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More Quah family success at National Championships

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Singapore's SEA Games swimming heroes had little time to bask in their dominant display as it was back to the pool for the Neo Garden National Championships.

The 11th edition of the championships was held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre at the Sports Hub and featured 314 swimmers competing in 36 events over three days.

SEA Games victors like Quah Zheng Wen and Roanne Ho mixed it with the stars of the future, with swimmers as young as 11 taking part.

Unsurprisingly Quah, who won 12 of Singapore's 42 swimming medals at the SEA Games, was named Most Valuable Swimmer after winning the 100m freestyle, butterfly and backstroke titles, as well as the 400m medley relay. 

More Quah family success at National Championships
Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen celebrates with his trophy. Photo: Sport Singapore 

Quah was not the only family member celebrating success though. Big sister Ting Wen, 23, won the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle, while 15-year-old little sister Jing Wen took the 200m butterfly title.

But it was Hoong En Qi, who was part of the SEA Games gold medal winning 4 x 100m relay team, that was named Most Valuable Swimmer among the women after she won the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

The 16-year-old also swam in the Swimfast Aquatic Club’s victorious 400m and 800m freestyle relay teams. 

More Quah family success at National Championships
Singapore's Hoong En Qi in action during the competition. Photo: Sport Singapore 

Zheng Wen, one of a number of athletes to set national records at the meet, believed Singapore swimming was at a high under coach Sergio Lopez.

"I always believed that we could be world class and reach that level we all want to be at," he said.

"That is almost a reality for me now, more of a goal and not some kind of unattainable dream."

The meet also featured top international talent like American breaststroke specialist Kevin Cordes. 

More Quah family success at National Championships
Competitors diving into action at the start of a race. Photo: Sport Singapore 

While Cordes was shining in the 200m breaststroke B final on Sunday, 12-year-old Zachary Ian Tan excelled in the A final as his time of two minutes 25.58 broke the national under-14s record and showed the future was bright for Singapore swimming.

Tan was part of the dominant Swimfast Aquatic Club that topped the overall medal table with 29 golds among a total haul of 75 medals.

Singapore Swimming Club was second with four golds, ahead of Aquatic Performance Swim Club (three golds), Chinese Swimming Club Singapore (two) and Ace Swim Club, who notched two bronze medals.

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