Brett is so smart

Cayman’s Olympic swimming star Brett Fraser has shown that he has brains to match his athletic prowess after receiving a National Collegiate Athletic Association postgraduate scholarship.

The former University of Florida is only the ninth men’s swimmer and 47th Gator student-athlete to receive the prestigious scholarship.

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, with the scholarships awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time grants are $7,500 each.

“It has always been my number one priority to keep my academic efforts on par with my athletic accomplishments,” Fraser, 21, said. “I want to thank my family, coaching staff, teammates and academic support staff for pushing me on a daily basis to become the best student-athlete possible. This is a great honor.”

Fraser, who owns a 3.43 grade-point average in finance, wrapped up his collegiate career by capturing two national titles at the NCAA Championships in March. He won the 200-yard freestyle, leading wire-to-wire with a personal-best time of 1 minute 32.21 seconds. Then the 2008 Olympian joined a trio of teammates to bring home the NCAA title in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

“It’s always a special source of pride for swimmers to receive a NCAA postgraduate scholarship,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “It says a lot about who Brett is and what he’s about to cap off his career with two NCAA titles and then receive this prominent scholarship. We emphasise premier performances in the pool and in the classroom and Brett certainly performs well in both.”

Fraser will begin training for the 2012 London Olympics this summer with two NCAA titles, 19 All-American honours, four SEC titles and nine All-SEC selections on his resume.