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2nd and 3rd place for ACJC's Swimming Team
The 54th National Schools Swimming Championships from the 16th to the 24th of April 2013 marked an eventful two weeks for the ACJC Swim team. The Championship results epitomized everything the team had trained for over the past year. After four arduous days of heats, and two exhilarating days of finals, the swimmers headed home triumphant, with the girls successfully defending their 2nd position, and the boys achieving a respectable 3rd position.
Some highlights of the competition included remarkable performances by swimmers such as Meagan Lim, who broke the meet records for the Women’s 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke events, bagging two gold medals for Team ACJC; Daryl Ho, who brought home two gold medals for the Men’s 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle Events, and Oh Kar Yin who clinched a gold medal for the Women’s 50m Backstroke event. The team captain, Wang Yi Xiong also achieved outstanding results, finishing 2nd position for the men’s 50m Freestyle, as well as the 100m Freestyle events.
Finally, our swimmers did the College proud in the thrilling relay events, in which the girls finished in 2nd place for both the 200m Medley and Freestyle relays, swum by Oh Kar Yin, Christabel Chai, Meagan Lim and Sarah Dahlberg. The boys fought hard to take 2nd and 3rd place for the 200m Freestyle and Medley relays respectively, credited to a collective effort by Wang Yi Xiong, Daryl Ho, Ang Wan Loong, Gerald Chua, and Max Ang.
The months leading up to the School Nationals were nothing short of grueling. Intensive trainings daily left us mentally and physically spent, while strict dieting and physical conditioning put our discipline and endurance to the test. As the season drew nearer, our dedication was further proven as we began training even before school curriculum time commenced, for additional practice. However, we persevered and we emerged a stronger team.
With the conclusion of our season, we put away our goggles and caps for the time being, and prepare for another tough phase in our lives in ACJC. Our experience in the Swim Team has been a fulfilling one, and the priceless friendships and camaraderie we forged will stay with us for the rest of our lives. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our dedicated and passionate coaches, teachers, and friends for their unwavering support.
To God be the glory, the best is yet to be!
Sean Chua Yan Chun
Training In-Charge, Swimming