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Newsflash: Ting Wen repeats hat-trick of national freestyle records at National C’ships

She smashed three national Open and Under-17 records at the 40th National Age-Group Swimming Championships in March.

This evening, Quah Ting Wen repeated that feat when she broke the national 50m freestyle mark at the 5th National Swimming Championships at the Singapore Sports School.

The 16-year-old Raffles Institution (Junior College) student and Swimfast Aquatic Club swimmer clocked 25.65sec to break her prevailing record of 25.80sec and complete her hattrick of freestyle records. 

Ting Wen embarked on her record-breaking run last Wednesday when she rewrote her national 100m freestyle record. Interestingly, she clocked 55.65sec to break the mark of  55.80sec. What is so interesting about that feat? Check out her old and new 50m freestyle times.

On Saturday, Ting Wen completed Part Two of her hattrick mission when she broke her 200m freestyle record. Her time of 2min 00.14sec was more than a second faster than the 2:01.18 she set at the National Age-Group Championships.

Ting Wen’s impressive performances means that she has qualified for all three events at this December’s South-east Asia Games in Laos. She has also qualifed to represent Singapore in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Swimfast emerged as the overall champion club at the Championships with 2,134.50 points. Chinese Swimming Club was a distant second with 948 points while Aquatic Performance Swim Club was third with 558.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

P/S:

I was not able to update my website on Friday and Saturday because of personal commitments. So here’s an update on the national records that were set on those two days:

Tao Li set a new national open record of 1min 02.71 in the 100m backstroke on Friday. It bettered her previous record of 1:03.17. Joel Ching rewrote Rainer Ng’s national Under-14 100m backstroke record of 1:02.66 by a sliver. he clocked 1:02.51.

On Saturday, Shana Lim equalled the national 50m backstroke record of 29.20sec for the second time. The record was first set in 2006 by Tao Li. Shana, who studies at Hwa Chong International, first equalled it at the 40th National Age-Group Championships in March.

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Newsflash: Jia Hao grabs SEA Games ticket with record-breaking swim

Ng Jia Hao clinched his ticket to this December’s South-east Asia Games with a record-breaking swim at the 5th National Swimming Championships yesterday.

The 18-year-old, who trains with Swimfast Aquatic Club, clocked 1min 04.46sec in the men’s 100m breaststroke to break the national open record of 1:04.84 set by Kennth Goh in 1998. His time also went under the SEA Games qualifying mark of 1:04.66.

Jia Hao’s record was one of two  new marks set at the Championships yesterday. 

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student Joseph Issac Schooling broke the Boys’ U-14 50m butterfly mark by a whisker with his 26.94sec effort. It was 0.04 sec faster than the prevailing record of 26.98sec, set by Singapore Sports School student Dzulhaili Mohd Kamal.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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A return to remember: Ting Wen marks first competition after Olympics with three national records

Quah Ting Wen made her return to competitive swimming one to cherish and remember for a long time when she completed her hat-trick of new national records on the last day of the 40th National Age-Group Swimming Championships at the Singapore Sports School pool.

The 16-year-old Raffles Junior College student, who took a break from swimming after the Beijing Olympics and only resumed training at the start of the year, broke the national 100m freestyle record yesterday, during the Girls 15-17 years event.

She clocked 55.80secs to smash Joscelin Yeo’s 10-year-old record of 56.05sec, which was set at the 1999 South-east Asian Games in Brunei. 
 
It was also her third national freestyle record in three days. 
 
On Friday, Ting Wen had broken the national 50m freestyle record, also held by Joscelin. She followed that up by breaking the national 200m freestyle record on Saturday. 
 
And as it were in the 50m and 200m freestyle events, Ting Wen’s time in the 100m freestyle was also a new national Under-17 record. It eclipsed the time of 56.14secs which she had set at the Beijing Olympics. 
 
The Swimfast Aquatic Club swimmer’s achievements at the Championships will be a huge boost to her confidence and morale as she gets down to the task of qualifying for this December’s SEA Games in Laos.

Apart from Tao Li, Ting Wen is also expected to play a big part in delivering the bulk of Singapore’s gold medals in swimming at the biennial regional Games. 

Her feat yesterday also meant that a total of five national open records were broken during the course of the Age-Group Championships.

The other two were contributed by Parker Lam, who set a new men’s 50m breaststroke mark of 29.59sec, Mark Tan who clocked a new national mark of 2min 20.71sec in the men’s 200m breaststroke.

Yet, the total haul could well have been seven if Rainer Ng and Shana Lim had both been a shade faster in their respective events.

Rainer had tied the men’s national 50m backstroke mark of 26.96sec while Shana Lim had equalled the women’s national 50m backstroke record of 29.20sec.

A total of 15 national age-group records were also re-written during the three-day long Championships: 10 under-17 records and five Under-14 marks. There were also two national under-17 marks that were tied.

You can see the full list of new records set at the Age-Group Championships and their owners here.

Swimfast Aquatic Club, the swimming school run by former national swimmer and occasional national coach David Lim, emerged at the top of the overall standings with 58 golds, 50 silvers and 27 bronzes.

Chinese Swimming Club was second with 39 golds while ACE Swim Club, which is helmed by See Puay Kheng, finished third with 33 golds.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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