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KUCHING: Power Aquatics Swimming Club (PASC) emerged as champion at the second leg of the ASUM/NSC/Milo Junior Splash event held at Pusat Akuatik Hang Jebat in Melaka recently.
According to a press statement, the PASC team comprising 43 swimmers achieved 1,001 points from 19 gold, 15 silver and 23 bronze medals to emerge as overall champion in the meet.
Second place went to Johor Bahru Ezy Swim Club with 798.5 points (51 swimmers), followed by DSA Swimming Club with 718 points (63 swimmers) in third place.
PASC head coach Voon Yong Hui said the team from Sarawak comprised 15 swimmers from PASC as well as 28 swimmers from various organisations including the State Sports Council (MSN) and Akademi Renang Bestari as well as from Sibu and Limbang.
“We are very proud of this achievement because this is the first time Sarawak has emerged as champion in the under-15 swimming competition. This shows that we are on the right track and there are actually many talents from Sarawak.
“There were 881 swimmers from 34 associations and clubs competing in the three-day meet from Sept 22-24, so it was a tough competition,” said Voon.
He addec the club always encouraged its members to take part in competitions outside Sarawak to encourage new and young swimmers to participate in competitive swimming.
“The emphasis was not only on the competitiveness of the event but the exposure. Furthermore the children enjoy swimming and they want to take it to a higher competitive level so why not we give them a chance?
“The parents too were very supportive and it has given them a chance to evaluate their children’s progress,” said Voon.
He expressed his hope that Sarawak will initiate similar events and invite swimmers and teams from Peninsular Malaysia to come here to compete.
“In Peninsular Malaysia, there are plenty of swimming competitions taking place every year, giving more chances for continuous development and wider exposure to the swimmers,” he said.
The PASC relay team for Group 5 (boys aged eight and under) set record times in three relay events: the 4x50m freestyle relay where Ong Zong Lian, Timothy Wong, Presley Phang and Darren Leong clocked in at 2:24.71; the 4x50m medley relay, Phang, Brian Lu, Ong and Leong clocked the winning time of 2:44.23; and the 4x100m freestyle relay, where Ong, Phang, Justinian Saing and Leong clocked in at 5:32.78.
Meanwhile, the relay team for Group 4 (boys aged nine to 10) comprising Julius Abbas Janting, Eric Chung, Leslie Liew and Hii Puong Jie won the 4x50m freestyle event in record time.
Record-breaking feats were also achieved in individual events by Vanessa Liew (girls aged 8 and below) in the 50m breaststroke (44.24s) against the old record of 44.98s and 100m breaststroke (1:38.82), against the old record of 1:39.04; Hii Puong Wei (boys aged 13-14) in the 100m backstroke (1:02.70) against the old record of 1:02.79; and Puong Jie (boys aged 9-10) in the 100m butterfly (1:10.84) against the old record of 1:11.33.