Samoan swimmer Lauren Sale qualifies for 200 meters final tonight

National swimming rep, Lauren Sale, is excited about tonight’s finals.

The 19-year-old qualified for the women’s 200 meters backstroke during the preliminary rounds of the swimming competition earlier today.

"I am excited about the finals tonight. Get some racing done, it’ll be a lot faster than this morning, so it’s exciting,” she said. 

“It’s the best time (finals) for me, so I feel good about it.”

Lauren is from Sataua and it’s her first big competition as part of the Samoa national swimming team. 

“I just got into swimming when I was younger. 

“We did a whole bunch of sports but my parents think swimming was the way to go and haven’t looked back since

I want to further my sporting skills in swimming, definitely in the future.”

She said every athlete is a competition because it’s anyone’s game.  

“We never really know how it’s going to really be in the finals when you qualify from the preliminary rounds. 

“Yes of course I would love to grab a medal for my country, that’ll be amazing.” 

Lauren looks to up her game in the finals.

“I think I can get my arm tempo up a little bit more, I felt a little slow this morning, so I think if I can do that, than I can definitely be a little faster tonight. 

“The home crowd is a big boost for me. My whole family from Sataua is here and they came all the way from the other side of the island.”

She’s called on Samoans to come and watch the finals. 

The swimming competition is held at the Aquatic Centre in Faleata. 

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