Maximillian Ang rewrites own national record at Ajinomoto/aminoVITAL 16th SNSC Invitationals
SINGAPORE, 23 JUNE 2021- The first day of the Ajinomoto/aminoVITAL 16th Singapore National Swimming Championships (SNSC) Invitationals (Major Games Qualifier) on Wednesday got off to a flyer as National Record holder Maximillian Ang lowered his national record time in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke.
The 20-year-old Aquatic Masters Swim Club (AMSC) swimmer was in blistering form, as he led from start to finish to clock a time of 2:13.27s, rewriting his old mark of 2:13.68s set in March at the Liberty Insurance 51st SNAG (Major Games Qualifiers). Terence Ong of Aquatic Performance Swim Club (APSC) was second in a time of 2:21.14s, while Ong’s teammate Barron Cohen Chiam finished third in 2:21.93s.
Maximillian said, “I was a little disappointed when I saw my time because I expected a better time, but at the same time it is an improvement, and it is a step forward which I am happy and serves as a steppingstone for me to do better times in future. The race was not perfect, as there are still some technical aspects of my swim that I still need to improve on, such as my pullouts and breakouts, so I am pretty confident I am able to go faster in the future.”
When asked about racing in the absence of fans, he added, “Definitely I enjoy having the crowd cheering us on, there is an atmosphere, but this is out of our control. To be able to have this competition is already a blessing and giving us swimmers the opportunity to race is already incredibly good.”
Florida-bound Christie Chue, of Chinese Swimming Club (CSC) took first place in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke final, with a winning time of 2:32.87s. APSC’s Lucie Gray and Ria Zaman were second and third, clocking 2:37.73s and 2:40.61s respectively.
There was also joy for Swimfast Aquatic Club’s (SAC) Gan Ching Hwee as she qualified for the SEA Games in the Women’s 800m Freestyle.
The 18-year-old had a brilliant swim, touching the wall first in a time of 8:46.85s to comfortably go below the SEA Games Qualifying Mark of 8:50.23s. Her time was also good enough for an Olympic Games “B” cut, which was set at 8:48.76s. She was almost a minute faster than second placed Candice Ang of APSC who clocked 9.22.21s and third placed Charmaine Lee of SwimDolphia Aquatic School (SDAS), who finished in 9:40.81s.
In the Men’s 800m Freestyle, AquaTech Swimming’s (ATS) young star Glen Lim,19, led from start to finish to clock a time of 8:10.76s in the Men’s 800m Freestyle. His time was just off his own National Record and SEA Games A Cut of 8:09.61s. Mikey Adeney of Nexus Swim Team (Nexus) was second in 8:27.75s and Ardi Azman of Aquarian Aquatic School (AAS) was third in 8:29.22s.
In the Men’s 50m backstroke final, Gabriel Koo come close to breaking Quah Zheng Wen’s longstanding National U-17 Record of 26.15s set in 2013. The 16-year-old APSC swimmer clocked 26.83s to finish first ahead of Donovan Lee of ATS, who clocked 26.90s and Soh Chai Jin from SAC, who finished in 27.86s.
The women’s title went to Carmen Weiler Sastre of Nexus when she won her race in a time of 29.01s. Katie Henderson of Tanglin Merlions was second in 30.29s and Jamie Koo from CSC took third place in 30.89s.
The Men’s 200m Butterfly saw CSC’s Ong Jung Yi take top spot with swim of 2.00.09s, holding off the challenge from APSC’s Ephraim Tan, who clocked 2.01.11s to finish second. AAS’ Brandon Yap was third in a time of 2:06.58s.
15-year-old Alexandra Leong of APSC took home the Women’s title in the same event with a time of 2:25.40s. Madeline Lye of SAC was second in 2:26.38s and Stephanie Kwa of Ace Swim Club (ACE) was third in 2:27.25s.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s Ajinomoto/aminoVITAL16th SNSC Invitationals (Major Games Qualifier) has restricted numbers, with the top 24 swimmers per gender per event invited to participate in the meet, which serves as the final qualifying meet for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, and for the SEA Games 2021, Asian Youth Games 2021 as well as the FINA World Championships 2021 and 2022.
Day 2 of the meet will see the Men’s and Women’s 50m Breaststroke and Butterfly, and the 200m Freestyle.
With the event a closed-door event, fans can catch the live streaming of the finals on Singapore Swimming Association’s (SSA) Facebook page, starting at 6pm on weekdays and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.