Dragons represent UWCSEA East at swim meets
By Andrew Nicholls, Head of Aquatics, East Campus
30 November 2021
The Dragons had a busy weekend with swimming competitions in two venues over four days. From Friday, 26 November to Sunday, 28 November, our team of 13 swimmers made a big splash at the Singapore National swim Championships Youth Timed Trials at the Singapore Sports School. With multiple personal best (pb) times for all of the swimmers, many in their first ever long course event. The highlight was a School Record in the 13 and 14 year Boys 50m Breaststroke for Oliver Birch with an eight second PB, even more remarkable as it was the first 50 metres of his 100m Breaststroke! Oli’s swim of 33.01s broke the record held by Jasper Clements from 2018.
“It was excellent to see the swimmers back in action in a long course pool. It was a great learning experience for all the swimmers with some of them not racing long course for a year.”
Meanwhile at the OCBC Aquatic Centre from Thursday to Sunday, nine Dragons took part in the Singapore National Short Course Championships. This was an open competition which doubled as the qualifier for the World Short Course Championships so the standard was high. Representing the School in finals were
- Rasmus Makela 1500m Freestyle (8th, School Record)
- Nea Martin (4th 800 Freestyle, 5th 400 Freestyle, and 8th 200 Freestyle)
- Kento Terao (7th 200 Backstroke School Record)
- Ansel Song (10th 200 Breaststroke).
- Melody Zhi was 6th in the 50 breaststroke but due to the number of non-singaporean swimmers was unable to swim in the final.
Jasper Clements, Natalie Sorensen, Maia Lopin and Isabella Gritti also performed with Dragons pride in their heat swims.
Of this group Coach Andrew said “These swimmers will form the core of our SEASAC team in February and they have all benefited from such a high quality meet. Their performances are a good bench mark and give us a good idea of where to focus over the coming months.”
This weekend the Dragons take on the Tanglin Trust Merlions in a dual meet and with many of the High School students focussing on end of year exams and SAT testing it will be time for some young guns from our JAG and Senior Squads to take up the call. Keep an eye out for further updates.
All the best to our Dragons and a huge well done!