Swimmers lead October’s best

Youth swimmers Juhn Tenorio and Ashley Dangol led the recipients of the Northern Marianas Sports Association’s monthly honors for October, given last week during the group’s general membership meeting at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium’s conference room.

Tenorio and Dangol earned the Tan Siu Lin Foundation/NMSA Male and Female Student Athletes of the Month awards after their impressive performances in their respective age groups in Northern Mariana Islands Swimming Federation’s opening meet held last Oct. 8 at the Kan Pacific Pool in Marpi.

Tenorio just turned 13 years old last summer and now holds the CNMI boys 13 to 14 age group record in the 50m backstroke. The Tanapag Middle School student registered 31.31 seconds in the said event to break the 31.98 seconds set by Kaito Yanai more than three years ago.

Dangol shattered two CNMI age group records in the girls 11 to 12 division after setting new personal best times in the 50m and 100m backstroke events in the NMISF open meet. The 11-yeard-old Grace Christian Academy student posted 34.37 seconds in the girls 50m backstroke to surpass the previous record of 35.34 seconds set by Miku Tammy in March 2014. Dangol’s new time in the 50m backstroke is also just one second short of the decade-old CNMI national record of 33.20 seconds set by Xenavee Pangelinan in July 2001. In the 100m backstroke, Dangol timed in at 1:14.43 to again beat Tammy’s 2015 mark of 1:16.97.

Meanwhile, Ray Santos was named the Male Athlete of the Month after figuring prominently in the first CNMI weightlifting competition held at the Ada Gym.

Santos competed in the seniors’ 63.5 kilograms category where he posted a lift of 90 kg (198 lbs) in the snatch, and 110 kg (242 lbs) in the clean and jerk for a total weight of 190 kgs (440 lbs).

Joining Santos, Dangol, and Tenorio on the October’s best list was the Marianas Pacific Paddlers, the only all-women’s squad from Saipan that participated in the 2017 Micronesian Cup in Guam. The group took the October Team of the Month after winning the gold medal in the 1,000m race in last month’s event.

It was MPP’s first medal in its seven-year history and the group is looking forward to further improve and train harder in time for next year’s Micro Cup.

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Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez has been covering local and international sports events for more than 15 years. His sports writing career started when he joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, when he was in college.

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