Heather Roffey

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Heather Roffey
Personal information
Full nameHeather Claire Roffey
National team Cayman Islands
Born (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 32)
Grand Cayman, Cayman
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)
StrokesFreestyle, butterfly
ClubBolles School Swim Club (U.S.)
College teamUniversity of South Carolina
CoachDonald Gibb (U.S.)

Heather Claire Roffey (born September 30, 1986) is a Caymanian former swimmer, who specialized in long-distance freestyle and butterfly events.[1] She became one of the first swimmers and only female in history to represent the Cayman Islands at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, along with Shaune Fraser and Andrew Mackay.[2]

At her first Olympics, Roffey qualified for two swimming events with three days in between. She posted FINA B-standard entry times of 9:01.41 (800 m freestyle) and 2:17.70 (200 m butterfly) from the Ultra Swim Meet in Charlotte, North Carolina.[3][4][5] In the 200 m butterfly, Roffey challenged seven other swimmers on the first heat, including 15-year-old Maria Bulakhova of Russia. She cleared a 2:20 barrier to clinch a fifth spot and thirtieth overall in 2:19.34, just nearly two seconds off her entry time.[6][7] In her second event, 800 m freestyle, Kwon placed twenty-fifth overall on the morning's preliminaries. Swimming again in heat one, she raced to fourth place by a 3.07-second margin behind winner Golda Marcus of El Salvador with a time of 9:02.88.[8][9]

Roffey is also a member of Bolles School Swim Club in Jacksonville, Florida, and a varsity swimmer for the South Carolina Gamecocks, under her respective coaches Jeff Poppell and Donald Gibb. In 2007, she graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, with a bachelor's degree in accounting.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Heather Roffey". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Cayman Swimmers Take a Bite Out of The Big Apple for New York City Media Tour". Swimming World Magazine. 27 June 2004. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Swimming – Women's 800m Freestyle Startlist (Heat 1)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Swimming – Women's 200m Butterfly Startlist (Heat 1)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Heather makes history and goes for the encore!" (PDF). Cayman Swimming. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Women's 200m Butterfly Heat 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  7. ^ Thomas, Stephen (17 August 2004). "Women's 200 Butterfly Prelims, Day 4: Jedrzejczak Fastest. Nakanishi, Risztov, Sandeno and Thomas All Qualify". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 December 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Women's 800m Freestyle Heat 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  9. ^ Thomas, Stephen (19 August 2004). "Women's 800 Freestyle Prelims, Day 6: Manaudou, #1 Qualifier, Sets French Record, 8:25.91; Munz and Keller in Finals". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 December 2005. Retrieved 19 April 2013.

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