New records set at Open Na­tion­als

Fiji Sun - - Sport - JUS­TINE MAN­NAN Edited by Leone Cabenatabua jus­­nan@fi­

Ato­tal of 37 records were bro­ken dur­ing the Open Na­tion­als at the Damodar Aquatic Cen­tre in Suva. There were 33 na­tional long course records that were bro­ken and four Fiji Open long course records.

The high­light of the com­pe­ti­tion was a 27-year-old record be­ing bro­ken by Yolani Blake of the Mako Swim­ming Club who clocked a time of 29.75 sec­onds to beat Caro­line Pick­er­ing’s record of 98.53 sec­onds which was set in 1989. Fiji Swim­ming pres­i­dent Ben Rova said even though there were records bro­ken dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, the swim­mers still need to build-up on their per­for­mance. “Some of our swim­mers have put in some con­sis­tent times, we would love to get bet­ter re­sults but we will just have to build on that but un­for­tu­nately the cy­clone and all that dis­rupted all our prepa­ra­tion,” Rova said. “There were some records bro­ken but we still have up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tions in the fol­low­ing weeks and we hope some of our mem­bers start mak­ing the time and get­ting bet­ter times. Our fo­cus is get­ting more swim­mers for the Ocea­nia Swim­ming Cham­pi­onship and we are aim­ing to get around 30.” The 2016 Ocea­nia Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships will be hosted by Fiji from June 19-24.

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