Jillian Crooks is making history as Cayman’s youngest ever Olympian and the 15-year-old made her homeland even prouder by placing second in her heat, setting a personal best time of 57.32 seconds in the 100m freestyle in Tokyo, setting a new national record in the process.
It was a stunning performance for the young swimmer which also improved her Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association record swimming against seven others, many of whom were much older. Crooks finished second in Heat 2 but it was not fast enough to advance to the semi-finals. However, after such a great performance she is delighted and can build on the experience as she improves in the future.
According to her Facebook page Crooks said that competing “was such an amazing experience that she cried happy tears upon exiting the pool”. Brett Fraser, who is the next Cayman Olympian to perform - on Friday - cheered her on from poolside.