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
DSA Swim Team girls Yumi, Misa and Georgene made their mark at 61st MILO/PRAM Malaysia Open Swimming Championship which was held recently between 3-6 May 2018 at National Aquatic Centre, KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil. Young Misa Okuzono won her first medal at the Malaysia Open winning the Silver medal in the Women Open 200m Freestyle and Bronze in the 400m IM. Misa was also part of the KL Relay teams along with sister, Yumi Okuzono and Georgene Wee Ee Jern winning 3 Relay events.
Undoubtedly a stellar performance by the young girls reaching this level of competition and competing with the best at national levels, we look forward to even more laurels from them. A special word of thanks goes to the DSA coaches and parents and well-wishers who were the driving force behind the achievements of the young swimmers.
A detailed view of the results with the DSA Swim Team girls were as follows
Women Open 200m Freestyle
Misa Okuzono – 2:09.67 (Silver)
Women Open 400m IM
Misa Okuzono – 5:07.78 (Bronze)
Women Open 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Bronze – WP KUALA LUMPUR MAS – 4:39.17
Nurlatifa Zahra, Bt. Mohd Fuad – Chan, Evon – Okuzono, Yumi – Okuzuno, Misa
Women Open 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Bronze – WP KUALA LUMPUR MAS – 9:02.40
Georgene Wee, Ee Jern – Okuzono, Yumi – Nurlatifa Zahra, Bt. Mohd Fuad – Okuzuno, Misa
Women Open 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
Bronze – WP KUALA LUMPUR MAS – 4:06.35
Nurlatifa Zahra, Bt. Mohd Fuad – Angelina Emby – Chan, Evon – Okuzuno, Misa
The first leg of the NSC/Milo/Sport Excel Junior Swimming Circuit for 2018 was held at Pusat Akuatik Hang Jebat, Melaka on 14-15 April. As with every year, swimmers needed to be in the Top 24 bracket with the highest points to qualify for the Grand Final of the 3 leg Circuit Meet. This year DSA had the privilege of sending the DSA home team and the DSAS team who competed together under the DSA banner. The coaches who accompanied the teams, Daniel, Marellyn and Chun Keat, assisted and discussed the pre-race strategies and comments after race to all DSA and DSAS swimmers. Swimmers who made podium finishes included YiYi Lean with 1 Gold and 3 Sliver, Darren Lew Chen Jet with 2 Sliver and 1 Bronze, Yong Jie Yap with 2 Sliver, Samantha Yong Scanlan and Adam Jeffrey Dillon with 1 Silver and Bronze, Eyna Arissa Emil Rinaldi with a Silver and Olivia Cheong Kah Yan with a Bronze. A detailed view of the medal winners are as follows
Not just reserved for the summer, swimming is a wonderfully healthy activity. A human adaptation for hundreds of thousands of years, swimming has appeared in the records of many ancient civilizations. Here are 8 amazing health benefits of swimming according to science, along with 5 tips to help you swim better.
1. Swimming fights tiredness by improving oxygen intake and energy use in the body
In swimming and exercise in general, continued practice of physical activity increases the maximum oxygen capacity, or VO2, of an organism, allowing them more time to stay in the aerobic phase before entering the anaerobic phase. As researchers studied swimming as a means of improving physical fitness, they discovered that subjects who engaged in swimming classes or programs received some kind of boost to their VO2, regardless of their previous level of fitness.
Continued participation in swimming can increase the maximum volume of oxygen in the lungs, which delays feelings of tiredness from the onset of the anaerobic phase.
2. Swimming protects the heart and cardiovascular system
In addition to the benefits of a greater oxygen capacity and tiredness reduction, there is a direct connection to improvements in the cardiovascular system based on the improvements to the respiratory system. Having a moderate regimen of swimming in typical, day-to-day life can minimize fatigue and improve the function of the cardiovascular system, potentially protecting against heart- and blood-related conditions, and other chronic conditions which will be discussed later.
3. Swimming provides social support and aids mental health and development
Along with physical benefits, swimming possibly also improves the mental health of individuals who participate in the sport. Whether signed-up with a swim training program or provided with easy access to a local community pool, swimming itself is an incredibly social activity.
Because swimming is a highly social and participatory sport, people report improvements in their moods, outlooks, and identities when they keep consistent swimming schedules over an extended period of time. For young swimmers especially, they potentially develop their social skills, good habits, and attitudes around physical activity.
Young swimmers rake up incredible 136 medal haul and 14 Meet records at MILO/PRAKL Age Group 2018 and over 147 medals at Selangor Age Group 2018
DSA Swimmers made a whooping start at the first swim event of the year at Komplex Renang, Bandar Tun Razak for the 3 day MILO/PRAKL Age Group 2018. Going in with a large team of 193 swimmers, DSA retained the runner-up position in the Meet with a total of 136 medals. New Meet records by the team also was impressive with both Misa and Yumi Okuzono reigning supreme with 7 and 5 new records. Misa continued her sterling track record winning Gold in every event she participated. New records by Nikita Yong Scalan and Koh Tech Chen also gave the team a lot to cheer about.
The cheering by the enthusiastic parents of the DSA Team was a big morale boost and show of strength especially at the relay events and the DSA swimmers coasted to wins in team events. The medal winners included young champ Yap Yong Jie who collected 8 Golds and 4 Silvers for his events. Xin Lin Chong also won 8 Golds along with a Silver in her events topping off the charts with Misa and Yumi. Dahl Alma, Georgene Wee Ee Jern, Darren Lew Chen Jet, Hiong Kiet Chong, David Ong, YiYi Lean and Liam Eu Li-An were among the other Gold winners. The medal winners also included Nikita Yong Scanlan, Jing Yang Jeremy Teow, Austin Gan Ee Kye, Nathaniel Inn Tsin Qian, Chen Hong Tan, Sean Goh Min Chang, Ze Xuan Chung, Xin Ting Hiew, Samantha Yong Scanlan, Wong Yu Xuanm, Eyna Arissa Emil Rinazdi, Dian Isandra Johan, Asley Chow Jia Qian, Erin Lakshmanan, Audrey Wong Mei Yie, Yap Yong Jia, Yi Qin Tan, Zhi Ying Koh and Jia Yi Ng. Spectacular displays by the Relay Teams were another highlight of the Meet as the Girls Teams right from 9-10 yrs to 15-17 yrs all brought home Golds. The Girls also made their wins in the Medley Relay while the Boys Teams had wins of Silver and Bronze for their events. A detailed list of the medal winners is given below.
The Sonic Team made huge wins at the 28th Selangor Age Group Swimming Championship 2018 held between 01-04 February at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam. A significant amount of swimmers won Golds which included Grace Kim who swam her way to an astounding 8 Golds and 1 Silver. Lew Zhi Tong with 7 Golds and 3 Silvers, Tan Zhi Jian with 5 Golds, 5 Silvers and 1 Bronze were among the toppers. Other Gold winners included Adam Bin Abdul Karim, Challyse Lim Yong En, Lew Yan Chuan, Kieran Low, Adam Jeffrey Dillon, Lew Yan Zheng, William Hills, Lim Tsiu Thien, Nigel Leong Zhuoxian, Yeap Zheng, Daniel Liew Jia Hau, Arniesh Chai Sasheedran and Tan Ianna. Silvers and Bronzes were also won by Julian Wong Ken Ryung, Isaac Wong Ken Rhee, Alison Wright, Ong Yikai, Ng Gha Yuan, Jerriel Lau, Oscar Tan Hong Ta, Ethan Chan Zhuo Xi, Afieq Azrin, Atticus Ng E Hin, Nigel Chan Zhe How and Olivia Cheong Kah Yan. The Relay Teams also made big wins with the Boys 13-14 winning Gold in the 100mts Freestyle. A detailed list of the medal winners is given below.
No doubt, it’s a great start for the swimming calendar for the year with both DSA Swim Team and Sonic Team bringing in the results. These victories are the outcome of the efforts and dedication to training by the swimmers DSA coaches and outstanding support by the parents who go to great lengths to motivate and nurture their children. We cannot thank them enough for all their hard work for this wonderful result and a great way to start of the Swimming Calendar for the year 2018. Onward Teams, and all the best to the young swimmers for the upcoming Meets!
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.
Congratulations to Darren Lew Chen Jet & Koh Teck Chen who were selected to represent Malaysia at the 41st SEA Age Group Championships to be held at Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei between 10-12 November 2017.
Darren Lew Chen Jet has been consistently at his best over the last few Meets making his mark at the Freestyle events. Darren recently made a new Meet record at the NSC/Milo/Sport Excel Junior Swimming Circuit – Grand Final this year, erasing not just the previous Meet record, but also the National Age Group (NAG) in the process. Besides this, he was also adjudged the Best Boy in his respective group at the Meet.
Koh Teck Chen has been winning a lot of accolades at the many Meets particularly in the Butterfly events, which is his favourite. Besides winning Golds at the NSC/Milo/Sport Excel Junior Swimming Circuit – Grand Final, Teck Chen also won Golds at the ASUM/NSC/MILO Mid & Long Distance Swimming Championships held recently.
We wish Darren and Teck Chen the very best of luck for their international outing and also a big thank you to the consistent and incomparable support of the DSA coaches, parents and others who have helped these two young champions along the way. One Team, One Dream, Go DSA!