Shaune bows out still flying

Cayman’s Shaune Fraser successfully
defended his 200 metres fly title at the college championships in Columbus,
Ohio.

It was a nice birthday present for
Fraser who turned 22 yesterday. He touched second at the wall but officials
deemed he was the fastest swimmer to complete the swim legally.

Georgia’s Mark Dylla clocked 1
minute 41.14 seconds, but drew a disqualification for a one-handed touch.

Fraser won in 1:41.45 to defend his
title, which is the 12th fastest ever. He won a year ago in 1:40.75.

He pushed the University of
Florida’s total to five 200m fly titles in National Collegiate Athletic Association
history. Fraser’s effort also broke the pool record of 1:41.77 set during prelims.

 “You have to feel bad for Mark Dylla. He won
the race and he’s a great competitor, we swim each other in the SEC each
season,” Fraser said of the outcome. “On the other hand, with the
disqualification situation, the points went towards Florida and that boosted
us.

“It feels good to compete in such a
close race again – it’s one of the races I won last year at NCAAs. Like last
year, it was another great race that came right down to the last touch.”

Florida’s Gators men’s team
finished fifth overall with a school record 364 points behind eventual
champions Texas who had 500. California were second (469.5 points), Arizona
third (387) and Stanford fourth (369). Dwyer, Shaune Fraser and his brother
Brett Fraser led the way for the Gators with seven All-America honours
throughout the three-day meet, contributing both as individuals and to the
team’s relay efforts.

Shaune ended his career as a
27-time All-American, the most in Florida history. With his seven honours in
Columbus, Fraser jumped Carlos Jayme (26) and Ryan Lochte (24) in the Florida
record books to go out on top.

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Fraser went out with more records.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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