Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pair of Prep Superstars Truly Are All-World; BOYS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: BOLLES' SHAUNE FRASER

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pair of Prep Superstars Truly Are All-World; BOYS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: BOLLES' SHAUNE FRASER

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Byline: DAVID JOHNSON

At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Shaune Fraser got more than just his feet wet.

The Bolles senior talked to NBA star Allen Iverson. He met Michael Phelps and swam in the same lane as Australian world-record holder Ian Thorpe.

The two-time Times-Union All-First Coast Boys Swimmer of the Year represented his native Cayman Islands in the 200-meter freestyle. More importantly, he set the stage for a run at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, where he'll likely have bigger goals in mind.

Not that Fraser, 17, would ever admit it. His attitude has always been to let his strokes do the talking.

"I think my first trip to the Olympics was to see what it was like -- just to do my best and see the atmosphere and get used to it," Fraser said.

With the Beijing Olympics still three years away, he didn't elaborate on what a second trip might bring. But coaches and teammates have watched his competitiveness and say he has the potential to reach the final, possibly even the medal stand.

"Last year, he was one of the best swimmers in the country for his age," Bolles coach Jeff Poppell said. "Now, I think he's one of the best swimmers in the world for his age."

Along with a work ethic that Poppell raves about, Fraser's biggest advantage might be his laid-back attitude.

"He knows what he has to do, but it doesn't overwhelm him," said teammate Travis Forte, who has been competing against Fraser since he was 5 years old. Fraser won two individual state titles in leading the Bulldogs to their 18th consecutive state championship in November.

Many swimmers have a specific regimen, sometimes bordering on superstition. But Fraser said, "I just do whatever I feel will prepare me for the meet."

Usually that involves listening to a techno beat on his iPod to get his blood flowing. Away from the pool, he listens to music from the Caribbean Islands, particularly Reggae and other Jamaican music.

Back home in Cayman, he goes to the beach and plays video games such as Halo 2 with his brothers, 16-year-old Brett and 10-year-old Kyle. …

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