Women relay team did well despite a week's training

Samoa’s women's relay team for swimming secured two medals in this week’s competition despite just training together for a week prior to the Pacific Games.

The girls took our silver in the 4x200 meters relay on Wednesday with Jelani Wetzell, Lauren Sale, Andrea Schuster, and Kaiya Brown making the team.

Yesterday, the team took out the bronze medal in the 4x100 meters relay with Lushavel Stickland, taking Kaiya’s spot.  

“Suzie really emphasized to us not be like individuals but to come together as a team. One in spirit,” Jelani said. 

“And we just want to show everyone that we can do that in a week,” Lauren added. 

Jelani said getting on the podium despite the short period of time they trained together was amazing. 

“Since it was our first week together we weren’t really expecting much,” Lauren said. 

Lushavel said being part of the team was really exciting. 

“Yesterday (Wednesday) I wasn’t part of the 4x200 meter relay and today (yesterday) I was part of the team in the 4x100 and am just really excited to be part of my girls,” she said. 

“I think we are really just strong individually and as a team we really did well together,” Andrea added. 

The girls attend different schools and train in different countries. 

Lushavel in Australia, Jelani in New Zealand, Lauren in the United States of America and Andrea in Samoa.

But they love swimming together. 

“It took us a week to train together here. We jumped really quickly and we got along so well,” said Lauren.  

The girls thanked and acknowledged the fantastic crowd that cheered them on at the Aquatic Center in Faleata. 

Meanwhile, Lushavel secured silver and Lauren bronze in the women’s 100 backstroke. 

The swimming competition continues.

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