Saipan Swim Club coach and pro triathlete Mieko Carey completed an adult swim clinic at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool in Marpi last week and has scheduled a kids triathlon next.
In an SSC press release, the club said the class was full with 8 participants. They were given excellent instruction and tips and learned how to improve their freestyle. The hour-long session included all the basics of swimming, like body position, arm stroke, kicking, and breathing. Various drills and exercises were also done.
“I consider myself a swimmer but it's probably been over 30 years since I have had a lesson or input on my stroke. Mieko was fantastic. Starting with the warm-ups and basics, she led us through this very short lesson,” said SSC Masters swimmer Jill Derickson.
“She made things simple to understand and was very entertaining. She shared her enthusiasm for swimming, and no doubt, more people, both beginners and more experienced folks, will be swimming because of her,” Derickson added.
Other participants in last weekend's clinic were Arielle Buyum, Karen Cornelio, Nancy Gottfried (SSC Masters), Donna White, Kathleen and Emory Frink, and Shelli Neal. Several stayed after the class to continue practicing and plan to return to the pool in the near future. SSC Masters swimmer Jennifer Kogure was on hand to take photographs.
After the clinic, SSC and Carey will be hosting the Kids Off-Road Triathlon on Sept. 1. The event will be held around the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool area in Marpi with the race starting at 7:30am. Registration begins at 7am and entrance fee is only $10.
According to SSC, the swim leg will be done lengthwise in the pool, while the bike and run portions will be on the hilly grounds surrounding the pool. Participants may use kickboards, not fins, in the swim leg, while helmets must we worn at all times during the bike race.
Next month's race is different from the one SSC had last month, as a participant, regardless of age, may chose the distance he wants to race. The choices are the following: short course (100-meter swim, 400m bike, and 500m run); medium course (300m swim, 400m bike, and 800m run); and long course (500m swim, 800m bike, and 1600m run).
Meanwhile, the Marpi pool will be closed for annual maintenance from Aug. 16 to 31. The public is invited to swim upon reopening at noon Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The fee is $5 and payable across the street at the go-cart track office. Swimmers are asked to present their receipt to the lifeguard.
An adult swimmer may also join Masters for $30 per month, payable to SSC by the first week of the month. The fee includes access to the pool during all the public hours and water polo on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. Workouts are provided on request. SSC would like to thank the Mariana Resort and Spa for its continued support to the swimming community. (SSC)