Ten FSM swimmers compete in qualifying meet leading to 2020 Olympics

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press 

February 9, 2019

SwimPohnpei—On February 8 and 9, nine swimmers competed in a qualifying meet to determine who will represent the FSM at the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, Korea in July.  The meet was especially important because only athletes that compete in the event in Korea can be eligible for the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.

Only four spots were available, two for females and two for males. But since male swimmer Tasi Limtiaco of Chuuk received a FINA scholarship and so is automatically qualified for the “Worlds” in Korea, only one spot was available for a male swimmer at the qualifying meet held in Pohnpei.

The results of the qualifiers would be calculated by swimmers’ times in comparison to the World Championship qualifying times.  The swimmers with the highest percentage would be selected.

At press time, the Kaselehlie Press had received no official word regarding which swimmers had qualified for the “Worlds” in Korea.

All swimmers were fierce competitors.

Female competitors at the qualifying meet in order of appearance in the results list were Margie Winter, Kestra Kihleng, Nicole Adams, Taeyanna Adams, Keavae Adams, and Jourdyn Adams. Male competitors at the meet were Kaleo Kihleng, Kyler Kihleng, and Noah Adams.

Kosrae and PICS emerge as “Holiday Hoops” men’s and women’s basketball champions

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

January 4, 2019

HoopsPohnpei—Men’s and women’s basketball teams from all over the FSM met in the FSM for the recently concluded “Holiday Hoops” competition. Competitions were divided between the Kolonia China Friendship gym at Spanish Wall Park and the China FSM Friendship gym at the College of Micronesia FSM in Palikir.

With the exception of Yap, each of the four FSM States was represented by at least one team. A total of 11 men’s teams and four women’s teams competed. The Marshall Islands was invited to send a team but was unable to manage it in time.

The competition opened with a ceremony on December 23rd and ended with the men’s finals on December 30 and the women’s finals on December 31.

The Chuuk High School team took third place in the men’s competitions. Xavier High School took second place, and the men from Kosrae High School took the championship position in the final men’s tournament.

Calvary Christian Academy women took third place. Pohnpei Seventh Day Adventist women took second place. Pohnpei Island Centrals School women emerged as the champions in the women’s competitions.

According to organizers, ten sponsors stepped up to help fund the competition. They were:

FSCO Pohnpei Stevedoring, FSM Department of Education, FSM Department of Health/Youth Program, Pohnpei State Strategy Prevention Frame Work - Partners for Success (SPF-PFS), Kolonia Town Government, Pohnpei State Stop Underage Drinking Prevention Organization, Pohnpei State Sports Office, College of Micronesia – FSM, Central Union for Young Adult (CUYA), and Pohnpei Ace Hardware.

Several Youth Awareness Campaign messages underpinned some of the central values of the tournament. They were:

“Stop Underage Drinking”, “Children Should NOT Raise Children”, “Say Yes to Education Say No to Teen Pregnancy”, “Stay in School More Opportunities Ahead of you”, and “Stay in school you are the future of the nation tomorrow”.

Team FSM to compete in 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan

turkmenistanBy Jim Tobin
FSM National Olympic Committee
The Federated States of Micronesia will now be sending 11 athletes to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to compete in the2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The FSM will be competing in Wrestling, Swimming and Athletics (Track and Field). Ashgabat 2017 games are from September 17-27, 2017.
The FSM sports delegation, attending the Ashgabat 2017, will include 5 wrestlers (Dukay Tairuwepiy, Richard Nakasone, Thomas Wichlibuch Jr, Myron Damian and Ryan Ifamilik), 4 swimmers (Dionisio Augustine II, Kaleo Kihleng, Jourdyn Adams and Taeyanna Adams) and 2 runners/sprinters (Estanis Ikelap Jr and Alvin Martin). The coaches are Larry Uwelar (Wrestling) Sweeter Daniel (Swimming) and Rendy Germinaro (Athletics). The FSM Chef de Mission is Ted Rutun. Welbert (Donnie) Samuel will be an administrative staff. The FSM delegation will be led by Berney Martin. Jim Tobin, FSMNOC Secretary General will not attend but will be traveling to Yap to assist with the planning and organization of the 2018 Micronesian Games.
Over 2,000 athletes from all over the Asia and Oceania regions will participate in 21 sports in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The majority of TEAM FSM will depart the Pohnpei on September 11 and arrive in Turkmenistan in September 13. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 7:00pm, September 17. Dionisio Augustine II will be the FSM flag bearer. TEAM FSM will return on October 02.
This will be the first Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games that the FSM has participated in. The FSM National Olympic Committee has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1998. The IOC had recommended that the small Pacific countries, like the FSM, that participate in the Olympic Games, compete in more regional competitions to try to improve the results of the FSM Olympic athletes.
The FSMNOC received funding support from Asia National Olympic Committees, Turkmenistan National Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee grants for the costs of economy airfares, Ashgabat accommodation, uniforms, insurance and travel stipends for all TEAM FSM members.

Environmental organizations host first ever “My Life My Responsibility” fishing tournament

By Pohnpei Fishing Club


December 1, 2018

DSC01691Pohnpei—The Micronesia Conservation Trust, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, and the Pohnpei Menin Katengensed Fish Market hosted the first ever “My Life My Responsibility” fishing tournament for members of the Pohnpei Fishing Club.  22 boats entered the tournament.  Many wahoos were landed during the day but some anglers were successful with other species as well.

The tournament was a big fish tournament.  The top five biggest fish received cash prizes with the grand prize being $350.  There were also prizes for the three biggest fish in each species if there were more than three of each species caught. There were also three prizes for lady and junior angler.


Rayanna David $350 1st Place for Biggest Fish 33.5 yellowfin

Wilbur David $300 2nd  Place for Biggest Fish 32.5 yellowfin

Dane Nighswander $250 3rd Place for Biggest Fish 26.0 wahoo

Kevin Ihara, Jr. $200 4th Place for Biggest Fish 25.0 wahoo

Kirino Olpet $150 5th Place for Biggest Fish 21.0 wahoo




Francisco Sohl $100 1st Place-Biggest Species  15.5

Rumina  Kohler $25 PMK Voucher and $25 Fuel Voucher 2nd Place 5.5



Rumina Kohler $100  1st Place  12.0 

Selino Maxin $25 PMK Voucher 2nd Place 8.5

Sendo Welsin $25 Fuel Fuel Voucher 2nd Place  8.5



Steve Finnen $50 Cash and $25 PMK Voucher 1st place- 20.0

Nelson Bartolome $50 Cash and $25 Fuel Voucher 1st place- 20.0

Nathan Glancy $25 PMK 3rd Place 18.0



Jimmy Obispo $100 1st Place 18.5



Santriko Ioanis $100  1st Place 9.0

Rayanna David $25 PMK Voucher and $25 Fuel Voucher 2nd Place 6.5



Michelle Sannicolas $200  1st Place- 18.0 Wahoo

Lara  Trott $150  2nd Place- 16.0 Wahoo

Maria  Spegal 100 3rd Place- 15.0 Wahoo


Gabby Edward $100  1st Place 16.5 Mahimahi

Junior  Ioanis $75  2nd Place 15.0 Wahoo

Chris Edward 50 3rd Place 13.5 Wahoo

It was a great tourney and we want to thank the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, the Micronesia Conservation Trust  and the Pohnpei Menin Katengensed Fish Market     

Give a big round of applause to all the anglers who went out.  We are also pleased to work in whatever way we can with the conservation groups involved and will wear the t-shirts to support conservation.

Everyone have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are looking forward to a great 2019 for fishing.

FSM Wrestling Team participates in 2017 Oceania Wrestling Championship

Yap Sports Council // March 17, 2017
ABAY, Yap — On March 10 – 12, 2017, an FSM Wrestling Team participated in the 2017 Cadet, Junior, and Senior Oceania Wrestling Championship held in Tahiti, French Polynesia. The team consisted of Wrestling Coach Lawrence Uwelur, Yapese athletes Paul Gibay and Thomas Wichilbuch Jr., Chuukese athletes JK Kaminanga and Joshua Aizawa, and NF Official Clark Graham.
From the turnout, both Paul Gibay and Thomas Wichilbuch Jr. have earned medals. Paul Gibay, who competed in the 60kg junior category, won a silver medal in the Greco-Roman Style and a bronze medal in the Free Style.
Thomas Wichilbuch Jr., who was in the 70kg senior category, brought in a silver medal in the Free Style and a Gold medal in the Greco-Roman style.
“Congratulations to all members of the FSM Team and many appreciation for representing your state and country!”