It was another weekend to remember at the SEASAC swimming championships 2019, hosted by Ruamrudee School. 20 of our senior swimmers travelled to compete in Bangkok against many of the strongest international school swim teams in the South East Asia region. Given that many of our swimmers had moved on or graduated back in 2018 the task of retaining the coveted title was going to be a gargantuan effort from all involved.
After the opening ceremony, the meet kicked off with the Mixed 4x50 Medley relay, which the Dragons won in dominant style, setting out their stall for what would turn out to be an incredible meet. Over the course of the two days, athletes competed in between 10 and 12 races, a gruelling schedule. The boys team came out firing and maintained a remarkable level of performance across the two days taking numerous meet records and winning 6 out of their 6 relays. The girls team, weakened and bruised, had a herculean task to retain their title and perfect relay record from 2018. They ended up winning 5 from 6 relays and were second in the 4x50 freestyle by an agonising 3 hundredths of a second. However it was perhaps the best performance by a girls team at SEASAC as they had to fight for every single point. Every single girl was a hero and the coaches could not have been more proud, as they stepped up and filled the boots of all those before them.
By the end of the two days, hot and exhausted, the girls narrowly missed out on the female title by just 14 points (one race), and the boys retained the male title by a stunning 150 points, giving the team an overall win of more than 130. A quite incredible weekend of which every single swimmer and coach can be extremely proud.
Swimmers returned to training on Monday morning with only one thing in mind. Singapore National Championships in two weeks time. SEASAC was an amazing experience and one which we will use as a stepping stone for National and International level competitions. The swimmers showed incredible integrity and UWC values throughout the meet and did the school, their parents and themselves extremely proud.