Members of Palau Men’s Relay Team Smashed 4 National Records in the recent Belau Games: (Left to Right) Jion Hosei, Joshua Maido, Jericho Maido, Kazuumi Nestor, Travis Sakurai.

With Belau Games serving as our National Championships for swimming, the National Team Swimmers were able to do a couple of special time trials together trying to break the Men’s National Relay Records, of which two were set back in 1998.
The first record to go down was the 400 Free Relay with a blistering 3:56.06. Travis Sakurai, Joshua Maido, Jion Hosei, and Jericho Maido smashed the old record which was a 4:21.90 set back in the 1998 Micronesian Games by Willer Franz, Ngirusong Dennis, Ron Gonzales, and Anlloyd Samuel. The second record to fall was the 200 Medley Relay with a 2:01.63. Kazuumi Nestor, Jion Hosei, Jericho Maido, and Travis Sakurai swam with all heart as they broke the old record which was a 2:07.23 set by Clayton Johanes, Anlloyd Samuel, Ngirusong Dennis, and Willer Franz which was also from the 1998 Micronesian Games.
Then on the next day, the team went at it again breaking the 200 Free Relay. Travis Sakurai, Joshua Maido, Jion Hosei, and Jericho Maido amazed everyone on the deck posting up a 1:47.94, which eclipsed the old record was a 1:56.62 swam by Noel Keane, Nelson Masing Jr., Tae Hyun Kim, and Shawn Dingilius Wallace set back in 2014 Micronesian Games in Pohnpei.
Finally, the boys finished up setting the final record of the meet, this time in the 400 Medley Relay with a 4:27.35 with Kazuumi Nestor, Jion Hosei, Jericho Maido, and Travis Sakurai.

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