Tuesday, 9 December 2014

IBSC Conquered the Pool to Emerge Champs Again!

This year's President Cup 2014 held for the 33rd time saw the highest turnout for IBSC swimmers as we registered 131 swimmers in the annual national inter-club swimming championship, making us the club with the top participants. There were a total of 1,036 registered swimmers from 42 clubs all over Malaysia.

What's encouraging for IBSC was the increased participation of Group IV swimmers who were all excited and eager to take on the challenging swim even though there were qualifying times imposed. To some it was their first experience in President Cup.

Team IBSC 

In the meet, Team IBSC led with massive margin topping with 1219.5 points, followed by PADE Supersharkz in second place with 663 points and the third place was grabbed by Kelab Renang MSSC with 408.5 points. IBSC easily retained the President Cup trophy again!

If not for the fantastic achievements of the following swimmers, IBSC wouldn't have accumulated so much points. Every swimmer tried their very best to gain points for the club. Congrats to all for their splendid performances and improved PBs.

IBSC's top points scorer was Yeong Zhen Yi (Group IV Girls), who has collected 72 points in total with 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze as she's met with some tight finishes in some races.

Erika Kong returned to swim for IBSC in the Women Open and she broke the meet record in 100m breast with new time of 1:13.36, previously held by compatriot Christina Loh (2011, 1:13.43). In the 50m breast, she again repeated the record breaking by erasing Christina's time (2010, 33.99) with a better time of 33.85.

Erika, finishing her breaststroke in new meet record times.

Tern Jian Han also did the same ritual as Erika by breaking 2 backstoke records belonging to Ian James Barr and refreshing the 50m back time to 26.74 (2010, 27.72) and 200m back of 57.61 (2010, 1:01.86).
Jian Han, backstroke specialist
The other meet record was smashed by Adam Afif, the breaststoke sprinter in his 50m breast when he swam 31.08 to shatter the long-standing 7 year record belonging to Lau Zhen Yong of ISC (2007, 31.51).

Adam Afif

The meet record breakers were :

E109 Men 18-30 50 Fly Open, 25.48  CHAN JIE – KSAS
E120 Women 18-30 100 Breast Open, 1:13.36  ERIKA KONG – IBSC
E125 Boys 13-14 50 Back Group 2, 28.70  JORDAN YIP – SST
E129 Men 18-30 50 Back Open, 26.74  JIAN HAN TERN - IBSC
E209 Men 18-30 100 Fly Open, 56.63  CHAN JIE – KSAS
E215 Boys 13-14 50 Breast Group 2, 31.08 ADAM AFIF BIN FAIZAL – IBSC
E216 Girls 13-14 50 Breast Group 2, 34.35  YAN YING LAI – KPN
E217 Boys 15-17 50 Breast Group 1, 30.53  WEI TZE FOONG – MSSC
E219 Men 18-30 50 Breast Open, 29.39  SHAUN YAP – PADE
E220 Women 18-30 50 Breast Open, 33.85  ERIKA KONG – IBSC
E309 Men 18-30 100 Back Open, 57.61 JIAN HAN TERN – IBSC
E316 Girls 13-14 50 Free Group 2, 26.97  YILIN ELYNN TAN – PSC
E317 Boys 15-17 50 Free Group 1, 23.94  TSIU KHOON LIM – PADE
E319 Men 18-30 50 Free Open, 23.76  CHAN YANG – KSAS

The 3-day meet was rather exhausting in a way as some have to wait long for their swim events. The boredom on day 1, Friday, was soon broken on Saturday morning, as ARENA has an Elite Team autograph signing sessions involving some national athletes for their swim fans. Some representing the Elite Team and swimming under IBSC were Ian James Barr, Vernon Lee and Erika Kong.

Team Manager, Ken, was totally committed in his duties, ensuring the juniors turn up for marshaling and the chaperons were also hard at work managing and distributing meals to the swimmers. Great job to the working committee.

Team Manager, Ken Liew, checking the event for Zhen Yi.

It was also the first time IBSC's committee took the opportunity to raise some funds during a meet by selling the AquaSwim hair products and helping the meet organiser with the redemption of free shampoo. The redemption has attracted a long queue first thing in the morning on day 1, and the free samples were snapped up within an hour.

We couldn't thank the coaches enough for guiding the swimmers in the competition. The support of the parents were humongous and the unity of the team work amongst all of us was top-notched.

Thanks to all coaches, swimmers, parents and volunteers for yet another successful swim meet. Also our appreciation goes to our partner for President Cup, Trend Master Sdn Bhd for partnering us in providing the competition kit to our swimmers.

See more photos at IBSC Gallery.

Sarvesh Pillai ceased the opportunity to take a snapshot with the Arena Elite Team
Azquiya taking a photo with Erika Kong, Vernon Lee and Ian James Barr
Ian James Barr happy to sign off his names anywhere
Azquiya and parents who flew in from Sri Lanka to join IBSC for the swim, sharing the celebration
Kids enjoying themselves at the end of the competition
The Champion Team for President Cup 2014

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