Miku Tammy and Kaito Yanai had record-breaking swims in the NMISF Swim Meet held last Saturday at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool.
Tammy reset four CNMI age group marks in the girls 9 to 10 division, while Yanai posted three new records in the boys 13 to 14 category. Both swimmers are from Tsunami Saipan Swimming Center.
The 10-year-old Tammy recorded her first age group mark right at the opening of the weekend meet, as she timed in at 33.16 seconds in the 50m butterfly race. Incidentally, Tammy owned the previous age group record in the 50m butterfly, as she clocked in at 35.61 seconds on May 26, 2012 during the 2012 Guam Championships in Hagatna.
The Tsunami Saipan bet then got her second record in the morning session via the 400m freestyle race where she submitted 5:13.53. Tammy's time was more than 30 seconds faster than the old age group mark (5:43.69), which she also owned and logged on Dec. 3, 2011.
One more record fell in the morning session of the Northern Mariana Islands Swimming Federation-hosted event with Yanai setting a new mark in the 100m breaststroke event in the 13 to 14 age group. The 13-year-old swimmer clocked in at 1:15.59 in his new age group, eclipsing the four-year mark of Kai Staal, who timed in at 1:15.77 on Feb. 6, 2009.
Yanai then had his second entry to the 13 to 14 age group record book after posting 35.10 seconds in the 50m breaststroke race in the afternoon competition. He surpassed the record of fellow Tsunami Saipan swimmer Kensuke Kimura, who timed in at 35.18 seconds on Oct. 2, 2010.
Tammy also swam in the afternoon session and her 1:08.14 in the 100m freestyle was more than five seconds better than her previous record of 1:13.80 made on May 25, 2012. The Tsunami Saipan swimmer then picked up where she left off, posting another record in her last event for the meet-the 200m backstroke. She completed the 200m backstroke in 2:49.27, about eight seconds faster than her old mark of 2:57.03, which was also logged on May 25, 2012 in Guam.
Duplicating Tammy's strong finish was Yanai, who joined Kimura in the last event of the meet-the 200m breaststroke. Yanai timed in at 2:39.65, smashing the eight-year-old mark of Justin Pierce. The former Saipan Swim Club member clocked in at 2:42.35 on May 19, 1996.
Meanwhile, the complete results of NMISF's meet will be reported in Saipan Tribune's Thursday edition.
The meet featured 13 events for SSC and Tsunami Saipan swimmers and according to NMISF, it was designed to encourage maximum participating, provide an educational experience, enhance physical and mental conditioning, and develop a rich base of swimming talent. The federation added SSC and Tsunami Saipan joined forces in recruiting volunteer parents in helping officiate the meet. (Saipan Tribune)