Cayman’s two 2008 Olympic swimmers, Shaune and Brett Fraser, made a big impact on the South-eastern Conference swimming championships last weekend.
Shaune took a win in the 200 yard freestyle A-final, to claim his third consecutive SEC Championship victory in the event in a time of 1:33.73.
Brett claimed a win in the B-final of the same event, but shocked all by posting a time even faster than that of elder Shaune in the A-final.
Brett’s time of 1:33.62 was a new pool record and the performance also moved him up to the sixth fastest swimmer in the event in US college swimming this season. After his performance in the A-final, Shaune finds himself in seventh.
Shaune also claimed a second place in the 200 yard butterfly in a new record time for the University of Florida in 1:41.88.
This is the second fastest time in US college swimming this season, with the winner of the event setting not only the best mark of the season but also a new NCAA record.
Brett also managed to take a win in the 200 yard backstroke B-final.
The Frasers not only shone in the individual events, as they also proved invaluable to Florida in the relays.
Brett was part of the University of Florida 200 yard freestyle relay squad which achieved an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:17.60.
Shaune and Brett combined in the 400 yard freestyle relay to help their team to another NCAA qualifying time of 2:52.12 and a fourth place at the championships.
The two combined again in the 800 yard freestyle relay where the team stormed home with a 6:18.36 for second place in the Championships.
National swimming coach Dominic Ross was very impressed by the Fraser brothers’ performances at the championships.
‘In comparison to the best times in the US this year they are really up there. So it is something to look forward to come the NCAA championships next month,’ he said.
Ross was especially impressed by Brett’s performance in the 200 yard freestyle.
‘It was a new pool record, and at Auburn that’s something. Auburn has been the SEC champions for five, six years in a row, so to swim a pool record in their pool is certainly something special.’
The University of Florida men finished second for the eight year in a row, with hosts Auburn University claiming the win.