The Tokyo Spring Swim Meet was held at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on April 13th and 14th. This was the kickoff meet of the spring season for the Buccaneers and also marked the first Tokyo meet of the new Japanese school year. A total of 3,401 swimmers from 128 teams from all over Tokyo took part, and many of the Bucs swimmers were able to place highly in their respective age groups. Junior Cameron Fenwick placed 1st, Freshman Ryan Fenwick placed 19th, and Sophomore Junichiro Asano placed 23rd out of 324 swimmers in the 13 and over age group for the 50m freestyle. Seisen 7th grader Natsuki Uchino placed 5th in her age group for the 50m freestyle while 7th grader Nathaniel Twohig placed 5th in the 50m butterfly. Natsuki beat her own team records in the 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke with the times of 28.29 seconds and 31.97 seconds respectively. Other swimmers that set new records were Ryan Fenwick in the 50m butterfly and Junior Nana Richter in the 50m butterfly. Ryan beat Mokhtar Al-Yamani’s record that stood for 7 years with a time of 25.93 seconds, while Nana swam a time of 29.56 seconds.
The Bucs swam many exciting races, but the highlight of the meet for the Bucs was the 4x100m freestyle relay, swam by Cameron Fenwick (50.25), Junichiro Asano (51.77), Naoki Martin (52.85), and Ryan Fenwick (52.23). This was the last race of day one, and many of the relay members were exhausted from their morning swims. However, each member gave their all, together swimming a relay best time by four seconds and qualifying for the Summer Junior Olympics, the Japan Youth Nationals. The final time of 3:27.10 was 0.01 seconds faster than the JO qualification time. This miraculous time placed the Bucs first in the meet and first in the nation for the new season that started in April.
The Bucs had a great swim meet overall with many of the swimmers getting best times in their races. The energy from the swim meet was carried on towards swimming and many are planning to practice hard to further improve their performances. The relay members are practicing harder than ever towards their next goal of finaling at the summer Junior Nationals.
Article by Jun Asano