September 22nd 2017 – Swimming Ashgabat- THREE Palauan National Records were broken today at the first day of competition here in Ashgabat. What was even more incredible is that Noel and Shae BOTH went under the old records in all three events.

50 Free (old record 26.67) – Noel 25.39 and Shae went a 26.25.


100 Breast (old record 1:13.40) – Shae went a 1:11.06 and Noel a 1:12.46.

200 Individual Medley (old record 2:26.04) – Noel went a 2:17.73 and Shae went a 2:23.28.

Absolutely incredible swimming out of the boys, especially given all of the old records was set at Belau Games this past June!

Osi had a very good 200 Individual Medley dropping three seconds with a fast 2:46.92. She added just a hair in the 50 Free with a 30.35.

Roylin tied her best short course time with a 30.37, and went a 2:57.86 in her Individual Medley.

Tomorrow is our super sprint day as we have the 50 Breast and 50 Back. Keep thinking those fast thoughts everyone; this is shaping out to be a great meet for us!

September 23rd 2017

FIST PUMP! THREE more Palauan National Records were broken today. Although it seems to be the “norm”, today’s records were anything but that.

Shae broke Anlloyd Samuel’s (Our 2000 Sydney Games Olympian) final short course record in the 50 Breaststroke, while Osisang broke Siko Yobech’s (Our 2008 Beijing Games Olympian) final record in the 50 Backstroke. Not to be outdone, Noel also broke his own record in the 50 back becoming the first Palauan to break 30 seconds in that event.

Even better was the fact that all six swims today were best times!

Mens 50 Breast (Anlloyd’s old record was a 34.12) Shae went a 32.55 and Noel went a 32.89.

Womens 50 Back (Siko’s old record was a 34.05) Osisang went a 33.80, and Roylin dropped two tenths going a 34.61.

Men’s 50 Back (Noel’s old record was a 31.97) Noel went a 29.24 and Shae went a 30.71.

That is now SIX National Records set so far, and we are only halfway through the meet!

Tomorrow we have the 200 Free, 100 back, and the 50 Fly.

September 24th 2017

Another big day here in Turkmenistan, as we broke THREE more Palauan National Records. Noel broke the 100 Back, 200 Free, and 50 Fly records.

Roylin though had a phenomenal morning winning her heat in the 50 Fly dropping a second and a half with a 34.13, and turning around and getting another best time in her 100 back with a 1:14.93. Shae continued his tear with two more best times going under 30 in the 50 fly, and dropping nine full seconds in his 200 Free.

Osi had a good morning, but was just a few tenths off her time in the 100 back with a 1:14.54 and 200 Free with a 2:22.42.

The records that were broken today were the: 50 Fly (old record 28.45) Noel went a 27.61 and Shae went a 29.27.

200 Free (old record 2:08.33) Noel went a 2:04.76 and Shae went a 2:05.56.

100 Back (old record 1:08.09) Noel hammered out a 1:03.13 just 7 minutes after his 200 Free!

That is now NINE National Records broken this meet. Tomorrow is the last day of competition, where we

will be swimming the 100 Individual Medleys and the 100 Freestyle.

September 25th 2017


THREE more National Records were broken today in the last day of competition here in Ashgabat. With a

great meet up to this point, our swimmers truly finished hard as they blasted away the old records and

swam their hearts out throughout.

Osisang broke UB’s National Record in the 100 Individual Medleys, while the boys absolutely annihilated

the 100 Individual Medley and 100 Freestyle records.

Women’s 100 Individual Medley (old record 1:17.31) Osi went a 1:15.61 and Roylin swam a 1:21.59.

Men’s 100 Individual Medley (old record 1:06.24) Noel went a 1:02.00 and Shae went a 1:04.94.

Men’s 100 Freestyle (old record 57.71) Noel went a 55.34 and Shae went a 55.80!

In the Women’s 100 Free, Roylin got a best time with a 1:09.09, and Osi was right on her time with a very good 1:05.09.

Next up we will have an ice cream eating contest, with some souvenir shopping afterwards.

Good luck to our Wrestlers today as Team Palau finishes these games hard!

GO TEAM PALAU!!! Source: Palau Swimming Association Facebook Page [/restrict]