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MANHOBEN SWIM CLUB BREAKS TWO GUAM RECORDS

Freestyle relay teams break Guam 200m/400m records

PRESS RELEASE – Ten Guam swimmers excelled over the weekend at the 74th Keo Nakama Invitational Swim Meet held July 1-3, 2022 at the K. Mark Takai Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center in Hawai’i. Representing the Manhoben Swim Club, Amaya Bollinger, Tanom Camacho, Skyler Dueñas, Jaden Francis, Mia Lee, Nina Lee, Ha’åne Mayo, Israel Poppe, Keana Santos and Dina Soriano each achieved personal records as they competed in the three-day long meet.

Taking on more than 300 athletes from Hawai’i, California, New Jersey, Florida and Texas, swimmers 7 years old and up competed in 156 individual events and relays at this USA Swimming affiliated meet.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our athletes as they continue to show grit, skill and their commitment to the sport,” said Coach Andy Lee of Manhoben Swim Club. “Alongside Coaches Darrick Bollinger and Chris Dueñas, who are also Manhoben alumni, we are grateful to be back at Keo Nakama, representing our team, our island and competing in this enduring event. Si Yu’os Ma’åse and Mahalo to our hosts, the Hawai’i Swim Club and special thanks to our swimmers, their families and the community for their continued support.”

MSC Relay Team: Amaya Bollinger dives in for the anchor leg as Dina Soriano touches the wall with relay swimmers Mia Lee and Keana Santos looking on. The Manhoben girls captured first place in the 13-14 girls 400m Freestyle relay, finishing at 4:33.35 for another Guam record. Photo courtesy of Musashi Flores

Manhoben results
High point trophies were awarded to swimmers Jaden Francis (Men’s Open division), Mia Lee (13-14 girls)
and Israel Poppe (15-16 boys) for their placement in multiple events throughout the competition. In addition to numerous personal records, medals and trophies awarded to the Manhoben Swim Club, the following swimmers placed in various individual events:

Amaya Bollinger 13-14 girls 100m Butterfly 1:12.77 3rd
Amaya Bollinger 13-14 girls 200m Butterfly 2:54.19 3rd
Amaya Bollinger 13-14 girls 400m Individual Medley 6:09.22 3rd
Jaden Francis Men’s 200m Individual Medley 2:20.84 3rd
Jaden Francis Men’s 50m Freestyle 25.65 2nd
Jaden Francis Men’s 100m Butterfly 1:00.16 2nd
Jaden Francis Men’s 200m Backstroke 2:29.88 2nd
Jaden Francis Men’s 200m Butterfly 2:18.78 1st
Jaden Francis Men’s 100m Freestyle 55.72 1st
Jaden Francis Men’s 200m Freestyle 2:05.55 1st
Jaden Francis Men’s 400m Individual Medley 5:07.97 1st
Mia Lee 13-14 girls 50m Freestyle 28.69 1st
Mia Lee 13-14 girls 200m Freestyle 2:30.61 3rd
Mia Lee 13-14 girls 100m Backstroke 1:16.49 3rd
Mia Lee 13-14 girls 100m Freestyle 1:04.28 3rd
Nina Lee 8 and Under 50m Freestyle 45.02 1st
Israel Poppe 15-16 boys 200m Individual Medley 2:21.15 1st
Israel Poppe 15-16 boys 50m Freestyle 25.47 1st
Israel Poppe 15-16 boys 100m Butterfly 1:01.81 1st
Israel Poppe 15-16 boys 200m Freestyle 2:06.55 1st
Israel Poppe 15-16 boys 100m Backstroke 1:07.74 2nd
Israel Poppe 15-16 boys 200m Butterfly 2:31.49 3rd
Israel Poppe 15-16 boys 100m Freestyle 56.36 1st

Two New Guam Swimming Records
On Saturday, July 2nd, the Manhoben Swim Club took first place in the 13-14 girls 200m Freestyle relay at
2:03.29 with swimmers Mia Lee, Keana Santos, Ha’åne Mayo and Amaya Bollinger cementing a new Guam
record. The previous record (2:05.71) was set in 2015. Continuing their Saturday streak, the Manhoben girls captured another first place finish in the 13-14 girls 400m Freestyle relay with swimmers Mia Lee, Keana Santos, Dina Soriano and Amaya Bollinger finishing at 4:33.35 for another Guam record. The previous record (4:46.63) was set in 2004. These new records were certified by Ed Ching, President of the Guam Swimming Federation.

The Manhoben girls continued to dominate relay events taking first place in the 13-14 girls 400m
Medley and 200m Medley relays, with times of 5:29.95 and 2:22.76 respectively.

About the Manhoben Swim Club (MSC): Established in the 1970s, MSC is Guam’s premier swim club. Manhoben works to promote swimming on Guam by equipping our youth with this life-saving skill and training them to compete in local and international events. Led by Coaches Ed Ching & Don San Agustin, the Manhoben family of coaches, parents and swimmers work together to develop the full swimmer and are proud of the academic and community achievements of our team. Known for its rich Olympic tradition, Manhoben athletes including Frank Flores, Barbara Gayle, Darrick Bollinger, Chris Dueñas, Pilar
Shimizu, Benjamin Schulte and Mineri Gomez, have represented Guam in Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, London, Rio & Tokyo.

Manhoben Swim Club is a community-based organization and holds regular practices at Piti channel, Ypao Beach park and the St John’s School pool. For more information about Manhoben Swim Club, please visit www.manhobenswimclub.org

For more information, please contact Coach Andy Lee at [email protected]

MSC Poppe: Israel Poppe races into first place in the 100m freestyle at this weekend’s Keo Nakama Invitational swim meet. Poppe was awarded the first place high point trophy in the 15-16 boys for his outstanding performance in multiple events throughout the competition. Photo courtesy of Musashi Flores

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