Jamie Cail, a former American swimming champion, has died in the US Virgin Islands. Her death on the island of St. John is being looked into by authorities.
The US Virgin Islands Police Department says that Cail’s boyfriend, who has not been named, left a bar just after midnight on February 21, 2023 to check on her. When he got there, he found her lying on the floor.
Authorities said that her boyfriend and a friend put her in a car and drove her to the Myrah Keating-Smith Community Health Center, where CPR was done.
Cail, who was 42, “succumbed to her ailment” in the end, officials said, and she was dead when she got there. Police said that the Criminal Investigation Bureau is looking into it. The reason for death has not been made public.
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FINA says that Cail won gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay for the US women at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships.
She also won a silver medal in the women’s 800-meter freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Brazil in November 1998. Lindsay Mintenko, managing director of the US national swimming team said –
“USA Swimming is saddened to hear of Jamie Cail’s passing.”
“Jamie was a proud member of our National Teams in the late 1990s and was a cherished teammate. We extend our condolences to Jamie’s friends and family.”
Cail went to the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida when he was a teenager. The Bolles School is a private college-prep school known for its swimming and diving.
Former Bolles swimmer Jooyoung Lee said he “never met anyone who had a work ethic like Jamie.” He said that she would train until she was completely worn out. He said –
“She was so tough… a serious competitor.”
“But outside the pool, she was a very sweet and sensitive person.”
In at least 10 events, Cail was ranked among the top 16 athletes in the country in her age group by US Swimming for the 1996-1997 season.
She swam for a short time at the University of Southern California before moving to the University of Maine, where she swam for one season and earned a letter. She graduated in 2003.
Officials said in an emailed statement –
“University of Maine athletics is saddened to learn of the death of former Black Bear swimmer, Jamie Cail.”
“The University of Maine community asks everyone to keep Jamie’s family and friends in their thoughts.”
Cail was from New Hampshire, according to the police news release.