Friday, 29 March 2013

The Star : Selangor reign supreme

SHAH ALAM: Two smashing performances from their relay combinations sparked off wild celebrations for Selangor as they regained the overall title – with one day to go – in the MSSM (national schools) swimming championships at the Shah Alam Aquatic Centre.

Jubilant : The Selangor swimmers beaming with pride after their title-winning performances at the Shah Alam Aquatic Centre yesterday. - FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

The Selangor girls’ 12 and under 4x50m medley quartet – comprising Rosalind Pang, Liew Chern Xin, Shannen Kay and Ho Jia Ern – splashed their way to a superb winning time of 2:15.84 to erase the 12-year-old record of 2:17.81 held by Sabah.

Anchor swimmer Rosalind had earlier raced to her sixth individual gold when she won the 50m freestyle in 29.85.

Then, it was the Selangor 13-15 girls’ 4x100m medley quartet of Yap Siew Hui, Nadia Redza, Asmalia Filzati Redzuan and Kimberly Ong who stormed from behind to overtake Kuala Lumpur and register another record-breaking effort.

The Selangor team posted 4:35.98 to wipe off the 2004 mark of 4:40.06 held by Sabah.

Nadia too had earlier claimed her second individual gold in the 200m breaststroke, clocking 2:42.28. With only 12 gold medals left to be fought out today, Selangor have sealed the overall title with their total haul of 33-29-14.

Last year’s overall winners Sarawak are a distant second with 15-16-18 while Kuala Lumpur are third with 13-11-8. Sabah are fourth with 12-11-9.

Selangor team manager B.H. Chin said they were optimistic of ruling the relays but “I did not expect them to bring down the meet records”.

“The meet records have been there for some time and the girls did well today,” she said.

“This is the new generation of swimmers. We have swimmers for every discipline and they have good potential to improve further.”

Faang Tia-a Der of Johor set the only individual record of the day in the boys’ 400m individual medley Open race yesterday.

The 16-year-old, a gold medallist at the Kuantan Sukma last year, clocked 4:44.73 to erase Kevin Lim’s 2009 record of 4:46.30.

See MSSM-MILO Sports Championships 2013 Results

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