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Sunday, April 20, 2014

GCA retains high school title

Grace Christian Academy’s Patrick Reyes races in the 100m breaststroke event in the 19th SSC All Schools Swimming Championships held early this month at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool in Marpi. (Roselyn B. Monroyo) Grace Christian Academy made it two in a row in the high school division of the SSC All Schools Swimming Championships.

The Eagles ruled the 19th edition of the annual swim meet after collecting 108 points in the 2012 competition held on Nov. 10 at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool in Marpi. GCA won last year’s high school race after edging 2010 champion Saipan Southern High School, 70-69, but this time the Eagles had a wide winning margin, as runner-up Saipan International School earned only 77 points. Marianas High School finished at third with its 57 markers.

Kensuke Kimura gave GCA the most points, while Patrick Reyes, Zen Yu Su, Jireh Yobech, Shigeki Tenorio, Edward Kim, Leona Pangelinan, and Ryu Tanzawa also contributed to the Eagles’ cause. Kimura handed GCA 18 points from the individual races after ruling the 200m freestyle (2:06.64) and 400m freestyle (4:25.77) events. Tenorio added 16 with his first place finish in the 50m butterfly (31.84 seconds) and runner-up in the 200m individual medley (2:36.91).

Yobech and Su both joined the 50m freestyle race and placed third and fourth with their times of 45.45 seconds and 46.64 seconds, respectively, to get 6 and 5 points. Tanzawa and Reyes were both entered in the 100m freestyle with the former earning 6 points for finishing third (1:35.56) and the latter receiving 5 markers for ranking fourth (1:36.57). Reyes also raced in the 100m breaststroke (1:54.05) to give GCA 9 more points.

Reyes Tanzawa, Yobech, and Su then got 18 points from the 200m freestyle relay (2:27:32), while GCA received 18 more markers from the mixed 200m medley relay team of Kimura, Tenorio, Kim, and Pangelinan (3:12.08).

The SIS quartet of Dylan Ackerman, Victoria Chentsova, Min Suk Kim, and Takumi Sugie won the other relay race in high school after clocking in at 2:16.19 in the mixed 200m freestyle relay. The MHS Dolphins’ Tiger Yatsui, Makani Gramlich, Daime Rivera, and Lalaine Santomin placed second with a time of 2:41.24.

Chentsova also raced in the 200m freestyle and submitted 2:23.01 to give SIS 9 points. She then collected 9 more markers after recording 1:19.65 in the 100m freestyle race and outclassing Santomin (1:48.73).

Sugie and Ackerman also earned 9 points each from individual events with the former timing in at 2:35.46 in the 200m IM and beating Tenorio. Ackerman posted 33 seconds in the 50m freestyle to prevail over Yatsui (42.57) and four others.

Meanwhile, SSC would like to thank the schools and Mariana Resort for making the meet possible.

“We had a great turn out and many kids were exposed to competitive swimming. Saipan Swim Club would like to thank Mariana Resort for their continued support as well as their tireless maintenance of the pool. We would also like to thank the coaches and swimmers from each school for participating and all the volunteer timers. It is because of their support that Saipan Swim Club can continue to mold and shape our youth through sports,” said meet director and SSC coach Jacoby Winkfield.

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