Friday, 17 June 2016

2nd ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash Swim, Melaka 2016

Dear All,

Kindly be informed that Malacca Amateur Swimming Association is organising the 2nd ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash Swim 2016 in Melaka, for junior swimmers aged 12 and below to spur interest in swimming for junior development and to tap new talents. See details below.

Date                                :   10th – 11th Sept, 2016 (Sat - Sun)
Venue                             :    Hang Jebat Aquatic Stadium, Melaka
Organizer                        :    Malacca Amateur Swimming Association  (MASA)
Rules                               :    FINA Rules applies
Date of Age Reckoning   :    1st January, 2016
Entry Closing Date          :    1st August , 2016 (Mon), 3:00 pm.
Team Manager Meeting  :    9th Sept, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Entries                             :   No limit to the number of swimmers or events
Entry Fees                       :   RM6/event and RM24/relay team

IBSC junior swimmers who missed out the recent 1st Junior Splash Swim in March 2016, at Cheras pool and those who are interested may download the invite and rules here

Kindly note that the Club will NOT be organising a trip to Melaka for this meet, hence interested swimmers may participate in the said meet on their own, ie. travel, meals and accommodation are at your own arrangement and cost.

However, the Club will assist in administering the swim entries with an admin fee of  RM10/swimmer. Individual event fee of RM6/event is payable by swimmers and the relay fees of RM24/team for the relay event shall be borne by the Club.

IBSC's closing date for entries is 25 July, 2016 (Mon)

Download IBSC's Entry Form.

Thank you.

IBSC Swim Committee

The Star : Olympian Welson draws confidence from Europe stint


KUALA LUMPUR: Welson Sim has declared that he’s in the best shape of his life ahead the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

The 19-year-old said that the two-week stint at the Mare Nostrum Tour in Europe recently had boosted his confidence as he prepares to make his Olympic debut.

Welson showed that he’s no pushover in a world-class field by picking up a silver in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 200m freestyle in the first leg in Monaco two weeks ago.

Welson meets up with chef de mission Tan Sri Al-Amin Majid at the Aquatics Centre. - S.S.K KANESAN/The Star
He went on to improve on his B time in the men’s 1,500m freestyle, posting 15:32.67 in the Barcelona leg to brighten his hopes of qualifying for his third event in Rio.

“The results from European meets showed that my preparation for the Olympics is on the right track,” Welson said after meeting Malaysia’s Olympic chef de mission Tan Sri Mohd Al-Amin Abdul Majid on Thursday.

“It was a great experience to race against the world’s best swimmers. Now I will head to the Olympics without any fears.

“I’m also in tip-top condition. I want to use the remaining two months to mould myself into even better shape come August.

“I always believe that there is no limit to how fast I can swim. I can only get better.”

Welson  qualified for the Olympics under the A time for the 200m and 400m freestyle events at the Singapore national age-group meet in March.

Doing light training at the aquatics centre.
As for the 1,500m, Welson will have to wait until the middle of next month to learn from FINA, swimming’s world governing body, if his B time is good enough to make the cut.

But it’s the 200m and 400m freestyle that he will be focusing on.

“I will settle nothing less than improving on both my personal bests of 1:47.67 in the 200m freestyle and 3:50.33 in the 400m freestyle (which he clocked in Singapore), which are also the national records,” Welson stressed.


Monday, 13 June 2016

The Star : Hope brightens for Welson to enter three events in Rio afterall


PETALING JAYA: Welson Sim brightened his hopes of swimming in a third Olympic event after improving on his B time in the men’s 1,500m freestyle.

The 19-year-old clocked a personal best 15:32.67 to finish seventh in the final leg of the Mare Nostrum Tour in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday. The B Olympic qualifying time for 1,500m is 15:46.79 and Welson posted 15:35.63 at the Malaysian Open last month.

Britain’s Stephen Milne clocked 15:12.33 to take the gold. Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador finished second in 15:15.20 while Britain’s Timothy Shuttleworth clocked 15:16.09 for third place.

In the first leg in Monaco a week ago, Welson won the silver in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 200m freestyle.

He was forced to pull out of the second leg in Canet-en-Roussillon, France, last Wednesday because of flu.

Swimmers who made the B cut will know from FINA, swimming’s world governing body, by the middle of next month if they qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

Welson is already assured of competing in Rio as he made the A cut for the 200m and 400m freestyle at the Singapore National Age-Group Championships in March.

Also on Sunday, Singapore SEA Games gold medallist Phee Jinq En gave another consistent performance to win the women’s 100m breaststroke B final in 1:09.41.

The 18-year-old Jinq En, who posted a new national record of 31.66 to win the 50m breaststroke gold in Monaco, made the B final after she finished 11th overall in 1:10.18. Team-mate Erika Kong was placed 30th after clocking 1:14.06 in the heats.

Wong Fu Kang posted 29.63 for 21st spot in the men’s 50m breaststroke while Khoo Cai Lin was 14th overall in the women’s 400m freestyle after clocking 4:21.57.


The Star : Swimmer Kevin’s Olympic dream is dashed


PETALING JAYA: Kevin Yeap will not be joining Heidi Gan in the 10km open water swimming event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

The 27-year-old Kevin could only clock 2’02:09.10 to settle for 48th place in the men’s Olympic qualifying tournament at Setubal Bay, Portugal, on Sunday.

Zu Lijun of China won the 61-man competition in 1’52:18.20 with Germany’s Christian Reichert (1’52:20.40) second and Ecuador’s Ivan Enderica Ochoa (1’52:22.60) third.

A total of 15 spots were up for grabs with the top 10 gaining direct entry and five more available for the top continental finishers.

Kevin found it hard to match the other established swimmers as it was only his first competitive open water tournament since winning the bronze at the 2011 Indonesian SEA Games.

But credit to Kevin, a former SEA Games gold medallist and national 400m freestyle record holder, as he was one of the 53 competitors to cross the finish line.

On Saturday, Heidi secured her second straight Olympic appearance by finishing 18th to grab the continental berth allotted for Asia.


The Star : Heidi books her ticket to Rio Games at Setubal Bay


PETALING JAYA: National open water swimmer Heidi Gan will be making her second Olympic appearance at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The 27-year-old secured her spot for the August Games after claiming a creditable 18th place finish in the 48-competitor Olympic Qualifying tournament at the Setubal Bay, Portugal on Saturday.

The Indonesia SEA Games double gold medallist finished the 10km race in an impressive time of 1'57:41.2 and it was enough for her punch her ticket as the top Asian finisher outside of the top 10.

China's Xin Xin pipped two-time world champion Keri-Anne Payne of Great Britain by 0.8 seconds for the top spot in 1'55:12.1.

Samantha Arevalo of Ecuador posted 1'55:15.9 to settle for third.

“I was so emotional after the race. Six weeks ago I was barely able to swim due to a shoulder injury,” said Heidi when contacted in Portugal.

“The race was brutal. The sea was rough and the competition was tough.

“I gave everything I had. I’m so proud I managed to qualify for the Olympics again,” said Heidi.

It was a remarkable achievement for Heidi as she’s not a full-time athlete.

Graduated with a law degree from the University of Western Australia in 2014, Heidi now works as a paralegal at a firm in Perth.

In her maiden Olympic appearance in London, Heidi finished a creditable 16th out of 25 swimmers.

A total of 25 swimmers will again compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics from Aug 5-21.


The Star : Jinq En revelling in the presence of swim idol in Barcelona


PETALING JAYA: Swimmer Phee Jinq En finished a creditable seventh in her third straight women’s 50m breaststroke A final appearance on the Mare Nostrum Tour in Europe.

The 18-year-old Malaysian clocked 31.99 in the Tour’s final leg in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday. In a world class field, Jinq En finished ahead of Japan’s 200m breaststroke world champion Kanako Watanabe who posted 32.09.

Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, the world and Olympic gold medallist, touched home in 29.98 for the gold while Britain’s Sarah Vasey took the silver in 30.79. Jennie Johansson of Sweden clocked 30.98 for the bronze.

Earlier in the heats, Jinq En posted the seventh fastest time of 32.04 to reach the final.

“I’ve come from admiring my idol (Meilutyte) so much to racing with her in the final in an event where she holds the world record. Achievement unlocked,” tweeted Jing En.

She posted a new national record of 31.66 en route to taking the gold in the 50m breaststroke in the opening leg in Monaco last week.

Jinq En was placed fourth in 31.69 in the second leg in Canet-en-Roussillon, France, on Thursday.

Team-mate Erika Kong also competed in Barcelona. She was placed 31st in the 50m breaststroke (34.32) and 27th in the 200m breaststroke (2:40.05).

Olympic-bound Welson Sim was seventh in the men’s 400m freestyle A final in 3:52.58.

Singapore SEA Games gold medallist Wong Fu Kang’s campaign ended early after he could only manage 1:04.11 for 29th spot in the 100m breaststroke heats.

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

33 IBSC swimmers qualify for SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit, Grand Final 2016

Congratulations to the swimmers who have made the cut as the top 24 swimmers for each event competed at the recent Leg 1 & 2 of the SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit 2016, held in Melaka and Shah Alam respectively.

Those who qualify for the final leg will be able to try their best to grab some medals and trophies at the forthcoming SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit - Grand Final 2016 to be held at Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur on 13-14 August, 2016.

IBSC managed to secure the highest representation and the 33 IBSC swimmers eligible to participate in the Grand Final are tabled below (in alphabetical order).

Group 4 Boys
Group 4 Girls
Benjamin Soon
Faliq Nazrin
Ng Yi Xuan
Ruwan Lee
Teo Zun Jet
Tobin Sia
Whisky Chew

Law Li Wei
Tee Boon Xi
Teo Sze Hui
Group 3 Boys
Group 3 Girls
David Ong Tze Li
Ng K-Yang
Sharizan bin Shazali
Zachary Lim Hong Sern

Ashley Ting Xin Rui
Chelsea Lee Ning
Ng Zi Syuen
Tan Jancy
Wong Ze Yi

Group 2 Boys
Group 2 Girls
Avinaash Abraham
Iqmal Muqhis bin Faizal
Linus Theo Dengah
Low Ken Ji
Ng Hung Teck
Ng Kai Wen
Sebastian Soon
Steve Khiew

Chloe Ng Xin Chi
Jaime Lim Xiao Wei
Karla Lim Kay Yee
Pun Pei Jin
See Zhi Syuen
Wong Ru Yi

Those who are in a tie position for 24th place will be required to swim-off before the start of the race on day 1.

IBSC qualifiers will be exempted from paying the entry fees.

Congratulations again to all and continue to train for the best!

See Top 24 Qualifiers List- Grand Final 2016 and Invite

The Star : Kevin heads to open water after hitting barrier in the pool


PETALING JAYA: National swimmer Kevin Yeap is ready to “go the distance” to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in August.

The 25-year-old long distance specialist has turned his attention to the 10km open water race after giving up hopes of securing qualification in his two pet events – the 400m and 1,500m freestyle.

Kevin will be among the 68 men vying for the remaining 15 berths on offer at the Olympic Qualifier in Setubal, Portugal, on Sunday.

Kevin, who has been with the national team for almost 10 years, explained that his lacklustre performance in the last two years had prompted him to make the switch.

“I’ve not been able to go any faster since 2014,” said Kevin in a telephone interview from Setubal.

“There’s no way I’m going to make the cut in the 400m and 1,500m freestyle. So, I decided to switch to marathon swimming not long ago to keep my Olympic dreams alive.

“I don’t know what my chances are here, but I have to be confident because if I don’t try, nothing is going to happen.

“After all, I’m looking beyond this week. I have come all the way to Portugal ... because it’s also part of my preparation for next year’s SEA Games,” added the Ipoh-born athlete.

Kevin, however, is not entirely unfamiliar with Open water race, having won a bronze in the event at the 2011 Palembang SEA Games – the same year that he also won the 400m freestyle title.

Kevin was once a national record holder for the 400m freestyle with a time of 3:53.26. It stood for more than two years before it was broken by Welson Sim.

His other notable achievement was clocking a personal best 15:31.67 for a creditable fifth placing in the 1,500m freestyle at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. It was the closest he got to Jeffrey Ong's long-standing national record of 15:23.61 set at the World University Games in Sheffield, England, in 1991.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The Star : Welson aims to break Jeffrey Ong's 25-year record in France


Welson has a personal best of 15:35.63 in the 1,500m freestyle.
PETALING JAYA: A better-prepared Welson Sim will take a shot at erasing the oldest national swimming record held by former Asian Games silver medallist Jeffrey Ong in the 1,500m freestyle when he swims in the Mare Nostrum meets in Canet-en-Roussillon, France, on Thursday and in Barcelona, Spain, this weekend.

Jeffrey’s mark has stood for 25 years.

The 1,500m freestyle was not on the programme in the first meet of the Mare Nostrum Tour in Monaco.

Welson splashed to silver in the 400m freestyle in 3:50.66, just slightly off his national record of 3:50.40, and added a bronze in the 200m freestyle, which was won by world record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany.

The 19-year-old Welson made clear his intentions of going after Jeffrey’s record – 15:23.61 set in 1991 – by clocking a personal best of 15:35.63 at the Malaysian Open last month.

Sarawak-born Welson’s time dipped below the B Olympic mark of 15:46.79, but it’s the A qualifying time of 15:14.77 that he’s going after.

Welson is guaranteed to swim in the 200m and 400m freestyle races in Rio de Janeiro after making the A cut at the Singapore national age-group meet in March.

Welson and woman breaststroke specialist Phee Jinq En underwent a two-week training stint in Melbourne, Australia, before leaving for the Mare Nostrum Tour.

“They worked on their endurance. It was difficult to get into Australia as they have tightened their rules. China swimmers used to go there but, after the drug issues with Sun Yang (of China), Australia no longer entertains foreign swimmers,” said Paul Birmingham.

“We were lucky as I know the coach in Melbourne and we managed to get the clearance to train there. Welson trained with Mack Horton, who is the world No. 1 ranked swimmer in the 1,500m this year.

“I don’t know whether Welson can get the A time, but he has a chance to get a personal best ... then we’ll see whether it’s good enough to take him to the Olympics,” added the Australian coach.

The second leg of the Mare Nostrum will see a glittering cast of Olympic and World Championships medallists competing. They include Hungary’s Hosszu Katinka, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, Japan’s Kosuke Hagino and Britain’s Guy James.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Star : Jinq En swims to historic gold in Monaco


PETALING JAYA: Teenager Phee Jinq En made swimming history for Malaysia after powering to gold in the women’s 50m breaststroke event at the Mare Nostrum Tour in Monaco.

The 18-year-old came out tops in a head-to-head duel with World Championship finalist Marina Garcia Urzainqui of Spain on Sunday evening, posting 31.66 to smash her own national record of 31.80 set at the World Cup meet in Dubai last November.

The Spanish swimmer clocked 32.51 for the silver. Jinq En and Urzainqui were the finalists after clocking 31.99 and 32.18 in the semi-final heat.

The 50m breaststroke is part of the Speed Tournament (also for the 50m freestyle, butterfly and backstroke races).

Jinq En is the first Malaysian to make the top of the podium in a European swimming meet and is, undeniably, delighted to go one better after taking silver in the 100m breaststroke on Saturday.

Altogether, she swam five 50m races over two days.

“I didn’t expect this timing, this was my fifth sprinting race in two days, plus I had to swim two 100m and another 200m breaststroke in the morning. So, basically I was burnt out.

“But once I put on my goggles and dived in the water, I just sprinted to the finish,” said Jinq En, the SEA Games gold medallist in Singapore last year.

There was more joy as Rio Olympic-bound Welson Sim clinched bronze in the company of world-class opposition in the 200m freestyle A final.

The 19-year-old posted 1:49.29 to take bronze ahead of South Africa’s Devon Brown, who finished in 1:49.67.

Olympic and Commonwealth champion Chad Le Clos of South Africa just beat Welson to the silver in 1:49.28.

Paul Biedermann of Germany, the world record holder in the event, took gold in 1:46.71.

Welson took silver in the 400m freestyle on Saturday.

Wong Fu Kang and Erika Kong made the B finals for men’s 100m breaststroke and women’s 200m breaststroke and finished seventh (1:04.79) and third (2:39.53).

The next two meets are in Canet-en-Roussillon, France (June 8-9) and in Barcelona, Spain (June 11-12).

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