Schulte wins silver at Oceania Championships
Benjamin Schulte just got the first medal for Guam at the Oceania Championships on Wednesday.
Schulte won silver in the 100-meter breaststroke at the swimming competition, being held in Suva, Fiji.
The Olympian took first place in the preliminary round Wednesday morning, but was edged out in the final by New Zealand’s Jacob Garrod. Schulte’s time was 1:03.4
This isn’t Schulte’s first medal at an international competition. Schulte won several medals at the 2015 Pacific Games held in Papau New Guinea. Schulte won two golds, a silver and a bronze to lead all Guam's medal winners.
In 2014 at the Micronesian Games, Schulte was nicknamed “Micro Phelps” after American swimmer Michael Phelps, who racked up 22 medals at three Olympic Games. Schulte was entered in 11 events for the Guam swimming team and won gold in nine of them.
Schulte will be part of the Guam team going to the Rio Olympics this August. He also represented Guam in the 2012 London Olympics.
Five other Guam swimmers are in Fiji competing in the championships. Rachel Lannen, Jagger Stephens, Mineri Gomez, Amanda Poppe and Tommy Imazu are hoping for gold. Some of them may get qualifying points to compete at the Rio Olympics, head coach Don San Agustin has said
The Oceania Championships encompasses a good portion of the Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand, so the competition is stiff.