After a pair of semifinal berths at an international meet, local swimming is pleased with its performance.
The Cayman Islands advanced to the semis of the men’s 50-meter butterfly and the 100m freestyle at this month’s 12th annual Fédération Internationale de Natation World Short Course Swimming Championships in Qatar. At the Doha meet, held in the Hamad Aquatic Centre’s 25m pool, Brett Fraser earned both berths, ending up 14th in the fly in a time of 22.95 seconds, and 15th in the free with a mark of 47.81 secs.
The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association noted it was pleased with the entire team. “Cayman swimming is proud of its team in Doha. Competing for Cayman were Brett Fraser, Lara Butler, Geoffrey Butler and Lauren Hew. Brett qualified for the semis, congratulations to him. Participating in the youth program were Catriona MacRae and Jonathan Key. Staff who attended with them were Cayman’s technical director of swimming, Bailey Weathers, and manager/physical therapist Claire Critchley.”
Fraser’s best time, 21.78 secs., came in the fly heats. His performance was in stark contrast to the other swimmers, who did not advance out of their initial heats. Geoffrey Butler placed 33rd overall in the 1500m free with a mark of 16 minutes, three seconds and 27 milliseconds and finished 64th in the 400m free in a time of 4:03.48. Lara Butler finished 36th in the 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2:20.15, 46th in the 100m fly in 1:02.30 and 47th in the 50m backstroke in 30.46.
Lauren Hew swam to 43rd in the 50m back, with a mark of 29.82 secs and ended up 44th in the 200m back with a time of 2:24.38.