Brett Fraser once again swam
exceptionally well, this time at the National Collegiate Athletic Association
Swimming and Diving Championships to help the University of Florida’s team, the
Gators, to more honours.
The Gators captured their first
NCAA title of the meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota when Fraser, 21, won his first
national championship by leading wire-to-wire in the 200 yards free.
The 2008 Olympian’s personal-best
time of 1 minute 32.21 seconds was a pool record and the third-quickest mark
all-time at Florida.
The triumph meant the Gators became
the only school in NCAA history to have a different swimmer win the national
title in the 200 yards free in three consecutive years.
Brett joins big brother Shaune
(2009) as just the second gold medal brother combination (Seth and Martin
Pepper of Arizona, 100 yards fly, 1993 and 1996) in NCAA history to win a
national championship in the same event.
Also competing in the 200 yards
free was another Caymanian, sophomore Sebastien Rousseau, who picked up his
fourth career All-America honour by placing seventh in the finals with a
personal-best time of 1:34.19.
Then Conor Dwyer joined forces with
Fraser, Rousseau and Jeffrey Raymond to bring home the school’s seventh NCAA
title in the 800 yard free relay.
“Brett Fraser really stepped up for
us today,” coach Gregg Troy said. “His work ethic and attitude prepared him for
this event and he was tremendous.”