Saipan Swim Club and Tsunami Saipan swimmers produced personal best times in the Northern Mariana Islands Swimming Federation-hosted first tournament of the season held last Saturday at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool in Marpi.
The season-opening meet kicked off with the women’s 50m butterfly race where Tsunami Saipan’s Angel Marie Tan recorded the fastest time at 34.40 seconds. Tan’s time last weekend eclipsed her seed or PBT (34.54 seconds). Also posting new PBTS were Tan’s teammates Karen Irinaka (45.79 seconds from 46.72) and Aika Watanabe (51.89 seconds from 55.76).
In the men’s 50m butterfly, five swimmers logged PBTs. SSC’s David Boyer led the group with his 37.85 seconds, chopping off more than five seconds from his old mark (43.04 seconds). Three more SSC bets set new PBTs with Lennosuke and Jinnosuke Suzuki clocking in at 40.48 seconds (from 42.81 seconds) and 45.20 seconds (from 47.67 seconds), respectively, and Taiyo Akimaru registering 48.25 seconds (55.21). Tsunami Saipan’s Hans Xu was the fifth swimmer to earn a PBT in the men’s 50m butterfly after timing in at 48.25 seconds, surpassing his seed time (55.21 seconds) by about seven seconds. Tsunami Saipan’s Kensuke Kimura had the fastest time in the event with 28.10 seconds, but it was slower than his PBT of 27.57 seconds.
In the 200m freestyle, six new PBTs were recorded with SSC’s Conatsu Kaga the lone swimmer to notch a PBT in the women’s division. The 10-year-old Kaga completed the event in 3:12.47, nearly 12 seconds faster than her seed time (3:24.46).
In the men’s 200m freestyle, Tsunami Saipan and siblings Ryuto and Kenshiro Yanai posted new PBTs after clocking in at 2:31.46 (from 2:34.63) and 3:02.05 (from 3:17.86), respectively. Mark Maestro was the third Tsunami Saipan swimmer to bag a PBT in the event with his 2:45.10, more than 11 seconds better than his seed time (2:56.12). Also eclipsing their PBTs were SSC’s Lennosuke Suzuki (2:48.58 from 2:49.87) and Christian Villacrusis (2:38.36 from 2:43.16).
Seven more PBTs fell in the third event of the weekend meet—the 100m breaststroke Tsunami Saipan’s Daime Rivera recorded one of those PBTs with her 1:41.12 (from 1:41.63) also considered as the fastest in the women’s field. Her younger sister, Kyona (1:43.89), and teammates Sophia Gauran (1:52.18) and Katherine Illahi (1:58.47) also tallied PBTs. SSC’s Couge Kaga completed the list of swimmers who got PBTs in the event, recording 2:07.16 and posting the biggest drop, as her previous PBT stood at 2:35.61.
In the men’s 100m breaststroke, Kaito Yanai finished ahead of three others and set a new PBT with his 1:13.55 (from 1:14.15). His teammate Towa Irinaka also logged a PBT after clocking in at 1:53.18 (from 2:02.48).
Meanwhile, results of the other races in NMISF’s first competition of the season will be reported in Saipan Tribune’s Thursday and Friday editions.