Tsunami Swimming Center Saipan’s Juhn Tenorio started the year with record-breaking swims during the Northern Mariana Island Swimming Federation Meet 4 held early this month at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool.
Tenorio earned his first record in the Jan. 7 tournament—the first for NMISF in 2017—via the 100m backstroke race in the 11 to 12 age group after clocking in at 1:13.67. His time surpassed the 1:15.52 former Tsunami Saipan swimmer Kaito Yanai registered on Feb. 18, 2012. Tenorio’s record was also more than four seconds faster than her old personal best time of 1:17.85.
The Tsunami Saipan swimmer’s other age group mark came from another backstroke event—50m. He finished the one-lap race in 33.14 seconds, breaking his own record (33.56 seconds), which he established on Dec. 3 last year during the NMISF Meet 3. Tenorio’s time in last month’s event shattered one of the oldest marks in the CNMI swim record books—the 34.44 seconds Joshua Taitano posted on May 7, 1994.
Meanwhile, beside the 50m and 100m backstroke events, Tenorio also joined the 200m individual medley event of the NMISF Meet 4. He completed the four-lap race in 2:45.74, chopping off nearly five seconds from his old PBT of 2:50.06.
Five other Tsunami Saipan swimmers did the 200m IM with Nelson Batallones recorded the second best time in the group behind Tenorio. Batallones clocked in at 2:46.05 to beat his previous PBT of 2:54.76. Isaiah Aleksenko also set a new PBT after logging 2:51.63, which is more than seven second faster than his old mark (2:59.04).
Sean Gil eclipsed his old PBT (3;44.01) by almost 10 seconds after touching the wall at the 3:34.91 mark, while Hans Xu finished the race earlier with his 3:07.17, but did not surpass his PBT (3:05.76). Eight-year-old Kouki Watanabe swam his first competitive 200m IM and broke the four-second barrier after posting 3:57.14.
Meanwhile, more Tsunami Saipan swimmers earned PBTs in their first meet of the year and complete results of the Jan. 7 tournament will be reported in Saipan Tribune’s Thursday edition.