ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico Swimming and Diving program has made exciting additions recently including seven new Lobos who will participate in the 2014-2015 season; their progress as a team hasn’t stopped there. Naoya Tomita, also known as Tommie, is a volunteer assistant coach among Head Coach Kunio Kono, Assistant Coach Aimee Dunavant, and Head Diving Coach Julie Weddle who carries on the trend of impressive happenings for the Lobos.
Tomita is currently ranked 11thworldwide for the 100-yard breaststroke and was picked to represent Japan at the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships where he will travel to Gold Coast, Australia to compete from Aug. 21st through the 24th. He was also chosen to participate in the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea from Sept. 19th through Oct. 4th.
The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, Pan Pacs, is a biennial, international swimming team competition comprised of the Swimming Australia, Swimming Canada, Japan Amateur Swimming Federation and USA Swimming federations. National teams are given the opportunity to be in the water for the Pan Pacs which serves as time for competition between the Olympic Games and FINA World Championships.
The Asian Games are organized under the Olympic Council of Asia and have been held every four years since 1951. The 2014 Asian Games marks the 17th edition of competition to allow athletes all over the continent to be represented in various sports broken down into the Asian Winter Games, Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games, Asian Beach Games and Asian Youth Games.
(Swimming stands as one of the core sports in the Asian Games.)
Naoya Tomita will participate in both events after qualifying for the Pan Pacs team in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:00.46 which put him in 2nd place at the Japan Open. He also represents the Team Arena internationally and for the University of New Mexico Swim Club.Tomita has made an excellent job of coming out with high standard performances to represent his international and US teams. Although he will be traveling across the globe Tommie will have support for his competition to come from the Lobo family here in New Mexico.