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Friday, April 25, 2014

Tsunami Guam rules SSC meet

A Tsunami Guam swimmer and six other entries get ready at the starting block during the 200m freestyle race in last Saturday’s 2013 Saipan Swim Club International Invitational Swim Meet at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool.  (Roselyn B. Monroyo) The visiting Tsunami Swim Club Guam returned home victorious after reigning supreme in the 2013 Saipan Swim Club International Invitational Swim Meet held over the weekend at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool.

The Toshi Iijima-coached Tsunami Guam collected 1,220 points from the Friday and Saturday competing, besting six other clubs. This year’s overall champion received points based on how its swimmers finished in each race. Eight points were given to first place finishers, seven for second, and so on until the No. 8 placers.

Tsunami Guam got 98 points from the girls U8 races and 45 in the boys; 94 and 103 in the girls and boys 9 to 10 age group; 115 in the girls 11 to 12; 108 and 158 in the girls and boys 13 to 14; and 173 and 232 in the girls and boys 15-and-above age group competitions. The champion squad is composed of more than 20 swimmers, including Esabelle Eldridge, Risa Hendrix, Chuckie White, Roxanne Mikel, Ivory Howat, Caleb White, Jimi Hendrix, Reina Ross, Kylie Miller, Hannah White, Anabelle Alba, Rosalyn Mikel, Maria Silvestre, Stephen Jagger, Justin Fell, Sean Park, Johnston Eldridge, Misaki Iijima, Pilar Shimizu, Emma Rione, Tasi Limtiaco, Souyu Usui, Yaya Kitadate, and Alejandro Cruz-Atoigue.

Joining Tsunami Guam in the Top 3 were Tsunami Swimming Center Saipan and host SSC. Tsunami Saipan earned 885 points, gaining 169 in the U8 races, 189 in 9 to 10, 152 in the 11 to 12, 229 in the 13 to 14, and 57 in the 15-and-above division.

The host club logged 594 points, notching the most points in the 11 to 12 age group (186), including the 62 points of co-top placer Kento Akimaru. SSC then drew 147 in U8, 148 in 9 to 10, and 49 in the girls 15-and-above.

Coming in at fourth place was Manukai Athletics Club of Guam with 505.5 points, followed by meet first-timer and Marshall Islands’ Kwajalein Swim Team (307.5), and Guam’s Manhoben Swim Club (301) and Andersen Marlins (190).

There were 38 events contested in the two-day meet, which drew around 150 swimmers—the most entries SSC got in the last five years.

“We would like to thank all our off-island participants and their coaches and parents for joining the meet. We would also like to thank all the volunteers, especially the timers,” SSC president Robert Torres said at the conclusion of the competition last Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, SSC handed out plaques to the Top 3 placers in each age group last Sunday and winners will be reported in Saipan Tribune’s Wednesday edition.

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