DSA rakes in a huge total of 725 points with 12 new records at eventful Meet
The 36th National Inter-Club Swimming Championship for The President Cup was held at the newly renovated National Aquatic Centre, KL Sports City on the 24-26th November, 2017. The Meet had 45 clubs from all over Malaysia taking part in what was as usual, the most hotly contested Meet of the swimming calendar in Malaysia. The setting was prime with the upgraded facilities at the National Aquatic Centre being par with the best international standards.
Malaysia National and Olympic Swimmer, Welson Sim was part of the DSA team as a guest swimmer this year also, adding a new record in his event at the Meet. Welson’s presence was a huge morale boost and a source of immense inspiration to the young and upcoming swimmers of DSA. The champion had lots of tips to give the youngsters after his brilliant record breaking wins earlier in the same arena for the SEA Games in August.
DSA swimmers notched up a fabulous performance to close the calendar year, almost doubling the points tally of the last President Cup. There were plenty of top placings with Misa Okuzono, Yap Yong Jie and Darren Lew Chen Jet bringing in top honours with more than 15 first placings between them. Misa Okuzono also created 7 new Meet records, while Koh Tech Chen, Yap Yong Jie and Darren Lew Chen Jet added a new Meet record each to the tally. In addition, the 4×100 Relay team in the Boys 5-17 years also set a new time for the event. Great contributions were also made by Liam Eu Li-An, Dian Isandra Johan, Yumi Okuzono, Chong Hiong Kiet and GeorgeneWee Ee Jern for their events. A detailed list of the placings are given below.
With the last event of the year wrapped up, it’s been a great year for DSA with a host of young swimmers stepping up and improving a great deal making their success a source of pride not just for themselves but to the Team as a whole. Undoubtedly, there has been a lot of effort by a large support system starting with the parents, the DSA swim coaches and all the staff involved who have worked tirelessly to achieve this. Thank you Team DSA, One Team, One Dream and looking forward to the year 2018.
Young first-timers win at 41st SEA Age Group Swimming Championships 2017
DSA Swimmers had much to celebrate as the young swimmers on their first experience at an International Meet brought home the medals for Malaysia at the 41st SEA Age Group Swimming Championships 2017 held at Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei between10-12 November 2017.
The swimmers included Darren Lew Chen Jet, Koh Teck Chen, Atticus Ng and Ong Yikai who had a great time at the Meet and the high level exposure brought out the best in them. Darren Lew Chen Jet, who has been very consistent in his performance at the Meets in Malaysia, gave a sterling display winning a very impressive 4 Golds and 1 Bronze at this International Meet. He was also awarded the Best Boy for his Group. Darren has definitely made great progress and his amazing talent is getting better with each Meet, being beautifully nurtured by the coaches at DSA. Koh Teck Chen won a Bronze and also made an impressive performance at his debut International Meet and we look forward to more victories from him. Other DSA swimmers who also made international debuts were Atticus Ng and Ong Yikai who also gave a good performance at their events.
The detailed medal tally was as follows
Darren Lew Chen Jet (Group 3 Boys 13& under)
- 200m Backstroke – Gold
- 100m Backstroke – Gold
- 50m Backstroke – Gold
- 50m Butterfly – Gold
- 50m Freestyle – Bronze
- Also Awarded Group 3 – Best Boy
Koh Teck Chen (Group 2 Boys 14-15)
- 200m Butterfly – Bronze
Congratulations to the swimmers for bringing home the glory for Malaysia and DSA, and we await more laurels as more champions are created. A big thank you also to the DSA coaches, parents, friends and well-wishers for the steadfast and much needed guidance and support to the young champs.