GIS KL Dragons Sports Teams

SEASAC Swimming 2013 – Bangkok Patana School

All of our swimmers put in 100% effort and did brilliantly over the 2 days of intense racing. We came 4th overall in the boys category and 7th in the girls category with 5 gold, 18 silvers and 12 bronze medals. The highlights of the meet were:

Anjali and Jared each coming 3rd in the 12 and under girls and boys categories respectively while Andrew was 3rd overall in the boys 15 and over category. Jared broke 2 SEASAC records in 200m IM and 200m Freestyle

Katherine and Andrew each breaking a SEASAC record; Katherine in the Under 15 girls 50m Butterfly and Andrew in the Over 15 boys 200m Breastroke.

The competition was a tiresome yet astonishing four days for us; we socialized with peers from other schools, took part in races, and improved our personal records.

We departed the school on Thursday 7th of March for a 2 hour plane ride, arriving at our final destination Dusit Princess Hotel, which certainly was better than what it looked from the outside, and was like a home to us during our stay at Bangkok. We arrived sleepy and famished, but soon our fatigue disappeared after a buffet dinner consisting of pasta, rice, chicken, beef, juice, and the ice cream and the deserts. Even as we were enjoying our meal, we were chatting about how excited we were for the competition and how exhausted we were from the journey.

The first day of the competition kicked off at 5:30 am when we got up, all prepared for the long day ahead. Most of us were complaining about how early we had to wake up, but we considered ourselves fortunate compared to other schools who had to awake half an hour earlier. After digging into our breakfast, we boarded the bus and soon arrived at Patana School.

We were amazed at the school’s size and facilities, but we had little time for that due to the short warm-up session. After preparing for the races we had ahead of us, we were shortly welcomed with a speech by Patana’s head of school.

Throughout the events of the first day, we were doing brilliantly, some displaying excellent performance and winning medals, while some of us weren’t quite as satisfied, which also motivated us even more. We also met new friends, which proved interesting. At the end of the day, we headed to their sports hall where the medal presentations took place. After the presentation, we devoured the lunch BPS provided us then proceeded to the afternoon session.

The second day was very similar, except that we completed all our races and had the opportunity to enjoy ourselves. We attended a gala dinner at the school, where the final presentation took place. After the gala dinner, we returned to the hotel and socialized with friends from other schools. Finally, we headed off to bed, resting for the return journey home. Several of our swimmers could be seen studying for upcoming tests, while some of us seemed to be entertaining ourselves with the in-flight entertainment and/or talking with friends.

The results of our swimmers’ hard our work can be seen below:

Swimmer

Category

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total Medals

Anjali

12 & Under Girls

1

4

5

Zoe

U15 Girls

1

3

4

Katherine

U15 Girls

1 (1 SEASAC Record – 50 Fly)

1

1

2

Jared

12 & Under Boys

2 (2 SEASAC Record – 200 IM & 200 Free)

4

4

Ryan

12 & Under Boys

1

1

Max

12 & Under Boys

1

1

Relay

12 & Under Boys

4

4

Howard

U15 Boys

1

4

5

Andrew

U18 Boys

1 (1 SEASAC Record – 200 Breast)

2

3

5

 

 

 

 

 

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