After a surprising terrific Opening Ceremonies that was overwhelming received by local Columbians lining the streets and cheering, the swim competition began Monday morning, at an exquisite new aquatic complex. Jodie Foster swam 800 meters freestyle, the first heat, first event in the beautiful but hot (as in temperature hot) pool.
Next up was Brett Fraser, swimming the 200m backstroke in a personal best (PB) time of 2:14.06.
Shaune Fraser followed with a PB of his own of 25.26 in the 50 metre butterfly event, taking down the previous national record by half a second and making it to finals.
Afternoon showers cleared the air a bit while the swimmers rested for evening finals competition.
Heather Roffey’s fast seed time took her straight to the finals heat of the 800m freestyle event finishing 6th overall, then Shaune Fraser shaved off some more time in the finals of the 50 ‘Fly ( 25.22), also finishing in 6th place.
Day two of competition saw Jodie up first again in the 200m Backstroke event. Both Jennifer Powell and Heather Roffey showed their beautiful form in the women’s 50m Butterfly. Roffey took down the old national record by coming up with a PB of 30.01.
Then Brett Fraser stepped up to the demanding 400m Individual Medley event, came thru with a strong finish and a huge 6.71 second personal best!
So Cayman is off to a good start, as each of the swimmers’ main events are yet to come. Competition is tough, as discussed at the FINA Congress, the improvement in Central American and Caribbean swimming is evident with 5 out of 7 events on the first night of finals producing new CAC Games records. The first night’s medals were fairly well spread out also with the Caribbean proving that it is catching up quickly with the traditionally stronger Central American swimming teams.