Three Cayman swim stars making their mark in USA

Despite a late rally, the No. 3 University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) dropped a 161-139 decision to 10th-ranked Minnesota at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

Freshman Shaune Fraser, a Cayman Islands Olympiand and former CARIFTA star, has his coach swooning over his performances. Fraser picked up individual wins for Florida in the 500 free (4:31.83) and 200 fly (1:46.93) on the day, and his time in the 200 fly earned him the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of his collegiate career. Fraser now has two wins this season in the 200 fly, and has won at least one race in each meet the Gators have swum.

‘Fraser just seems to go to the blocks whenever you need him,’ Troy said. ‘He has shown a lot of commitment to what he’s doing, and he’s very versatile. No matter where you put him, you get an honest effort every time.’

The South Carolina men’s swimming and diving team claimed the sole Gamecock victory in a home tri-meet against the University of Tennessee and the University of Kentucky. Heather Roffey, another former CARIFTA star and Olympian for the Cayman Islands, won the 1000 free for the Gamecocks..

The Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 in dual meet action this season by topping Michigan State 165-75 in the Rolfs Aquatic Center. Among the winners for Notre Dame was Andrew MacKay (200 back) of the Cayman Islands. Mackay clocked 1:54:29.

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