Cayman’s Olympic swimmer Shaune Fraser found the perfect way to celebrate his 21st birthday Sunday.
He lowered his NCAA record Saturday night in winning the 200-yard butterfly. Only legendary Olympic champion Michael Phelps has had a faster time in the event.
Mr. Fraser was swimming for his Florida University Gators team in the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Championships at Texas A&M at College Station, Texas, when he broke the record in 1 minute 40.75 seconds.
Mr. Fraser finished just ahead of Georgia’s Mark Dylla, whose time was 1:40.85, in one of the tightest races in the event in NCAA history. Mr. Dylla joined Mr. Fraser and Michael Phelps (1:39.70) as the only swimmers under 1:41 in the history of the event.
Saturday night’s effort eclipsed Mr. Fraser’s NCAA record time of 1:41.17, set earlier during a preliminary heat.
Mr. Fraser also won the 200-yard free-style in the Championships in the second fasted NCAA time ever, but the 200 fly was his most notable swim.
‘This was Shaune’s breakthrough meet,’ said his father Jim Fraser. ‘His 200-yard fly was a big drop in time for him and was probably a bigger achievement than his silver medal at the Pan Am Games two years ago.’
Shaune’s brother Brett, 19, also swam at the meet in College Station, Texas with some success.
Both Frasers are preparing for the world championships in Rome, Italy in July.