1997 Pan Pacs Gold Medalist Jamie Cail, 42, Dies in US Virgin Islands

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 6

February 21st, 2023 Club, News

Retired American swimmer Jamie Cail, 42, died on Tuesday in St. John, Virginia Islands, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

According to a police report, Cail’s boyfriend, who was not identified, left a bar to check on Cail at their shared residence. He told police that he found his girlfriend unresponsive on the floor. With the help of a friend, they carried Cail to a nearby vehicle and transported her to Myrah Keating-Smith Clinic.

At the clinic, CPR was administered, but Cail was declared dead-on-arrival.

The USVI Criminal Investigation Bureau is currently investigating the death.

Cail was a member of the US team at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships as just a teenager, where she won a gold medal on the team’s 800 free relay. She swam the 3rd leg alongside Lindsay BenkoAshley Whitney, and Jenny Thompson.

Cail also won a silver medal at the 1998-1999 FINA Swimming World Cup in Brazil in the 800 free as a member of the United States Swimming National B Team.

Cail swam for the legendary Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, where she remains the team record holder in the 200 yard fly, 400 yard IM, 200 meter IM, and 400 meter IM in the 15-16 age group.

In the 1996-1997 season, with Bolles, was on ten Top 16 lists published by United States Swimming.

She would eventually move to Huntington Beach, California to train with the Golden West Swim Club where she won California High School State Championships in the 200 IM and 500 free. She eventually swam in college at USC.

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11 months ago

She still holds records at Marina HS, Huntington Beach. Sad.

11 months ago

Why wasn’t CPR administered when he found her?

Jim Johnson
1 year ago

Jamie had an unbelievable meet at Pan PAC Trials in Nashville in1997. At Bolles, she could train at a consistently high level in all 4 strokes. I am saddened to hear she has died so young. I hope she had found her happy place in the islands.

Werner Swimzog
1 year ago

Very sad. RIP Jamie. Hope you have all the dogs you want in heaven.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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