Another 5am start and a busy morning of racing but SEASAC is done and GIS have been well represented on the podium at this years competition.
More records have gone down with Mia O’Leary dominating the 12 and Under age group again. This morning saw the destruction of 2 more records to give her 5 in total. First up was the 100m Breaststroke (previous record was 1.23.86 from 2013) where she took an axe to her own PB of 1.25, swimming 1.21.57. Her final swim of the meet was the 50m Freestyle (previous record was 29.87 from 2008) where she again demonstrated her speed to break 29 for the first time, swimming 28.92.
Yesterdays other record breaker Jared Deck continued to fire with a tough back to back double of 200m Freestyle and 100m Fly. Both swims were very close to the championship records, but were comfortably good enough to take the titles (2.07.80 and 1.04.64 respectively). That leaves Jared with 6 titles in his 6 individuals, an impressive achievement.
Medals were not in short supply and Raphael Menard and Ryan Ting took away their first medals of the meet. Raphael, new to GIS this year, showed huge guts in a 5 boy blanket finish to secure a bronze in the 100 fly (1.21.46). Ryan, after a number of points finishes, showed perfect pacing and conviction to secure silver in the 200m Backstroke. His time of 2.39.33 a lifetime best and a jump from 7th fastest on paper, right into second place.
Yap Li Wen went 3 for 3 in Over 15 girls Breaststroke with a comfortable 1.20.18 victory in the 100m. She also added a 6th place in the 200m Freestyle.
Anjali Lim continued to battle in a very tough age group, placing 2nd in a fantastic battle with her counterpart from UWC-East in the 100m Fly (1.09.25, both girls under the old Meet Record), 4th in the 100m Breaststroke (1.24.68) and a big PB to finish 4th in the 200m Backstroke (2.46.29).
Howard Sim produced a well paced 100 breastroke (new PB 1.12.83) to earn Bronze, before 5th place in the Mens 50m Freestyle final.
A final point about our two primary swimmers who have taken part this weekend. Shotaro Nakagami has produced massive PB times in his Breaststroke events (45.46, 1.41.19 and 3.38.97 in the 50m, 100m and 200m respectively), he has 2 more years in this age category and will no doubt be ready for finals and medals in the future.
Arika Okubo, also 10, and recently selected for the National Age Group Championships, continued her development with solid swims in her age group. She swam to a fantastic PB of 1.27.96 to finish in the points for the team for a second time today.
The team have put in a tremendous amount of effort and commitment, performing in very cold conditions with as many as 10 races in the day and a half meet.
The full team was:
12&Under: Mia, Arika, Caitlin Deck, Serena Lee, Elliya Shawn.
Shotaro, Raphael, Brandon Chin, Jun Ida, Pranit Singh.
13/14: Anjali, Vanessa Lee, Sam Lim, Rachel Gibbons, Kotoko Ida.
Jared, Ryan, Max Luer, Jordan Chin, Joshua Yong.
15&Over: Li Wen, Zoe Bowden and Lyn Sze Ng.
Howard, Bradley Lim, Ewan Ooi, Zhen Wei Chew and Kevin Kim.
Tonight we will head to the gala dinner and await to full results and individual awards… pictures to follow.