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Barracuda Swimmers Set Personal Bests

Rosemary was impressed with her swimmers performance over the three days of competition at the National Aquatic Centre in Suva.
17 Nov 2020 10:02
Barracuda Swimmers Set Personal Bests
Barracuda coach, Rosemary Rova is flanked by her daughters Cheyenne (left) and Rosemarie after they won their respective events at the National Aquatic Centre on November 16,2020. Photo: Leon Lord

Apart from defending the Long Course Age Group Nationals title, Nadi Baraccudas, are out to improve their personal best time. These were comments of head coach, Rosemary Rova.

Rosemary was impressed with her swimmers performance over the three days of competition at the National Aquatic Centre in Suva.

This was also their preparation for the Open Nationals Championship in December which is an Olympic qualifier event.

Barracudas have Pacific Games champs and Olympic hopefuls– Netani Ross, Cheyenne Rova and her younger sister, Rosemarie, who are all vying for an Olympic spot.

“The kids did well. They rose up to my expectations, they trained well and they trained hard,” Rosemary said.

“But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been restricted to only three days a week in the pool and two days on land for the senior swimmers.

“And they have really done well. It’s not about the wining but about the time.

“For me it is just making sure to get what they want and what they are trained for.

“We have a lot of competition especially from the upcoming club, Marlin Blues and the senior swimmers from Dolphins and Orcas as well.

“We now look forward to the Open Nationals in December. We still have a lot of work to do,” she added.

Rosemary also coaches her two daughters, Cheyenne and Rosemarie. She indicated that it is tough being their mother and coach.

“It’s really difficult coaching them,” she said.

“You just have to make to make sure that when you stand in pool, you should forget that you are a Mum and just treat them like somebody else, like any other swimmer and not as your daughters.”

Rosemary was happy with her young swimmers who broke records on the second day.

These record breakers included the Waqainabete siblings, Ezra, Zion and Eden and Netani Ross.

Baracuda and national swimming champ  Cheyenne Rova taking out the 100m feetstyle woemns event at the Aquitic Center on the 16th November 2020. Photo- Leon Lord

Baracuda and national swimming champ Cheyenne Rova taking out the 100m feetstyle woemns event at the Aquitic Center on the 16th November 2020. Photo- Leon Lord

“I have a lot of talent in my club, the Waqainabete children, another very raw talent is Kelera Gununasoko, our breast stroker,and Vivita Bai, all different form strokes.

“They know they have been trained to do certain strokes, so that is why I do not worry when we come to competitions because I always have someone as backup.

“So many records broken. We had the Waqainabetes and Netani Ross who broken two records as well.

“I’m really happy especially for Netani.”

The three day event ended yesterday where 17 records were broken.

Results:

Barracuda Swim Club 105 (Gold) 79 (Silver) 47 (Bronze), Dolphins Swimming Club 36 (G) 24 (S) 17 (B), Marlin Bluez Swim Team 26 (G) 45 (S) 54 (B), Orca Swim Club 16 (G) 16 (S)19 (B), Mako Swim Club 9 (G) 9 (S) 11 (B), Tritons Swimming Club 4 (G) 4 (S) 3 (B), Great White Sharks 1 (G), Seals Swimming Club 2 (S) 3 (B)

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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