School sports activities: RI dethrone 11-time boys’ B Division swimming defending champions ACS(I)

SINGAPORE – Going into the ultimate day of the National School Games (NSG) swimming competitors on Monday (April 25), Raffles Institution (RI) had been trailing by 14 factors to 11-time B Division defending champions Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

The Rafflesians shortly erased that lead – they ultimately gained 5 of the six occasions – to say their first title since 2008. RI had been high with 194 factors, forward of ACS(I) who had 173.5 and the Singapore Sports School (75).

It additionally ended ACS(I) reaching a clear sweep of the A, B and C Division crowns, one thing that they had accomplished for the previous seven NSGs.

Justin Yeoh, 15, who gained 4 golds within the 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 4x50m medley relay and 4x50m free relay, was pleased with his contribution to RI’s victory.

He mentioned: “Honestly I wasn’t in top condition today. I won all my events quite closely so it’s a relief. I haven’t competed in NSG in such a long time I wasn’t sure if I could win. But I’m glad that I can better gauge where I am among my peers now.”

Teammate Lucas Seah, who completed third within the 50m free final Friday, made certain to get sufficient sleep to organize for the ultimate day of competitors.

The 16-year-old, who gained three golds in each relays and the 100m free on Monday, mentioned: “The 50m free was quite bad. I was lucky to get third but I didn’t let that affect me and I was able to win all my events today.”

Despite the loss, ACS(I)’s Cohen Barron Chiam, 15, drew positives from the expertise. He mentioned: “Since this was our first NSG (since 2019 due to the pandemic), our performance was quite good and it means a lot to get second. Failure is a stepping stone to success. We were hoping to win but setbacks like this will help us improve.”

Gold medallists earn 9 factors whereas the eight-placed swimmer collects one level for every occasion on the six-day meet on the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

ACS(I) did lengthen their profitable streaks within the different two classes. They topped the A Division with 261 factors, forward of RI (144) and Anglo-Chinese Junior College (89) and gained the C Division with 286 factors, adopted by RI (136) and SSP (59).

In the ladies’ B Division, Raffles Girls’ School (RGS) dethroned three-time defending champions Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) to regain the title they final gained in 2016.

Starting the day trailing by six factors, RGS ended high with 202 factors with MGS (169) and SSP (96) second and third respectively.

RGS captain Henrietta Tjan, 16, mentioned the squad had to deal with a drop in motivation throughout the pandemic however pulled by.

The Year 4 scholar added: “We showed our perseverance and swam for the school. It was very exciting to be back competing again and it may be my last NSG but it ended well and will always be a great memory to me.”

For MGS’ Naomi Ong, the ache of lacking out on a fourth straight B Division title was tempered by ending the competitors on a excessive with victory within the closing race, the 4x50m free relay.

The MGS quartet clocked 1min 51.03sec, forward of SSP (1:52.18) and RGS (1:55.04).

Naomi mentioned profitable their final occasion was a reduction and an accomplishment for them as they succeeded in ending NSG on an excellent word.

Her teammate Kaitlyn Leong, 16, was rueful there have been no podium ceremonies or spectators as a result of Covid-19.

“During the podium ceremony, there would be a lot of cheers and it really brings up the atmosphere and school spirit,” she mentioned. “We would additionally have the ability to carry our college flag and raise it and it might have been very memorable.

“Now it’s very different but since we’ve missed NSG in the past two years, I’m glad to be able to compete in my last NSG.”

MGS did retain their C Division title with 225 factors, forward of RGS (156) and SSP (118). In the A Division, RI had been champions with 182 factors adopted by SSP (100) and ACJC (88).

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