By BURI GABI
PAPUA New Guinea’s swimming icon Ryan Pini is currently hitting the waves with his two colleagues at the Queensland state swimming championship amongst high profile swimmers from Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and other visiting swimmers.
The PNG’s record-breaking swimmer Pini, raising star Nathan A’ampoi and Anna-Lisa Mopio-Jane took the Queensland championships by storm, competing in the respective divisions which were filtered with huge number of competitors vying for the top honours in the heats and the finals throughout the week.
Papua New Guinea Swimming Incorporation president Liz Wells told The National in an interview yesterday, that our swimmers had tried their best in each category they competed in which consisted of 80 swimmers and finished just outside their personnel best times in the competition so far since Monday.
The big fish, Pini clocked 1:57 in the 200m freestyle, 54.11 in the 100m butterfly, in which he made the finals but did not take part after he felt sick.
Mopio-Jane also had her share in the competition swimming in the 50m freestyle recording a time of 27.73.
In the 100m freestyle, she clocked 59.70 sec in the pool of 80 swimmers.
Nathan Amapoi, who competed in the U16 category, clocked one minute, 1:11.38 sec in the 100m freestyle. Nathan will be also swimming in the 100m breaststroke today and Pini dives back into the pool today in the 50m butterfly competition.
According to the PNGSI president, the Queensland State Championship will end tomorrow.
She said it was a good competition where our three swimmers would gain valuable experience and it would be seen as a challenge to redefine their current form and will seat down together with their respective coaches and look at areas which need polishing for their future challenges next year.