Tsunami Saipan swimmers leave for Tokyo meet


Tsunami Swimming Center Saipan swimmers pose for a photo after their training session at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool last week. The eight swimmers will leave for Tokyo today to compete in the Tokyo Junior Sprint 2018. (Contributed Photo)

The eight Tsunami Swimming Center Saipan members are all set as they leave for Japan today to compete in the Tokyo Junior Sprint 2018 this weekend at the Tatsumi International Swimming Arena.

“They prepared enough for the competition and will do their very best,” said Tsunami Saipan coach Hiro Kimura, who will accompany Nanaka and Kouki Watanabe, Asaka Litulumar, Isaiah Aleksenko, Hans Xu, Ashley and Aasish Dangol, and Maria Batallones to the March 3-4 meet. Also part of the Tsunami Saipan delegation are assistant coach Sanjay Dangol and team manager Yuko Kimura.

Each Tsunami Saipan swimmers will race in two events and Hiro said his swimmers are up for the tough challenge.

“Since it is a sprint competition, the victory or defeat will be affected by just 0.01 second difference. In other words, it is a very scary race, so we practiced for that 0.01 second. We did not practice any special things, but asked the swimmers to be conscious of the details of the daily practice. I am sure that will lead to good results,” Hiro said.

The Tsunami Saipan coach added that the club’s eight swimmers will be competing in Japan for their teammates who could not make the trip.

“They are honored to represent Tsunami Saipan. More than 30 swimmers are practicing with them, as hard as they can. They will do their best for their teammates,” Hiro said.

Meanwhile, Tsunami Saipan thanked the following for their support to the club’s participation in the Tokyo Junior Sprint: Hyatt Regency Saipan, Pacific Wine & Spirits, Tasi Tours. Inc, Kingfisher, Yano Enterprises. Inc, Mariana Resort & Spa, Java Joe’s, C&R Corp., Summer Holiday Hotel, Thompson Law Office, Fishing Tackle Sporting Goods, Majestic Restaurant, YCO Corp., and CNMI Books

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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