ASIJ surges forward into the international school swimming arena

ASIJ’s brand new, year-round competitive swim club traveled to Yokosuka Naval Base on Sept 29th and St. Mary’s International School on Oct 5th for their first round of Kanto region swim meets this season.

Launched at the beginning of the school year, the ASIJ Orcas Swim Club counts more than 30 swimmers from elementary, middle and high school. This expands on the opportunities currently offered to students at ASIJ from elementary swim team all the way to Varsity. The Orcas have logged thousands of laps while training for their first two meets. Swim club swimmers practice 2 hours a day, up to 5 days a week. The intensity of their daily training produced impressive results at these meets, and the other international schools took notice of the ASIJ Orcas arrival to the Kanto region swim scene.

Although our team was outnumbered in its first competitions, ASIJ swimmers had proved their skills, ranking highly in their events against swimmers from the Yokosuka Seahawks, the British School, St. Mary’s Buccaneers, Zama Sharks, Yokota Stingrays, TAC Mudsharks and other Japanese schools. Many of the ASIJ swimmers celebrated their personal best times and brought home a number of medals and ribbons.

At the Yokosuka Top Dog Invitational, Kaito Komoriya (grade 9) placed 2nd overall in the 13-14 year old boys division, Diya Asrani (grade 9) placed 2nd overall in the 13-14 year old girls division, and Maya Takahashi-Kushner (grade 6) placed 3rd overall in the 11-12 year old girls division. At the St. Mary’s Fall Meet, the ASIJ Orcas 13-14 year-old girls relay team won first place overall while the 13-14 year-old boys relay team placed second. In addition to the overall age group winners, we had many individual winters in numerous events. For more information regarding the ASIJ Orcas Swim Club, please visit our website at http://asijswimclub.weebly.com/. (Miyuki Takahashi, ASIJ Orcas Swim Club Parent Board Chair).