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Swimmers target qualifying times

Paulini Ratulailai
Monday, October 30, 2017

THE short course regional championship is the final qualifying event for our local based swimmers who wish to make it to the Commonwealth Games.

President Ben Rova said for the local-based swimmers they had set criteria for them to achieve to reach to be eligible to qualify.

"Our plans is by December we will be sending a team with our head coach Sharon Smith and they will be doing an attachment training and also compete in the Queensland opening," he said.

"We have four swimmers who've made it but it is still open for other swimmers and if they wish to go to that Queensland competition they need to make it to these nationals which are important for them.

"If they fail this then this event also after Sunday will select a training squad to prepare for the Oceania Championship next year in Papua New Guinea and that will be like our shadow team for the 2019 Pacific Games.

"We are now setting our squad and identifying our swimmers and their weak spot and try to improve on them with our high performance coach as they will start camp in December from the 4-20 and continue all training."

Rova added this is a good opportunity for all young swimmers to test their ability to win.

In the first day seven records were broken, in the female under 10 in the 200m breast Miley King set a time of 3:24.09.

In the under-15/16 freestyle Rosemarie Rova of Barracudas set a time of 2:49.19 and also in the 200m breaststroke.

Matelita Buadromo broke her own record with a time of 2:07.31 in the female under-17 200 free style she also broke her record on 200m breaststroke.

Hefu Erasito of ORC swim club set a new record of 2:06.37 in the male under-13-14 200m free style while Taichi Vakasama set a new record of 2:16.50 in the male under-17 and over 200m breast stroke.

Tem Gold Medals

Barracuda Swim Club 42 -22- 19 - Total 83

Dolphins Swimming Club 19- 10 -6- 35

Tritons Swimming Club 19- 8- 4-31

Men

Barracuda Swim Club 25- 15- 11- Total 51

Orca Swim Club 12 -3- 1- 16

Tritons Swimming Club 10 -1- 2- 13

Women

Dolphins Swimming Club 17- 9- 4 -Total 30

Barracuda Swim Club 15- 7- 8- 30

Tritons Swimming Club 9- 7 -2- 18








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