12th Belau National Games
XVI Pacific Games
World Summer Olympic Games
July 24th - August 9th 2020
SEVEN PALAUAN NATIONAL RECORDS were broken today at the Saipan International Swim Meet, bringing the total to TWELVE National Records set this past two days.
Everyone swam out of their minds, as Team Palau absolutly crushed it in the pool today. The Lionfish threw down some amazing times, dropping again in all of their events. Some of the highlights were Jamika and Elengoi dropping 56 and 50 seconds each in the 200 IM as well as Jion hammering out one of the best 200 Freestyles a ten year old can do with a blazing 3:10. Charlie, Jace, and Kazuumi all did incredible as they dropped big time in all of their races, especially the 50 and 200 Freestyle events.
As for the older kids, the National Team really started to race well as Osisang, Jericho, and Shae all broke National Records today. The first one was Osisang breaking UB's record in the 400 IM (6:15.42) with a strong 6:09.08. Not only that, she then turned around and broke her own 400 Free record (5:10.54) with a very well split race finishing with a 5:09.62.
Jericho continued his tear becoming the "Fastest man in Palau" by breaking Shawn's 50 Freestyle record (26.78) with a quick 26.46. He also broke Noel's 100 Backstroke record (1:11.44) with a 1:09.29. And finally he also smoked both Butterfly records taking down Liam's last long course record in the 200 Fly (2:27.28) with a very fast 2:23.21, and Shawn's 50 Fly record (29.26) with a 28.52. With that he has now solidified himself as Palau's best Butterflier as he now has the 50, 100, and 200 Fly records. Heck of a meet Jericho!
Shae continued his dominance in the Breaststroke events, this time bettering his own 100 Breast record (1:18.30) with a 1:16.15.
All in all it was a great meet, compiled with a record amount of best times, National Records, and great races. Coach Billy could not be prouder of his team's performance this past two days, and all of us are looking forward to the Open Water Race tomorrow morning. We have been working awfully hard in the Ocean each Saturday for races like this, so we hope it pays off.
Thank you again to all of you back home who have given the kids all of your words of encouragement, "fist pumps", and generous support. We could not have done it without you!
GO TEAM PALAU!!!