Jillian Crooks qualifies for the 2023 World Championships

16-year-old Caymanian Jillian Crooks went sub-26 for the first time in the 50-metre freestyle during the 2023 TYR Pro Swim Series on Saturday (May 21). Crooks clocked 25.87 in Mission Viejo, California, earning a B-qualifying time for the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, taking place from 14 to 30 July. Crooks recently became the fastestContinue reading “Jillian Crooks qualifies for the 2023 World Championships”

Crooks awarded Southeastern Swimmer of the Year

Caymanian swimmer Jordan Crooks earned the Southeastern Conference Swimmer of the Year recognition, becoming the fourth University of Tennessee Volunteer to win the award and the first since Michael Gilliam received it in 2001.  Crooks, a Sophomore at UT enjoyed one of the best swimming seasons in his school’s history. His efforts earned him theContinue reading “Crooks awarded Southeastern Swimmer of the Year”

Carifta Swimming: Crooks narrowly misses World Championships B time

Caymanian superstar Jordan Crooks will likely compete at the World Championships in Fukuoka this July, but his younger sister may share the spotlight with him. Jillian Crooks turned in a blistering 56.54 during the 100 metre freestyle heats at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Willemstad, Curacao. It marked her best swim in that event everContinue reading “Carifta Swimming: Crooks narrowly misses World Championships B time”

Carifta Swimming: Broadbelt proves to be levels above her competition

Continuing to establish herself among the top 13-14 swimmers in the Caribbean, Caymanian Sierrah Broadbelt raced her way to several gold podium spots during day 1 of the 36th annual Carifta Swimming Championships. The unassuming swimmer from East End, Grand Cayman entered the 100-metre butterfly finals as the top seed on Thursday night. Broadbelt swamContinue reading “Carifta Swimming: Broadbelt proves to be levels above her competition”

CARIFTA Curacao 2023 Swimming (SW) Day 1 Finals Recap

By: Duke Sullivan “Thursday is always Ladies Night at Carifta Swimming” Coming off impressive performances at the 2022 Carifta Swimming Championships, the Cayman Islands Junior National Swim Team is determined to duplicate the feat this Easter weekend at the 36th Carifta Swim meet, taking place on the Southern Caribbean Island of Curacao. Competing in theContinue reading “CARIFTA Curacao 2023 Swimming (SW) Day 1 Finals Recap”

Cayman sending 53 athletes to CARIFTA Swimming Championships

The Cayman Islands Junior National Swimming Team heads to Curaçao for the 2023 edition of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships, 6-10 April and will be competing in the pool, open water and artistic swimming competitions. Fifty-three swimmers in all (pool – 32, artistic – 19 and open water – 9) are in the final stages ofContinue reading “Cayman sending 53 athletes to CARIFTA Swimming Championships”

Crooks takes 5th in a historic 100 free finals at NCAA championship

After competing in several races during the 2023 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Caymanian Jordan Crooks eventually closed the show Saturday night in a historic 100 freestyle. Crooks took fifth in the 100 free final, clocking 41.03 seconds. Prior to that, the 20-year-old swam 40.92 in his heat. Had he matched that time in theContinue reading “Crooks takes 5th in a historic 100 free finals at NCAA championship”

Crooks’ winning-ways continue through the NCAA Division I Championships

After winning the 50 freestyle finals at the 2023 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday evening, overnight sensation Jordan Crooks has stamped himself as the fastest swimmer in the world for collegiate athletes. The 20-year-old had the slowest reaction time (+.74) off the blocks not only in the ‘A’ final but of all 16 finalists.Continue reading “Crooks’ winning-ways continue through the NCAA Division I Championships”

Crooks advances from NCAA 50 Free prelims

Arguably, the biggest collegiate event in history is in full-swing. Representing the Cayman Islands and the University of Tennessee is top superstar Jordan Crooks, who is hoping to add more silverware to his collection. The Tennessee sophomore enters the 50 free final later today as the top seed after putting down a time of 18.25Continue reading “Crooks advances from NCAA 50 Free prelims”