Swimmers grab four medals in Papua New Guinea

Thursday June 28, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Cook Islands swimmers Kirsten Marsters-Fisher and Wesley Roberts with their medals at the Oceania Swimming Championships. 18062736 Cook Islands swimmers Kirsten Marsters-Fisher and Wesley Roberts with their medals at the Oceania Swimming Championships. 18062736

The Cook Islands swimming team have seen success after the first two days of competition at the Oceania Swimming Championships in Papua New Guinea.

Kirsten Marsters-Fisher, Bede Aitu, Wesley Roberts, Tiernan Keane and Temaruata Strickland are all competing in the meet, which is due to finish tomorrow (CI time).

After two days of competition, the Cook Islands contingent have so far picked up four medals – one gold, two silver and one bronze.

Auckland-based Marsters-Fisher collected a Pacific gold medal for her performance in the 200m breastroke, finishing in fifth place in a time of 2 minutes and 51 seconds, as well as winning a Pacific silver medal in the 100m breastroke. The Pacific medals are handed out at the event for the top three competitors in each race from the Pacific Islands.

Long-distance swimmer Wesley Roberts was unable to back up his gold medal from last year’s meet in the 1500m, but managed to hold onto third spot, two seconds of Lachlan Colquhoun from Australia in a time of 15 minutes 40 seconds.

His second medal of the meet so far was claimed in the 200m freestyle, with a strong time of 15 minutes and 21 seconds, narrowly behind Michael Petrides of Hawaii who won gold in a time of 15 minutes and 14 seconds.

Roberts said he was pleased with silver, but felt he could have done better.

“I made a few mistakes during the race but I am still learning how to swim the 200m and I am always willing to learn from past mistakes.

Roberts said that as always, he was proud to represent the Cook Islands.

“It is always a great feeling seeing the Cook Islands flag being raised during a medal ceremony on the international stage”.

The group is accompanied by coach Horst Mieche, team manager Sean Keane and Physiotherapist Paul Aitu.

The competition is being held at the Taurama Aquatic Centre in Port Moresby.

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