Japan’s aquatic news round-up
The Indoor Diving Nationals took place at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on April 4, 2010. Mai Nakagawa and Sho Sakai took gold in both the 3m springboard and 10m platform in the women’s and men’s events respectively. Sayaka Shibusawa and Mai Nakagawa reached the highest podium in the women's 3m synchro event and the same award was reserved for Sho Sakai and Yu Okamoto in the men’s 3m synchro event.
Moreover, Japan’s Junior Water Polo Olympic Cup was held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on March 26-30, 2010. More than 50 teams took part in the event. 15-year-old player Yuma Yoshioka was chosen as the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the tournament and the best 13 players were selected from each age-grouper.
Still at junior level, Japan’s biggest and highest swimming competition for age groupers, the Junior Olympic Cup, was held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on March 27-30, 2010. In all, 978 teams totaling 5,136 swimmers (2,497 girls and 2,639 boys) gathered at the pool to compete. 68 new meet records, 20 new high school records, 16 new junior high school records and 12 new elementary school records were broken. Miho Takahashi for girls and Yuta Kimura for boys became the MVP of the meet.
In synchronised swimming, the national team came home safely from their German trip. Synchronised swimmer Yumi Adachi and Yukiko Inui participated in the German Open, which was held on March 5-7, 2010, in Bonn, Germany. Adachi came home with the gold for the Solo event.
Last but not least, Mr. Kazuo Sano, President of the Japanese Swimming Federation, spoke at a press conference held on April 5, 2010, about the Japan Swim 2010, which will start on April 13, 2010, in Tokyo at the Kishi Memorial Hall. The championships will be the trials for the Pan Pacific Championships to take place in Irvine, Calf., USA, in August (18-22) and the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, in November (12-17) of this year.