Cayman and currently prefers middle distance events, but is too talented to have decided on a specialty yet.

Last summer at CCCAN in Santo Domingo, (same countries, but in age-group competition format), Shaune Fraser dominated the competition, earning 10 medals, including seven golds, and setting numerous CCCAN and Cayman records. Cayman’s youngest Olympian, since then he has graduated from the Bolles School with honors and been named State of Florida Swimmer of the Year. Shaune is a strong competitor, versatile in multiple distances and strokes. Beautiful technique combined with his tremendous ability and focus, makes for startling potential as he starts at the U of Florida, on scholarship in Sept.

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