Frasers in full training now

Brett Fraser is shaping up well for the Olympics which are only a few months away.

The Caymanian swimmer showed his considerable improvement last month at the World Short Course (25 metre) championships in Manchester, England.


Brett is training hard for Beijing. Photo: Submitted

Fraser, 18, set a national record in all seven events that he swam. In the 50 metre backstroke he lowered national team-mate Andrew Mackay’s 2002 Championship and national record time of 26.85 seconds to 26.17.

Fraser also had the best placing of a Cayman Islands swimmer since 2000 in the event as he placed 33rd.

He also had the third best time by a CARIFTA swimmer since the new millennium at those championships only topped by the Bahamas’ Chris Vythoulkas 26.10 (2006 China) and Nicky Neckles 25.71 Barbados (2002 Moscow).

The 100m backstroke, also another Mackay 2002 Championship and national standard fell to Fraser.

The 200m backstroke saw the last of Mackay’s backstroke standards fall too.

In the freestyle events Fraser destroyed his own 2004 record 50m record of 24.70secs to power his way to 23.08secs for 39th ranking overall.

Only Trinidad and Tobago star George Bovell has a faster time than Brett of Caribbean swimmers.

In the 100m freestyle Brett secured the best CARIFTA time this millennium too. He also set records in the 200m and 400m freestyle.

Fraser is a freshman at the University of Florida where his older brother Shaune, 20, attends. Both are going to Beijing in August.

Brett has improved considerably since last year, especially in the backstroke events where he swept the backstroke events at CARIFTA 2007 in Jamaica and recently set national long course records in the 100m and 200m backstroke events to qualify for the Olympics.

With Shaune setting a new national record and Olympic qualifying mark in the 100m butterfly with a time of 54.42secs at a meet in Ohio both Frasers will enjoy the competition in Beijing.

Shaune went to the last Olympics as a 16-year-old novice. This is Brett’s first and he is in good shape for it.

‘We’ve just done a hard week of really intense training because school’s out so there’s no inter-sessions so we double every day,’ he said on Sunday.

‘We did 11 practices this week. I train with Shaune on some days. His training’s going good too.

‘His is the same, intense practice and we really focus on improving.’

Fraser is going to Sarasota this weekend to compete in a small meet to measure how well his training is going. He’ll be in 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle and 100m and 200m back.

Shaune is going to a bigger meet in Santa Clara this weekend to compete in the 100m, 200, and 400m free and possibly 200m and 400m individual medley and 200m fly.

‘So far I feel I’m doing what I need to do,’ added Brett. ‘I’m just getting better.

‘It’s really good that I’m getting stronger and better by improving the records for Cayman. Just feel real good overall.’

Brett might pop home to see parents Jim and Laurice next month for a few days but Shaune is likely to star in Florida until after the Olympics.