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Nuku’alofa – October 28, 2021: 10.10am (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga can be proud of the achievements of two local swimming reps who have set new national swim records this past week.

Finau Ohuafi and Charissa Panuve, two national reps in the sport, set new national records in the 25m pool competition at the TSAAIMG Time Trials in Bangkok, Thailand on October 22 – 24.

Finau set three new records in freestyle and one in butterfly events while Charisa set two new records in freestyle events.

The two are on a swimming scholarship at the FINA Thanyapura Phuket Training Centre in Thailand.

Tonga Swimming President, Suliana Afu said the duo are developing their swimming skills.

She said Tonga Swimming is lucky to have the two exposed at the high level facility and also be part of competitions that would help them get better.

“Finau has been on a FINA Scholarship from 2019 until January 2021 in Thailand and an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship from 2019 until August 2021,” Suliana said.

She added that Charissa is on a FINA scholarship for one year.

The new national records set by both swimmers in the Short Course 25M Pool competition are:

Finau Ohuafi

  •   50 Freestyle – New National Record – 24.25
  • 100 Freestyle – New National Record – 52.77
  • 200 Freestyle – New National Record – 1.58.15
  • 100 Butterfly – New National Record – 57.75

Charissa Panuve

  • 400 Freestyle – New National Record – 5.11.72
  • 800 Freestyle – New National Record – 11.18.70

Tonga Swimming will be hoping that the duo can continue their training for the Pacific Games and the Commonwealth Games.

Both regional and international meets are scheduled over the next two years.

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