Thursday, 23 March 2017

IBSC swimmers smashed 2 records in MSSM 2017

The MSSM Swimming Championship 2017 was held at Pusat Akuatik Hang Jebat for 4 days from 19 - 23 March, 2017 and has just came to an end this afternoon.

The IBSC swimmers representing their respective schools in Klang Valley gave their best performances and have been doing stupendously well especially Steve Khiew and Sebastian Soon. Both have been eyeing to smash some meet records and they did achieved their goals during day 2 and day 4 of the annual meet.

MSSM record breakers, Steve Khiew (left) with Sebastian Soon

Steve Khiew who swam the U15 years category, improved his 200m backstroke PB to 2:10.74 to break Ian James Barr's 2010 record  of 2:10.97. His advanced backstroke left an immense gap, leaving Ng Yee Sheng (Melaka) trailing to reach second placing some 11 seconds later.

In his individual events, Steve accumulated 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze in MSSM 2017. A Victorian Institution student, Steve expressed his thanks to PRAKL, Coach Zhang and his family for their support. He assured further, " I will continue to put in more effort in my swimming training to get higher achievement."

Meanwhile, Sebastian Soon, who has just joined the national team 3 months back, was on track to target a new record in 400m IM when he clocked 4:40.47 erasing last year's record of 4:43.41 made by Jordan Yip, in the U18 years boys category. Sebastian was confident with the achievement as his recent timing in the 53rd Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship 2017 has already surpassed the MSSM meet record.

On the third day of the meet, Sebastian narrowly missed out the 200m IM meet record of 2:11.33, when he touched first at 2:11.72. Sebastian, representing SMK Yu Hwa, Kajang, hopes he will continue to do better in MSSM 2018.

Overall, Seb, as he is fondly known, is contended with his win of 4 gold and 2 silver including the relay, and he earned the second highest points in his age group.

" I want to thank ASUM for drafting me into the national squad and I hope to continue my improvement under Coach Birmingham. I hope to represent the country to swim in bigger meets in the future", said Sebastian.

Coach Shazali proud of Sebastian, whom he has groomed and coached since 2009 before he was drafted to the national team end of last year.

The record breakers in the meet were :

IBSC swimmers have shown great achievements in the national school meet and the EXCO congratulate all of the medalists below :

Steve Khiew (1MR, 4G, 2S, 2B)
Sebastian Soon (1MR, 3G,2S)
Law Li Wei (3G, 2S)
Low Ken Ji (1G, 1S, 1B)
Brandy Chew (1G,1S)
Whisky Chew (1G, 3B)
Ng Yi Xuan (2S)
Karla Lim (1S, 1B)
Li Wei, full of smiles as she earned most points for U12 girls
Iqmal Muqhis (1S)
Ng Kai Wen (1S)
Jackson Khiew (1B)
Nurlatifa Zahra (1B)
Teo Sze Hui (1B)

From the winning positions, top 5 swimmers were awarded points to determine the champion for each age group. We congratulate Law Li Wei, who came top as the Champion for U12 girls with the score of 55 points in total. Li Wei, from Garden International School, amassed 3 gold and 2 silver in her individual events.

The top 3 individual high point scorers for each age group are :

At the end of the meet, the swimming championship was won by Selangor schools with 39 gold, 25 silver and 25 bronze, followed by Penang (15G, 13S, 10B) and Kuala Lumpur is placed third (12G, 23S, 22B).

The selected qualifiers from the national school meet will advance to Asean School Games, Singapore in July 2017.

We congratulate all winners!

See full results of MSSM 2017 here.


*photo credits to IBSC parents

Whisky Chew won 200m free gold in U12 boys
IBSC medalists
Coach Shazali sandwiched by his swimmers

U18 boys medley relay team, from left,  Muqhis, Anson, Ken Ji and Kai Wen
The various state contingents lining up for prize presentation at the end of the aquatic meet

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