Dragons' Report: Most successful SNAG performance despite illness and injury worries
By Taylor Smith, Head Swim Coach, East Campus
This year saw one of the most successful performances by the Dragons at the Singapore National Age Groups to date. Despite many of our top swimmers falling ill and being unable to compete in this year, the remaining Dragons showed their true spirit and resolve to bring home our highest PB ratio and medal total in programme history.
It was a long week of Junior and Senior swimming and what was perhaps the most exciting result is that the team produced a best time total record of over 95%.
There were so many incredible performances but a special mention must go out to certain individual swimmers. Firstly Rasmus had a superb meet in the distance races dropping more than 1 minute and 30 seconds in total across all his events. Rasmus has battled hard this year and this performance was testament to his commitment and "never stop" attitude.
Jeremy was the male swimmer of the meet for the Dragons, picking up a gold in the 200 back and medals in the other backstroke events also. Jeremy was also part of our 4x200 Freestyle relay team that took a silver medal, finishing behind the Japan National team and taking the top Singapore club award in the event. His teammates Nicolai and Jono threw in incredible relay legs and last minute replacement Aaron stepped up the blocks and demonstrated a heroic performance to drag the team through to the silver medal spot. The girls were not to be undone by the boys and the 4x100 freestyle team of Lucy, Adi, Ruby and Adi also brought home a bronze medal in a relay event. Adi and Ruby then went onto picking up a handful of medals in the individual events. Special congratulations must go to Ruby who won her first Singapore gold medal in the 50 fly. Adi picked up 3 medals on her way to securing her second international cap for Singapore where she will compete at the SEA age groups in Cambodia this July.
A big congratulations to Alle who also secured her place on the Indonesian team to compete at the same competition. This will be Alle's first international representation so we are all very proud of this wonderful achievement.
Two-time SEA Age swimmer, Kelly was also a top medal winner picking up silvers in both the 50 and 100 breast stroke events in the 18 and over age group.
Hamza, although not a medalist, broke the Nepal national record which puts him in a good place to potentially qualify for the World Championships in Korea this year and the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
SNAGS this year had so many positive moments it is simply impossible to credit everything but a final mention to some of our finalists; Melody and Loch who dropped huge times in lower half age groups to put themselves on the map here in Singapore.
Congratulations to the whole team, it was a competition to remember. Let's keep on pushing to the summer where we will be competing in many meets including the FINA world cup.