One of the happiest people on Cayman’s swim scene right now is Jim Fraser.
The George Town resident has both of his sons competing in the Olympics for the second consecutive time. Shaune and Brett Fraser recently qualified for London 2012 in the 200m freestyle event (Brett also posted a qualifying mark in the 50m swim).
Shaune grabbed initial kudos with a semi-final berth in the 200m free and a time of 1:47.73 at the FINA World Championship in Shanghai, China. At the same event Brett earned a B standard Olympic qualification in the 50m event. Last week Brett would post a time of 1:47.56 in the 200m free at the US Nationals in Palo Alto, California.
The young men are taking to the Olympic stage for the second time after representing Cayman in Beijing, China in 2008.
Jim, who has links to other sports like road running, spoke about his sentiments and how Brett competed in California.
“It’s a great feeling and now dad has to get to work finding tickets so I can watch,” Fraser said. “What makes Brett’s swim even more impressive is that most of the other American swimmers (also Shaune) that swam in Shanghai were well off their times due to jet lag. Also equally impressive is that this time would put Brett on the US national team if he was American, which is a great benchmark.”
For the brothers the focus will be on training for a plethora of meets heading into next year. Jim states one of those competitions will be the Pan-Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
“The boys are going to be doing more and more training before tackling the Pan Am Games in October. But Brett will be back in Cayman this week for a few days.”