Thursday, 17 March 2016

The NST : MSSM: Rosalind closes on a high

BY FADHLI ISHAK - 17 MARCH 2016 @ 4:42 PM

SHAH ALAM: Rosalind Pang of Selangor capped her Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) swimming championships campaign with another two wins to bring her total haul to eight gold on the final day of competition today.

Despite having to compete against older swimmers, Rosalind bagged the girls under-18 400m freestyle gold in a time of four minutes and 51.06 seconds at the Darul Ehsan Aquatics Complex in Shah Alam.

The Sri Kuala Lumpur student then teamed up with Shannen Kay Chan, Nessa Yip and Liew Chern Xin to help Selangor win the under-15 100m freestyle relay in 4:18.38s.

Rosalind had also won eight gold in her final year in the under-12 category in 2013. No records were broken yesterday, though Selangor's Jordan Yip added another two wins in the boys' under-18 200m butterfly (2:13:85s) as well as the 100m freestyle relay (3:39.47s), where he teammed up with Ooi Joo Vern, Khoo Yee Shen and Tan Tsien ee. It brought his haul to a staggering 12 gold.

Although Rosalind and Jordan amassed the medals it was not enough to see them claim the best overall swimmer awards, which is based on the ability to break records with older records counting for more.

Sabah's Janetty J. Fabian took the best female swimmer award. She had broken fellow Sabahan Leung Chii Lin's 13-year-old record en route to winning the under-12 50m backstroke.

Best male swimmer went to Sebastian Soon of Selangor as he broke Tia'a Faang Der's (Johor) four-year-old record when he won the boys' under-15 200m individual medley.

As expected, Selangor again emerged the overall champions of the MSSM Aquatics competition, which also includes water polo and diving, with a 63 gold, 35 silver and 16 bronze haul. The Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur came in second on 17-20-22 while Malacca were third on 7-9-12.

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