SUVA, 20 OCTOBER 2015 ( FIJI TIMES) ----Fiji Swimming is looking ahead to the future and hoping that the success at the recent Fiji Short Course Nationals would culminate on to regional and international events.
Swimming is one of the sports that has the leeway of sending a male and female athlete to the Olympic Games in Rio and the association is hoping to work on from the success at the National Short Course.
Fiji Swimming vice-president Viliame Takayawa said they were building towards the Oceania Championship which would be held in Fiji.
Takayawa was happy with the multitude of national records broken at the event.
"It is an indication that there has been a progressive improvement in the sport compared to what it was 5-6 years ago.
"Now we have swimmers that could easily be in the top eight of the Oceania," Takayawa said.
A star standout of the competition included Nadi Barracudas swimmer Rosamarie Rova, 13.
Her meet was highlighted by new national marks in the girls 13-14 200 butterfly (2:40.00), girls 13-14 400 IM (5:39.67) and girls' 13-14 100 IM (1:10.08).
Dolphin Swim Club's Matelita Buadromo also wreaked havoc on the record books, clocking new national marks in the girls 17+ 1500 free (19:12.18), girls 17+ 400 IM (5:37.12), girls 17+ 800 free (9:33.17) and girls 17+ 400 free (4:41.89).
13-year-old Temafa Yalimaiwai of Triton Swim Club did some damage on the boys' side, registering new national records across multiple events including the boys 13-14 200 free (2:06.95), boys 13-14 1500 free (19:31.03), boys 13-14 400 free (4:36.49) and 200 breaststroke (2:40.83).
Takayawa was confident the young swimmers were ready to take on both regional and national competitions.
"Before there was just an individual taking part in all the events but now we have a respectable group of swimmers who specialise in their own events.
"We also have those competing at the elite levels from 18-20 and we also have those aged 13-15 who are equally fast," he said....PACNEWS