- Category: Sports
- Published: Sunday, 10 April 2016 13:25
- Written by Susan Kihleng
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By Susan Kihleng
Saipan—Four swimmers from the Pohnpei Swimming Club represented Pohnpei and the FSM at the Saipan International Swim Meet March 17-19. The three days of competition at the Kan Pacific Pool in Marpi, Saipan gave our swimmers an excellent opportunity to showcase their skills among some of the best swimmers in the region. The first day of competition resulted in a 1st place finish for 16 year old Kaleo Kihleng in the Men’s 200 Meter Backstroke, 2nd place finish for 11 year old Nicole Adams in the Girls 200 Meter Breaststroke, and a 3rd place finish for 11 year old Kyler Kihleng in the Boys 200 Meter Backstroke. The team finished out the day with a 3rd place finish in the Mixed 200 Meter Freestyle Relay.
Friday was another day of stiff competition and saw our team start out the day with a 4th place finish for Kestra Kihleng and 6th place finish for Nicole Adams in the Girls 100 Meter Freestyle, 6th place for Kyler Kihleng in the Boys 100 Meter Freestyle, and 3rd place for Kaleo Kihleng in the Mens 100 Meter Freestyle races. Friday’s session finished out with Nicole Adams placing 6th in the Girls 50 Meter Backstroke, Kyler Kihleng placing 4th in the Boys 50 Meter Backstroke, Kestra and Nicole placing 2nd and 3rd in the Girls 100 Meter Butterfly, and Kaleo Kihleng placing 2nd in the Mens 100 Meter Butterfly. The team enjoyed a second place finish in the Mixed 200 Meter Medley Relay.
Saturday was a full day of competition, starting early in the morning and lasting well into the evening. In spite of fatigue and some minor illnesses, the Pohnpei swimmers pulled through with some great races, finishing in the top 6 in every event they entered. Kestra Kihleng and Nicole Adams finished 2nd and 4th in the Girls 100 Meter Breaststroke, 2nd and 6th in the Girls 50 Meter Butterfly, 2nd and 5th in the Girls 50 Meter Breaststroke, and 3rd and 5th in the Girls 50 Meter Freestyle. Kestra also came in 2nd in the Girls 200 Meter Individual Medley. Kyler Kihleng placed 3rd in the Boys 100 Meter Breaststroke, 6th in the Boys 50 Meter Breaststroke, 3rd in the Boys 100 Meter Backstroke, and 5th in the Boys 50 Meter Freestyle. Kaleo Kihleng finished 1st in the Mens 50 Meter Butterfly, 2nd in the 200 Meter Freestyle, 2nd in the 200 Meter Individual Medley, and 3rd in the Mens 50 Meter Freestyle.
Along with the many ribbons the team brought home was a high-point trophy, awarded to 12 year old Kestra Kihleng as she tied for third place in the overall points earned in her age division.
Swimmers were also able to tour some of the sites of the island during the five days they were in Saipan. They also enjoyed the island’s famous Night Market where the local entertainment performed a Pohnpeian song in honor of the team from Pohnpei.
The team returned from Saipan in high spirits and looks forward to representing Pohnpei in future competitions.