On Saturday night, a group of Primary Dragons swimmers took on 5 other KL schools in the inaugural Malaysian International School Diddy League (Middies). The competition brought together swimmers from year 3,4,5 and 6 in a fun filled team gala. The atmosphere at the GIS pool was electric with more than 200 spectators cheering every race from start to finish.
GIS stormed off the blocks with Li Wei showing off her skills to win the 100m Individual Medley (1:21.31), 13 seconds clear of the field. Swiftly following her lead was Aris, narrowly missing out on gold, but still swimming a strong PB to take 2nd (1:30.12).
The year 3 swimmers were mostly swimming their events for only the second time, but coped admirably, with medal winning performances from Jonah Buysse (25m back GOLD 25.22), Madison Lew-Tong (25m breast GOLD 30.00), Kangmo Koo (25m Breast SILVER 27.8), Natasha Preston (25m Back SILVER 23.6), Ivan Choong (25m Fly SILVER 26.23) with the boys combining in the Medley relay to take SILVER (Jonah, Kangmo, Ivan and Ben Fryer). Other girls who put in fantastic performances were Zoe Skinner, Rebecca Reah and Laura Ceccarelli.
Our year 4 team were led by some sterling performances in the Breaststroke events from Emily Quinn (SILVER 24.75) and Maxi Werner (GOLD 23.30) taking top placings. They combined with Snehan Talwar (SILVER 25m Fly 24.60), Kendra Hutson (BRONZE 25m Freestyle 21.56) and Ruby Rielly (BRONZE 25m Back 25.15). Both medley teams came away with SILVER medals (Boys: Charlie Corcoran, Maxi, Snehan and Ewan Cornfoot. Girls: Kaela Desouza, Emily, Lily Fairweather and Kendra).
It was clear after the IM that our Year 5s and 6s meant business and they were unstoppable all evening. Beginning the gold rushy was Yasmin Desouza who took the 50m Back in a huge swim and PB of 37.96 with Rio Fujita doing the same for the year 5s (43.47). Kael Shawn (SILVER 43.6) and Ray Kang (BRONZE 47.85) also showed pig time improvements to keep GIS on the podium.
The Breaststroke events maintained the dominance, Aris (GOLD 45.50), Danelle Ong (GOLD 43.22), Reiya Luer (SILVER 52.55) and Nevan Sunaratne (GOLD 49.53) all showed excellent underwater skills to take the races away from their oponents.
There was a clean sweep in the fly events. Oliver Cheng (39.62), Martina Ceccarelli (42.50), Kellyn Choong (39.00) and Matthew Tang (43.28) all showed their hard work is paying off, posting PBs and some great fly kicking off the walls.
Not to be outdone, Li Wei (32.44) and Anna Lau (35.90) stormed to GOLD, with Kasey Julien (GOLD 38.55) and Kai Sato (SILVER 40.06) keeping the boys team powering on.
Both teams were dominant in their relays, taking away 2 more GOLD medals.
The final race of the night was new to most in Malaysia, the 8x25m Squadron which involves a male and female swimmer from each age group swimming 25m freestyle each.
Alice Smith took off to an early lead but were reeled back in by GIS for a photo finish, the decision went to KLASS on this occasion but it was a great chase from the team and finished the gala on a huge high! The team consisted of Zoe, Ivan, Ruby, Maxi, Kellyn, Matthew, Danelle and Oliver.