DSA Swimmer Yap Yong Jie interviewed by Chinese newspaper
It was young Yong Jie’s turn to be in the limelight as the champion swimmer was interviewed for an article in the widely circulated Sin Chew newspaper in KL, Malaysia. Yap Yong Jie was chosen for his outstanding performance through the Meets over the year and also to share some of the experiences of his swimming journey.
Yap Yong Jie had started learning swimming at the tender age of 3 and half years old and by the time he turned 6, was already representing swim clubs in competitions. At the age of 7yrs, when he was still in primary school in Standard one, SJK at Choong Wen, KL, Yong Jie won a bronze at the State Swimming Meet. In 2014 when in standard two, he went on to win an outstanding 5 Golds in the Boys 10 years and under age group in the KL Meets and securing the award of the Best Swimmer overall. Between 2016 and 2018, Yong Jie consistently won numerous Golds in many KL Swim Meets and in 2018 March, he represented KL at the Melaka Meets. Here he won a massive 6 Golds and 6 Silvers while also breaking the Meet record in the 200m Individual Medley. He was awarded the distinction of the Best Boy overall at the Meet.
Congratulations to Yap Yong Jie and wish all the more success and a bright future ahead.
DSA Swimming Club wins overall at Mid & Long Distance Meet with 20 new records, over 30 Golds
The young swimmers of DSA and DSAS Swimming Club made a huge triumph by winning the Overall Championship at the 3rd ASUM/NSC/MILO Mid & Long Distance Swimming Championship 2018 held at the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil on 13-14 October. Competing together as a single team, it was resounding victory as the nearly 100 strong bunch of young swimmers beat the runner-ups by over 250 points and a smashing 20 new records including the Relays.
Going to the Meet a majority of them were experiencing competitive long distance swimming for the first time participating in the 200m, 400m, 1500m etc events. The Relay teams coming together for the first time, as swimmers from both DSA and DSAS paired up and the results speak for themselves as they created more than 4 new records in the Relays.
The record breakers, events and timings were as follows
Tan Zhi Jian
- 4th 800m Free, Meet rec: 9:59.50 New rec: 9:56.16
- 4th 1500m Free, Meet rec: 19:17.41 New rec: 19:13.06
- 1st 200m IM, meet rec: 2:33.00 New rec: 2:25.99
- 1st 400m Free, Meet Rec: 4:53.35 New rec: 4:37.02
- 1st 400m IM, Meet Rec: 5:28.17 New rec: 5:08.63
- 1st 200m Free, Meet Rec: 2:18.28 New rec: 2:10.51
Chong Xin Lin
- 1st 10&U 200m Back, Meet Rec: 2:45.65 New rec: 2:41.08
Georgene Wee Ee Jern
- 1st 800m Free, meet rec 9:59.53 New rec: 9:43.29
- 1st 200m IM, meet rec: 2:33.31 New rec: 2:31.60
- 1st 200m Breast, meet rec: 2:51.72 New rec: 2:50.35
- 1st 400m Free, meet rec: 4:49.00 New rec: 4:46.25
- 1st 200m Free, meet rec: 2:15.60 New rec: 2:14.34
Alma Louise, Bendix Dahl
- 1st 200m Back, Meet Rec: 2:37.84 New rec: 2:32.91
- 2nd 200m IM, Meet Rec: 2:33.00 New rec: 2:30.93
- 1st 200m Fly Meet Rec: 2:30.05 New rec: 2:28.86
- 2nd 400m IM, Meet Rec: 5:28.17 New rec: 5:22.07
Yap Yong Jie
- 2nd 200m IM, Meet Rec: 2:28.17 New rec: 2:24.14
- 1st 400m IM, Meet Rec: 5:11.86 New rec: 5:06.00
- 3rd 200m Free, Meet Rec: 2:10.46 New rec: 2:09.75
- 1st 200m IM, meet rec: 2:44.86 New rec: 2:38.93
- 1st Girls 15 – 17 400m IM, Meet Rec: 5:54.07 New rec: 5:39.04
Lew Yan Zheng
- 1st Boys 13 – 14 1500m Free, Meet Rec: 17:46.86 New rec: 17:18.07
Relay Record Breakers
1st Girls 10 & Under 4×200 Freestyle Relay, meet Rec: 11:12.18 New rec: 10:25.96
Grace Kim, YiYi Lean, Pan Celyn Xiao Ying, Xin Lin Chong
2nd Boys 11-12 4×200 Freestyle Relay, meet Rec: 9:23.70 New rec: 9:13.47
Yong Jie Yap, ETHAN Chan Zhuo XI , Asher Shaqur, Zhi Jian Tan
1st Girls 11-12 4×200 Freestyle Relay, meet Rec: 9:56.03 New rec: 9:29.55
Bendix Dahl Alma Louise, Zhi Tong Lew, Alison Athena Wright, Misa Okuzono
2nd Boys 13-14 4×200 Freestyle Relay, Meet Rec: 8:43.49 New rec: 8:20.54
Lew Yan Zheng, Atticus Ng E Hin, William Hills, Adam Jeffrey Dillon
1st Boys 15-17 4×200 Freestyle Relay, Meet Rec: 9:36.77 New rec: 8:39.16
Sean Goh Min Chang, Ze Xuan Chung, Shanyong Tan, Daniel Liew Jia Hau
1st Mixed 11-12 4×200 Freestyle Relay, Meet Rec: 9:19.12 New rec: 9:03.42
Misa Okuzono, Zhi Jian Tan, Zhi Tong Lew, Yong Jie Yap
In addition to the Meet records, the team also won a whole lot of medals which included over 30 Golds. Kudos to the teams for coming together and winning the Team Championship and it was a big confidence booster for the swimmers for the upcoming President Cup next month. We sincerely thank the dedication and hard training efforts put in by both the swimmers and the DSA coaches in keeping the team in high spirits and propelling them ever forward. A detailed view of the Medals tally is shown below.
DSA/ DSAS young swimmers Georgene Wee, Koh Teck Chen, Liam Eu and Daniel performed immensely well at the SUKMA XIX 2018, held at Pusat Akuatik Tuanku Zara Perak Darul Ridzuan, Ipoh from 17-21 September.
Representing the Federal state of Wilayah Persekutuan, KL, Georgene Wee, Teck Chen and Liam Eu had great placings in their events bettering their PBs(personal bests) and also with podium finishes in their Relay events. Daniel represented the state of Selangor and also improved his PBs in his events. A detailed view of their events and timings are as follows:
Georgene Wee Ee Jern
- 4th Place, 200m Freestyle, beat personal best(PB) – 2:12.72 (PIAG 2018) = 2:12.44 (final)
- 4th Place, 400m IM, beat PB – 5:24.83 (prelim) = 5:16.95 (final)
- 4th Place, 200m IM, beat PB – 2:31.22 (Splash 2017) = 2:30.08 (final)
- 4th Place, 800m Freestyle, beat PB – 9:29.57 (PIAG 2018) = 9:22.70 (final)
- 2nd Place, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
- 3rd Place, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Koh Teck Chen
- 3rd place, 200m Fly, beat PB – 2:09.31 (PRAKL 2018) = 2:06.06 (final)
- 7th place, 100m Fly, beat PB – 58.46 (Grand Final 2018) = 57.75 (final)
- 2nd place, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Liam Eu Li-An
- 50m Breast, beat PB – 31.59 (Grand Final 2018) = 31.17 (final)
- 4th place, 200m Breast, beat PB – 2:27.68 (PRAKL 2018) = 2:27.12 (final)
Daniel Liew Jia Hau
- 5th place, 200m fly, beat PB – 2:09.66 (SAG 2018) = 2:09.40 (final)
- 5th place, 400m Freestyle, beat PB – 4:24.13 (SAG 2018) = 4:16.29 (final)
Congratulations to the swimmers for the exemplary performance at the National level Games. Reaching this level of achievement is surely no easy task and it has been a continuous path of dedication and preparation day after day. We thank all the parents, coaches and well wishers who provided the much needed support to enable these young champions to reach where they are today.
Young swimmers create new records and win maximum Golds
DSAS Swim Club had a huge reason to cheer and make merry as they emerged overall champions at the 3rd Selangor Novice Swim Meet 2018. Held on 1-2 September at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam, Selangor, DSAS had a team of 33 swimmers, and won 31 medals which included 18 Golds.
Besides the top scores, they also made new records at the meet. Marcus Woo Yong Hau created a new record in the 25m Breast stroke, while Lee Zi Xuan created her marks in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle events. A new record in the Girls11-12yrs 25m Medley relay was the cream on the cake and it was victory all the way for DSAS.
Marcus Woo Yong Hau, the little champ was a huge winner with 6 Golds in his events. Lee Zi Xuan, also with 5 Golds and 2 Silvers is another champion in the making. Hailey Chong Sue Huey and Arthur Chong added more Golds to the tally though it was their very first Meet participation. The other medal winners included Loong Wen Shuen, Tan Yenyi, Lee Zi Ying and Lee Ming Zhou. An additional 4 Golds also came in from the various Relay teams who did a great job in helping the Club win the overall champion position.
Being a Novice Meet, the objective was to provide an opportunity for beginner swimmers aged 12 years old and under to gain competitive exposure at the novice level and to encourage new and young swimmers to participate in competitive swimming. It was a great experience for the upcoming DSAS swimmers who are making great strides in the competition levels. A big round of thanks and hurrahs to the encouragement and support of the parents of the young swimmers and the DSA team coaches cannot be left unsaid. We look for more exciting results and performances in the upcoming grand Meets.
A detailed view of the medals Tally was as follows
Continuing your swim training through high school and university
Children can achieve better academic performance through swimming
Teaching children swimming and swim training is an important priority for most parents around the world and it is no different here in Malaysia. With drowning the leading cause of death in children in the ages 1-4 among preventable injuries, this is an important responsibility. But, as the child grows older, academics gain importance, and more than often, swim training tends to be on the back burner and usually stops completely.
Researchers have shown that, in general, children who engage in activities like swimming are motivated to do well in academic studies as well. Studies have shown that children can achieve better academic performance and are likely to get better grades along with language development, reading and writing. The chance of experiencing success in sports raises the childs’ morale, confidence and self esteem tremendously and they tend to keep that positivity in the academics also as they apply themselves harder.
Main ingredient in making both work is allowing flexibility and support
However, it is important to find the proper balance between pursuing swimming at a higher training level and keeping up the grades in high school and above. Too much time in the pool may cause grades to go down, and missing too many practice sessions may see more missed medals at competitions. The main ingredient in making both work is allowing flexibility and support. Academic individuals who can combine their studies with high training can achieve almost anything. And doing well in competitions can also help them find their way into colleges and higher education with scholarships. Most colleges around the world have flexibility where both training and education can grow in parallel.
Swimmers here in DSA Swim Team also have been able to develop their performance levels with continued training while securing high levels of achievement in the academics. It is the efficient management and balancing of training times and academics that has helped them reach where they are now. These swimmers have achieved State level participation and have represented Malaysia on an international level as well. They are also attending schools/college with admissions through scholarships.
DSA Swimmers are efficiently managing swimming with academics
Lew Yan Zheng, currently attending Year 11 for IGCSE in British International School, Phuket (BISP) had received scholarship to join BISP.
Atticus Ng, who was awarded the High Performance Swimming Team scholarship at the British International School, Phuket (BISP) is currently attending Year 10.
Nigel Chan Zhe How, who is currently doing International Baccalaureate Program in British International School, Phuket (BISP) had also received scholarship from BISP.
Fatin Amira Bt Ahmad Hadri, who is currently doing A-Levels in Taylor’s College had received 100% scholarship from Taylor’s College.
The achievements by these swimmers have been possible because of their dedication to their training while efficiently managing their time for academics as well. A big part of this was the support and encouragement of not only their parents, but also the DSA team of coaches. These achievers are the stalwarts who are a demonstration that securing your future through higher education need not come only by stopping all other activities or, that high performance training does not mean giving up or losing on education. They will always be a source of inspiration to upcoming champions and swimmers that anything is possible through hard work, dedication and time management.
DSA Swim Clubs (Selangor & KL) win over 127 Medals with 43 Golds and 4 Meet Records
DSA (Selangor) Swim Club (DSAS) had a gala time at the 7th Selangor ARENA Short Course Swimming Championship 2018 held from 17-19 August at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam. It was nothing short of a massive celebration of sport and swimming as the young swimmers from DSA (Selangor) blazed through their events making a huge haul of medals and breaking records. DSA (KL) Swim Club having been invited as a Guest Club for the Meet had limited opportunities to participate; still there were a whole lot of overall champions and runner-ups in the many groups which made the morale of the swimmers at an all time high.
Alma Dahl (Girls Group 3) from DSA (KL) Swim Club was crowned Girls Overall Champion for her splendid performance winning 11 Golds with 3 Meet Records in her many events. Overall champions of the other groups included Audrey Ng Gha Yuan (Girls Group 2), Fatin Amira (Girls Group 1) and Goh Yue Hong (Boys Open) from DSA (Selangor) Swim Club.
Besides the Champions, the Clubs also had many runner-ups which included Tan Yenyi (Girls Group 4), Lee Zi Xuan (Girls Group 3), Ethan Chan (Boys Group 3), Ianna Tan (Girls Group 2) and Lim Le Kun (Boys Group) all first runner-ups. Yap Yong Jie (Boys Group 3) and Nicholas Chan (Boys Group 2) were second runner-ups in their respective groups. Yap Yong Jie from DSA (KL) Swim Club had also a new Meet Record for his event 100m Backstroke. A big round of applause goes to Tan Yenyi from DSA (Selangor) Swim Club who was competing for the first time in this Meet won a remarkable 2 Golds and 5 Silvers in her events and ended as first runner-up in her group. Another first timer to win a medal was young Jayden Yap Ee Jen who won a Bronze in his event for DSA (Selangor) Swim Club.
A detailed list of all the medal winners is given below:
Young Swimmers bring medals and experiences from Grand Final at Bukit Jalil
DSA Swim Club finished in the Top 3 falling short of their position last year by just 2 points as Runners Up NSC/Milo/Sport Excel Junior Swimming Circuit – Grand Final held at Bukit Jalil, on 11-12 August, 2018. DSAS Swim Club also did well at the Meet finishing in the Top 8 with a small team of just 17 swimmers.
Among the winners from DSA Swim Club, young Chong Xin Lin blazed through her events in the Girls 10 yrs Group 4 and under, winning an incredible 6 Golds and getting the coveted Best Girl Award of the Group. Darren Lew Chen Jet brought in another Gold in the Boys 13-14 yrs Group 2. Other winners from DSA Swim Club include Georgene Wee Ee Jern with 3 Sliver, Samantha Yong Scanlan with 2 Silvers and Yap Yong Jie, Nathaniel Inn Tsin Qian, Eyna Arissa Binti Emil Rinaldi with more Silvers and Bronzes adding to the total tally. DSAS Swim Club swimmers Lew Zhi Tong and Adam Jeffery Dillon added 2 Silvers while Lew Yan Zheng and Lew Yan Chuan added 3 Bronzes to the DSAS Swim Club medal tally. Excellent performances were displayed by budding Lew Yan Chuan, Samantha Yong, Lew Yan Zheng and Austin Gan Ee Kye who qualified for the finals for the first time. We will surely be hearing more about their performances in the Meets and years to come.
A big round of thanks and applause to the strengths provided by the parents to make their swimmers give their best and also the guidance by the DSA Coaches in showing the youngsters the path to improved performance. The young swimmers must now prepare for the biggest Meet of the year coming up in 2months time, the President Cup which follows a couple of Meets coming up.
The detailed Medals Tally of the Team was as follows:
DSA Swim Team return from PIAG with 66 medals and new Meet Record
The DSA Swim Team had a great exposure at one of their first appearances at the Perak Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship at Ipoh, Perak. Held on 20-22 July, the Meet had over 480 swimmers from 29 swimming clubs across the country.
DSA Swimmers had a superb performance across all the events getting a total of 66 medals, which included 26 Golds and just fell short of few medals from the champions and top spot. Georgene Wee Ee Jern, a long time champion was outstanding with her events collecting 5 Golds and 1 Silver in her individual events and also a New Meet Record in the 800m Freestyle beating her personal best timing also. Misa Okuzono, who is no stranger to podium finishes also racked up another 4 Golds to the DSA tally. Tan Zhi Jian had a collection of 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronzes while Woo Seungmin, Annis Hiew and Arniesh Chai Sashheedran contributed 2 more Golds each. Other impressive performances included Sean Goh Min Chang with 1 Gold, 1 Silver, Chong Xin Lin with a staggering 9 Silvers, Chung Ze Xuan and Olivia Cheong Kah Yan who won 2 Silvers and a Bronze each. A detailed list of the medals and winners are in the table below.
A high point of the teams’ outstanding spirit and competition was at the Relay events with a podium finish at almost every single Relay event. At the Girls 13-14 yrs 4×100 M Freestyle, swimmer Amira Nur Elyssa who was recovering from a knee injury, still managed to complete her leg of the relay, earlier started by Madeleine Wong Jian Mei and Olivia Cheong Kah Yan. Anchor Georgene Wee pushed her limit to secure the Silver for the team in a dazzling display of team spirit and sportsmanship, no doubt. A big round of applause for all the team members who gave their best at the event, and also to the strong support of the parents and coaches who have brought them this far and going beyond. It is almost the latter half of the swimming calendar with all focus now on the big events coming up at the end of the year. We wish the young swimmers the best of luck and health for the Meet ahead! March on Team DSA!
Four swimmers from the DSA Swim Team have been selected for the Sukan Malaysia 2018 (SUKMA XIX), scheduled to be held at the Pusat Akuatik Aman Jaya in, Ipoh, Perak, between 14th-22nd September.
Big hearty congratulations to Koh Teck Chen, Georgene Wee Ee Jern, Liam Eu Li-An who will represent Kuala Lumpur and Daniel Liew Jia Hau who will represent Selangor at the Games.
Perak is hosting the Meet after 24 years as it hosted the fifth Sukma in 1994. The Sukma Games is a biannual national multi-sport event involving young athletes from Malaysia’s 13 member states and the Federal territory.
DSA wishes our young champions ALL THE BEST for a great performance! We are proud of you. Onward Team DSA!
DSA Swim Team had a special occasion on Sunday 1st July, when swimmers and coaches of the Indonesian Swimming Club, Catalina Surabaya trained together at the National Aquatic Stadium, Bukit Jalil. Catalina Surabaya is a great young club with a lot of promising young swimmers who have been making a name for themselves from 2013 in Indonesia. It was a great sharing session with swimmers and coaches from both clubs exchanging knowledge, tips and experiences and enriched their training session.
Thank you Catalina Surabaya and we wish you more success in the years ahead.
Glimpses from the happy event:
DSA Swim Club and DSAS Swim Club compete together at NSC/Milo/Sport Excel Junior Swimming Circuit 2nd Leg Meet
The last weekend of June saw the swimmers in the land come together for the second leg of the NSC/Milo/Sport Excel Junior Swimming Circuit for 2018 at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan (PADE), Shah Alam. The DSA Swimming Team competing as 2 teams along with DSAS come together to cheer each other to victory. DSA Swim Club retained its earlier position in the Top 3 Swimming Clubs with a final score of 1,526 points while DSAS Swim Club stood sixth with 1088.50 points.
As always the second leg provides swimmers another chance to build up the points tally to qualify for the Grand Final and for many of the young swimmers it was a great experience learning how to report for events in the proper manner and also achieving new personal bests (PBs).
Outstanding performance by Nathaniel Inn Tsin Qian who clocked 31.43 in the Boys 13-14 50M Breaststroke saw him break the 10 year old Meet Record set way back in 2007 by Lau Zheng Fong. Xin Lin Chong, who looks to be the next champ blasted her way to an incredible 6 Golds and 1 Bronze while Georgene Wee Ee Jern continued to excel in her events taking 1 Gold 2 Silver and 3 Bronzes. YiYi Lean also got home 2 Bronzes for the DSA Swim Team.
Winners in the DSAS Swim Club included Lew Zhi Tong with a Gold and a Bronze while Adam Jeffery Dhillon won another Gold to the tally. Arniesh Chai Sasheedran with a Silver and Lew Yan Zheng with a Bronze were the other medal winners for the team. A detailed view of the medal winners are as:
Hearty Congratulations go out to DSA Swimmers Koh Teck Chen and Liam Eu Li-An, who have been selected to represent Malaysian Schools – Majlis Sukan Sekolah Malaysia (MSSM), at the Kejohanan Sekolah ASEAN Kali KE-10 (10th ASG) Swimming Meet. The venue for this Meet will be Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam, Selangor (PADE) and is slated to be held between 19 – 27th July 2018. Participating nations this year include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos. Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and other ASEAN nations.
Koh Teck Chen had earlier represented Malaysia at the 41st SEA Age Group Swimming Championships 2017 held at Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei between 10-12 November 2017, winning a Bronze medal on his debut at International Meets while Liam Eu Li-An had notched up a Bronze at the recent 54th Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship held at the National Aquatic Centre, Kl Sport City Bukit Jalil.
We wish both of them the very best and look forward to sparkling performances at the upcoming Meet.
DSA takes great pride in announcing that two swimmers from the team Yap Yong Jie & Lew Zhi Tong have been selected to represent Malaysia at the 42nd SEA Age Group Championship 2018.
The SEA Age Group Swimming Championships is an annual Swimming Championship for swimmers who are 18 yrs & under from all nations of the South East Asia Region. The event this year is hosted by the Philippine Swimming Inc. and will be held from the 6th – 8th July 2018 at Laguna, Philippines.
DSA wishes the budding champions ALL THE BEST and bring home the laurels! We could not be more proud and ecstatic at the thought of our swimmers taking the world stage. Congratulations and Onward Team DSA!
DSA Swim Team youngsters, first-timers shine through with 8 New Records, over 30 Gold
The young swimmers from DSA Swim Team had a great initiation into competitive swimming at the ASUM/NSC/Milo Junior Splash Swim 2018 – Leg 1 held on 11th-13th May at the National Aquatic Centre. Bukit Jalil. Though not able to repeat the championship performance from the previous year, the team gained a lot of experience on the many aspects of competitive swimming. It was great watching them getting into the midst of it all, right from reporting to the Marshall room, marking the events and lanes on their hands and also beating their personal best timings.
The record breakers included the Okuzono sisters with Misa Okuzono setting 4 new records in her events while elder Yumi Okuzono rewrote 2 records in her name. In addition the Girls Relay also made new records in the 4×100 Medley Relay for the 9-10 yrs and 11-13 yrs age groups. Besides these, there was a host of sterling performers from the many young upcoming champions in the team, like Xin Lin Chong in the Girls 9-10 yrs group who took home 9 Golds and 1 Silver. Eyna Arissa Emil Rinaldi, Alvina Ching Ru En and Xin Ting Hiew were the other Gold medal winners. It was also a stupendous team effort as the swimmers together won medals in 24 Relay events, possibly first time occurrence.
A detailed list of the new records are as
- Girls 11 – 12 100m Backstroke – 1:31.21
- Girls 11 – 12 50 Backstroke – 32.69
- Girls 11 – 12 100m Fly – 1:06.89
- Girls 11 – 12 50m Free – 28.81
- Girls 13 – 14 100m Fly – 1:05.14
- Girls 13 – 14 50m Free – 28.73
Girls 11-12 4×100 Medley Relay
MEET Rec: 4:57.08L
Misa Okuzono, Eyna Arissa Emil Rinaldi, Bendix Dahl Alma Louise, Yu Xuan Wong
Girls 9-10 4×100 Medley Relay
MEET Rec: 5:29.88L
Samantha Yong Scanlan, Pan Celyn Xiao Ying, Yunie Goh, Hayley Yap Hay Ee