Jordan Crooks becomes Cayman’s fastest swimmer in history

Jordan Crooks continued to extend his swimming legacy during the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships, in Budapest, Hungary this past week. 

The 20-year-old Caymanian hit the pool on Thursday (June 23) to compete in the 50 metres freestyle. He placed first in his respective heat, clocking 22.20 seconds to set a new national record, and cementing his place as one of the greatest swimmers to ever represent the Cayman Islands. 

While Crooks narrowly missed the semifinals following his historic swim, the freshman at the University of Tennessee holds several top titles. 

Those include the fastest freshman freestyler in NCAA history, the fifth fastest 50-yard freestyler of any age, and now Cayman’s fastest 50m swimmer of all time. 

But that’s not all; the multiple-time medalist at the CARIFTA Games is also considered to be the fastest swimmer under-twenty from any Caribbean country or territory. 

Prior to Crooks swimming the 50m free, he swam the 100m free on Tuesday (June 21) where he again took first in his heat. He finished in a time of 48.79 seconds and was .32 seconds away from breaking Shaune Fraser’s national record set in 2009. 

Crooks’ participation in this year’s World Championships marked his second time competing at the event, having swam during the 2019 edition. 

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