Tsunami Saipan selects swimmers for off-island events

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ON Jan. 22, thirty-five swimmers filled the lap pool of the Pacific Islands Club, hoping to meet the qualifying time that would allow them to participate in off-island meets.

Swimmers gather in the pool for warm-ups before the start of the Tsunami Saipan Time Trial at PIC on Jan. 22, 2020.  Contributed photo

Despite their enthusiasm, a handful did not make the cut.

Among the promising young swimmers were 7-year-old Shana Barman who reached a B grade time in the 50 freestyle swim, clocking 47.23.

Head coach Hiro Kimura said by the age of 8, Barman should reach the A grade level.

Stella Choi, 6, also caught her coach’s eye after she clocked 26.25 in the 25 butterfly. Her time is equivalent to a B grade when converted to 50 yards. Choi is a future star of Saipan’s swimming team, Kimura said in an email.

Kaya Braxton is another upcoming swimmer who achieved a B grade time for all of her events. “She was almost selected as a Tsunami representative,” Kimura said.

For their part, Kevin Guererro (17), Juhn Tenorio (15), Jinnosuke Suzuki (14), and Isaiah Aleksenko (13) continue to live up to expectations.

Aleksenko and Suzuki received an A grade in the 100 backstroke clocking 59.73 and 1:00.43 respectively.

Kevin Guerrero reached his best in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.96 for a B grade level while Juhn Tenorio attained three A grade levels in the 100Ba, 100Br and 100fly.

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