New records set at Open Nationals
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.