Swimming Club completes the year with 10 Meet Records at the President Cup Meet
DSA Swim Team under DSAS Swimming Club celebrated a glorious finish to the year’s swimming activities with a First Runners-Up position in the 38th President Cup 2019 Inter-Club Swimming Championship. Held at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, the President Cup brings together Swimming Clubs from all over Malaysia, vying for the Top spot and the Championship title.
The young DSA swimmers did the club extremely proud as the final scores saw the Club standing just 67.50 points behind the leader, a massive step up from the previous year when they were at second Runners-Up position, trailing about 400 points behind. This was the biggest team for the Club at the Meet with a total of 316 swimmers roaring support under the DSAS banner.
Outstanding performances included 8 Golds with 7 Meet Records from Alma Louise Bendix Dahl and 4 Golds with 2 Meet Records from Yap Yong Jie. Other outstanding performances were by Sebastien Rion Azlir, Mellissa Nailly Darwin, Chong Hiong Kiet, Chong Xin Lin, Liew Xiao Rou, Liam Eu Li-An (1 Meet Record), Carynn Kay Chan, Fatin Amira Ahmad Hadri, Leong Wan Ying (DSA Coach). Besides these, sterling performances by the young upcoming champions and other swimmers who gave it their all, was the reason that DSAS was within reach of the title and finished at first runners-up spot. A detailed medal tally by the swimmers is given in the table below.
A source of inspiration for the young swimmers is to see their favorite coaches in action, and DSA Coaches Leong Wan Ying, Gerard Goh and Anukul Wong stepped up to the challenge by participating this year. Swimmers were ecstatic and cheered as they witnessed their coaches in action. Leong Wan Ying who was ex Sarawak SUKMA Swimmer, has won a Silver in 50m Butterfly, adding much to the thrills of the young fans.
An added attraction was the presence of DSAS Team Mentor, Dato’ Setia Aubry who visited the venue and the team on the second day of the Meet. He was there to understand the developments in the Malaysian swimming in Selangor and to give encouragement to DSAS swimmers.
Having reached the greatest result in the Meet so far, the Club can look ahead for greater achievements in the future and also look back at the years gone by and recognize the efforts of everyone who had a part to play in the team’s performances. From a very few meets a few years ago, the team now participates in more than 12 Meets every year and this requires the utmost dedication of the Team as a whole. Undoubtedly, there a lot of sacrifices not only by the young swimmers, but also the parents, the coaches and the DSA team members. This large support system of the parents, the DSA swim coaches and all the staff have been at their very best to make these great results happen.
Hats off to the team, thank you DSA Swim Team, One Team, One Dream and all the best for the year 2020.
The Pesta Renang MBPJ Swimming Meet was held on 9 Nov at the Kelana Jaya Swimming Complex. This is a small local Meet hosted by Stingray Swimming Club meant for beginners in competitive swimming who will get an exposure of participating in a FINA standard swimming Meet. The Meet is not open to State swimmers to enable a good level of participation and motivation for the fresh swimmers.
The 38 young DSA swimmers who participated had a good time enjoying the exposure and also improving their personal best timings. The medal winners included Chong Jun Jet, Josette Ewe, Yoong Chang Shen, Ashley Soh , Chong Jun Ron and Yoong Chang Lin. A detailed view of the medal winners is given below.
38th National Inter-Club Swimming Championship for the President Cup 2019
Quite simply, the most important, much awaited, most popular event in the Malaysian Clubs Swimming Calendar, this event is held in the month of November at a different city and location every year. Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam will be the venue for this year and the big days are the weekend, 22 to 24 November. Being in KL this year, the competition is bound to have a flurry of activities and lots of enthusiasm as the swimming community heads towards Shah Alam for the weekend.
It is going to be special for the young DSAS swimmers as they have DSAS Honorary Member, Dato’ Setia Aubry Mennesson who is a Bronze Level Ironman & Six Star Marathon Major as their mentor to guide and motivate them. Dato’ Setia Aubry Mennesson has this special message to all the swimmers as they prepare to compete in the biggest event of the Calendar this year. All the best Team DSA!
The ASUM/NSC/Milo Junior Splash Swim 2019 – Leg 2 was held at the Pusat Akuatik Hang Jebat, Melaka on 02-04 November. This was the second Meet of the series, the first leg having been held in early August which had a huge team of 329 swimmers from DSA. This Meet had 95 swimmers, a lot of them very young swimmers participating and getting their initial competitive exposure. As always it was a great outing for the youngsters travelling to the old city of Melaka and its charms, and the swimmers had a great time at the Meet too. A lot of them improved their personal bests (PBs) and it was an overall good feeling in preparation for the big event coming up, the President Cup later on in the month.
Charmaine Hung Yun Wen did well in her events winning 2 Silvers and a Bronze, while Shahenry Wong Bin Shadzlee won a Sliver and Noah Zameer Lee, a Bronze. Besides these, DSA also won a lot of medals in the Relay events which included 2 Golds, 5 Silvers and 4 Bronzes. A detailed view of the Medals Tally is given below.
DSA is honoured to have the special privilege of welcoming Dato’ Setia Aubry Mennesson, the life partner of Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah, the second daughter Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the current and ninth Sultan of Selangor, on board as Honorary Patron of the DSAS Swim Team.
Dato’ Setia Aubry Mennesson is an acclaimed sports personality, having the significant merit of being part of an elite group of having earned the Abbot World Marathon Majors’ Six Star Finisher medals.
The Abbott World Marathon Majors is a series of the six largest and most renowned marathons of the world, called the Big Six, which includes Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. Runners who complete the full routes in all these cities qualify for the Six Star Finisher medal. Completing the marathons is no mean feat, and for Mennesson, it was even tougher. He was seriously injured before his venture into this running challenge and had spent an agonizing year barely even able to walk. His determination and training shone through as he completed the marathons to join this selected group of athletes.
Dato’ Setia Aubry Mennesson is also an accomplished triathlete, being a Bronze level in 70.3 Ironman All World Athlete Program.
Mennesson ‘s love for sports is legendary and he is adding this value to the DSAS Swim team. He believes that DSA is instilling the right mindset and principles to the swimmers for their development in the sport. Mennesson says that besides the young children, the team of parents, coaches and employees also play an important part in the development of swimming in the state of Selangor & Malaysia.
As a patron, Mennesson looks forward to share his experience in overcoming the adversities as an athlete to the swimmers. His presence will be a motivation to the young swimmers to challenge themselves to a higher level. Having the mentorship of such accomplished and world class athletes will add immense value to the training in competitive swimming for the Swim Team.
Besides this, Mennesson will also be advising and guiding the DSAS Swim Team in developing ideas and strategies to expand the value and importance of swimming to society. Swimming needs to develop a lot more as Malaysia has a large coastline and statistics have shown the large number of fatalities of children through drowning which is preventable by proper swimming and life-saving skills education. In addition to providing many health benefits, swimming as an activity also has many positive impacts on the society as a whole. DSA together with Dato’ Setia Aubry Mennesson is going the distance to bring swimming into the everyday life of Malaysians.
Leigh Nugent, a well-known legend in Australian Swimming and former Olympic Coach was at the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil for the DSA Swim Team Clinic on 12th October, 2019. Currently the State Head Coach of Western Australia & South Australia, Leigh had earlier retired from his position as Head Coach of the Australian Swimming Team in 2013. He was the team’s Head Coach at the 2004 Athens Olympics where Australia garnered its second-best swimming medal tally – 7 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 Bronze medals – the best being the 1956 Melbourne Games.
Leigh was recently honoured to have a trophy, the L M Nugent Trophy instituted after him, and awarded to the Champion team at the State Teams Championships at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Very recently Leigh was also part of the #lookafteryourcoach campaign, an initiative launched by the Brisbane based M5 Management Group. Leigh along with Kareena Lee, the first swimmer to be named on the 2020 Olympic Team for Australia, joined the push to think about the coaches and consider the sacrifices they make and thank them for their contribution.
The clinic consisted of 3 sessions for the different age groups and open to all the members of the DSA Swimming Club and DSA swimmers. Focusing on technique and stroke enhancement for better results, the clinic was aimed at improving the performance of budding champions at competitive levels. A majority of the swimmers who participated in the Clinic were from the DSA Junior Swim Squad aged between 8-12 years old. It was a great step to guide these swimmers at this young age to direct the skills and development in the right direction. Leigh ran a series of swim drills and skill work to improve the stroke techniques and spend time with the DSA coaches also, imparting his extensive knowledge in the field during the sharing sessions that followed. The young swimmers were visibly enthused by the presence and guidance of Leigh and very attentive of the knowledge development. It was greatly satisfying to see results almost immediately with swimmers making visible changes to their performance.
An additional highlight of this clinic was the training camp for seven promising young athletes of the Swimming WA team at the venue. This was part of a new initiative formed by Swimming WA with the assistance from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Australia to create a sports development relationship between neighbouring nations. The focus of the training camp was to simulate what athletes would face when qualifying for an Australian Team. Placing the swimmers in a foreign country enabled them to experience and adjust to changes in climate, culture and diet.
DSA extends its thanks and well wishes to Leigh Nugent and the Swimming WA team for being with us on the special occasion. DSA also thanks all the young swimmers of the Junior Squad team and the parents who have participated in the event to make it a great success.
DSA Swimming Club retains the Overall Championship at Mid & Long Distance Meet
DSA and DSAS Swimming Club had a sweet victory retaining the Overall Championship at the 4th ASUM/NSC/MILO Mid & Long Distance Swimming Championship 2019 held at the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil on 5th – 6th October. Similar to the previous year’s Meet both the clubs competing together as a single team. One of the largest teams at the Meet with 104 young swimmers, DSA prevailed over the runner-ups with over 13 new Meet records.
Yap Yong Jie, DSA’s champion was at his best again dazzling the Meet with 6 new Meet Records and 6 Golds to go with it. Other Meet Records where from Jerriel Lau with 1 Gold, Silver and Bronze and each with a new Record and Georgene Wee with 2 Sliver and a Bronze also with all new Records. More Golds came from Darwin Mellissa Naily, Hayley Cassandra Yap Hay Ee and the Relay teams in the Girls 11-12yrs, Mixed 11-12yrs and the Mixed 10yrs & under groups. One of DSA Squad Coaches, Anukul Wong won a Bronze in the Boys 18yrs & over group 200M Butterfly event. A detailed view of the Medal tally is given in the table below.
With just a couple of Meets left, the years Swimming Calendar is drawing to a close and all the Clubs and swimmers are gearing up for the penultimate event in the Calendar, the President Cup scheduled for the last weekend of November. It has been a great year for DSA at the Meets with multiple Championships and a whole host of young, talented swimmers getting their initiation in competitive swimming. It is with great pride that we recognize and appreciate the commitment and dedication of the swimmers, parents and the DSA coaches who have been bringing out the best in the swimmers time and again. Cheers Team DSA!
DSA Swim Clubs (Selangor & KL) win second overall spot at both State and Novice Divisions with 10 new Meet records
Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam was the venue for the 8th Selangor ARENA Short Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championships 2019 held on 27-29 August 2019. Being a Selangor Invitational Meet, all Selangor affiliate clubs including both DSA-Selangor and DSA-KL participated with DSA-KL swimmers participated in the State Swimmers category. Both the clubs had a great time with the young swimmers achieving many firsts and brought home a number of medals in both divisions.
DSA Selangor finished as the first Runner-Up in the Novice category and second Runner-Up in the State category while DSA KL took the first Runner-Up in the State category. There was a number of great performances to record by the DSA team, 19 of the swimmers were in the Overall Top 3 of their own age-group category which is quite a remarkable feat. DSA Champ Fatin Amira Ahmad Hadri won the Best Female Athlete amassing 9 Golds and 2 Silvers with 3 Meet Records with some brilliant performances in the pool. Yap Yong Jie, another of DSA’s favourite won the Best Male Athlete garnering 6 Golds and 1 Silver with 7 Meet Records.
The other Top performers in the State Division were
Chong Xin Lin – Overall Champion (Girls 11-12 yrs),
Elise Wong Ving – Overall Champion (Girls 13-14 yrs),
Koh Teck Chen – Overall Champion (Boys 15-17 yrs),
Eunice Wong Ee Yin – First Runner-Up (Girls 10 yrs & under),
Jaydrien Ng Shen Khang – First Runner-Up (Boys 10 yrs & under),
Yean Yu Ng – First Runner-Up (Boys 11-12 yrs)
Sajina Aishath – First Runner-Up (Girls 18 yrs & over).
Top performers in the Novice Division were
Yoong Chang Lin Lin – Overall Champion (Boys 10 yrs & under),
Charmaine Hung Yun Wen Lin – Overall Champion (Girls 11-12 yrs),
Jayden Wong Ken Ryu – Overall Champion (Boys 11-12 yrs),
Trisha Chong Sue Yan – Overall Champion (Girls 15-17 yrs),
Lim Le Kun – Overall Champion (Boys 15-17 yrs),
Lee Zi Ying – First Runner-Up (Girls 13-14 yrs),
Loong Wen Shuen– First Runner-Up (Boys 13-14 yrs),
Joanne Lew Zi Yan – Second Runner-Up (Girls 11-12 yrs),
Aldreena Wong Chun Rei – Second Runner-Up (Girls 13-14 yrs),
Audrey Wong Mei Yie – Second Runner-Up (Girls 15-17 yrs).
A lot of outstanding swimmers in addition also contributed to the DSA tally which included Muhammad Zullquman Razali: 3 Golds, Koh Zhi Ying: 6 Silvers, Nicholas Chan Zhe Yan: 1 Gold and Afieq Azrin: 2 Golds among their many medals. Some notable performances were Aldreena Wong Chun Rei winning a Gold on her very first Meet, and Yap Jun Hin and Isabelle Leong Zi Qing all winning Silver and Bronze in their first Meet too. Seungmin Woo, despite being grouped with older boys in his draw still brought home 3 Silvers from the Meet. And definitely someone to watch out in the coming years is the upcoming champion, Yoong Chang Lin Lin who won a total of 6 Golds and winning the Overall Champion position in his age group. DSA Swimming Club also had the honour of making a Meet Record in the Mixed 11-12 yrs 4×50 SC Meter Medley Relay with the quartet of Chong Xin Lin, Alex Sew Jia Wei, Yap Yong Jie and Dian Isandra Johan. A detailed view of the results is given in the attached PDF.
It was a great celebration of the team spirit as both the clubs of DSA Swim Team created new Meet records and also took home a host of medals. The swimmers left no stone unturned in their training and the dedication of the swimmers, parents and the DSA coaches have once again shone through. Brilliant performance and onward Team DSA!
DSAS Swimming Club retained their first runner-up position at the 8th Selangor Long Distance Championship 2019 held at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam on 24-25 August. Participating with a good team of 54 swimmers, DSAS had equal representation in the Novice Swimmers Division and the State Swimmers Division.
Outstanding performances included Jerriel Lau who was the Overall Champion in the State Division in the Women15-17 Age Group winning 6 Golds. Eva Chin Tyan Ming, Ethan Chan Zhuo Xi ( 1 Gold), Zhi Jian Tan (3 Golds) were all first Runner-ups in their Age Groups while Adam Jeffrey Dillon finished as the second Runner-up in his age group with 4 Golds in the State Division.
In the Novice Division Megan Wong was the Overall Champion in the Women 11-12 Age Group with 2 Golds while Gha Yuan Ng was the Overall Champion in the Women 15-17 Age Group, also with 2 Golds. Jayden Wong Ken Ryu, Charlotte Loke, Muhammad Zullquman Razali, Trisha Chong Sue Yan and Le Kun Lim were Overall first runner-ups in their respective age groups while Joanne Lew Zi Yan and Zemin Goh were Overall second runner-ups in their age groups. A detailed view of the medal standings is given below.
DSA swimmer Georgene Wee Ee Jern dazzled as she won the title of Best Female Athlete of the Games as she brought home a scintillating 6 Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze at the Sukan Institusi Pendidikan Malaysia SIPMA 2019 (Malaysia Education Institution Games 2019) held at the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil on 21-23 August.
The swimmers of DSA Swimming Club who represented their own schools in the yearly national games included Georgene Wee Ee Jern, Jerriel Lau, Fatin Amira Ahmad Hadri, Elise Wong Ving Yan, Lim Qi Feng, John Lau Jin Kiat and Rowvan Ganesan. Besides these swimmers, DSA Instructor, Evon Heng Kor Jin also participated in the Games representing Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The medal winners also included Jerriel Lau with 3 Golds, 6 Silvers, Fatin Amira Ahmad Hadri with 2 Golds, 4 Silvers, Elise Wong Ving Yan with 3 Golds, 2 Silvers, Evon Heng Kor Jin with 5 Bronzes and Lim Qi Feng with 1 Bronze at their events.
A detailed view of the medal winners and their events are as
First time competitive experience for junior swimmers
DSA Swimming Club was part of the 400 swimmers from 12 clubs who participated in the 1st Sarawak Short Course Sprint 2019 Meet organized by the Power Aquatics Swimming Club (PASC) and supported by the Sarawak Sport Corporation (SSC). The two day Meet saw participants from both Sarawak and other states of Malaysia besides having some participants from an Indonesian Swimming Club.
The Meet was aimed at providing opportunity and exposure for young swimmers who are beginners and first time completive swimmers. It also serves as a platform to identify potential talent who can be nurtured.
18 young swimmers from DSA travelled to the Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre, Kuching, the venue for the Meet, a first time experience for many of them to actually travel outside of Peninsular Malaysia to participate in a Swim Meet. The young swimmers had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed their taste of competitive swimming action and brought home many medals from the Meet. The winners included Olivia Cheong Kah Yan, Dian Isandra Johan, Rex Foong Jie Yi and Ashley Soh Wern Yi. A detailed view of the medals tally is given below. Congrats to all the swimmers on the trip across Malaysia and we wish them more success in their competitive swimming journey ahead. Onward Team DSA.
Young Swimmers break through to win Overall Championship at Grand Final
Celebrations galore for DSA Swimming Club as they triumphantly brought home their second Championship for the year, winning Top Spot at the Sportexcel Milo/NSC/Asum Junior Swimming Grand Final 2019. Coming into the Meet with the maximum number of qualifiers from the 2 Legs, DSA Swimming Club had all guns blazing from the word go, retaining their lead till the end. The final tally had 11 Golds and 1 Meet record along with Silvers and Bronzes beating the next best team by over 100 points.
Yap Yong Jie was the Overall Champion in the Boys Group 3 (11-12yrs) with a Meet Record 3 Golds, 1 Silver and 2 Bronzes. Elise Wong Ving Yan won Group 2 (13-14yr) Girls Overall Champion with 4 Golds. Chong Hiong Kiet also in Boys Group 3 won another 2 Golds in his events, while Chong Xin Lin collected 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bornze in the Girls Group 3. Liew Xiao Rou also in Girls Group 3 added a Gold and 2 Bronzes to the tally.
Other medal winners included Darren Lew Chen Jet with 2 Silvers 1 Bronze, Sebastien Rion Azlir with 2 Silvers, Ng Yean Yu 1 Silver 1 Bronze, Eunice Wong Ee Yin and Lew Zhi Tong with 1 Silver each. Mellissa Nailly Darwin, Jaydrien Ng Shen Khang, Cham Yu Xiang and Shermann Choong Li Sheng all added Bronzes to the Team wins.
Apart from the podium finishes, DSA Swim Club also had a host of points contributed by swimmers whose valuable efforts made the Championship possible. These include Joelle Koo Yu Qing, Lee Zi Xuan, Annis Hiew Xin Ting, Arniesh Chai Sasheedran, Elizabeth Chan Yiwen, Yoong Chang Lin, Ean Chin Tyan Feng, Liew Ze Hou, Alvina Ching Ru En, Hayley Yap Hay Ee, Samantha Yong Scanlan, Lee Tze-Le, Cheong Hoe Hann and Wong Yu Xuan. The detailed list of the Medals tally, Points contribution and the Qualifiers are given below.
After 2 days of hectic action, it was a resounding victory for DSA Swimming Club as they held aloft the Overall Championship Trophy for the Sportexcel Milo/Nsc/Asum Junior Swimming Circuit for the first time at the Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur, Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
A huge morale boosting victory for the Club after the stupendous win clinching the Overall Championship at the MILO/PRAKL Age Group 2019 at the start of the year. This will do in good stead for the Club as the latter half of the swimming calendar comes up with the all important Meet of the year, the President Cup scheduled in late November.
DSA Swimmers win medals at ASEAN School Games 2019
DSA Swimming Club swimmers did the country and their Schools proud once again as Alma Louise Bendix Dahl and Georgene Wee Ee Jern brought home the medals from the 11th ASEAN School Games held at Semarang, Indonesia between 17-25 July. DSA Swimmers Alma Louise, Georgene Wee and Koh Teck Chen were the trio selected to represent Malaysia in this year’s Games. Alma Louise did exceedingly well in winning 2 Golds and 3 Bronzes in her events while Georgene Wee won a Bronze in the Relay. The details of the medal winning performances were as follows-
Alma Louise Bendix Dahl:
- 100m Butterfly – Gold
- 50m Butterfly – Gold
- 200m Individual Medley – Bronze
- 4x200m Freestyle Relay – Bronze
- 4x100m Medley Relay – Bronze
Georgene Wee Ee Jern:
- 4x200m Freestyle Relay – Bronze
Heartiest Congratulations to the swimmers for their remarkable achievements of representing their school and country at international arena at such a young age, and we look forward to hearing more about them in the future. DSA has been the nurturing ground for many champions and as a Club, we are proud to have been a part of the swimmers lives and development as a competitive swimmer. We also congratulate the parents, coach and everyone else who had a big part to play in the long road to success where the swimmers are today.
Thank you swimmers, parents DSA coaches and onward Team DSA and Team Malaysia.
Congratulations to the trio of champions from DSA Swimming Club who will be in Indonesia from the 19th to 22nd July representing Malaysian Schools as part of the 11th ASEAN School Games 2019 held in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia between 17-25 July.
The outstanding trio include Koh Teck Chen, Georgene Wee Ee Jern and Alma Louise Bendix Dahl, all of whom have been in the DSA Swimming Club for many years and have made both the Club and Malaysia proud with their laurels over the years. DSA is elated to have been the platform for champions like them to blossom and we wish them all the very best at the Games. We are sure they will make the Nation, their respective Schools and DSA Swimming Club beam with pride with the achievements. Onward Malaysia, onward Team DSA.
DSA wishes to thank extensively world renowned and former Singapore Strength & Conditioning Coach, Jason Gregory, who was in DSA training the DSA Club swimmers at the National Aquatic Centre Bukit Jalil on 30 June 2019. Jason along with Rob Greenwood, through a special arrangement with Swim Schooling provided in-depth guidance in land training techniques for the DSA Squad swimmers. The sessions were well attended by the DSA swimmers and they had a lot of knowledge gained about the importance of land training for swimming at competitive levels.
DSA thanks Swim Schooling for giving the opportunity for DSA swimmers to enrich themselves with the experience.