Cayman’s swimmers at the
Commonwealth Games in Delhi did not medal but swam well all the same.
Tori Flowers swam in the 200 metres
freestyle, 400m free and 800m free. Her times were all a few seconds off her
personal but she swam strongly in all her races and she was competing against
seasoned, world class swimmers. At 15 she was one of the youngest there.
Brett Fraser was 14th in the 200m
free, 13th in 100m free and 15th in 50m free which means he made it to all the
semi-finals in his races. The biggest field was in 50m free as there were nine
heats which equates to about 70 swimmers in that event alone so to be placed
15th is commendable.
His brother Shaune finished ninth
in the 200m free, 12th in the 100m free and eighth in the 100m fly. He made it
to two semis and the fly final. All in all the Fraser boys were in the top 15
of their field. They had a long, arduous season as since July they had been in
the Central America and Caribbean Games, followed by Panpacs in California, an
intensive training camp in Singapore and then to Commonwealth in Delhi. The
swimmers were coached and managed by Anthony Nesty who won gold for Suriname at
the Seoul 1988 Olympics in the 100m butterfly.
One of the highlights for Cayman’s
Commonwealth team was meeting the British princes Charles and Edward who paid
the Commonwealth Village a surprise visit. They specifically asked to meet the
Cayman swim team and Cayman’s track team.
Dr Sook Yin was the team doctor in
Delhi. She said: “We were very honoured to be presented to the princes. They
have been following Shaune and Brett’s swimming careers and it there were very
encouraging and wished them well in the Games and hope they will see both of
them at the London Olympics in 2012.”
The Frasers still haven’t got time
to relax as they are now preparing for their final competition in World Short
Course Championships in Dubai in December and Brett is still in competition for
the University of Florida.