Cook Islands swimmers achieved personal bests (PBs) and broke Cook Islands national records at the FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
More than 1000 athletes from over 180 countries
attended the meet for six days of world-class swimming action which was held at
the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre from December 13-18.
Cook Islands Aquatics Federation (CIAF) president
Romani Katoa is extremely pleased at the performance of swimmers Kirsten Fisher
Marsters, Wesley Roberts and Lanihei Connolly.
“Our athletes all had great performances they achieved
their personal bests, broke our national records, and enjoyed the World
“Our youngest swimmer Lanihei performed very well and
she felt she could have gone faster,” said Katoa.
The Cook Islands delegation were also happy to meet up
with other Oceania swimmers in Australia - which is a lot closer to home, Katoa
Results of the Cook Islands aquatics races at the World
Championships: Kirsten Fisher Marsters 200 Individual Medley, 2:28.89. Place
34th overall; 548 FINA points, and a Cook Islands Record – setting a Cook
Islands Record of 31.16 for the 50 Fly on the way through; Wesley Roberts 100
Freestyle, 49.59; Place 47th overall; 739 FINA points, and a Cook Islands
Record – setting a Cook Islands Record of 23.51 on the way through; Lanihei
Connolly 100 Breaststroke, 1:07.66; Placing 34th; 782 FINA points and a Cook
Islands Record – setting a Cook Islands Record of 31.79 on the way through; Kirsten
Fisher Marsters 100 Individual Medley, Placing 26th; 589 FINA points, and a
Cook Islands Record; Wesley Roberts 400 Free, 3:50.03 just half a second over
his own 400 Free Record, 26th Place and 785 FINA points.
On Monday last week FINA, the international swimming
governing body, voted to rebrand itself as World Aquatics after 114 years,
acknowledging that most people had no idea what its name stood for.
The move was meant to symbolise inclusivity for all
aquatic disciplines, not just swimming, said FINA.
“These days, swimmers are only one, important, part of
our FINA family. We need a name that reflects the whole FINA family,” FINA
president Husain Al-Musallam said after an extraordinary general congress in
Melbourne. The new World Aquatics identity will be rolled out at the first
events of 2023.