Saipan Swim Club’s Jinnosuke Suzuki, Dominic Zedde, RJ Pierce, and Akira Kadokura participated in a 10-day training camp hosted by Palau Swim Team early this month.
The camp, which ran from June 3 to 13, featured daily workouts focusing on stroke work, mental training, race-based workouts, and video analysis, according to Jerry Zedde, who accompanied the SSC swimmers to Palau. The workouts were divided into two parts with the morning and evening sessions at the 25-meter Palau National Swimming Pool in Meyuns each lasting for two hours.
Palau swimming national coach Billy Brown conducted the training camp and participants competed in the Palau Invitational Swim Meet a day before the event concluded. The visiting SSC swimmers also joined the 11th Annual Palau Open Water Race held in the waters of Palau Pacific Resort in Koror. Suzuki raced ihn the 5K course of the open water swim and finished third overall out of the 18 participants, while Pierce ruled the 3K event and was joined in the Top 3 by Kadokura and Dominic Zedde.
“The training camp week closed out with one of a kind open water adventure swims through a UNESCO World Heritage site. Two adventure swims of 4K and 2K were held in the waters off the famous Rock Islands, with a remote beach BBQ lunch in between hosted by the Palau Swimming Association,” Jerry Zedde said in an email sent to Saipan Tribune.
“The Saipan Swim Club would like to thank the Palau National Swim Team and coach Billy Brown, the Palau Swim Association, the host families and all the volunteers who made the training camp and events possible,” he added.