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Xenavee Torwal inducted to Hall of Fame

XENAVEE Torwal, a swimmer extraordinaire from the 1980’s to middle of 2000’s has made it to the list of greatness as she was inducted into the Hall of Fame during last Wednesday’s 2018 Northern Marianas Sports Association Tan Siu Lin Foundation Annual Sports Banquet held at the Hibiscus Hall in Fiesta Resort & Spa.

“To this day there has never been a female swimmer of her caliber in the CNMI or even west of the Micronesia,” said NMSA President Michael White as he introduces Torwal.

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Victor Pangelinan, father of future Hall of Famer Xenavee Torwal, receives his daughter’s trophy from Jeff Race as Northern Marianas Sports Association President Mike White, left, looks on during last Wednesday’s 2018 NMSA Tan Siu Lin Foundation Annual Sports Banquet held at the Hibiscus Hall in Fiesta Resort & Spa.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

She dominated every event she ever swam on in local, regional and international competitions.

Torwal began swimming when she was 10 years old and still holds numerous records throughout all events. As she honed her skills she started to represent CNMI joining the 1999 South Pacific Games in Guam where she won a gold medal and also setting a South Pacific Games record in the 400 meter individual.

She also earned three silver and bronze medals that year.

 But her best feat came during the 1998 Micronesian Games held in Palau where she collected 12 gold medals. She also competed in the 2002 Micronesian Games in Pohnpei added 10 more gold medals and was named Female Athlete of the Games.

Torwal was selected for five consecutive years for CNMI Athlete of the Year, a feat which no other athlete has ever had.

The Hall of Famer still holds CNMI national record in four swimming events which are the 200m, 400m, 200m IM, 400m IM, 100m butterfly and 200m butterfly. She also holds records in Guam in the 200m IM, 400m IM and 100m butterfly.

“Her achievements were more than enough to be inducted into the CNMI Hall of Fame. She certainly should stand with the other great CNMI athletes who are already members of the hall,” said White on behalf of the Hall of Fame committee.

“Xenavee optimizes what a CNMI Hall of Fameer should be. She’s a role model for all athletes in the CNMI as an athlete, a friend, a champion, and someone who is willing to do extra work in order to be a better person,” White added.

Unfortunately Torwal was unable to receive her trophy, her father Victor Pangelinan accepted the trophy in her place.