(CNN) — Former US champion swimmer Jamie Cail has died in the US Virgin Islands, according to authorities investigating her death on the island of San Juan.
The US Virgin Islands Police Department. it states that Cail’s boyfriend, who has not been identified, came out of a bar just after midnight to check on her last Tuesday when he found her on the floor of his house.
The boyfriend and a friend put her in a vehicle and took her to the Myrah Keating-Smith Community Health Center, where she was given CPR, according to authorities.
Cail, 42, eventually “succumbed to his ailment,” authorities added, saying he had died on arrival. The Criminal Investigation Bureau is investigating the case. The cause of death has not been provided.
cail won the gold medal at the 1997 Pan-Pacific Championships as a member of the American women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, according to the Federation of International Swimming (FINA). She also won a silver medal in November 1998 at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Brazil in the women’s 800 freestyle.
“USA Swimming is saddened to learn of the passing of Jamie Cail,” said Lindsay Mintenko, general manager of the US National Swimming Team. “Jamie was a proud member of our national teams in the late 1990s and was a valued teammate. We extend our condolences to Jamie’s friends and family.”
As a teenager, Cail spent time at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, a private college preparatory school known for being a power in swimming and diving.
Bolles’ former swimmer, Jooyoung Lee, said he had “never met anyone who had a work ethic like Jamie.”
He said he pushed himself to exhaustion during practice.
“She was so tough…a serious competitor,” she said. “But outside of the pool, she was a very sweet and sensitive person.”
Cail was among the top 16 athletes in the country in her age group in at least 10 events at the US Swimming rankings of the 1996-1997 season.
He swam briefly in the University of Southern California before transferring to the University of Maine, where he earned a degree in his only season. He graduated in 2003.
“The University of Maine Athletics is saddened to learn of the death of former swimmer Jamie Cail,” officials said in an emailed statement. “The University of Maine community asks everyone to keep Jamie’s family and friends in her thoughts.”
CNN has contacted Cail’s family for comment, as well as authorities for more details.
The police news release said Cail was from New Hampshire.
— CNN’s Jean Casarez, Wayne Sterling and Jill Martin contributed to this report.