The final day of the Liberty Insurance 49th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships (SNAG) for junior swimmers saw Ang Yu Zhe, Matthew and Ong Rui Ern, Naomi clinch the Most Valuable Swimmer awards for boys and girls respectively.
Matthew,11, from Ace Swim Club, clinched the boys title after winning ten out of eleven events that he swam in. He had also set a new meet record on Saturday in the Boys 100m Breaststroke for 11-year-olds.
Matthew and Naomi posing with their trophies. Photo: Singapore Swimming Association
“I would like to thank my parents, relatives and friends for supporting me throughout the competition, and especially to my coach who helped me plan my schedule well. Before the competition, I had hope to win the award, and I achieved my goal so I am very happy at winning”, said Matthew.
It was another first-time winner for the girls as Singapore Island Country Club’s (SICC) Naomi finished top of the standings after winning six of her 13 events. She also had 6 second place finishes and 1 fifth place finish.
Speaking after the event, the 12-year-old said, “I was not expecting to win, but I just went out there and did my best in my events. I am definitely happy that I won.”
The junior swimmers also kept up their record-breaking streak, with 8 meet records falling on the final day.
Russel Pang and Lawrence Lim Zhe Quan of Singapore Swimming Club (SSC) and Chinese Swimming Club (CSC), both broke Tan Wei Yee’s record of 1:29.71s set in 2015 in the Boys 100m Backstroke for 8-year-olds. Russel clocked 1:26.14s, while Lawrence touched home in 1:28.37s.
Russel and Lawrence then followed up that feat with another record-breaking swim in the Boys 50m Backstroke for 8-year-olds, with times of 40.09s and 41.22s respectively to better Ewan lee Yi Wei’s time of 41.29s set in 2015.
In the Boys 100m Backstroke for 10-year-olds, Francis Fong’s record that stood for 7 years was erased by SSC’s Julian Lee Xing Hong and CSC’s Reagan Cheng, the 2017 Most Valuable Swimmer (Boys). Francis’ time of 1:15.76 set in 2010 was bettered by Julian’s 1:13.61s and Reagan’s 1:13.88s. It was Reagan’s second record of the meet, after breaking the 200m Freestyle record yesterday.
Reagan then claimed his third record of the meet when he and Julian once again broke Francis’ record of 7 years in the 50m Backstroke for 10-year-old boys, with Julian finishing his race in a time of 34.39 and Reagan clocking 34.85s. Francis’ record since 2010 stood at 34.99s.
8-year-old Mikayla Liz Tan of SSC continued her impressive record-breaking streak when she notched another four meet records to end the competition as the most dominant 8-year-old girl with a total of 8 records to her name.
Mikayla clocked a time of 1:31.18s in her race to better Chen Xing Tong’s 2016 record of 1:33.09s in the Girls 100m Backstroke for 8-year-olds, and a time of 42.37s in the Girls 50m Breaststroke for 8-year-olds, which eclipsed Lynette Some Xuan Hui’s time of 43.97s set in 2015.
The Methodist Girls School student then beat Lynette’s time of 1:21.64s in the Girls 100m Freestyle for 8-year-olds with a new time of 1:13.98s before ending the meet with a 41.21s swim in the 50m Backstroke for 8-year-olds, slightly ahead of the previous record held by Lynette of 41.48s.
The Liberty Insurance 49th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships resumes on Wednesday, 14th March, at the OCBC Aquatic Centre when the senior swimmers take centerstage. With the SNAG being the final local qualifying meet for the upcoming Asian Games this August in Jakarta and Palembang, Singapore’s national swimmers will be gunning to seal their places on the plane to Indonesia.
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