Tsunami Saipan Swimming Center’s Kensuke Kimura and Kaito Yanai marked the start of the 2013-2014 season with record-breaking swims in the Northern Mariana Islands Swimming Federation-hosted tournament held last Saturday at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool in Marpi.
Kimura timed in at 1:03.62 in the 100m backstroke race to crush the more than 10-year-old record of Seung Gin Lee in the 17 to 18 age group. The former Saipan Swim Club swimmer clocked in at 1:04.80 in the same event on July 21, 2013.
Kimura was one of the only three swimmers in the men’s field to compete in the 100m backstroke race. Fellow Tsunami Saipan swimmers Juhn Tenorio and Hans Xu were the two others. Tenorio submitted a new personal best time of 1:39:52, more than three seconds faster than his seed time of 1:42.85. Xu also got a PBT, submitting 1:53.14, more than seven seconds better than his old mark.
In the men’s 100m breaststroke, Yanai was among the four swimmers to complete the men’s race. He was also the fastest after timing in at 1:13.55, which is a new record in the 13 to 14 age group. The 14-year-old swimmer broke his own mark (1:14.15), which was made on March 22 this year.
Meanwhile, 37 more PBTs were recorded in last Saturday’s competition with most of them coming in the 100m freestyle event (14).
Tsunami Saipan’s Takumi Sugie nailed the fastest time in the 100m freestyle race with his new PBT of 1:02.58. Also achieving PBTs were Sugie’s teammates Mark Maestro (1:15.72) and Kenshiro Yanai (1:24.30) and SSC’s Christian Villacrusis (1:10.99), David Boyer (1:20.82), Taiga Sato (1:21.03), Jinnosuke Suzuki (1:26.77), Rintaro Miyawaki (1:34.72), and Taiyo Akimaru (1:36.43). In the women’s division, Tsunami Saipan’s Sophia Gauran (1:24.82), Kyona Rivera (1:29.16), and Megumi Yoshino (1:40.28) had PBTs, too, along with SSC’s Coume Kaga (1:45.05).
In the women’s 50m breaststroke, seven of the eight finishers nailed PBTs with Tsunami Saipan’s Daime Rivera leading the list and posting the fastest time at 43.63 seconds (from 44.81 seconds).
Other swimmers who logged PBTs in the sprint event were Tsunami Saipan’s Nanaka Watanabe (55.45 seconds) and SSC’s Sami Nimura (58.92 seconds), Ashlet De Cortney (1:06.92), Jinie Thompson (1:14.94), and Susana (1:30.21) and Nieves Villagomez (1:43.14). In the men’s division, Tsunami Saipan’s Towa Irinaka (56.03 seconds) and Jhota Yoshino (57.23 seconds) and SSC’s Rintaro Miyawaki (57.31 seconds) and Taiyo Akimaru (58.66 seconds) also earned PBTs.
In another sprint event—the 50m backstroke—SSC’s Conatsu Kaga and Lennosuke Susuki led swimmers who had PBTs in the women’s and men’s races. Kaga clocked in at 49.06 seconds, more than three seconds faster than her previous PBT (52.81 seconds). Her SSC teammates Jinie Thompson and Susana Villagomez had the same feat after recording 1:00.65 (from 1:11.86) and 1:11.38 (from 1:12.74), respectively.
In the men’s division, Lennosuke Suzuki had 43.64 seconds to surpass his old record (43.84 seconds). Four more more SSC swimmers—Jinnosuke Suzuki (53.74 seconds), Leo Takahashi (1:01.25), Sam Ryu (1:03.06), and Robert De Courtney (1:06.74)—also got PBTs, while Maestro completed the list after logging 43.69 seconds.