GIS KL Dragons Sports Teams

2 Great Days, more than 100 medals and GIS Dragons are ISAC Swimming Champions 2014.

Over the past few days (5th & 6th December), GIS Dragons made their way to rivals Alice Smiths Equine Park to contest the ISAC Swimming Championships for 2014.

Day 1 saw the Primary Dragons begin the medal hunt, even with a number of swimmers off sick in the days building up to the meet, a fantastic will and desire to swim for the team was obvious from the get go. The team, donning the new team shirts for the first time, cheered and shouted every single race to support their fellow swimmers and medals began to roll in.

Primary captains for the day, Kokori Akimoto and Bernardo Scardigli lead the team supremely with gutsy swims and a ‘never say die attitude’ which pushed us to some great performances, especially in the latter relays.

The Under 9 girls, lead by record breaker Li Wei Law, came out as the top team in their age category. The team consisted of Li Wei, Anna Lau, Kellyn Choong, Reiya Luer, Caitlyn Lew-Tong, Rio Fujita and Ira Singh.

The under 9 boys secured medals in a number of individuals, Matthew Hearn-Powers taking Gold in the 50m Backstroke, helping the team to 2nd place in their category. They also secured medals in both relays. In their team was Matthew Tang, Matthew H-P, Maxi Werner, Kai Sato, Ray Kang and Jason Chan.

The under 11 girls, led by multiple medallists Arika Okubo and Kokori ‘Captain KoKo’ Akimoto, narrowly missed out on their overall title in an extremely high standard age bracket. The team consisted of Arika, Kokori, Lauren Jenkins, Megan Jones, Danelle Ong, Li Yuan and Yasmin Desouza.

The under 11 boys showed huge determination and came away with an excellent 3rd place in their category with the highlight a ‘1-2’ finish for year 5s Oliver Cheng and Kael Shawn (good news for next year). The team consisted of multiple medallist Kosei Higashi, Bernardo, Thomas Haveman, Shotaro Nakagami, Yamato Obinata, Oliver, Kael, Kristian Anderson and Junwoo Ha.

So day 1 finished with KLASS leading by 100 points, a fantastic effort against stiff competition and plenty to play for on day 2…

A rainy start to day 2, as the Secondary Dragons arrived at Equine Park. A team filled with ISAC and SEASAC record holders, were in confident sprits and ready to turn around day 1s deficit.

From the first race, 200 IM, Anjali Lim led Yap Li Wen to a ‘1-2’ finish followed by Howard Sim storming to victory in the mens race, already the deficit cut by 18 points…

As the results progressed, GIS were placed on the podium in all except 8 race (out of 60). The Over 15 girls secured Gold in every single event and doubled up on the podium in 5 out of the 8 individuals before storming to huge meet records in both relays. The team of Zoe Bowden, Lyn Sze Ng, Katherine Yap, Robyn Jenkins, Chew Li Ann and Yap Li Wen were unstoppable and were by a considerable distance the top points scoring team in any category of this years ISAC competition.

The over 15 boys secured the team title for their category with Howard Sim producing stunning races, although was unlucky to finish with silver a few tight finishes, he wasn’t done though as he joined with the team to take both Free and Medley Relays. The team was Eric Blackshaw, Kevin Kim, Chew Zhen Wei, Ewan Ooi, Howard and Bradley Lim.

The under 15 girls were in a great battle with ISKL almost every race. They managed to finish 2nd and produced 2 stirring relay performances to challenge the very impressive ISKL girls. A well done also must go to Vanessa Lee who accepted the 100 fly assignment and showed how much potential she has in the event. The team was Claudia Lim, Sam Lim, Kotoko Ida, Vanessa Lee and Rachel Gibbons.

The under 15 boys were led by the dominant performances of Jared Deck who demolished his own meet record in the 100m fly while winning 2 other individuals as well. The team of Lee Han Liang, Ryan Ting, Adam Lau, Jared, Jordan Chin, Dean Knight and Max Luer secured the overall title in their age group.

The under 13 girls had top of the podium finishes from Anjali Lim (200 IM, 50 & 100 Fly), Mia O’Leary (50 Breast and 100 Free) and Caitlin Deck (50 Free) in what was a great effort to secure 2nd place in their age category. The team was Anjali, Mia, Caitlin, Adira Yahya, Farah Alyabdou, Serena Lee and Elliya Shawn.

The under 13 boys secured a number of excellent podiums through Jun Ida (100 fly), Viktor Frantzen (100 free), Brandon Chin (100 free), Bryan Soo (50 and 100 back) and the sprint king Josh Yong (Meet record in 50 Free). Their team then stormed to meet records in both relays. The team included Pranit Singh, Bryan, Viktor, Josh, Brandon and Jun.

As the meet concluded, the Dragons came away with victory on the day and the overall team title by a whopping 246 points.

A few facts to finish:

-More than 100 medals won by the team.

-Only school to secure top 3 in EVERY single age group (boys and girls) in the competition.

-Top Boys team points total

-Top Girls team points total

I would like to thank the ‘GIS Supporters Team’ who never stopped cheering during the 2 days and were a credit to the school, cheering every swim as loudly as possible.

Also to Chris at ‘Buczi’ who has worked incredibly hard to get our kit ready in time, we looked awesome on deck and certainly stood out!

Finally, the swimmers who have listened, learnt and now performed fantastically and will head into the new year in fantastic form, ready for SEASACs in February.

FAST Swimming

Have a great Christmas!

Coach Rich

ISAC Champions 2014

Finally, the swimmers who have listened, learnt and now performed fantastically and will head into the new year in fantastic form, ready for SEASACs in February.

FAST Swimming


    • molloyr

      Hi Kokori! Its Coach Rich here.
      Thanks for commenting, we miss having you with the team!
      I hope you are happy and enjoying being back in Japan!

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