After three gruelling days, National Age Groups are complete. GIS was represented by 9 swimmers from year 5 up to year 11.
Law Li Wei ,9, in her first national level meet, and swimming against girls a year older than herself, equipped herself fantastically, swimming PBs in almost every event including an exceptional 200 freestyle which produced a 9 second PB. She also manage numerous top 20 finishes and was regularly in the top 3 9 year olds in the meet… next year will be interesting!
Kosei Higashi, 10, another newcomer to national competitions, showed his huge development in 2015, moving up the rankings with PB swims in EVERY single race he took part in. This meant he managed top 10 placings in some of his key events, following Li Wei with a 9 second PB in 200m Freestyle.
Arika Okubo, 10, another first time qualifier for nationals, enjoyed a huge ammount of success, breaking her PB in EVERY event she took part in. Highlights included massive butterfly swims including a 2 second PB over 50m and 5 second PB over 100m. She managed to claim top 10 placings in her events, narrowly missing the podium.
Mia O’Leary, 12, also a first timer at this particular national meet, stormed to the NATIONAL TITLE in her pet event, 50m breaststroke, beating some top talent from Hong Kong as well as Malaysia. Mia was in hospital in the week so her performances were even more extraordinary than usual. She was also able to claim impressive SILVER medals in 50m and 100m Freestyle and a PB in the 100m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke. Mia will hope to get a solid training block in and finish the season strong.
Anjali Lim, 13, showed versatility in abundance and mature pacing to win her Malaysian National title in 400m IM. She also took SILVER in 200m fly, narrowly missing out on gold but both races were further evidence of how strong she is on the middle distance events, she will stay in the same age group next year and be a threat to the meet records no doubt!
Jared Deck, 14, had an extremely busy few days taking part in events ranging from 50m up to 1500m. He swam with his Selangor team to the NATIONAL TITLE in 4×100 Freestyle. Individually he put up top 10 times in 400 IM (8th) and 1500m (8th). (likely 200m fly as well- awaiting results).
Howard SIm, 15, swimming in a tough age group (15-17YO), showed a return to form on his breaststroke events, with a sensational 100m race, with a big PB and jump up the rankings. He was also busy with freestyle events were he was on PB form in the 100m.
Yap Li Wen, 15, also in tough company in her favoured Breaststroke events, raced to 5th place in the 50m Breaststroke and was also in the top 10 for 100m Breaststroke. She showed some good results on her freestyle as well.
Zoe Bowden, 15, fighting through injury to take part, showed her ability on Backstroke with a fantastic 100m swim, placing 4th overall but BRONZE medal winning Malaysian. She stuck to sprints this weekend but will look forward to her longer events once she is back to full fitness.
It was a fantastic 3 days and GIS Dragons showed great dedication in such a tough meet.
Swimming now looks forward to Primary FOBISIA with Li Wei, Arika and Kosei joining forces with the peers at Shrewsbury School, Bangkok.