Tsunami Saipan swimmers lead way in relay


Julia Jinang gets ready at the starting block for the 50m freestyle race in the All Island Invitational Long Course Meet at the Hagatna Pool in Guam early this month. (Contributed Photo)

Swimming Center Tsunami Saipan capped its notable performance in the All Island Invitational Long Course Meet in Guam early this month with a Top 3 finish in two relay races.

In the girls 4x50m freestyle race at the Hagatna Pool, the quartet of Julia Jinang, Sari Barman, Shoko Litulumar, and Aoi Braxton swam for Tsunami Saipan A and timed in at 2:27.66 to rule the event. They won over Manhoben (2:30.33), Tsunami Saipan B (2:32.41) and Typhoons (3:31.66). Nagisa Litulumar, Michelle Chen, Ayumi Obligacion, and Asaka Litulumar raced for Tsunami Saipan B.

In the boys 4x50m freestyle, the Hiro Kimura-coaches club had another Top 3 finish with Tsunami Saipan A placing second and Tsunami Saipan B getting third place.

Jinnosuke Suzuki, Joseph Zhang, Isaiah Aleksenko, and Kouki Watanabe combined for 2:00.17 tor rank runner-up behind Manhoben (1:50.47), while Juhn Tenorio, Andrew Nunez, Kevin Guerrero, and Shuman Barman checked in at 2:12.37 to complete the podium finish.

Meanwhile, Kimura said the club is pleased with the swimmers’ results in the meet that featured 112 swimmers. Tsunami Saipan sent 19 swimmers to the competition with Tenorio and Asaka Litulumar serving as captain and vice captain, respectively.

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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