Clean sweep at ACSIS swimming for UWCSEA: Dragons and Phoenix now set to unite
By Taylor Smith, Swim Coach, UWCSEA East
The ACSIS 2015/2016 season has come to a close for another year and what a year for UWCSEA it has been. The East Dragons were victorious in the overall categories for Junior, Middle and High School this year but a resurgent Dover Phoenix have risen. The Dragons certainly did not have it their own way and this is exactly what Coaches Smith and Aaron have been working towards.
UWCSEA results at ACSIS swimming were:
High School Boys: Dragons
High School Girls: Dragons
Middle School Boys: Dragons
Middle School Girls: Phoenix
Junior School Boys: Dragons
Junior School Girls: Phoenix
Now you would think that this would cause a bitter rivalry between the UWCSEA Campus', however that is simply not the UWC way. Both teams have taken the positives and the negatives from their performances this year and the fierce but friendly rivalry has been embraced by the coaches and swimmers alike. Coach Smith stated, "We always go into competition wanting to win and trying to beat Dover is very much part of that. However healthy competition between the schools is what will set us apart from the rest. Aaron and I have shared many ideas over the last 18 months and we chat on a weekly basis. During holiday camps, Dover swimmers have trained with the Dragons and East with the Phoenix, so it is great to see both schools improving together. This is what will take our sport to the next level".
Therefore, we are excited to announce that for the first time, East Dragons and Dover Phoenix will be combining as a United Dragon Phoenix Squad for this year's Singapore National Age Group Championships (SNAGS). We will still compete as individual schools in school meets such as ACSIS and SEASAC however we believe that uniting the teams for National and traveling meets will not only help the swimmers improve but will also stay true to our school mission, which is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
Good luck to all the swimmers who have qualified for this year's SNAGS, the whole of UWCSEA is behind you.