Tsunami Swimming Center Saipan kicked off the 2012-2013 season on a high note, marking six age group records at the Northern Marianas Swimming Federation-organized meet last Saturday at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool in Marpi.
Miku Tammy earned three records for Tsunami Saipan, while Ryuto Yanai, Shigeki Tenorio, and Angel Marie Tan made one each.
The 10-year-old Tammy clocked in at 31.28 seconds in the 50m freestyle race to shatter the CNMI 9 to 10 age group mark (31.87 seconds), which she incidentally owned and posted on July 14, 2012. Tammy also reset her 100m backstroke record (1:21.49) logged on April 14, 2012 after she submitted 1:19.13 in the same event of last weekend's first meet of the season.
Then in the 200m butterfly, Tammy's 2:52.64 has been recognized by NMSF as a new entry to the CNMI record book. With her 200m butterfly time included on the list, Tammy now has three records in that stroke, as she also holds the 50m (35.61 seconds/May 26, 2012) and 100m (1:20.69/May 26, 2012) butterfly marks. She also owns 11 of the 14 records in her age group.
In the girls 13 to 14 category, Tan's 35.10 seconds in the 50m backstroke was added to the record books, as she debuted in the higher age group this season.
Yanai also climbed up to an older age category (boys 9 to 10) and his 3:06.90 in the 200m butterfly has been included on the list, putting him in the company of record holders Kento Akimaru (50m, 100m, and 200m freestyle, and 200m breaststroke), Kaito Yanai (400m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, and 200 IM), and Kensuke Kimura (800m freestyle).
In the boys 17 to 18, Tenorio's 9:58.65 in the 800m freestyle has been accepted as a record, as no previous mark was entered in the said age group. Only Anneka Sakovich's 9:50.52 (Aug. 18, 1995) in the same event is listed in the age group.
Tsunami Saipan coach Hiro Kimura congratulated the four outstanding swimmers and he hopes that more records will fall this season. Kimura had earlier challenged his swimmers to go for 11 markers and Tsunami Saipan bets will have another chance of meeting their goals next month when NMSF sanctions another local meet.local meet.