Caymanian swimmer Jillian Crooks is officially the country’s youngest Olympian after competing in Tokyo Games Wednesday (July 28) morning in the 100 metre freestyle event.
The 15-year-old beat six other swimmers in her respective heat, to take second place with a time of 57.32 seconds, a new Cayman Islands national record.
However, her time wasn’t enough to advance her into the semifinals. Following her performance, Crooks management team took to social media and stated that their athlete was pleased with her swim.
“She is happy with her performance and feels she gave it her all” stated on the Jillian Crooks: The Road To Tokyo 2021 Facebook page. “[It was] her first appearance at the Olympics but we are sure it won’t be her last as she is one determined young lady.”
Next up for team Cayman, is swimmer Brett Fraser, who Crooks had been training alongside for the past week. He is set to compete in the first round of the men’s 50-metres freestyle on Friday (July 28).