Mahalo Coach Bill Sakovich, for the excellent reporting on the 2018 Oceania in Papua New Guinea
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Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:42 AM
Subject: Third day of racing !

Still on a roll, some great swims some ok swims.  Its been a long trip but the kids are hanging in there.
Today had interviews by PNG TV with Mike Petrides and Grace Monahan.  Will bring home copy of that interview for all to view.  Sorry for problems on last nights ( Day 2) streamline should be ok tonight.

We have five swimmers in the 10km on Saturday morning, then, along with most of the Oceania Swimmers will take a trip outside of Port Moresby to the Adventure Park to view crocodiles and other PNG wildlife.
We will leave Morseby on Sunday, have an overnight in Brisbane, returning to Hawaii on Monday, July 2nd.

Today's results, third day of competition, winning 1 Gold and 5 Bronze medals.
Hawaii had a swimmer in all events this evening, either the final or B final, and most were pb's.  Tonights finals were pretty exciting with many more Pacific Island swimmers in the finals than previous years.  In the past Australia and New Zealand had at least two in each event, then a couple island swimmers in behind.  The level of competitive swimming is certainly up this time and the FSM and Solomon islands had their first finalists competing. 

Maile just missed a medal in the 50 Breast, taking fourth in 34.12 in finals.  In the Boys 50 Breast final  the boys swam PB's, Jaek 5th 30.16,7th 30.60 and Tyler third 30.79 in B Final.

In the 400 Free Jasmine took 4th 4:31.16,  4:01. Mike won Bronze in 4:01.11 and Jaek was 8th in 4:15.90.

The 100 Fly was next with Grace winning Gold in 1:01.84 and  Syndee  taking the Bronze 1:05.91.  In the men's 100 Fly Tyler took 6th in 59.70 (pb) in the final and Joe was second in the B Final in 59.55, also a pb.

Next was 200 Back which Grace took Bronze in 2:21.85.  Second was 2:21.31.  For the Boys 200 Back Mike went 2:09 and a fourth place in  the Final.

Everyone competed in the 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay and each won a Bronze behind New Zealand and Australia.

Hawaii Team medals now stand at 19 for 3 days.  Better yet is most swimmers are swimming Personal Best Times.
One more day of competition, and will try to get something out after finals tomorrow, however we still have the 10km open water on Saturday morning.