Tsunami Saipan coach commends 3 swimmers


Tsunami Saipan’s Aoi Braxton competes in the 50m backstroke event the All Island Invitational Long Course Meet at the Hagatna Pool in Guam earlier this month. (Contributed Photo)

Swimming Center Tsunami Saipan head coach Hiro Kimura made special mention of three swimmers for shining in the All Island Invitational Long Course Meet held at the Hagatna Pool earlier this month.

Sari Barman and Kevin Guerrero joined the Guam meet for the first time and had impressive debuts, while Aoi Braxton delivered in the Jan. 4 competition.

According to Kimura, Barman just turned 9 years old, but had a strong showing in the Guam meet. She raced in the 50m back and a personal best of 51.77 seconds placing second in the girls 9 to 10 age group. Barman also did the 100m freestyle (1:32.66), 50m butterfly (47.13 seconds), and 50m freestyle (43.12  seconds) and achieved PBs, too.

Braxton competed in four events, also—50m backstroke (37.50 seconds), 100m freestyle (1:10.44), 100m backstroke (1:26.75), and 50m freestyle (32 seconds)—finishing second in her first race and third in the three other.

“Aoi just restarted swimming with Tsunami Saipan last year. She works hards and little by little meeting coach’s expectations,” Kimura said.

Meanwhile, Guerrero joined the 50m breaststroke (36.38 seconds) and 50m freestyle (29.16) and got PBs while also placing first in the first race. He earned another PB in the 100m breaststroke (1:21.80) and finished third in the 17 to 18 age group.

“Kevin really kept working hard and trained at home as well as in regular practices. I believe he will be able to reach an A grade, soon,” the head coach added.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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