SPG2007 Swimming News

Swimmers enter the ocean - ready for the 5km swim

An Epic Journey : 5km Open Water Swim

One by one they emerged from the ocean, some elated, others exhausted, all no doubt happy to have ended their epic journey. Through the rain and thunder, spectators had gathered to watch 20 athletes swim a mammoth 5 kilometers in the Open Water event at Aggie Grey's Lagoon. The finale of the swimming events for the XIII South Pacific Games required competitors to swim a 1km triangular course five times. Not for the faint of heart, this race was about endurance, not speed.more
Samo wins Bronze in Mens 4x100m Medley Relay               PICTURE: MICHELLE MALONE

A Very Nice Finish: Samoa takes Bronze

The crowd was electric as Samoa thundered down the pool, battling it out in the last event of the competition. Screaming, shouting, applauding and letting off hooters, spectators urged on their favorite team. Competing in the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay against strong rivals New Caledonia, Tahiti, PNG, American Samoa and Guam, Samoa were determined.more

Day 6 Finals: Saturday 1st September 2007

The final evening of the XIII South Pacific Games Swimming Competition began with the Women's 200m Butterfly Final. Undoubtedly the most demanding stroke of the competition, five swimmers toughed it out. New Caledonia's super star 15 year old Lara Grangeon lead all with way. Their countries sole swimmers Melanie Puka from Tokelau and Debra Daniels from The Federated States of Micronesia took up the rear, slow and steady. Finishing to applause, Grangeon took out the race with an easy win, as the crowd continued to cheer on Puka and Daniels.more
12 year old Crystal Laughin pleased with her performance                 PICTURE: MICHELLE MALONE

Youngest Swimmer in the Pool - Crystal Laughlin

She may not know her times-tables, but 12 year old Crystal Laughlin sure knows how to swim. Small and sassy, this pint-sized tadpole is one big fish in the pool. The youngest swimmer in the South Pacific Games, Laughlin is competing for Tahiti. While other children are out playing, Laughin is in the pool.more
PNG battles it out in the pool

Day 5 Finals: Friday 31st August 2007

With six events lined up for Day 5 of the swimming, it was sure to be another eventful evening. The first event was the Men's 50m Freestyle. With Calum Liew from Fiji making the second fastest time in the mornings heats, the crowd was all eyes as Pini , Thevenot and Dumesnil lined up on the blocks. Fast and furious was the race, a torrent of energy. With swimmers even all the way, the crowd extatic as both Dumesnil and Pini beat the SPG Record of 23:54, with Dumesnil in first in a time of 23:37, and Pini a close second in 23:53, followed in third by Thevenot from New Caledonia.more
Golden Girl Diane Bui-Duyet wins six Gold Medals

Only Does Gold! Bui-Duyet makes a clean sweep

One could be forgiven for thinking that winning a Gold Medal is something of a novelty - but not for Diane Bui-Duyet. Her fourth South Pacific Games, Bui-Duyet from New Caledonia is somewhat of a veteran. Taking out the Gold Medal in each of her six events marks a sensational effort for this Golden Girl. In five days of competition, Bui-Duyet came first in each of the Women's 4x200 Freestyle Relay, Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay, Women's 100m Butterfly, Women's 50m Butterfly, Women's 4x100m Medley Relay and the Women's 50m Backstrokemore
Meeting for Regional Development of Swimming

Regional Development for Swimming

A regional meeting of team coaches and FINA delegates was held at the Aquatic Centre on 31st August 2007 to discuss future plans and needs for the development of swimming in the Oceania Region. The meeting was attended by coaches representing the countries participating in the South Pacific Games and run by FINA delegate Lynne Bates and referee Dennis Miller from Fiji.more
Grangeon thrilled to break 16 year old SPG Record

Oldest Record Broken

A exhubarant crowd tonight cheered on as the tiny power machine, 15 year old Lara Grangeon from New Caledonia swam a mammoth 16 laps of the pool to break the oldest South Pacific Games Record in swimming.more
Hunter wins bronze

Samoa's 1st medal in the pool

Emma Hunter secured Samoa's first ever medal of any games in the pool last night taking bronze in the 400M freestyle.

The enthusiastic crowd at the Aquatic Centre nearly tore the roof down cheering for the seventeen year old local who stopped New Caledonia from obtaining a clean sweep.more

Guam enjoys the moment

15 year old Christopher Duenas from Guam won a bronze medal in the Men's 100m Freestyle on Day 3 of the swimming at the Tuana'imato Aquatic Centre. After making the fastest time in the mornings heats against PNG's Ryan Pini and New Caledonia's David Thevenot, Duenas had set the challenge.more

Day 3 Heats: Wednesday 29th August 2007

Two new South Pacific Games Records were established on Day Three of the Swimming Competition at the Aquatic Centre, with Tahiti, PNG, Guam and New Caledonia taking out the fastest times in the Heats.more
New Caledonia's relay team wins Gold

New Caledonia Storms the Pool!

New Caledonia took out five gold medals, four silver and four bronze in the evenings Swimming Finals at the Tuana'imato Aquatic Centre on Day Two.more
Samoa's Raea Khan, Emma Hunter & April Lyn Chang qualify for finals

Samoa qualifies for finals

Three Samoan swimmers qualified in this mornings heats for the finals this evening. 15 year old April Lyn Chang came third in her heat for the Women's 50m Backstroke, putting her up against strong contenders in Pickering, Bui-Duyet and Weber this evening. Asked about the final she said, "I'm looking forward to it. I'll do my best.more
Swimmers dive in for the Women's 100m Freestyle

Day 2 Heats: Tuesday 28th August 2007

Day Two of the Swimming at the Tuana'imato Aquatic Centre started with Preliminaries for the Women's 50m Backstroke, Men's 100m Butterfly and Women's 200m Freestyle.more

Tahiti Breaks Games Record with 3rd SPG Gold in Br

24 year old Rainui Teriipaia from Tahiti broke the second South Pacific Games Record for the evenings finals at the Aquatic Centre today. Swimming in the Men's 100m Breaststroke, Teriipaia won easily with a record time of 1:05:11.more

Pini Breaks Games Record

Ryan Pini from PNG broke the South Pacific Games Record in the Men's 200m Freestyle in the finals at the Aquatic Centre this evening. Swimming a record time of 1:50:72, Pini was delighted.more

Pickering All Smiles

Caroline Pickering of Fiji made a new South Pacific Games Record in the Women's 100m Freestyle, breaking her own record made only hours before in the mornings heats and qualifying her for the 2008 Olympics in Bejing.more

New Caledonia Breaks two Games Records

The finals this evening at the Aquatic Centre saw New Caledonia break two South Pacific Games Records.more

Swimming Breaks Five SPG Records

This evenings finals on Day One of the South Pacific Games saw an unprecedented five Games Records broken. Caroline Pickering of Fiji made a new South Pacific Games Record in the Women's 100m Freestyle, breaking her own record made only hours before in the mornings heats and qualifying her for the Beijing Olympics.more

Day 1 Heats: Monday 27th August 2007

The first day of competition at the Faleata Aquatic Centre started quietly as everyone warmed up for the days events. Describing the water as cold, swimmers relaxed into their heats, observing their competitors and assessing the competition.more

Guam takes out Men's 200m freestyle heat

15 year old Christopher Duenas from Guam took out the fastest time in the Men's 200m freestyle heats this morning. Racing against Ryan Pini from PNG, the two were head to head at the 100m turn, matching each other stroke for stroke on the final stretch.more

Pickering breaks SPG record

Caroline Pickering from Fiji broke the South Pacific Games record in the Women's 100m freestyle this morning at the Aquatic Centre in the 2nd heat. With a time of 57.90, Pickering's first swim for the Games after a three year break showed that she is well and truly back!

Ahead from the start, there was no doubt that this was her race. Swimming strong and looking relaxed, Pickering led the race all the way, with her closest competitors body lengths behind.more

River Training for FSM's only swimmer

16 year old Debra Daniel has been training in a river in preparation for the South Pacific Games. The only swimmer for the Federates States of Micronesia, Debra is excited to be here.



Daniel and her coach and mother Sweeter, have been traveling to the river, one hour from their home, twice a week since May in order for Daniel to train.more

Tough Training for American Samoa

The all male team from American Samoa has been doing it tough. Training in the bay in Pago Pago, their coach, Bill Sakovich describes the conditions as choppy, dirty and windy.more
Miss South Pacific visits Faleata Swimming Complex

Miss South Pacific visits Samoa

Today, Miss South Pacific, 20 year old Krystina Kauvai, stopped off at the Samoa Aquatic Centre to meet the teams who were there training for the South Pacific Games.more

Brothers return to Samoa to swim

Brothers Chanel and Beaumane Silao have returned to Samoa to swim for their country. Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, the brothers have grandparents and extended family in Samoa.more

1st ever swimmer for Tokelau

Melanie Puka, aged 14, is Tokelau's first ever swimmer to compete in the South Pacific Games. Describing her feelings about being part of the Games, Puka said, "I'm excited, and looking forward to the challenge. Unaware of much of her competition, she is just happy to be here.more

Pickering makes a comeback!

Caroline Pickering of Fiji is planning her comeback. At 27 years of age, after a three year break to have her daughter Jodie, Pickering is positive and confident about her chances.more

Record Entries for Swimming

Record entries have been recorded for the SPG 2007 Swimming competition by close of entries on May 27 2007. A total of 11 countries are aiming to send competitors to the Games and compete in the best competition pool available inthe Pacific Region...more
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